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Rare shekels in January Goldberg auction

My good friend Mel Wacks has given me a peek at some important lots in an upcoming sale to be conducted by Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers.

Highlights of the sale, which will be held Jan. 8-10, 2019, in New York City, are coins relating to the First and Second Jewish Revolts against Imperial Rome in 66-70 C.E. and 132-135 C.E.

These two David vs. Goliath military contests did not have happy endings.

Rome won both.

Many of the Jewish inhabitants of Judaea were killed or enslaved.

But tales of valor and independent spirit have come down to us through the centuries.

Those who took up arms against Rome struck coins.

They are avidly sought out by collectors today.

Examples of shekel coinage from five years of issue from the First Revolt will go on the auction block.

Roman conquerors issued imperial coins that are also in high demand.

These celebrated a great victory for the empire.

They proclaim the province of Judaea captive.

The arch of Titus in Rome shows the looted articles from the Second Jewish Temple in Jerusalem being brought to the city.

He was the general who captured Jerusalem and destroyed it, as well as the temple.

Titus succeeded his father Vespasian as Roman emperor in 79.

Readers of Numismatic News who want to obtain a catalog of the lots in this important sale will be given a special lower price.

If they mention that they saw the story in Numismatic News and/or its website, the catalog’s price will be $15.

That is $10 less than the asking price.

Because of the importance of the coins in this sale, it will become a reference work in its own right.

The New York Sale catalog can be obtained by telephoning (310) 551-2646.

Buzz blogger Dave Harper won the Numismatic Literary Guild Award for Best Blog for the third time in 2017. He is editor of the weekly newspaper "Numismatic News."