Spectacular British, Islamic Collections headline
An unprecedented selection of high-grade ancient and world coins —
ranging from the dawn of numismatics to most modern corners of the
globe and featuring several important collections — highlights the
2,800+ lots in Heritage's Auctions' Jan. 6-7 World
& Ancient Coins Signature® Auction
and an additional 3,400
lots offered Jan. 15-16 during Internet sessions on Heritage Live
"Unquestionably, if you are a collector of world and ancients, I
am certain that you will find one or many great additions to your
collection," said Cristiano Bierrenbach, Executive Vice President
of Heritage. "These two events represent the most depth and
diversity Heritage has ever offered in the long history of world
and ancients in our company."
Several important collections anchor the NYINC auction event and
Sunrise Collection of Islamic Coinage, one of the most
comprehensive collections ever assembled with a special focus on
Persia (modern Iran) and Mughal India. Assembled by a California
collector over a 40-year period, the collection contains nearly 900
gold, silver and bronze coins dating back to within a few decades
of the Hijra, Mohammed's exodus from Mecca to Medina in 622 AD.
Chief among these is a spectacular
gold medallion struck by the Safavid Persian Shah Sulayman
(1668-1694), another gold
medallion struck by the Qajar Dynasty ruler Fath ‘Ali Shah
(1797-1834) and a superb
portrait gold Mohur of the Indian Mughal Emperor Jahangir
(1605-1628), depicting the ruler delicately sipping from a
"The collector has a terrific eye," said David Michaels,
director of Ancient coins for Heritage. "Featuring graceful Islamic
calligraphy and design, virtually every coin is a perfect specimen
and many are extremely rare or unique."
The auction's selection of modern world coins is highlighted by The
Kairos Collection, a group of 19th century British coins holding
particularly beautiful examples of an 1847
Victoria Gothic Crown
, displaying virtually flawless surfaces,
William IV Proof Crown
, and an 1871
Victoria gold Proof Sovereign
, of which no more than 20 of the
type are known.
"Many of the coins in the Kairos collection shouldn't really
exist in such superior condition," said Bierrenbach. "The
excitement over the jewels in this collection started early when
the images were first loaded to HA.com. I can't wait to see these
wonderful coins cross the auction block at NYINC."
Additional notable collections include The Cecil Webster
Collection of Costa Rica, which includes many scarce and rare
issues of the Central America Republic and Costa Rica; The Ariagno
Collection, holding a wide range of European rarities including a
rare large 12 Ducat of 1629 from Austria; and The Elizabeth
Charters Collection, featuring further gems and super gems from
Great Britain, German states and other European issues.
Further highlights include, but are not limited to:
Two Rare Brazilian Ingots rarely offered at auction. The first, a
II gold ingot of Serro Frio 1832
includes a Guia or certificate
— one of a handful Ingots are known to exist with their respective
Guia. The second, a Joao
VI gold ingot of Goias 1821
, comes from the mines of the remote
state of Goias and is one of the toughest types to find.
A classic large gold Nicholas
II gold 25 Roubles of 1896.
Two Proof Double Guineas of Great Britain, the first being Tanner's
George II pattern gold double guinea
and the second being a
Young Laureate Head George II pattern gold double guinea
of which are of importance and beauty.
A perfectly struck proof of an 1862
Essai 100 Francs of France, the finest example ever offered by
solidus of Avidus
from the West Roman Empire of 5th Century AD.
One of the rarest gold Sovereigns, the 1926-S
Australia in MS64.
A gorgeous large gold 1703
5 Ducat of Hungary in choice uncirculated condition.
A scarce and choice 1916
Gold Dollar of China.
A beautiful Siculo-Punic
silver tetradrachm of circa 320-315 BC depicting Queen Dido,
the legendary founder of Carthage.
An enormous 67mm
bronze medallion of the Roman Emperor Antoninus minted to mark
the 900th anniversary of the founding of Rome, and depicting
Prometheus and the goddess Minerva fashioning the first man out of
This auction is open for bidding now at HA.com/Coins.
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Young Numismatist Essay Contest #2 Winner
Heritage Auctions holds a quarterly essay contest to
encourage and support young numismatists and budding authors.
Contest rules can be found at HA.com/YNessay. Essays should be
emailed to Korver@HA.com, or
mailed to: Bob Korver (YN Essay Contest), Heritage Auctions, 3500
Maple Ave., Dallas TX 75219
Why Young People Are Not Interested in Coins
By Olivia Beauvais, Age 15, Massachusetts
An Old English proverb goes "you can lead a horse to water, but
you can't make it drink." The same may be true for numismatics, but
we'll get back to that later.
Last year, as a freshman in high school, I decided to proudly
display my love of numismatics by wearing a Peace Dollar pendant to
school. The first person to comment on it was an acquaintance who
could be considered a friend. As soon as she saw the silver dollar
around my neck, she said "what is that?" to which I replied it was
a silver dollar. She said "Oh, I thought it was a giant nickel." As
I went through the day I received other theories as to what the
chunk of silver around my neck might be, ranging from a foreign
coin to a replica. Each time, I would matter-of-factly explain that
it was a United States Peace Dollar minted in 1923. Every single
person I told this to did not even know the United States had ever
made silver dollars.
I wondered why not a single person I came across seemed to be
interested or knowledgeable in coins. I came up with a few
theories. The first theory was that since there has been no major
(obverse and reverse) design changes on circulating silver coins in
our lifetime no one wanted to collect coins in which there was only
one for every denomination. My second theory was that kids are just
too lazy to gain the required amount of knowledge for collecting
coins. The third theory was that young people did not know how many
different coins exist.
What I found was the real cause is a combination of my first and
third theories. Young people do not know that our coins ever looked
any different or were made out of different metals. This being
true, how could someone want to collect or study something that
they didn't know existed?
Now we are getting back to the quote from above. "You can lead a
horse to water but you can't make it drink". However, this would
only be true in numismatics if young people were being introduced
to different coins. Some young people are introduced to coins,
either from relatives or educators and they are uninterested.
Personally, my dad introduced me to coins but did not force them on
me; it was a personal decision to start collecting. However, if my
dad had not introduced me to coins I probably would not have found
my passion in them. This seems to be the problem as to why young
people have no interest in coins, no one has ‘led them to water' so
A couple weeks ago in history class we read David McCullough's
Nobel Prize acceptance speech. In his speech, he talked about how
history was being lost because our educators are uneducated and
impassionate which causes young people to be uninterested. This
made me think about how numismatics is being lost in our
generation. If young people have not been educated on numismatics
by someone who is passionate about the subject, they will take no
interest in it.
This brings me to my final point, young people are not
interested in numismatics because they have not been exposed to
coins or someone with a passion in coins. People cannot become
interested in something they don't know exists and they won't know
collectable coins exist unless they are taught by someone
passionate about them.
Bob Korver's comments: Olivia makes an interested point. We
regularly think about mentoring and helping educate the beginning
collector, but an introduction to rare coins and currency must
always take place first. Help or guidance can come later. The Boy
Scouts' Merit Badge in coin collecting serves as an excellent
introduction, but that reaches only a small number of young
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This Week's Top Ten
The ten highest valued coins designed by Charles Barber to sell
in Heritage auctions:
1913 5C Liberty PR64 NGC.. Sold for $3,737,500.
1894-S 10C PR65 PCGS. Sold for $1,035,000.
1880 $4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1657, Pollock-1857, R.6, PR66 Cameo
NGC. Sold for $488,750.
1915 P50C Panama-Pacific Half Dollar in Gold, Judd-1960, formerly
Judd-1793, Pollock-2031, High R.8, PR64 NGC. Sold for
1880 $4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1657, Pollock-1857, R.6, PR64 PCGS.
Sold for $431,250.
1879 $4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1635, Pollock-1833, R.3, PR67 NGC.
Sold for $402,500.
1915 P50C Panama-Pacific Half Dollar, Judd-1960, formerly
Judd-1793, Pollock-2031, High R.8, PR64 NGC. Sold for
1880 $4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1657, Pollock-1857, R.6, PR65 NGC.
Sold for $316,250.
1879 $4 Flowing Hair Judd-1635, Pollock-1832, R.3, PR67 Cameo
NGC. Sold for $310,500.
1879 $4 Flowing Hair, Judd-1635, Pollock-1833, R.3, PR67 * Cameo
NGC. Both sold for $299,000.
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