CICF Auction (April 18-19 & 22-23)
The CICF in Rosemont, IL is one of the top shows of the year for
ancients, and our CICF
Auction accordingly features nearly 700 lots of Greek, Roman,
Judaean, and Byzantine coins in all price ranges from $300 to
$40,000. This is part of a huge offering of nearly 6,000 lots of
World and Ancient coins with combined estimates of about $10
million, easily our biggest CICF event ever! Ancients will be sold
in Session 3 of the auction, on Friday, April 19 starting at 11:00
The print catalog (a big, hefty, doorstop of a book!) should
already be in your hands by now, if you're on our 'hard copy'
mailing list. If you haven't received on yet,
let me know and I'll have a copy shipped to you ASAP.
Here are a few highlights of the Ancients portion of the CICF
Our internet-only Non
Floor Sessions, featuring more than 300 Ancients at estimated
prices between $150 and $1,000, takes place the Monday and Tuesday
after the Chicago International Coin Fair, April 22-23. Please take
a close look at this auction as there's quite a bit of buried
treasure to be found! Some highlights include...
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Weekly World & Ancients Auctions
Our next several Weekly auctions will feature 15-20 Ancient
coins in each week-long session. Auctions open on Thursday and run
for one week only, closing the following Thursday 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
$5,000 and more. Take a look at what we have in this
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By Lorie Ann Hambly
Agrippina: A Study in Motherly Love... (of power, that
(AD 54-68) and Agrippina Jr. (Augusta, AD 54-58). AR denarius
(17.5mm, 3.61 gm, 9h). Lugdunum, AD 54-55. AGRIPP AVG DIVI
CLAVD NERONIS CAES MATER, bare head of Nero right facing draped
bust of Agrippina left / NERONI CLAVD D[IVI F CAES AVG] GERM IMP TR
P around oak wreath enclosing EX S C. RIC 2 (R2). BMCRE 3. RSC 7.
Rare! Attractive dark iridescent toning. Good Very Fine.
Agrippina II (also called Agrippina Junior, Minor or the
Younger) was the great- granddaughter of the great Augustus,
daughter of the paragon Germanicus and his equally admirable wife
Agrippina I the Elder, and sister to the Emperor Gaius "Caligula."
With bloodlines such as this it was only natural that she chose not
to play the traditional Roman woman's role of dutiful subordinate
to the men in her life.
Her grand-uncle Tiberius arranged her marriage at age 13 to
Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus, a typically louche Roman aristocrat
who bribed and cajoled his way to the Consulship in AD 32. During
her brother Caligula's reign she was initially accorded high
honors, including all the rights and privileges of the Vestal
Virgins (that is to say, many powers otherwise owned only by male
magistrates of high rank). She obviously loved having such unique
power and enjoyed using it. Lurid gossip had her engaging in
incestuous relations with Caligula and two other sisters, Drusilla
and Julia; as if to support these allegations, all three women are
portrayed on the reverse a sestertius of Caligula issued in AD
During this period of favor she gave birth to a son, Lucius
Domitius Ahenobarbus. Given his mother's adventurous life in the
palace, the boy's paternity is questionable; however the elder
Ahenobarbus acknowledged the ruddy infant as his own, though adding
presciently: "I don't think anything produced by me and Agrippina
could possibly be good for the state or the people."
After Drusilla's mysterious death in June of AD 38 Caligula's
affection cooled for his surviving two sisters, and in 39 both were
implicated in a plot to murder him and replace him with Drusilla's
husband Lepidus. While Lepidus got the chop, the sisters were
exiled to the Pontine Islands, a rustic backwater that must have
been all but unendurable to a woman of Agrippina's sensual tastes.
Her exile lasted only until Caligula's murder in January of AD 41;
he was succeeded by his doddering fuddy-duddy of an uncle Claudius,
who allowed all exiles to return.
Her husband having died in 40, Agrippina courted and married
another wealthy aristocrat, Gaius Sallustius Passienus Crispus, who
conveniently kicked off in AD 47 and left her and little
Ahenobarbus a huge legacy. Rumors flew that Agrippina poisoned
Crispus; if true it served as a dry run for her future
In any case, her husband's death left her available when
Claudius' depraved wife Messalina ran wild and got the chop in AD
48. Agrippina wasted no time in launching a campaign to win the
self-widowed Emperor's hand, using her lover, the powerful
chamberlain Pallas, as a conduit to suggest the match. The
inconvenient fact that such a marriage would be incestuous and
illegal since she was Claudius' niece was patched over with hasty
legislation, and the two were wed on New Year's Day, AD 49.
Once installed in the palace she eliminated all rivals for
Claudius' affections (including the famous beauty Lollia Paulina,
who was ordered to open her veins) and thrust her son into the
succession arrangements. Claudius dutifully adopted the boy in AD
50, renaming him Nero Claudius Caesar Drusus Germanicus, and moved
him ahead of Claudius' own son Britannicus.
With the proper pieces in place, Agrippina served Claudius a
dish of "special" mushrooms on October 14, AD 54. The following
day, the Senate and Praetorians proclaimed 17-year-old Nero was
Emperor; for the time being, true power resided with his mother,
Agrippina Augusta. Rome had seen powerful women before, but none as
dominant as the "Wife of the Divine Claudius and Mother of Nero
Caesar." For the first months of the new regime she controlled the
levers of power, literally from behind a curtain (in a special room
where she could follow the proceedings of the Senate). But her
unique position made her the target of a male cabal, led by Nero's
tutor Seneca and the Praetorian Prefect Burrus, who found Nero more
than willing to free himself from his meddling Mater's
Agrippina's rapid loss of influence is reflected in the gold
and silver coinage of Nero's first regnal year. On this first issue
of the reign, Agrippina is actually more prominent than Nero: Her
portrait is somewhat larger than Nero's and faces his directly; her
titles also occupy the obverse, relegating Nero's name and titles
to the reverse. A second type, issued a few months later, shows the
titles changing places, with Nero's now occupying the obverse, and
the portraits become jugate, with Agrippina behind Nero.
Thereafter, Agrippina was entirely excluded from the
Incensed over her son's ingratitude and stewing over her loss
of influence, Agrippina seems to have plotted to replace Nero with
Britannicus, but this came to naught when Britannicus was poisoned
at a banquet in February of AD 55. Perhaps to deflect blame, Nero
expelled his mother from the palace. She entered a comfortable
(though surely frustrating) exile at an estate in Misenum, but
continued to hector her son from afar to the point where he decided
to get rid of her once and for all. In AD 58 he gifted her with a
gilded pleasure boat, presumably to traverse the Bay of
Though accounts of her demise are garbled and contradictory,
it is clear she boarded Nero's gift for a cruise on the bay, where
(by design, of course) it split in two and sank, dumping her and
her companions into the sea. True to form, Agrippina did not
quietly drown but swam to shore, where she was greeted by
well-wishers. A furious Nero sent assassins, who found her drying
out in a peasant's shack. Knowing what to expect, she exposed her
midriff and instructed the soldiers to "smite my womb" from whence
her murderous son had sprung. Before the fatal thrust, though, she
might have had a flash of admiration for a son who had learned so
well from his mother.
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What Happened In Ancient April?
April 5, 347 BC: Death of Plato.
April 8, AD 217: Emperor Caracalla assassinated.
April 10, AD 401: Future Emperor Theodosius II born.
April 11, AD 146: Future Emperor Septimius Severus born.
April 13, AD 193: Emperor Pertinax assassinated; Didius
Julianus shamefully buys the throne from the Praetorians for 25,000
sesterces per man.
April 14 or 15, AD 73: Mass suicide by remaining Jewish
rebels at Masada.
April 16, AD 69: Emperor Otho commits suicide.
April 21, 753 BC: Foundation date of Rome by Romulus and
April 24, ca. 1200-1180 BC: Possible date for the fall of
April 26, AD 121: Future Emperor Marcus Aurelius born.
April 30, AD 304: Beginning of the Great Persecution of
Christianity under Emperor Diocletian (actually ordered by Caesar
Galerius). Edict of Toleration issued by terminally ill Galerius on
same date in AD 311
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April 3-August 19, 2013: The fabulous Getty Villa in Malibu, CA
plays host to Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and
Rome, presenting masterpieces of ancient art from the
crossroads of the Mediterranean. On the island dear to Demeter and
blessed with agricultural abundance, former Greek colonies emerged
as powerful kingdoms during the fifth to third centuries B.C.
Innovations in art, architecture, theater, poetry, philosophy, and
science flourished, leaving an enduring stamp on mainland Greece
and later on Rome. Over 150 objects bear witness to the athletic
and military victories, religious rituals, opulent lifestyles, and
intellectual attainments that shaped Classical culture at its peak.
The exhibit includes 60 fabulous Ancient Greek Coins of
Sicily, drawn from the Royal Belgian and American Numismatic
Society Collections, including the unique and fantastic silver
tetradrachm by the "Aitna Master."
In conjunction with this exhibit, David Michaels, director of
Ancient Coins for Heritage, will demonstrate ancient minting
techniques used on Sicily on June 8-9 and 22-23.
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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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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:
- 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
- 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 Data Specialist: Dallas, part-time
- Client Services Representative: Dallas
- Consignment Coordinator: Dallas
- Currency Cataloger: Dallas
- Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
- e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
- Marketing Account Executive: Dallas
- Operations Assistant: Dallas
- Rare Books Cataloger: Dallas
- PHP Web Developer: Dallas
- Studio Photographer: Dallas
- Web Marketing Specialist: Dallas
- WPF Applications Developer: Dallas
If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate
positions, please apply here.
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Largest Selection Of Harry Potter First Editions
Ever Offered At One Time
The largest single
selections of signed Harry Potter first editions offered at one
time, including a rare first edition, first printing of J.K. Rowling's
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone — one of the
first 500 copy press run — may conjure $30,000+ as part of Heritage
Auctions' Rare Books Signature® Auction April 10 at New
York's Fletcher Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America)
at 2 East 79th Street (at 5th Ave.). A highlight among the number
of signed and autographed editions is a first edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly
Hallows, signed by Rowling and 14 members of the cast of
the Warner Bros. film. The book is accompanied by a pass to a cast
and crew screening of the film and a certificate of authenticity
and is expected to bring $5,000+.
The volumes leads a deep run of the world's more sought after
children's titles among a select library of unique books,
manuscripts, prints and maps.
"The is the first time collectors can take
their pick among nearly two dozen signed or rare Harry Potter
editions or J.K. Rowling autographs in one auction," said Joe Fay,
Manager of Rare Book Auctions for Heritage.
The strong selection of children's titles continues with
a rare presentation copy of Beatrix Potter's The
Tailor of Gloucester, inscribed and accompanied by an
autographed letter and a small slip of paper sporting four distinct
signatures, expected to fetch $12,000+. A 1918 signed letter by
Baum, the author of the beloved Wizard of Oz on his
personalized stationery illustrated by images of covers of 14 "Oz"
books, is expected to bring $10,000+ and is one of three Baum lots,
including a first edition of Father Goose. His Book,
inscribed by illustrator W.W. Denslow, expected to fetch
On the other end of the fiction spectrum, the auction
features a 1955 first edition of Ian
Fleming's James Bond classic Moonraker — one of 10
signed Fleming titles available — which is expected to bring
$30,000+. A first edition of Cormac
McCarthy's Blood Meridian or the Evening Redness in the
West, inscribed and signed by McCarthy to his close friend,
Bill Kidwell, is expected to bring $2,500 and a scarce,
asbestos bound copy of Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, a
presentation copy warmly inscribed to novelist and screenwriter
Richard Matheson and his wife is expected to bring $10,000+.
Several lots of important photographic volumes is led by
Julia Peterkin's Depression era Roll, Jordan, Roll, one
of the first books to depict African-Americans as real people and
not stereotypes. Illustrated with 90 photogravure prints and with
the rare signed print, the volume is set to bring $10,000+.
A full 21 volumes of The Philadelphia Photographer, a
rare early American photography magazine, with 222 mounted albumen
prints, is expected to bring $5,000+.
Two, early and
faith-changing translations of The Bible, a
1550 copy of the historic Coverdale Bible, the first complete
modern English translation of the Bible, and William
Tyndale's 1566 translation of The New Testament, are expected
to bring $25,000+.
Collectors of important works on science will find particular
interest in Johannes
Kepler's 1611 first edition describing why snowflakes are
hexagonal (200 years before the solution was finally
discovered), which is expected to realize $25,000+, a first
edition of Charles Darwin's groundbreaking On the Origin of
Species, is expected to bring $20,000+, while Dmitri
Ivanovich Mendeleev's Principles of Chemistry, dated
1869-71, is expected to bring $20,000+. The selections continue
Casserius' 1600 work on the vocal and auditory organs, with 34
striking anatomical copper plate illustrations, is expected to
bring $15,000, while Christiaan
Huygens' volume from 1690 explaining his groundbreaking wave theory
of light, which may fetch $15,000+.
information about Historical auctions.
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Dr. Francis Crick's Nobel Prize For Discovering
DNA Structure To Be Offered
The 1962 Nobel Prize for
Physiology or Medicine awarded to Dr. Francis Harry Compton
Crick, along with Drs. James Dewey Watson and Maurice Hugh
Frederick Wilkins, for "...their discoveries concerning the
molecular structure of nucleic acids and its significance for
information transfer in living material" will be auctioned with an
opening bid of $500,000 when it comes across the block at Heritage
Auctions on April 11 as the highlight of the company's Historical Manuscripts Signature®
The auction of the medal is a historic moment, marking the first
time that a Nobel Prize has been sold at public auction. It has
been kept in a safe deposit box in California since Crick's widow
passed away, and has been consigned to auction by his heirs. It is
one of 10 lots consigned by the family, including Crick's endorsed Nobel Prize Check, dated Dec.
10, 1962 and one of his lab coats. The trove also contains
nautical logbooks, gardening journals and books from Crick's
"This year marks the 60th anniversary of the historic discovery
of the structure of DNA and 50 years have passed since Francis
Crick was awarded the Nobel Prize," said Kindra Crick,
granddaughter of the famous scientist and spokesperson for the
family. "For most of that time, the Nobel Prize and the unique
personal diploma have been locked up. By auctioning his Nobel it
will finally be made available for public display and be well
looked after. Our hope is that, by having it available for display,
it can be an inspiration to the next generation of scientists."
In addition, the Prize's proceeds will again be used to promote
ground-breaking scientific research, as a portion of the sale will
be awarded to the new Francis Crick Institute in London set to be
completed in 2015.
"The discovery of the structure of DNA launched a scientific
revolution and forever changed human understanding of life," said
Sandra Palomino, Director of Historical Manuscripts for Heritage
Auctions. "This medal is the embodiment of the respect and
recognition that came with that momentous breakthrough."
Crick showed an aptitude toward science at an early age,
receiving a Bachelor of Science in Physics from University College
London at the age of 21. He met James D. Watson (b. 1928), a 23
year-old American postdoctoral zoologist with a background in
genetics, in 1951. The two men, discovering a shared common goal of
solving the molecular structure of deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA,
became close friends and partners.
Crick, alongside Watson and Wilkins, received his Nobel Prize
from the hand of King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden at the Stockholm
Concert Hall on Dec. 10, 1962. Rosalind Franklin, who also
contributed to the discovery, died in 1958 before the Nobel was
awarded. It is not awarded posthumously.
"The whole family went to the grand ceremony in Stockholm where
the Nobel Prizes were awarded by the King of Sweden." said Michael
Crick, Francis Crick's son, "My Dad dressed for the occasion, gave
a speech and danced with my sister Gabrielle. It was a great honor
to be there."
After receiving the medal, however, Crick — never one to rest on
his laurels, went right back to work.
"We know he deeply appreciated the recognition by his peers,"
said Michael, "but he did not talk much about winning the medal
after the event. That was the thing about my Dad; he was a very
focused scientist and after DNA he went on to work on the mechanism
of protein synthesis, deciphering the three-letter nature of the
genetic code and determining the origins of life on earth. He was a
driven scientist his whole life. At 60, he turned his attention to
theoretical neurobiology and for the next 28 years helped advance
the study of human consciousness."
Crick's granddaughter echoes those sentiments about his humble
nature and attitude of hard work.
"My Granddad was honored to have received the Nobel Prize," she
said, "but he was not the type to display his awards; his office
walls contained a large chalkboard, artwork and a portrait of
Crick's initials are engraved on the reverse of the medal, along
with the year of the prize, 1962, presented in Roman numerals:
"F. H. C. Crick/MCMLXII." The second piece of the Prize, the
Nobel diploma — two beautifully handwritten, vellum pages, 9.5" x
13.5", in Swedish, dated Stockholm, October 18, 1962 — is also
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