A BRONZE COIN OF SHIMON BAR KOCHBA
Please refer to our stock # c.10562. when inquiring.
Minted 134 A.D.
Obverse: Palm tree with seven branches and two bunches of dates, and the Hebrew inscription “Simon” (the first name of Bar Kochba).
Reverse: Vine leaf on tendril with the Hebrew inscription around – “For the Freedom of Jerusalem”.
A Jewish bronze coin issued during the 3rd year in the revolt against Rome. Found in Hebron. In very good condition with green and reddish patina.
20 mm diameter; 5.20 g
Olive wood box, worldwide shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included in price.
Export Approval from Israel Antiquities Authority
David Hendin, “Guide to Biblical Coins” (5th edition), (New York: 2010), 739
Yaakov Meshorer, “Ancient Jewish Coinage Vol. II”, (New York: 1982)
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.