Among the coins was a fascinating piece that is an exact twin to one of the most notorious incidences of numismatic fraud—either actual or accidental— that has occurred in the United States. This story continues to be circulated, and I receive questions about the Bar Kokhba coins found in Kentucky on a regular basis. Here is the background…. The pig pen was part of a field that he had plowed the summer before. It was the first time older residents of the city could remember that this land had ever been turned over.
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Among the coins was a fascinating piece that is an exact twin to one of the most notorious incidences of numismatic fraud—either actual or accidental— that has occurred in the United States. This story continues to be circulated, and I receive questions about the Bar Kokhba coins found in Kentucky on a regular basis. Here is the background…. The pig pen was part of a field that he had plowed the summer before.
It was the first time older residents of the city could remember that this land had ever been turned over. He seemed an honorable man and had nothing to do with ancient coins, and it appears that Mr. Cox legitimately found the coin just where he said he found it. Clay city is about 40 miles east of Lexington, Kentucky. Equally fascinating is that two other Bar Kokhba coins were discovered in different Kentucky towns. It is related quite specifically by celebrated archaeologist Dr.
The assorted coins were found at different times and in widely separated areas: at Louisville in , at Clay City in , and Hopkinsville in These coins have been examined and identified by Professor Israel T.
Naamani of the University of Louisville. There is no difficulty in identifying these Bar Kokhba coins. Also note that Prof. Gordon incorrectly identifies a shekel of the Jewish War first and second row left as a Bar Kokhba coin!
Professor Gordon amazingly seems to have drawn his information from a number of articles in Kentucky newspapers, which reported on these rather astonishing discoveries. In a University of Texas anthropologist named Jeremiah Epstein published a paper. In the course of his research he sent a photocopy of the Clay City coin to Prof. And for Professor Epstein, it did. Fred Coy Jr. Coy sent us photographs of the actual Clay City coin discovered in by Robert Cox.
But he wanted to check this information to make certain that Meshorer knew what he was talking about. It is part of the collection I will be donating to the American Numismatic Society later this year photo: David Hendin.
Gitler and I both immediately agreed with Meshorer and stated that this coin was a fake, not even a forgery, but a kind of a fantasy copy. Professor Coy, who is not a numismatist, kept asking me WHY this coin was not a genuine ancient coin. It is NOT even close and therefore does not justify further discussion.
The latter is strictly for the tourist trade. This looks like someone copied from a worn coin that was missing these letters, but then added the dots to make the replica look more complete. Also, the etrog has been reduced to a mere blob to the right of the lulav.
But here I have discussed a parade of esteemed University Professors who have been bickering back and forth about this coin since it was discovered in And we have also learned that the other two so-called Bar Kokhba coins from Kentucky are of the exact type as this one. A photograph accompanying this article depicts an exact duplicate of the coin found in Louisville in The same Professor Israel T.
Naamani of the University of Louisville examined this coin. The Jews were not strong after the rebellion; so what did they do? They took Roman coins and re-minted them. Underneath if you scratch them there are Roman inscriptions. Maybe college professors ought to be forced to get licenses before commenting on subjects about which they are completely in the dark. My research at the British Museum has uncovered a lead cast of this very type of Bar Kokhba fake, which was presented to The British Museum in by Spink and Sons as a replica.
Therefore, the original must be somewhat older than that. My best bet is that this was a souvenir given away by a Bible marketing company in the early s and hundreds or even thousands were passed through the American South. I have personally seen more than 50 of them. The stories around these coins represent wishful thinking by American Bible Belt scholars.
Guide to Biblical Coins
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