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    Fourth Recorded Specimen?

    JUDAEA. Herodian Kings. Herod Agrippa I (AD 37-44). Æ quarter-denomination (14mm, 2.49 gm, 12h). Caesarea Paneas, AD 37/8. ΓΑ ΒΑΣ within wreath / Tetrastyle temple with floral ornament in architrave. Hendin 1239 (RRR). TJC 115. RPC I 4980. Extremely rare, only the fourth recorded, and possibly finest, specimen. Dark green patina with light earthen fields, possibly enhanced. Extremely Fine.

    NOTE: This coin, while authentic, bears evidence of tooling that was not noticed or cited in the original catalog description. The tooling is not, in our opinion, egregious enough to require withdrawal of the lot, but potential bidders should be aware of the alteration.

    This is one of the rarest Herodian bronze coins on record, with only three previous examples known, all struck from the same die pairing. The Menorah Coin project (http://www.menorahcoinproject.org), an online database of Judaean coinage, lists images of the three other known specimens, including the one illustrated in Hendin and TJC, the Israel Museum specimen. The present example appears to be much superior to two of the three other known specimens, and about the equal of the third. 


    Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000.

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    September, 2015
    17th-22nd Thursday-Tuesday
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