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  This Month In Classical Coin News  
July 9, 2013

New Addition To Heritage World-Ancients Team
July 11-18 World & Ancients Internet Auction
September 26-30 World & Ancients Signature Auction 3026, Long Beach CA
Museum Exhibitions
Pompeia's Pick
What Happened In Ancient July?
Consignments Wanted
Coin Buyer Wanted - San Francisco Office
Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your Winnings!
Employment Opportunities
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July has arrived with a blast of Summery heat. So without further ado, here is this month's Heritage Classical Coin News.


  New Addition To Heritage World-Ancients Team

Sam SpiegelPlease welcome the newest addition to the Ancient and World Coins Departments, Sam Spiegel! Sam started full-time with Heritage just this week, having recently graduated from the University of Chicago with degrees in Classics and History. Prior to serving a very productive internship with Heritage last summer, he had interned for Classical Numismatic Group and Harlan J. Berk, ltd. He brings the different perspectives of the numismatic industry he learned at those firms to Heritage, where he will be working with consignors, buyers, and in catalog production. We are very gratified he chose Heritage to kick off what will undoubtedly be a long and successful career in numismatics! He can be reached at SamS@HA.com.

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  Upcoming Auctions

July 11-18 World & Ancients Internet Auction

July's all-Ancients offering of Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins comprises a number of individual and group lots, coming mainly from two U.S. collections, augmented with a few choice items from our inventory. The auction is particularly strong in attractive Greek coins, including a number given "choice" or "star" grades by NGC. The auction starts Thursday, July 11 at 10:00 PM Central Time and concludes Thursday, July 18 at 10:00 PM CT.

Here are a few highlights:

Lovely Philip II of Macedon tetradrachm
Lovely Philip II of Macedon tetradrachm
Choice Alexander the Great tetradrachm
Choice Alexander the Great tetradrachm:
High-grade Thebes stater
High-grade Thebes stater
Nicely toned Lysimachus tetradrachm
Nicely toned Lysimachus tetradrachm
Pleasing Athens Owl tetradrachm
Pleasing Athens "Owl" tetradrachm
High-relief portrait tetradrachm of Antiochus II
High-relief portrait tetradrachm of Antiochus II
Rare Roman Republic bronze 2 litra
Rare Roman Republic bronze 2 litra
Exceptional Bar Kokhba middle bronze
Exceptional Bar Kokhba middle bronze
Well struck Hadrian denarius
Well struck Hadrian denarius
High-grade BI tetradrachm of Aurelian and Vabalathus
High-grade BI tetradrachm of Aurelian and Vabalathus

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September 26-30 World & Ancients Signature Auction 3026, Long Beach CA

Although the Long Beach auction is still a few months off, this is shaping up to be one of Heritage's most impressive offerings of Ancient Greek, Roman, and Byzantine coins ever. Among the coins to be featured in this auction are:

Wonderful high-relief Archaic tetradrachm of Acanthus
Wonderful high-relief Archaic tetradrachm of Acanthus
Historically important Titus sestertius depicting the Colosseum
Historically important Titus sestertius depicting the Colosseum
Attractive gold aureus of Antoninus Pius
Attractive gold aureus of Antoninus Pius

We are still seeking consignments for the September signature auction! The deadline for consigning ancient coins is July 27. If you'd like to see all or part of your collection sold at this high-profile venue, please contact me at DMichaels@HA.com, or (310) 492-8615.

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  June Events

Museum Exhibitions

June-August 19, 2013: Getty Villa also 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."

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Pompeia's Pick
By Lorie Ann Hambly

Antimachus I Theos ("the God")

Bactrian King Antimachus I Theos
Bactrian King Antimachus I Theos
To the obscure Bactrian King Antimachus I Theos ("the God") belongs the honor of striking perhaps the most distinctive and character-filled of all Hellenistic numismatic portraits.

Of the man himself we know next to nothing. Scholars are divided as to whether he was a member of the family of the foundational Bactrian ruler Diodotus I, or of his successor, the successful usurper Euthydemus I, or was entirely independent of any previous royal houses. How he came to power is likewise unknown — was he a trusted vizier who usurped the throne from the boy king Euthydemus II, or was he appointed to rule a portion of the huge, unwieldy kingdom along with his contemporaries Agathocles and Pantaleon, whose coins seem to date from the same 10 to 15-year span early in the second century AD?

The only non-numismatic record of his reign is a surviving tax receipt which names him as king, as well as another ruler of the same name (likely his son) and a third named Eumenes, for whom no coins have survived. We do know Antimachus thought rather a lot of himself, as evidenced by the self-satisfied smile he sports on his coins and the title he adopted -- Theos or "The God," an unprecedented reach for a living ruler even in an age of overpowering egos.

Despite the grandiosity of his title, he wears the humble Macedonian felt sun hat, the kausia, which serves to humanize him, and there is something kindly and fatherly in the fleshy contours of his face, rendered with astonishing skill by die engravers more than 1,500 miles removed from the Greek homeland. The adoption of Poseidon, god of the sea, as a patron deity on the reverse is likewise puzzling, as the Bactrian realm was almost entire land-locked.

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What Happened In Ancient July?

July 1, AD 69: Vespasian (AD 69-79) declared Emperor by the Legions of Syria and Judaea.
July 1, AD 31: Gaius 'Caligula' serves his first Consulship during the reign of his uncle, Tiberius.
July 2, AD 419: Future West Roman Emperor Valentinian III (AD 425-455) born.
July 3, AD 324: Constantine I the Great (AD 307-337) smashes armies of rival emperor Licinius (AD 308-324).
July 9, 271 BC: Egyptian Queen Arsinoe II dies. She is immediately deified by her brother-husband Ptolemy II Philadelpus and becomes an icon of beauty, appearing on large gold coins for the next century and a half. On the same day, the famous philosopher Epicurus dies.
July 9, AD 118: Emperor Hadrian reaches Rome for the first time since his accession.
July 10, AD 70: The Second Temple catches fire and burns near the end of the Siege of Jerusalem and the First Jewish War.
June 11, AD 472: Generalissimo Ricimer captures and kills West Roman Emperor Anthemius, replacing him with the nonentity Olybrius.
July 12, 100 BC: Julius Caesar, later acknowledged as the greatest of all Romans, born. The month of July will later be named for him.
July 18, 390 BC: Gauls defeat the Roman army at the river Allia, leading to the first Sack of Rome.
July 19, AD 64: Fire breaks out in Rome, eventually consuming a sixth of the city. It will later (unfairly) be called "Nero's Fire."
July 20, 1262 BC: Suggested date of the first Pythian Games, forerunner of the Olympics, and the launch of the Argo, Jason and the Argonauts' ship.
Jul 24, AD 1895: Robert Graves, author of "I Claudius" and "Count Belisarius" born.
July 28, AD 450: Emperor Theodosius II dies without an heir; Marcian is named to succeed him.

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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
1-800-872-6467 ext. 1606

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  Announcements

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 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:

  • Asian Art Specialist
  • Classic Cars Specialist
  • Coin Buyer (San Francisco, Dallas, New York)
  • Decorative Arts & Design Specialist
  • European Art Specialist
  • Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist (New York, 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 positions:

  • Client Data Specialist (Part-time)
  • Client Services Representative
  • Currency Cataloger
  • Currency Consignment Director
  • e-Publishing Expert
  • Interns
  • Web Marketing & Social Media Coordinator
  • Web Marketing Specialist

If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate positions, please apply here.

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  Around Heritage

Dynamic Duo: Finest Batman #1 Known, Frank Miller's Dark Knight #2 Cover Art May Each Hit $500,000+ In August Comics & Comic Art Event

Frank Miller Batman: The Dark Knight Returns #2 Iconic Cover Original Art (DC, 1986)A Dynamic Duo of Dark Knight treasures, led by the highest-graded copy of Batman #1, ever certified in 9.2 grade, and Frank Miller's original cover art for The Dark Knight Returns #2, 1986, are expected to bring $500,000+ each in Heritage Auctions' Comic and Comic Art Auction Aug. 1-3.

"Whenever you offer the highest-graded copy of one of the top comics in the hobby you can bank on fierce bidding," said Barry Sandoval, Director of Comics Operations for Heritage Auctions. "This auction is an ideal hunting ground for elite collectors and the 9.2 grade example of Batman #1 represents the quality offered throughout the entire event."

A landmark edition in the halls of American pop culture, Batman #1 features the first appearances of both the Joker and Catwoman, among the very few comic book villains to have attained true "household name" status. It is expected to reach $500,000+.

A worthy follow up to such an iconic comic book is Frank Miller's iconic original cover art to The Dark Knight Returns #2, which also is expected to bring $500,000+. The instantly recognizable image of Batman, crippled with rage, is one of several pieces of original art from the groundbreaking Dark Knight series offered by Heritage in the last year.

Batman #1 (DC, 1940) CGC NM- 9.2 Off-white pages"For fans of Modern comics, this drawing is where everything really begins," said Todd Hignite, Vice President at Heritage Auctions. "This moment defines Miller's Dark Knight, and the modern day perception of Batman, like no other drawing. The only one that comes close, perhaps, is the iconic Splash page from Dark Knight #3, featuring both Batman and Carrie Kelley (Robin), which we sold two years ago for $448,125."

Among the high-grade examples of the most coveted comic books ever produced comes a near pristine copy of an increasingly popular comic book, Avengers #1 — in stunning 9.4 grade — is expected to realize $175,000+; a 9.4 grade copy of Tales of Suspense #39, the first appearance of Iron Man, which is expected to bring $100,000+; a rare, 9.0 grade copy of Walt Disney's Comics and Stories #1 may fetch $30,000+ as the finest copy in a remarkable run that also includes a 9.4 grade of issue #2 and a 9.2 grade of issue #3 from the series, both of which are the highest-graded copies.

A collector's pick of high-grade examples continues as the only 9.8 grade copy of Marvel Spotlight #5, the first appearance of Ghost Rider, is expected to realize $25,000+.

Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella The Flash #117 Cover Original Art (DC, 1960)In addition to the dramatic cover from Dark Knight #2, the auction's offering of original art includes a remarkable movie poster painted by Frank Frazetta for The Night They Raided Minsky's. Frazetta usually worked in much smaller sizes, making this 38-inch by 28-1/2-inch poster from 1968 an extreme rarity expected to bring $150,000+.

Robert Crumb's complete 1968 original art for a five-page story titled "City of the Future," initially stolen from Crumb and slated for Zap Comix #1, is expected to reach $100,000+. Fresh-to-market original cover art from titans Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella from The Flash #117, from 1960, is expected to realize $50,000+ in its first appearance at auction.

Perhaps two of the most anticipated lots link to The King of Comics himself, Jack Kirby, to a covert Iranian rescue operation as depicted in the Academy Award-wining film Argo. The film tells the story of how the CIA used a fake movie production crew to conceal a daring rescue mission of six Americans held in Iran. The "movie within a movie" was at one time a genuine project titled "Lord of Light," based on the novel by Roger Zelazny. Producer Barry Geller commissioned Jack Kirby to create a set of concept drawings for the film, but the project stalled and was mostly forgotten, until the CIA used it in their top-secret mission. Two of Kirby's original oversized concept scene drawings for the project — "Pavilions of Joy" and "Planetary Control Room (Interior)" — remain testaments to his signature style and are expected to bring $10,000+ each.

More information about Comics auctions.

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  Current Auctions
Coin Auctions
July 11-14 US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando #1187
July 11-14 US Coins Signature Auction -
Orlando #1187

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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131328
Closes July 9
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Thursday Modern Coin Auction Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241328
Closes July 11
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231328
Closes July 11
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131329
Closes July 14
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Currency Auctions
Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141328
Closes July 9
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Other Signature Auctions
July 11 Art from the Heart Auction Benefiting Dallas Challenge #541 July 11 Art from the Heart Auction Benefiting Dallas Challenge #541
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July 16 KidSwing Golf Tournaments Auction #542 July 16 KidSwing Golf Tournaments Auction #542
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July 27-28 Movie Posters Signature Auction - Dallas #7078 July 27-28 Movie Posters Signature Auction - Dallas #7078
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August 1-3 Comics Signature Auction - Dallas #7079 August 1-3 Comics Signature Auction - Dallas #7079
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Other Internet Auctions
Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction #171328
Closes July 9
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251328
Closes July 9
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201328
Closes July 11
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Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161328
Closes July 14
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121328
Closes July 14
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Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction #151328
Closes July 14
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