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Ancients: Jewish War (66 - 70 AD). AR shekel (21.2 mm, 14.10 gm, 12h)....

2012 September 5 The Shoshana Collection of Judaean Coins Part 2 Signature Auction - Long Beach #3018

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Long Beach Convention Center - Room 103A
300 Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802

Description:
Superb Year Four Shekel
Jewish War (66 - 70 AD). AR shekel (21.2 mm, 14.10 gm, 12h). Year 4. LARSy LkS (shekel of Israel); ¿S (year 4 = 69/70 AD) above ritual chalice with pearled rim, the base is raised by projections on ends / USä¿kU My>Säry (Jerusalem the holy); staff with three pomegranate buds, round base. Hendin 1364. TJC 207. AJC II 262,23. Original hoard toning. Superb.

Production of silver coins at the Jerusalem Temple appears to have dropped sharply in the fourth year, when the Jewish War against Rome entered its terminal phase and supplies of precious metal dried up. While the number of recorded specimens for the first three years number in the hundreds, only 40 shekels are known from Year 4. The Shoshana Collection includes three specimens which number among the finest surviving examples, of which two are offered here.

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