John Hyrcanus was the son of Simon the Maccabee and nephew of the folk hero Judah Maccabee, hero of the Hanukkah story. Soon after Hyrcanus assumed power, the Seleukid kingdom marched on Jerusalem. Antiocus VII and Hyrcanus I negotiated a treaty that left Hyrcanus a vassal to the Syrian king. John Hyrcanus was the first Jewish ruler to issue coins in his own name.
The wreath on this type differs from all others and even appears to be a different plant. -- A Treasury of Jewish Coins by Ya'akov Meshorer
JD55304. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1137, Meshorer TJCtype S, VF, reverse off center, weight 2.080 g, maximum diameter 14.2 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, obverse Paleo-Hebrew inscription: Yehonanan the High Priest and Head of the Council of the Jews, surrounded by wreath; reverse double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, pomegranate between horns; ex Amphora Coins (David Hendin); $49.00 (€36.75)
JD57835. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1132, Meshorer TJC A, F, weight 1.929 g, maximum diameter 14.4 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, obverse Greek letter A above Hebrew inscription, Yehonanan the High Priest and the Council of the Jews, surrounded by wreath; reverse double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, pomegranate between horns, border of dots; ex Amphora Coins (David Hendin); $40.00 (€30.00)
SH35897. Bronze half prutah, Hendin 1134, Meshorer TJCtype C, VF, weight 0.727 g, maximum diameter 10.2 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, obverse Paleo-Hebrew inscription: Yehohanan the High Priest and Council of the Jews, Lulav (palm-frond); reverse lily, two stalks of grain below, A center left; excellent condition for the type; rare; SOLD
The Lily: The lily was regarded as the choicest among the flowers. It graced the capitals of the two main pillars which stood at the entrance to the sanctuary.
The Pomegranate: The pomegranate was one of the seven celebrated products of Palestine and among the fruits brought to the temple as offerings of the first-fruits. Two hundred pomegranates decorated each of the two columns in the temple and were an integral part of the sacred vestment of the High Priest, as bells and pomegranates were suspended from his mantle.
The Cornucopia: The cornucopia was a hollow animal horn used as a container. One of the most popular religious symbols of the ancient world, the cornucopia is also know as the "horn of plenty."
The Anchor: The anchor was adopted from the Selukids, who used it to symbolize their naval strength. Anchors are depicted upside down, as they would be seen hung on the side of a boat ready for use.
The Star: The star symbolize heaven.
The Diadem: The diadem symbolized royalty.
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