26DecIn the next few weeks there are several fascinating coins up for auction that relate closely to the story of Christmas.
By far, the most unusual and rare coin is being sold the first week of January. It features King Aristobulus of Chaclis and Armenia and his wife, Queen Salome. This is the Salome that the Gospels describe as using her seductive powers to convince her step father and uncle, Herod Antipas, to behead John the Baptist. Her father was Antipa's half brother (Herod II) and was at one time first in line to inherit Herod the Great's monarchy, but was written out of his will at the last moment. Her mother, Heroidas, then divorced Herod II to marry the man who did in fact become the Tetarch of the Galilee.
Herod Antipas minted several
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