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Extremely Rare IVDAEA Sestertius


CNG 75, Lot: 1052. Estimate $4000. Sold for $8250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Hadrian. AD 117-138. Æ Sestertius (25.47 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck circa AD 134-138. Bare head right / IVDAEA in exergue, Hadrian standing right, raising right hand, receiving palm fronds from two children standing left before him; to right, Judaea, holding patera, standing left between altar with victim and child standing left. RIC II 853 (same rev. die as illustration [BMC 1757]); Hendin 799 (valued at $5000 in fine); Banti 461; A. Bromberg Collection (Superior, 5 December 1991), lot 315 var. (laureate head). Fine, brown patina, minor flan crack. Extremely rare, only two examples recorded by Banti (the BM and Niggeler [Leu/Munzen und Medallien 1965, lot 1271] examples).

Among the rarest of all Hadrian’s coins. The first CNG has handled; none recorded in