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World And Ancient Coins offered at
January 5-6 NYINC Auction
Six valuable and diverse World Coin collections will all be vying
for primacy in our January 5-6 World &
Ancient Coin Signature Auction, taking place at the
Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan, in conjunction with the New York
International Numismatic Convention (NYINC).
"This is as striking and varied an auction as I can remember," said
Cristiano Bierrenbach, Vice President at Heritage Auctions. "It's a
perfect storm of collections that, taken together, represent some
of the very best international and ancient coins in existence."
The RLM Collection,
Part III — of Brazilian Gold — is the third and final part
of Dr. Roberto Monteiro's impressive Brazilian coin cabinet,
presented in its own section under Brazilian coins. Part III of the
collection spans the Empire to Republic period of Brazil, covering
100 years of Brazilian history. A classic rarity, the 1822 Coronation 6400
Reis of Pedro I, kicks off the collection and a 1922 10000 Reis,
of which only six were minted, closes it.
The Hans Cook
Collection of British Gold, beginning with Edward III
(1327-1377) and ending at George VI (1937), represents every
monarch of the 600-year span (as well as the Cromwell and
Commonwealth issues). The collection illustrates the history of
British coinage in gold.
"This is an incredible accomplishment," said Warren Tucker, Vice
President of Heritage. "Many of the coins represent the finest
known of their type, with several other rare varieties that will
entice collectors of British numismatics worldwide."
The hammered coins are led by a spectacular mint state James I (1603-1625)
Spur-Ryal, while the milled coins are highlighted with an
example of the classic 1839 Victoria "Una and
the Lion" Proof £5.
The Isaac Rudman
Collection of Guatemala is one the finest grouping of
Guatemalan rarities to ever be sold at auction. Rudman's set
surpasses legendary collections such as Norweb and Eliasberg. While
many pieces in the collection are only known to exist in quantities
numbering less than 10, perhaps most notable is the 1824 8 Escudos
issued under the Central American Republic.
"The Hammel/Rudman 8 Escudos of 1824 is a masterpiece of numismatic
art and widely regarded as the most beautiful coin of Latin
America," said Bierrenbach. "The combination of the design and
condition makes this a legendary piece."
Canadian coin collectors are abuzz over the offering of The MacLeod
Collection of Canadian Dollars, the finest collection of
Specimen, Proof and Prooflike Dollars ever assembled. Many examples
qualify as the finest known for their respective dates, such as the
key 1947 George VI
Specimen Dollar, Blunt 7 graded Specimen 68 by PCGS.
Rarities from more than 20 countries populate the impressive
Donald E. Bently, being sold for the benefit of The Bently
Foundation. This offering is a small piece of the Bently
Collection, which is one of the largest collections ever
consigned to Heritage. Collected by type, highlights include
multiple ducats of Poland and
well as a simply remarkable British 1701 "Fine Work" 5
Guineas, graded MS64, a certain candidate for the finest known
of its kind.
Collection is a painstakingly assembled grouping, which
took more than three decades to put together and is hotly
anticipated by type collectors. Business strikes, proofs and
pattern coinage of all metals make this diverse trip through
numismatics. With many highlights to its credit, a particular
noteworthy item is a unique 1862 Indian silver
type set in gold. The set, once in the collection of King
Farouk of Egypt, must be considered one of the true treasures of
Indian numismatics and is certainly one of the most compelling
coins in the entire sale.
The ancients section features a number of high-quality and rare
items that are certain to draw considerable collector
One of the highlights of the entire auction is a gold solidus of the
short-lived Western Roman Emperor Priscus Attalus, covered in
more detail later in this newsletter.
"Coins of Attalus are very rare," said David Michaels, Director of
Ancient Coins at Heritage, "but this particular type is one of only
two known, and the only one in private hands. The other specimen is
in the French national collection."
The auction will also present an entirely intact hoard of Roman Egypt
tetradrachms from the first and early second centuries AD, with
parts of the original carrying vessel still attached. Other
highlights include an impressive and imposing Honorius medallion of
6 siliquae, an elegant Olympia
stater and several high-grade first century sestertii.
Just a few of the other highlights include:
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- China: People's
Republic Tomb of Emperor Huang gold Proof 500 Yuan 1993, KM593,
Fr-84, Proof 66 Deep Cameo PCGS
- China: People's
Republic Dragon Boat gold Proof 500 Yuan 1995, KM-A823, Fr-124,
Proof 68 Ultra Cameo NGC
- Lubeck. Free City
gold 10 Ducats 1752-JJJ, KM-Pn25, Fr-1499, Dav-2420 (in silver),
Specimen 63 PCGS
- Mexico: Felipe III
Royal 8 Reales 1609 Mo-A, Lazaro-35 (this coin). AU55 NGC
- Felipe IV Royal 8
Reales 1667/6 Mo-G, Lazaro-Unlisted. XF45 NGC
- Mexico: Felipe V
gold Royal Cob 8 Escudos 1711 MXo-J, KM-R57.1, Calico-88, Onza-384,
- Russia: Elizabeth
Dassier Rouble 1757 ССБ-ЯI, St. Petersburg mint, Bitkin-282 (R1),
Diakov-435, Petrov (25 Rub), MS64 NGC
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$10 million in rare coins change hands at
A gem proof 1879 Flowing Hair
four dollar gold piece, or Stella, led all results as the
2013 December 5 - 8 US Coins
Signature Auction, held in Houston in connection with the Money
Show of the Southwest, brought $10.1 million to its consignors. All
prices include Buyers' Premiums.
Stellas are strictly patterns, yet are eagerly collected by US gold
type collectors, in part due to their odd denomination, and in part
due to their inclusion in A Guide Book of United States
Coins, popularly known as the Red Book. While the 1879 Coiled
Hair variety and both 1880-dated pieces are so rare as to be nearly
uncollectible, the 1879 Flowing Hair is often available, albeit for
a very steep price. This piece, graded
Proof-65 Deep Cameo by PCGS, sold for $205,625.
Another rare gold coin, a 1796 quarter eagle with no
stars on the obverse, took second honors in this auction,
selling for $94,000. Graded VF30 by NGC, this coin represented a
relatively affordable opportunity for a collector to acquire this
low mintage (963 pieces) coin.
Just a few of the other highlights of this auction included:
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- 1798 $1 Small Eagle,
15 Stars MS60 NGC. B-2, BB-81. Realized: $76,375
- 1895 $1 PR65 Cameo
PCGS. Realized: $70,500
- 1818 25C MS66 PCGS
Secure. CAC. B-2. Realized: $67,562
- 1797 $1 10x6 Stars,
Large Letters MS62 PCGS. B-3, BB-71. Realized: $64,625
- 1864 1C L On Ribbon
PR64 Red and Brown NGC. Snow-PR2. Realized: $58,750
- 1836 P$1 Name on
Base, Judd-60 Restrike, PR64 PCGS. CAC. Realized: $58,750
- 1803 $10 Extra Star
MS62 NGC. BD-5. Realized: $47,000
- 1915-S $5 MS64+
NGC. Realized: $47,000
- 1799 $1 7x6 Stars
MS63 PCGS. B-18, BB-154. Realized: $45,825
- 1907 $20 High
Relief, Wire Rim MS65 NGC. Realized: $45,531
A World of Money: First Issue Priscus
Attalus Solidus, One Of Two Known
Gold solidi of Priscus Attalus rank among the greatest rarities of
the Roman series, with fewer than a dozen known of all varieties.
The Good Extremely Fine
specimen in our NYINC auction is a
particularly rare example of Attalus' first coinage from the Rome
mint; J. P. C. Kent in RIC X refers to a "single specimen" known in
gold (page 138) in the Biblioteche Nationale Collection of Paris
and RIC lists the type, no. 1401, as R5 — unique. This example,
first publicly offered for sale in 2000, would seem to be the
second known specimen.
Struck in Rome following Attalus' elevation, it is of unusually
fine workmanship, with a remarkably realistic portrait depicting
Attalus with a heavy double-chin and a docile, upward-looking gaze.
The reverse type, depicting the Emperor spurning a prostrate
captive, is a straight carry-over of Honorius' gold coinage;
Attalus would later issue a different reverse type with a seated
Roma, of which there are perhaps eight to ten known examples.
Priscus Attalus was born ca. AD 370 and entered the Roman Senate
early in the fifth century AD. Though a pagan in Christian Rome,
Attalus excelled in eloquence and quickly became a prominent
senator. Early in AD 409, the Emperor Honorius appointed him Urban
Prefect, but this came as the Visigoths, under king Alaric, were
rampaging unchecked through Italy. By mid-year, Alaric was outside
the walls of Rome, demanding enormous concessions in land and gold.
Honorius, holed up in Ravenna far to the north, refused
negotiations, leaving the denizens of Rome to face slow starvation
Outraged, the Senate elected Priscus Attalus as emperor with
instructions to come to terms with Alaric. Attalus readily
acquiesced to most of Alaric's demands and joined him in marching
on Ravenna early in AD 410 to force further concessions from
Honorius. Again, Honorius refused talks. With Attalus' popular
support crumbling, Alaric abruptly deposed him in the July of AD
410 and subjected Rome to a thorough sacking the following month,
an event that sent shock waves through the Ancient World. Attalus
became a rootless camp follower of the Visigoths in their
wanderings. In AD 414, he enjoyed a brief echo of glory when
Alaric's successor Athaulf again proclaimed him emperor in
opposition to Honorius. This time, his brief "reign" ended in
capture by loyalist forces. He was marched in chains through the
streets of Rome, ritually mutilated, then, surprisingly, allowed to
retire to the island of Lipari, where he passed the rest of his
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The ten highest valued Roman Imperial period
coins to sell in Heritage auctions:
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- Titus (AD 79-81).
Orichalcum sestertius Rome, AD 80-81. S - C. RIC 184. Elkins 6
(A4/P6). CBN 189. Hendin 1594. Very Fine. Realized
- Constantius II. 337-361 AD. Gold
medallion, two solidi, Thessalonica, 350-5 AD. RIC 143 (R5).
Gnecchi 20. Cohen 131. EF. Realized $126,500
- Hadrian, A.D. 117-138. AR
Medallion. Rome, c. A.D. 135-137. Choice Extremely Fine.
- Aelius. Caesar, A.D.
136-138. AV aureus. Rome, A.D. 137. RIC 439b; Calicó 1447. Choice
Unc. NGC. Realized $103,500
- Magnia Urbica, Wife of Carinus.
Aureus, Lugdunum, 284 AD. Bastien, Supplément II, 604?a, pl. XIII.
Calicó 4411. RIC 336 (R3). Cohen 10. Mint State. Realized
- Gaius Caligula, with
Germanicus. A.D. 37-41. AV aureus, Rome, A.D. 40. RIC 25; BMC 26;
Calicó 324; Cohen 6. Good VF. Realized $63,250
- Claudius (AD 41-54). AV
aureus. Rome, AD 46-7. RIC 31. Calico 340. Biaggi 200. Choice
Extremely Fine. Realized $52,875
- Titus as Caesar (AD
69-79). AV aureus. Rome, AD 72-73. RIC (Vespasian) 367 (R). Calico
798. Choice Extremely Fine. Realized $52,875
- Vespasian (AD 69-79). AV
aureus. Judaea Capta issue. Rome, late AD 69-early AD 70. RIC 1.
Hendin 1464. Choice Very Fine. Realized $49,937
- WEST ROMAN EMPIRE. Avitus
(AD 455-456). AV solidus. Arelate, July AD 455-October AD 456. RIC
2401. Lacam 2. Depeyrot 24/1. Nearly Extremely fine. Realized
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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
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 &
As the fastest growing American-based
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Gene Kelly, Farrah Fawcett Material Highlight
Heritage Entertainment Auction Results
The grey wool suit that Gene
Kelly wore in 1952 in the centerpiece number of the beloved MGM
Hollywood musical "Singin' in the Rain" — arguably one of the
most famous musical numbers in all film history — realized more
than $106,250, more than five times the pre-auction estimate, as
part of Heritage Auctions
Entertainment & Music event on December 12 in Dallas.
"This is such a wonderful and historically important costume," said
Margaret Barrett, Director of Entertainment & Music Auctions at
Heritage. "Collectors and fans recognized that, and they came after
it accordingly. It's a treasure of Hollywood history and of our
American popular culture."
The suit was purchased by Planet Hollywood International, which
plans to display the suit at one of its properties, though it has
not yet decided which one.
"Planet Hollywood has the world's largest assemblage of memorabilia
and we're thrilled and excited to add this iconic piece to our
collection," said Robert Earl, chairman and founder of Planet
Hollywood International. "Gene Kelly's suit from 'Singin' in the
Rain' is one of the most important costumes from American cinematic
history and we are very proud to have purchased it today."
The Entertainment &
Music auction was just one of the settings for a multiple-lot offering
from The Personal Property of Farrah Fawcett, which drew bids
and attention from all over the world. Farrah's 1977 'People's
Choice' Award, presented to the actress (as "Farrah
Fawcett-Majors") for "Favorite/Female Performer/New Television
Show" for her work on "Charlie's Angels," was the top lot from the
memorabilia selection in the Dec. 12 Entertainment & Music
Memorabilia Auction, realizing $20,625, while her stunning
10.95 carat diamond
platinum engagement ring sold for $245,000 three days prior, on
Dec. 9, as part of Heritage's $10+ Million Jewelry, Handbags and Luxury
Accessories Auctions in Dallas.
All of the material was consigned by Fawcett's nephew, Gregory
Walls. The trove featured the star's personal property ranging from
her twice-signed 1980
passport (realized: $17,500) to her 2009 Driver's License
(realized: $5,531), a red bathing suit
(realized: $4,063) used in a 1995 Esquire Magazine photo
shoot and her signed American Express
card (realized: $2,125) and much more.
"Although Farrah is known as a cultural icon, to me she was a
down-home Texas girl who was amazingly generous, fiercely loyal,
and unbelievably supportive of her family and friends," said Walls.
"Even though she was always the biggest star in the room, she made
you feel as though you were the most important person in the
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Farrah Fawcett
More information about entertainment & music auctions.
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Anna Hyatt Huntington's Torch Bearers Realizes
$315,000 In $2+ Million Heritage Auctions NYC American Art
Anna Hyatt Huntington's most significant artwork offered at
auction, will fund a science education program at The Discovery
Museum and Planetarium in Bridgeport, Conn., after it realized
$315,000 in Heritage Auctions' $2 million American Paintings,
Drawings & Sculpture Signature Auction Dec. 5. The 15-foot
bronze monument, symbolizing the passing of knowledge from one
generation to the next, now ranks as one of most valuable
Huntington works ever sold. It was purchased by a private collector
who is placing the work on public display in Lindale Park, a
historic neighborhood in Houston, Texas.
"This outstanding monument graced the grounds of the Discovery
Museum and Planetarium for decades and we couldn't be happier that
it will remain on public display, this time in one of Houston's
finest neighborhoods" said Aviva Lehmann, Director of American Art
at Heritage's New York location.
Huntington conceived of Torch Bearers in 1955 as a unique
gift from the artist and her husband, Archer Milton Huntington, to
the University of Madrid, in Spain. However, in 1961 she pledged a
bronze version to The Museum of Art, Science and Industry in
Bridgeport, Conn. The museum shifted its focus from an art museum
to a science museum in the mid-1990s.
The museum will use the monument's proceeds to teach schoolchildren
how to develop and program a small satellite which will be attached
to a NASA rocket. The satellite will analyze space dust and beam
data to a 'mission control' at the museum.
Highlights in the Dec. 5 auction span two sessions, the first of
which was Heritage's inaugural The Art of New York
Signature Auction, timed to pay homage to the seminal 1913
Armory show, which introduced New York to Modern Art. Masterful
street scenes by famed New York artist Guy Carleton Wiggins took
top lot honors as Just Off 5th Avenue at
53rd Street (à la Childe Hassam), 1939, ended at $75,000,
and The Library, 5th
Avenue, circa 1940, sold for $53,125. Wiggins' classic Wall
Street storm image Financial
Center realized $21,250 later in the sale.
Laurence A. Campbell's January Snow
Storm appeared at auction from a private New York
collection to realize $33,750 and Carlos Nadal's Port de New
York, circa 1980, sold for a strong $27,500 against a
Nine bidders drove two charcoal drawings on paper by architect Hugh
Ferriss well beyond their estimates as New York at
Night set a record for the artist at $21,250 and Columbus Circle at
Night ended at $16,250.
The auction's second session included the Huntington monument along
with Moonrise, Chioggia,
Venice by Thomas Moran, which sold for $155,000. Moran's
A Bit of Acoma, New
Mexico, 1911, rocketed to $81,250, more than four times its
Aldro Thompson Hibbard's Logging in
Vermont, was pursued by 10 bidders who pushed the oil on
canvas to $87,500. Still Life with Game
and Hunting Paraphernalia, a canvas painted in 1904 by
Richard La Barre Goodwin hit $62,500 and Sanford Robinson Gifford's
Lake George from Buck
Mountain brought $43,750. Venetian
Coastline at Sunset, painted in 1872 by William Stanley
Haseltine and which had remained in the same family after it was
gifted by Juliet Pierpont Morgan, changed hands for $43,750.
Madame LaFarge et ses
Animal Sauvage, 1975, by Orville Bulman more than doubled
its estimate to end at $40,625 while Ship N.B. Palmer Off
Golden Gate, 1968, by John Stobart soared to $37,500, three
times its estimate.
Slave Master with
Slaves (Study for The American Historical Epic), circa
1924-27, by Thomas Hart Benton was pursued by two bidders who
pushed it to $35,000 and Milton Cark Avery's Setting Sun,
1959, which had remained in the same family for nearly 30 years,
sold for $35,000.
More information about fine & decorative art auctions.
Heritage is excited to announce our upcoming
New York Signature Auction
to be held at our Headquarters in the heart of the world's largest
numismatic hub, New York City, from February 3rd-5th. Our proven
auction successes in this city, with this November's Signature
auction realizing over $11 million, combined with the highly
acclaimed Eric P. Newman Collection which realized over $23
million, show the power of combining a stand out location with
quality auctions. We anticipate strong bidder participation during
this February's event due to the offering of some of the finest
rarities, which are fresh to the market.
Take advantage of consigning to this auction where your coins will
stand out amongst the crowd. The December 20th consignment
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Consignment Deadline: December 20, 2013
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