Bar Kochba Coin

Illustration

Ibolya Horvath
by Nick Thompson
published on 30 August 2018

Silver and bronze coins were struck by the Bar Kokhba administration between 132-135 CE over the top of Roman coins. Some bear Bar Kokhba's name and his title "Prince of Israel"; others bear the phrases "for the freedom of Jerusalem" or "for the redemption of Israel" alongside the year of the revolt. The symbols on the coins - e.g. the fa├žade of the Temple and trumpets - are indications of the Messianic nature of the revolt. Museum of Israel, Jerusalem.

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