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    Bar Kokhba Revolt (132 - 135 AD). AR zuz (17.8 mm, 2.81 gm, 1h). Second year (hybrid with first year reverse) (133/134 AD). C (Sma-abbreviating Simon), the letters in a triangle, in a wreath of thin branches wrapped around eight almonds, medallion at top, tendrils at bottom / EU,:U R\CLA (Eleazar the priest); fluted jug, handle on l., willow branch on r. Mildenberg 175,6.4 (this coin, 5 specimens listed). Hendin 1384. TJC 235 (these dies). AJC I pl. 22,18 (these dies). Overstruck upon a Flavian denarius, the top of emperor's head and Latin legend 10-2 o'clock on reverse. Very Fine.

    Ex. A. Bromberg by private treaty.
    While this coin is not dated, the only other use of the Eleazar name on a zuz is combined with a die of the first year. Thus, this must be a hybrid issue of the first and second year rather than a coin of the third year, where other undated issues are assigned. The abbreviation "Sma" can also be read "Shma." It seems likely that there was an intended dual meaning in this use of the first three letters of Bar Kokhba's first name; first, a simple abbreviation, and second, as the first word of the prayer, the Shema, which is believed was one of Bar Kokhba's rallying cries.


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    September, 2012
    5th Wednesday
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