The Zealot power is centered on the immense fortress building of the Temple in which the stocks of silver enable to create and maintain a mint. The new reference is a shekel of Israel 25 mm in diameter and around 14 g providing a successor to the shekel of Tyre whose production had just been stopped. Half and quarter shekels are also released.
A shekel dated year 1 that was sold for $ 1.1M including premium by Heritage on March 8, 2012 was perhaps a prototype of the installation phase of the revolutionary production. A quarter shekel from same year was sold for $ 900K including premium in the same sale.
On August 3 in Denver, Heritage sells a quarter shekel dated year 4, lot 30096 estimated $ 350K. This emission of 15 mm and about 3 g has a new simple and pleasant design, with on one side a sheaf of three branches of palm and on the other side a wreath of palms. The coin for sale has a sharp strike and is very well centered. Three other units are known.
The beginning of that new year, 69 of current era, is critical in Jerusalem with both a civil war between the Jewish factions and the new campaign of the Roman army led by Vespasian. This emission is probably the very last quarter shekel of the Zealots.
In the following year the Romans would take Jerusalem and destroy the city and the Temple. The victorious general was Titus, son of Vespasian and future emperor. An 18 mm aureus produced to honor this success was sold for $ 960K including premium on March 9, 2012, also by Heritage.