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    Very Rare Year Four Jewish War Half-Shekel

    JUDAEA. The Jewish War (AD 66-70). AE half-shekel (25mm, 12h). ANACS VF 35. Jerusalem, Year 4 (AD 69/70). Year four, half (Paleo-Hebrew), two lulav bunches flanking an etrog (citron) / To the redemption of Zion (Paleo-Hebrew), seven-branched palm tree with two bunches of dates, flanked by two baskets of dates. Hendin 1367. TJC 211. AJC II 262, 27. Well centered with clear legends and great eye appeal.

    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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