Ancient Jewish coin auctioned for $1.1 million in New York

Ancient Jewish coin auctioned for $1.1 million in New York

PanARMENIAN.Net - The Year 1 prototype silver shekel from A.D. 66 was bought March 8 night at Heritage Auctions by an East Coast collector, AP reports.

It is one of only two known Year 1 prototype silver shekels. The other one is in the collection of the Israel Museum.

It's the first silver coin struck by Jewish forces revolting against Roman rule in the first century. It features an image of a ritual chalice and three pomegranates.

Heritage says it's the highest price for any Judean coin paid at auction.

It's one of 2,200 ancient Judean coins from the Shoshana Collection assembled by a Los Angeles-area collector. He bought it at a 1991 auction for more than $240,000.

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