PHILISTIA GAZA AR QUARTER SHEKEL (DRACHMA) WITH "AZA" INSCRIPTION
Gitler and Tal V1.D, Very Fine with test cut and some delamination near cut, 13.8mm, 3.90 grams, Struck Circa. 5th - 4th Centuries B.C.E.
Obverse: Head of bearded male right to right, with oriental hairstyle
Reverse: Owl standing to right olive spray to left, AZH in Aramaic (Ayin, Zayi, Heh) to right; all in dotted square border within incuse square
One of the earliest Jewish coins struck and an EXTREMELY RARE type with only four listed and seven known (this the eighth). Two other readable examples were offered in recent years. They do not have test cuts across the portrait, but may we say that the all important inscription is clearer on ours. The CNG Triton specimen (see here) with a weak reverse fetched nearly $18,000 after fees, and the Shoshana specimen (see here) fetched nearly $26,000 !