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All-Ancients Weekly Auction June 12
Chicago ANA show Platinum Night Auction, August
"Long Beach Signature Auction, September 4-6
"Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium From Greek Collections" — Now through August
Pompeia's Pick: The "Tribute Penny" of Tiberius
What Happened In Ancient June?
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Is It Time To Sell?
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June (Junius or Iunius in Latin) is likely named for jealous Juno, wife of Jupiter and thus queen of the Roman pantheon. The poet and gadabout Ovid provided an alternate tradition that June is named for the "young folks," or iuniores, as a counterpoint to May being named for the "old ones," or maiores. This month's Classical Coin News offers highlights of our current Internet Auction of Ancient coins and a preview of the magnificent Dimitriadis Collection part II: Byzantine Coins slated for our September auction in Long Beach CA.

All-Ancients Weekly Auction June 12
This auction 201 Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins, most certified by NGC, in gold, silver and bronze, with a number of coins graded Choice XF and above. Bidding concludes at 10 p.m. Central time on Thursday, June 12. Here are a few highlights:

Nicely toned Lysimachus
Nicely toned Lysimachus
Choice AU Turrinus denarius
Choice AU Turrinus denarius
Attractive Valentinian I Solidus
Attractive Valentinian I Solidus
AU Erythrae Hecte
AU Erythrae Hecte
Marc Antony Legionary Denarius
Marc Antony Legionary Denarius
Vasudeva II gold Dinar
Vasudeva II gold Dinar
Choice VF Metellus Denarius
Choice VF Metellus Denarius
Julia Mamaea Sestertius
Julia Mamaea Sestertius
Fine Style Trajan Decius Sestertius
Fine Style Trajan Decius Sestertius
Toned Alexander the Great Tetradrachm
Toned Alexander the Great Tetradrachm
Very Rare Severus II Quarter-Follis
Very Rare Severus II Quarter-Follis
Sharp Cloelius Quinarius
Sharp Cloelius Quinarius


The auction closes at 10:00 PM CT on Thursday, June 12. As the saying goes, bid early and often!

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Chicago ANA show Platinum Night Auction, August
After a 3-year hiatus, Heritage will once again host a spectacular auction at the ANA World's Fair of Money, August 5-9 at the Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. This auction of high-end coins (all valued at $5,000 and up) will feature about 100 superb Ancient coins, including these two gems:

Magnificent Syracuse decadrachm Superb Vespasian sestertius
Magnificent Syracuse decadrachm Superb Vespasian sestertius
Magnificent Syracuse decadrachm Superb Vespasian sestertius


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"Long Beach Signature Auction, September 4-6
This year's Long Beach auction will feature Part II of the Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection of ancient coins, an incredibly comprehensive collection of Byzantine gold coins, along with another strong offering of Greek and Roman coinage in all metals. As with Part I of the Dimitriadis Collection, all coins will be graded by Numismatic Guarantee Corporation and provided with Photo Certificates. Here are a few highlights from Dimitriadis Part II:

Wonderful Zoe and Theodora Histamenon
Wonderful Zoe and Theodora Histamenon

Wonderful Zoë and Theodora Histamenon
Incredible Artavasdus solidus
Incredible Artavasdus solidus

Incredible Artavasdus solidus
Beautiful solidus of Michael III 'The Drunkard'
Beautiful solidus of Michael III 'The Drunkard'

Beautiful solidus of Michael III 'The Drunkard'
Rare Histamenon of Michael VI
Rare Histamenon of Michael VI

Rare Histamenon of Michael VI
Incredibly Rare Solidus of Alexander
Incredibly Rare Solidus of Alexander

Incredibly Rare Solidus of Alexander
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"Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium From Greek Collections" —
Now through August
The Getty Villa, Malibu, CA. Nearly two hundred objects, exclusively from Greek collections, display the distinctive Byzantine aesthetic that influenced the artistic traditions of neighboring cultures for over a millennium. The exhibition was organized by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, Athens, with the collaboration of the Benaki Museum, Athens, in association with the J. Paul Getty Museum and the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

Learn more here.

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Pompeia's Pick: The "Tribute Penny" of Tiberius
By Lorie Ann Hambly

Nero (AD 54-68). Orichalcum dupondius (14.32 gm). Rome, ca. AD 64
Nero (AD 54-68). Orichalcum dupondius (14.32 gm). Rome, ca. AD 64
Three of the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) mention a curious episode in which Jesus, preaching before a crowd at the Temple in Jerusalem, is confronted by a hostile group of "Pharisees and Herodians" who ask him whether or not Jews should pay taxes ("tribute") to the Roman state. Jesus understands the question is a trap — if he answers yes, he will seem to be siding with the hated Romans and alienate the Judean common folk who have supported his mission; if he answers no, the Roman authorities will arrest him for sedition.

In each account, he asks for an audience member to bring him a silver coin (the word used in Greek and Aramaic is "denarion," a variant on the Latin "denarius" and translated as "penny" in the King James Version). He asks whose profile and name appear on the coin, and the crowd responds "Caesar's." Jesus replies, "Render therefor to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."

It was an artful turn of phrase that both neatly evaded the trap set by his enemies and provided fodder for debate by philosophers, scholars, clergy and laypeople for the twenty centuries since. We will leave the meaning of Christ's immortal comment to others and turn to the actual coin in question.

So, what was Jesus holding when he spake these words? Caesar, of course, was the family name of the dynasty that ruled the Roman Empire. There had been three Caesars by the time of this episode — Julius, Augustus and Tiberius, the last of whom was still reigning. If we take the accounts at their most literal, Jesus was brought a denarius of the current Caesar, Tiberius. That intensely conservative emperor has obliged modern numismatists and truth-seekers by minting only a single denarius type for almost the entirety of his 23-year reign, depicting himself on the obverse and a seated personification of Pax (Peace), usually described (for some reason that is unclear to this writer) as his mother Livia in the guise of Pax, on the reverse.

Of course it is possible that the name "Caesar" was used in only a general sense, meaning "the Emperor," and the coin could have borne the image of one of the previous Caesars; it is also quite possible that some other denomination was used. Numismatists have pointed out that the silver denarius was a Latin denomination more commonly used in the Roman West; the silver coinage most commonly circulating in Judea would have included the ubiquitous shekels of Tyre, the tetradrachms of nearby Antioch, and the drachms and didrachms of Caesarea in Cappadocia.

The first of these bore no Imperial image and can be ruled out (although they have their own vital part in the New Testament!), and the term "denarion" would seem to preclude a larger denomination like a tetradrachm, but the drachm of Caesarea was virtually the same size and weight as a denarius and might merit the same description. On the other hand, Roman soldiers stationed in Jerusalem would have been paid in silver denarii, and would surely spent them at the local bazaars and taverns, so it is not at all implausible that someone in Jesus' audience might have had one in his pouch.

With that in mind, the Pax — reverse denarius of Tiberius must remain the most likely candidate for the Biblical "Tribute Penny" and it is very fortunate that this nearly 2,000 year-old coin is common enough today that Christians of all denominations, and those otherwise intrigued by Biblical history, can obtain an attractive specimen!

This coin is featured in our current Weekly Internet Auction 231424.

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What Happened In Ancient June?
June 1, 344 BC: Temple of Juno Moneta dedicated in Rome. Juno Moneta was the goddess of money and this temple would eventually house Rome's first mint.

June 1, AD 193: Emperor Didius Julianus deposed and executed; Septimius Several recognized as Emperor by the Senate.

June 3, 469 BC: Likely birth date of Socrates, Athenian philosopher and "gadfly."

June 8, AD 452: Attila the Hun invades Italy. He is eventually turned back at the gates of Rome by a stern warning from Pope Leo I.

June 11, AD 146: Birthday of Emperor Septimius Severus.

June 13, AD 40: Birthday of Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Roman great general and governor of Britannia.

June 14, 510 BC: Possible foundation date for the Roman Republic.

June 17, AD 362: Emperor Julian "the Apostate" issues an edict banning Christians from teaching in Syria.

June 18, 240 BC: Greek scientist Eratosthenes estimates the circumference of Earth using two sticks.

June 20, AD 451: Attila the Hun met and defeated by Roman and Visigothic forces at the Catalaunian Plains in Gaul.

June 21, 217 BC: Roman army destroyed by Hannibal at the Battle of Lake Trasimene.

June 22, 168 BC: Romans under L. Aemilius Paullus crush the Macedonian phalanx at the Battle of Pydna in Macedon.

June 25, 107 BC: Emperor Trajan celebrates second triumph over the Dacians.

June 26, AD 4: Augustus adopts Tiberius as his son and successor.

June 26, AD 363: Julian "the Apostate" dies on campaign against the Persians.

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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 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,

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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 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.

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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:

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Pristine Provenance Defines Heritage's June 13 Fine & Rare Wine Auction

June 13 Fine & Rare Wine Signature Auction - Beverly Hills
Fresh off its $4.1 million, 99% sold auction in March 2014, Heritage Auctions will present its June 13-14, 2014 Fine & Rare Wine Signature Auction in Beverly Hills. Featuring more than 1,200 lots of the world's finest wines sourced from exclusive cellars across the country, valued at well over $2.1M.

The benchmark collection of the auction consignment of absolutely perfect provenance, having been purchased in France as futures and moved directly from negociant to Bordeaux City Bond, where they were kept undisturbed until were picked up by a refrigerated carrier to be taken to auction.

The collection features virtually every top chateau in the lauded 2009 and 2010 vintages, all in their original wood and cardboard boxes. Highlights include six Magnums of Chateau Latour 2009 described as "an elixir of momentous proportions," (Wine Advocate #199, Feb. 2013) which is expected to be hotly contested amongst collectors and is expected to bring well more than $12,000 when it crosses the block.

"This is a wonderful vintage and one of the most remarkable young wines you will ever have the pleasure of drinking," said Frank Martell, Director of Fine & Rare Wines at Heritage, "The advanced palate will detect an intense variety of tastes and the advanced collector will do whatever is necessary to acquire these six bottles."

Also featured in this consignment is a rare and hand-selected Corton, Clos du Roi from the Hospices de Beaune, which the consignor purchased by the full barrel, enlisting the assistance of Joseph Drouhin for the elevage to be completed.

For the Burgundy lover, there are nearly 500 lots of the most coveted producers, including a stunning 37 lots from famed Domaine de la Romanée-Conti. Grand Crus from Domaines Leflaive, Leroy, Meo Camuzet, Roumier, Rousseau and more spotlight a veritable roll call of Burgundy's finest. Highlights here include a consecutively numbered case of 1995 Romaneée-St. Vivant and jeroboams of 1993 and 1996 La Tâche.

"This case spotlights the across-the-board quality of the wines that we've put together for the auction," said Martell. "Provenance is story with this auction, from the blue-chip to the drinkers. There is no wine collector that will not find something superb to add to their cellars here."

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Isle of Palms, South Carolina Oceanfront Estate to be Auctioned Without Reserve

Heritage Auctions Luxury Real Estate is proud to announce an upcoming auction on Tuesday, July 29th in Charleston, South Carolina.

This stunning oceanfront Isle of Palms family estate offers private beach access, timeless architectural design, and luxury finishes, all just 15 minutes from Historic Charleston's world class restaurants, shopping, and renowned southern culture. Situated on the island's most exclusive street, this remarkable home features 6 bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen, abundant indoor and outdoor family space, elevator access between floors, an executive study, and a 40' lap pool and spa: the perfect retreat for a family that relishes gathering together in a breathtakingly beautiful and supremely comfortable setting.

For more information, please visit HA.com/Charleston or call 855-261-0573.

Isle of Palms oceanfront Estate


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Robb Report Names Heritage Auctions as the Best of the Best in Collectibles

Robb Report Names Heritage Auctions as the Best of the Best in Collectibles

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Buffalo Bill Cody's Grizzly Claw Necklace And Colt Revolver

Important Bear Claw Necklace Presented to Buffalo Bill by Sitting Bull, Originally from the Julia Cody Goodman Collection
William F. 'Buffalo Bill' Cody: A Very important and Unusual Buffalo Bill-Owned Colt Revolver
Two items personally owned by Buffalo Bill Cody, a Grizzly Bear Claw Necklace gifted by none other than Chief Sitting Bull and a Colt model 1873 Frontier Six Shooter Revolver, highlight Heritage Auctions' Legends of the West Signature Auction. The two rare pieces of the American Wild West will be auctioned along with nearly 400 photographs, law badges and railroad memorabilia June 14 in Dallas, Texas.

The circa 1880s necklace is fashioned from 10 deadly grizzly bear claws, varying in length from 3" to 4-1/5" long, along with assorted beads, all strung together with animal sinew. Necklaces such as these could only be given between men and native lore claimed the wearer was protected by the grizzly's awesome strength. The necklace is expected to sell for $12,000+.

"The gift of this necklace from Sitting Bull to Buffalo Bill was an emblem of deep respect," said Tom Slater, Director of Americana Auctions at Heritage. "The bear claw necklace was a symbol of the bond these two frontier icons shared — a unique bond unlike any other encountered in the settling of the American West."

Sitting Bull was with Buffalo Bill's Wild West just during 1885 but he and Cody formed a bond that lasted until Sitting Bull's murder in 1890. Sitting Bull made several gifts of significance to Buffalo Bill, and to Annie Oakley, too. However, in the case of this necklace, Cody told its story to his sister Julia, from whence the necklace descended in the family.

A second piece of memorabilia close to Cody's heart was his personally-owned Colt model 1873 Frontier Six Shooter Revolver, which is expected to sell for $30,000+. This is one of only five known Colt Single Action Army Revolvers, and the only Colt Frontier Six Shooter, documented to have belonged to Buffalo Bill Cody.

The circa 1882 revolver was like many of the unassuming utilitarian guns Cody relied on for everyday use. It's believed Cody purchased the revolver at the famous firearm seller Hartley & Graham in January 1883 while on extended stay in New York City with his theatre troupe. It is possible Cody used this as a prop sidearm in his stage plays, which continued touring during Fall and Winter until 1886, and in the Wild West which, of course, would go on for another 30 years.

"This revolver is one of the few Cody himself didn't give away," Slater said. "Cody's generosity was unmatched, much like that of the Indian leaders he so respected. Barely a handful of his unembellished handguns are known in public or private collections."

The auction holds one more special Cody relic: The "Key to the City" of Manchester, England. The key was bestowed in 1887 as Cody's Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show toured London and points north. The troupe first performed in London before Queen Victoria herself; she was so impressed with the performance that she paid him the ultimate compliment by bowing at his presentation of the Stars and Stripes. It marked the first time ever that a British monarch had acknowledged the American flag.

The troupe moved north for a five-month run and ordered the construction of a huge indoor arena near the Manchester racetrack large enough to accommodate more than 10,000 spectators. The complexity of preparation prevented announcement of the grand opening until the last moment. On opening day, the Mayor of Manchester and thousands of dignitaries gifted the showman the Key to the City.

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1,400-Lot Heritage Estate Auction Includes European Paintings, Fine Jewelry

Fine & Decorative Arts Including Estates Signature Auction
A strong selection of important European paintings, including Perroquet, 1958, by Bernard Buffet (est. $40,000+), and Saint-Jean Baptiste, circa 1931-39, by Georges Rouault (est. $40,000+) highlights 1,400+ lots in Heritage Auctions' June 21-22 Fine & Decorative Arts Including Estates Signature Auction in Dallas. The auction features a hand-picked selection of fine jewelry and decorative arts.

"The quality and variety of the European paintings in this auction is incredible," said Brian Roughton, Director of American and European Art. "Superb selections by Victor Gilbert, Edmond Jean De Pury, Giorgio de Chirico and Georges Rouault are just a few of the masters in this wide-ranging auction."

More than 200 works of important European art is led by a diverse group of French artists including important works by Victor Gabriel Gilbert, depicting his distinctive Parisian market scenes: Paris, Place de la République (est. $40,000+) and Le Pont Nuit (La Place Dauphin), circa 1890-95, (est. $30,000), which was recently discovered in a private collection in Arlington, Texas. Edouard-Léon Cortès' Rue de Lyon, Bastille and Guillaume Seignac's Cupid's Secret (both est. $40,000+ each) both appear on the market for the first time in more than a decade.

At the Well
Additional European artists featured in the auction include Swiss artist Edmond Jean De Pury, whose At the Well, circa 1880, (est. $40,000+) epitomizes his favorite subject capturing the local colors of Rome, Capri, and Venice. Artworks such as The Contact by Juan Pablo Salinas Y Teruel (est. $30,000+) and Snowdon, from Above Llyn Llydow, North Wales, by Sidney Richard Percy (est. $15,000+) are also to be offered.

Among the special collections in the auction is a selection of Modern and Contemporary art from the Estate of Ray Frost Fleming, a Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate, notable studio artist, and owner of the Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham, Mich. A bronze by Marshall M. Fredericks titled Warrior Saint, from the Seven Saints and Sinners, 1939, (est. $10,000+) is on offer along with Beverly Mayeri's Gasping for Life (est. $1,500+).

Milton H. Greene, Legs Crossed
An alluring and historic choice collection of photographs of Marilyn Monroe include Untitled (Legs Crossed), 1953, one of six images by Milton Greene, and Marilyn Monroe, from The Last Sitting, 1962 (est. $2,500+) by Bert Stern.

More than 200 pieces of estate jewelry are included in the auction, including a Gentlemen's Diamond Gold Ring, featuring a European-cut diamond (est. $4,000+), and a pair of Peridot Diamond White Gold Earrings by Eli Frei (est. $3,000+).

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