"COIN OF THE MONTH" - JEWISH WAR FIRST REVOLT AGAINST ROME AR SHEKEL, YR. 2 - 67/68 B.C.E.
Hendin 1358, MINT STATE, (with early NGC uncirculated tag), 24.5 ! mm, 14.13 grams, Jerusalem Mint
Obverse: Chalice surround by inscription "Shekel of Israel", "Year 2" above chalice
Reverse: Staff of three pomegranates, surrounded by inscription "Jerusalem the Holy"
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A STUNNING coin with fresh mint luster and nuanced striking details - no doubt among the finest we have handled and worthy of a connoisseur!
The coin was removed from an older NGC (more conservative?) slab where it was graded Uncirculated. The Shekel was struck on an EXCEPTIONALLY broad flan. The shekels usually average at near 22 to 23 mm. This shekel measures 24.5mm at its widest and has a complete inscription and a FULL weight of 14.13 grams. It is of a rare die combination and we are still researching the reverse die, which does not appear to be published in the "Jewish Coinage during the First Revolt against Rome" by R. Deutsch, corpus.
(The vertical lines near 1:00 - 2:00 on the obverse are NOT scratches. They are subtle die breaks on the die that was used to strike the coin attesting to the freshness of the strike!)