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Ancients: Jewish War (66 - 70 AD). AE half-shekel (25mm, 15.16 gm, 12h). ...

2012 March 8-9 Signature Auction - The Shoshana Collection of Ancient Judean Coins - New York #3003

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Auction Ended On: Mar 8, 2012
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Location: Ukrainian Institute of America at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion
2 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075

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Rare Bronze Half-Shekel of Year Four
Jewish War (66 - 70 AD). AE half-shekel (25mm, 15.16 gm, 12h). Year 4. yZx CBRA TES (year four, half = 69/70 AD); two lulav bunches flank an etrog (citron) / EñyZ TLAL (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. Samuels 91 (this coin). An extraordinary example. Extremely Fine.

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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