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John Hyrcanus I, 135-104 BCE. Æ-Prutah, Jerusalem; 2.02 g.

THE SAMEL COLLECTION OF ANCIENT JEWISH COINS
JUDAEA, Hasmonaean Dynasty, 164-37 BCE.

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Estimated price: 20.00 €
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John Hyrcanus I, 135-104 BCE.
Æ-Prutah, Jerusalem; 2.02 g. A (Greek letter) above the paleo-Hebrew inscription YHWḤNN HKHN HGDL WḤḆR HYHWDYM (Yehohanan the High Priest and the Jews’ Council) within a wreath//Two cornucopiae, between them a pomegranate. Hendin no. 1132; Meshorer, Treasury 201 Group A.


Nearly very fine

Overbeck – Meshorer no. 50.

For the meaning of the wreaths which frequently appear on coins of John Hyrcanus I cf. I. Noy, The Victory wreath of Hyrcanus I. INR 7, 2012, 31-42; id. Head Decoration Representations on Images du pouvoir et fonctions des souverains Hasmonéens, Revue Biblique 2009, 368-386, esp. 374 on the two cornucopiae with a pomegranate: "Il s'agit d'un symbole de prospérité et de fertilité agricole, associé au souverain, pour signifier que celui-ci est la garant du bien-être de son peuple."