A Year 3 (circa 134 to 135 A.D.) silver tetradrachm struck during the
Bar Kochba Revolt highlight’s Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ world coin
offerings during an auction at the Whitman Coin & Collectibles
Baltimore Expo Oct. 30 to Nov. 1.
The coin is a remnant of the Jewish-Roman wars that decimated the
Jewish population and destroyed Jerusalem during a nearly seven-decade
period bridging the first and second centuries A.D.
The final period of this bloody struggle was known as the Bar Kochba
Revolt. Simon Bar Kosiba took the name Bar Kochba, which means “Son of
a Star,” and became the commander for the Jewish forces.
As the revolt progressed, coinage was needed for use by the Jews.
Silver and bronze Roman coins were overstruck with Jewish images and legends.
The obverse design for this silver tetradrachm shows the façade of
the Temple of Jerusalem, and inside the temple is the famed Ark of the Covenant.
The reverse depicts agricultural symbols significant to the Jewish
harvest festival, the lulav (frond of the date palm tree) and the
etrog (yellow citron). The legend around this design translates to
“For the freedom of Jerusalem.”
Overstruck silver tetradrachms are among the most religiously
significant coins issued by the ancient Jews.
Graded Extremely Fine by the auction house, the coin has an estimate
of $2,000 to $3,000.
For information about the sale, telephone the firm at 800-458-4646
or 949-253-0916, or visit its website.
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