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Bronze Coin from the Jewish War Against Rome - FJ.5193
Origin: Israel
Circa: 66 AD to 70 AD

Collection: Jewelry
Medium: Bronze-Gold


Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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Mounted in an 18 Karat Gold Pendant

The dissatisfaction of the people during the period of Roman procuratorial rule in Judea led from time to time to outbreaks and bloodshed, and to their suppression by the Roman legions. ln 66 A.D., serious rioting broke out at Caesarea, which soon spread. The Jews quickly gained the upper hand and the Roman occupation forces were driven out of much of the country, which encouraged the population to openly oppose the Roman army. For the next several years, a bitter war was waged in Judea between the Jewish inhabitants and the Roman legions, with the latter slowly regaining the positions they had lost at the beginning of the revoIt. Nero, the emperor at the time the war began, sent the general Vespasian to command the Roman forces. He reconquered the Northem part of the country and then laid siege to Jerusalem. On the Ninth of Av, 70 AD., the second temple was destroyed. By this time, Vespasian had already been proclaimed emperor in Rome, and his son, Titus, had taken over as commander. Many thousands were killed in the fighting and, when the temple fell, aspirations for Jewish independence faded for generations. This stunning bronze coin, struck during the third year of the war, features the beautiful image of a vine leaf, an ancient symbol of fruitfulness, surrounded by a revolutionary slogan, typical of this period in history. The reverse side of the coin depicts a holy chalice, also surrounded by a dynamic inscription. This exquisite coin is a powerful testament to a people's undying hope for freedom, a representation that is as powerful today as it was centuries ago.
- (FJ.5193)

 

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