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Dear Friends,

Many of you may already be aware of the new restrictive laws which have been imposed by the State of Israel on the sale and export of ancient coins. This has halted the supply of available material to a mere trickle. Fontanille Coins has always been committed to providing high quality and rare material to our customers, as we have done since 2009. As we only deal with legally exported material, and to keep supplying only the finest in Judaean coins, we will need to curtail our auctions to bi-monthly offerings. Our new auction 97 is posted below, the following one will commence November 1st, thereafter January 1st and so on.... Thank you for understanding and we look forward to serving your coin collecting needs for years to come. J. - P. Fontanille, Sep. 1 2017.

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AUCTION 97 NOW CLOSED

(September 1 - 20)

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1. Hacksilber ingot of 1 shekel (Hendin p. 66) 14.23 g.

 Start: $650 Estimate: $800-1,000  Final: 3,265 (9 bids: 750 - 950 - 1,200 - 1,300 - 2,000 - 2,612 - 3,000 - 3,110 - 4,000)

An interesting and important hacksilber ingot. With its coin-shape and its coin-size, with its weight of 1 shekel and its test cut, this piece is probably the closest thing we have to a coin of the First Temple period (10th-6th Centuries B. C. E.). Uncleaned, as found.

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2. Unlisted Philistian hemiobol 0.15 g.

 Start: $800 Estimate: $1,000-1,200  Final: 1,575 (4 bids: 1,200 - 1,200 - 1,500 - 1,800)

Unlisted and possibly unique Philistian hemiobol in nice condition with a probable letter Shin at right of the owl. The oriental hairstyle is well visible. The head and owl to left are exceedingly rare on the Philistian coins.

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3. Herod the Great 4-prutot struck year 37 B. C. E. (Hendin 1170) 4.99 g.

 Start: $600 Estimate: $800-900  Final: 1,577 (6 bids: 912 - 1,000 - 1,307 - 1,350 - 1,502 - 1,650)

Struck by the pair of dies O2-R5, this is probably the finest side with the helmet I have seen. This coin type is exactly 3 times rarer than the famous 8-prutot.

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4. Herod the Great prutah struck ca. 25 B. C. E. (Hendin 1175a) 0.94 g.

 Start: $250 Estimate: $350-400  Final: 787 (4 bids: 407 - 500 - 750 - 1,227)

This is a superb example for this coin type which is one of the poorest ever struck in Judaea (see here).

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5. Valerius Gratus prutah struck year 16 B. C. E. (Hendin 1333) 1.98 g.

 Start: $450 Estimate: $600-700  Final: 1,207 (10 bids: 475 - 505 - 825 - 1,000 - 1,000 - 1,055 - 1,100 - 1,107 - 1,150 - 1,250)

Probably the finest example I have seen for the type.

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6. Samaria, tetradrachm struck year 70 C. E. under Titus in Ceasarea Maritima (RPC II 1967) 14.19 g.

 Start: $1,200 Estimate: $1,500-1,700  Final: Unsold

A beautiful example for this rare coin type.

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7. Judaea Capta, sestertius struck year 71 C. E. in Rome under Vespasian (Hendin 1508) 22.68 g.

 Start: $3,500 Estimate: $4,000-5,000  Final: 8,610 (6 bids: 3,650 - 6.555 - 7,556 - 8,000 - 8,200 - 10,000)

A rare VICTORIA AVGUSTI Judaea Capta sestertius struck shortly after the fall of Jerusalem. In mint condition, with no trace of wear*. No tooling, no smoothing.

* The first trace of wear appears on the highest relief. On the obverse, the 2 laurel leaves above the ear are the first to be erased.

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 - Our auction 98 starts on November 1st -

 

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