Albania: 5 Franga Ari "Prova" (trial piece), 1927; in silver; KM# 8.1; in VF & toned surfaces.
False/Censer Shekel cast in pewter(?); w/leg. read right to left "Shekel Yisrael | Yerushalayim HaKdusha" size: 34mm; weight: 16.65g; coin alignment. Similar to Kisch Type-B34, possibly made in the US. Inspired by Renaissance imitations called "Gorlitz Shekels".
False/Censer Shekel struck(?) in pewter; w/leg. read right to left "Shekel Yisrael | HaKdusha Rushalayim" (missing the "Yud" in "Yerushalayim"); size: 31mm; weight: 11.55g. Depicts ornate amphora rather than chalice; many rim nicks and scuffs but the missing letter appears to be deliberate; medallic alignment. Inspired by Renaissance imitations called "Gorlitz Shekels".
Germany lot x7 silver Reichmark coins (KM# 7/14): 1876F in VF, 1881A in F, 1882J in F-VF, 1903A in VF+, 1905A in EF-AU, 1912A in AU-UNC, 1914A in UNC. Est. value $150+
Germany lot x5 Hindenburg head silver Reichsmarks: 5 RM 1936A in VF (cleaned) & 1938A in EF-AU, KM# 94; 2 RM 1939A in AU, 1938A in VF-EF & 1937F in VF, KM# 93.
Syria > Seleucid Kings > Demetrios/Demetrius II Nicator (second reign), 130-125 BC: AR Didrachm (half-Shekel value) dated year 184 (129/128 BC); Tyre mint; c. 8g, 20.5mm. Diademed head right & leg. BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΔHMHTΡIOY ("of King Demetrius") / Eagle standing left on ship's prow, wings closed, palm over shoulder; [dotted] A over PE above TYP monogram on club in left field; [dotted] AZY monogram over ΔΠΡ in right field & F-P monogram between legs. Hole punched at 11 o'clock position. Period Tyrian half-Shekels contained 95% silver & were used to pay the J'lem Temple tribute tax commanded of every Jewish male over age of 20 to pay.
Britain: lot 3x silver Florins (2 Shillings), 1921 (KM# 817a) in EF; est. value $175+
Britain: lot 13x silver Florins (2 Shillings), 1920-1924 period (KM# 817a) mostly in VF (1-2 in F-VF); 1920, 1921 (x4), 1922 (x4), 1923 (x3), 1924; est. value $135+
Pin ex 53rd battalion, Givati brigade, c. 1949-51; 1.75g. Depicts Star of David formed by rifles, above wreath & flag w/"53" above. Bn est. Nov. 1947 at start of War; initially known as 3rd Bn of Hagana's "field corps". Originally composed of youths from 'frontier' neighborhoods of TLV, so nicknamed "the suburban bn"; served in frontier zones around TLV; c. Mar. '48 assigned to region bet. Gedera & N. Negev; helped fend off Egyptian incursion into Israel. Reknowed Jewish partisan, Abba Kovner, served as bn's 'public relations' officer; deputy bn cdr was future Chief of Staff, Tzvi Tzur.
ספרים מחסידות חב"ד: דרושי חתונה י"ד כסלו תרפ"ט, מהאדמו"ר הריי"ץ לכבוד חתונת בתו עם רבי מנחם מנדל שניאורסון (הרבי מליובאוויטש, האדמו"ר השביעי בשושלת אדמו"רי חב"ד)
Chassidut Chabad: Drushei Chatuna Contras (booklet), compilation of Chassidic sermons on subject of marriage as delivered by R. Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn ("HaReitz") in connection to the marriage of his daughter, Rabbanit Chaya Mushka, to R. Menachem Mendel Schneersohn (the future Rebbe of Chabad), 14 Kislev 5689 (26-27 Nov 1928); 72 pages + 'Luach Slichot'; "Splendid" press, Riga. Rare: consignor says issued only to wedding guests. Cropped cover & taped back, frayed edges of first/last pages, complete.
Early Israeli outbound mail: undated surface mailed cv ("Mataf" stationary) ex J'LEM (no r/a), addressed entirely in Arabic to "Dear respectable friend Jacop Yousef who is living in house number 13/91 in Hedar Khan area BAGHDAD", franked 20m per period surface rate to non-UK destination using 4x Mand. Pictorals 5m (Ba93; interim franks not authorized for outbound mail) & tied by 2 strikes of J'LEM Minhelet Ha'am "Rosette" pmks of the temporary Sorting Office (the only location where interim pmk could be used to cancel outbound mail; in J'LEM only 3 items known cancelled by Mandate devices) - as this not open to public, cv probably deposited in street post box; here, rare combination possible only for 2 days: 13 May was FD of Rosette pmk & 14 May was last day of use of Mandate stamps.
Cover was posted at height of siege on J'LEM & probably taken on 2nd convoy to TLV (carried mail posted 13 May - 21 June; arr. 21/06); as not reg. mail, no b/s; as lacking any other postal marks/IMs ("no service", RtS, DLO, arrow/circle) - esp. "DLO" as in JAFFO, not J'LEM, VERY PROBABLY DELIVERED: absence of Heb. writing/interim franks/Isr. r/a may have helped; also, J'LEM not recognized then by UN as part of Israel (i.e. Doar Ivri stps could not be transported to J'LEM via Latrun road under UN guard) + surface mail more improvised than period airmail routes - this unique: Iraq has had no postal relations w/Israel since her founding on 15 May '48 (Jews persecuted & Zionism criminalized in 1948), but Israel didn't officially suspend such service herself (so didn't stop this mail transmission): probably carried via SS "Kedmah" to 3rd country on route to Marseille via Genoa & other ports. Possibly the last Mandate/Israel mail to reach Iraq before actual postal suspension effected. Opened roughly, few tears; some repair; toning; o/w fine & highly unusual.