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Second Jewish Revolt - "Bar Kochba" Uprising, 133 - 135 A.D.

Simon Bar Kochba led a rebellion against Rome from 133 - 135 A.D. This Second Jewish Revolt or "Bar Kochbah" uprising ended with Hadrian's destruction of Jerusalem, the founding of "Aelia Capitolina" on the site, and dispersal of the Jews throughout the Roman Empire.

Judaea, Bar Kokhba Revolt, 132 - 135 A.D.

|Bar| |Kochba|, |Judaea,| |Bar| |Kokhba| |Revolt,| |132| |-| |135| |A.D.|, |zuz|
These coins are usually overstruck on earlier denarii or drachms. Traces of the undertype bust and obverse legend are visible on the reverse.
SH63938. Silver zuz, Mildenberg p. 255, 161 (O21/R81); Hendin 1433; TJC 285. AJC II 275, 68; overstruck on a Roman denarius or drachm of Trajan(?), VF, weight 3.484 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 180o, undated third year, 134 - 135 A.D.; obverse paleo-Hebrew inscription: Simon, bunch of grapes in three lobes hanging from branch, which has a tendril to the left and a leaf to the right; part of undertype legend visible, 6:00 - 8:00 (GER?); reverse paleo-Hebrew inscription: for the freedom of Jerusalem, fluted jug, handle on left, willow branch on right; ex Gemini; SOLD


Judaea, Bar Kochba Revolt, 132 - 135 A.D.

|Bar| |Kochba|, |Judaea,| |Bar| |Kochba| |Revolt,| |132| |-| |135| |A.D.|, |zuz|
These coins are usually overstruck on earlier denarii or drachms. This example is overstruck on a Trajan denarius.
SL89834. Silver zuz, Mildenberg 213 (O24/R137); BMC Palestine, p. 299, 79 (same dies, on Trajan drachm); SNG ANS 561 (same dies); Hendin 1435; Meshorer TJC 274, NGC Ch XF, strike 2/5, surface 3/5, overstruck [on a Trajan denarius] (4283488-001), weight 3.24 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Judaean mint, undated issue of year 3, 134 - 135 A.D.; obverse Paleo-Hebrew legend: Shim'on, bunch of grapes in three lobes hanging from branch, which has a tendril to the left and a leaf to the right; reverse Paleo-Hebrew legend: for the freedom of Jerusalem, kithara with three strings; SOLD


Second Jewish Revolt - "Bar Kochba" Uprising, 133 - 135 A.D.

|Bar| |Kochba|, |Second| |Jewish| |Revolt| || |-| |"Bar| |Kochba"| |Uprising,| |133| |-| |135| |A.D.|, |zuz|
These coins are usually overstruck on Roman denarii or drachms. The silhouette of the back of an emperors head is visible on the reverse.
SH42161. Silver zuz, Mildenberg 79, Hendin 1418, EF, sharp, overstrike effects, weight 3.150 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 0o, year 3, 134 - 135 A.D.; obverse Hebrew, "SHIMON"of five letters in two lines, within wreath of thin branches wrapped around eight almonds, tendrils at the bottom; reverse Hebrew legend, "For the freedom of Jerusalem", fluted jug with handle left, palm branch right (symbolizing the festival of booths in the Temple); SOLD


Judaea, Bar Kochba Revolt, 134 - 135 A.D.

|Bar| |Kochba|, |Judaea,| |Bar| |Kochba| |Revolt,| |134| |-| |135| |A.D.|, |AE| |24|
JD58246. Bronze AE 24, Mildenberg 142 (O11/R106), Meshorer TJC 289; Hendin 1437, gVF, weight 11.300 g, maximum diameter 24.2 mm, die axis 180o, year 3 (134 - 135 A.D.); obverse paleo-Hebrew inscription: "Shimon", seven branched palm tree with two bunches of dates; reverse paleo-Hebrew inscription: "for the freedom of Jerusalem", five-lobed vine-leaf, hanging from curved branch; SOLD


Judaea, Bar Kochba Revolt, 132 - 135 A.D.

|Bar| |Kochba|, |Judaea,| |Bar| |Kochba| |Revolt,| |132| |-| |135| |A.D.|, |zuz|
These coins are usually overstruck on earlier denarii or drachms. Roman Imperial bust wreath ties are clearly visible on the reverse, as well as the back of the head and neck.
SH21684. Silver zuz, Mildenberg 167, Hendin 1431, Meshorer TJC 277, aEF, flat strike areas, weight 3.369 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, Judaean mint, undated, 132 - 135 A.D.; obverse Shim'on (in Hebrew), bunch of grapes; reverse For the freedom of Jerusalem (in Hebrew), two trumpets; SOLD


Hadrian, 11 August 117 - 10 July 138 A.D.

|Hadrian|, |Hadrian,| |11| |August| |117| |-| |10| |July| |138| |A.D.|, |sestertius|
In summer 130 A.D., Hadrian traveled from Syria, into Judaea and Palestine, and then on to Egypt. The bar-Kochba revolt in Judaea forced Hadrian to remain in the region until 135. In 136 A.D., Hadrian returned to Rome, ending his long travels.
SH72906. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II 894 (R), Hendin 1604d, Cohen II 52, SRCV II 3566 var., Fair, weight 24.916 g, maximum diameter 31.5 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, c. 136 - 138 A.D.; obverse HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P, laureate and draped bust right; reverse ADVENTVI AVG IVDAEAE, Hadrian on left, standing right, togate, raising right hand, facing Judaea who holds a patera over altar in right and cup in left, two small children each holding a palm frond flank the altar, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; rare; SOLD


Judaea, Bar Kochba Revolt, 132 - 135 A.D.

|Bar| |Kochba|, |Judaea,| |Bar| |Kochba| |Revolt,| |132| |-| |135| |A.D.|, |zuz|
These coins are usually overstruck on earlier denarii or drachms. Roman Imperial legend trace "TR P II COS III.."is visible on the obverse, pointing to a Nerva denarius undertype.
SH28912. Silver zuz, Mildenberg 170 (O21/R103), Hendin 1430, Meshorer 281, Choice aEF, weight 3.326 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 180o, Judaean mint, undated, 132 - 135 A.D.; obverse Shim'on (in Hebrew), bunch of grapes; reverse For the freedom of Jerusalem (in Hebrew), Lulav (palm-frond); SOLD


Judaea, Bar Kochba Revolt, Eleazar HaKohen the Priest, Year 1, 132 - 133 A.D.

|Bar| |Kochba|, |Judaea,| |Bar| |Kochba| |Revolt,| |Eleazar| |HaKohen| |the| |Priest,| |Year| |1,| |132| |-| |133| |A.D.|, |AE| |20|
SH49484. Bronze AE 20, Mildenberg 148, Meshorer TJC 225, Hendin 1380a, VF, chipped, beautiful patina, weight 4.987 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 180o, year 1 (132 - 133 A.D.); obverse Paleo-Hebrew inscription (retrograde): "Eleazar the Priest", seven-branched palm tree with two small bunches of fruit, top of tree bent to the left; reverse Paleo-Hebrew inscription: "Year 1 of the redemption of Israel", bunch of grapes on vine with small leaf upper left; attractive well centered coin; rare; SOLD


Judaea, Bar Kochba Revolt, 132 - 135 A.D.

|Bar| |Kochba|, |Judaea,| |Bar| |Kochba| |Revolt,| |132| |-| |135| |A.D.|, |AE| |25|
SH49485. Bronze AE 25, Mildenberg 61, Meshorer TJC 260, Hendin 1408, VF, weight 10.438 g, maximum diameter 24.9 mm, die axis 180o, year 2 (133 - 134 A.D.); obverse Paleo-Hebrew inscription: "SMA" (abbreviating Simon), seven branched palm tree with two bunches of dates; reverse Paleo-Hebrew inscription: "Year 2 of the freedom of Israel", vine leaf on tendril; SOLD


Judaea, Bar Kochba Revolt, 134 - 135 A.D.

|Bar| |Kochba|, |Judaea,| |Bar| |Kochba| |Revolt,| |134| |-| |135| |A.D.|, |AE| |27|
JD58248. Bronze AE 27, Mildenberg 146 (O11/R110), Meshorer TJC 292a; Hendin 1437, gVF, weight 12.578 g, maximum diameter 26.8 mm, die axis 180o, year 3 (134 - 135 A.D.); obverse paleo-Hebrew inscription: "Shimon", seven branched palm tree with two bunches of dates; reverse paleo-Hebrew inscription: "for the freedom of Jerusalem", five-lobed vine-leaf with strongly accentuated ribs, hanging from curved branch, short tendril right; SOLD




  




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REFERENCES

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Mildenberg, L. The Coinage of the Bar Kokhba War. Typos VI. (Aarau, 1984).
Seaby, H. and R. Loosley. Roman Silver Coins, Volume II, Tiberius to Commodus. (London, 1979).
Sear, D. Roman Coins and Their Values, Volume Two, The Accesson of Nerva to the Overthrow of the Severan Dynasty AD 96 - AD 235. (London: Spink, 2002).
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Superior Galleries and Leu Numismatics Ltd. The Abraham Bromberg Collection of Jewish Coins. Catalogs of public auctions, New York, 5 Dec 1991 and 10 Dec 1992.
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, The Collection of the Amercian Numismatic Society, Part 6: Palestine - South Arabia. (New York, 1981).

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