Ancient Jewish Silver Zuz Coin from Year 2 of the Bar Kochba Revolt - 133 AD. A fascinating and important Biblical period coin. An ancient silver zuz minted by the Jewish people as an act of defiance against the Romans during the third Jewish - Roman war, also known as the Bar Kochba revolt. Overstruck on a Roman denarius of Domitian, in year 2 of the war, circa 133 / 134 AD. The obverse with a bunch of grapes. The Paleo-Hebrew script reading: Shim'on "Simon" The reverse with a three stringed kinnor, an ancient Israelite instrument, similar to a lyre or harp. The Paleo-Hebrew inscription reading: "Year 2 of the Freedom of Israel!" After years of political and religious tensions in the Roman ruled province of Judaea, the Jews finally revolted in 136 AD, organised by their leader Simon Bar Kochba . They faced the full might of Emperor Hadrian's Roman Empire, but despite this, initial victories established an independent state of Israel across areas of Judea for over two years. It was during this time that the Jewish rebels minted their own coins by overstriking on the already circulating Roman coinage. This zuz was issued over a Roman silver denarius, minted under Emperor Domitian. A trace of the legend of the coin is still visible on the reverse! More than just a coin, this artefact pays testimony to the struggle of the Jewish people to preserve their religion and culture in the face of great adversity.
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