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This 18K Gold pendant with rubies in a toggle is set with a bronze Tree of Life Coin from Second Jewish Revolt lead by Shimon Bar Kochba.
Denomination: AE Bronze 1/2 Maa Date: 132-133 CE
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, amphora, 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 in Israel declared war against the tyranny of Rome for 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 of Rome with symbols of a free Israel. Following three years of grueling warfare, the might and persistence of Rome, finally, prevailed over the zealous warriors of Israel. Ultimately the war was disastrous for the people of Israel, 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.