This coin was issued by the Jews during the Second Jewish Revolt (known as the Bar Kokhba Revolt) against the Roman Empire between 132 and 135 AD. The leader of the Revolt was Shim’on (Simon) Bar Koseba, who was known as “Bar Kochba” meaning “Son of the Star” in reference to the Messianic expectations of the Jews found in the Tanakh: “There shall step forth a star (kochab) out of Jacob” (Numbers 24:17). This shekel/tetradrachm is among the most religiously significant coin issued by the ancient Jews, because the Holy of Holies of the Jerusalem Temple is shown with the Ark of the Covenant. The reverse has a lulav, and reads, “to the freedom of Jerusalem.” It was issued in silver and in copper with rebellious inscriptions. All of these were over struck on mostly Roman coins.
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