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Josef Samel, 1913-2005

Josef Samel and Angela Arluk (née Samel), brother and sister, were born in a newly reconstituted Poland in the small town of Gorzkowice. The Jewish siblings survived the Holocaust and after the war ended, made a home in Munich, Germany. Josef briefly emigrated to the United States, but soon thereafter returned to Munich. There with his sister, brother-in-law, and a friend they founded a successful real estate business.

Josef and Angela also shared an affection for the history of the Jewish people in Europe and Israel. Josef formed a close friendship with Teddy Kolleck, the Mayor of Jerusalem, whom he met during one of his numerous trips to Israel. Kollek, a coin collector, introduced Josef to Moshe Dayan, the Israeli Defense Minister during the Six-Day War in 1967. Dayan was also an ancient coin collector. Dayan, in turn, would introduce Josef to the director of the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, Professor Ya’akov Meshorer. Together with Professor Bernard Overbeck, the former director of the Munich State Coin Collection, Meshorer, Josef, and Angela began assembling a coin collection that would represent the history of the people of Israel. It encompassed the conquest of Judaea by the Persians in the 6th century through the present day with an emphasis on ancient Jewish coinage. The collection was virtually complete when it was exhibited at the Munich State Coin Collection in 1993.

See: Künker, F. R. (2019). Jewish and cosmopolitan - in memory of the Samel and Arluk family. In Künker Auction 334 (pp. 16-17).

(4 coins)
Jewish War, Shekel, year one, ex: Samel

AR Shekel, 14.09g. 23mm. Year one= 66/67 A.D. Hebrew inscription,"Shekel of Israel." Ritual chalice with year one above. Rev. Hebrew inscription," Jerusalem the holy". Branch with three pomegranates. Meshorer, Treasury 189. Hendin 1353. Deutsch, pl. 2, 22, dies 8/16. Lovely old collection toning and with an important pedigree. See: https://www.coin.com/indexes/?find=2461 

Provenance/Pedigrees

Ex: Josef Samel collection, (d. 2005), Munich, inv. 523.
Ex: Kunker, Osnabrück, Auction  341,  2020, lot 6227

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about Extremely Fine/Extremely Fine $20,000.
Bar Kokhba, Zuz overstrike, ex: Samel collection

AR Zuz, 3.30g.  19mm.   Undated, attributed to year 3=134/135 A.D.  Overstruck on a denarius of Vitellius(?).  Paleo-Hebrew, "Simon" within wreath .  Rev. Paleo-Hebrew, "For the freedom of Jerusalem." One-handled fluted jug; laurel branch to right.  Mildenberg 104.7(this coin listed). Hendin 1422. Meshorer 283a.   Toned.

This is quite an unusual overstrike.  On the reverse there is the typical low relief under-type showing the outline of a head.  In addition there  is a high relief and well defined eye, nose, mouth, and chin that is under the ribs of the vase.   The host coin was probably struck twice or with a glancing blow in order to have the under-type visible in two reliefs.  The undertype appears to be a denarius of Vitellius, but it is not a certain attribution.

Pedigree/Provenance:

Ex: Josef Samel collection, published by Meshorer and Overbeck, Das Heilige Land. Antike Münzen und Siegel aus einem Jahrtausend jüdischer Geschichte, Exhibition catalog, Staatliche Münzsammlung München in cooperation with the Israel Museum Jerusalem, Munich 1994. no. 466. (for bio see: https://www.coin.com/indexes/?find=2461)

 

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good Very Fine/about Extremely Fine $2,750.
Bar Kokhba, Zuz, ex: Samel and Mildenberg plate

AR Zuz, 3.73g. 19mm. Undated, attributed to year 3=134/135 A.D. Heberw inscription, "Shimon". Bunch of grapes. Rev. Hebrew inscription, "For the freedom of Jerusalem." Lyre with three strings. Mildenberg 173.2(this coin illustrated). Treasury 252, 274a. Hendin 1435. Overbeck/Meshorer 438(this coin). Toned and a scarce die combination; Mildenberg only lists three examples including this coin.

Provenance/Pedigrees

Ex: Josef Samel collection, published by Meshorer and Overbeck, Das Heilige Land. Antike Münzen und Siegel aus einem Jahrtausend jüdischer Geschichte, Exhibition catalog, Staatliche Münzsammlung München in cooperation with the Israel Museum Jerusalem, Munich 1994. no. 438. (for bio see: https://www.coin.com/indexes/?find=2461

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good Very Fine/Extremely Fine $2,750.
Titus, 79-81 A.D. Judaen victory type

AE As, 10.09g. 26mm. Rome, struck as Caesar under Vespasian, 73 A.D. T CAESAR VESPASIAN IMP IIII PON TR POT III COS II. Laureate head of Titus to right. Rev. VICTORIA AVGVSTI S C. Victory standing to right holding a palm and placing a wreath on trophy. RIC 572(this coin cited). BN_. Very rare with a green and brown patina

Provenance/Pedigrees

Ex: Giessener Münzhandlung, Munich, Auction 79, 1996, lot 556
Ex: Josef Samel collection, (d. 2005), Munich, inv. #596. (for bio see: https://www.coin.com/indexes/?find=2461

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about Extremely Fine $4,750.

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