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September 1, 2012

Shoshana Collection Part 2 Offered in Long Beach
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Current Auctions: September 5 The Shoshana Collection of Judean Coins Part 2 Signature Auction - Long Beach, September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach, September 6-11 Signature World & Ancient Coin Auction - Long Beach, Internet Coin Auctions


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Shoshana Collection Part 2 Offered in Long Beach

The rare Year 5 shekel
The rare Year 5 shekel
A five-year run of silver shekels struck by Judaean rebels during the Jewish War against Rome, circa 66-70 AD, highlights the second half of the world-famous Shoshana Collection of Ancient Judaean Coins, offered by Heritage Auctions the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 5, during the Long Beach Coin & Collectibles show.

The Jewish War section, lots 20105-20128, includes multiple examples of the silver shekels and half-shekels, dated Year 1 through Year 5, struck by Judaean forces engaged in a titanic struggle against the Roman Empire.

All of these coins are in wonderful condition and their stark imagery beautifully conveys the devotion and convictions of the courageous Jewish rebels. This sale shows the great breadth and depth of the Shoshana Collection. The first Shoshana sale last March was already the greatest offering of Judaean coins every brought to public auction, and the second half is – in many ways – a reprise of the first.

The rare Year 5 shekel, struck during the Siege of Jerusalem from May to September of 70 AD, is among the finest known of 14 surviving "irregular" examples, including one now residing in the British Museum and a second in the Israel Museum. The coin carries an estimate of $50,000.

The Shoshana Collection, assembled over a 30-year period by a Southern California collector, comprises coins related to the founding of Ancient Israel and the story of the Jewish people in the Holy Land. The auction of the first part of The Shoshana Collection, March 8-9, produced several world records, including $1.1 million for a "prototype" shekel of the Jewish War struck in the first year of conflict, 66 CE, one of two known examples. Two other coins also sold for just under $1 million each and the 712 coins comprising the first part of the collection realized a total of $7.6 million.

The second Shoshana auction, with estimates totaling $1.2 million, will cover an even greater span of time than the first. It comprises 585 lots covering about 1,700 years of history, from the first coins ever struck in ancient Judaea — circa 480 BC — to the fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem in 1187.

It also presents a prime opportunity to collectors who may have been "priced out" of the first Shoshana event due to the highly competitive bidding occasioned by the great rarities offered. We don't expect any million dollar shekels in Shoshana II, although we expect several coins to sell well into five and possibly six figures. There will be many coins well within the reach of budget-minded collectors.

As with the first auction, the second catalog is being written and annotated by David Hendin, author of "Guide to Biblical Coins" and the best-known authority on Judaean coinage.

The catalog for the first Shoshana auction won the Numismatic Literary Guild's award for Best Auction Catalog of 2012 and became an instant collector's item and educational tools. The catalog for this auction, which, like the first, was written and annotated by David Hendin, will also become an important addition to any library of ancient coin literature.

The Sept. 5 offering will be divided between several phases of Judaean history:

Lots 20001-20051: The Persian Period (480-333 BC), when the first primitive coins, many of them copies of the famous Athens "owl" coinage, were struck at Holy Land mints such as Gaza, Samaria and Jerusalem.

Lots 20052-20104: The Maccabean and Herodian Kingdoms (135 BC-93 AD), the first independent Judaean kingdoms to strike coins.

Lots 20105-20128: The Jewish War (66-70 AD), a titanic uprising against Roman tyranny that shook the Empire to its core.

Lots 20129-20296: The Bar Kokhba Revolt (132-135 AD), the final major rebellion against Roman rule in the Holy Land.

Lots 20297-20321: Judaea Capta Issues, coins struck by the Romans to celebrate their costly victories in the Jewish and Bar Kokhba Wars.

Lots 20322-20545: City Coins, struck under Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic and Crusader authority by cities in the Holy Land from circa 37 BC to 1187 AD.

This auction is open for bidding now at HA.com/Coins.

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Highlight Videos for Long Beach auctions

Now, you can view some of the highlights of our 2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction and 2012 September 5 The Shoshana Collection of Judaean Coins Part 2 Signature Auction through YouTube (no link) or right here at HA.com/coins.

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The Shoshana Collection of Judaean Coins Part 2
The Shoshana Collection of Judaean Coins Part 2

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This Week's Top Ten

The ten highest valued California Fractional Gold coins to sell in Heritage auctions:

1853 Liberty Octagonal 1 Dollar

1853 Liberty Octagonal 1 Dollar
  1. 1853 Liberty Octagonal 1 Dollar, BG-503, R.7, MS61 PCGS. Sold for $29,900.
  2. 1853 Arms of California 50 Cents, BG-435, Low R.5, MS64 PCGS. Sold for $21,275.
  3. 1871 Liberty Octagonal 25 Cents, BG-718A, R.8 MS64+ PCGS. Sold for $20,700.
  4. 1853 Peacock Reverse 50 Cents, BG-411, R.7, MS63 PCGS. Sold for $20,700.
  5. (1853) Liberty Round 25 Cents, BG-204B, R.8, AU58 NGC. Sold for $19,550.
  6. 1853 Arms of California 50 Cents, BG-435, Low R.5, MS63 PCGS. Sold for $18,975.
  7. 1853 50C Arms of California 50 Cents, BG-435, Low R.5, MS63 PCGS. Sold for $18,400.
  8. 1854 $1 Liberty Round 1 Dollar, BG-602, High R.6, AU55 PCGS. Sold for $18,400.
  9. 1876 25C Indian Octagonal 25 Cents, BG-799GG, R.8, MS65 PCGS. Sold for $17,250.
  10. 1882 25C Indian Round 25 Cents, BG-892, High R.7, MS66 PCGS. Sold for $17,250.

Do you have a suggestion for a future top ten list? Send it to us!

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Heritage Auctions is offering free feature-packed websites to collector organizations and clubs. You can see a sample site at thecollectingcommunity.com, and you can choose to include any or all of these features:

The features of the plan are as follows:

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The site will be hosted at the web address of your choosing (subject to availability), and the site has intuitive user controls, which make it easy for you to control your content and users.

For more information, please contact us at CommunitySite@HA.com. Availability is limited and we will be setting these up on a first-come first-served basis, so please contact us soon if you're interested.

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Our Rare Currency Team Is Expanding

Heritage is seeking to hire the world's best specialists and is currently looking for an Executive Assistant for our Dallas office.

Heritage Auctions is seeking a well-organized self-starter to assist the Rare Currency department. Duties will include tracking inventory and consignments, catalog and ad production, proof reading and providing general assistance to the Currency experts.

Cataloger - Currency (Dallas/Remote)
Heritage Auctions is seeking a talented numismatist with broad expertise in United States Currency. This position includes coordination of currency-related writing efforts such as cataloging, social media outreach, and marketing projects. Excellent writing skills are required and pay will be commensurate with numismatic experience.

Consignment Director - Currency (Dallas)
Are you a motivated leader with a good general knowledge of U.S. history and U.S. Currency seeking a key position with Heritage Auctions? Our ideal candidate will have strong buying skill, excellent writing skills for auction cataloging, organize and obtain consignments along with catalog production. Great benefits, salary and bonus are commensurate with experience.

World Paper Money Expert (Dallas/ Remote)
Numismatists with a wide ranged knowledge of World Paper Money are being sought to expand Heritage's World Paper Money auctions. A fast paced environment is the setting for a qualified individual who enjoys interacting with collector and dealer consignors. Duties will include answering inquiries, soliciting consignments, buying, and participating in catalog production. Pay is commensurate with experience and strong writing skills are a plus.

For a full list of our career openings please visit HA.com/Jobs, or see the listings below.

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Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your Winnings!

When you win any lot worth with a hammer price of $1,000 or more (or $2,500 for Art and Natural History lots), you will receive a coupon that entitles you (or your heirs) to re-consign that lot to Heritage at a reduced seller's commission. Selling through Heritage is a convenient and hassle free way to maximize your return (find out why). Maybe you'll need to make room in your collection for something better, perhaps your collecting tastes will change, or maybe it will be your heirs that benefit; but be sure to save the coupon, which could be worth hundreds or thousands of dollars.

  • Coins: 0% Seller's Commission for all items $1K or more.
  • Comics: 50% of the usual Seller's Commission for all items between $1K & $10K, and 0% for items $10K and over.
  • All Other Categories: 50% of the usual Seller's Commission for everything else over $1K ($2,500 for Art & Natural History).

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  Employment Opportunities

As the fastest growing American-based auction house, financially rock-solid Heritage Auctions continues to grow and seek the best talent in the industry. If you are a specialist or have strong general collectibles knowledge, we want to hear from you. These specialists will, in some cases, head new departments and in others will enhance existing department expertise. We have positions open at our headquarters in Dallas as well as at our new state-of-the-art galleries in prime locations in both Midtown Manhattan and Beverly Hills.

Heritage is seeking to hire the world's best specialists in the following categories:

  • 20th Century Design Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • American Art Specialist: New York
  • Asian Art Specialist: Beverly Hills
  • European Art Specialist: New York
  • European Comic Art Specialist: Dallas, Paris
  • Fine Jewelry Specialist: New York
  • Firearms Specialist: Dallas
  • Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: Beverly Hills and New York
  • Rare & Collectibles Wine Specialist: New York
  • Timepiece Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • Trust & Estates Specialist: New York
  • World Coins Director: Hong Kong
  • World Paper Money Expert: Dallas/Remote

If you are interested and feel you have the qualifications we seek, please email your resume and salary history to Experts@HA.com.

We are also seeking to fill the following corporate positions:

  • Cataloger — Currency: Dallas/Remote
  • Cataloger — U.S. Coins: Contract, Remote
  • Client Services Representative: Dallas
  • Consignment Director — Currency: Dallas
  • Desktop Support: Dallas
  • Desktop Support Supervisor: Dallas
  • Digital Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Graphic Designer: Dallas, Part-Time
  • Graphic Web Designer: Dallas
  • Interns: Dallas
  • Marketing Account Executive: Dallas, TX
  • Operations Assistant - Coins: Dallas
  • Operations Assistant - Comics: Dallas
  • Operations Assistant - Vintage Guitars: Dallas
  • Operations Assistant - World Coins: Dallas
  • Public Relations Assistant: Dallas
  • Returns Clerk: Dallas
  • Shipping Associate: Dallas
  • Web Developer: Dallas
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If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate positions, please apply here.

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  Around Heritage
Furnishings, Legal Ephemera And Art That Once Decorated The University Of Texas School Of Law Library
American Carved Wood Eagle

The Elton Hyder III Collection will be offered in Dallas and online on Sept. 13 as part of our Estate Signature Auction at the company's Dallas Design District Annex, 1518 Slocum Street.

"For many UT alums and prominent lawyers in Texas, this collection will take them back to the days when they were studying for the bar," said Brian Roughton, Director of Heritage's Department of Fine Arts. "For collectors with a fondness for law and historical artifacts, it's a bonanza of fascinating art and documents as well as stately library furniture."

"Hyder's objective for this collection was to give the Library a sense of history within the law," said Roughton. "In the contemporary Internet world, however, the UT School of Law no longer needs floors of library space and has begun converting into faculty offices, negating much of the need for this furniture and art. Consequently, Elton Hyder III and his wife want to share it with fellow alumni, the art world and interested individuals."

George Washington painting
Among the choice items being auctioned on Sept. 13 are a working Continental Cannon (estimate: $4,000+), a framed display containing 17 19th Century English Truncheons (estimate: $6,000+), a large oil painting, "George Washington" after a Gilbert Stuart original (estimate: $10,000+) and a "William III" portrait with a crown pediment (estimate: $8,000+), all of which decorated the halls of the Law Library for years.

The bulk of the collection is based around historical prints and manuscripts, which exhibit judicial proceedings and ideas. One example is an exquisite framed 1708 print "Queen Anne Illuminated Manuscript in Latin on Parchment, Exemplification of a Recovery, Buckinghamshire, 1708" (estimate: $2,000+). Another highlight is a 19th century "George the Fifth by the Grace of God," Illuminated Manuscript with Royal Seal (estimate: $2,500+).

17th century Italian Renaissance Style Walnut, Glass and Iron Bookcase
Star lots include a 17th century Italian Renaissance Style Walnut, Glass and Iron Bookcase (estimate: $6,000+), a Spanish Baroque wood and Ivory Vargueno and Tranquillo (estimate: $1,500) and a stunning Italian Renaissance Style Painted Wood Bench (estimate: $6,000+).

Among the judicial offerings are four English Barristers Wigs with provenance linking them to established judges. One such example belonged to Charles Dickson Esq. (estimate: $1,500+), with an archival photograph displayed with the wig under a Plexiglas case.

"This is a collection where the worlds of law, art and history intersect," said Roughton. "We think collectors, lawyers and UT alums alike will find unique pieces that will have special meaning to each one of them."

More information about fine and decorative art auctions.

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Art From the Heart Charity Auction

Bidding in the September 14 Art from the Heart Auction supports Dallas Challenge in its mission to help youth stay in school, off drugs and alcohol, and out of the criminal justice system.

Artists and celebrities create one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork for our auction. Proceeds support programs dedicated to improve the health, education and wellbeing of children and youth from our community. This auction is presented only online and bidding is taken through our website. Internet bidding closes at 10:00 PM Central Time on September 14, 2012.

Thank you from Art from the Heart!

Lots Include
Rolando Diaz
Rolando Diaz

Mango Boy, 2012
Mixed media on paper
29-3/4" x 22"
Joel Bermano
Joel Bermano

Love Your Friend, 2012
Acrylic on canvas
29-3/4" x 22"
Stevie Tate
Stevie Tate

20th Century
Acrylic on panel
36" x 24"
Jenny The Elephant
Jenny The Elephant

2011
Acrylic on canvas
24" x 20"

No buyer's premium is due for these Charity items.

More information about Charity auctions.

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  Heritage Interactive
Opinion Poll

Answer this quick question and see how your opinion compares with your peers.

1. Which is your favorite US coin design from the following choices?
       A) Mercury Dime
       B) Standing Liberty Quarter
       C) Walking Liberty Half Dollar
       D) Morgan Dollar
       E) Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle




Last week's questions:

1. In your opinion, which of the following should cease production?
A) Cent (28%).
B) Nickel (2%).
C) Half Dollar (11%).
D) Dollar coin (26%).
E) Dollar bill (33%).

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  Is It Time To Sell?

Ten Reasons Why You Should Consign to Heritage's Official Auctions of the Fall 2012 ANA National Money Show in DALLAS

  1. Higher prices realized are the focus of everything Heritage does. Proven prices realized leadership means more dollars for YOU at settlement.
  2. YOU benefit from selling in Dallas, the numismatic capital of America.
  3. Unparalleled management continuity is why YOU can completely trust Heritage to deliver.
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  9. YOU benefit directly from Heritage's highly effective — and global — marketing programs.
  10. Heritage has sold more than $350 million at our 42 record-setting prior Official ANA Auctions — experience YOU will benefit from!

2012 October 18-21 US Coins Signature Auction - Dallas
Consignment Deadline: September 4, 2012

2012 October 18-22 Currency Signature Auction - Dallas
Consignment Deadline: Closed

David Mayfield
Vice President, Numismatic Auctions
David@HA.com
1-800-US-COINS ext. 1000

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  Current Auctions
Coin Auctions
2012 September 5 The Shoshana Collection of Judean Coins Part 2 Signature Auction - Long Beach
2012 September 5 The Shoshana Collection of Judean Coins Part 2 Signature Auction - Long Beach #3018
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2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach
2012 September 6-9 US Coins Signature Auction- Long Beach #1174
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2012 September 6-11 Signature World & Ancient Coin Auction - Long Beach
2012 September 6-11 Signature World & Ancient Coin Auction - Long Beach #3020
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131236
September 2, 2012
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131236
September 4, 2012
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Thursday Modern Coin Auctions Thursday Modern Coin Auctions #241236
September 6, 2012
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231236
September 6, 2012
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Currency Auctions
2012 September 6-10 World Paper Money Signature Auction - Long Beach 2012 September 6-10 World Paper Money Signature Auction - Long Beach #3519
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Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141236
September 4, 2012
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Other Signature Auctions
2012 September 12 - 13 The Estate Signature Auction - Dallas 2012 September 12 - 13 The Estate Signature Auction - Dallas #5101
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2012 September 14 Art From the Heart Auction Benefitting Dallas Challenge 2012 September 14 Art From the Heart Auction Benefitting Dallas Challenge #521
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2012 September 25 Silver & Vertu Signature Auction - Dallas 2012 September 25 Silver & Vertu Signature Auction - Dallas #5108
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Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161236
September 2, 2012
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Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction #151236
September 2, 2012
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121236
September 2, 2012
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251236
September 4, 2012
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Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction #171236
September 4, 2012
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Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction #181236
September 6, 2012
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201236
September 6, 2012
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