"COIN OF THE MONTH" - SHIMON BAR KOCHBA AE MEDIUM DENOMINATION, RARE CRUDE STYLE YEAR TWO 133/134 C.E.
Mildenberg 196, ONLY 1 listed! About Extremely Fine, 29mm, 11.92 grams
Obverse: Vine leaf on tendril, Year Two of the Freedom of Israel in Paleo-Hebrew around
Reverse: Seven branched palm tree with two bunches of dates, Sh'ma (abbreviation of Shimon) in Paleo-Hebrew across fields
A VERY RARE crude die set. Only one listed by Mildenberg and ours is finer!
Interestingly Mildenberg notes that the crude die #169 served as a model for this die.
The crude series were usually made from unofficial styles in mobile mints or on the run. As such die #169 was irregular. In interpreting that die as a model for this die Mildenberg writes "No. 169 obviously served as the model for the engraver of no. 196 which, therefore, is a copy of a copy! "
I would note personally that not much stock should be taken in the date of "year two". If the coin was struck on the run under extreme pressure, it could also have been struck in year three toward the end of the war, in which case earlier coins could have been used as models and copied, without much regard for the legends.
Ex: Fontanille Coins