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    Incredible Year Four Shekel, Ex Shoshana

    JUDAEA. The Jewish War (AD 66-70). AR shekel (22mm, 14.09 gm, 12h). Jerusalem, dated Year 4 (AD 69/70). Paleo-Hebrew Shekel of Israel, ritual chalice with pearled rim; Year Four above / Jerusalem the Holy, staff with three pomegranate buds. Hendin 1364. TJC 207. AJC II 262, 23. MCP dies 02/R1. Very rare! Deeply struck in exceptional metal and attractively toned, with the original "find patina" intact. NGC AU ★ 5/5 - 4/5.

    Ex Shoshana Collection Part II (Heritage 3018, 5 September 2012), lot 20123 (realized $65,725). 

    Production of silver coins at the Jerusalem Temple 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, the largest and most comprehensive collection of Judean coins ever brought to market, included three specimens from the fourth year numbering among the finest surviving examples, of which arguably the best is offered here. 


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