Future ultimate payment gateway. A Zuz (Hebrew-זוז; plural zuzzim Hebrew-זוזים) was an ancient Jewish silver coin struck during the Bar Kochba revolt, as well as a Jewish name for the various types of non-Jewish small silver coinage, used before and after the period of the revolt.
The name was used from the Greek era of drachmas, through the Roman era of Denarius, and then as the quarter denomination of Bar Kochba coinage. The Jewish insurrectionists zuz were overstruck on Roman Imperial denarii or Roman provincial drachmas of Vespasian, Titus, Domitian, Trajan and Hadrian.
Four Zuz, denarii or drachmas make a Shekel, a Sela or a Tetradrachm. In the Talmud, the Zuz and the dinar are used interchangeably, the difference being that the Zuz originally referred to the Greek Drachma (which was a quarter of the Greek Tetradrachm weighing approximately 17 grams) while the Dinar referred to the later Roman Denarius (which was a quarter of the Tyrian shekels and had the same weight as the Jerusalem Shekels and the Roman provincial Tetradrachms at approximately 14 grams).
The Zuz is mentioned in the
Passover Haggadah in the Passover song Chad gadya, chad gadya (One
little goat, one little goat); in which the lyric of dizabin abba bitrei
zuzei (Which Father bought for two zuzim (half shekel) repeats at the
end of every stanza. It may be significant that two zuzim equal the
half-shekel tax required of every adult male Israelite in Exodus 30:13.