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Ancients: JUDAEA. Bar Kokhba Revolt (AD 132-135). AE bearing the type of a zuz....

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Auction Ended On: Feb 14, 2013
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Location: Heritage Auctions - Beverly Hills
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JUDAEA. Bar Kokhba Revolt (AD 132-135). AE bearing the type of a zuz. Bunch of grapes / two trumpets. Cf. Hendin 1431 (silver zuz). Good Very Fine.

Very unusual-- clearly a bronze coin, but struck with dies intended for a silver zuz. Possibly the coin was overstruck on a fourrée (silver-plated ancient counterfeit) that has subsequently lost its silvering. However our coin doesn't really look like a fourrée core because it doesn't have to have the rough, corroded surface you'd expect, nor any trace of the original silvering. It is possible the Bar Kokhba rebels simply overstruck a small bronze coin by mistake; alternatively the original coin could have been a fourrée with more of a "silver wash" than true plating, like that of later Roman billon Antoniniani. 

 

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