|JUDAEAN SILVER ZUZ OF THE BAR KOCHBA REVOLT, AD 132-135
Judaea, Bar Kocbha Revolt, Attributed to Year 3, AD 134-135
Diameter: 18 mm.; Weight: 3.31 grams
Obverse: Grape bunch on vine tendril; “Shim’on’” in Hebrew around.
Reverse: Two upright trumpets; “For the Freedom of Jerusalem” in Hebrew around.
Very fine condition.
Ex American private collection.
Cf. D. Hendin. Guide to Biblical Coins. 5th edition. New York. 2010. No. 1431.
|The Bar Kokhba Revolt was the third and final major rebellion that the Jews of the Judaea Province undertook against the Roman Empire. Simon bar Kokhba, the commander of the revolt, was acclaimed as the Messiah - a heroic figure who could restore Israel - and he was able to maintain control of a virtually independent state of Israel for two and a half years. The rebellion took the Romans by surprise and the Emperor Hadrian sent the Roman army to crush the rebellion. Losses were extremely heavy on both sides and the rebellion resulted in the loss of the Jewish province to Romans with the Jews being forbidden from entering Jerusalem.|