Heritage Auctions
 The World's #1 Numismatic Dealer & Auctioneer
MyHeritage
SELL DEPARTMENTS SERVICES RESOURCES
Classical Coin News
In This Issue:
February 13 Weekly Online Auction
CICF Auction April 10-16
Pompeia's Pick: L. Julius Caesar: Money, Love and War
What Happened In Ancient February?
Website Tips: Search Aids
Is It Time To Sell?
Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your Winnings!
Employment Opportunities
Around Heritage Auctions
Current Auctions
February 7, 2014
Newsletter Archive
Last Issue

Welcome to Heritage's Classical Coin News for February 2014 (so named for the Latin purification ritual of Februa, performed the second month of each year). There are Huge developments on the Ancient Coin front here at Heritage, including a Chicago International auction in April that is shaping up to be our biggest-ever sale of Ancients! So without further ado, we'll get right into it....
February 13 Weekly Online Auction  
First things first: Our February all-Ancients weekly auction, now running, is a diverse offering comprising 179 Greek, Roman, and Byzantine coins in all grades from Fine to Choice MS. The auction is particularly strong in nice Greek silver, Roman Provincial bronze and Roman Imperial denarii. Bidding is open now and continues through the closing at 10pm Central Time next Thursday, Feb. 13. Here are a few highlights:

Attractive Velia stater
Attractive Velia stater
Pleasing AE drachm of the Brettii
Pleasing AE drachm of the Brettii
Bold Acragas AR didrachm
Bold Acragas AR didrachm
Rare Acragas AR hemidrachm
Rare Acragas AR hemidrachm
Lifetime Philip II tetradrachm
Lifetime Philip II tetradrachm
High grade Mesambria tetradrachm
High grade Mesambria tetradrachm
Nicely toned Athens owl
Nicely toned Athens owl
A second owl in NGC Choice VF
A second owl in NGC Choice VF
Lovely Cyme tetradrachm
Lovely Cyme tetradrachm
Bold shekel of Tyre
Bold shekel of Tyre
Sharp Severus bronze of Moesia
Sharp Severus bronze of Moesia
Early Republic quadrigatus
Early Republic quadrigatus
Mark Antony LEG XV denarius
Mark Antony LEG XV denarius
Sharp Tiberius Tribute Penny
Sharp Tiberius 'Tribute Penny'
Strong Titus denarius in NGC AU
Strong Titus denarius in NGC AU
Mint State Diocletian argenteus
Mint State Diocletian argenteus


Back to Top

CICF Auction April 10-16  
Our upcoming auction of at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF), April 10-12 in Rosemont, IL, will be by far our strongest and most diverse offering of ancient coins to date. We have secured three amazing collections for this offering:

The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection of Roman and Byzantine Gold Coins:
A California resident of Greek descent, the late Mr. Dimitriadis' collection features an astonishing run of more than 215 Roman gold aurei and solidi, and another 500+ Byzantine gold coins, including many pieces of impeccable condition, artistry and rarity. This is the largest and strongest offering of Roman and Byzantine gold ever presented in the United States and will certainly draw worldwide interest! Part I, Roman gold coinage, will cross the block at the CICF, while the Byzantine portion of the auction will be offered at our New York auction this September. Mr. Dimitriadis was also an avid collector of Greek and Ottoman coins, which will be offered in the CICF and New York auctions. Here is just a tiny sampling amid a collection of golden delights:

Rare Mark Antony Aureus
Rare Mark Antony Aureus
Augustus Aureus Honoring Tiberius
Augustus Aureus Honoring Tiberius
Rare Vitellius Aureus
Rare Vitellius Aureus
Splendid Galba in Gold
Splendid Galba in Gold


Selections from the Dr. Patrick Tan Collection:
Dr. Tan, a prominent physician in Singapore, has assembled one of the world's greatest collections of ancient coins over the past decade, with a special emphasis on Bible-related coinage. His sizable consignment to Heritage includes an impressive run of Judean and Roman Provincial silver and bronze coins, several fantastic Roman bronzes (including several Judea Capta sestertii of Vespasian and a wonderful Colosseum sestertius of Titus), and a pleasing selection of rare and interesting Greek coins. Again, just a few highlights:

Vespasian PAX AVGVSTI Sestertius
Vespasian "PAX AVGVSTI" Sestertius
Vespasian IVDAEA CAPTA Sestertius
Vespasian "IVDAEA CAPTA" Sestertius
Titus Colosseum Sestertius
Titus Colosseum Sestertius


Selections from the Jonathan K. Kern Collection
Mr. Kern, a well-known numismatist from Kentucky, has been setting aside some remarkable examples of Greek and Roman coinage for more than two decades, and has brought a few of these choice specimens out of his personal collection for our CICF offering. These include spectacular Greek tetradrachms of Acanthus and Lysimachus of Thrace, magnificently high-grade gold aurei of Julius Caesar, Cassius, and Pertinax, a run of rare Augustan aurei, and a one of the finest known Lugdunum mint sestertii of Augustus.

To sum up, the CICF auction will be truly historic, and will likely be the strongest mid-year offering of Ancients ever presented in the United States. Cataloguing and photography are proceeding at a rapid pace, and you can follow the process online here.

If you are not on our mailing list for print catalogs and would like to receive one for the CICF (and who wouldn't -- it will certainly be a "keeper"!), notify Dave Michaels at DMichaels@HA.com, or Sam Spiegel at SamS@HA.com.

Back to Top

Pompeia's Pick: L. Julius Caesar: Money, Love and War  
By Lorie Ann Hambly

Austria: Salzburg. Markus Sittikus Graf von Hohenems gold 14 Ducats 1612
Austria: Salzburg. Markus Sittikus Graf von Hohenems gold 14 Ducats 1612
Hilaria Lupercalia! Merry Lupercalia! In consideration of the month of Februarius from which is derived our modern February, this silver denarius of L. Julius L.f. Caesar is a "very fine" example of the suggestion that love and war are two sides of the same coin! Minted by L. Julius L.f. Caesar in 103 BC, this is a coin rich with the symbols of Julian family folklore and mythology as well as being a shining example of the brilliant career of the man who was uncle to the most famous Roman of them all, Gaius Julius Caesar (Consul 54 BC, Dictator 49-44 BC).

Holding the governorship of Macedonia in 94 BC and a Consulship during the Social War, L. Julius Caesar also authored in 90 BC a proposal to offer Roman citizenship to those Italian allies who did not oppose Rome, the Lex Iulia, or Julian Law. During his censorship in 89 BC, he enrolled the first Italic citizens enfranchised by this law. His brilliant career was cut short in 87 BC when he and his brother were assassinated by Marian partisans. Beside his relationship to the famous Julius Caesar, he was also grandfather to Marc Antony through his daughter Julia (nee Caesaris) Antonia, the wife of Marcus Antonius Creticus.

The obverse bears the image of the helmeted head of Mars, God of War, no small bit of propaganda for the man whose career was made in one war (Social War) and terminated at the onset of another (Marian-Sullan Civil War). Most notably in the Social War, L. Julius Caesar defeated the Italian consul in charge of the Samnite group, Gaius Papius Mutilus, and wrested control of the Campanian towns held under Mutilius' control.

On the reverse, Venus Genetrix, "Venus the Mother," (an epithet of the goddess Venus) is shown in a biga, or two-horse chariot, drawn by two Cupids. The Julii claimed to be descended from Venus through her son Aeneas, who fled to Italy in the aftermath of the Trojan War. But it is the addition of the bigarii in the form of thetwo cupids, Cupid being the love child of Venus and Mars, who "drive home" the allegory of love and war delineated on both sides of this coin. You can bid on this coin in our February 13th Weekly World and Ancient Coin Auction.

Back to Top

What Happened In Ancient February?  
February 4, AD 211: Emperor Septimius Severus dies while on campaign in York, Britain, after telling his squabbling sons "make peace with each other, pay the Army well, and to hell with everyone else!"

February 5, 2 BC: Augustus honored with the title "Pater Patriae," or "Father of the Fatherland."

February 6, 46 BC: Julius Caesar wins the battle of Thapsus in North Africa; Marcus Porcius Cato commits suicide a few days later.

February 7, AD 457: Emperor Marcian dies in Constantinople. He was so widely admired that future rulers are urged to "reign like Marcian!"

February 14, AD 270: Christian priest Valentinus beheaded on the Flaminian Way, thus giving birth to Valentine's Day.

February 16: Annual date for the start of the Lupercalia festival throughout the Roman world.

February 23, AD 303: The Great Persecution begins under the First Tetrarchy.

February 27, AD 272/3: Emperor Constantine I the Great (AD 306-337) born.

Back to Top

Website Tips: Search Aids  
Spell-Correct: Our targeted search feature automatically corrects your spelling and returns matching results:

  1. It shows the exact matches on what you typed first, in case you really were looking for an odd spelling.

  2. It uses the data from our actual items and descriptions to build its dictionary, so it works amazingly well with our collectibles. Try looking for the (intentionally misspelled) words "Nickle"and "Proofilke"!


Did You Mean? If the system detects that there are similar words to what you typed, it suggests those.

Did You Mean?

Now, in addition to our automatic spelling correction, we now also provide suggestions as you type your search query.

  1. The suggestions are based on actual search terms used on our site.
  2. These suggestions are category specific, so if you're on the coin site, you won't get suggestions based on comics or sports.
  3. We show the top five matches by frequency.


So when you type "mor", you get these suggestions on HA.com/Coins:

search on coins for mor

And these on HA.com/FineArt:

search on art for mor

Try it out!

Other Website Tips
What is Heritage Live!TM?
Spam Blocking
Cookies and Security
Bidding Tutorial
Increasing your bids
How To "Make an Offer"
Batch Bidding
Tracking Lots
Bookmarking
Why am I being outbid immediately?
PCGS Registry Numbers
NGC Registry Numbers
Index Number
MyCollection Help


Back to Top

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 850,000 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

Interested in Selling?
Consign to a Heritage Auction

Back to Top

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).
Back to Top

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 Services Representative
  • Consignment Coordinator
  • Currency Consignment Director
  • Email Marketing Specialist
  • e-Publishing Expert
  • Fine Jewelry Cataloger
  • Interns
  • Marketing Production Manager
  • Production Artist
  • Photography Imaging Specialist
  • Shipping Associate
  • Web Content Specialist (part-time)
  • Web Marketing Specialist
  • U.S. Coin Cataloger Needed
If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate positions, please apply here.

Back to Top

Around Heritage Auctions  
Now Accepting Consignments for our April 9th Domain Name and Intellectual Property Auction

Our November domain name and IP auction was well received, selling over $1.5M in domain names was well received, selling over $1.5 million in domain names, including:

  • MutualFunds.com
  • Animation.com
  • QR.com
  • ZX.com
  • BusinessPhones.com
  • Dayton.com
  • AIE.com
  • Hemisphere.com
We are now accepting consignments for our early April auction, and we plan to accept a total of 70-75 domain names. The consignment deadline is February 14th, and the spots are filling up quickly.

We are looking for domain names that fit any of the following criteria:

1 and 2 word .com domains that are generic in meaning: These assets are ideal for branding a company, service, product etc. Examples include: Gazelle.com, March.com, Amazon.com, Elephant.com and BlueSky.com.

1 and 2 word product and category names: These names are ideal for investment or development. Like Tablets.com, Animation.com, BusinessPhones.com and OnlineDegrees.com.

2 and 3 letter .com acronyms: These are coveted by investors and end-user companies alike. Such as QR.com, AIE.com and XZ.com.

If you have domain names that fit any of these criteria, send your submissions to IP Director Aron Meystedt at: AronM@HA.com.

If you do not have names that line up with these criteria, stay tuned for our final auction list. There will be many opportunities to acquire these highly desired assets.

More information about Domain Name auctions.

Back to Top

Automobilia Newest Heritage Auctions Category

Automobilia Poster
Heritage Auctions, the world's largest collectibles auctioneer, has announced its newest category — Automobilia — will debut May 29 with an auction devoted to the fine art, collectibles and personalities relating to the world's love affair with the automobile.

This marks the first time Heritage has held a dedicated auction relating to automotive memorabilia and motoring.

"We feel our 850,000 online bidder members are well tuned to this market," said Karl Chiao, Heritage Auctions' Director of Trusts & Estate and the person who will be overseeing the Automobilia department. "Heritage has had a strong presence at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance for some time and enjoys a worldwide reputation as the #1 auctioneer of Lalique mascots. A category devoted to this growing collecting trend will no doubt be well received."

The inaugural Automobilia auction will feature trophies, race-worn items, helmets and equipment, photography, advertising signs, autographs, Petroliana, posters, and even large scale car models. Also considered would be figural mascots, pre-1970 European racing collectibles relating to motorsport events and items perfect for the vintage garage. The consignment deadline has been set for April 7.

"We see this serving fans of history's greatest races and fantastic car brands, including memorabilia from Ferrari, Mercedes, Bentley, Bugatti and more," Chiao said. "This platform offers ideal crossover appeal to collectors of Illustration Art and the original works relating to automotive posters and publications."

If you are an Automobilia expert and would like to be a part of this growth, please visit Heritage's Career Portal.

To consign by April 7 to Heritage Auctions inaugural Automobilia Auction, please contact Karl Chiao, Manager of the Automobilia Department, at 877-HERITAGE (437-4824), ext. 1958 or KarlC@HA.com, or Consignment Coordinator Veronica Shrum at ext. 1918.

More information about Domain Name auctions.

Back to Top

Current Auctions  
Coin and Currency Auctions
Sunday Internet Coin Auction
Sunday Coins
February 9
Tuesday Internet Coin Auction
Tuesday Coins
February 11
Tuesday Internet Currency Auction
Tuesday Currency
February 11
Weekly World Coin Auction
Thursday World Coin
February 13
Signature Auctions
February 15 Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #7102 February 15 Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #7102
View Lots
February 15 Fine & Rare Wine Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #5182 February 15 Fine & Rare Wine Signature Auction - Beverly Hills #5182
View Lots
February 21 - 23 Fine & Decorative Arts Including Estates Signature Auction - Dallas #5155 February 21 - 23 Fine & Decorative Arts Including Estates Signature Auction - Dallas #5155
View Lots
February 20 - 22 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction - New York #7087 February 20 - 22 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction - New York #7087
View Lots
February 22 - 23 Sports Collectibles Platinum Night Auction - New York #7100 February 22 - 23 Sports Collectibles Platinum Night Auction - New York #7100
View Lots
February 24 Doodle for Hunger Comic & Illustration Art Auction #559 Benefiting St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters February 24 Doodle for Hunger Comic & Illustration Art Auction #559 Benefiting St. Francis Food Pantries and Shelters
View Lots
Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction
Sunday Movie Posters
February 9
Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction
Sunday Sports
February 9
Sunday Internet Comics Auction
Sunday Comics
February 9
Weekly Internet Luxury Accessory Auction
Tuesday Luxury
February 11
Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction
Tuesday Jewelry
February 11
Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auctions
Thursday Books
February 13
   
Auction Schedule | Order a Catalog
Back to Top

Departments MyHeritage
SERVICES
Art & Antiques
Books
Coins
Comics
Currency
Domain Names & Intellectual Property
Entertainment & Music
Historical
Jewelry & Timepieces
Luxury Accessories
Movie Posters
Nature & Science
Real Estate
Sports
Stamps
Wine
Charity Auctions
MyBids
MyTrackedLots
MyWantlist
MyProfile
MyCollection
MyConsignments
MyOrders
Free Auction Evaluation
Appraisal Services

Consign Now
Sam Foose
1-800-872-6467 x1227
Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn YouTube
Heritage Auctions / bid@HA.com / 3500 Maple Ave / Dallas, Texas 75219 / 1-877-HERITAGE (437-4824)
Copyright © 1999-2013 Heritage Capital Corporation / All Rights Reserved