"COIN OF THE MONTH" - HEZEKIAH AR YEHUD, 1/2 MA'AH
Hendin 1065, TJC 24, Extremely Fine, 7.1mm, .22 grams. Struck Circa. 4th Century B.C.E., Late Persian or early Macedonian Period
Obverse: Male head to left
Reverse: Inscription YEHEZEKIA ('YHZQYH’) below forepart of winged and horned lynx to left
SUPERP Extremely Fine with a sharp and clear inscription
One of the best examples known with even the folds in the cheek clearly delineated. Affordable because the obverse is somewhat off center. The few specimens that have come to auction in similar grade with better centering have fetched $3,000 - $6,000. Nevertheless has tremendous eye appeal and is a coin to be appreciated in hand!
Note: The coin is not that dark. Contrast is created by the photography.