A Bronze Coin of Masada, the First Jewish Revolt, Set in an 18k Gold Pendent
This ancient bronze coin dates from the first Jewish revolt, pressed by the rebels in the Jewish stronghold of Masada. The obverse side bears the location and year in which the coin was pressed, while the reverse side contains a reference to the ‘Deliverance of Zion’. The obverse side also clearly contains the fine imprint of an ancient amphora vessel, its handles curling up the sides, which rise and flare out to a large mouth.
The reverse side contains the faint imprint of what would have been a lulav and etov, symbols of the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot. The pendant’s luster enhances the aged bronze of the coin, which dates from approximately 67 AD and remains in excellent condition.