|Coins - Ancient|
|Realisation Price||400.00 USD|
Goldberg Auctioneers / The September Pre Long beach Sale - 03/09/2018 / Ancient Coins - Bar Kokhba Revolt / Lot 1204
Judaea, Bar Kokhba Revolt. AE Medium Bronze (14.00 g), 132-135 CE VF Year 1 (132/3 CE). 'Simon, Prince of Israel' (Paleo-Hebrew), seven-branched palm tree with two bunches of dates. 'Year one of the redemption of Israel' (Paleo-Hebrew), vine leaf on tendril. Mildenberg 34a (O1/R1); TJC 222. Dark olive-green patina. VF. The Palm Desert Collection Purchase from Superior 1970s. The vine leaf reverse of this middle bronze denomination of the first yearof the Bar Kokhba War takes its inspiration from the prutot of the earlier failed Jewish Revolt (66-73 CE) that employed a similar type. In this way the Bar Kokhba War was presented as a continuation of the earlier fight and lent it legitimacy in historical terms. The palm tree was a symbol of Judaea going back at least to the time of the Jewish Revolt since it regularly appears on Roman coins in conjunction with Jewish captives under Vespasian and his successors. The seven branches consciously recall the seven arms of the menorah, perhaps the Jewish symbol par excellence. The palm tree was also prominent on coins of the Galileean city of Sepphoris, which became an important center of rabbinical Judaism after the Bar Kokhba War.