Bar Kokhba Year 2 Sela

Bar Kokhba Year 2 Sela

Collection ID

NUM.000909

Type

Coin

Date

ca. 133 CE

Geography

Israel

Language

Hebrew

Medium

Silver

Dimensions

1 in. (2.5 cm) diameter

Exhibit Location

Not on view


Minted within seventy years of the destruction of Jerusalem, this coin constitutes one of the most significant witnesses to the end of the Second Temple period, preserving a rare depiction of the Jewish Temple. During the Third Jewish Revolt, Jewish patriots re-struck these imperial Roman coins with mottos of their independence, replacing the iconography of the Roman regent with Jewish patriotic propaganda.

On the front (obverse), a façade of the Second Temple shows a glimpse of the ark of the covenant between two sets of pillars with a star above, representing the holy of holies. The Hebrew inscription reads Yerushalayim, “Jerusalem.” The back (reverse) offers agricultural symbols associated with the harvest festival Sukkot. The Hebrew inscription reads L’Herut Yerushalayim—“For the Freedom of Jerusalem.”

Minted around 133 CE. Acquired by Colonel Francois Maurice Allote de La Fuÿe (6 November 1844–13 February 1939).[1] Purchased at auction on February 17, 1925.[2] Acquired by a single private collection, perhaps in Switzerland.[3] Sold at auction on November 23, 2004.[4] Purchased at auction January 5, 2016, by Dr. Patrick Tan Collection.[5] Purchased at auction on January 9, 2018, by ArtAncient;[6] Purchased in 2018 from ArtAncient by Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Colonel Francois Maurice Allote de La Fu was a French military officer, archaeologist, and numismatist. [2] Lot 1105. Florange and Ciani. [3] The 2004 Morton & Eden sale offered dozens of Jewish coins from the Allotte collection, indicating their presence in London on a non-EU temporary import license. Other coins from the francophone Allotte sale eventually surfaced in Swiss auction houses. [4] Lot 646. Morton & Eden 10. [5] Lot 310. CNG Triton XIX. [6] Lot 285 Dmitry Markov Coins & Medals | M&M Numismatics Ltd | Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles > The New York Sale XLII.

Selected References:
Giard Lair-Dubreuil, Jules Florance, and Louis Ciani, “Monnaies grecques provenant des collections du colonel Allotte de la Fuÿe: première vente à l'Hôtel Drouot 192: Lot 1105,” 73, plate 20.

L. Mildenberg, “The Coinage of the Bar Kokhba War” (Typos 6, Aarau, 1984), 21.1 O4/R14.

Description

Minted within seventy years of the destruction of Jerusalem, this coin constitutes one of the most significant witnesses to the end of the Second Temple period, preserving a rare depiction of the Jewish Temple. During the Third Jewish Revolt, Jewish patriots re-struck these imperial Roman coins with mottos of their independence, replacing the iconography of the Roman regent with Jewish patriotic propaganda.

On the front (obverse), a façade of the Second Temple shows a glimpse of the ark of the covenant between two sets of pillars with a star above, representing the holy of holies. The Hebrew inscription reads Yerushalayim, “Jerusalem.” The back (reverse) offers agricultural symbols associated with the harvest festival Sukkot. The Hebrew inscription reads L’Herut Yerushalayim—“For the Freedom of Jerusalem.”


Provenance

Minted around 133 CE. Acquired by Colonel Francois Maurice Allote de La Fuÿe (6 November 1844–13 February 1939).[1] Purchased at auction on February 17, 1925.[2] Acquired by a single private collection, perhaps in Switzerland.[3] Sold at auction on November 23, 2004.[4] Purchased at auction January 5, 2016, by Dr. Patrick Tan Collection.[5] Purchased at auction on January 9, 2018, by ArtAncient;[6] Purchased in 2018 from ArtAncient by Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.

Notes: [1] Colonel Francois Maurice Allote de La Fu was a French military officer, archaeologist, and numismatist. [2] Lot 1105. Florange and Ciani. [3] The 2004 Morton & Eden sale offered dozens of Jewish coins from the Allotte collection, indicating their presence in London on a non-EU temporary import license. Other coins from the francophone Allotte sale eventually surfaced in Swiss auction houses. [4] Lot 646. Morton & Eden 10. [5] Lot 310. CNG Triton XIX. [6] Lot 285 Dmitry Markov Coins & Medals | M&M Numismatics Ltd | Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles > The New York Sale XLII.

Selected References:
Giard Lair-Dubreuil, Jules Florance, and Louis Ciani, “Monnaies grecques provenant des collections du colonel Allotte de la Fuÿe: première vente à l'Hôtel Drouot 192: Lot 1105,” 73, plate 20.

L. Mildenberg, “The Coinage of the Bar Kokhba War” (Typos 6, Aarau, 1984), 21.1 O4/R14.


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