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AUCTION 91 NOW OPEN

(January 1-24 2017)

This auction closes on Tuesday, January 24 at 6:00 PM E.T. Please send your bids by email: jp.fontanille@sympatico.ca

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1. Herod the Great, large denomination struck year 37 B.C.E. in Jerusalem (GBC 1169) 5.87 g.

 Start: $700 Est. $850-$1,000

Struck by the pair of dies O5-R22, this is the finest example I have seen for the series I of the large denomination of Herod. The series I is the rarest series for the large denomination (16% of the coins struck for the type), and the earliest. It also shows more details than on the series 2 and 3: The letters omega are open, the tripod is flanked by two appendages, the bowl is filled by the seven species (with the ear of wheat hanging at left), and the date is at the very bottom of the tripod. If these details are missing on the other series, it is because the illustrations were not yet standardized when the series I were struck. On the later series II and III (84% of the coins struck for the type), the illustration would be simplified (see coin #2 below).

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2. Herod the Great, large denomination struck year 37 B.C.E. in Jerusalem (GBC 1169) 6.27 g.

 Start: $425 Est. $500-$700

Struck by the pair of dies O9-R71, this is a nice example for the series II of the large denomination of Herod the Great.

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3. Aretas IV, AE 18 mm struck year 39 B.C.E. in Petra (Meshorer 112) 5.87 g.

 Start: $225 Est. $300-$350

A beautiful example for this common coin type of Aretas IV (and queen Shuqailat). The most minute details are well visible on both sides of this coin. The Nabataean king and ruler of Petra Aretas IV was known as an enemy of the apostle Paul in 2 Corintians 11. He is also known to have been an enemy of Herod Antipas after he divorced his daughter in order to pursue Salome/Herodias.

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4. Herod Archelaus, prutah struck 4 B.C.E. - 6 C.E. in Jerusalem (GBC 1195) 1.43 g.

 Start: $250 Est. $300-$400

Much better than the GBC and TJC plate coins, this is the finest example I have seen for the type. The perfect centering and the complete border of dots on both sides is remarkable.

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5. Herod Philip, AE 21 mm struck year 8 C.E. in Paneas (GBC 1221) 8.91 g.

 Start: $1.400 Est. $1,800-$2,000

A nice example, far above average on both sides.

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6. Valerius Gratus, countermarked prutah struck year 25 C.E. in Jerusalem (GBC 1340a) 1.81 g.

 Start: $1,500 Est. $2,000-$2,200

A common coin of Gratus overstruck by a countermark in exceptional condition.

References:

2007: Aaron J. Kogon: Countermarks on Small Judean Coins. Israel Numismatic Research Vol. 7 pp. 93-106

1992: Kenneth Lonnqvist: New Vistas on the Countermarked Coins of the Roman Prefects of Judaea. Israel Numismatic Journal Vol. 12 pp. 56-70

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7. Pontius Pilate, prutah struck year 30 C.E. in Jerusalem (GBC 1342 var.) 1.77 g.

 Start: $325 Est. $400-$450

A spectacular barbarous variety dated with a retrograde 'Z' instead of 'LIZ'. It is the first time I see this variety in 16 years.

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8. Antonius Felix, prutah struck year 54 C.E. in Jerusalem (GBC 1347 var.) 2.33 g.

 Start: $250 Est. $300-$350

An interesting, extremely rare barbarous variety with Aramaic-like letters on the obverse. Interestingly, the weight is almost the same as a regular issue (in general, the weight of the barbarous coins is 20-40% less than the regular ones). This coin is in its original condition, as found.

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9. Jewish War against the Romans, countermarked eighth shekel struck year 69 C.E. in Jerusalem (GBC 1369) 4.03 g.

 Start: $2,300 Est. $3,000-$4,000

A unique eighth shekel of the highest importance, overstruck by a countermark of the 3rd Roman legion. The legion III is mentioned on some very rare coins and countermarks of coins struck in Bostra (Arabia). The Spijkerman 5a coin of Antonius Pius has a clear oblong countermark also depicting 'III'. It is not the same countermark as the coin we offer today, but it is the same 'III'. Thanks to David Hendin for his help in the description of this coin.

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10. Herod Agrippa II, AE 20 mm struck year 74 C.E. in Caesarea Paneas (GBC 1285a) 5.83 g.

 Start: $400 Est. $500-$600

A gorgeous example for the type, much better on both sides than average. Also note the star at 2:00 on the reverse.

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11. Bar Kochba revolt, barbarous middle bronze struck year 133-135 (Mild. 179) 10.90 g.

 Start: $1.200 Est. $1,500-$2,000

A beautiful, impressive barbarous issue in better condition than the Mildenberg's plate coin 179.

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12. City of Caesarea Paneas AE 16 mm struck year 169 C.E. (SNG 859) 4.81 g.

 Start: $300 Est. $400-$450

A nice example in excellent condition on both sides.

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13. City of Tiberias AE 25 mm struck ca. 220 C. E. under Elagabalus. 15.78 g.

 Start: $1.200 Est. $2,000-$2,500

Certainly one of the rarest types ever struck in Tiberias. This is the first of its type to be sold in auction. Much nicer then Sofaer 22-23 and SNG 1118. Fine style and exceedingly rare.

 

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 Our auction 92 starts on February 1st at 6:00 pm. 

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