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    582-Coin Hasmonean Collection

    JUDAEA. The Henryk Minc Collection of Early Hasmonean Bronze Coins. A very large and impressive collection formed over 40 years by Prof. Henryk Minc (see bio below). Includes the following rulers and issues: John Hyrcanus I (Yehohanan): Hendin 1132-3 and 1135 (220) // Hendin 1134 (4); Judah Aristobulus I (Yehudah): Hendin 1142-3 (18); Alexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan): Hendin 1144-6 (147) // Hendin 1148 (7) // Hendin 1150-1 (36) // Hendin 1152-4 (123) // Hendin 1155-6 (Lead) (10); also, various Syrian, Phoenician, Nabataea and Roman Provincial issues (17). Fine to nearly extremely fine, with many nice specimens and scarce varieties in the group. All the coins in paper envelopes with handwritten notations by the collector.

    Born in Lodz, Poland in 1919, Prof. Henryk Minc is widely known as one of the world's top research mathematicians. He graduated with honors from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and taught mathematics at several distinguished universities in Scotland, Canada and the United States before becoming a Professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara in 1963. He is also a visiting professor of the Technion Israel Institute in Haifa and remains an active member of the New York Academy of Sciences. He has authored a series of important textbooks on mathematics. He also has an abiding interest in Judeo-Christian history and served on the advisory board for the Institute of Archaeology and Christianity at Claremont Graduate School. Prof. Minc visited Israel on many occasions and participated in several important archaeological digs. While in Israel Prof. Minc became interested in the early Judaean coinage and began acquiring coins of the Hasmonean and Herodian kings. His numismatic researches led him to write articles for Biblical Archaeology Review and the publications of the Israel Numismatic Society. The collection offered here represents nearly three decades (mid 1960s-early 1990s) of careful collecting and connoisseurship. Prof. Minc used Yakov Meshorer's landmark book Jewish Coins the the Second Temple Period (Tel Aviv, 1967) as his guide and attributed each of his acquisitions according to Meshorer's designation. He also recorded the date of purchase and acquisition source for each coin, providing an invaluable record. The collection includes many scarce and rare varieties that were, at the time, known in only a handful of examples. His collection would thus be an excellent research tool or could form the basis for a premier Judaean collection by an institution, foundation or private individual. Prof. Minc also assembled a large collection of antiquities from the Holy Land which may be offered at auction at a later date. He now lives in retirement in Santa Barbara.


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