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Judean coins biblical coins for sale

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Auction 99 (January 1-22 2018)

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1. Philistian drachm struck ca. 380 B. C. E. (Gitler & Tal 27) 3.26 g.

 Start: $15,000 Estimate: $20,000-25,000  FINAL: $22,500 (3 bids: 18200 - 21,000 - 32,000)

An exceedingly rare Philistian drachm, uncleaned but in superb condition on both sides with remarkable illustrations. Note the top of the wing of the lynx transformed into a bull's head on reverse. Small test cut. This coin was illustrated in our movie: The Beauty of Biblical Coins (at 0'53).

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2. Herod the Great, prutah struck ca. 27 B. C. E. (Hendin 1184) 1.22 g.

 Start: $275 Estimate: $325-375  FINAL: $591 (3 bids: 480 - 563 - 1,205)

Illustrated in Guide to Biblical Coins, page 234 (bottom right), this is the finest known example that has been struck by the die O5 (click here), which is the most oversized die ever cut under Herod the Great*.

* This die, made for striking prutah, was as large as the dies that have been used for striking the largest denomination of Herod.

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

 Start: $1,250 Estimate: $1,500-1,700  FINAL: $1,525 (4 bids: 1,375 - 1,500 - 1,505 - 1,525)

A scarce Nabataean drachm in exceptional condition on both sides.

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4. Tigranes V, King of Armenia,  AE 11mm struck ca. 10 C. E. (Kovacks AJN 20) 1.29 g.

 Start: $325 Estimate: $400-500  FINAL: $472 (2 bids: 450 - 525)

A nice example with the portrait of Tigranes V, grandson of Herod the Great. Scarce type with a large head of elephant.

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5. Herod Antipas large denomination struck year 30 C. E. in Tiberias (Hendin 1207) 8.49 g.

 Start: $1,250 Estimate: $1,500-2,000  FINAL: $3,687 (7 bids: 2,000 - 2,000 - 2,555 - 2,950 - 3,000 - 3,512 - 4,000)

A superb large denomination of Herod Antipas struck on a larger flan than usual, from the irregular and exceedingly rare pair of dies O3-R17. Note the enigmatic 3 dots (fruits or seeds?) at top of the palm branch. This interesting detail had never been noticed before and is missing on all the other dies of Antipas. Update January 22th: A bidder suggests the 3 dots are dates, he is probably correct.

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6. Coin withdrawn (tooling)

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7. Lot of 5 cut coins: One of Herod, two of the 1st Revolt and two of the revolt of Bar Kochba (Hendin 1169 - 1363 - 1369 - 1437 - 1408a)

 Start: $1,200 Estimate: $1,500-2,000  FINAL: $3,256 (5 bids: 1,250 - 2,300 - 2,800 - 3,101 - 3,500)

A little collection of 5 exceedingly rare cut coins (1 of Herod and 4 of the 2 revolts) intentionally cut to be used as smaller change. It took 12 years (from 2002 to 2014) to assemble this group.

- Coin #1: Appeared on the market in October 25, 2005 (BibleLands, Ebay #8347022397) this is one of the 3 cut coins known for the large denomination of Herod (0.4% of the total of coins listed) and the nicest. Dies O12-R43. 4.76 g.

- Coin #2: This is the single cut prutah of the First Revolt I have seen (and thus the single half-prutah known of the First Revolt!) The prutah of the 3rd year is 5-10 times rarer than the one of the 2nd year. 1.34 g.

- Coin #3: Second cut eighth shekel known. The other one was sold 19 years ago (Amphora List 70, 1999, #58). Possibly unnoticed decoration under the pearled rim of the cup (?) 3.18 g.

- Coin #4: Cut medium bronze of the Bar Kochba revolt (H-1437). This is the most "frequent" cut coin of this group (10-12 examples known). 6.15 g.

- Coin #5: Another medium bronze of Bar Kochba (H-1408a), but reduced into a quarter denomination. Extremely rare, not more than 2 or 3 other examples are known to me. 3.27 g.

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 A series of high quality strike varieties and errors from a famous collection - Part 2 of 3

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8. Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan) prutah struck 104-76 B. C. E. (Hendin 1150) 1.70 g.

 Start: $225 Estimate: $300-350  FINAL: Unsold

A nice barbarous prutah of Jannaeus with an interesting and rare double strike on the reverse.

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9. Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan) prutah struck 104-76 B. C. E. (Hendin 1150e) 1.00 g.

 Start: $225 Estimate: $300-350  FINAL: $225 (1 bid: 352)

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

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10. Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan) prutah struck 104-76 B. C. E. (Hendin 1150) 1.41 g.

 Start: $1,500 Estimate: $2.000-3.000  FINAL: $3,000 (4 bids: 2,300 - 2,555 - 3,000 - 3,000)

A very important coin, maybe unique. It is the first time I see a countermark on a coin of the Hasmonaean dynasty. The countermark, depicting an anchor, is clear and complete.

Only 2 countermarks are known on the coins of Herod the Great. The countermarks are relatively common on the coins of his son Philip, but they do not exist on the coins of Antipas.

An amazing parallel can be drawn with one of the 2 countermarked coins of Herod, struck about 60 years later than this one : Illustrated at left (type 11 dies O33-R31), this coin is exactly like the one of Jannaeus: It depicts an anchor on one side, and a countermark also depicting an anchor is struck on the same side

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11. Antonius Felix prutah struck 54 C. E. in Jerusalem (Hendin 1348d) 2.74 g.

 Start: $275 Estimate: $350-400  FINAL: $525 (4 bids: 380 - 410 - 500 - 800)

This is the plate coin 1347d in GBC. Interestingly, the brockage is better and more complete than the normal, positive side.