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 ARCHIVES 2017

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Auction 96 (July 1-20 2017)

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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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.Auction 95 (May 1-17 2017)

 

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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.Auction 94 (April 1-18 2017)

 

1. Samaria, obol struck ca. 350-360 B. C. E. (MQ 162) 0.67 g.

 Start: $450 Estimate: $600-700   Final: $2,100 (3 bids: 1,750 - 2,000 - 2,500)

An excellent example on both sides for this rare coin type.

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2. Herod the Great, half prutah struck ca. 13 B. C. E. in Jerusalem (Hendin 1190) 0.99 g.

 Start: $500 Estimate: $700-750   Final: $1,890 (5 bids: 550 - 1,100 - 1,750 - 1,800 - 2,000)

A superb specimen with an almost complete inscription on obverse and a complete, well detailed and perfectly centered eagle on reverse. The tiny, rounded line under the letters 'ACI' is not visible on the other coins from the same die, but it is probably a die break.

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3. Pontius Pilate, prutah struck year 30-31 C. E. in Jerusalem (Hendin 1342d) 2.07 g.

 Start: $325 Estimate: $400-450   Final: $551 (4 bids:455 - 500 - 525 - 630)

A nice entirely retrograde issue with a perfect lituus on obverse and a clear barbarous date 'SI' (instead of 'LIZ") with a wreath turning leftward on reverse.

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4. Herod Agrippa I, AE 15 mm struck year 40-41 C. E. in Caesarea Paneas (Hendin 1243) 3.04 g.

 Start: $4,500 Estimate: $6,000-8,000  Final: Unsold

Agrippa II (49-94 C. E.) never portrayed himself on his own coins, but his father Agrippa I did. This extremely rare coin type shows Agrippa II as he was 12 y. o. Only 20 examples are known for the type, with a very degraded portrait on most of them*.

* www.menorahcoinproject.org/ag1-08.htm

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5. Antonius Felix, hybrid prutah struck year 54 C. E. in Jerusalem (Hendin 1347 & 1348) 2.37 g.

 Start: $2,500 Estimate: $3,000-3,200   Final: Unsold

A unique and important hybrid of Antonius Felix. An hybrid is a coin that has been struck by a pair of dies from 2 different coin types. Here, Hendin 1347 (at right) and 1348 (at left). 9 hybrids are listed for Pontius Pilate*, 2 or 3 for Valerius Gratus, but it is the first time an hybrid of Antonius Felix is found.

* www.menorahcoinproject.org/pil-04.htm

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6. Judaea Capta, denarius struck year 72-73 C. E. in Antioch (Hendin 1491) 2.92 g.

 Start: $900 Estimate: $1,500-2,000   Final: Unsold

A nice example for this scarce Judaea Capta denarius struck in Antioch on the same year as the fall of Masada. Some porosity, partially cleaned.

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7. Bar Kochba, small bronze struck year 132-133 C. E. in Jerusalem (Hendin 1380c) 6.72 g.

 Start: $750 Estimate: $1,000-1,200  Final: Unsold

A beautiful specimen of the first year of the revolt, Better than the GBC plate coin (same pair of dies).

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8. Bar Kochba, small bronze struck year 133-134 C. E.  in Jerusalem (Hendin 1410) 4.34 g.

 Start: $750 Estimate: $1,000-1,200  Final: Unsold

Another small bronze of exceptional quality, struck on the 2nd year of the revolt, Better than the GBC plate coin, and same pair of dies.

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9. City of Gaba, AE 29 mm struck year 116-117 C. E. under Hadrian (Ros. 9) 8.65 g.

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

A well struck and nicely centered coin, more detailed than usual on both sides.

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10. Nysa-Scythopolis (Decapolis), AE 22mm struck 138-161 C. E. under Antonius Pius (Meshorer 105 - Spij. 5) 11.12 g.

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

A scarce coin type in a better condition than usual.

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11. City of Dium, AE 23mm struck year 207-208 C. E. under Geta (Ros. 7 - Spij. 8) 9.98 g.

 Start: $225 Estimate: $300-400  Final: Unsold

A nice example for this relatively common coin type.

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.Auction 93 (March 1-20 2017)

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1. Alexander Jannaeus, prutah struck 104-76 B. C. E (Hendin 1148). 0.80 g.

 Start $200 Estimate $250-350 Final: $393 (3 bids: 300 - 375 - 450)

 Well adjusted double strike showing the inner circle combined into an 'eye'.  This coin is illustrated in the section no. 4 in our little movie: Seven Mysteries about Biblical Coins (www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWlO9h--B0o&feature=youtu.be)

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2. Mattatayah Antigonus, 4-prutah struck 40-37 B. C. E. in Jerusalem (Hendin 1163) 7.10 g.

 Start $350 Estimate $500-600 Final: $653 (4 bids: 385 - 505 - 622 - 750)

A nice example for the type. The wavy line on the obverse at 1:00 is due to a die clash that left a negative print of the border of dots of the reverse die.

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3. Herod the Great, 2-prutot struck ca. 30 B. C. E. in Jerusalem (Hendin 1178a) 3.04 g.

 Start $275 Estimate $350-400 Final: $750 (4 bids: 352 - 505 - 727 - 750)

A two-prutot of Herod well centered on both sides and with a complete inscription. Same pair of dies as the composite image in GBC (p. 239)

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4. Herod Archelaus, prutah struck 4 B. C. E. - 6 C. E. in Jerusalem (Hendin 1195) 1.30 g.

 Start $250 Estimate $300-400 Final: $632 (4 bids: 375 - 550 - 602 - 750)

Almost as beautiful as the one we offered 2 months ago. This coin type is common but is very hard to find in this condition.

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5. Pontius Pilate, prutah struck year 30-31 C. E. in Jerusalem (Hendin 1342) 1.52 g.

 Start $150 Estimate $200-250 Final: $261 (3 bids: 211 - 251 - 261)

A very barbarous obverse paired to a quasi-regular reverse with a retrograde Z.

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6. Herod Agrippa I, AE 24 mm struck year 43-44 C. E. In Caesarea Maritima (Hendin 1248) 16.56 g.

 Start $9,500 Estimate $12,000-15,000 Final: Unsold

The obverse probably shows the most important historical scene ever depicted on a Judaean coin: The emperor Claudius (in the middle) is crowned by Herod Agrippa I (on left) and his brother Herod of Chalcis (on right). Only 9 examples are recorded for this coin type, that always comes in very poor condition (www.menorahcoinproject.org/ag1-13.htm)

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7. Herod Agrippa I, prutah struck year 41-42 C. E. in Jerusalem (Hendin 1244) 2.71 g.

 Start $225 Estimate $300-350 Final: Unsold

This is the 2nd example I have seen in 17 years with a retrograde date on reverse.

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8. Jewish War against the Romans, prutah struck year 67-68 C. E. (Hendin 1360b) 2.35 g.

 Start $200 Estimate $250-350 Final: $367 (5 bids: 275 - 350 - 350 - 351 - 367)

With its upside-down letter shin at 10:00, this is the 2nd known example from the irregular pair of dies O43-R59 (www.menorahcoinproject.org/fjr-07.htm)

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9. Herod Agrippa II, AE 27 mm struck year 74-75 C. E. In Caesarea Paneas (Hendin 1282 var.) 18.40 g.

 Start $550 Estimate $650-750 Final: Unsold

A coin with a quasi-perfect portrait of Vespasian with no trace of wear, and a light double strike on the reverse.

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10. City of Abila (Decapolis), AE 23 mm. struck 162-163 C. E. under Marcus Aurelius (Spij. 4) 7.62 g.

 Start $225 Estimate $300-350 Final: Unsold

A scarce coin type with an excellent portrait of Faustina Jr., wife of Marcus Aurelius.

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11. City of Rabbathmoba, AE 25 mm struck 198-217 C. E. under  Caracalla (Spij. 29b. Ros. 15) 8.57 g.

 Start $350 Estimate $400-425 Final: Unsold

A rare coin type in a nice condition.

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12. City of Sidon (Phoenicia) AE 29 mm struck 218-222 C. E. under Elagabalus (SNG Copenhagen 256). 17.67 g.

 Start $550 Estimate $700-900 Final: Unsold

A nice coin on both sides with the most minute details well visible.

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Auction 92 (February 1-22 2017)

 

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1. Herod the Great prutah struck year 37 B. C. E. (Hendin 1172). 2.40 g.

 Start: $650 Est. $800-$900 Final: $787 (2 bids: 751 - 827)

A nice example for this coin type which is the rarest of the 4 dated types of Herod the Great and one of the 3-4 finest known.

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2. Herod the Great half-prutah struck 13-12 B. C. E. in Jerusalem (Hendin 1191). 0.93 g.

 Start: $375 Est. $500-$600  Final: $395 (2 bids: 377- 500)

Struck by the pair of dies O17-R21, here is a beautiful example for this coin type that commemorates the foundation of the port of Caesarea Maritima. R21 has a special importance because it is the single die that shows a 'tridimensional' view of the galley, with two rows of oars well visible on each side and some minute details inside.

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3. Nabataea, drachm struck year 14 B. C. E. under Obodas III in Petra (Meshorer 34). 4.66 g.

 Start: $1,450 Est. $2,000-$2,200  Final: $2,100 (4 bids: 1500 - 2000 - 2000 - 2500

A superb Nabataean drachm in exceptional condition. It is one of the masterpieces that are shown in our little movie The Beauty of Biblical Coins (at 2'40).

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4. Herod Philip AE 20 mm struck year 8-9 C. E. in Caesarea Philippi (Hendin 1222). 6.55 g.

 Start: $2,750 Est. $3,500-$4,000  Final: $4,777 (5 bids: 3,006 - 3,555 - 3,800 - 4550- 5500)

Finest example known for the type, and one of the 2-3 finest coins I have seen of Herod Philip.

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5. Herod Agrippa I prutah struck year 41-42 C. E. in Jerusalem (Hendin 1244). 2.18 g.

 Start: $350 Est. $500-$600  Final: $375 (4 bids: 350 - 350 - 375 - 375)

A spectacular example for the single coin type of king Agrippa I struck in Jerusalem.

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6. Bar Kochba revolt, middle bronze struck year 132-133 C. E. (Hendin 1378a)

 Start: $1,200 Est. $1,500-$1,700  Final: $1890 (3 bids: 1555 - 1800- 2503)

A nice middle bronze of the first year of the Bar Kochba revolt. Some remain of a double strike are visible.

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7. Bar Kochba revolt, small bronze struck year 132-133 C. E. (Hendin 1380). 6.19 g.

 Start: $2,000 Est. $2,300-$2,500  Final: $2,367 (2 bids: 2255- 2500)

A small bronze of the first year of the 2nd revolt in exceptional condition on both sides and struck on a large flan. The countermark that was present on the underneath coin is still well visible at top of the bunch of grapes. Much better than the GBC and TJC plate coins.

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8. Bar Kochba revolt, unlisted barbarous small bronze struck year 133-135 C. E. (Mild. -). 4.54 g.

 Start: $1,750 Est. $2,000-$2,300  Final: Unsold

A beautiful, unlisted barbarous issue in nice condition.

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9. Hadrian AE sestertius struck ca 135 C.E. in Rome (Hendin 1604). 23.93 g.

 Start: $18,500 Est. $22,000-$25,000  Final: Unsold

This is the famous and very rare Judaea Adventus sestertius commemorating the visit of Hadrian in Judaea. The bar-Kochba revolt forced him to remain in the region until AD 135. The word 'Judaea' is complete and well visible on this coin.

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10. Herod Agrippa II, AE 20 mm struck year 83 C.E. in Caesarea Maritima (Hendin 1316). 6.01 g.

 Start: $375 Est. $500-$600  Final: $430 (4 bids: 380- 400 - 410 - 450)

A nice example with a remarkable reverse.

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11. City of Gaba AE 29 mm struck under Hadrian in 116-117 C.E. (Ros. 9).

 Start: $500 Est. $600-$700  Final: $630 (3 bids: 520- 600 - 650)

A nicely centered coin, more detailed on both sides than usual.

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12. City of Philadelphia (Decapolis) AE 24 mm struck under Domitian, 117-138 C.E. (Spij. 9 - Ros. 7) 12.80 g.

  Start: $250 Est. $400-$500  Final: $250 (1 bid: 400)

A beautiful example on both sides for this coin type.

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Auction 91 (January 1-24 2017)

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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  Final: $1,744 (5 bids: 1,112 - 1,250 - 1,500 - 1,661 - 2,000)

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  Final: $1,050 (4 bids: 710 - 888 - 1,000 - 1,500)

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  Final: $525 (5 bids: 325 - 405 - 420 - 500 - 1,000)

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  Final: $1,077 (11 bids: 335 - 400 - 425 - 450 - 457 - 508 - 525 - 776 - 800 - 1,026 - 1,251)

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  Final: $2,837 (5 bids: 2,000 - 2,000 - 2,100 - 2,702 - 3,500)

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  Final: $2,554 (4 bids: 2,000 - 2,201 - 2,433 - 3,000)

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-$45Final: $441 (2 bids: 420 - 700)

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  Final: Unsold

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  Final: $4,216 (6 bids: 3,000 - 3,000 - 3,510 - 4,000 - 4,016 - 4,500)

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  Final: $527 (3 bids: 430 - 502 - 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  Final: $2,625 (5 bids: 2,000 - 2,040 - 2,200 - 2,500 - 3,000)

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  Final: Unsold

A nice example in excellent condition on both sides.

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