BAR KOKHBA SILVER ZUZ – RARE UNDATED YEAR 3 VARIETY FROM SAMEL COLLECTION AND MILDENBERG PLATE COIN – CHOICE AU STAR NGC GRADED JEWISH COIN OF THE SECOND REVOLT (Inv. 15295)
JUDAEA. Bar Kokhba Revolt, AD 132-135.
Silver zuz, 3.67 g, 19 mm. Undated Year 3 issue, 134/135 CE.
Obv. [SIMON] within wreath of branches wrapped around eight almonds.
Rev. [FOR THE FREEDOM OF JERUSALEM], jug and branch to right.
Mildenberg 229, no. 113 (O17/R78), no. 3 (this coin listed and ILLUSTRATED); Hendin 1427.
Ex Samel Collection, no. 2469, acquired from Bank Leu 28, 5/5/1981, lot 296 and published in Overbeck and Meshorer, Das Heilige Land: Münzen und Siegel aus einem Jahrtausend jüdischer Geschichte (1993), no. 469.
NGC graded CHOICE AU STAR, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5, “overstruck”, a rare Mildenberg variety (one of three pieces that he cites and the one chosen as illustration); like all Bar Kokhba zuzim, this piece is overstruck over a Roman coin, with some traces of the legend of the undertype visible above the wreath.