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Antiquity New Kingdom Scarab of Tuthmosis III53 viewsNew Kingdom. 18th Dynasty. Tuthmosis III (circa 1504-1450 BC). Steatite scarab (14x10mm). Base engraved with the cartouche of Tuthmosis III; on the left, a Maat father and the crown of Lower Egypt. Intact, once glazed, pierced for mounting. Ex David Hendin collection. CNG Auction 93.

Scarabs were used as lucky and magical charms in ancient Egypt. Scarabs, such as this one, with the names of pharos, were particularly powerful, and were produced as protective amulets for the public. Hendinís collection of scarabs were collected by him in Israel in the 1970s and 1980s.
2 commentsLucas H
Greek: Athens Owl, Van Alfen 0838 viewsAttica, Athens, AR Tetradrachm. 393-300 B.C.. (20.6 mm, 17.12 grams). Obverse: Head of Athena right, eye in profile, banker's marks. Reverse: Owl standing to right, head facing, to right AOE, A-theta-E, to left, olive twig and crescent, all within incuse square, banker's marks. . Ex David Hendin. Van Alfen, Peter. American Journal of Numismatics, second series, volume 16-17, number 8, this coin.

This was part of a hoard David Hendin let Peter Van Alfen used for his article cited above. This example (as coins 14, 34, 37, 51 and 74 in Van Alfen's article cited above) bear the so-called quatrefoil countermark, a countermark found extensively on coins circulating in Egypt in the late fourth century. This mark might have been used by the Persian administration there at the time. (Van Alfen 2002b: 67-69)

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Greek: Athens Tetradrachm29 viewsAthens, AR Tetradrachm. c. 393-300 BC. (16.9 g., 24mm). Obverse: Helmeted head of Athena right (eye triangular, seen in perspective). Test cut. Reverse: AOE, Owl standing right, head facing, olive sprig and crescent behind, all within incuse square. Test cut. Cf: Sear Greek 2537.

This example of a Fourth Century (probably late Fourth Century) Owl is well centered on a tight flan. This type is alternatively described as Intermediate Style, Late Classical, Hellenistic, or Transitional. Less storied and more common than a Fifth Century Owl with Athena's almond shapped eye, I like this example.
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Greek: Ptolemy II, tet147 viewsPtolemy II, Philadelphos. 285-246 B.C. AR Tetradrachm. Joppa mint, 249/8 B.C. (14.21 g, 26.8 mm, 10h). Obv: Diademed head of Ptolemy I, right wearing aegis. Rev: IOΠ (Joppa), ΓΑ (Gaza), left filed, ΛΙ (date), Θ, right field, Eagle standing left on thunderbolt. Svoronos 814. Ex Amphora, catalog 98, 122.

Ptolemy II, Philadelphos, is the Egyptian ruler that translated the Torah into Greek, known to history as the Septuagint. A less common coin from the Joppa mint with a curious monogram typically associated with the Gaza mint below.
1 commentsLucas H
Hendin 1131: John Hyrcanus I (Yehohanan)46 viewsJohn Hycranus I (Yehohanan) with Antiochus VII. Jerusalem Mint. 132-130 B.C.. AE 14-15mm. Hendin 1131. Obverse: (of King Antiochus, Benefactor in Greek), inverted anchor, date uncertain. Reverse: Lily.

Struck by John Hycanus I (Yehohanan), King of Judaea, in the name of Seleukid King Antiochos VII.
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Hendin 114461 viewsAlexander Jannaeus (Yehonatan). AE Prutah, Jerusalem Mint. Hendin 1144. Obverse: Hebrew inscription (Yehonatan the High Priest and the Council of the Jews) within wreath. Reverse: Double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, pomegranate between horns, border of dots. Ex Amphora.

Probable obverse die match to another member's coin of the same type:
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Hendin 1149a overstrike82 viewsAlexander Jannaeus. AE Prutah, Jerusalem Mint. Hendin 1149(a) (cornucopias overstruck on lily and inscription overstruck on anchor). Obverse: Hebrew inscription (Yonatan the High Priest and the Council of the Jews) within wreath. Reverse: Double cornucopia adorned with ribbons, pomegranite between horns.

On the obverse, the circle which originally enclosed the anchor is visible on the top with part of the original Greek inscription from the underlying coin from 1:00 o'clock to 3:00 o'clock. On the reverse of this coin, traces of the lily are clearly visible above and perpendicular to the cornucopias. A portion of the original script from the underlying coin can be seen from 11:00 o'clock to 1:00 o'clock.
1 commentsLucas H
Hendin 118856 viewsHerod the Great. 40-4 B.C.. AE Prutah. Jerusalem Mint. Hendin 1188. Obverse Greek inscription, anchor. Reverse: Double cornucopia with caduceus between, dots above.

The most commonly struck coin during Herod's reign.
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Hendin 1190: Herod the Great, Eagle Lepton62 viewsHerod the Great. 37-4 B.C.. AE half-prutah. Jerusalem Mint. Hendin 1190. Obverse: (Of King Herod in Greek), single cornucopia. Reverse: Eagle standing right. Ex Amphora.

The first coin by a Jewish ruler to depict a graven image. This could be a reference to the golden bird King Herod placed at the Second Temple in Jerusalem.
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Hendin 1348 Antonius Felix, Crossed Sheilds128 viewsAntonius Felix. AE Prutah. 54 A.D.. Caesarea Mint. Obverse: (Nero Claudius Caesar), two oblong shields and spears crossed. Reverse: (Britannicus) above, (year 14 of Caesar), six-branched palm tree bearing two bunches of dates. Ex Amphora.

Acts 24:24. Paul appeared before Felix during his imprisonment in Caesarea.
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Hendin 1360104 viewsAE Prutah. Year 2, 67-68 A.D.. Hendin 1360. Obverse: Amphora with broad rim and two handles, (year 2 in Hebrew). Reverse: Vine leaf on small branch, (the freedom of Zion in Hebrew). ex Forvm.3 commentsLucas H
Nabataean, Aretas IV, bronze33 viewsNabataean Kingdom, Aretas IV, 9 B.C.-40 A.D.. 3.39g., 19.2mm, Petra Mint. Meshorer Nabataean 114. Obverse: Jugate laureate and draped bust of Aretas IV and Shuqailat right. Reverse: Two cornucopias crossed and filleted, Aramaic legend, "Aretas, Shuqailat" in two lines above and one below. Ex Forvm.

Paul mentions Aretas IV, the greatest Nabataean king, in connection with his trip to Damascus. (2 Corinthians 11:32).
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Nabataean, Aretas IV, Eagle28 viewsNabataean Kingdom: Aretas IV, 9 B.C.-40 A.D.. AE 11. 1.02 g., 11.4mm. Petra Mint. Meshorer Nabataean 91. Obverse: Aramaic monogram O/H within wreath. Reverse: Eagle standing left, wings closed, Aramaic het behind. Ex Forvm.

As Aretas' daughter married Herod the Great's son, the eagle on this coin my represent the eagle Herod placed above the Temple and/or be associated with the eagle lepton of Herod.

1 commentsLucas H
Persian Empire, Imitative obol35 viewsPersian Empire, Gaza, Samaria, or Judaea. c. 375-333 B.C. Imitative of Athens AR obol. 8/7mm, .59 g. Hendin 1011. Obverse: helmeted head of Athena right, olive leaves on helmeted, eye in profile. Reverse: AOE, owl standing right, head facing, olive sprig and crescent behind. Ex Forvm.1 commentsLucas H
Persian Empire, Siglos (half-stater)61 viewsPersian Empire, Artaxerxes I-Darius III, c. 450-330 B.C. Lydia. AR Siglos (half-stater). SGCV II 4683 or similar. 15.8 mm, 5.94 g. Obverse: Beardless archer, the Great King, kneeling right, dagger in right, bow in left. Obverse: Oblong punch. Ex Forvm.2 commentsLucas H
Persian Fouree Siglios34 views Persian Empire, Artaxerxes I-Darius III, c. 450-330 B.C. Lydia. Fouree Siglos (half-stater). (4.51g, 15.1m). Obv: Beardless archer, the Great King, kneeling right, dagger in right, bow in left. Obv: Oblong punch. Compare Sear Greek 4682. Ex Warren Esty.

A very early example of a fouree coin. It appears forgers have been plying their trade almost as long as the cealtors.
1 commentsLucas H
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