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    Extremely Rare Palestinian Shekel

    PHILISTIA. Gaza. 5th-4th centuries BC. AR shekel or tetradrachm (23mm, 17.36 g, 12h). NGC Choice XF★ 4/5 - 4/5. Imitating Athens. Head of Athena right, with frontal eye, wearing earring, necklace with pendants, and crested Attic helmet decorated with three olive leaves over visor, spiral palmette on bowl / Owl standing facing, wings folded; olive sprigs with berries in upper corners, 'AZ (Phoenician) across lower field, all within incuse square. Gitler & Tal V.5T. HGC 10, 532. SNG ANS 6. BMC Palestine pl. 42, 1. Extremely rare, possibly the seventh known, with only five examples recorded, three of which are in museum collections (ANS, Boston, and Berlin). Another example sold by Classical Numismatic Group (Triton XXII, 8 January 2019, lot 388) realized $30,000, with the present example being slightly better preserved. Of exceptionally talented style, imitating the contemporary Athenian issues perfectly.

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    August, 2019
    15th Thursday
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