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    Hunt Specimen Year Five Shekel, Found at Masada

    Jewish War (66 - 70 AD). AR shekel (23mm, 13.92 gm, 10h). Year 5. [>A] RSy >kS (shekel of Israel); US (year 5) above ritual chalice with pearled rim, the base is raised by projections on ends / USä¿kU My>Säry (Jerusalem the holy); staff with three pomegranate buds, round base. Hendin 1370. TJC 215. AJC 263,31. Samuels 94 (this coin). Very rare. Very Fine.

    Ex Sotheby's 6-19-1990 (Nelson Bunker Hunt), 116 (said to be "found at Masada").

    The year 5 shekel is a great rarity, and along with the menorah bronze, are the most storied coins in the Judaean series. The silver shekels dated to the fifth year were struck in the months just before Titus and his troops captured Jerusalem and burned the Temple in July of 71 AD. It is probable that large numbers of these just-struck coins were carried back to Rome as part of the booty (which would eventually finance the Colosseum as well as other building projects). There were several year 5 shekels among the coins excavated at Masada. It is therefore known that at least some Jewish fighters broke the siege to escape Jerusalem just around the time it fell. These coins continued in use until Masada fell to the Roman legions in 73 AD.




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