Goldberg Coins and Collectibles



Sale 48

Pre-Long Beach Coin Auction


The Bar Kokhba War
 
 
Lot Photo Description Realized
Lot 1843
AR Tetradrachm (14.07 g) dated year One (132/3 C.E.). Tetrastyle façade of the Temple of Jerusalem; within the middle of the Temple interior, the Ark of the Covenant in chest form. Reverse: Lulav thrice bound; to left, etrog. Mild 3. TJC 218. H-674. Extremely Rare, one of the classic rarities in the Bar Kochba series. Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $50,000 - 65,000.
Ex Goldberg Sale 41, lot 2528 (Alan Levin collection).

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Realized
$80,500
Lot 1844
Large Bronze dated year One (132/3 C.E.). Inscription within wreath. Reverse: Amphora with fluted body. Mild 1. AJC 3b. H-677. Rare. Very Fine.
Estimated Value $4,000 - 5,000.
Ex Lanz 125, November 2005, lot 500.

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Realized
$5,400
Lot 1845
Large Bronze dated year One (132/3 C.E.). Inscription within wreath. Reverse: Amphora with fluted body. Mild 12 [13 examples cited, this coin being #3]. AJC 4. H-676. Dark green patina; Choice Very Fine.
Estimated Value $10,000 - 12,500.
Ex Dowdy, Abramowitz, Herbst and Levin collections.

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Realized
$14,375
Lot 1846
Medium Bronze dated year One (132/3 C.E.). Three-lobed vine leaf. Reverse: Palm tree with seven branches. Mild 38 [5 examples cited]. AJC 5. H-678. Very Fine to Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $700 - 900.
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Realized
$604
Lot 1847
Small Bronze dated year One (132/3 C.E.). Triform bunch of grapes. Reverse: Palm tree with seven branches. Mild 147 [large issue]. AJC 8. H-681. Lovely green patina; Extremely Fine.

This Mildenberg obverse 1 die was utilized for silver denars, as well as small bronzes.
Estimated Value $500 - 700.
Ex Goldberg Sale 41, lot 2545 (Alan Levin collection).

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Realized
$483
Lot 1848
Small Bronze dated year One (132/3 C.E.). Triform bunch of grapes. Reverse: Palm tree with seven branches. Mild 148 [30 examples cited]. H-681A. Repatinated; Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $400 - 600.
Ex Archaeological Center Auction 41, October 2007, lot 84.

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Realized
$414
Lot 1849
Small Bronze dated year One (132/3 C.E.). Triform bunch of grapes. Reverse: Palm tree with seven branches. Mild 149 [large issue]. AJC 7a. H-681C. Enhanced patina; bent flan left of grapes; Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $400 - 600.
Ex Rosenblum Auction, May 2006, lot 119.

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Realized
$546
Lot 1850
Small Bronze dated year One (132/3 C.E.). Triform bunch of grapes. Reverse: Palm tree with seven branches. Mild 150 [mass issue]. AJC 7. H-681. Enhanced; Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $350 - 450.
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Realized
$384
Lot 1851
AR Tetradrachm (14.87 g) dated year 2 (133/4 C.E.). Tetrastyle façade of the Temple of Jerusalem; within the middle of the Temple interior, the Ark of the Covenant in chest form. Reverse: Lulav thrice bound; to left, etrog. Mild 9 [10 examples cited]. TJC 229. H-686. Very Rare. Lustrous, Nearly Mint State.

Probably struck over a tetradrachm of Trajan. This obverse die (inscription: "Jerusalem") was utilized for both year One and year 2 production. The reverse die, however, is a "pure" year 2 issue with reverse inscription "Year 2 of the Freedom of Israel."
Estimated Value $12,500 - 15,000.
Ex Antiqua XIV, December 2006, lot 87.

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$12,650
Lot 1852
AR Denar (3.28 g) dated year 2 (133/4 C.E.). Inscription within wreath. Reverse: One-handled jug right with palm branch to right, "Eleazar the Priest". Mild 8 [14 examples cited]. AJC 17a. H-685. Rare. Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $3,000 - 4,500.
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$2,243
Lot 1853
AR Denar (3.35 g) dated year 2 (133/4 C.E.). Triform bunch of grapes. Reverse: Upright palm branch. Mild 10 [15 examples cited]. AJC 20. H-683. Very Rare. Extremely Fine.

True hybrid issue, using both year One and year 2 dies with years mentioned.
Estimated Value $7,500 - 11,000.
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Realized
$8,050
Lot 1854
Medium Bronze dated year One (133/4 C.E.). Three-lobed vine leaf. Reverse: Palm tree with seven branches. Mild 47 [10 examples cited]. AJC 40. H-678. Scarce variant; Nice Fine/Very Fine.
Estimated Value $600 - 800.
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Lot 1855
AR Tetradrachm (14.32 g) dated year 2 (133/4 C.E.). Tetrastyle façade of the Temple of Jerusalem; within the middle of the Temple interior, the Ark of the Covenant in chest form; above, cross. Reverse: Lulav thrice bound; to left, etrog. Mild 10 [18 examples cited]. AJC 12. H-687. Lustrous Extremely Fine.

"Jerusalem" on three sides.
Estimated Value $4,000 - 5,000.
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Realized
$4,140
Lot 1856
AR Tetradrachm (12.08 g) dated year 2 (133/4 C.E.). Tetrastyle façade of the Temple of Jerusalem; within the middle of the Temple interior, the Ark of the Covenant in chest form; above, cross. Reverse: Lulav thrice bound; to left, etrog. Mild 21 [12 examples cited]. AJC 12 var (this reverse die has omitted the first resh). H-688a. Extremely Fine.

"Jerusalem" on two sides.
Estimated Value $4,000 - 5,000.
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Realized
$3,600
Lot 1857
AR Tetradrachm (14.08 g) dated year 2 (133/4 C.E.). Tetrastyle façade of the Temple of Jerusalem; within the middle of the Temple interior, the Ark of the Covenant in chest form; above, rosette. Reverse: Lulav thrice bound; to left, etrog. Mild 29 [3 examples cited]. AJC 16c. H-689. Rare. Fresh, well-detailed reverse die; Mint State.

The obverse die of this tetradrachm is the first to name Shim'on, the leader of the new Jewish state. Leo Mildenberg selected this die to illustrate the dust jacket of his book, The Coinage of the Bar Kokhba War. A well struck and fully centered piece. Superb.
Estimated Value $6,000 - 7,000.
Ex Antiqua XIV, December 2006, lot 91.

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Realized
$10,925
Lot 1858
AR Denar (3.57 g) dated year 2 (133/4 C.E.). Inscription within wreath. Reverse: Broad chelys-lyre with three strings. Mild 15 [6 examples cited]. AJC 21a. H-690. Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $2,000 - 3,000.
Ex Antiqua XIV, December 2006, lot 94.

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Realized
$4,830
Lot 1859
AR Denar (3.04 g) dated year 2 (133/4 C.E.). Inscription within wreath. Reverse: Upright palm branch. Mild 17 [26 examples cited]. AJC 21. H-690. Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $800 - 1,200.
Ex Antiqua XIV, December 2006, lot 95.

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Realized
$834
Lot 1860
AR Denar (3.22 g) dated year 2 (133/4 C.E.). Inscription within wreath. Reverse: One-handled jug right with palm branch to right. Mild 22 [30 examples cited]. AJC 33b. H-692. Very Fine.
Estimated Value $375 - 500.
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Realized
$391
Lot 1861
AR Denar (3.30 g) dated year 2 (133/4 C.E.). Inscription within wreath. Reverse: Two upright trumpets, resh between. Mild 23 [28 examples cited]. AJC 26. H-693. Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $475 - 675.
Ex Goldberg Sale 41, lot 2572 (Alan Levin collection); ex NFA Auction XXVI, 14 VIII 91, lot 164.

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Realized
$690
Lot 1862
AR Denar (3.27 g) dated year 2 (133/4 C.E.). Triform bunch of grapes. Reverse: Upright palm branch. Mild 41 [28 examples cited]. AJC 31. H-695. Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $600 - 800.
Ex Antiqua XIV, December 2006, lot 97.

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Realized
$506
Lot 1863
AR Denar (3.18 g) dated year 2 (133/4 C.E.). Triform bunch of grapes. Reverse: Chelys-lyre with three strings. Mild 43 [33 examples cited]. AJC 23. H-694. Nearly Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $1,250 - 1,750.
Ex Goldberg Sale 41, lot 2573 (Alan Levin collection).

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$2,128
Lot 1864
AR Denar (3.04 g) dated year 2 (133/4 C.E.). Triform bunch of grapes. Reverse: Upright palm branch. Mild 50 [27 examples cited]. AJC 31b. H-695. Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $700 - 900.
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Realized
$483
Lot 1865
AR Denar (3.28 g) dated year 2 (133/4 C.E.). Inscription within wreath. Reverse: Kithara with three strings. Mild 58 [6 examples cited]. AJC 25a. H-703. About Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $800 - 1,000.
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Realized
$1,150
Lot 1866
Large Bronze dated year 2 (133/4 C.E.). Inscription within wreath. Reverse: Amphora with fluted body. Mild 19 [11 examples cited]. AJC 39. H-705. Natural "find" patina Choice Very Fine.

This very rare variety, with legends reading "Shim'on"/"Year 2 of the Freedom of Israel", is very seledom seen for sale. It has only one die pairing. Leo Mildenberg, who wrote the important corpus and analyses of the Bar Kokhba coin series, considered the reverse doe of the large bronze series, bearing the fluted amphora, as the finest and most beautiful design "in the entire Bar Kokhab coinage." A finer example in The Millennia Collection, May 26, 2008, lot 55, realized $132,250.
Estimated Value $25,000 - 30,000.
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Realized
$33,350
Lot 1867
Medium Bronze dated year 2 (133/4 C.E.). Three-lobed vine leaf. Reverse: Palm tree with seven branches. Mild 74 [10 examples cited]. AJC 42b. H-708. About Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $350 - 500.
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Realized
$437
Lot 1868
Medium Bronze dated year 2 (133/4 C.E.). Three-lobed vine leaf. Reverse: Palm tree with seven branches. Mild --. AJC 43a. H-708v. Fine/ Very Fine.
Estimated Value $200 - 300.
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Realized
$115
Lot 1869
Small Bronze dated year 2 (133/4 C.E.). Triform bunch of grapes. Reverse: Palm tree with seven branches. Mild 154 (31 examples cited). AJC 49a. H-710. Rare die combination; Choice Very Fine.
Estimated Value $500 - 750.
Ex Goldberg Sale 41, lot 2594 (Alan Levin collection).

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Lot 1870
Small Bronze dated year One (132/3 C.E.). Triform bunch of grapes. Reverse: Palm tree with seven branches. Cf. Mild 227 (for reverse die). AJC 82v. H-739a (var). Fine to Very Fine.

This barbaric or irregular coinage exists for both rare silver and bronze issues. We believe it indicates striking by a moving military mint.
Estimated Value $600 - 900.
Ex Antiqua XIII, January 2006, lot 104.

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Lot 1871
AR Denar (2.78 g) attributed to year 3 (134/5 C.E.). Inscription within wreath. Reverse: Upright palm branch. Mild 66 [24 examples cited]. AJC 62c. H-715. Lovely sharp strike; Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $500 - 650.
Ex Antiqua XIV, December 2006, lot 102.

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Realized
$661
Lot 1872
AR Denar (3.28 g) attributed to year 3 (134/5 C.E.). Inscription within wreath. Reverse: One-handled jug right with palm branch to right. Mild 80 [29 examples cited]. AJC 66b. H-717. Lustrous Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $550 - 700.
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Realized
$633
Lot 1873
AR Denar (3.14 g) attributed to year 3 (134/5 C.E.). Inscription within wreath. Reverse: Kithara with three strings. Mild 112 [12 examples cited]. AJC 55c. H-728. Lustrous, Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $450 - 600.
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Realized
$719
Lot 1874
AR Denar (3.35 g) attributed to year 3 (134/5 C.E.). Inscription within wreath. Reverse: One-handled jug right with palm branch to right. Mild 121 [29 examples cited]. AJC 66. H-726. Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $600 - 800.
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Realized
$1,150
Lot 1875
AR Denar (3.32 g) attributed to year 3 (134/5 C.E.). Inscription within wreath. Reverse: Two upright trumpets. Mild 131 [25 examples cited]. AJC 59. H-725. Uncleaned with dirt adhering to surfaces; Extremely Fine.

Overstruck on a denarius of Vespasian.
Estimated Value $500 - 700.
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Realized
$546
Lot 1876
AR Denar (2.95 g) attributed to year 3 (134/5 C.E.). Triform bunch of grapes. Reverse: Two upright trumpets. Mild 162 [4 examples cited]. AJC 60 (this obverse die), AJC 60a (this reverse die). H-730. Boldly struck, Extremely Fine.

Since all coins struck during the Bar Kokhba War were overstruck on Roman host pieces, it is instructive to discover the date and type of the first striking. We know, for instance that some coins minted during the Roman Republic were thus still in circulation nearly two hundred years later in Judaea. This particular coin, for example, was overstruck on an eastern drachm of Trajan.
Estimated Value $700 - 900.
Ex Antiqua XIV, December 2006, lot 108.

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$690
Lot 1877
AR Denar (3.47 g) attributed to year 3 (134/5 C.E.). Triform bunch of grapes. Reverse: One-handled jug right; no palm branch. Mild 164 [40 examples cited]. AJC 69. H-733. Lustrous; Superb Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $650 - 850.
Ex Goldberg Sale 41, lot 2661 (Alan Levin collection).

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Realized
$748
Lot 1878
AR Denar (3.32 g) attributed to year 3 (134/5 C.E.). Triform bunch of grapes. Reverse: Upright palm branch. Mild 170 [17 examples cited]. AJC 64. H-729. Lustrous; Superb Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $575 - 725.
Ex Goldberg Sale 41, lot 2647 (Alan Levin collection).

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$604
Lot 1879
AR Denar (3.50 g) attributed to year 3 (134/5 C.E.). Triform bunch of grapes. Reverse: Kithara with three strings. Mild 203 [22 examples cited]. AJC 57a. H-734. Well centered on large flan; About Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $475 - 625.
Ex Archaeological Center Auction 40, April 2007, lot 215.

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$604
Lot 1880
Medium Bronze attributed to year 3 (134/5 C.E.). Upright palm branch within laurel wreath. Reverse: Kithara with three strings. Mild 33 [large issue]. AJC 77a. H-735. Choice Very Fine.
Estimated Value $325 - 475.
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Realized
$240
Lot 1881
Small Bronze attributed to year 3 (134/5 C.E.). Triform bunch of grapes. Reverse: Palm tree with seven branches. Mild 158 [mass issue]. AJC 81. H-739. Nearly Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $400 - 600.
Ex Goldberg Sale 41, lot 2677 (Alan Levin collection).

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$230
Lot 1882
Small Bronze attributed to year 3 (134/5 C.E.). Triform bunch of grapes. Reverse: Palm tree with seven branches. Mild 155 [19 examples cited]. AJC 79. H-737. Nearly Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $375 - 525.
Ex Archaeological Center Auction 41, October 2007, lot 87.

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$334
Lot 1883
Small Bronze attributed to year 3 (134/5 C.E.). Triform bunch of grapes. Reverse: Palm tree with seven branches. Mild 156 [large issue]. AJC 80. H-738. Edge irregularity; Choice Very Fine.
Estimated Value $250 - 350.
Ex Archaeological Center Auction 41, October 2007, lot 88.

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$216
Lot 1884
Small Bronze attributed to year 3 (134/5 C.E.). Triform bunch of grapes. Reverse: Palm tree with seven branches. Mild 159 [large issue]. AJC 81a. H-739. Moderately tooled, reddish-brown natural patina; Nearly Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $350 - 450.
Ex Numismatic Ars Classica 40, May 2007, lot 305.

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Realized
$210






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