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AUCTION 95 NOW CLOSED

(May 1-17 2017)

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1. Philistian drachm struck ca. 430 B. C. E. (Gitler & Tal XIV.36D) 3.52 g.

 Start: $9,000 Estimate: $12,000-14,000 Final: $15,225  (3 bids: 13,000 - 14,500 - 15,500) 

A beautiful and very rare Philistian drachm with a fascinating reverse: The janiform figure shows a head of Athena with a regular, positive relief on right, and a head of Persian king with a negative relief on left. A cast of this coin has been done (yellow-brown illustration at left): It shows what would look like the head of the Persian king with a regular, positive relief.

There is probably an interesting symbol here, as well as a technical achievement showing the talent of the Philistian die engravers.

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2. Tigranes V, king of Armenia. AE 16 mm struck ca. 6-12 C. E. (Hendin p. 273) 5.93 g.

 Start: $700 Estimate: $800-900  Final: $960  (3 bids: 850 - 915 - 2,250) 

This is a great coin type to have for a collector who is interested in the portraits of the Herodians. Tigranes V was the grandson of Herod the Great (see Hendin p. 218).

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3. John Hyrcanus I, prutah struck 135-104 B. C. E. (Hendin 1137) 2.73 g.

 Start: $150 Estimate: $200-220  Final: $315  (3 bids: 255 - 300 - 427) 

A prutah of Hyrcanus I, nicely struck and centered on both sides.

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

 Start: $1,250 Estimate: $1,500-1,700  Final: $1,942  (4 bids: 1,300 - 1,710 - 1,850 - 2,250) 

A set of 3 coins dedicated to one of the most famous and spectacular coin type ever struck in Judaea.

Coin #1: A regular issue in excellent condition on both sides (dies O7-R34). 6.23 g.

Coin #2: A very rare, double struck example (dies O23-R118). 5.34 g.

Coin #3: An exceedingly rare barbarous issue (dies O25-R105). 5.56 g.

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5. Pontius Pilate, prutah struck year 29 C. E. in Jerusalem (UNLISTED) 1.97 g.

 Start: $350 Estimate: $500-600  Final: $577  (3 bids: 550 - 550 - 687) 

An important, unlisted coin showing that, on the same year the coin type with the simpulum was struck, a very rare type with the lituus, also dated LIV, was struck (the 3rd letter is clearly a digamma, not a retrograde Z). Also note the error on the obverse: KAICAPO instead of KAICAPOC.

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6. First Revolt, eighth shekel struck year 69 C. E. in Jerusalem (Hendin 1369) 6.67 g.

 Start: $475 Estimate: $600-650  Final: $640  (4 bids: 500 - 555 - 610 - 1,100) 

An example a bit of centered on obverse, but the strike is nice on both sides.

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7. Herod Agrippa II, AE 28 mm struck year 73 C. E. in Caesarea Maritima (Hendin 1302) 14.92 g.

 Start: $500 Estimate: $700-800  Final: Unsold

A coin of Agrippa II struck under Titus with an exceptional obverse, better than the GBC plate coin.

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8. Herod Agrippa II, AE 24 mm struck year 77 C. E. in Caesarea Maritima (Hendin 1308) 7.21 g.

 Start: $400 Estimate: $500-600  Final: Unsold

A nice example on both sides, struck under Domitian.

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9. Bar Kochba medium bronze struck year 132-133 in Jerusalem (Hendin 1378a) 14.59 g.

 Start: $1,200 Estimate: $1,500-1,600  Final: $1,312  (2 bids: 1250 - 1,379) 

Possibly the finest H-1378a I have seen to date.

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10. City of Petra (Decapolis), AE 26 mm struck 117-138 C. E. under Hadrian (Ros. 2) 10.25 g.

 Start: $425 Estimate: $600-650   Final: $425  (1 bid: 705) 

A beautiful example, nicely centered on both sides.

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11. City of Neapolis AE 22 mm struck 147-176 C. E. under Faustina (SNG 978) 6.62 g.

 Start: $500 Estimate: $600-700  Final: Unsold

A nice example for the type, with a much better portrait than usual.

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12. City of Petra (Decapolis) AE 17 mm struck 161-169 C. E. under M. Aurelius & L. Verus (Spij. 22) 3.38 g.

 Start: $500 Estimate: $600-700  Final: Unsold

A scarce coin type struck in Petra, in very nice condition on both sides.

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13. City of Rabbat Moba AE 27 mm struck 209-211 C. E. under Geta (Spij. 22 Sofaer 17) 12.39 g.

 Start: $500 Estimate: $600-700  Final: Unsold

An interesting coin above average in quality.

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