Heritage Auctions is putting the finishing touches on the catalog
for Shoshana II, the second
half of the incredible Shoshana Collection of Ancient Judaean
Coins. Shoshana II will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 5, during the
Long Beach Coin & Collectibles show in Long Beach, CA. The
Shoshana Collection, assembled over a 30-year period by a Southern
California collector, comprises coins related to the founding of
Ancient Israel and the story of the Jewish people in the Holy Land. Part
1 of the Shoshana Collection, March 8-9, produced several world
records, including $1.1 million for a "prototype" shekel of
the Jewish War struck in the first year of conflict, 66 CE, one of two
known examples. Two other coins also sold for just under $1 million
each and altogether the 712 coins realized $7.6 million.
While there aren’t likely to be any million dollar shekels in
Shoshana II, several coins are expected to sell well into five and
even six figures and there will be many coins well within the reach of
collectors on a more modest budget. As with the first auction, the
second catalog is being written and annotated by David Hendin, author
of "Guide to Biblical Coins" and the best-known living
authority on Judaean coinage.
One highlight is a rare Year 5 shekel, struck during the Siege of
Jerusalem by the Roman General Titus from May to September of 70 AD,
is perhaps the finest known of 14 surviving "irregular"
examples, including one now residing in the British Museum and a
second in the Israel Museum. The coin carries an estimate of $75,000.
Nearly 200 Bar Kokhba coins will be included in the second,
including five extremely rare silver selas dated Year 1. The Bar
Kokhba offering includes a broad array of types and overstrikes with
estimates ranging from $200 to more than $25,000, so there should be
something to suit any interested collector's pocketbook.
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Ancients, please write Dave Michaels at DMichaels@HA.com or call him at