JUDAEA. Bar Kokhba Revolt, 132-135 AD.
Silver Zuz, 3.25 g., 19 mm. Year 2, ca. AD 133/4 AD, overstruck on a Judaea Capta denarius of Vespasian.
Obv. [SIMON] bunch of grapes hanging from branch.
Rev. [FOR THE FREEDOM OF JERUSALEM], jug and palm branch.
Mildenberg 39 (Obv. 7, Rev. 18).
Ex Michael Druck Collection.
Published: the present coin was subject to a special article by NGC:
NGC graded CHOICE XF, Strike 3/5, Surface 4/5, overstruck on a Judaea Capta deanarius of Vespasian (see link above for full discussion and illustrations of prototype). On the obverse the profile of Vespasian is clearly visible as well as part of his name and titulature, even though the letters are largely flattened out: …NVS AVG… On the reverse, and here much clearly preserved, is part of the Judaea Capta legend, the letters …AEA… above which are traces of Judaea’s feet and hem garment, as she reclines facing left (see highlighted areas on image for reference).
The symbolism of this particular overstrike is startling, as it takes a Judaea Capta denarius, symbol of the Roman victory in the first Jewish Revolt, and overstrikes it with the types of the Second Revolt, as the Jewish people once again challenged the authority of Rome. While overstrikes over Roman denarii are the norm in this period, the presence of an identifiable Judaea Capta undertype is exceedingly rare, especially since such a coin is unlikely to have circulated in the local markets given its explosive political nature.
There are about 5 documented specimens of Judaea Capta overstrikes, including one that sold for over $ 35,000 in 2010.