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April was so named (Aprilis) by the Romans because... er, no one is
quite sure why! It might have something to do with the Latin word
aperir — "to open," perhaps referring to the onset of Spring and
the "opening" of tree buds, flowers and the like. Or it might have
something to do with the Greek goddess Aphrodite, particularly
since there are several holidays within it sacred to Venus, her
In any case, April has many things to recommend it (the start of
baseball, for one), chiefly, as far as we're concerned, an
incredible auction of ancient coins! Want details? Read on!
Chicago International Coin Fair Auction
3032, April 10 - 12
|We are pleased to
present Heritage's biggest-ever offering of Ancient Coins at this
year's CICF! With more than
1,800 coins in our Signature Floor and Internet sessions, with
estimates ranging in price from $60 to $60,000, this auction will
have something for every collector of classical coins. The two
Signature Ancients sessions will be the afternoon and evening
sessions on Thursday, April 10 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in
The catalog is, I think, our finest to date. If you have not
received an Ancients catalog yet, notify Dave Michaels (DMichaels@HA.com) or Sam Spiegel (SamS@HA.com) IMMEDIATELY and we'll see to it
one is shipped off to you.
This is an event not to be missed! The auction features
three anchor collections:
The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection of Roman and
Byzantine Gold Coins:
The late Mr. Dimitriadis, a Californian of Greek descent, assembled
an incredible collection of Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins over
nearly three decades from 1985 to 2012, with a special focus on
Roman and Byzantine gold coins. Consequently, our CICF auction will
feature more than 200 Roman gold coins from the Dimitriadis
Collection, including these beauties:
We could, quite literally, go on, and on, and
on. The Dimitriadis group forms the heart of a special section
called Imperial Gold Part I: The Roman Empire, which will comprise
more than 275 Roman gold coins, the biggest such offering
in the United States in decades! The auction will also offer the
Greek coins from Mr. Dimitriadis collection, more than 100 in
total, which present a high-quality survey of the field, with a
special emphasis on the beautiful "stephanophoric"
("wreath-bearing") coins of western Asia Minor. Imperial Gold Part
II: The Byzantine Empire will go on the block at Heritage Auction
3035 in New York this September.
As if this weren't enough, the CICF auction also features...
The Lexington Collection:
A remarkable holding of Greek and Roman coins, many purchased from
highly significant sales over the past 20 years. Every coin is a
gem! Don't believe me? Try these:
Our third anchor collection for CICF is...
The Dr. Patrick Tan Collection:
Dr. Tan, a well-known Singaporean physician, is one of the world's
most active collectors of Greek, Roman and Judaean coins, and has
honored Heritage with a significant consignment from his extensive
holdings. It's particularly strong in Judean coins and Roman coins
related to the Judaean conflicts. Again, a few highlights:
The Signature Floor Sessions of the CICF Auction commence
with Session 1 (Greek and Judean coins) at 1:00 PM CT. Session 2
(Imperial Gold, Roman and Byzantine Coins) starts at 6:00 PM CT.
Sessions 3-6 (World Coins) are Friday - Saturday, April 11-12.
Our Signature Internet
Sessions features another 775 lots of Ancients, including some
very strong material, with a wide array of high-grade and rare
types. Many coins have been given Choice grades by NGC. The
offering includes a number of interesting and attractive Judaean
and City Coins, a very impressive offering of Roman Republican
silver denarii, and an entire collection of the Roman Emperor
Vespasian. Here are a few highlights:
And there's much, much more in this incredible Internet
To view the Heritage's entire CICF Auction, an immense offering of
more than 6,200 World and Ancients lots, click here.
CICF Auction Viewing:
Viewing for the Ancients portion of the CICF auction will be
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- Heritage Auction's Beverly Hills offices, at 9478 West
Olympic Boulevard, Suite 100. Today (Friday, April
4) from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Plaza Chicago O'Hare, Ballroom 4, 5440 North River Road,
Rosemont, IL 60018.
- Tuesday, April 8, 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
- Wednesday, April 9 - Saturday, April 12, 9:00
AM - 6:00 PM
- Sunday, April 13, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
April 10 All-Ancients Weekly Auction
comprises 197 coins, mainly Roman Imperial, with a few Greek and
Byzantine coins. Many are from an impressive East Coast collection
and a large number of the coins have been graded by NGC. The
offering includes many rare and interesting pieces that should
intrigue beginning and experienced collectors alike. Here are a few
The auction closes
at 10:00 PM CT on Thursday, April 10. As the saying goes, bid early
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Chicago International Coin Convention
(April 10-13, Thursday-Sunday)
|Held at the Crowne
Plaza Hotel in Rosemont, IL, this is the major mid-year event
of the Ancient-World numismatic scene. More than 100 dealers from
all over the world will be in attendance, including (of course)
Heritage, which holds the anchor auction for this event. We plan to
come loaded with some very impressive inventory for at-the-table
sales, including some group lots of coins at highly affordable
prices! And, of course, if you have any thought of consigning your
collection for sale at auction, please see Dave Michaels and Sam
Spiegel at the Heritage table! When you see the kind of auction we
have put together for the CICF, you will want to sell your coins
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"The Cult of the Games: Business and
Bloodshed in Ancient Rome"
|April 5 and 6
(Saturday and Sunday) at The Getty Villa, Malibu, CA. April 5-6.
The members of the Legion Six Historical Foundation (among them
Heritage's Dave Michaels) will present this "edu-tainment"
production on the lore of gladiatorial combat in Roman society.
Coins relating to gladiatorial shows, including the Colosseum
sestertius of Titus, will be discussed. Show times are 11:00 AM and
2:00 PM each day. For tickets to the Getty Villa, click here
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Pompeia's Pick: Justa Gratia Honoria: An
|By Lorie Ann
April's pick is this lovely Late Roman gold solidus
depicting Justa Gratia Honoria, who sought escape from marriage
to a dullard by making an indecent proposal to none other than
Attila the Hun.
Honoria was the daughter of the formidable Theodosian empress Galla
Placidia, daughter of Theodosius I "the Great," who ruled the West
Roman Empire as regent during much of the reign of her weakling son
Valentinian III (AD 425-450). Honoria's father was Constantius III,
a powerful Roman general who reigned briefly as co-emperor with
Honorius in AD 420-421. With such parentage, one would expect
Honoria to be a strong-willed domina, and one would not be
too far off the mark; however, the fifth century Roman Empire was a
very different place than it was when Imperial ladies like Livia
and the two Agrippinas pulled strings from behind the curtain.
Christianity was the prime mover in Late Roman society and Rome was
no longer the uncontested world superpower that she had been in the
First Century AD—in fact Rome had broken in two and the Western
half teetered on the brink of dissolution, having lost the vital
provinces of Britain and North Africa, along with great swaths of
Gaul and Spain. Women had been further constrained by Christianity;
imperial ladies like Honoria were expected to lead lives of
modesty, piety and propriety, notwithstanding the forceful hand
often employed by the likes of Galla Placidia and other Theodosian
women, who as a rule possessed far more backbone than their mild
The obverse of the coin depicts the
"ideal" Honoria looking up to the 'Hand of God' reaching down to
crown her. In any case Honoria seems to have little use for piety
or propriety, preferring to use her sexuality to advance her
interests; the 'hand of God' depicted on the obverse did not seem
to have touched the temporal Honoria: She caused a great scandal by
seducing her chamberlain Eusebius (who, unusually for the era and
role, seems not to have been a eunuch).
Her brother Valentinian was himself
pleasure-loving and indolent, although he issued pompous edicts on
morality from time to time; he had prevented Honoria from marrying
for fear her husband might become a rival, and expected her to live
in public celibacy, without caring much how she occupied herself
behind the scenes. But Galla Placidia cast a baleful eye on the
antics of her daughter and sought a political marriage that would
effectively tie her down. She eventually settled on a "safe" old
Roman senator, Flavius Bassus Herculanus, who was considered decent
and docile enough not to plot revolution.
Honoria hated the choice. She was not remotely willing to wed this
old fuddy-duddy and viewed only one man in the world as capable of
rescuing her from marital boredom: Attila, the ferocious king of
the Huns. In AD 450 she sent Attila a plea for help, along with her
ring. He interpreted the gesture as a proposal for marriage, which
he happily accepted, demanding half the Western Empire as a dowry.
In fact Attila had been planning for some time to invade the
Western Roman Empire and Honoria's note and ring gave him just the
excuse he needed.
Valentinian was furious with his sister when he found out; in ages
past an enraged emperor would have executed his treasonous sister,
but Valentinian was persuaded to send her into temporary and mild
exile. Attila, in the meantime, led his hordes on an annihilating
invasion of Gaul which was only stopped when Valentinian's able
general Flavius Aetius cobbled together an allied army of Romans
and Visigoths to stop Attila in one of history's great battles at
Chalons sur Marne.
Honoria's fate after her devastating dalliance with Attila is not
known for certain. There is no record of her being executed or
punished in any way; on the other hand, she was not among the
imperial hostages carried off by the Vandals in the sack of Rome of
455, so she was either dead or living elsewhere by then.
Her would-be paramour Attila's fate is more widely documented:
Perhaps on the rebound from Honoria, in 453 he took a young Gothic
bride named Ildico to wife. After a night of barbaric
overindulgence at his wedding feast, he was stricken by a severe
nosebleed and, fittingly, drowned in his own blood.
Having apparently been victorious in maintaining her liberty in
both her daily life and in the eventual sack of Rome, the reverse
depicting Honoria as Victory holding the cross is unintentionally
ironic, or quite literally, right on the mark.
You can bid on this coin in our upcoming
April 10-12 & 15-16 CICF
World and Ancient Coins Auction.
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What Happened In Ancient April?
|April 5, 347
BC: Death of Plato.
April 8, AD 217: Emperor Caracalla
April 10, AD 401: Future East Roman Emperor Theodosius II born.
He will go on to have the longest reign (48 years) of any Roman
April 11, AD 146: Future Emperor Septimius Severus
April 13, AD 193: Emperor Pertinax
assassinated; Didius Julianus shamefully buys the throne from the
Praetorians for 25,000 sesterces per man.
April 14 or 15, AD 73: Mass suicide by remaining Jewish
rebels at Masada.
April 16, AD 69: Emperor Otho commits
April 21, 753 BC: Foundation date of Rome by Romulus and
April 24, ca. 1200-1180 BC: Possible date for the fall of
April 26, AD 121: Future Emperor Marcus Aurelius born.
April 30, AD 304: Beginning of the Great Persecution of
Christianity under Emperor Diocletian (actually ordered by Caesar
Galerius). Edict of Toleration issued by terminally ill Galerius on
same date in AD 311.
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Website Tips: Sorting auction results
|When you do a search
anywhere on the Heritage website, the results are returned in an
order that makes sense according to many different criteria,
depending on which of our sites you're on. However, you have the
full ability to sort your results.
Above all results, on the right-hand side of the page, you will see
a number of different ways to sort. Best Match is the default, but
you can sort by Price: Lowest First (if you are looking to buy, but
have a budget), Price: Highest First (if you want to see really
cool stuff), Alphabetical, Lot Number, or any of a number of other
criteria. Just choose the way you wish to sort, and the site will
sort for you.
The site now remembers your sort preferences, and keeps your
preference for the Bid/Buy side of search separate from your
Archive searches. So, if you like to view the least expensive items
up for auction and the most expensive items that have already sold,
you won't have to reset your sort every visit or every time you
switch from Bid/Buy to the Archive.
If at any time you want to change back to the default sort
settings, just go to the appropriate search page and choose "Best
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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
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)
Until next month!
Veritas et vita,
David S. Michaels
Director of Ancient Coins
1-800-872-6467 ext. 1606
Consign to a Heritage
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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
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.
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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
- Asian Art Specialist
- Coin Buyer
- Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: (New
- 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
We are also seeking to fill the following corporate positions:
If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate
- Client Data Specialist part-time
- Client Services Representative
- Consignment Coordinator
- Currency Consignment Director
- e-Publishing Expert
- Fine Jewelry Cataloger
- Jr. Photographer
- Operations Assistant
- PHP Web Developer
- Web Content Specialist (part-time)
- U.S. Coin Cataloger Needed
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Ansel Adams' Clearing Winter Storm
And Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico Highlights New York Photography
Ansel Adams' landmark Clearing Winter Storm,
Yosemite National Park, California, 1944, acquired directly
from the artist and held privately for 40 years, and his Moonrise, Hernandez,
New Mexico, 1941, could sell for $30,000+ each in Heritage
Auctions' April 5 Photographs Signature
Auction held in New York. The auction is dominated by
fresh-to-market images, ranging from a California collection
devoted to images of Marilyn Monroe and Reflections of Childhood, a
fine private New York collection examining children's distinct and
poignant place in the world.
"This stands as the most strikingly dynamic photograph auction
we've ever held," said Rachel Peart, Director for Photographs at
Heritage. "The opportunity for collectors to finally secure rare
works from as early as 1874 to the present day spans several
private collections that have not been on the market in
The auction includes two important works by Irving Penn: Still Life with
Watermelon, New York, 1947, which could sell for $25,000+,
and Picasso, Cannes,
France, 1957, estimated at $50,000+.
Among the variety of photographs is a large and diverse selection
of images relating to Marilyn Monroe, including the iconic Marilyn Monroe on Red
Velvet, Pose #1, 1949, a circa 1990 dye-destruction
initialed by Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner, which is
estimated to sell for $5,000+; Marilyn in Dior, Vogue,
1962, by Bert Stern, estimated at $10,000+; and Robert
Silver's evocative Marilyn Quad,
2008, a photomosaic on aluminum, estimated to sell for
The Cohen Collection, another rare and important private
collection, is a thoughtful assemblage of the world's finest
photographers, including numerous works by Adams, such as Moonrise and
Aspens, Northern New
Mexico, from Portfolio VII, 1958, which could sell for
$20,000, and Brett Weston, including his Twenty Photographs
Portfolio, 1970-1977, which could sell for $30,000+. The
Cohen Collection also offers Two Forms,
1963 by Ruth Bernhard, an iconic image of the female
Providing a glimpse into humanity's past and its future,
Reflections of Childhood, a private New York collection featuring
famous artists' interpretation of youth, including Diane Arbus'
Boy Reading a
Magazine, N.Y.C., 1956, estimated at $6,000+ and Hendrik
Kerstens' Naturel, November,
1999, estimated at $15,000+. The artist's poignant images
of childhood is exemplified in Pieter Hugo's Abdulai Yahaya,
Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana, 2010, and Untitled,
2004, by Angela Strassheim, both of which could sell for
$10,000+ each. A special electronic catalog devoted to Reflections
of Childhood may be accessed here.
More information about photographs
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Fine Minerals & Gemstones Lead Nature & Science
Auction, May 4
Fine Minerals and Gemstones will be the focus of the Nature & Science
Auction on Sunday May 4th at 12 noon. It will be held at
Heritage Auctions in the Design District at
1518 Slocum Street, Dallas. The acclaimed Hoppel Collection, as
well as minerals from other collections including a West Coast
Museum and a U.S. Congressman will be featured. With over 300 lots
of various sizes and values, this auction will have something for
everyone interested in Fine Minerals and unique Gemstones. A myriad
of colors and shapes will be presented at the preview when all of
the specimens and gems will be on display. Preview hours are 10:00
- 5:00 PM CT from April 30th to May 3rd, and
preceding the auction from 10:00 - 12:00 noon on May
A preview reception will be held the evening of May 1st from 6:00 -
8:00 pm, RSVP to RSVP@HA.com or
More information about Lead
Nature & Science auctions.
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Tiffany Kashmir Sapphire Gold Ring May Bring
A Tiffany & Co. Kashmir sapphire diamond platinum-topped gold
ring could sell for $175,000+ to lead Heritage Auctions' Fine Jewelry Signature
Auction April 29 in New York. The auction is a mosaic of unique
creations spanning the Georgian era to the present day.
Jill Burgum, Heritage's Senior Director of Fine Jewelry, said
experienced jewelry connoisseurs can expect a robust selection of
estate jewelry, rare colored gemstones, and name brand designs both
contemporary and vintage.
"White and fancy colored diamonds from 2.00 to 11.00 carats also
play an impressive role in the upcoming auction," she said. "A
highlighted lot is an 11.03 carat pear-shaped
diamond accompanied by a GIA certificate stating I color,
VS2 clarity and carries a pre-sale estimate of $150,000+."
Colored gemstones captivate the eye with vibrant bursts of color
and leading the auction's extensive selection is a Columbian
emerald and diamond
ring by Kurt Wayne, accompanied by GIA and AGL certificates,
valued at $150,000. A rare Emerald White Gold
Necklace — featuring the 3.40 carat Heart of Carolina Emerald —
is estimated to sell for $25,000+. The heart-shaped emerald is
incredibly rare as North America is not known for producing
emeralds — outside of one area, Hiddenite, N.C. The Heart of
Carolina Emerald was discovered in 1998 and ranks as #13 on the
list of largest emeralds ever mined in North America.
A Fancy Yellow Diamond,
Diamond, Gold Ring, from the private collection of Toni
Tennille of American recording artists Captain & Tennille and
set with two yellow diamonds weighing a total of approximately 4.73
carats and enhanced by full-cut diamonds, could sell for
An extremely rare Archaeological Revival
'Cave Pearl' necklace by legendary goldsmith Carlo Giuliano, in
its original fitted box, could sell for $40,000+. Fashioned from
diminutive limestone deposits subjected to millennia of water
dripping deep inside a cave, the 100+ year old necklace is the
oldest piece in the auction. Another Victorian find, an exceptional
Natural Pearl, Diamond,
Ruby, Silver-Topped Gold Brooch, features a natural baroque
pearl notable for its exceptional size, fine condition and natural
origin. The brooch is enhanced by a second natural baroque pearl,
which increases the pieces' gross weight to an impressive 18.90
grams, could sell for $40,000+.
"Name brand designs by firms such as Cartier, Tiffany and Van Cleef
& Arpels remain popular purchases among our clients and we
expect some recent additions will bring added attention and
increased bidding," Burgum said. "I am excited to offer a single
owner collection of Angela Cummings designs for Tiffany & Co.,
including an Opal, Black Onyx, Gold
Bracelet, estimated at $9,000+; an iconic Jadeite Jade, Gold 'Lotus
Root' Bracelet, estimated at $7,000+; and a Coral, Jasper, Gold
Bracelet, which could sell for $9,000+."
More information about fine jewelry
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