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In This Issue:
New York International Signature Auction, January 5-6
January 9 All-Ancients Auction
Upcoming Shows: New York International Numismatic Convention Jan. 9-12
Pompeia's Pick: Janus, God of Doorways. Beginnings. Endings. Choices
What Happened In Ancient January?
Website Tips: Bid Protection for Live Proxy Bids
Is It Time To Sell?
Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your Winnings!
Employment Opportunities
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January 3, 2014
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Fructuosum et prosperum novum annum vobis exopto! That's "A happy and prosperous New Year to our friends" for the Latin-challenged.

Whatever the language, welcome to the January (so named for Janus, the two-faced Roman gold who looks to the past and future) 2014 edition of Heritage's Classical Coin News. We have a jam-packed January coming up, so please give this missive a thorough read.
New York International Signature Auction, January 5-6  
Our marquee auction at the grand old Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York is overflowing with outstanding material — more than 5,000 lots with a combined estimate of more than $12.5 million. The auction starts Sunday, January 5, at 1:00 PM ET. The Ancients section, with more than 350 lots of outstanding Ancient Greek, Roman, Judean, Oriental and Byzantine coins, goes on the block in Session 2, scheduled for Monday, January 6, at 10:00 AM ET. The entire auction can be viewed online and includes the following highlights:

Attractive Agathocles tetradrachm
Attractive Agathocles tetradrachm
Rare variety Carthage electrum stater
Rare variety Carthage electrum stater
Lifetime Philip II of Macedon tetradrachm
Lifetime Philip II of Macedon tetradrachm
Choice MS Alexander the Great stater
Choice MS Alexander the Great stater
Lovely Corinth stater
Lovely Corinth stater
Impressive Cyzicus EL stater
Impressive Cyzicus EL stater
Inscribed Alyattes EL trite
Inscribed Alyattes EL trite
Spectacular Ptolemaic queenly portrait
Spectacular Ptolemaic queenly portrait
Beautiful Q. Cassius Longinus denarius
Beautiful Q. Cassius Longinus denarius
AU Julius Caesar aureus
AU Julius Caesar aureus
Medallic Nero sestertius
Medallic Nero sestertius
Rare Narbo-mint Galba denarius
Rare Narbo-mint Galba denarius
Detailed Domitian aureus
Detailed Domitian aureus
Gorgeous Faustina Sr. aureus
Gorgeous Faustina Sr. aureus
Exceptional Gordian I Africanus denarius
Exceptional Gordian I Africanus denarius
London gold solidus of Magnus Maximus
London gold solidus of Magnus Maximus


Lot Viewing will open Friday, January 3, at 11:00 AM in the Sutton Suite on the 18th floor of the Waldorf Astoria, 301 Park Avenue; viewing will also be held Saturday through Monday, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, and Tuesday 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. If you have any questions about the coins in this historic auction, please contact David Michaels at DMichaels@HA.com / (310) 492-8615 or Sam Spiegel at SamS@HA.com / (214) 409 1524.

NYINC Internet Only Session, January 20-21

On top of the Signature offering, another 296 Ancient lots will be offered in our NYINC Signature Internet Session, slated for January 20-21. Please, whatever you do, don't pass over this auction! It has some terrific coins, chiefly an amazing run of Roman Republican coinage, 104 silver denarii ranging from Good Very Fine to Choice Mint State. Here are a few selections from this exceptional group:
M. Atilius Saranus (148 BC). AR denarius
M. Atilius Saranus (148 BC). AR denarius
Cn. Gellius (138 BC). AR denarius
Cn. Gellius (138 BC). AR denarius
M. Opeimius (131 BC). AR denarius
M. Opeimius (131 BC). AR denarius
Q. Philippus (129 BC). AR denarius
Q. Philippus (129 BC). AR denarius


C. Fonteius (114-113 BC). AR denarius
C. Fonteius (114-113 BC). AR denarius
P. Nerva (113-112 BC). AR brockage denarius
P. Nerva (113-112 BC). AR brockage denarius
Q. Antonius Balbus (83-82 BC). AR serrate denarius
Q. Antonius Balbus (83-82 BC). AR serrate denarius
C. Memmius C. f. (56 BC). AR denarius
C. Memmius C. f. (56 BC). AR denarius


Q. Cassius Longinus (55 BC). AR denarius
Q. Cassius Longinus (55 BC). AR denarius
L. Plautius Plancus (47 BC). AR denarius
L. Plautius Plancus (47 BC). AR denarius
T. Carisius (46 BC). AR denarius
T. Carisius (46 BC). AR denarius
Mn. Fonteius (85 BC). AR denarius
Mn. Fonteius (85 BC). AR denarius


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January 9 All-Ancients Auction  
The first all-Ancients offering of AD 2014 comprises 180 individual and group lots, including many attractive Greek silver coins, Roman Republican and Imperial denarii, and Judean bronzes. It has a particularly strong group of Roman Provincial coins from Moesia, many of Septimius Severus, as well as a robust offering of second and third century Roman silver denarii. The auction opens for bidding Thursday, January 2 at 10:00 PM CT and concludes exactly one week later, on January 9. Highlights include:

Pleasing Tarentum stater
Pleasing Tarentum stater
Sharp and lovely Metapontum
Sharp and lovely Metapontum
Attractive Syracuse tetradrachm
Attractive Syracuse tetradrachm
Impressive Hieron II bronze
Impressive Hieron II bronze
Strong Philip II tetradrachm
Strong Philip II tetradrachm
Ribald Thasos stater
Ribald Thasos stater
Classic Athens owl tetradrachm
Classic Athens owl tetradrachm
Sharp Septimius Severus provincial bronze
Sharp Septimius Severus provincial bronze
Scarce Aurelian and Vabalathus tetradrachm
Scarce Aurelian and Vabalathus tetradrachm
Tiberius 'Tribute Penny' denarius
Tiberius 'Tribute Penny' denarius
EF denarius of Plautilla
EF denarius of Plautilla
Well struck Macrinus denarius
Well struck Macrinus denarius


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Upcoming Shows  
New York International Numismatic Convention (January 9-12, Thursday-Sunday)

Held at the fabled Waldorf Astoria Hotel, 301 Park Avenue in New York City, the NYINC is by far the most important U.S. coin show of the year for Ancient and World coins. Accordingly, Heritage will be well represented by the entire Ancient and World Coins team — Dave Michaels, Sam Spiegel, Cris Bierrenbach, Warren Tucker, Matt Orsini and Mark Emory. The bourse opens with a "Professional Preview" day Thursday, January 9th at 12 noon, for all dealers and customers who pay a $100 early entrance fee. Regular admission is $10 for a three-day pass and public hours are Friday and Saturday, 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, and Sunday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. More information about the show schedule can be found here.

The show sprawls over the 18th floor of the hotel; Heritage's table will be in the main Starlight Ballroom. If you're serious about Ancient and/or World coins, you owe it to yourself to attend this fantastic show! Please stop by Heritage's table and spend some time with Sam, Cris, Warren, Matt, Mark and myself. Believe me, you will want to check this out-our MCICF auction will be spectacular!

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Pompeia's Pick: Janus, God of Doorways. Beginnings. Endings. Choices  
By Lorie Ann Hambly

"I'm your best friend, I'm your worst enemy, I'm Janus, God of Doorways. Beginnings. Endings. Choices."

Austria: Salzburg. Markus Sittikus Graf von Hohenems gold 14 Ducats 1612
Austria: Salzburg. Markus Sittikus Graf von Hohenems gold 14 Ducats 1612
The anonymous issue coin is one of the principal coins of the Roman Republic, a numismatic type that continued well into the period of the Second Punic War. Associated with doorways and gates, Janus is the god of beginnings and ends and so gave name to the first month of the Roman calendar — Januarius — which was a reformation of the Romulan calendar by Numa Pompilius, the second of the seven traditional kings of Rome in the 8th Century B.C.E, a period of time in early Roman history in which religious life was marked by the predominance of the divinity of Janus.

Depicted with two faces in opposite directions, Janus looks from the past to the future, a gift bestowed upon him by the god Saturn; in this composite perspective, he is a god of beginning and transitions and was the divine inspiration for Numa's Ianus Geminus, an arched passage at the entrance of the Forum Boarium, essentially, an entrance to the sacred hearth at the center of the city and a passage which ritually opened during times of war. In its interior, sacrifices and vaticinia were held to forecast the outcome of military deeds. It closed when Roman arms were put down and the city was at peace — during the Republic, an extremely rare occurrence. In 29 B.C.E Livy wrote in his Ab Urbe Condita, a macropaedia of Roman history, that the doors of the temple had only been closed twice since the reign of Numa: The first time in 235 B.C.E., after the first Punic war, and the second time after the battle of Actium in 31 B.C.E

In consideration of the earliest possible dating of this coin, 225 B.C.E., a temple of Janus, said to have been consecrated by the consul and First Punic War hero Gaius Duilius in 260 B.C.E. after the Battle of Mylae in the Forum Holitorium ("vegetable-sellers' market-[Latin macellum], might well have been in the collective memory of those anonymous persons responsible for issuing struck coinage during the early years of the Hannibalic War. Since Janus looks both ways simultaneously, the term Janus-faced is used to describe someone who is duplicitous — a rare bit of irony not lost on the coin collector or the content.

One might calculate this coin as the price of Hannibal's greed: Although Hannibal's forces were defeated on the field at the Battle of Zama (202 B.C.E.), an end unknown to the anonymous issuer(s) of this coin, the die was cast for Hannibal's failure early on in the Second Punic when the Carthaginian Senate refused to support the general on campaign, a tactic they used on Hannibal's father Hamilcar Barca during the First Punic War, in which it obstinately refused aid and reinforcements in the hope that he would somehow defeat Rome without their having to bankrupt the Carthaginian treasury. So as Hannibal, who resided for some time in Gades (modern Cadiz), just beyond the 'Pillars of Hercules' or today's Gates of Gibraltar, mobilized his forces and prepared to pass through Spain to begin his invasion of Italy, he moved toward a series of colossal tactical victories that would earn him undying fame, but ultimate failure and defeat.

On the 'flip side' of the coin, the historical narrative culminates in a Roman victory, symbolized by the quadriga, the original chariot of the gods. You can bid on this coin in our January 5 - 6 World & Ancient Coin Auction.

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What Happened In Ancient January?  
January 1, 153 BC: Beginning of the Civil Year set.

January 1, AD 193: Helvius Pertinax proclaimed Emperor, replacing the murdered Commodus.

January 2, AD 69: Legions in Germania province proclaim Vitellius Emperor in opposition to Galba.

January 3, 106 BC: Future statesman Cicero born.

January 6, 1822: Birthday of pioneering archaeologist and self-promoter Heinrich Schliemann.

January 7, 49 BC: Senate orders Julius Caesar to disband his army.

January 10, 49 BC: Caesar leads his army across the Rubicon into Italy, launching Civil War.

January 11, 29 BC: Octavian closes the doors to the Temple of Janus, symbolizing the restoration of peace.

January 11, AD 349: Birthday of future Emperor Theodosius I the Great.

January 14, 27 BC: Senate bestows the name Augustus on Octavian and approves his First Constitutional Settlement. His reign as Emperor dates from here.

January 15, AD 69: Galba and his adoptive son Piso murdered in the Forum by Praetorians, who then proclaim Otho Emperor.

January 17, AD 395: Emperor Theodosius I the Great dies, leaving the Empire to be divided between his two incompetent sons Arcadius and Honorius.

January 19, AD 379: Flavius Theodosius named Emperor of the East by the Western Emperor Gratian.

January 20, AD 225: Future Emperor Gordian III born.

January 24, AD 41: Emperor Gaius 'Caligula' assassinated; his uncle Claudius is proclaimed Emperor by the Praetorians.

January 24, AD 76: Future Emperor Hadrian born.

January 26, AD 496: Odovacer, King of Italy, is slain by his successor, Theodoric the Ostrogoth.

January 27, AD 98: Emperor Nerva dies, leaving the Empire to his chosen successor Trajan

January 29, 282 BC: Ptolemy II Philadelphus dies in Alexandria

January 29, AD 133: Future (brief-reigning) Emperor Didius Julianus born.

January 30, 405 BC: Death of the philosopher Sophocles.

January 30, 58 BC: Birthday of future Empress Livia, wife of Augustus and mother of Tiberius.

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Website Tips: Bid Protection for Live Proxy Bids  
If you've ever placed Live Proxy bids through Heritage Live in one of our live auctions, you may have used the Bid Protection option, which will raise your bid one increment if it is necessary to win the lot.

Now, Bid Protection is available in regular Proxy Bidding through the Heritage website. For all items in auctions with a Live component (Signature and Grand Format auctions, Signature Internet Session, Rare Book Internet auctions), you will see the Bid Protection option whenever you place a bid from the item's individual page. To use this feature, just click on the Bid Protection checkbox when you place your bid, as pictured below.



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

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Banknote Designer Collection Featured at FUN Currency Auction

Unique Set of Designer & Engraver Autographed 1996 New Design Notes
A rare and important group of $20, $50 and $100 "Big Head" notes signed by principal designers, ranging from the portrait engraver to the letter/script engraver, is expected to sell for $4,000+ to lead Chief Banknote Designer Jack Ruther's private collection at Heritage Auctions' Florida United Numismatists Currency Signature Auction Jan. 8-10 and Jan. 13 in Orlando, Fla.

"It's certainly one of the most unique and historically important collections we've ever handled," said Dustin Johnston, Director of Currency Auctions at Heritage. "Mr. Ruther trusts us with a very important keepsake for future generations and we fully expect collectors will appreciate this opportunity."

Ruther, the long-time Chief Banknote Designer for the Bureau of Engraving & Printing, personally supervised the Bureau's design team and was responsible for the most major design changes on U.S. Currency since 1929. Although his currency redesign project was first initiated in the 1980s, the serious work began in 1992, when the Treasury Department authorized the redesign of all currency above the $5 note. Final approval of the New Currency Design prepared by Ruther came in 1995 and the new notes, colloquially dubbed the "Big Head" series in honor of the revised portraits, debuted in 1996. With the successful release of the redesigned Series 1996 $20, $50 and $100 notes, attention then turned to the modification of the $5 and $10 denominations. Ruther was again the designer for these notes, the first of which carried the Series 1999 designation.

The culmination of Jack Ruther's thirty years career at the BEP came when he was called to design what became known as the "NexGen" or Next Generation Currency, which debuted with the Series 2004 notes. In addition to added new sophisticated anti-counterfeiting devices, the Series 2004 notes were the first in a century of U.S. currency production that featured a multi-color design on both the front and back. A group of four Fr. 2089-E $20 2004 Federal Reserve Notes containing the signatures of designer V. Jack Ruther, Thomas Hipschen, who engraved both the portrait as well as the back vignette, letter/script engraver John Smith, Jr., and modeler William Krawczewicz, is expected to bring $3,000+. Two of the star examples also bear the signature of the BEP's former director, Thomas Ferguson.

Fr. 2089-E $20 2004 Federal Reserve Note. PCGS Gem New 65PPQ
Ruther's holdings are literally one of a kind, as he assembled sets of each design as they were released, with the notes containing the autograph signatures of the portrait engravers, the letter/script engravers, the BEP modelers, BEP directors, and, in some cases, selected dignitaries associated with the notes such as Secretaries of the Treasury John Snow and Henry Paulson and Treasurer of the United States Anna Escobedo Cabral, as well as his own.

All of the notes have been certified and graded by PCGS, with each bearing the title "From the Banknote Designer Collection." Other than some Educational Notes signed by designer Thomas Morris and Treasurer of the United States D.N. Morgan we know of no other U.S. Currency courtesy autographed by its designer, let alone by the entire design team.

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Current Auctions  
Coin Auctions
January 5 - 6 World & Ancient Coin Signature Auction - New York #3030
January 5 - 6 World & Ancient Coin Signature Auction - New York #3030
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January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando #1201
January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando #1201
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January 8 - 12 FUN US Coin Signature Auction - Orlando #1201
Platinum Night
Part of Auction #1201
January 9th at 5:00 PM CT
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January 10 The Adam Mervis Large Cent Collection FUN Signature Auction - Orlando #1200
January 10 The Adam Mervis Large Cent Collection FUN Signature Auction - Orlando #1200
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January 14 - 16 Selections From the Eric P. Newman Collection Part III Signature Auction - New York #3029
January 14 - 16 Selections From the Eric P. Newman Collection Part III Signature Auction - New York #3029
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January 20 - 21 World and Ancient Coins Non Floor Session Auction - Dallas #3031
January 20 - 21 World and Ancient Coins Non Floor Session Auction - Dallas #3031
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131401
Closes January 5
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131401
Closes January 7
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World and Ancient Coin Auction #231402
Closes January 9
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Currency Auctions
January 8 - 10 & 13 FUN US Currency Signature Auction - Orlando January 8 - 10 & 13 FUN US Currency Signature Auction - Orlando #3526
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January 9 & 13 FUN World Currency Signature Auction - Orlando January 9 & 13 FUN World Currency Signature Auction - Orlando #3523
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Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141401
Closes January 7
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Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction #151401
Closes January 5
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121401
Closes January 5
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Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161401
Closes January 5
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessory Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessory Auction #251401
Closes January 7
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Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction #171401
Closes January 7
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201402
Closes January 9
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Monthly Internet Wine Auction Monthly Internet Wine Auction #221402
Closes January 9
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