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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:
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|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
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:
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
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.
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Pompeia's Pick: L. Julius Caesar: Money, Love
|By Lorie Ann
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
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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
February 7, AD 457: Emperor Marcian dies in Constantinople.
He was so widely admired that future rulers are urged to "reign
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
February 27, AD 272/3: Emperor Constantine I the Great (AD
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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
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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)
Until next month!
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David S. Michaels
Director of Ancient Coins
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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
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out why). Maybe you'll need to make room in your collection for
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maybe it will be your heirs that benefit; but be sure to save the
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- 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
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
If you are interested and feel you have the qualifications we
seek, please email your resume and salary history to
- Asian Art Specialist
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- Coin Buyer
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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
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
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
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.
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Automobilia Newest Heritage Auctions Category
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
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
"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.
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