|Ruler:||Judaea: John Hyrcanus|
|Reigned:||135 - 104 BC|
|Obverse:||Hebrew legend ="Yonatan (or Yehonatan) the high priest and the community of the Jews" within a wreath.|
|Reverse:||Double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, pomegranate between horns|
The Maccabees (whose history is written in the Old Testament) were a family of Jewish rulers prominent in the 2nd and 1st centuries BC, and more correctly known as the Hasmonaeans. The founder was Judas, third son of the priest Mathathias of Modein, who was designated by his dying father as the new leader of the band of guerrilla warriors in year 167 B.C. Shimon (Simon) Thassi, his brother ruled 141-135 B.C.
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