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Triton XXIV

Lot nuber 784

JUDAEA, Jewish War. 66-70 CE. AR Shekel (21.5mm, 13.44 g, 12h). Jerusalem mint. Dated year 4 (69/70 CE).

Triton XXIV
Lot: 784.
 Estimated: $ 25 000

Greek, Coin-in-Hand Video, Silver

Sold For $ 44 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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JUDAEA, Jewish War. 66-70 CE. AR Shekel (21.5mm, 13.44 g, 12h). Jerusalem mint. Dated year 4 (69/70 CE). Omer cup; “Y[ear] 4” (date) in Hebrew above, “Shekel of Israel” (in Hebrew) around / Sprig of three pomegranates; “Jerusalem the holy” in Hebrew around. Deutsch 8 var. (O–/R8 [unlisted obv. die]); Meshorer 207; Kadman 27; Hendin 1364; Bromberg 382; Shoshana I 20212 = Shoshana II 20124; Sofaer 36; Spaer 178. Toned, underlying luster, traces of find patina. Near EF. Rare. Well centered and struck. Among the finest of Year 4 Shekels.

From the Batory Collection. Ex Brody Family Collection (Part I, New York Sale XXXIX, 10 January 2017), lot 41 (hammer $30,000).

Year 4 shekels are decidedly rarer than those of Years 1-3, reflecting the deteriorating military and political situation of the Judean rebels. While surviving shekels of each of the first three years number in the hundreds, fewer than 50 survive for Year 4. The Jewish forces, increasingly confined to the environs of Jerusalem, were suffering severe shortages of everything from precious metals to foodstuffs, meaning there was far less silver available to strike coins, and very little in the way of goods for them to be spent buying. The dies used for striking coins also show signs of haste in preparation.

The final winners of all Triton XXIV lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 19-20 January 2021. This lot is in Session Three, which begins 20 January 2021 at 9 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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