Dollar Sign – IHS

This symbol, which looks like a dollar sign ($), is actually the letters I, H, and S superimposed over each other. These represent the Greek letters Iota (Ι), Eta (Η) and Sigma (Σ), which are the first three letters of Jesus in Greek. See IHS Monogram for more information.

IHS cemetery symbol in the shape of a dollar sign - Iota, Eta, Sigma

Photo: from the grave marker of Atala Blow Noble (1862-1909) and Louis S. Noble (1865-1934), Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colorado


10 Responses to Dollar Sign – IHS

  1. Nisa says:

    What an exquisite example; thank you.

  2. Visitor says:

    IHS is the abbreviation for “In hoc signo” — “By this sign” (i.e. the Cross) you shall conquer.

  3. Hamish Osborn says:

    In fact the $ symbol originates in Free Masonry The S is in fact a serpent and is taken from the buckle of a freemasons apron. The symbol of the serpent represents wisdom.
    The twin vertical lines historically part of the dollar symbol were representative of the two pillars that stood at the porchway or entrance of King Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem.
    One named after **** , the Great Grandfather of King David and the other for the assistant High priest who officiated at the dedication of the Temple .
    The USA was set up by Freemasons If you look at your declaration of independence look closely at the signatories names. Each one was a Freemason, Look at your dollar bill, and repeat your oath of alleigence. If in doubt then go and ask any freemason to tell you of the craft. You may find it revealing and interesting.

  4. naisioxerloro says:

    Good design, who make it?

  5. Fox Goodman says:

    Looks like an LSN to me. Since the grave belongs to Louis S. Nobel it would make sense. The simplest explanation is often the correct one. I believe the $ symbol was also on spanish pieces of 8.

  6. Kelly says:

    We saw this exact symbol one before but it was backwards… does this mean anything?

  7. Nick Walker says:

    IHS is an extremely common inscription on crosses in English graveyards, it’s definitely not Mr Noble’s initials. It’s an abbreviation of Ichthus, the Greek for Jesus which also means ‘fish’ which is where the evangelist fish symbol derives from. Common English interpretation is ‘In His Sight’ among other things. I hadn’t heard the ‘In Hoc Signo’ before. The dollar sign in this context obviously symbolises prosperity

  8. A catholic all my life I would like to offer this defnition:

    The IHS Christian Emblem is a Monogram which represents the Holy Name of Jesus consisting of the three letters: IHS. During the Middle Ages, the Name of Jesus was written: IHESUS. The monogram, or emblem, IHS contains the first and last letter of the Holy Name. The letters IHS referring to this monogram do not contain periods, or full stops, after each letter as it is an abbreviation of the name IHESUS.


    • Jeff Evenson says:

      It means-in Latin Issa Salvatoria Humanus. ( Jesus Savior of Mankind. (“Jesus” is a vulgarization of the Aramaic, as his mother would have called him “Issa”. Period-end of story.

  9. Brian says:

    Franny Adams cemetery in England

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