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  This Month In Classical Coin News
 
January 4, 2013

New York International Auction, January 6-7, 2013
  The Sunrise Collection of Islamic Coinage
  Group Lots
  Greek, Roman, Judaean and Byzantine
  Ancient Artifacts
  Non-Floor Session
Weekly Auctions of World & Ancients
Pompeia's Pick
What Happened In Ancient January?
Website Tips: Connect to Heritage through PayPal
Consignments Wanted
Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your Winnings!
Employment Opportunities
Around Heritage
Current Auctions

Happy New Year to one and all! Here is the January 2013 edition of Classical Coin News, Heritage Auctions' monthly newsletter that brings you up-to-date on current events in the world of Ancient coins of the Classical world.

  Upcoming Auctions

New York International Auction, January 6-7, 2013

Our next major auction, held in conjunction with the New York International Coin Convention, is our biggest offering of World and Ancient Coins to date, both in total value and the number of lots. Totaling more than 5,000 lots over our days, this mammoth auction boasts something for collectors of every field of interest and in every price level from $200 to $200,000. Several significant collections will come to the block, notably:The Sunrise Collection of Islamic Coinage is one of the largest, most comprehensive and highest-quality private collections ever assembled tracing the history of Islam as a world power, with a special focus on two of its most important states — Persia and Mughal India. Comprising more than 800 coins in gold, silver and bronze, the Sunrise Collection spans nearly a millennium and a half, from within a few decades of the Hegira (AD 621 / AH 1) to the end of the Qajar Dynasty (1794-1925 / AH 1174-1305). Also included are early Arab-Sasanian coins, important Arabic coins of the Umayyad and Abbasid Dynasties, the Seljuq and Ottoman Empires, and coins of Nepal and Tibet. Each coin is carefully chosen to be as perfect a specimen as possible. The entire collection being "highlights," here are a few select examples:
Important early Arab-Sasanian silver dirham Important early Arab-Sasanian silver dirham
Important early Arab-Sasanian silver dirham
Mughal Gold Zodiac Mohur of Jahangir Mughal Gold Zodiac Mohur of Jahangir
Mughal Gold Zodiac
Mohur of Jahangir
Abbasid Gold Presentation Double-Dinar Abbasid Gold Presentation Double-Dinar
Abbasid Gold Presentation Double-Dinar
Ilkhans of Persia Gold Presentation Dinar Ilkhans of Persia Gold Presentation Dinar
Ilkhans of Persia Gold Presentation Dinar
Huge Safavid Gold 16 Ashrafi of Sulayman I Huge Safavid Gold 16 Ashrafi of Sulayman I
Huge Safavid Gold 16
Ashrafi of Sulayman I
Safavid Silver 10 Shahi of Sulayman I Safavid Silver 10 Shahi of Sulayman I
Safavid Silver 10
Shahi of Sulayman I
Beautiful Qajar Gold 10 Toman of Fath 'Ali Shah Beautiful Qajar Gold 10 Toman of Fath 'Ali Shah
Beautiful Qajar Gold 10
Toman of Fath 'Ali Shah
Amazing Mughal portrait Mohur of Jahangir Amazing Mughal portrait Mohur of Jahangir
Amazing Mughal portrait
Mohur of Jahangir
Amazing Mughal portrait Mohur of Jahangir Amazing Mughal portrait Mohur of Jahangir
Amazing Mughal portrait
Mohur of Jahangir

Please pay special attention to the group lots in this collection, containing between two and six coins. These lots contain many unique, extremely rare, and otherwise superb specimens of Islamic coinage. A few examples:

Ghaznavid Dynasty, lot of five (5) choice silver dirhams Ghaznavid Dynasty, lot of five (5) choice silver dirhams
Ghaznavid Dynasty, lot of five choice silver dirhams
Seljuqs and Artuqids, lot of two (2) bronze and one (1) silver coins Seljuqs and Artuqids, lot of two (2) bronze and one (1) silver coins
Seljuqs and Artuqids, lot of two bronze and one silver coins
Mughal Dynasty and Xinjiang Province, lot of five (5) diverse silver coins Mughal Dynasty and Xinjiang Province, lot of five (5) diverse silver coins
Mughal Dynasty and Xinjiang Province, lot of five diverse
silver coins
Ottoman Dynasty, lot of four (4) large silver coins Ottoman Dynasty, lot of four (4) large silver coins
Ottoman Dynasty, lot of four
large silver coins
Qajar and Duranni Dynasties, lot of two (2) silver medallions and one (1) rupee Qajar and Duranni Dynasties, lot of two (2) silver medallions and one (1) rupee
Qajar and Duranni Dynasties,
lot of two silver medallions
and one rupee
Qajar Dynasty, Fath 'Ali Shah, lot of six (6) choice silver coins Qajar Dynasty, Fath 'Ali Shah, lot of six (6) choice silver coins
Qajar Dynasty, Fath 'Ali Shah,
lot of six choice silver coins

Greek, Roman, Judaean and Byzantine
Our NYINC auction also has an extensive offering of more than 850 high-quality Greek, Roman, Judaean and Byzantine coins from a number of collections. Here are a few selections:

Greek Highlights

Syracuse tetradrachm, Ex-Prospero Collection
Syracuse tetradrachm, Ex-Prospero Collection
Siculo-Punic Dido and Lion tetradrachm
Siculo-Punic 'Dido and Lion' tetradrachm
Amazing Antigonus Doson tetradrachm
Amazing Antigonus Doson tetradrachm
Rare Alexander of Pherea stater
Rare Alexander of Pherea stater
Archaic Corinth stater
Archaic Corinth stater
Early Ionian electrum striate hemistater
Early Ionian electrum "striate" hemistater
Fantastic Ptolemy III gold mnaieion
Fantastic Ptolemy III gold mnaieion
Rare Sasanian double-portrait drachm
Rare Sasanian double-portrait drachm

Judaean Highlights

Jewish War Year 1 Shekel
Jewish War Year 1 Shekel
Jewish War Year 3 Shekel in Presentation Case
Jewish War Year 3 Shekel in Presentation Case
Rare Jewish War Year 4 Shekel
Rare Jewish War Year 4 Shekel
Bar Kochba Year 1 Sela
Bar Kochba Year 1 Sela
Judaea Capta Sestertius
Judaea Capta Sestertius

Roman Highlights

Superb Tetradrachm of Caligula
Superb Tetradrachm of Caligula
Provincial Medallion of Caracalla
Provincial Medallion of Caracalla
Rare aureus of Augustus
Rare aureus of Augustus
Galley Bronze of Hadrian
Galley Bronze of Hadrian
Splendid aureus of Lucius Verus
Splendid aureus of Lucius Verus
Sharp Solidus of Valentinian II
Sharp Solidus of Valentinian II

Ancient Artifacts
Unusually for an event devoted primarily to coins, we have a number of fascinating and/or important ancient artifacts in the NYINC auction. They include:

Ancient Syria, Bronze 1 Mina Weight
Ancient Syria, Bronze 1 Mina Weight
Bronze Military Diploma, Reign of Hadrian
Bronze Military Diploma, Reign of Hadrian
Bronze Military Diploma, Reign of Marcus Aurelius
Bronze Military Diploma, Reign of Marcus Aurelius
Late Roman Lead Forger's Mold
Late Roman Lead Forger's Mold

Non-Floor Session
The internet-only Non-Floor Session for our NYINC auction starts Tuesday, January 15, at 1:00 PM CT and features more than 330 Ancient individual and group lots Greek, Roman, Judaean and Byzantine coins. Due to space constraints in the Signature auction, the Non-Floor Session features many more high-quality coins than usual, including many in the $500-1,500 price range. Please examine it carefully! If you have any questions concerning any lot or lots, don't hesitate to call me at (310) 492-8615 or email me at DMichaels@HA.com.

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Weekly Auctions of World & Ancients

Our ongoing Weekly Auction of World & Ancient Coins starts and ends each Thursday at 10:00 PM CT. Each Auction features 10-50 Ancient coins. The coins all 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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  January Events

Pompeia's Pick
By Lorie Ann Hambly

Medallion of Antoninus Pius

Medallion of Antoninus Pius
Medallion of Antoninus Pius
The reign of Antoninus Pius, perhaps the most peaceful in the entire Roman Principate, is well-represented by this huge and magnificent bronze "framed medallion" of that almost serene emperor. At 67mm in diameter and 100 grams in weight, it is the largest Roman Imperial bronze medallion that has ever been offered at auction, as far as we have been able to determine. Medallions of this type were specifically made at the Rome mint as handouts for high government officials and other persons whose service the Emperor wished to honor. The presentations were made at a special ceremony on New Year's Day and it is quite likely the medallion passed through the hands of the Emperor Antoninus himself on its way to the beneficiary of Imperial largesse.

Beyond its sheer size, the piece is of outstanding artistic quality, as befitting its purpose. The obverse portrait faces left, showing the Emperor's stately profile to good advantage. The reverse blends art and mythology in the best Roman numismatic tradition: Minerva favors the non-martial facet of the Athena god-head, representing the refined peace of the city-state. She is delineated with the titan Prometheus breathing "soul" or the life-force into the clay effigy of man; however, her depiction with him on the reverse is suggestive of a double-meaning. In Greco-Roman mythology, it is Minerva (Greek Athena) who assists Prometheus in obtaining fire for mankind, previously a divine prerogative, an indirect reference to Minerva's patronization of counsel and strategy. With man's acquisition of fire, he possesses superior intelligence over the animal kingdom whose faculties were bestowed by his brother, fellow titan Epimetheus. Man's world would be illuminated allowing him to fashion tools and harness the technology to master the natural world and to cultivate practical arts and sciences, the domain of the goddess Minerva. Dangerously god-like and therefore in direct confrontation with the credo of Jupiter and purview of the Pantheon. Minerva, as the patron goddess of organized trade guilds, had therefore a small hand in commerce obviously represented by coinage.

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What Happened In Ancient January?

December 31st, AD 192: Emperor Commodus murdered by his wrestling instructor, on orders from a cabal.
January 1st, AD 193: Pertinax proclaimed emperor, replacing Commodus.
January 1st, 45 BC: First day of the new era under the Julian Calendar (following the 445-day "Long Year" of 46 BC, AUC 709).
January 2nd, AD 69: Vitellius proclaimed emperor by Rhine legions, launching the Year of the Four Emperors.
January 3rd, 101 BC: Marcus Tullius Cicero, peerless orator, author and statesman, born in Arpinum, Italy.
January 4th, AD 211: Emperor Septimius Severus dies in York, England (Eboracum, Britannia).
January 6th, 1822: Birthday of Heinrich Schliemann, rediscoverer of Troy and Bronze Age Greece.
January 6th: Greco-Egyptians celebrated this day as the feast of Kore, goddess of Fertility.
January 7th, 49 BC: Julius Caesar ordered to disband his army.
January 10th, 49 BC: Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon with his army.
January 11th, AD 347: Birthday of Emperor Theodosius I the Great.
January 15th, AD 69: Emperor Galba murdered in Forum; Otho declared emperor by praetorians.
January 19th, AD 379: Emperor Gratian declares Flavius Theodosius Emperor of the East.
January 24th, AD 41: Emperor Caligula Assassinated; Claudius proclaimed emperor by the Praetorians.
January 24th, AD 76: Emperor Hadrian born in Italica, Spain or Rome.
January 30th, 405 BC: Death of the Greek Philosopher Sophocles.

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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!

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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
  • 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
  • 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 e-mail your resume and salary history to Experts@HA.com.

We are also seeking to fill the following corporate positions:

  • Cataloger — Currency: Dallas
  • Cataloger — Fine Jewelry: Dallas
  • Client Services Representative: Dallas
  • Collections Specialist: Dallas/Contract
  • Color & Photography Imaging Specialist: Dallas/Contract
  • Consignment Director — Currency: Dallas
  • Desktop Support: Dallas
  • e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Interns: Dallas
  • Senior Settlements Accountant: Dallas
  • Shipping Associate: Beverly Hills/Part-time
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  Around Heritage

Early Colt Revolver Brings $284,410 In $1.8+ Million Heritage Arms & Armor Event

Rare First Year of Production Civilian Colt Pinch Frame Single Action Revolver with Accompanying Nickel-Plated Skeleton Shoulder Stock and Authentication Letter from Colt Authority Ron GrahamOne of the first 150 civilian Colt single action revolvers ever produced brought $284,410 to lead Heritage Auctions' $1.8+ million Arms & Armor Signature® Auction on Dec. 9.

More than 1,100 bidders competed for Colt rarities ranging from an exceptional 1860 Army percussion revolver, which brought $131,450, to an 1862 police percussion revolver, which sold for $41,825, and an exceptional cased Colt Model 1855, which surpassed its high estimate to sell for $33,460.

Custom Pair of U.S. Model 1911 Ithaca Semi-Automatic Pistols Belonging to Texas Ranger Captain Clint PeoplesBy far the most anticipated grouping of the day was related to the late Texas Ranger Senior Captain Clint Peoples, whose personally owned firearms and memorabilia sold for $118,000+, including a pair of custom U.S. Model 1911 Ithaca semi-automatic silver appliquéd pistols purchased by a floor bidder for $35,850 and a custom pair of Smith & Wesson double action revolvers, which brought $26,680.

A cased custom engraved Colt single action revolver with ivory grips owned by Peoples sold for $11,950 while his Senior Captain Texas Ranger badge constructed from a Mexican five peso coin brought $7,768.

E. Dumoulin Sidelock Ejector Double Rifle 3 Barrel Set in .458 Win. Mag. Additional Barrels for 375 H&H Mag. and 300 Win. Mag., each with Swarovski Telescopic Sights"We're pleased with how bidders responded to the array of rare Colt revolvers," said Clifford Chappell, director of Arms & Armor at Heritage. "It was exciting to watch items in the Peoples collection blow their estimates out of the water."

Rare Winchester T3 Semi-Automatic Carbine and AccessoriesBidders took advantage of a number of rare and desirable rifles crossing the block including an E. Dumoulin Sidelock Ejector Double with a three-barrel set including a .458 Winchester Magnum and additional barrels for 375 H&H Magnum and 300 Winchester Magnum and two Swarovski Telescopic sights, selling for $26,290, a rare Roberts Custom Model 70 Bolt Action Rifle made by Pachmayr selling for $15,535, and the famous "Betsy #1", a 7mm Mashburn Super Magnum Mashburn Arms Bolt Action Rifle with Telescopic Sight, formerly owned by Warren Page, Field & Stream's shooting editor from 1947 to 1972, selling for $10,755.

Other rifle highlights include a Winchester T3 semi-automatic carbine and accessories, selling for $9,560, a rare experimental Collis Breechloading Flintlock, selling for $7,170, and an Inland U.S. T3 semi-automatic carbine and accessories, selling for $7,170.

More information about Arms & Armor auctions.

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  Current Auctions
Coin Auctions
2013 January 6-7 Ancient & World Coin Signature Auction - New York
2013 January 6-7 Ancient & World Coin Signature Auction - New York #3021
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2013 January 8-14 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando
2013 January 8-14 US Coin FUN Signature Auction - Orlando #1181
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2013 January 15-16 NYINC World Coin Non-Floor Session - Dallas
2013 January 15-16 NYINC World Coin Non-Floor Session - Dallas #3022
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131302
January 6, 2013
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131302
January 8, 2013
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Thursday Modern Coin Auction Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241302
January 10, 2013
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231302
January 10, 2013
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Currency Auctions
2013 January 8-14 Currency FUN Signature Auction - Orlando #3521 2013 January 8-14 Currency FUN Signature Auction - Orlando #3521
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Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141302
January 8, 2013
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Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161301
January 6, 2013
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Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction #151301
January 6, 2013
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121301
January 6, 2013
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251302
January 8, 2013
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Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction #171302
January 8, 2013
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Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction #181302
January 10, 2013
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201302
January 10, 2013
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Monthly Internet Wine Auction Monthly Internet Wine Auction #221302
January 10, 2013
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