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This Issue Of Classical Coin News August 7, 2013
In This Issue:
August 8-15 All-Ancients Auction
September 26-30 World & Ancients Signature Auction 3026, Long Beach CA
Consignments Being Sought For Our New York International Signature Auction, January 5-6, 2014!
Pompeia's Pick
What Happened In Ancient August?
Heritage Auctions launches website redesign of HA.com
Introducing: The Heritage Blog
Is It Time To Sell?
Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your Winnings!
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Greetings to all Ancient Numismaniacs! August (and high summer) is well underway, so without further ado here is Heritage's Classical Coin News
August 8-15 All-Ancients Auction Back to Top

August's all-Ancients offering of Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins comprises more than 220 individual and group lots, mainly from The Westchester Collection, a large U.S. holding of Ancients, augmented with a few choice items from our inventory. It's a wide-ranging offering with Greek, Roman, Judaean and Oriental coins in estimate ranges from $75 to $1,000.

The auction is particularly strong in Judaean bronzes, mainly of the Jewish and Bar Kokhba Wars, and affordable Roman bronzes, particularly sestertii. The auction goes "live" at 10:00 PM CT Central Time on Thursday, August 8 and concludes at the same time next Thursday, August 15. Nearly every coins starts at a bid of $1! Here are a few highlights.

High grade Alexander drachm
High grade Alexander drachm
Choice Late Shekel of Tyre
Choice Late Shekel of Tyre
Jewish War eighth shekel
Jewish War eighth shekel
Bar Kokhba Middle Bronze
Bar Kokhba Middle Bronze
Akko-mint tetradrachm of Caracalla
Akko-mint tetradrachm of Caracalla
Choice Roman Republic denarius
Choice Roman Republic denarius
Mark Antony portrait denarius
Mark Antony portrait denarius
Attractive A. Plautius denarius
Attractive A. Plautius denarius
Drusus Caesar twins on cornucopiae sestertius
Drusus Caesar "twins on cornucopiae" sestertius
Nero ROMA sestertius
Nero 'ROMA' sestertius
Vitellius denarius
Vitellius denarius
Antioch tetradrachm of Otho
Antioch tetradrachm of Otho
Bold Antioch tetradrachm of Nerva
Bold Antioch tetradrachm of Nerva
Attractive Antoninus Pius sestertius
Attractive Antoninus Pius sestertius
Choice Gordian III sestertius
Choice Gordian III sestertius
Pleasing Heraclius solidus
Pleasing Heraclius solidus
September 26-30 World & Ancients Signature Auction 3026, Long Beach CA Back to Top

We are now putting the finishing touches on the catalog for our major Ancients auction at the Long Beach Convention Center on Thursday, September 26. Nearly 900 Ancients lots will be offered in our Signature and Non Floor sessions, including these high-powered pieces:

Rare gold stater of Pnytagoras, king of Cyprus
Rare gold stater of Pnytagoras, king of Cyprus
Gold half-dinar of Ardashir I
Gold half-dinar of Ardashir I
Historic Colosseum sestertius of Titus
Historic "Colosseum" sestertius of Titus
Rare shooting gold daric
Rare "shooting" gold daric
Extremely rare argenteus of Severus II as Caesar
Extremely rare argenteus of Severus II as Caesar
Unrecorded gold solidus of Constantine I the Great
Unrecorded gold solidus of Constantine I the Great
Consignments Being Sought For Our New York International Signature Auction, January 5-6, 2014! Back to Top

If you'd like to see all or part of your collection sold at this high-profile venue, please contact David Michaels at DMichaels@HA.com, or (310) 492-8615.

Pompeia's Pick Back to Top

By Lorie Ann Hambly

Commodus (AD 177-192). AV aureus (20mm, 7.23 gm, 6h).
Commodus (AD 177-192). AV aureus (20mm, 7.23 gm, 6h).
The sole reign of Commodus, AD 180-192, is often viewed as the tipping point where the Roman Empire's ascent ended and its long decline began. Commodus has thus usually been featured in novels, plays and feature films as a villain, most recently in the cinema epics "Fall of the Roman Empire" (1964) and "Gladiator" (2001). His actual persona, and the events of his 12-year sole reign, are far more complex and fantastical than depicted in either film.

Son of the greatly revered "Philosopher Emperor" Marcus Aurelius (AD 161-180), Commodus was the first emperor born "in the purple" in AD 161 and raised in an almost monastically austere environment, surrounded by renowned scholars as his teachers. Marcus made him Consul in January 177 and co-Augustus a few months later. He accompanied Marcus to the Danubian front on a strenuous military campaign against the Germanic tribes in 178; worn out by his exertions, Marcus died on 17 March AD 180, commending Commodus to the legions as his heir and successor.

Freed of his dutiful father's control, Commodus immediately cut a deal with the Germans and abandoned all further plans of military conquest. Returning to Rome, he plunged into sensual pursuits and left governing to a succession of favorites who, for the most part, plundered the public purse and aggrandized themselves. His lax rule soon led to plots against the regime, which were ruthlessly suppressed; one ended in the exile and executions of his sister, Lucilla, and wife, Crispina.

Rejecting the intellectuality of his father, Commodus favored the physicality of the Arena and fancied himself as a great athlete, hunter and gladiator. He does seem to have been an archer of remarkable talent, once slaying 100 lions during an exhibition in the Colosseum, albeit from a protected position. After the fall of his corrupt vizier Cleander in AD 190, Commodus took control of governmental affairs himself and made the Empire an expression of his megalomania, renaming Rome as "Colonia Commodiana" and revamping the very calendar months to match his 12 names (Lucius Aelius Aurelius Commodus Augustus Herculius Romanus Exsuperatorius Amazonius Invictus Felix Pius). Wealthy Romans in high positions were routinely executed so their estates could be confiscated to finance this orgy of self-indulgence.

Still, the Roman people seemed largely to enjoy his antics, and the Legions remained loyal throughout; however, his close advisors began to fear for their own lives and ultimately arranged his death by strangulation at the hands of his wrestling instructor, Narcissus. The damage done by his 12 years of listless, corrupt rule was deep and lasting.

While Commodus continued and worsened the debasement of Roman silver coinage begun by his father, the gold coinage remained of high purity, weight and artistry. This beautiful aureus, struck early in his sole reign, depicts him as a young man very much in the image of his father. The historians Dio and Herodian both describe him as exceptionally handsome, a picture borne out by his coin portraits and sculpture. The reverse evokes the "Security of the Public" in an uncertain age.

This particular coin will go up for sale as part of our September Long Beach Signature Auction.

What Happened In Ancient August? Back to Top

August 1, 10 BC: Tiberius Claudius Drusus Nero, later known as the Emperor Claudius (AD 41-54), born in Gaul.

August 1, AD 126: Future Emperor Pertinax (January-March AD 193) born.

August 11, 480 BC: King Leonidas falls to the Persians, along with the rest of his 300 Spartans at the battle of Thermopylae.

August 19, AD 14: Emperor Augustus (27 BC-AD 14) dies in Nola at the age of 76; the month of Sextilis is renamed after him in commemoration of his epochal reign.

August 24, AD 79: Mount Vesuvius erupts, burying the resort cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum under megatons of ash and lava, and killing thousands.

August 27, 479 BC: Persian forces routed by the Spartan-led Greek coalition at the Battle of Plataea.

Heritage Auctions launches website redesign of HA.com Back to Top

Visitors to HA.com, the homepage for Heritage Auctions, the world's third largest auction house, will be greeted by a cleaner look and content-centric personalization today as part of a top-down redesign. The new look streamlines access to Heritage's 36 categories while retaining its industry-leading functionality for live bidding and collection cataloging services.

"Teams across the country worked for a year to make HA.com an even better starting point to build or sell a collection," said James Halperin, Co-founder of Heritage. "The site is cleaner and delivers a more customized experience, giving visitors and clients more tools to learn about the objects they love to collect."

New features make it easier for Heritage's 800,000+ online bidder members to find events, search by keyword or browse by category or auction and locate personal information such as MyBids, MyTrackedLots and MyCollection. New custom content blocks now serve up news and information about lots collectors are most interested in. Although HA.com may look different, all functionality will remain the same; members may access more than 3.5+ million prices realized — all for free — in Heritage's Permanent Auction Archives.

HA.com resoundingly ranks as the #1 website for fine art and high-end collectibles and started 2013 in the top .01 percent out of more than 150 million U.S. sites, with an ever-increasing number of visits coming from mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, according to data from Compete.com. Heritage was named by Robb Report as one of 'Luxury's 25 Most Innovative Brands' in its August 2013 edition.

Heritage recently enhanced imaging viewing options on the site by giving its 800,000+ online bidder-members the ability to pick between multiple views of high-resolution images and new Pan and Zoom feature and navigation controls are now available for all Heritage lots, including the 3.5+ million lots in its auction archives. The enhancement is one more way Heritage has redefined industry standards to allow anyone who registers on HA.com unlimited free access to high-resolution images, making it the largest free source of high-quality images of fine art and collectibles on the internet.

Members also may now sign in using PayPal, the most popular payment methods used by collectors on mobile devices, in addition to receiving text messages on their smartphones when lots they are bidding on, tracking or consigning are coming up for auction.

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Introducing: The Heritage Blog Back to Top

The BlogThe Heritage Blog begins! Heritage experts, who are collectors themselves, will be writing about their passion, covering a wide range of categories from coins to sports and jewelry! The Heritage Blog gives our volunteer writers an outlet to get creative, to share their thoughts, and to give other collectors a place to go to read about the things they love. Check it out today and connect with the collector in all of us at blog.ha.com.

Is it Time to Sell? Back to Top

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,

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When you win any lot worth with a hammer price of $1,000 or more (or $2,500 for Art and Nature & Science 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.

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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:

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Earliest Known Cover Of The White Album May Bring $20,000+ To Lead Important Beatles Rarities At Heritage

The Beatles [The White Album] Lowest-Possible Numbered A0000001 Copy LP, U.S. Pressing (Apple 101, 1968)The lowest possible numbered cover of The Beatles' famous The White Album, No. A0000001 — given to a top Capitol Records executive in 1968 — is expected to realize $20,000+ to lead a trove of important Beatles albums and memorabilia in Heritage Auctions' Entertainment & Music Memorabilia auction Aug. 10 in Dallas.

Nearly 100 lots devoted to the Fab Four will cross the block, including rare LP stereo acetate records for the unreleased album Best of the Beatles, also expected to sell for $20,000+.

"The White Album appears as a direct results of our April auction, which set a new world record when a signed copy of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band sold for $290,500," said Garry Shrum, Director of Music Memorabilia at Heritage. "The August auction's selection of Beatles albums and autographs are some of the rarest and most important specimens I've worked with in my career."

The White Album stands as a turning point in The Beatles' discography. White Album No. A0000001 was gifted to a top Capitol Records executive in 1968, one of 24 copies created as a promotional item celebrating the release. The album is also accompanied by the original poster and four individual photos along with a set of two EX 7 records (not original to this album) and is expected to bring $20,000+.

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