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New York - Judean Coin Brings $1 Million At NYC Auction

Published on: March 9, 2012 10:47 AM
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The front of a Year 1 prototype silver shekel. The rare coin was struck by Jewish forces revolting against Roman rule in the first century. APThe front of a Year 1 prototype silver shekel. The rare coin was struck by Jewish forces revolting against Roman rule in the first century. AP

New York - An ancient Judean coin has sold for $1.1 million at a New York City auction.

The Year 1 prototype silver shekel (SHEHK’-uhl) from A.D. 66 was bought Thursday night at Heritage Auctions by a private East Coast collector.

It’s one of only two known Year 1 prototype silver shekels. The other one is in the collection of the Israel Museum.

It’s the first silver coin struck by Jewish forces revolting against Roman rule in the first century. It features an image of a ritual chalice and three pomegranates.

Heritage says it’s the highest price for any Judean coin paid at auction.

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It’s one of 2,200 ancient Judean coins from the Shoshana Collection assembled by a private Los Angeles-area collector. He bought it at a 1991 auction for more than $240,000.


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 Mar 09, 2012 at 11:45 AM cynic Says:

Dear Mr. Collector:

If the coin has "66 AD" stamped into it, you just made a bad investment. Just like all those folk who bought coins marked "25 BCE" ...

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 11:47 AM Avner Says:

Good to see that the shekel currency is getting stronger

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 12:00 PM kvegas Says:

Reply to #1  
cynic Says:

Dear Mr. Collector:

If the coin has "66 AD" stamped into it, you just made a bad investment. Just like all those folk who bought coins marked "25 BCE" ...

Where does it say "stamped"?

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 01:50 PM lawrenceyid Says:

Reply to #1  
cynic Says:

Dear Mr. Collector:

If the coin has "66 AD" stamped into it, you just made a bad investment. Just like all those folk who bought coins marked "25 BCE" ...

The article never says it was "stamped" A.D." just that it was from 66AD. After you grow a brain, you would realize, that anyone paying 1.1 mil, is a serious collector, and would know more about these things then you will ever know.

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 03:07 PM cynic Says:

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lawrenceyid Says:

The article never says it was "stamped" A.D." just that it was from 66AD. After you grow a brain, you would realize, that anyone paying 1.1 mil, is a serious collector, and would know more about these things then you will ever know.

And some people have no sense of humor.... And this, right after Purim!
- oh, and even "serious collectors" get scammed every so often. Look at all those folk who fell for the stories about those "rescued" Sefer Torahs.
(Has anyone been able to backtrack where they actually came from? I haven't seen any updates on that).

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 Mar 09, 2012 at 04:07 PM sandymoos Says:

Reply to #4  
lawrenceyid Says:

The article never says it was "stamped" A.D." just that it was from 66AD. After you grow a brain, you would realize, that anyone paying 1.1 mil, is a serious collector, and would know more about these things then you will ever know.

He was obviously joking; clearly no Jewish coin, no matter the date, would be stamped AD.

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 Mar 10, 2012 at 10:35 PM C.E. not A.D. Says:

The letters A.D. stand for Anno Domini ( "in the year of our lord") referring to J.C.and should not be used by Yidden. We use C.E. (Common Era).

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 Mar 11, 2012 at 09:41 AM BISSELSECHEL Says:

does that mean that machtzis hashekel is no $550,000.00? Ha'ashir lo yarbeh and ha'ani lo yamit!

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 Mar 11, 2012 at 11:34 AM Avreich1 Says:

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C.E. not A.D. Says:

The letters A.D. stand for Anno Domini ( "in the year of our lord") referring to J.C.and should not be used by Yidden. We use C.E. (Common Era).

The po-faced #7 clearly lacks a sense of humour.

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