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AUCTION 98 NOW OPEN (November 1-20)

This is a 20 days auction. It closes on Monday, November 20th at 6:00 pm E.T.

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1. John Hyrcanus I (Yehohanan), half-prutah struck 135-104 B. C. E. (Hendin 1134) 1.01 g.

 Start: $450 Estimate: $600-700

An exceptional example on both sides for this half prutah depicting, for the first time, a symbol that would become famous on the Judaean coins: a palm branch. The reverse is also superb with an impressive, well detailed lily and the Greek monogram 'A' well visible at left.

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2. Hasmonaean irregular prutah struck 135-76 B. C. E. (Unlisted?) 1.92 g.

 Start: $225 Estimate: $300-350

A well preserved and well struck Hasmonaean irregular prutah with large, stylized letters. Also note the enigmatic, open omega-like shape on reverse, above the pomegranate (description updated on November 9th)

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3. Mattatayah Antigonus, large denomination struck 40-37 B. C. E. (Hendin 1162) 13.68 g.

 Start: $4,500 Estimate: $5,000-6,000

Appeared on the market for the first time in October 2007, this important coin is definitely the finest example known for the large denomination of Antigonus. The inscriptions are complete and well centered on both sides. Also note the interesting detail at 5:00 on reverse: The engraver cut 2 letters 'A' by error, then he erased the 1st one. The blank space is still visible, as well as a few remains of the first letter 'A'.

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4. Herod the Great, prutah struck ca. 25 B. C. E. (Hendin 1173) 1.20 g.

 Start: $550 Estimate: $700-800

This is the finest example ever listed for this scarce coin type. Pair of dies O1-R1 (click here).

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5. Herod the Great, 2-prutot struck ca. 30 B. C. E. (Hendin 1178) 3.57 g.

 Start: $650 Estimate: $800-900

A superb example on both sides with a complete inscription. Struck by the extremely rare pair of dies O13-R45 (click here).

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6. Herod Antipas, half denomination struck year 30 C. E. in Tiberias (Hendin 1208) 5.15 g.

 Start: $850 Estimate: $1,300-1,500

A beautiful coin with a complete inscription and entire, uncut letters. Pair of dies O1-R4.

NOTE: Our new numismatic book will be published in a few months: The Coinage of Herod Antipas: A Study and Die Classification of the Earliest Coins of Galilee (Kogon - Fontanille). Foreword by Catharine C. Lorber.

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7. Pontius Pilate, prutah struck year 30 C. E. (Hendin 1342c) 1.43 g.

 Start: $225 Estimate: $300-350

An interesting barbarous prutah of Pontius Pilate struck by the same reverse die as Hendin 1342c. Nice and clear on both sides. The blundered inscription on the obverse is: 'KAIC' (retrograde, at left) and 'CAPOC' (normal but crude, at right). On the reverse, the date consists in the usual letters 'LI', but followed by an enigmatic shape resembling 2 opposite chevrons instead of the usual letters 'H' or 'Z'.

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8. Judaea Capta sestertius struck year 71 C. E. in Lyon (Hendin 1543) 23.67 g.

 Start: $1,500 Estimate: $2,000-3,000

A rare Judaea Capta sestertius struck in Lyon (Gaul - France), in a better condition than average.

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9. Bar Kochba Revolt, sela struck year 135 C. E. - year 3 of the revolt - (Hendin 1411) 14.31 g.

 Start: $8,250 Estimate: $10,000-12,000

A remarkable piece with an interesting and ironic depiction of Trajan's head 'imprisoned' behind the columns of the Temple. The coin is well centered on both sides with complete inscriptions. The underneath coin is a tetradrachm of Tyre (Prieur 1513, see here). Recently found in Israel., uncleaned.

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 A series of high quality strike errors & varieties from a famous collection - Part 1 of 2

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10. Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan) prutah struck 104-76 B. C. E. (Hendin 1150) 1.35 g.

 Start: $225 Estimate: $300-350

A beautiful reverse brockage with the negative showing the complete anchor and half of the inscription on reverse.

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11. Mattatayah Antigonus unstruck prutah of 40-37 B. C. E. (Hendin 1164) 1.63 g.

 Start: $225 Estimate: $300-350

An interesting and exceedingly rare unstruck planchet of Mattatayah Antigonus made for the H-1164 type. The double-thick flan is well visible (arrow. See also GBC p. 207, Fig. 6.8.). It is the first time I see an unstruck planchet of Antigonus.

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12. Herod the Great prutah struck ca. 20 - 13 B. C. E. (Hendin 1188) 1.27 g.

 Start: $225 Estimate: $300-350

A very rare obverse brockage of the common prutah of Herod the Great. On the reverse, the negative anchor is complete and the letter A of 'BACIA' is visible at 10:00.

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13. Pontius Pilate, prutah struck year 31 C. E. (Hendin 1343) 2.08 g.

 Start: $275 Estimate: $350-400

A very nice double strike visible on both sides. Note that it is the coin type dated LIH (year 31), which is 5-6 times rarer than the type dated LIZ (year 30). Uncleaned.

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PLATE COIN

14. Jewish War Against the Romans, prutah struck year 67 C. E. (Hendin 1360d - plate coin) 2.26 g.

 Start: $450 Estimate: $600-700

This is the plate coin H-1360d. Only 3 double struck prutot of the Jewish War are known to date (to see the 2 others, click here and scroll down to the section 'Double strike', at the bottom of the page)

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 - Our auction 99 starts on January 1st 2018 -

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Dear Friends, Many of you may already be aware of the new restrictive laws which have been imposed by the State of Israel on the sale and export of ancient coins. This has halted the supply of available material to a mere trickle. Fontanille Coins has always been committed to providing high quality and rare material to our customers, as we have done since 2009. As we only deal with legally exported material, and to keep supplying only the finest in Judaean coins, we will need to curtail our auctions to bi-monthly offerings. Our new auction 97 is posted below, the following one will commence November 1st, thereafter January 1st and so on.... Thank you for understanding and we look forward to serving your coin collecting needs for years to come. J. - P. Fontanille, Sep. 1 2017.

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