"COIN OF THE MONTH" - SHIMON BAR KOCHBA AR ZUZ
Mildenberg 98, only 3 listed!, Hendin 1451, Extremely Fine, 20mm, 3.58 grams, Struck Circa. 134/135 C.E.
Obverse: Name of SHIMON within wreath of almonds
Reverse: Lyre surrounded by inscription TO THE FREEDOM OF ISRAEL
A Rare die set with only three specimens listed in Mildenberg. This coin has nice old collection toning and quite heavy weight for a Zuz. It is struck over a "DAC" (Dacian victory) denarius of Trajan with part of his profile and legend quite BOLD! (see inset photo)
Ex: Dr. Martina Dieterle
Ex: Brody Family Collection, purchased in 2001