Alexander Janneus Coin

About 60 percent of the recovered coins from the excavations at Gamla are Jewish coins such as these, minted during the reign of Alexander Janneus (103–76 B.C.E.). Between the spokes of the eight-rayed star on the obverse, at left, a paleo-Hebrew inscription says, “Yehonatan the king,” using Janneus’ Hebrew given name. At right, another coin of this issue shows the reverse, which bears an anchor and a Greek inscription, “Of king Alexandros.”

Danny Syon. “Gamla- Portrait of a Rebellion.” Biblical Archaeology Review 18, 1 (1992).