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Jewish War (66 - 70 AD). AE half-shekel (26.2 mm, 14.76 gm, 12 h). Year 4. yZx CBRA TES (year four, half = 69/70 AD); two lulav bunches flank an etrog (citron) / EñyZ TLA(L (to the redemption of Zion); Seven-branched palm tree with two bunches of dates, flanked by baskets of dates. Hendin 1367. TJC 211. AJC II 262,27. Well centered, full legends, original encrustation. Choice Very Fine plus.

By the fourth year of the war the Jews in Jerusalem were in a desperate situation, not only fighting off the Romans but battling each other in an intense civil war described in detail by Josephus. In these extraordinary times, fiduciary bronze fractions of the shekel were minted. According to Newell these bronze fractions comprise the world's first siege money.

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