Why did the Roman Empire, after they had conquered the Jews, keep the Jewish coin?
And how come this coin contain both Jewish and Roman symbols?
The Israel Museum Jerusalem contains a steel vault that safeguards a fortune in rare coins from throughout the ancient world.
Two coins that were in circulation in Judaea in 132 AD are particularly fascinating – one coin displays the face of a Roman Emperor. This makes sense, because Judaea was a province of the Roman Empire. But the second coin displays a cluster of grapes: the Jewish symbol for freedom…along with markings that are definitely not Jewish.
How could there have been a Jewish coin in circulation in Roman dominated Judea?
The answer is a museum secret.