"COIN OF THE MONTH" - BAR KOCHBA AR SELA / TETRADRACHM
Mildenberg 95, Extremely Fine, Lustrous with subtle toning, 26mm, 14.44 grams
Obverse: Facade of the Temple of Jerusalem, holy of holies within, with ark staves within protruding, vine branch (wavy line) above the facade, "SHIMON" in Paleo Hebrew around
Reverse: Arba Minim (the four species - palm branch, willow, myrtle and etrog [one each as per opinion of Rabbi Akiba]), surrounded by inscription LeCherut Yerushalayim (to the freedom of Jerusalem) in Paleo Hebrew around
NOTE: This coin can be purchased with USA check in dollars or bank transfer only. Credit card or paypal not accepted.
A BEAUTIFUL, scarcer, vine branch Sela struck on CHOICE metal! Coin is more evenly light than in photo, which exaggerates contrast. While the more common Star above the Temple Sela type is getting near and over $10,000 in auctions these days, with metal flaws and design interruptions common, this is an unusually nice specimen. The temple is complete! The reverse, although there is slight flatness in the Lulav, is PERFECTLY centered with a CLEAR, COMPLETE, and perfectly formed legend!
Lustrous with light toning and superior eye appeal!