A complete record of the Jewish-Roman wars is far to great of a subject for this page, but we can well sum it up as the Romans won the war on the grand but largely lost it in the hearts and minds of the world, with the eventualy transfermation of Roman civilization into an empire, both east and west, dominated by Christian theology, Christianity itself breakoff theology of a largely Romanized Jewish, post-acroptycal faith.
Several Jewish Rebellions occurred, the two major ones being the first and second Jewish Revolts. The first one included the detruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem and the Second one including the Bar Kachkba messianic rebellion which was intertweined with the writings and leadership of Rabbi Akiva.
Bar Kochba was particulary interesting Numismattically because he restruct a lot of coins which are available around the world. Uniquely they have very nationalistic and identifiable Jewish designs, such as the Temple and Menora's, and are are unapologitic about their nationalism. They do not adopt Greek symbolism as did Macabonian coinage before them. Coins from the first great revolt are a more in context with general coinage of the region.
Year 2 Putah Bronze Coin 67-68 CE Reverse
Year 2 Putah Bronze Coin 67-68 CE Obverse
Ancient or Old Hebrew
The Related Phonician
Aramaic which was imported into new Hebrew
Modern Hebrew Script
recent another of these was picked up in the old city of Jerusalem by a nice young Palestinian young man who proudly showed off his singed copy
of David Herndins anciets book. His stall was called Ali Baba Antiquities and Jewelery, Al M. Wazwaz. Chains Gate Street No 18.
The Safir Family Internet Coin Library. Nearly all the coins here have been stolen. If you have any information on the theft, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.orgClick to see these examples show below including photography: note to lawyer: most of the good stuff is gone
Go To Section II: Modern and Ancient Foreign Coins from Outside The United States
Go To Section III: Mandy's 25th Anniversary World Wildlife Fund Silver Coins
The Safir Family Internet Coin Library: Foriegn Coins.Several mints from around the world make exciting coin designs in circulating alloys, silver and gold. Among my favorites are the Perth Mint in Austrailia which produces a variety of coins for nations mostly through out the Pacific Rim. The Neatherlands has also produced some interesting designs, and several private US based mints have produced foreign currency on contract, include the Franklin Mint which has produced many Israeli Coins. Our interest in foreign coins has been nominal but rapidly growing as it seems that US designs are so stuck in the mud. Also, foreign mints are creating bold new designs with color and bimetal designs that are both eye catching and fun.
Ruben Safir's Front Page