Denomination: Tetradrachm. Inscribed in Greek: “King Alexander.”

AUCTION 75 | Thursday, March 08th, 2018 at 1:00 PM
Auction of Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Antiquities, Ceremonial Objects & Graphic Art

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Lot 291
SILVER COIN OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT.

Denomination: Tetradrachm. Inscribed in Greek: “King Alexander.”

336-323 BCE:

Est: $1,000 - $1,500
The Samaritans sought permission from Alexander the Great to destroy the Beth HaMikdash. The Kohen Gadol Shimon HaTzadik was made aware of this and immediately traveled to the City of Antipatris in order to lobby against such a disaster. His efforts were successful to the extent that Shimon HaTzadik was given much honor by Alexander. See Babylonian Talmud Tract. Yoma f. 69b and Tract. Ta’anith f. 9.