Judaea, Bar Kochba Revolt. 132-135 AD. Year 2 = 133/4 AD

Judaea, Bar Kochba Revolt. 132-135 AD. Year 2 = 133/4 AD

2,100.00

AR Zuz or denarius, 3.30g (18mm, 7h). The letters in a triangle (abb. of Simon), in a wreath of thin branches wrapped around eight almond, medallion at top, tendrils at bottom / 'Eleazar the priest' (written in Aramaic); fluted jug, handle on l., willow branch on r.

Pedigree: Ex Bank Leu, Zurich 7, 9 May 1973, lot 289.

References: Mildenberg 34/12 (this coin) (not pictured). Meshorer, AJC, 33a. Hendin 1384  (gk1317)

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The Bar Kochba Revolt was the third Jewish uprising against the Romans (some historians believe this was the second as many do not see the Kitos War in 116 as being a revolt). Simon Bar Kochba led the uprising of the Jews against their Roman overlords. For three years he was the leader and King of the Jewish people. 

The Zuzim of the Bar Kochba revolt are extremely interesting in that they took Roman denarii and restruck them with the symbolism of the Jewish people. In many instances one can clearly see the undertype of the Roman ruler.