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Jewish Coin Rings : Coin from the Jewish War Against Rome
Coin from the Jewish War Against Rome - FJ.5181
Location: United States
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Mounted in an 18 karat gold ring.
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.
In 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 revolt. Nero, the emperor
at the time the war began, sent the general
Vespasian to command the roman forces. He
reconquered the northern part of the country
and then laid siege to Jerusalem. On the ninth of
Av, 70 A.D., 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. The coins issued during this
dramatic period in history carry "revolutionary"
slogans as well as depictions of symbols that are
characteristically Jewish. This distinctive coin
features the image of a vine leaf, evoking the
peaceful abundance that the leaders of the revolt
so fervently longed for. The reverse side of the
coin portrays a holy chalice. In its frame of
radiant gold, this expressive coin stands as a
timeless and significant symbol of age-old ideals
and ongoing faith.