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Classical Numismatic Group > Auction 93Auction date: 22 May 2013
Lot number: 953

Lot description:

SYRIA, Chalcidice. Chalcis. Aristobulus V, with Salome. AD 54-92. Æ (21mm, 7.64 g, 12h). Dated RY 13 (AD 66/7). BACIΛEΩC A[PICTOBOYΛOY] (quadrates Cs), diademed and draped bust of Aristobulus left; [Є]T IΓ (date) in legend / BACIΛICCHC CAΛΩMHC (quadrates Cs), diademed and draped bust of Salome left. Cf. RPC 3840 (for type); Hendin 1257a. VF, untouched earthen green patina. Extremely rare, probably the second to ever appear at auction.

Aristobulus' wife, Salome, was the widow of Philip the Tetrarch and the daughter of Herodias by her first husband, Herod II (known in the New Testament as either as Philip or Herod). Although she is unnamed in the Gospels and the incident was unknown to Josephus (cf. AJ 18.5.4), it has been traditionally assumed that it was Salome – at the insistence of her mother – who asked Herod Antipas (who was besotted with his young step-daughter) for the head of John the Baptist in return for her risqué dance for the king. As a result, Salome has become a symbol for dangerous female seductiveness.

Estimate: 10000 USD