JEWISH WAR FIRST REVOLT AGAINST ROME AR SHEKEL, YR. 3 - 68/69 C.E.
Hendin 1361, Choice Extremely Fine, 22.9mm, 13.80 grams, Jerusalem Mint
Obverse: Chalice surrounded by Paleo-Hebrew inscription "Shekel of Israel", abbreviated "Year 3" above chalice
Reverse: Staff of three pomegranates, surrounded by Paleo-Hebrew inscription "Jerusalem the Holy".
A PERFECTLY STRUCK YEAR 3 SHEKEL IN ALL RESPECTS on wonderful metal, no doubt one of the finest we have seen! The coin was cleaned a while back which left some scratching particularly on the reverse (doesn't jump out on you but visible on inspection). Metal is strong and sound.
Shekels of year three are far scarcer than those of year two. The "Shekel of Israel" was struck from 66 - 70 C.E. during the great revolt against Rome which culminated in the destruction of the Temple.
From a private Florida collection. Purchased 2008/09 from Dr. Robert Deutsch from Archaeological Center and authoir of "Jewish Coinage During the First Revolt Against Rome". A signed authenticity certificate from Dr. Deutsch is included.