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    Sela Sans Etrog

    JUDAEA. Bar Kokhba Revolt (AD 132 - 135). AR sela (26mm, 14.38 gm, 12h). NGC Choice XF 3/5 - 4/5. Undated issue of Year 3 (AD 134/5). Paleo-Hebrew Simon on either side of the facade of the Jerusalem Temple, holy ark seen from end in center of entrance / For the Freedom of Jerusalem; lulav (no etrog). Mildenberg 146, 58 (these dies). Hendin 1412. TJC 270. AJC II 273, 54. A rare variety lacking the etrog usually seen on the reverse! Overstruck on an Antioch tetradrachm of Nero, with a portion of the eagle's wing clearly visible in the reverse right field. Offered together with an Antioch tetradrachm of Nero, dated AD 60/1 (RPC 4181), of the same type overstruck by the Bar Kokhba rebels.

    From the Northern California Collection. Both coins acquired from Palladium Numismatics, 1995/6. 

    The coins of the Bar Kokhba Revolt were overstruck on Roman provincial coins of Syria, usually silver tetradrachms of Antioch and Tyre, Rome-mint silver denarii, and silver drachms of Caesarea in Cappadocia. It must have given the Jewish rebels great satisfaction to hammer flat the "graven images" of their oppressors and replace them with new designs conforming to thw traditional Jewish taboo on portraying the human and animal form. Instead, the large silver selas carry the image of the long-destroyed Great Temple, which the rebels hoped to rebuild. The obverse legend gives Bar Kochba's first name, Shimon (or Simon; other coins give him the title "President of Israel"), while the reverse legend carries the defiant cry "for the freedom of Jerusalem."


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