This half-shekel was struck and issued by the rebels in the year 68 AD, during year 3 of the First Jewish Revolt. The obverse says, in paleo-Hebrew script, “Half Shekel, Israel.” The date is given above the chalice (reading right to left) as Shin Gimel. Gimel is the third letter of the old Hebrew alphabet, thus the third year of the Rebellion. On the reverse are the three pomegranates in symbolic transition from flower to fruit, and the words Yerushalem ha-?edoshah (Jerusalem the Holy).
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