SHIMON BAR KOCHBA - "ELAZAR" AE SMALL DENOMINATION, YEAR 1
Mildenberg 150, Hendin 1380, Extremely Fine, 21.2mm, 5.72 grams, Struck Year One - 132/133 C.E.
Obverse: Inscription (year one of the redemption of Israel), grape cluster with branch and small vine leaf
Reverse: ELAZAR HaKOHEN (the priest) across fields, under seven branched palm tree with two bunches of dates
A SUPERB example struck on a generous flan for this denomination. Hard to find in this condition and one of the finest you will see with unimprovable centering!
Eleazar was long thought to be an important figure in the administration of Bar Kokhba, and was expected to become the high priest should the Judaean regain control of the Temple. Some scholars speculate that it refers to Rabbi Eleazar HaModai who was later killed by Bar Kokhba after having been framed as a conspirator. David Hendin has published a paper suggesting that the coin refers to the Biblical Eleazar the High Priest who was instrumental in conquering Judaea with Joshua a millenium earlier.