The shekel came to me by way of a Ponterio & Associates auction, in the early 90's, as I recall. I was able to secure the coin for $875, I guess because it is darkly toned (hoard patina, graded VF) plus the fact that a small hoard became available at the time. I've been looking to add a mate for this period. Buying another shekel, or half shekel, was (as still is) out of the question. So I looked around, on an on and off basis, at the bronze coins. Finally, last week, I found one that was reasonably "affordable", at $99 (off center obverse, grade: about Fine). This coin, while somewhat scarce, is really nothing to write home about in terms of condition, but in light of the fact that anything better would cost exponential dollars, it is a decent example. So, here are the two coins: First Jewish War, 66-70 AD Shekel Year 2 Obverse: Hebrew script ( SH K L E SH R AL) = "Shekel of Israel," date in Hebrew (SH B ) ' year two ' chalice with beaded rim. Reverse: Hebrew script ( Y R O SH L Y M H K D SH EH ) = "Jerusalem the Holy," sprig of three pomegranates. 13.7 grams 20.5 mm, 11 h. First Jewish War, 66-70 AD AE 1/8 Shekel Year 4 Obverse: Chalice with beaded rim, legend: 'For the Redemption of Israel. Reverse: Two lulavim (bundles ofpalm, willow and myrtle), Hebrew inscription, 'Year Four, Quarter'. 5.2 grams 18.5 mm, 10 h. The flan used for this coin is very similar to those used for the drachms of Alexandria, flat on one side and rounded on the other. This seems to be the style of flan used for this denomination. Additionally this coin clearly shows the sprue, at 5 o'clock on the reverse. In terms of value, the two coins are oceans apart, but at least I have two years of the revolt now represented in the collection, along with the later Bar Kokhba revolt tetradrachm. If you have any coins of the period, Roman or Jewish, that you would like to post, please do. Thank you.