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ANCIENT GREEK COINS

The Ancient Jewish People

Coins of the ancient Jewish people
including coins struck for them by the Romans in the 1st century AD.

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Judaea. Roman Procurators. Valerius Gratus, AD 15 to 26. AE 16.
Judaea. Roman Procurators.
Valerius Gratus, AD 15 to 26. AE 16.


Valerius Gratus was the Roman Procurator of Judaea under Tiberus just prior to Pontius Pilatus.
Denomination: AE 16 (probably a Prutah).
Date: issued in AD 18 to 19 (5th year of Tiberius).
Reference: Sear Greek Imperial - 5620.
Size: 14.6 x 16.0 mm.  Weight : 2.08 grams.
Grade: VG/gF with a very dark brown (nearly black) patina, with earthy highlights.
Obverse: The Greek inscription ITIBERIOU in three lines within a wreath.
Reverse: Palm branch, with the date mark L E (year 5) to the sides of the base, with IOULIA across in the middle.  The E in the date looks more like a C but a C is not a possible date mark on these.

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Order # 4494


Judaea, Bar Kochba War, silver zuz (denarius), AD 132-135
Judaea, Bar Kochba War,
silver zuz (denarius), AD 132-135



Denomination: Silver Zuz (denarius).
Date: undated, attributed to year 3 which is AD 134 to 135.
Reference : GIC 5663.  Meshore-202.
Size: 17.4 x 18.6 mm.  Weight: 3.74 grams.
Grade: XF with a very strong strike with no significant part of the design not struck up (one of the strongest I have seen).
Obverse: Hebrew inscription reading "Shimon", inside of a wreath.
Reverse: Single handled jug with a palm branch to the right, surrounded by a Hebrew inscription reading "for the freedom of Jerusalem".
As with all Zuz, this coin is over struck on an earlier coin, but the strike is so strong that only traces of that earlier coin are visible around the edges, and not enough to identify the undertype.


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Order # 4457






 

(reference GIC - Greek Imperial Coinage and S - Greek Coins and Their Values)



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JUDAEAN COINS

(reference GIC - Greek Imperial Coinage and S - Greek Coins and Their Values)

THE SECOND REVOLT (BAR COCHBA WAR), AD 132-135

During the reign of Hadrian, the Romans prohibited circumcision and decided to found a Roman city on the site of Jerusalem. As could be expected, the Judaeans found this to be offensive and, led by Shim'on Ben Cosiba, revolted against Roman authority. After a bitter three-year war, the Judaeans were defeated.

To finance the war, the forces of Shim'on Ben Cosiba minted coins consisting of Silver tetradrachms, denarii and assorted bronzes. Due to a shortage of metal, probably a shortage of time, and possibly as an affront to the Romans, the silver coins were usually overstruck on earlier Roman coins.


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