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CNG Feature Auction 118

Lot nuber 458

JUDAEA, Achaemenid Province (Yehud). Anonymous. Circa 375-332 BCE. AR Half Gerah (8mm, 0.39 g, 4h).

CNG Feature Auction 118
Lot: 458.
 Estimated: $ 4 000

Greek, Silver

Sold For $ 16 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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JUDAEA, Achaemenid Province (Yehud). Anonymous. Circa 375-332 BCE. AR Half Gerah (8mm, 0.39 g, 4h). Lily / Falcon flying upward, wings spread; YHD (in Phoenician) to right. MCP YHD 14, dies O1/R2 (this coin referenced & illustrated); Meshorer 15; Hendin 1060; HGC 10, 442 corr. (Hendin reference). Toned. EF. Well struck and good metal; exceptional for issue.

From the Father & Son Collection. Ex Shoshana Collection (Part I, Heritage 3003, 8 March 2012), lot 20074 (hammer $5500).

Symbolically and historically, this is one of the most important coins that was ever struck in Judaea. It is one of the earliest Jewish coins, and is the model for the modern Israeli shekel. It depicts the lily, known as shoshan in Hebrew, the ancient symbol of rebirth and of the city of Jerusalem. As Rabbi Emil Hirsch describes, "As it withers in the sunlight, but blooms beneath the dew, so Israel withers away except God becomes as dew for her (Hos. xiv. 5), and she is renowned among the nations as the lily among the flowers.”

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 118 lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 13-14 September 2021. CNG Feature Auction 118 – Session Two – Greek Coinage Part 2 through Roman Provincial Coinage Part 1 will be held Monday afternoon, 13 September 2021 beginning at 2:00 PM 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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