Society 11:32 10/03/2012

Year 1 silver shekel sold in highest price

 The Year 1 prototype silver shekel from A.D. 66 was bought Thursday night at Heritage Auctions by an East Coast collector, USA Today reported. 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.

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