A HASMONEAN BRONZE PRUTAH OF JOHN HYRCANUS I
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Jerusalem Mint; 135-104 BCE
Obverse: Paleo-Hebrew inscription “Yehohanan the High Priest and the Council of the Jews” within wreath, Greek letter A above inscription.
Reverse: Double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, pomegranate between horns, border of dots.
Weight: 1.75 g; Diameter: 14.7 mm
Condition: Very Fine
Reference: Hendin, 1132
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John Hyrcanus was the son of Simon and the nephew of Judah the Maccabee. He was the first Hasmonean ruler to be given the authority to issue coinage and did so in a way keeping with the religious conventions of the time. He is referenced on his coins as “Yehohanan”, his Hebrew name, along with his official titles. The Paleo-Hebrew script on his coinage are a clear invocation of the sentiments of the Hasmonean Dynasty and its traditionalism, as this script was long out of fashion in all but the most ceremonial of contexts by the 2nd Century BCE. Hyrcanus I ruled from 135 BCE until his death in 104 BCE and his reign was viewed favorably then as it is now. He was an excellent military leader who expanded his empire while his subjects, largely flourished. Josephus said of him, “He was the only man to unite in his person three of the highest privileges: the supreme command of his nation, the high priesthood, and the gift of prophesy.”