John Hyrcanus I, 135-104 BCE. Æ-Prutah, Jerusalem; 1.74 g.
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JUDAEA, Hasmonaean Dynasty, 164-37 BCE.
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Æ-Prutah, Jerusalem; 1.74 g. YHWḤNN HKHN HGDL WḤḆR HYHWDYM (Yehohanan the High Priest and the Jews’ Council) within a wreath//Two cornucopiae, between them a pomegranate; A in the l. field, Π in the r. field. Hendin no. 1133 note; Meshorer, Treasury 202 Group B.
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Overbeck – Meshorer no. 54.
There are various widely differing proposals how to explain the Greek characters A and Π; they are discussed by Hendin p. 164; cf. also D.M. Jacobson, The Significance of the Caduceus between facing Cornucopias in Herodian and Roman Coinage, in: id. - N. Kokkinos (ed.), Judaea and Rome in Coins 65 BCE-135 CE. Papers Presented at the International Conference Hosted by Spink, 13th-14th September 2010, London 2012, 145-162, esp. 146-148. In my eyes the most simple explanation is to assume that Greek supervisors of the mint have perpetuated the initials of their names on these coins.