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AUCTION 96 NOW CLOSED (July 1 - 20)

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Please note that our auction 97 starts on September 1st at 6:00 pm.

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1. Samarian obol (Meshorer & Qedar 71) 0.65 g.

 Start: $750 Estimate: $1,000-1,200 FINAL: 1,428 (4 bids: 875 - 1,010 - 1,360 - 1,800)

A scarce Samarian type in a much better condition than the Meshorer & Qedar plate coin.

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2. Alexander Jannaeus, prutah in lead struck 104-76 B. C. E. (Hendin 1156) 0.80 g.

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3. Nabataean drachm struck year 14 B.C.E. in Petra under Obodas II (Meshorer, Nabataea Sup. 3, Obodas III) 4.27 g.

 Start: $1,150 Estimate: $1,300-1,500  FINAL: 1,575 (4 bids: 1,300 - 1,316 - 1,500 - 2,000)

A scarce Nabataean drachm in superb condition on both sides.

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4. Herod the Great, prutah struck ca. 30 B. C. E. (Hendin 1183) 1.70 g.

 Start: $350 Estimate: $500-550   FINAL: 632 (3 bids: 555 - 602 - 726)

An interesting coin struck by the pair of dies O1-R2 (see plate 55 in our book). The reverse die R2 is the same as the plate coin GBC 1183, but the obverse O1, with its irregular lettering - including a W-like omega at 2:00 - is extremely rare (5 examples are known, click here).

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5. Pontius Pilate, prutah struck year 29-30 C. E. in Jerusalem (Hendin 1341) 1.97 g.

 Start: $450 Estimate: $600-700   FINAL: 1,250 (9 bids: 505 - 600 - 765 - 775 - 800 - 1,100 - 1,200 - 1,200 - 1,250)

A gorgeous example with one of the 2-3 finest obverses I have seen for the type. Even a bit of-centered at right, the reverse remains far above average with a complete inscription an the most minute details well visible.

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6. Pontius Pilate 5 plate coins struck year 29-31 C. E. in Jerusalem (Hendin 1341 & 1342)

 Start: $500 Estimate: $700-800   FINAL: 500 (1 bid: 856)

A set of 5 plate coins illustrated in the little book we published 16 years ago: The Coins of Pontius Pilate. All 5 coins are rare varieties. The coins #3 and 4 are minor varieties, but the coins 1, 2 & 5 are very interesting):

Coin 1: Fig. 51-52 (dated 'LIC' with a C instead of digamma. The actual letter digamma is written by error after the letters 'PO', instead of 'C').

Coin 2: Fig. 32-33 and 77-78 (retrograde lituus with enigmatic and crude letters 'LIA' on obverse and date 'LI' on reverse)

Coin 3: Fig. 98-99 (retrograde letter P at 9:00 on obverse and retrograde Z on reverse)

Coin 4: Fig. 87 (vertical letter B at 9:00 on obverse. I no longer believe the date is 'missing' as we wrote in the book, it is simply too faint on this coin)

Coin 5: Fig. 69-70 (retrograde letter P on obverse and retrograde date on reverse)

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7. Egypt, Alexandria, AE 19 mm. struck year 126 C. E. under Hadrian (Emmett 1221.11) 5.32 g.

 Start: $600 Estimate: $800-1,000   FINAL: 1,050 (2 bids: 1,000 - 1,206)

An Egyptian coin depicting a Pharaoh with his royal striped headdress could be a great complement to a collection of Biblical coins. To my knowledge however, it is only visible on this scarce coin type struck under Hadrian. This is the finest example I have seen, perfectly centered, and with the cobra well visible on the forehead.

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8. Bar Kochba small bronze struck 133-135 C. E. 5.00 g.

 Start: $350 Estimate: $500-600   FINAL: Unsold

An enigmatic small bronze of Bar Kochba. About 15-20 holed coins of Bar Kochba are known to me, but I have never seen anything like the reverse of this coin. It looks like the original palm tree on reverse has been completely erased and then replaced by another one, directly engraved on the coin. It is possible this engraving job was just for an artistic purpose. It is also possible that some metal had to be removed to finely adjust the weight of this coin for using it as a weight.

A high definition view of the reverse of this coin is illustrated at the bottom of this page.

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9. Sestertius of Galba struck in Rome in november 68 C. E. (RIC 456) 26.28 g.

 Start: $1,500 Estimate: $1,800-2,000   FINAL: Unsold

A superb example struck by the same pair of dies as the example sold by CNG in 2012 (click here). 100% original, not smoothed.

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10. Sestertius of Antonius Pius struck in Rome in 142 C. E. (RIC 456) 23.69 g.

 Start: $1,800 Estimate: $2,500-3,000   FINAL: Unsold

A superb sestertius of fine style struck on a medallic flan.

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High definition view of the reverse of coin #7:

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