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This Issue Of Classical Coin News October 10, 2013
In This Issue:
October 10th All-Ancients Auction
New York International Signature Auction, January 5-6, 2014
Auction Results Long Beach World & Ancients Auction 3026, September 25-October 2, 2013
Pompeia's Pick: Julia Paula, First Wife Of Elagabalus
What Happened In Ancient October?
Is It Time To Sell?
Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your Winnings!
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Employment Opportunities
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October (so named because it was originally the 8th month of the year in the old Roman calendar) has arrived! With that in mind here is the October edition of Heritage's Classical Coin News, aka "The Classical Blast."
October 10th All-Ancients Auction  

The October all-Ancients offering of Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins comprises just over 215 individual and group lots. It's an impressive and diverse offering, including many gold coins and high-grade silver and bronze coins. Strong areas including Celtic gold, Macedonian silver and bronze issues, Bactrian silver, Arab-Sasanian silver, Roman Republic silver, and Late Roman-Byzantine gold. Highlights include:

Gallic Celts, rare base-gold half-stater
Gallic Celts, rare base-gold half-stater
Attractive Himera bronze
Attractive Himera bronze
Alexander the Great AV stater
Alexander the Great AV stater
Beautiful Philip III AR drachm
Beautiful Philip III AR drachm
Pleasing classical Athens owl tetradrachm
Pleasing classical Athens "owl" tetradrachm
Mithradates VI AV stater, Lysimachus type
Mithradates VI AV stater, Lysimachus type
Scarce C. Censorinus denarius
Scarce C. Censorinus denarius
Well-struck Hosidius Geta denarius
Well-struck Hosidius Geta denarius
Handsome copper as of Germanicus
Handsome copper as of Germanicus
Sharp gold solidus of Arcadius
Sharp gold solidus of Arcadius
Rare Thessalonica-mint Justinian AV solidus
Rare Thessalonica-mint Justinian AV solidus
Mint State Basil II solidus
Mint State Basil II solidus

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New York International Signature Auction, January 5-6, 2014  

This marquis auction at the world-famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City is shaping up to be another fantastic offering of Ancient and World coins.

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 / (310) 492-8615 or Sam Spiegel at SamS@HA.com / (214) 409-1524.

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Auction Results Long Beach World & Ancients Auction 3026, September 25-October 2, 2013  
Mint State Basil II solidus
Titus 'Colosseum' Sestertius

Realized $146,875
A huge Multas Gratias to all of our collector clients for making our Long Beach auction of Ancient and World coins another spectacular success! All told, more than 5,000 Ancient and World coins were sold in six sessions, with prices realized exceeding $10.5 million.

Bidding on many coins reached stratospheric levels, including our amazing Colosseum sestertius of Titus, which opened at $30,000 and spirited floor, phone and internet bidding took it all the way to the realize $145,875 (including buyer's premium). Other notable prices realized included $24,068 for a magnificent gold stater of Alexander the Great, $41,125 for a rare gold stater of Cyprus, Salamis, $70,500 for the third known specimen of a gold double-daric of the Persian satrap Mazaeus, and $30,550 each for beautiful gold solidi of Constantine I the Great and his son Crispus.

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Pompeia's Pick: Julia Paula, First Wife Of Elagabalus  

By Lorie Ann Hambly

Julia Paula, First Wife Of Elagabalus
Julia Paula, First Wife Of Elagabalus
The sweet and seemingly innocent young lady depicted on this coin played a not-inconsequential role in the most bizarre reign in Roman history. The daughter of Rome's Praetorian prefect, Julia Cornelia Paula was betrothed and married to the newly installed emperor Elagabalus in the summer of AD 219. The marriage was arranged by the emperor's powerful grandmother, Julia Maesa, who wished to make the reign of a 15-year-old Syrian youth of ambiguous sexuality palatable to the Roman populace. The wedding was accompanied by extravagant public spectacles and Julia Paula was immediately granted the title of Augusta, or empress, making her one of three women bearing the title in the female-dominated regime, the other two being Julia Maesa and the emperor's mother, Julia Soaemias (who also has a coin in this week's auction).

But the marriage soon foundered as Elagabalus found his new bride's sexual mores too conventional for his liking. Elagabalus, you see, was a cross-dressing, sun-worshipping exotic dancer who chose his counselors based on the size of their, um, male sexual equipment. He took little interest in actual governing, leaving this to his ferocious grandmother. Julia Paula, to all appearances, was a very traditional Roman virgin from a good family; nothing could be more dull to a young man of Elagabalus' tastes. He summarily divorced her late in AD 220 or early in 221, only to turn around and marry the Vestal Virgin Aquilia Severa, a move which scandalized the Roman world all the more.

Julia Paula retired from public life and seems to have survived the chaotic and comical reign of her former husband with her virtue and reputation intact. Elagabalus would also divorce Aquilia Severa a few months later and take one more crack at conventional matrimony with Annia Faustina, a descendant of Marcus Aurelius. This match also foundered quickly and the never-satisfied emperor returned briefly to Aquilia Severa before being murdered by the Praetorians and dumped into a latrine, along with his mother, on March 11, AD 222. His replacement, the docile and conventional Severus Alexander, was no happier on the matrimonial front, but that is another story...

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What Happened In Ancient October?  

October 6 , 105 BC: German Cimbri massively defeat the Romans at the Battle of Arausio.

October 8, AD 451: Council of Chalcedon opens.

October 9, 28 BC: Temple of Apollo on Palatine Hill dedicated.

October 10, AD 19: Roman paragon Germanicus dies mysteriously.

October 12, AD 166: Commodus made Caesar.

October 13, AD 54: Claudius dies; Nero proclaimed Emperor by the Senate.

October 15 (annual): Rite of the October Horse.

October 15, 70 BC: Birth of the great poet Vergil.

October 18, AD 31: Sejanus executed for treason.

October 18, AD 33: Agrippina the Elder dies in exile.

October 19, 202 BC: Scipio Africanus defeats Hannibal at Zama.

October 20, 480 BC: Combined Greek fleet defeats Persians at Salamis, marking turning point in Persian War.

October 22, 4004 BC: Creation of the Universe, according to clergyman-scholar James Ussher, calculating from the Bible in the early 17th century.

October 23, 43 BC: Brutus and Cassius defeated at the Battle of Philippi; Brutus commits suicide.

October 26, 82 BC: Sulla wins battle of Colline Gate, launching his Dictatorship.

October 28, AD 312: Constantine victorious over Maxentius at the pivotal Battle of the Milvian Bridge.

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Is it Time to Sell?  

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  

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 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.

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

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The Maude Ballou Papers: Martin Luther King's Handwritten Notes, Writings And Correspondence Among Important Civil Rights Era History

Martin Luther King Jr. Autograph Letter Twice Signed
Martin Luther King Jr. Autograph Letter
Twice Signed
An unprecedented trove of material relating to the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the most famous and influential name in America's storied Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s — including King's handwritten notes on eight cards containing the outline of his famed "Dexter Avenue Church Farewell Address," circa 1960 — will be offered on Oct. 17 as part of Heritage Auctions' Signature® Historical Manuscripts event in New York.

The material, more than 100 artifacts in all, are coming to auction after more than half a century in the loving possession of 87-year-old Maude Ballou, Martin Luther King Jr.'s close friend and personal secretary.

Martin Luther King Jr. Autograph Letter Twice Signed
Martin Luther King Jr., Final Page of the Original 'I Have a Dream' Speech

with Original Transmittal Note Dated Two Months Before Dr. King's Death

"The Ballou material provides a ground-level perspective of the civil rights struggle," says Sandra Palomino, Director of Historical Manuscripts at Heritage Auctions. "The collection brings to light the courage and strength of all its participants. This material, available for the very first time, is unprecedented and illustrates the role of the church and the Reverend King's leadership."

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr letter
Martin Luther King Jr. Autograph Notecards Containing Notes for a Speech
,
circa December 1959
As a child growing up in the South during the 1960s, Howard Ballou, Maude's son, was privileged to witness history. He was just a boy at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement.

"When Dr. King was elected to lead the Montgomery Improvement Association, which led to the Montgomery bus boycott, he asked mom to come work with him," said Howard, 59, a TV news anchor in Jackson, Miss. "She was working at the time for a local radio station. She had a business degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA. She was a great organizer. She got things done. Of course, this was the boycott that changed the world."

Maude Ballou later helped Dr. King establish his office at the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Mrs. Ballou moved with King to Atlanta, living with the King family for several months, ensuring a smooth transition before King had time to hire a new secretary.

As King's secretary, Ballou handled his schedule, wrote letters on his behalf, and received correspondence from King and other civil rights leaders.

MKL and Maude Ballou NAACP card
Martin Luther King Jr. and Maude Ballou 'Distinguished NAACP Volunteer' Cards with Letter

"Maude Ballou communicated with all the great leaders of the day," said Palomino. "Rosa Parks, Adam Clayton Powell, Ralph Abernethy, Wyatt Tee Walker, you name it. She worked closely with Dr. King in all of his writing and editing."

"These are treasures from my mom's years at the beginning of the civil rights movement," said Howard. "My mother has finally decided that, after half a century safeguarding this material, and Dr. King's legacy, she wants to share these items with the public. It's time for them to be appreciated by others as much as we've appreciated them."

Heritage Auctions will be donating a portion of its proceeds from the auction of The Ballou Papers to Alabama State University.

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Treasure Street Auction

FORD MODEL A, 1929
Bid in the Treasure Street Auction benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children! Your support will help TSRHC carry forward its legacy of providing premier health care to Texas children regardless of the family's ability to pay. Now in its 18th year, Treasure Street will be a Texas-sized celebration of our great state with highlights from every region — from the Panhandle to the Gulf Coast and everything in between.

Treasure Street will take place under the stars on the grounds of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children on October 17, 2013. TSRHC is located at 2222 Welborn Street, Dallas, TX 75219. The live auction will be held at Treasure Street, 8PM CT. Online bidding closes the evening before the live auction, October 16th at 10PM CT. If you are the high bidder or placed a proxy bid at the close of online portion of the auction, your online bid will be executed at the live auction by Heritage Auctions staff.

For more information about the auction, contact Jeri Carroll at 214-409-1873 or JeriC@HA.com.

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March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction

2012 Hardcore Chopper Shank 6-Speed
The Signature Chefs Auction is an opportunity for everyone to support the March of Dimes. Chefs and donors have donated unique auction packages with all proceeds benefiting March of Dimes. For the first time ever, March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction packages will be available for pre-event online bidding, courtesy of Signature Sponsor, Heritage Auctions.

2013 March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction Dallas opens for online bidding September 23, 2013 10:00 PM CT. Online bidding closes October 23, 10:00 PM CT with live auction held during 2013 Signature Chefs Auction, October 24, 2013 8:00 PM CT at the Omni Hotel, 555 S. Lamar Street, Dallas, Texas 75202. If you are the high bidder or placed a proxy bid at the close of online portion of the auction, your online bid will be executed at the live auction by Heritage Auctions staff.

March of Dimes
For more information about the auction, contact Jeri Carroll at 214-409-1873 or JeriC@HA.com.

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