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  This Month In Classical Coin News

  Classical Coin News

Welcome to the second edition of Classical Coin News, Heritage Auctions' monthly newsletter that brings you up-to-date on current events in the world of Ancient coins of the Classical world.

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  Upcoming Auctions

First Weekly Auction of World & Ancients

Heritage's first Weekly Auction of World & Ancient Coins started Thursday, July 5 and ends Thursday, July 12. It includes selections from the R.E. Collection of Roman Provincial and Imperial Coinage, a large holding assembled by a Southern California Collector over about 10 years. The R. E. Collection will be sold over four auctions in July. This first section focuses on coins of the Severan Dynasty. Coins are offered both singly and in group lots, including many scarce and interesting combinations of rulers and reverse types. Here are some highlights:

Highlights Include

The coins have been catalogued in great detail, including pedigree information. This is an opportunity to pick up some nice coins at highly affordable prices from a carefully assembled and well-documented collection!

About 50 Ancient and more than 100 World coins will go on the block every week, with sales starting and ending each Thursday at 10 p.m. Central Time. Coins will start at $1 with no reserves! Be sure to look each sale over carefully — you'll find plenty of excellent values on attractive and highly collectible pieces!

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Shoshana II Update

Jewish War (66 - 70 AD). AR shekel (24 mm, 14.27 gm, 12h).
Jewish War (66 - 70 AD). AR shekel (24 mm, 14.27 gm, 12h).
We are putting the finishing touches on the catalog for Shoshana II, the second half of the incredible Shoshana Collection of Ancient Judaean Coins. Shoshana II will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 5, during the Long Beach Coin & Collectibles show in Long Beach, CA. The Shoshana Collection, assembled over a 30-year period by a Southern California collector, comprises coins related to the founding of Ancient Israel and the story of the Jewish people in the Holy Land. Part 1 of the Shoshana Collection, March 8-9, produced several world records, including $1.1 million for a "prototype" shekel of the Jewish War struck in the first year of conflict, 66 CE, one of two known examples. Two other coins also sold for just under $1 million each and altogether the 712 coins realized $7.6 million.

While we don't anticipate any million dollar shekels in Shoshana II, we expect several coins to sell well into five and even six figures and there will be many coins well within the reach of collectors on a more modest budget. As with the first auction, the second catalog is being written and annotated by David Hendin, author of "Guide to Biblical Coins" and the best-known living authority on Judaean coinage.

Like Shoshana I, the Sept. 5 offering will be divided between several phases of Judaean history:

  • Persian Period (480-333 BC) The first primitive coins, many of them copies of the famous Athens "owl" coinage, were struck at Holy Land mints such as Gaza, Samaria and Jerusalem.
  • Yehud Period (333-150 BC) Tiny coins stamped with the name "Yehud" (Judah, or "land of the Jews") in archaic Hebrew letters were minted in the region under the authority of the Hellenistic Greek kingdoms.
  • Maccabean Kingdom (135-37 BC) Ruled by descendants of Judah Maccabee, was the first autonomous Hebrew kingdom to mint coins.
  • Herodian Kingdom (37 BC - 93 AD) Ruled by Herod the Great and his descendents effectively as vassals of Rome.
  • Jewish War (66-70 AD) A titanic uprising against Roman tyranny that shook the Empire to its core;
  • Bar Kokhba Revolt (132-135 AD) The final major rebellion against Roman rule in the Holy Land.
  • Judaea Capta Coins struck by the Romans to propagandize the subjugation of Judaea
  • City Coins Struck under Roman, Byzantine, Islamic and Crusader authority by cities in the Holy Land from circa 37 BC to 1187 AD.

One highlight is a rare Year 5 shekel, struck during the Siege of Jerusalem by the Roman General Titus from May to September of 70 AD, is perhaps the finest known of 14 surviving "irregular" examples, including one now residing in the British Museum and a second in the Israel Museum. The coin carries an estimate of $75,000.

Nearly 200 Bar Kokhba coins will be included in the second, including five extremely rare silver selas dated Year 1. The Bar Kokhba offering includes a broad array of types and overstrikes with estimates ranging from $200 to more than $25,000, so there should be something to suit any interested collector's pocketbook. If you'd like to receive a copy of the Shoshana II catalog and are not sure whether you are on Heritage's print mailing list for Ancients, please write Dave Michaels at DMichaels@HA.com or call him at (310) 492-8615.

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More Ancients in Long Beach

MYSIA. Lampsacus (ca. 350 B.C.). AV stater (16 X 18mm, 8.55 gm, 12h). MYSIA. Lampsacus (ca. 350 B.C.). AV stater (16 X 18mm, 8.55 gm, 12h).
Besides Shoshana II, there will be a second auction of Ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins at Long Beach on Friday, Sept. 7. This will itself be a world-class auction with some very impressive coins, including a spectacular consignment of Greek coins from collection of the late Kim Werner, a well known attorney, musician and art collector. All told, we'll be offering more than 1,500 Ancient coins in Long Beach, the largest auction of Ancients Heritage has ever held.

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  Classical Ancient History Events

Getty Villa Roman Runway

Dave Michaels, Heritage's Director of Ancient Coins, and his assistant Lorie Ann Hambly recently completed a month-long run of programs at the famous Getty Villa museum in Malibu, CA called "The Roman Runway," a survey of fashion at the peak of the Roman Empire, circa 165 AD. Models and accurate historical costuming came via the Legion Six Historical Society, a Los Angeles-based group of "living historians" of which Michaels is President. The weekend runway shows drew standing room-only crowds and was the most successful educational program ever hosted at the Villa. Here's a link to some local coverage in the Los Angeles Examiner online newspaper.

Future programs in the Getty-Legion Six partnership include a recreation of coin-minting and metalworking technology in ancient Syracuse! For more information keep up with the Legion Six Facebook Page.

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Shoshana II Viewing-Reception

Heritage will host a Reception for the Shoshana II auction at its Beverly Hills office, 9478 West Olympic Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA the evening of Thursday, August 30. Highlights of the Shoshana Collection will be on display, and Dave and Lorie Ann will present a 30-minute program on the collection and its significance. The entire collection will be available for viewing in Beverly Hills from August 30-September 1 and from Tuesday, September 4 in Long Beach.

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  Upcoming Shows:

ANA show in Philadelphia

Heritage's Ancient Coin department will be attending the ANA show in Philadelphia, PA, from August 7 through 11. They'll have a nice selection of inventory on hand and will be accepting consignments for the upcoming New York International Numismatic Convention auction in early January, 2013. Classical coin collectors and lovers of ancient history will be able to see some very interesting themed displays which correspond to some important [August] dates in Roman history

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Pompeia's Picks (Coins of the Month) by Lorie Ann Hambly

During the Roman Runway run at the Getty Villa, I had the chance to portray Roman Empress Faustina I "The Elder," wife of Antoninus Pius (AD 128-161). Faustina died only a few years into her husband's reign but was deified and honored with an extensive coinage, including this attractive gold aureus, which sold in the Heritage-Gemini Ancient Coins Auction last April. Right below it is a bronze provincial coin of Faustina from Heritage's January NYINC auction.

Faustina was beloved by her husband for her lively spirit and sense of humor, and he created a special foundation in her name to provide funds to raise orphaned girls. The program was known as "Puellae Faustinianae," or "Faustina's Girls" (perhaps the distant ancestor of "Jerry's Kids"). My biggest challenge was duplicating Faustina's unusual and distinctive hairstyle, which featured an intricately-braided "bun" on top of her head. Whilst only the portrait of Faustina the Elder is depicted on her coins, her huge statue, one of the Herculaneum Women, stands in the Women's Gallery of the Getty.

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  Consignments Wanted

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 800,000 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
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Calling all Numismatists

Heritage is seeking to hire the world's best specialists in the following categories:

World Paper Money Expert (Dallas/ Remote)
Numismatists with a wide ranged knowledge of World Paper Money are being sought to expand Heritage's World Paper Money auctions. A fast paced environment is the setting for a qualified individual who enjoys interacting with collector and dealer consignors. Duties will include answering inquiries, soliciting consignments, buying, and participating in catalog production. Pay is commensurate with experience and strong writing skills are a plus.

Cataloger - Currency (Dallas/Remote)
Heritage Auctions is seeking a talented numismatist with broad expertise in United States Currency. This position includes coordination of currency-related writing efforts such as cataloging, social media outreach, and marketing projects. Excellent writing skills are required and pay will be commensurate with numismatic experience.

Consignment Director - Currency (Dallas)
Are you a motivated leader with a good general knowledge of U.S. history and U.S. Currency seeking a key position with Heritage Auctions? Our ideal candidate will have strong buying skill, excellent writing skills for auction cataloging, organize and obtain consignments along with catalog production. Great benefits, salary and bonus are commensurate with experience.

For a full list of our career openings please visit HA.com/Jobs, or see the listings below.

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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 Natural History 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).

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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:

  • 20th Century Design Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • American Art Specialist: New York
  • Asian Art Specialist: Beverly Hills
  • European Art Specialist: New York
  • European Comic Art Specialist: Dallas, Paris
  • Fine Jewelry Specialist: New York
  • Firearms Specialist: Dallas
  • Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: Beverly Hills and New York
  • Rare & Collectibles Wine Specialist: New York
  • Timepiece Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • Trust & Estates Specialist: New York
  • World Coins Director: Hong Kong
  • World Paper Money Expert: Dallas/Remote

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:

  • Cataloger — Currency: Dallas/Remote
  • Cataloger — Fine art: Dallas
  • Cataloger — U.S. Coins: Contract, Remote
  • Client Services Representative: Dallas
  • Collections Supervisor: Dallas
  • Consignment Director — Currency: Dallas
  • Desktop Support: Dallas
  • Desktop Support Supervisor: Dallas
  • Digital Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Graphic Designer: Dallas, Part-Time
  • Interns: Dallas
  • Inventory Control Clerk: Dallas, TX
  • Marketing Account Executive: Dallas, TX
  • Operations Assistant - Coins: Dallas
  • Operations Assistant - Historical: Dallas
  • Operations Assistant - Vintage Guitars: Dallas
  • Operations Assistant - World Coins: Dallas
  • Returns Clerk: Dallas
  • Shipping Associate: Dallas
  • Web Developer: Dallas
  • Web Marketing Analyst: Dallas
  • Wine Warehouse Manager: Beverly Hills

If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate positions, please apply here.

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  Current Auctions
Coin Auctions
2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando
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2012 July 12-15 US Coin Summer FUN Signature Auction - Orlando #1172
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131228
July 10, 2012
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Monthly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231228
July 12, 2012
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Thursday Modern Coin Auctions Thursday Modern Coin Auctions #241228
July 12, 2012
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131229
July 15, 2012
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Currency Auctions
Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141228
July 10, 2012
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Other Signature Auctions
2012 July 24 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction- Beverly Hills Heritage Live Enabled
2012 July 24 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction- Beverly Hills #7058
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2012 July 25-26 Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction- Beverly Hills Heritage Live Enabled
2012 July 25-26 Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction- Beverly Hills #7060
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2012 July 26-28 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction- Beverly Hills Heritage Live Enabled
2012 July 26-28 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction- Beverly Hills #7063
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2012 August 7 KidSwing Golf Tournament 2012 August 7 KidSwing Golf Tournament #515
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Other Internet Auctions
Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch & Jewelry Auction #171228
July 10, 2012
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251228
July 10, 2012
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Monthly Internet Wine Auction Monthly Internet Wine Auction #221228
July 12, 2012
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201228
July 12, 2012
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Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction #181228
July 12, 2012
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Sunday Internet Sports Auction Sunday Internet Sports Auction #151229
July 15, 2012
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Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161229
July 15, 2012
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121229
July 15, 2012
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