JEWISH WAR FIRST REVOLT AGAINST ROME AR SHEKEL, YR. 3 - 68/69 C.E.
Hendin 6390 (GBC5 - 1361), Extremely Fine, 22.6mm, 13.6 grams, Jerusalem Mint
Obverse: Chalice surrounded by Paleo-Hebrew inscription "Shekel of Israel", abbreviated "Year 3" above chalice
Reverse: Staff of three pomegranates, surrounded by Paleo-Hebrew inscription "Jerusalem the Holy".
A BEAUTIFUL coin struck on EXCELLENT metal, nicely centered with complete inscription. Very appealing with lovely light toning with remnants of hoard patina and not shiny and overcleaned like so many of the shekels that appear on the market. Competitively priced (below what the auctions are seeing for comparable specimens.)
Always uncommon the Shekels of year three are significantly scarcer than those of year two. The "Shekel of Israel" was struck from 66 - 70 C.E. during the great revolt against Rome which culminated in the destruction of the Temple.
From the collection of a Louisana Doctor. Purchased in March, 2006.