Minilist 2015-01 - February 2015

Ancient Coins: Judaean, Holy land City Coins, 1 Greek, plus 4 Roman and 4 Byzantine Coins

List #2015-01

Our plan for a weekly mini-list died a slow death in 2014. Just too many things to do and not enough time to get them all done. We now hope to have monthly lists. Some months perhaps two lists, other months no lists but hopefully 10 to 15 lists a year.

This list has our best selection of Judaean and city coins in many years along with a nice group of modern coins and tokens including some neat African pieces. All coins are one of a kind

ANCIENT COINS: JUDAEAN, HOLY LAND CITY COINS, 1 GREEK, PLUS 4 ROMAN AND 4 BYZANTINE COINS


56738 *Judaea. John Hyrcanus I with Antiochus VII. 132-130 BC. Æ Prutah (14mm, 1.79g). Lily/Anchor, date unclear. Hen-1131, Sofaer-4. EF/VF, nice green patina. $140


56720 *Judaea. John Hyrcanus I. 135-104 BC. Æ Half-Prutah or Lepton (.94g). Palm branch, "Yehohanan the High Priest and the Council of Jews" in 4 lines /Lily. H-1134a, TJC-C, Sof-65. VF, obv. a bit o.c, rev. quite a bit o.c.. $67


56722 *Judaea. John Hyrcanus I. 135-104 BC. Æ Half-Prutah or Lepton (.86g). Palm branch, "Yehohanan the High Priest and the Council of Jews" in 4 lines /Lily. Ex Teddy Kollek collection. H-1134a, TJC-C, Sof-65. VF, bit o.c. Rare. $185


56721 *Judaea. Alexander Jannaeus. 103-76 BC. Æ 1/2 Prutah or Lepton (.63g) . Upright palm branch/Lily, border of dots. H-1147, AJC-B, Sof-220. VG, cleaned. Rare. $165


56724 *Judaea. Alexander Jannaeus. 103-76 BC. Æ Prutah (1.79g). Lily flanked by paleo-Hebrew "Yehonatan the King" in a border of dots/"Of King Alexander" in Greek around inverted anchor within circle. Much nicer than most seen.. H-1148, TJC-N, Sof-215. EF/VF, a bit off-center. $220


56725 *Judaea. Mattathias Antigonus. 40-37 BC. Æ 4 Prutah (5.77g) . "Mattatayah the High Priest" in paleo-Hebrew around corncuopia/BΑCΙΛΕΩC ΑΝΤΙΓΔ in 2 lines within wreath. Seemingly unpublished reverse legend!. H-1163ff, Sof-432v. VF, nice green patina, some weak areas. $165


56726 *Judaea. Jewish War (First Revolt). 66-70 AD. 1/8 Shekel (6.42g). Chalice or Cup, "to the redemption of Zion"/Lulav brach, flanked by etrog on either side, "Year Four". H-1369v, Sofaer-49. F/VF. $220


56727 *Judaea. Jewish War (First Revolt). 66-70 AD. 1/8 Shekel (4.45g). Chalice or Cup, "to the redemption of Zion"/Lulav branch, flanked by etrog on either side, "Year Four". H-1369v, Sofaer-47. VF//F. $220


56728 *Judaea. Bar Kochba Revolt. 132-135, year 1. Small bronze (8.00g). Palm tree with seven branches and 2 clusters of fruit "Eleazar the priest"/Bunch of grapes with small branch and leaf, "year 1 of the redemption of Israel". H-1380, Sof-22, Mild-150. EF. High grade and heavy! $835


56716 *Judaea. Bar Kochba Revolt. 132-135, year 3. Silver Sela (14.16) (Tetradrachm) . Temple,Ark of Covenant, star above "Shimon"/Lulav & etrog, "For the Freedom of Jerusalem", under-coin legends visible on both sides. Hen-1411, Mild-55, Sof-109. GVF, flan crack, flat spots. $4740


56717 *Judaea. Bar Kochba Revolt. 132-135, year 3. Silver Zuz (3.23g) or Denarius. "Shimon" in Hebrew around a bunch of grapes/Two Trumpets, dot between them, "For the freedom of Jerusalem". Bust of Vespasian left visible as under-coin as well as part of the letend. Hen-1431, Mild-199, Sof-137. EF. $1100


56723 *Judaea. Bar Kochba Revolt. 132-135, att. to year 3. Middle Bronze (5.44g). Palm branch within wreath, "For the Freedom of Jerusaelm"/"Shimon" around lyre with 3 strings. H-1437, Mild-32, Sof-161. F-VF, somewhat rough field. $1100


56719 *Judaea. Bar Kochba Revolt. 132-135, att. to year 3. Small bronze (5.77g) . Palm Tree, "Shimon"/Bunch of grapes, "For the freedom of Jerusalem". H-1440, Mild-160, Sof-168. F-VF. $220


56718 *Judaea. Bar Kochba Revolt. 132-135, att. to year 3. Small bronze (4.48g) . Palm Tree, "Shimon"/Bunch of grapes, "for the freedom of Jerusalem". M-158, Sof-168, H-1440. VF, obv. bit off-center. $360


56729 *Judaea. Bar Kochba Revolt. 132-135, att. to year 3. Small bronze (5.17g) . Palm Tree, "Shimon"/Bunch of grapes, "for the freedom of Jerusalem". M-158, H-1440, Sof-168. aF/VF, weakly struck obv.. $360


56739 *Judaea. Judaea Capta, Domitian. 81-96. Æ26 (14.64g) of Caesarea . Radiate head right/7 branched palm tree with two bunches of dates. Hen-1458, TJC-394, Sofaer-33. Nice VF. $500


56732 *Judaea. Gaba, Sabina. wife of Hadrian. Æ17 (4.91g) . Bust right (Scarce this nice)/Male figure, standing, head left, holding mantle and scepter, ZOP = 177 = 116/117 AD. Ros-13, Sofaer-27. VF. $330


56733 *Syria. Decapolis, Gadara, Gordian III. 238-244. Æ20 (6,47g). Radiate bust right, AYT K M AV ANT ΓΟΡ∆ΙΑΝΟC.High grade for issue!/The three Graces; ΠΟΜΠ above; in exergue, ΓΑ∆Α (Gadara); around, ∆Τ (304 - 240/1 AD). . Ros-92, Sofaer-101. aVF, brown-green desert patina.. $475


56731 *Decapolis. Hippos-Sussita, Lucilla, wife of Lucius Verus. Æ15 (3.01g). Draped bust of Lucilla right, ΛΟΥΚΙΛΛΑ CEBACTH/Head of neck and horse right, ANT Π ΙΠ ΙΕΡ ΑCΥΛΟΥ.. Exceedingly rare! Only one we can recall seeing. Sofaer-23. Ch. VF. $850


56734 *Judaea. Joppa, Severus Alexander. 222-235 AD. Æ19 (7.28g) . Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right/Athena standing right, holding spear and shield. ΦΛΑ clear clear to left . Ros-11, Sofaer-21. Fine. $445


56735 *Judaea. Raphia, Philip II, as Caesar. 247-249 (Yr. 304 = 244/245 AD). Æ23 (9.66g). Radiate bust right/Leto std. l, resting hand on scepter & small figure of Apollo, Artemis behind, ΡΑΦΙΑ< ΔΤ Sofaer-25, Ros-35. VF. Rare type and grade. $665


56736 *Judaea. Samaria, Sebaste, Domitian. 81-96. Æ15 (2.59g). Laureate bust right, IMP DOMIT CAESAR/Crested helmet with cheek pieces, CEBAC THNWN, Year 109 = 81/82. Ros-10, Sofaer-11, RPC-2229. Choice aEF. Scarce this nice!. $305


56737 *Judaea. Samaria, Sebaste, Domitian. 81-96. Æ11 (1.29g). Laureate bust right, IMP DOMIT CAESAR/Sword, CEBACTHNWN. Sofaer-12, Ros-11, RPC-2230. Ch. VF+, a bit off-center. $220


56708 *Mysia. Cyzicus. 2nd-1st Cent BC. Æ28 (9.48g) . Laureate head of Apollo right/Tripod and Torch. BMC-165v, Lind-225 (this coin). Fine, nice green patina, some weak areas. $55


56709 *Rome. Plautilla, wife of Caracalla. Struck 202 AD. Silver Denarius (3.46g). Draped bust right PLAVTILLA AVGVSTA/Caracalla and Plautilla clasping hands CONCORDIA FELIX. RIC-365, RSC-12, SR-7066. Gd Fine. $67


56710 *Rome. Julia Paula, 1st wife of Elagabalus. Divorced 220-221. Silver Denarius (2.51g). Draped bust right IVLIA PAVLA AVG/Concordia seated left holding patera, resting left arm on throne, star in leftfield CONCORDIA. RIC-211v, RSC-6a, SR-7655. VF/F, somewhat weak reverse. $110


56711 *Rome. Julia Paula, 1st wife of Elagabalus. Divorced 220-221. Silver Denarius (2.53g). Draped bust right IVLIA PAVLA AVG/Venus enthroned left, hldg apple and scepter, VENVS GENETRIX. Scarce.. SR-7658, RIC-222, RSC-21. F/VG, flan crack. Rev. graf. . $55


56707 *Rome. Julia Mamaea, mother of Severus Alexander. (Died 231 AD). Silver Denarius (2.84g). Bust right/Vesta standing left, holding Palladium and scepter.. SR-8217, RIC-360, RSC-81. VF. $72


56715 *Byzantine. Justinian I. 527-565. Æ Follis of Cyzicus. Helmeted and cuirassed facing bust/ Large M, cross above, Officiana B, Year 28. Seemingly unlisted in Sear. SB-207ff. F/VF, some flat areas. $55


56713 *Byzantine. Justinian I. 527-565. Æ Half Follis of Cyzicus. Helmeted and cuirassed bust facing/Large K, cross above, V over Z below, Anno to left, XXX (year 30) to right. SB-208, D.O-192. G-VG/F-VF. $33


56714 *Byzantine. Justinian I. 527-565. Æ Pentanummium of Cyzicus. Bust right/Large E, KY to right. Scarce. Reverse is very nice. SB-210, MIB-124. aF/VF. $67


56712 *Byzantine. Maurice Tiberius. 582-602. Æ Follis of Cyzicus (12.37g). Facing bust, cuirass & plume on crown/Large M, cross above, Officina B, year 12, KYI in ex.. SB-518. Gd Fine. $45


MODERN COINS AND TOKENS PLUS ONE MEDIEVAL COINS


56741 *Cameroon. Societe Nationale. ND (1919-1945). 50 Centime Brass. Rare token issue. This is the only one we've had. Sold this in 2000 and recently bought it back. A similar one sold in a Maison Palumbo sale in 2005 for $515+ buyer's fee!. KM-Tn3, G-3, Lec-25. Ch.. EF. $500


56742 *Comoros. SOCIETE ANONYME DE LA . GRANDE COMORE ND (1922). 25 Centime brass token. SOCIETE ANONYME DE LA GRANDE COMORE/BON DE REMBOURSABLE 25¢. Lec-20, Gad-4, KN-Tn-1a. Choice BU. $555


56743 *Comoros. SOCIETE ANONYME DE LA . GRANDE COMORE ND (1915). 25 Centimes Aluminum token. SOCIETE ANONYME DE LA GRANDE COMORE/BON DE REMBOURSABLE 25¢. Lec-21, Gad-4, KN-Tn-1. EF, some porosity. $250


56744 *Comoros. SOCIETE ANONYME DE LA . GRANDE COMORE ND (1915). 0.50 (50 Centimes) Aluminum token . SOCIETE ANONYME DE LA GRANDE COMORE/BON DE REMBOURSABLE 0F,50. Lec-23, Gad-5, KN-Tn-2. Choice BU. $415


56671 *Eritrea. Umberto I of Italy. 1890-R. 2 Lire. Crowned head right/Scarce two year type. Y-3, KM-3. EF-AU. $420


56730 *France. Burgandy, Hugh V. 1305-1315. Silver Denier (.97g). "DUX" on banner/Cross, with shamrock (?) in 2 angles. Boudeau-1214, SCMF-5785. Gd Fine, some flat areas?. $72


56745 *French Equatorial africa. French Colony. 1943. 10 Centimes. One year type in aluminum-bronze.World War II Free French issue. Coert Steynberg designed this coin. He's famous for his design of the Krugerrand. Struck in Pretoria, South Africa but never released for circulation. KM-4, Gad-6, SB-p. 1204 (p. 127). BU. $500


56748 *German East Africa. German East Africa Company. 1908-J. 5 Heller. Crown with ribbon above date/Denomination within wreath. Y-8, KM-11. VF+, some niks. $85


56749 *German East Africa. German East Africa Company. Wilhelm II. 1913-J. 1/4 Rupie of Hamburg . Helmeted bust left/Denomination, date and mintmark within wreath and legend. Y-13, KM-8. Nicely toned unc. $280


56750 *German East Africa. German East Africa Company. 1907-J. 1/2 Rupie of Hamburg . Helmeted bust left/Denomination, date and mintmark within wreath and legend. . Y-14, KM-9. VF, long ago cleaned. $155


56740 *Sweden. Karl IX. 1605. 4 Mark . Half-figure of Charles IX above /"Jehovah" in Hebrew within rays at center. Reverse especially strong. SM-35, KM-15. GVF. $1125


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