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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Holy Land: Coins: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1330560

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Year 3: 134/5 CE

Obverse: Bunch of grapes on tendril. "Shimon"

Reverse: Two trumpets upright. "For the freedom of Jerusalem"

Diameter: 19 mm

In extremely fine condition. Overstruck on a denarius Trajan.

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From a private American collection.


Hendin, 1431


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 Shimon 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.

When the rebels of the Bar Kochba revolt staring issuing coinage it had to be done using available Roman coinage as a base, for both monetary and political reasons. In this example the strike of the Bar Kochba coinage is so weak as to render the overstuck denarius of Trajan still clearly visible, making this an excellent piece for those interested in the sociopolitical history of the area as well as the revolt itself.