All-Ancients Weekly Auction (February 7-14,
Our next internet Weekly
World Coin Auction will be an all-ancients affair with 119
individual and group lots from the Westchester Collection, which
was partly sold in our New York International auction on January 7.
The auction opens Thursday, February 7 and runs for One Week
Only, closing Thursday, February 14 at 10:00 PM CT. This is a
diverse offering of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine coins in all metals
with estimates ranging from under $100 to $1,000 and more. The
Westchester Collection is particularly strong in Judaean coins and
Judaea-related city and Roman coins. Here are a few highlights
Highlights from the Shoshana II include:
As with all Heritage Signature auctions, you have many options
for bidding. If you have any questions about the auctions, please
contact Dave Michaels by email, DMichaels@HA.com, or phone at (310)
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CICF Auction (April 16-17, 2013)
Heritage is still accepting consignments for the Chicago
International Coin Fair (CICF) auction in mid-April. The CICF
in Rosemont, IL is one of the top shows of the year for ancients
and many important dealers and collectors will be in attendance. If
you'd like to offer your collection in this highly desirable venue,
please contact me at DMichaels@HA.com or (310) 492-8615
right away! Consignment deadline is February 21, and the catalog
will be mailed in mid-March.
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By Lorie Ann Hambly
Mark Antony silver denarius honoring Legion X
The Mark Antony legionary series was one of the biggest and most
widely circulating mintages of the ancient world. The coins were
struck at a military mint in Greece, probably Patrae, between the
summer of 32 BC and spring of 31 BC, as Antony marshaled his forces
to contest with his former triumviral partner, now deadly rival
Octavian for sole mastery of the Roman-ruled world.
The symbolism reflects Antony's realization that both the naval
and land forces under his command would play crucial roles in the
coming war. Accordingly the obverse bears the image of a Roman war
galley, with its distinctive triple ramming prow, proudly under-oar
to right, while the reverse depicts a Legionary Eagle, or Aquila,
flanked by two signae, the standards carried by each Century of 80
men within a Legion.
Six Centuries (480 men) were grouped into a Cohort, while 10
Cohorts formed a Legion. Hence a Roman Legion of this late
Imperatorial period would have comprised 4,800-5,000 fighting men
(the Imperial legion was somewhat larger because the Centuries
within the First Cohort were all double-strength).
On his Legionary coinage, Antony takes the hitherto
unprecedented step of naming the individual Roman Legions under his
command, honoring a total of 23 Legions — a truly immense fighting
force that would, he hoped, guarantee him victory. The 10th
legion, honored on this denarius, was said to be one of Julius
Caesar's favorites. It was raised in 59 BC prior to Caesar's Gallic
conquest and was present at most of the important battles against
both Gallic and Roman rivals over the next decade. Caesar disbanded
his 10th legion in 45 BC, settling its veterans in
Narbonne in Gaul, but after Caesar's assassination the
10th was reconstituted by the triumvir Lepidus.
This new 10th later fell under Antony's command and
was with him in Greece during the campaign that led to his
humiliating defeat in the naval battle of Actium on September 2, 31
BC. Never having truly gotten into action, the 10th
Legion and the rest of Antony's vast army quietly surrendered to
Octavian and was employed by him in the final campaign that bottled
up Antony with his paramour Cleopatra in Egypt 31-30 BC, finally
forcing their suicides.
The Legionary silver coinage struck by Antony long outlasted the
man himself. Hoards of coins from two or more centuries later still
contain worn examples of the Legionary coinage, testimony to the
enduring power of coinage as a propaganda medium.
Antony silver denarius honoring Legion X will be offered in our
World and Ancient Coin Auction ending February 14.
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What Happened In Ancient February?
February 4, AD 211: Emperor Septimius Severus dies while
on campaign in York, Britain, after telling his squabbling sons
"make peace with each other, pay the Army well, and to hell with
February 5, 2 BC: Augustus honored with the title "Pater
Patriae," or "Father of the Fatherland."
February 6, 46 BC: Julius Caesar wins the battle of Thapsus
in North Africa; Marcus Porcius Cato commits suicide a few days
February 7, AD 457: Emperor Marcian dies in Constantinople.
He was so widely admired that future rulers are urged to "reign
February 14, AD 270: Christian priest Valentinus beheaded on
the Flaminian Way, thus giving birth to Valentine's Day.
February 16: Annual date for the start of the Lupercalia
festival throughout the Roman world.
February 23, AD 303: The Great Persecution begins under the
February 27, AD 272/3: Emperor Constantine I the Great (AD
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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)
Until next month!
Veritas et vita,
Get the Most Money for Your Collection
Consign to a
||David S. Michaels
Director of Ancient Coins
1-800-872-6467 ext. 1606
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Bidding Increments in Heritage Auctions
We have revised the bidding increments in our Internet-only
auctions, effective immediately. For these auctions, the increments
|$50 - $99
|$100 - $199
|$200 - $499
|$500 - $999
|$1,000 - $1,999
|$2,000 - $4,999
|$5,000 - $9,999
|$10,000 - $19,999
|$20,000 - $49,999
|$50,000 - $99,999
|$100,000 - $199,999
|$200,000 - $499,999
|$500,000 - $999,999
These are roughly half of the previous increments, and are
designed to let our bidders place more precise bids. Affected
- Sunday and Tuesday Internet Coin auctions
- Weekly World and Ancient Coin auctions
- Thursday Modern Coin auctions
- Monthly Internet Wine auctions
- Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles auctions
- Sunday Movie Poster auctions
- Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auctions
- Tuesday Internet Luxury Accessory auctions
- Weekly Internet Rare Books auctions
- Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet
- Tuesday Internet Currency auctions
- Sunday Internet Comics auctions
The increments on Signature, Grand Format, Non-Floor Session,
and Sports Catalog auctions with extended bidding have not changed.
This is to keep the increments consistent between Internet bidding
and the live sessions on these auctions.
Of course, Internet bidders still have the option to bid between
increments as they see fit, so long as they bid the next increment
or higher. For more information, please see HA.com/c/ref/web-tips.zx#increments.
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Name the Trillion Dollar Coin!
As the nation moves closer to raising its debt ceiling, some say
the solution can be found in a Trillion Dollar Coin. Minted by the
U.S. Treasury and deposited in the Federal Reserve, a trillion
dollar coin made of platinum could suddenly fund the nation's debts
for the next two years! The Fed says a Trillion Dollar Coin isn't a
practical solution but what would the United States' largest single
denomination look like? What would it be called? The Deficit
Dollar? The Philly Trilly? Who or what should be pictured? What
should it say? E Poorhouse Unum?
As legislators debate the debt, let your voice to be heard in
Heritage's Trillion Dollar Coin Naming Contest! Enter your best
name for the Trillion Dollar Coin in the form to the right. Our
panelist of judges will pick the top names. You will then have the
chance to vote on your favorite name. The voting period is open
from February 13, 2013, to February 20, 2013.
The winner will receive a $1,000 coupon good for any
Heritage Auctions purchase, and one runner-up will be awarded a
Click here to enter!
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Coin Buyer Wanted - San Francisco Office
Heritage Auctions is seeking a talented numismatist with a broad
range of expertise to join our new S.F. office located in Jackson
Square. If you have an good working knowledge base of U S. coins
and currency and are comfortable dealing with the public, we have
an opening for a permanent position as a buyer in our San Francisco
office. Duties will include dealing with walk-in clients,
evaluating and purchasing coins and currency, working local coin
shows, and accepting Auction consignments. Pay will be commensurate
with numismatic experience.
If you are interested in this position, please contact Jobs@HA.com.
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Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your
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
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
- 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 &
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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
- Asian Art Specialist: Beverly Hills
- Coin Buyer: San Francisco
- European Art Specialist: New York
- European Comic Art Specialist: Dallas, Paris
- Firearms Specialist: Dallas
- Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: Beverly Hills,
- Timepiece Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
- Trust & Estates Specialist: New York
- Western Art Director: Dallas, Beverly Hills
- World Coins Director: Hong Kong
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
- Client Services Representative: Dallas
- Coins Operations Assistant: Dallas
- Color & Photography Imaging Specialist: Dallas
- Currency Cataloger: Dallas
- Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
- Desktop Support Technician: Dallas
- e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
- Fine Jewelry Cataloger: Dallas
- Graphic Web Designer: Dallas
- Interns: Dallas
- Marketing Account Executive: Dallas
- WPF Applications Developer: Dallas
If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate
positions, please apply here.
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Very Important Classic U.S. Stamps At Auction Feb.
Daniel F. Kelleher, America's Oldest Stamp Auction Firm, will
conduct A Major Philatelic Public Auction in conjunction with
Heritage Auctions on Feb. 23-24 the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion, 2 East 79th Street
(at 5th Avenue) New York, NY.
- The late coin dealer Robert R. Johnson's fabulous "Gold Rush"
collection of America's 1847 First Issue stamps highlights the
Kelleher Auction. One of the most important collections of its kind
ever assembled; full of great rarities including the earliest known
on-cover foreign usage of the 5-cent issue.
- The huge high dollar value Weston Collection featuring every
major early 20th century (pre-1940) U.S. rare stamp (including the
famous "Orangeburg Coil"), many hardly ever seen in the
- Full of rarities, the giant Towson Collection of Great Britain
and British Empire stamps and other major material from Europe, the
Middle East, Independent countries of Asia and Africa, Scandinavia,
South America and worldwide. A jumbo collection encompassing over
100 large albums dating back to the 1950s!
The complete full-color catalog for this significant public auction is available. Contact
the Kelleher firm at 203.297.6056 or at info@KelleherAuctions.com.
View the full-color online catalog and bid in this sale at www.KelleherAuctions.com.
information about Stamps auctions.
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Historic Miracle On Ice Artifacts, Schilling
Bloody Sock Highlight Platinum Night Sports Auction
Eruzione, the leader of the scrappy band of amateur American hockey
players that upset the seemingly invincible Soviet Union team at
the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics, is putting his
keepsakes from the fabled "Miracle on Ice" on the auction
block, the anchor collection of Heritage Auctions "Platinum
Night" event, now open for bidding at HA.com/Sports. The auction will
conclude with live bidding on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the
Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America) at 2
East. 79th Street (at 5th Ave).
"Widely considered the greatest moment in American sports
history, the 'Miracle on Ice' victory over a Russian team that had
dominated international competition for decades came during a
particularly tense period of the Cold War," said Chris Ivy,
Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage, "just months before
President Jimmy Carter announced a boycott of the 1980 Summer Games
in Moscow. The positioning of the victory in the greater historical
context only served to amplify the patriotic response to the
record prices are anticipated as Eruzione's
and pants worn in the February 22, 1980, upset are sold without
reserve. Also on the auction block are Eruzione's
jersey from the subsequent Gold Medal game victory over Finland
warm-up suit he wore during the memorable medal presentation
ceremony when he famously called his entire team up to the podium
to share the moment.
theme of improbable, glorious victory is continued with perhaps the
most famous baseball relic of the twenty-first century, the
Bloody Sock worn by pitcher Curt Schilling in Game two of the
2004 World Series as he led the Boston Red Sox to the franchise's
first championship in 86 years, finally exorcising "The Curse of
A key relic from the beginning of the "Curse" shares space
within the Platinum Night auction, two
checks made payable to former Red Sox owner Harry Frazee by the New
York Yankees franchise for the purchase of a young slugger named
Babe Ruth, a transaction that was believed by many to doom the
Boston club to decades of failure.
The Ruth checks represent one of several lots that shaped the
future of New York City baseball, joined by the
1949 signing bonus check made payable to a 17-year old Mickey
Mantle upon the finalization of his New York Yankees contract.
Also up for bidding is the
silver Tiffany baseball presented to Mayor Robert Wagner in
gratitude for his efforts in securing new stadium funding necessary
to bring a new National League franchise, the Mets, to New York
noteworthy Big Apple offerings include a
jersey and cap
worn by Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig, the
Louisville Slugger used by Mickey Mantle in his final career
at-bat, and the
jersey Yankees outfielder Chris Chambliss was wearing when he
clubbed his dramatic walk-off home run to win the 1976 American
The daughter and grandson of Hall of Fame pitcher Walter
Johnson, who is second only to Cy Young in career victories with
417, supply the auction with a selection of artifacts from the
career of the iconic "Big Train," including his retirement
paperwork and his
personal Hall of Fame plaque presented to him as a member of the
inaugural induction class of 1939. Also offered is a
1927 handwritten letter from Cy Young and one
to Walter Johnson from President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
More information about Sports
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