Year 5 Shoshana Shekel coming to Heritage Auctions in September

A rare Year 5 shekel from the first century AD is among the highlights of the upcoming second part of the Shoshana collection of Judean coins in September.

The collection was carefully put together over a period of 30 years by an anonymous Los Angeles enthusiast and represents 11 centuries of Jewish numismatic history, from 500 BC to AD 600. Shoshana is a version of the name Susanna and means lily or rose.

Year 5 silver shekel
The Shoshana collection features 11 centuries of Jewish numismatic history

The Year 5 shekel was produced by the Roman general Titus during the siege of Jerusalem between May and September in AD 70.

Auctioneer Heritage Auctions comments that it 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." Its extreme rarity has ensured an estimate of $75,000 ahead of the September 5 auction.

Close to 200 Bar Kokhba coins will also feature with estimates ranging from $200 to $25,000. They include five Year 1 silver selas.

The first auction in March set a new world record for a Judean coin, with an AD 66 silver shekel achieving $1.1m, representing a 7.58% pa return on its previous sale in 1991.

The 712 coins achieved $7.6m in all.

We will bring you full results from the auction in September - in the meantime, sign up to our free weekly newsletter to make sure you don't miss a beat.

If you're looking to buy or sell rare coins, consider PFC Auctions. Our sister company's next auction takes place in September and is accepting consignments until the end of July.

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