Year 3; AD 134-5
Obverse: Seven branched palm tree with two bunches of dates. Hebrew inscription Shim’on in field.
Reverse: Grape leaf on tendril with Hebrew inscription “For the Freedom of Jerusalem”.
Coin in very fine condition with natural patina present.
Set in 18K gold pendant with 15 point diamonds. Handmade in Jerusalem.
Diameter: 22 mm without pendant; Weight: 12.7 g
Certificate of Authenticity and Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority Included.
After the first Jewish revolt against Rome that ended by the destruction of the second temple 70 CE, Shimon Bar- kochba started another revolt against Rome (132-135 CE), as a declaration of independence Bar – Kochba issued significant Jewish coinage, up to our modern history this was the last time that Jewish people had the chance to mint coins with Hebrew inscription and Jewish symbols.
The leader of the Second Revolt (132-135 CE) was Shim’on Bar Koseba. He was known as Bar Kochba, meaning “Son of the Star,“ in reference to messianic expectations of the verse: “There shall step forth a star (kochab) out of Jacob“ (Numbers 24:17). Indeed, one of the greatest sages of the time - Rabbi Akiva - had proclaimed Bar Kochba as the messiah.