JUDAEA, Bar Kochba Revolt. 132-135 CE. Undated issue (year 3, struck 134/5 CE). AR Zuz. From Gen. Moshe Dayan Collection, Sotheby’s, 28 October 1985, lot 372

Ancient Coins - JUDAEA, Bar Kochba Revolt. 132-135 CE. Undated issue (year 3, struck 134/5 CE). AR Zuz. From Gen. Moshe Dayan Collection, Sotheby’s, 28 October 1985, lot 372
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JUDAEA, Bar Kochba Revolt. 132-135 CE. Undated issue (year 3, struck 134/5 CE). AR Zuz, 2.82g (18mm, 7h). “Shim’on” in Hebrew, grape bunch / “For the freedom of Jerusalem” in Hebrew, lyre.

Pedigree: Ex Triton XI, 8 Jan 2008, lot 324. From Gen. Moshe Dayan Collection, Sotheby’s, 28 October 1985, lot 372

References: Meshorer 274; AJC II 57; Hendin 734; Bromberg 506-same dies

Grade: A little soft on obverse in areas, otherwise nice toning and good strike. aEF

Price: $2,250

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The Bar Kochba Revolt was the third major uprising of the Jewish people against their oppressors, the Roman Empire. Hadrian was emperor at the time of the revolt. Some historians count the Kitos War (fought 115-117 CE) as an uprising but others consider the Bar Kochba Revolt as essentially the second. The revolt was the result of years of ill treatment and slams against the Jewish people starting years earlier with the First Revolt under the emperor Vespasian in 70 AD.


Under Hadrian a new construction program began in Jerusalem, the holiest of cities for the Jewish people. This new city, Aelia Capitolina, was a source of extreme anger amongst Jews. Hadrian also erected a Temple of Jupiter right on the site of the Temple Mount which ignited the revolt.


Simon ben Kosevah, known in history as Simon Bar Kochba led the revolt. At the time, he was deemed as a messiah to the Jewish people but later the Talmud called him the “false messiah”.


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