Copyright 2010 by David Hendin, from Guide to Biblical Coins, 5th Edition

HERODIAN DYNASTY. The coinage of both Herod the Great and Herod Antipas do not show a portrait of the ruler, keeping in line with the Jewish prohibition against graven images. However, Salome, who danced before Herod Antipas and requested the beheading of John the Baptist, is pictured on this coin; the other side of the coin features her second husband, Aristobulus, King of Chalchis (mostly Gentile).