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(February 1-19, 2018)

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1. John Hyrcanus I, prutah struck 135-104 B. C. E. (Hendin 1132) 2.06 g.

 Start: $275 Estimate: $350-400   FINAL: $368 (3 bids: 305 - 351 - 500)

A nice example with a complete inscription. The Greek letter A, at top, is well visible.

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2. Alexander Jannaeus, prutah struck 104-76 B. C. E. (Hendin 1150) 3.12 g.

 Start: $550 Estimate: $750-850   FINAL: $1,585 (9 bids:  605 - 700 - 1,000 - 1,200 - 1,200 - 1,200 - 1,305 - 1,510 - 1,750)

An exceptional example, clear and well centered on both sides. This coin type is relatively common, but quasi impossible to find in this condition. Note the interesting monogram at top of the anchor, combining the letters P, O and Y. This coin (as well as coin #1) gives a good idea of the nice Hasmonaean lettering style, that was, in my opinion, more delicate than the one of the Herodians and procurators.

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3. Mattatayah Antigonus, prutah struck 40-37 B. C. E. (Hendin 1168) 1.62 g.

 Start: $32,500 Estimate: $40,000-50,000   FINAL: $45,000 (3 bids: 42,600 - 43,000 - 45,000)

A 100% authentic and 0% tooled menorah coin of Antigonus, in exceptional condition on both sides. Struck by the pair of dies O2-R5*, with a dot above the showbread table.

* See our article: The Small Denominations of Mattathias Antigonus: Die Classification and New Vistas (Goldstein - Fontanille) in Israel Numismatic Research Vol. 8, (2013).

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4. Herod the Great, large denomination struck year 37 B. C. E. (Hendin 1169) 6.43 g.

 Start: $1,500 Estimate: $1,700-2,000   FINAL: $2,940 (8 bids: 1,700 - 2,000 - 2,000 - 2,150 - 2,600 - 2,700 - 2,800 - 3,255)

A very nice example struck by the pair of dies O23-R118*. The 2 well visible leaves on the helmet's bowl are remarkable, indicating this die was brand new when this coin has been struck. In our book published in 2012, we were lucky to be the first to reveal that there are assortments of 2, 3 or 4 leaves on ALL the helmets depicted on this coin type. Unfortunately, these tiny, delicate leaves were erased after a few coins struck and they are only well-visible on 2-3% of them.

* See plate 26 in our book The Coins of Herod (Brill 2012)

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5. Herod Philip, AE 20 mm struck year 12 C. E. in Caesarea Philippi (Hendin 1223) 5.59 g.

 Start: $2,500 Estimate: $3,000-4,000   FINAL: $4,462 (5 bids: 3,000 - 4,000 - 4,200 - 4,250 - 5,100)

This is undoubtedly the finest and most spectacular obverse I have seen on a coin of Herod Philip. Even if slightly off-centered to right, the reverse is also of exceptional quality. This coin has been struck by a new pair of dies, not yet affected by wear, break or corrosion, and has been then preserved in excellent conditions. Professionally cleaned and restored in Israel.

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6. Pontius Pilate hybrid prutah struck year 30 C. E. in Jerusalem (Hendin 1344) 1.42 g.

 Start: $1,250 Estimate: $1,500-2,000   FINAL: $2,100 (4 bids: 1,575 - 1,756 - 2,000 - 2,700)

The hybrid coins are probably the most interesting and intriguing varieties of Pontius Pilate. Only 10 examples are listed to date (click here and scroll down to section 2) and the one offered here is one of the finest known. Same pair of dies as the example shown in TJC (coin#337).

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7. Pontius Pilate prutah struck year 30 C. E. in Jerusalem (Hendin 1342) 2.07 g.

 Start: $450 Estimate: $650-750   FINAL: $1,260 (4 bids: 755 - 1,000 - 1,200 - 1,650)

A coin among the finest known for the type, well struck and well centered on both sides. Also note the very rare spelling mistake at 1:30 on obverse: 'KICAPOC' instead of 'KAICAPOC'.

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8. First Jewish Revolt, irregular prutah struck year 67 C. E. in Jerusalem (Hendin 1360 var.) 2.05 g.

 Start: $250 Estimate: $350-400   FINAL: $432 (2 bids: 412 - 557)

A nice barbarous example struck by the pair of dies O7-R9 (click here). A severe S-shaped die break is visible at bottom right of the leaf.

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9. Judaea Capta sestertius struck under Vitellius in Rome in 69 C. E. (Hendin 1462) 23.66 g.

 Start: $23,000 Estimate: $25,000-30,000   FINAL: $43,050 (4 bids: 26,000 - 32,500 - 41,000 - 52,500)

An exceedingly rare and historically significant Judaea Capta sestertius of Emperor Vitellius. Struck in Rome during the 4th year of the revolt and at least 8 months before the fall of Jerusalem*, it might be the earliest coin type of the Judaea Capta series. By this way, the emperor Vitellius, who only reigned for 8 months (April to December 69) claims credit for the victories of Vespasian in Judaea.

As beautiful - if not better - as the GBC plate coin, with nice and clear letters on the shield on reverse. To my knowledge, only 2 other examples were offered in auctions in the 10 last years, both in a much poorer condition than this one: Stack's & Bowers (January 2011, coin #2193) and UBS Gold & Numismatics (September 2008, coin #1548). There was no example in the Heritage-Shoshana auction in 2012. This coin type is so rare that it is not listed in the 2 classic books of Y. Meshorer: AJC (1981) and TJC (2001).

* Vitellius died in December 69 C. E., as the fall of Jerusalem was in August or September 70.

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10. City of Sebaste (Samaria), AE 25mm struck year 81 C. E. under Domitian with crk. of the 10th legion (Rosenberger 4) 11.17 g.

 Start: $500 Estimate: $650-750   FINAL: $500 (1 bid: 750)

A nice example with a perfect countermark of the 10th Roman legion. Much better than the Heritage-Shoshana 2012 example (click here)

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11. Bar Kochba medium bronze struck 132-133 C. E., 1st year of the revolt (Hendin 1378 - Mild. 45) 8.85 g.

 Start: $1,100 Estimate: $1,300-1,700   FINAL: $2,100 (4 bids: 1,155 - 1,500 - 2,000 - 3,000)

A gorgeous specimen of the first year of the 2nd revolt, well struck and well centered on both sides with complete inscriptions.

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12. Bar Kochba zuz struck 133-134 C. E., 2nd year of the revolt (Hendin 1394 - Mild. 42) 3.28 g.

 Start: $775 Estimate: $1,000-1,200   FINAL: Unsold

A nice example, well-centered on both sides. Light double strike visible on the reverse.

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13. Bar Kochba barbarous medium bronze struck 134-135 C. E. (Mildenberg 210 var.) 11.41 g.

 Start: $800 Estimate: $1,000-1,300   FINAL: $2,200 (5 bids: 1,200 - 1,611 - 2,000 - 2,117 - 2,200)

A remarkable barbarous medium bronze of Bar Kochba with the crudest obverse I have seen. The reverse die - R47 in the corpus of Mildenberg (coin #210) - is crude indeed, but at least the circle of dots, the inscription and the illustration are easy to recognize. It is not the case of the unlisted obverse, with its completely dislocated patterns. Professionally cleaned and restored in Israel.

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