John Hyrcanus II (Yonatan), King 67 B.C., Ethnarch 63 - 40 B.
Hyrcanus II was high priest during the rule of his mother, Salome Alexandra, 76 - 67 B.C. and was made king upon her death. Within a year he was deposed by his younger brother, Aristobulus II. Hyrcanus appealed to Nabataea and then to Rome for assistance. Pompey the Great took Jerusalem, inflicting heavy casualties (and entering, thus defiling, the Holy of Holies), and restored Hyrcanus. Hyrcanus was, however, denied the title of King and was a puppet of Rome. He was captured by the Parthians in 40 B.C. and was executed by Herod ten years later.
The coins struck in Hyrcanus' name may have been struck while his mother regent queen and he was high priest, 76 - 67 B.C., during his short reign as king and high priest, 76 B.C., or during his rule as ethnarch and high priest, 63 - 40 B.C. Types struck inscribed only Council of the Jews may have been struck during these periods or during the rule of his brother Aristobulus II.
John Hyrcanus II (Yonatan), King 67 B.C., Ethnarch 63 - 40 B.C.
Appears to be overstruck on an Alexander Jannaeus prutah (probably Hendin 1148 or 1149).
JD67861. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1159a-b (overstruck?), Meshorer TJCtype S, VF, double struck, weight 1.860 g, maximum diameter 14.2 mm, Jerusalem mint, 76 - 67 or 63 - 40 B.C.; obverse Paleo-Hebrew inscription: Yonatan the High Priest and the Council of the Jews, within wreath; reverse double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, pomegranate between horns; ex Amphora Coins (David Hendin), his tag notes "wild style"; $70.00 (€52.50)
This type may have been struck during the rule of his mother, Salome Alexandra, as queen regent, 76 - 67 B.C. Some scholars believe this type was struck by Alexander Jannaeus at the end of his reign. The type is invariably crude with illegible letters and incomplete inscriptions.
JD08180. Bronze prutah, Hendin 1159b, EF, overstruck, weight 2.47 g, maximum diameter 16.1 mm, die axis 180o, Jerusalem mint, 76 - 67 or 63 - 40 B.C.; obverse Paleo-Hebrew inscription: Yonatan the High Priest and the Council of the Jews, within wreath; reverse double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, pomegranate between horns; superb, beautiful patina, overstruck on an Alexander Januaeus prutah (probably Hendin 1148 or 1149); 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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