BAR KOKHBA SILVER SELA – UNDATED YEAR 3 ISSUE WITH CLEAR SUPER RARE HADRIANIC UNDERTYPE VISIBLE – AU NGC GRADED JUDAEA COIN (Inv. 17438)
JUDAEA. BAR KOKHBA, 132-135 AD.
Silver sela (tetradrachm), 14.44 g, 26 mm. Undated issue of year 3 (AD 134/5).
Obv. [SIMON] (in Paleo-Hebrew), facade of the Temple, a stylized Ark with scrolls within, star ornament above. Rev. [FOR THE FREEDOM OF JERUSALEM] (in Paleo-Hebrew), bundle of lulav, etrog in left field.
Mildenberg, 63 (O14 / R48); Hendin, 6th edition, 6439; for the Roman undertype, see Prieur, 772.
NGC graded AU, Strike 3/5, Surface 5/5, “overstruck”. The coin was clearly overstruck on a Roman tetradrachm with eagle reverse, the wings of the bird visible to the left of the temple. The imperial portrait of the undertype, seen clearly on the reverse of the sela, is quite unusual in that it faces left. The only issue that seems to combine these two features (a left facing portrait with an eagle reverse) is a very rare Hadrianic one from Tarsus, and it seems likely that this is the coin that was used.
PUBLISHED: Vilmar Numismatics FPL III, no. 106.
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