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Coin of Bar Kokhba depicting on the obverse the facade of the Temple and an ark with the inscription "Simon" and on the reverse the four species and the legend "For the Freedom of Jerusalem"

Unknown134 CE - 135 CE

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Thousands of coins issued under Bar Kokhba were found in the Land, and their distribution provides testimony as to the geographical boundaries of his administration. As an act of defiance, most of these coins were struck over Roman coins. Some of them bear Bar Kokhba's name and his title "prince of Israel"; others bear the phrases "for the freedom of Jerusalem" or "for the redemption of Israel" alongside the year of the revolt. The symbols on the coins – such as the facade of the Temple, the Four Species, and trumpets – are indications of the messianic nature of the revolt and the longing for the restoration of Jerusalem and the Temple.

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  • Title: Coin of Bar Kokhba depicting on the obverse the facade of the Temple and an ark with the inscription "Simon" and on the reverse the four species and the legend "For the Freedom of Jerusalem"
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 134 CE - 135 CE
  • Type: Coin
  • Rights: Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Harry Stern Collection, bequest of Kurt Stern, London, Photo © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • External Link: Israel Museum, Jerusalem
  • Medium: Silver
  • Dimensions: W. 27.5 mm, Wt. 14.4 gr
  • Curator: Mevorah, David

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