Coin of Salome
Herod Antipas was a client ruler of the Roman Empire. He governed the Galilee from 4 B.C. to 40 A.D., following the death of his grandfather, King Herod the Great. Herod Antipas had entered into an incestuous marriage by wedding Herodias, the niece of his late half-brother, Alexander, and former wife of his brother, Philip Herod I. The scene from the Gospel story is disturbing: Herod Antipas leering at Salome, at the daughter of his new wife. From this flowed a series of events which culminated in the beheading of St. John the Baptist.
Salome married her uncle, Philip Herod II. After he died in 34 A.D., she wed Aristobolus of Chalcis, a son of Herod of Chalcis, another one of her uncles. Aristobolus was the Roman client king of Armenia Minor from 55 to 72 A.D. He ordered the minting of coins bearing Salome’s image. An image follows: