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John Hyrcanus I (Yehohanan), 134 - 104 B.C.
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 Paleo-Hebrew inscription on Hendin 1137 is normally in a "wedge" style. This inscription is not wedge style, but is instead a more careless script style with some blundered letters. Nun (N) appears as a vertical line . Res (R) usually has an open top . The inscription includes Rosh (Rosh) meaning head. The inscription reads, from right to left, as follows: YHW/(HH)NN (Yehohanan) H (the) KHN (Priest) H (the) / GDL (high) R'(SH) (head) / (HH)BR (council) H (the) YH/DHYM (Jews). See Reading |Judean |Coins in NumisWiki.|