The World's #1 Numismatic Dealer
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
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:
The auction closes
at 10:00 PM CT on Thursday, June 12. As the saying goes, bid early
Back to Top
Chicago ANA show Platinum Night Auction,
|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:
Back to Top
"Long Beach Signature Auction, September
|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:
Back to Top
"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.
Back to Top
Pompeia's Pick: The "Tribute Penny" of
|By Lorie Ann
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
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
This coin is featured
in our current Weekly Internet Auction
Back to Top
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
June 1, AD 193: Emperor Didius Julianus deposed and
executed; Septimius Several recognized as Emperor by the
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
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
June 26, AD 363: Julian "the Apostate" dies on campaign
against the Persians.
Back to Top
Website Tips: Expandable Search Dimensions
|Have you checked out
the search results on the Heritage website recently? While the
functionality has not changed, we now hide many of the refineable
results in the left column.
The names of the dimensions, such as Coin Category and Mint Mark
are still visible, and you need only click on the [+] sign at left
to see all the results. Click on the [-] to hide any results you no
longer wish to see.
Back to Top
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
Back to Top
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.
Back to Top
- 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 Services Representative
- Desktop Support Technician
- Digital Photography Retoucher
- e-Publishing Expert
- Graphic Web Designer
- Shipping Associate
- Website Quality Assurance Analyst
Back to Top
Pristine Provenance Defines
Heritage's June 13 Fine & Rare Wine Auction
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."
More information about Wine auctions.
Back to Top
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,
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
information about Real Estate auctions.
Back to Top
Robb Report Names Heritage Auctions as the Best of the Best
Read the article here.
Back to Top
Buffalo Bill Cody's Grizzly Claw Necklace And Colt
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
"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
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
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.
More information about Legends of the West
Back to Top
1,400-Lot Heritage Estate Auction Includes European
Paintings, Fine Jewelry
A strong selection of important European paintings, including
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.
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+).
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+).
More information about fine and decorative
Back to Top
Heritage Auctions / bid@HA.com / 3500 Maple Ave / Dallas, Texas 75219 /
Copyright © 1999-2014 Heritage Capital
Corporation / All Rights Reserved