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Israel, Jewish Coins of the Bar Kokhba War, Denar or Zuz

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Israel, Jewish Coins of the Bar Kokhba War, Denar or Zuz (obverse) Israel, Jewish Coins of the Bar Kokhba War, Denar or Zuz (reverse)

When the Jews rose against Roman rule under the leadership of Shimon Bar Kokhba in 132 AD, the upset population overstruck the circulating Roman denarii with the motto "Freedom for Israel:" In a time without mass media, coins were the only common means of propaganda. This denarius or zuz, as the Roman denarius was called in the Talmud documented the Jewish will to live in freedom in a freed Jerusalem. The obverse of the coin bears the Palaeo-Hebrew legend SM' Shim(on), the reverse shows the inscription SB LHR YSRL ("Year Two of the Freedom of Israel"). The depicted pitcher and frond were ritual objects used in the water procession on the last day of Sukkot (the Feast of Booths).

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