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  Metal Type:  14K Gold, SterlingSilver
  Length:  16 In
  $ 3076

Denomination:  AE Bronze                                Date: 132-133 CE


Description: "For the freedom of Jerusalem," palm in wreath/ 

"Shimon," kithara with three strings.


Obverse: features an upright palm branch within a wreath. 
Reverse: a lyre. The lyre is either a wide 4-6 stringed chelys type, 
or narrow 3 stringed kithara. 
The symbols often used on the reverse
of these coins are associated with the Temple - palm branch,
bunch of grapes, lyre and trumpets The Jewish leader's name and title
surround the wreath:
"Shim'on Prince of Israel," while a patriotic and
religiously significant motto is inscribed on the reverse.


 Simon Bar Kochba-Prince of Israel-The Second Jewish Revolt :

In the fall of AD 131 the Jews inIsraeldeclared war against the tyranny ofRomefor the second time. Their military leader was Simon Bar Kochba (Bar Kochba, meaning "Son of the Star), and their spiritual leader Rabbi Akiba. Learning from the Romans, Simon used his coinage as propaganda for their cause, with inscriptions that were meant to keep hope alive and call for "The Redemption of Israel," "The Freedom of Jerusalem," and some declare Simon Bar Kochba the "Prince of Israel." Equally symbolic was the way they were made: they were overstruck on Roman coins, thus obscuring the images ofRomewith symbols of a freeIsrael. Following three years of grueling warfare, the might and persistence ofRome, finally, prevailed over the zealous warriors ofIsrael. Ultimately the war was disastrous for the people ofIsrael, as ancient sources tell us more than one million people died, and nearly one thousand villages were burned to the ground. The site of the final confrontation was the fortress of Bethar and a terrible slaughter ended the conflict. Simon was among the thousands who perished.

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