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Shoshana II - September 5, 2012

Shoshana II, the second half of the incredible Shoshana Collection of Ancient Judaean Coins, will start at 4:00 PM PT (6:00 PM CT) on Wednesday, September 5, during the Long Beach Coin & Collectibles show in Long Beach, CA. 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. Part 1 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 altogether the 712 coins realized $7.6 million.

Highlights from the Shoshana II include:

Menorah prutah of Mattatayah Antigonus Menorah prutah of Mattatayah Antigonus
Jewish War, Shekel of Year 5 Jewish War, Shekel of Year 5

As with all Heritage Signature auctions, you have many options for bidding. If you have any questions about the auctions or would like a copy of the catalog, please contact Dave Michaels by email, DMichaels@HA.com, or phone at (310) 492-8615.

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Long Beach World and Ancients Auction, September 6-7

Besides Shoshana II, we have a terrific auction of Ancient and World Coins that same week in Long Beach, with Sessions 1-4 scheduled Thursday, September 6 and Friday, September 7. Including our Internet-Only Non-Floor Session on September 10-11, the auction contains an astounding 5,000 lots, of which more than 1,100 are Ancients! Here are some highlights from the Ancients Signature auction, which occurs in Session 4 the evening of Friday, September 6:

Judaea Capta aureus of Vespasian Judaea Capta aureus of Vespasian

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Weekly Auctions of World & Ancients

Weekly Auction of World & Ancient Coins

Heritage's ongoing Weekly Auction of World & Ancient Coins start and end each Thursday at 10:00 PM. Each auction features 10-50 Ancient coins. The auction set for September 13 will feature an impressive collection of coins; mostly bronze, from the Bosporan Kingdom — a Roman client kingdom along the northern coast of the Black Sea that flourished from the last century BC through circa AD 300. Many coins feature interesting ruler portraits backed with fascinating reverse types, including and military architecture and exotic gods and goddesses

About 50 Ancient and more than 100 World coins will go on the block every week, with sales starting and ending each Thursday at 10 PM CT. Coins will start at $1 with no reserves! Be sure to look each auction over carefully — you'll find plenty of excellent values on attractive and highly collectible pieces!

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  September Events

September Shows

Long Beach Coin, Stamp and Collectibles Expo, Sept. 6-9 2012: We'll be attending this important West Coast show along with the rest of the Heritage crew. We'll bring a selection of Ancients inventory and will be available to take consignments for our upcoming New York International signature auction, January 6-7. Public hours are 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM Thursday and Friday and 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday.

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Museum Exhibitions

gifts gods art and olympic ideal
Gifts of the Gods: We recently attended a wonderful exhibition at San Francisco's Legion Of Honor museum entitled "Gifts From the Gods: Art and the Olympic Idea. Timed to coincide with the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games in London, the exhibit features 48 magnificent coins loaned to the museum by members of the San Francisco Ancient Numismatic Society, all of them illustrating various aspects of ancient Greco-Roman gaming festivals, primarily the Olympics. The display of coins is state-of the-art, with perfect lighting and enlargements of both obverse and reverse to reveal those hard-to-see details. Ancient artifacts (some of them also loaned by SNANS members) of modern artworks complement the coins. We congratulate both the curator of the exhibit, Renee Dreyfus, and the SFANS' coordinator Mary Lannin for putting together such a wonderful display! Gifts of the Gods will be on display through January, 2013 at the Legion of Honor.

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Pompeia's Pick
By Lorie Ann Hambly

The very first coin in this Friday's auction of Ancient Coins presents and interesting puzzle.

CELTIC GAUL. Northwest Region. The Redones. Ca. 2nd century BC. AV stater (21mm, 8.04 gm, 9h).
CELTIC GAUL. Northwest Region. The Redones. Ca. 2nd century BC. AV stater (21mm, 8.04 gm, 9h).
This great rarity, a gold stater of the Redones circa 200-150 BC, is the first Celtic coin I've picked. The Redones inhabited northwest Gaul, just below the coastal region. The obverse of the coin is, like many Celtic gold staters, a fairly faithful copy of the most common Greek gold coin of the time, the gold stater of Philip II of Macedon (indeed mercenary soldiers were so often paid with these that "Phillip" became a generic term for "gold coin"). These reverse, however is quite different and distinctly Celtic — a nude woman astride a hoarse, seemingly drawing a bow. But who is this militant Gallic version of Lady Godiva?

The copy block below the coin posits two possibilities, both Celtic goddesses: Epona and Andarta. I believe it is more likely to be Epona, goddess of horses. There is a larger number of extant 'Eponic' iconographic examples than 'Andartic' ones; studies in Romano-Celtic folklore and mythology reveal a very clear evolutionary horsetrail made by Epona which originated in Celtic Gaul (although there is both trans-Danubian iconographic and etymological evidence-Dacian statuettes) and winded up through the Continent into the British Isles where the deity was later [Roman] empirically-represented as the patron goddess of the cavalry. Epona is most usually depicted on horseback; however, not sitting astride, but rather side-saddle. The reverse depicts a deity riding astride a horse in a much more bellicose stance than that in which she is generally depicted-appearing to be pulling an arrow [out of a quiver?] to nock into the bow her left hand appears to hold before her. This depiction of a more martial deity would, in the most general of a perspective, rule out a representation of Epona and point to the delineation of Andarta — a rather obscure fertility goddess of the Volcontii of Gallia Narbonensis-cum Andraste, a British goddess of war adopted by Boudicca of the Iceni in her campaign against the Roman occupation in the first half of the first-century A.D.

The obvious contradiction is that this coin is one belonging to the Redones, a no-mark tribe that did not make the annals of history until approximately 57 B.C. when they, as part of a Gallic coalition against Julius Caesar, sent a contingent to attack his stronghold at Alesia. But there is no reason to believe that this anti-Roman sentiment was a whim; rather I believe the animosity to have been at least half a century older and such a socio-political climate might just have given the disgruntled Redones impetus to delineate a very different side of Epona.

The case for the reverse bearing the image of Andarta cum Andraste is not as strong; it is not know for certain that Andarta became Andraste in the British Isles but it is known that Andarta is a little known fertility deity almost exclusive to Volcontii , just one of the tribes that made up Gallia Narbonensis and that were subjugated with little, if any, further hostility shortly after the alleged date of the coin. I see the reverse as another 'face' of the horse goddess Epona who would, in less than two centuries, become the symbolic embodiment of the auxiliary cavalry, alae, military units of equestrian soldiers recruited from Gaul, Germania and Trans-Danubia.

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What Happened In Ancient September?

September 2nd, 44 BC: Pharaoh Cleopatra VII of Egypt declares her son co-ruler as Ptolemy XV Caesarion.
September 2nd 31 BC: Octavian and Agrippa defeat Antony and Cleopatra at the naval battle of Actium.
September 3rd, 175 BC: Death of Seleucus IV Philopator.
September 3rd, 36 BC: Octavian and Agrippa defeat Sextus Pompey in Naval battle of Naulochus.
September 4th, AD 476: Romulus Augustulus, last Roman emperor in west, is deposed.
September 7-27st AD 70: Roman Legions of Titus storm Jerusalem, ending a five-month siege.
September 13th, AD 122: Building begins on Hadrian's Wall.
September 13th AD 81: Emperor Titus dies in Rome at age 40.
September 29th, 480 BC: Battle of Salamis: The Greek fleet under Themistocles defeats the Persian fleet under Xerxes I (480)

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  Consignments Wanted

As you can see from our recent track record, Heritage Ancients is really starting to achieve some amazing results! If you have any thought of selling your collection, there is no better time than the present and no better venue than Heritage! Our rates are highly competitive and we offer top-notch cataloguing, exceptional photography and production values, an incomparable database of more than 800,000 potential buyers, and a matchless promotions / PR department that will make sure everyone knows about your collection. Please contact Dave Michaels, Director of Ancient Coins, via email at DMichaels@HA.com or phone at (310) 492-8615.

Until next month!

Veritas et vita,

David S. Michaels
Director of Ancient Coins
DMichaels@HA.com
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  Announcements

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
  • Comics & Comic Art Specialist: New York
  • 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
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  • Shipping Associate: 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

Tribal Artifacts From The "Father Of Modern Taxidermy" Carl Akeley

Kikuyu wood dance shield from Kenya
An important Kikuyu wood dance shield from Kenya is the top lot from the Toledo Museum of Natural History: The Personal Collection of Carl Akeley, a special offering within The Estate Signature Auction, scheduled for Sept. 13 at Heritage Auctions.

"Carl Akeley is best known for his innovative taxidermy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries," said Ed Beardsley, Vice President of Heritage. "The Akeley Hall of African Mammals at the American Museum of Natural History — along with some of the revolutionary pieces that Carl produced for the Field Museum — are seen by millions of visitors in New York and Chicago each year."

On his five expeditions to Africa, however, Akeley not only collected animal specimens, but also obtained art and cultural objects from the peoples living there. More than 50 such items from Akeley's personal collection were donated to the Toledo Museum of Natural History in 1938, a dozen years after his death during his last African expedition in 1926. Collectors now have the chance to become the first private owners of these objects since Akeley himself.

In addition to being a part of the Toledo Museum of Natural History's collection for over 70 years, a number of the items were also loaned out to the Toledo Museum of Art in 2008 as part of an exhibition called "In Brightest Africa." Items on display included shields, personal adornments, and even a witch doctor's bag.

The top lot of the grouping is the Kikuyu shield displaying bold geometric patterns, painted on one side and carved on the other. It has two holes, one small in the middle of the shield-face and a larger cylindrical hole protruding from the carved side. It stretches an impressive 28 1/4" (71.8 cm) at its longest and is estimated at $15,000+.

painted elliptical leather shield from eastern Africa
Shields overall are a great strength of the collection with several further important pieces: A painted elliptical leather shield from eastern Africa, painted red and black on the front with a wood handle on the back, is estimated at $2,500+, while an elliptical leather shield from the Massai or Nandi people painted red, white, black with a wood and leather handle on the back, is estimated at $1,500+.
Massai errap: horn-and-copper arm band
The collection includes several other important items of warfare and related ritual: a wood and iron axe from the Luba people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, its head carved as a stylized human face with the iron blade forming its nose, is estimated at $800+. Multiple examples of the Massai errap — a horn-and-copper arm band worn by warriors who have killed in battle — appear in the auction; the longest, at 22" (55.9 cm), is estimated at $400+.

The collection also contains many objects associated with daily life and music. A Zulu wood neckrest from South Africa, notable for its finely carved and painted legs, is estimated at $1,500+. A wood and hide drum from the Ganda people of Uganda, 20" (50.8 cm) tall and 17 1/2" (44.5 cm) across, is estimated at $800+; a taller, narrower drum from the same region with a lizard-skin drumhead also is estimated at $800+.

Among the ceremonial and spiritual highlights, a Congolese diviner's oracle set of bones, pebbles, and shells in a woven fiber bag is estimated at $500+. An ilukere or ceremonial flywhisk, made of a wood handle and a wildebeest's tail plume and carried by a personage of power in eastern Africa, is estimated at $200+.

More information about fine and decorative art auctions.

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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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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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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131237
September 9, 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
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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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201236
September 6, 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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Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161237
September 9, 2012
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Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction #151237
September 9, 2012
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121237
September 9, 2012
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