BAR KOKHBA REVOLT SILVER ZUZ – MILDENBERG 23 EX SOLOMON, SHOSHANNA AND BROMBERG OVERSTRUCK ON TRAJANIC DRACHM FROM BOSTRA – CHOICE AU NGC GRADED JEWISH JUDAEA COIN (Inv. 14634)
JUDAEA. Bar Kokhba Revolt, 132-135 CE
Silver zuz, 3.24 g., 20 mm. Year 2, 133/134 CE.
Obv. [SM] (abbreviated name of Simon) within wreath of branches wrapped around eight almonds.
Rev. [YEAR TWO OF THE FREEDOM OF ISRAEL], two trumpets.
Mildenberg 23 (O5’/R14′); Hendin 1392; Meshorer 243.
Ex Solomon Collection; Ex Shoshana Collection; Ex Abraham Bromberg Collection.
NGC graded CHOICE AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5, “overstruck.” Like all Bar Kokhba zuzim, this piece is overstruck over a Roman coin, in this case a drachm of Trajan from the city of Bostra. The emperor’s hose and some of his profile, as well as fragments of the original coin legend appear on the reverse beneath the trumpet on the right. The highlighted letters ЄΒ ΓЄΡΜ Δ from the legend ΑΥΤΟΚΡ ΚΑΙC ΝЄΡ ΤΡΑΙΑΝ CЄΒ ΓЄΡΜ ΔΑΚ are partly preserved although flattened by the strike.