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    Judaea. Bar Kochba Revolt. 132-135 C.E. AR zuz (18 mm, 2.97 g, 1 h). Year 2 (133/4 C.E.). Paleo-Hebrew inscription "Shim" within wreath / Chelys; paleo-Hebrew inscription "Year two of the freedom of Israel" around. Mildenberg 13 (O4/R7'); TJC 238; Hendin 690; Bromberg II, 445 (same dies). Toned VF, light deposits. Very rare and comparable quality to the Bromberg specimen.

    The types for this very rare issue all refer to Shimon Bar Kochba's legitimacy to rule as the Prince of Israel. On the obverse his name is surrounded by a wreath, in imitation of the laureate portraits of the Roman emperors (Jewish law forbade his actual depiction). The chelys reverse may refer to the musical instrument used by the ancient King David. As such it implies messianic royal legitimacy for Bar Kochba derived from the line of David.

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