"COIN OF THE MONTH" - SHIMON BAR KOCHBA AE MEDIUM DENOMINATION, YEAR TWO 133/134 C.E. STRUCK OVER HADRIAN AE OF GAZA, 131/132 C.E.
COIN MATCHING THE GAZA OVERSTRIKE IS INCLUDED
Mildenberg 61 and type S/T var. struck over Sofaer 65, Hadrian AE of Gaza , Very Fine+, 27.2mm, 11.67 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
Pics in order of listing. 1. Date comparison both coins 2. Bar Kokhba coin image 3. Hadrian on Bar Kokhba coin 4. Roman date on Jewish coin 5. Roman date on Roman coin 6. Roman Gaza Coin
Please note: This is a consigned coin and can only be purchased by check, bank wire or transferwise
A sharp coin with great historical significance which precludes its being pretty. Mildenberg discusses this type on page 118 in "The Coinage of the Bar Kokhba War" within types N - V "Noteworthy features in the Bar Kokhba bronze coinage". This coin being similar to types S/T.
As is well known, the bronze coins were filed down by Bar Kokhba's mint workers and it is rare that one can detect any discernable undertype. This coin was not completely filed down, and shares with us much of the usually obliterated information. Of great interest is that the coin is struck over the protagonist of Bar Kochba - "Hadrian" himself. The coin was struck over a Hadrian bronze from the Biblical City of Gaza. Furthermore the exact date BYP 192 = 131/132 C.E. is preserved on the coin, similar to the Mildenberg coin. What even more interesting about our coin is that the actual bust of Hadrian can be seen and not just a city goddess. Finally, we note with interest that Bar Kokhba's men struck his date in the same spot as the provincial date was struck. The coin was overstruck in year two of the revolt. The "shin" for year would have been right over the B in the provincial date and the "Bet" for two can be seen right to its left!
An intriquing historical coin, of a type hardly ever seen.