Temple Coin. Silver Tetradrachm of Bar Kochba 134 CE. Letter Opener
Material: Brass with Silver plate
Length: 7" / 18.5 cm
The silver tetradrachm, issued during the government of Jewish rebel leader Simon Bar-Kochba, bears witness to Jewish hopes for redemption. Bar-Kochba waged the last rebellion against the Romans in 132 CE which was finally crushed in 135 CE.
The obverse side of the coin shows the facade of the Temple in Jerusalem (destroyed in 70 CE by Titus), symbolizing the wish to rebuild it, and the Hebrew inscription "Shimon" (Bar Kochba). On the reverse, branches of palm, willow, and myrtle are shown bundled together, representing the Festival of Succot. The Hebrew inscription reads "For the Freedom of Jerusalem."
Our adaptation shows the obverse side of the coin with the facade of the Temple.
This item comes with a certificate of authenticity of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Enclosed is a small description of its historical background in English and Hebrew.