A rare ancient silver half-shekel minted by the Jewish people during the First Jewish-Roman War, also known as the Great Revolt or ha-Mered Ha-Gadol. Struck in the Holy city of Jerusalem during the fourth year of the conflict (69/70 AD).
Year 4 shekels are decidedly rarer than those of Years 1-3, reflecting the deteriorating military and political situation of the Judean rebels. While surviving shekels of each of the first three years number in the hundreds, fewer than 50 survive for Year 4. The Jewish forces, increasingly confined to the environs of Jerusalem, were suffering severe shortages of everything from precious metals to foodstuffs, meaning there was far less silver available to strike coins, and very little in the way of goods for them to be spent buying. The dies used for striking coins also show signs of haste in preparation.
‘Shekel of Israel’ in Palaeo-Hebrew, around a ritual chalice; date Year 4 above
‘Jerusalem the Holy’ in Palaeo-Hebrew, around a branch with three pomegranates
A perfect choice for Numismatists, Historians, Military Veterans, Collectors.