Over $1.5 Million in Judaean Coins sell in
Shoshana II Auction
gold Aureus of the Roman Emperor Macrinus, dated to 218 AD
shattered pre-auction expectations, selling for $203,150 against a
$40,000 estimate as a part of Heritage's auction of the Shoshana
Collection of Judaean Coins, Part 2
. Overall, this auction,
held September 5 in conjunction with the Long Beach Coin and
Collectibles Expo, brought prices in excess of $1.5 million, with
post-auction buys continuing. All prices include a 19.5% Buyer's
Though not strictly speaking a Judaean-related coin, the brief
reign of Macrinus took place entirely in the neighboring province
of Syria. Macrinus assumed power after arranging for the murder of
the hated previous emperor Caracalla. His reign was brief, lasting
slightly over a year before he lost the support of the military and
was executed. Gold coins of Macrinus are exceedingly rare, and this
is a magnificent example, struck in high relief from dies of fine
style and fully lustrous, grading choice extremely fine.
superb year 4 silver shekel from the Jewish War (66-70 AD) sold
for $65,725, more than doubling its pre-auction estimate of
$30,000. Production of silver coins at the Jerusalem Temple appears
to have dropped sharply in the fourth year of the Jewish War when
supplies of precious metal dried up. While the number of recorded
specimens for the first three years number in the hundreds, only 40
shekels are known from Year 4. The Shoshana Collection includes
three year 4 shekels which number among the finest surviving
examples. Two of these coins were offered in this auction,
the other realizing $26,887.
bronze prutah from Mattatayah Antigonus (40 - 37 BC)
one of the very few surviving images of the menorah of the second
Jerusalem temple, also exceeded pre-auction expectations by selling
for $56,762. At the time this coin was struck, the menorah and
table were specific references to the Jerusalem Temple itself. It
was only much later, after the Temple was destroyed by Titus in 70
AD that the use of the menorah as a symbol was expanded, and by the
4th-5th centuries AD the menorah had become a widely used symbol of
Judaism itself, used on rings, seals, oil lamps, and synagogue
Silver selas from the 132-135 AD Bar Kokhba revolt proved very
popular, as three such coins from the first year of the revolt
crossed the auction block for prices exceeding $40,000. A
superb example realized $59,750 (20130), while two examples
grading Extremely Fine sold for
$41,825 respectively. These rare coins are notable for their
depiction of the holy ark within the Jerusalem temple.
A few of the many other highlights included:
Jewish War (66 - 70 AD). AR irregular shekel. Year 5. Hendin 1370a.
TJC 215a. Samuels 95 (this coin). Superb. Sold for
Mattatayah Antigonus (40 - 37 BC). AE prutah. Hendin 1168. TJC 41.
AJC I Group Z. Samuels 44 (this coin). Very Fine. Sold for
Bar Kokhba Revolt (132 - 135 AD). AR zuz. First year (132/133 AD).
Mild. 172,2. Hendin 1374. TJC 219. AJC II 264,2. Samuels 99 (this
coin). Extremely Fine. Sold for $21,510.
Bar Kokhba Revolt (132 - 135 AD). AR sela. Second year (133/134
AD). Mildenberg 127,11.4 (this coin). Hendin 1386. TJC 230 (this
coin). AJC II 266,12a (this coin. Extremely Fine). Sold for
Philistia (5-4 centuries BC). AR quarter-shekel. Gitler-Tal XX.15D.
Babelon 124.2. Mildenberg 1990a pl. 7,21. Very Fine. Sold for
Jewish War (66 - 70 AD). AE half-shekel. Year 4. Hendin 1367. TJC
211. AJC II 262,27. Choice Very Fine+. Sold for $17,925.
Bidding remains open on the other Heritage Long Beach auctions,
with US coins offered through Sunday, September 9; World Paper
Money offered through Monday, September 10, and World and Ancient
coins offered through Tuesday, September 11, with overall sales
expected to exceed $17 million. Bidding on all of these auctions is
available over the Internet at HA.com/Coins and HA.com/Currency.
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Seldom Seen Selections: The Finest Known Specimen
Strike 1794 Half Dime
In our upcoming October
18-21 Dallas Signature Auction
, we are privileged to offer
finest known Specimen (or Special Strike) certified of the 1794
, one of the debut U.S. silver coin issues and the
smallest silver denomination produced during the earliest days of
the Philadelphia Mint. Four die pairings are known for the 1794
silver half dimes, but only a handful of examples of this
first-year issue have been certified as Specimens at either PCGS or
NGC. Besides being the finest certified at either service, this
SP67 example is also the only Specimen in any grade at PCGS. NGC
has graded four Specimen examples: two in SP64, one in SP65, one in
The half dimes dated 1794 were known not to have been
actually struck in that year — a frequent Mint practice in its
early days. Despite the date, the dies were prepared in 1794 and
laid aside until February 1795, when production began once a supply
of silver planchets became available. The Mint reported the mintage
of 1794- and 1795-dated half dimes combined at 86,416 pieces, the
only two issues of the Flowing Hair obverse design.
Similarly, the half dimes dated 1796 and 1797 would also
constitute a two-year subtype, the only issues of the Draped Bust
obverse and Small Eagle reverse design.
As the United States' smallest circulating silver denomination
and the first issue of the series, the 1794 half dimes' production
was clearly an opportunity to strike off a few examples — likely on
more than one occasion, certainly using more than one die pair — of
special quality to commemorate the event. (No half dimes or any
other silver coins were struck in 1793, and the 1792 half dimes
were apparently struck in the cellar of the Philadelphia home of
saw maker John Harper, at Sixth and Cherry streets before the U.S.
Mint building was complete).
The Specimen strikes, simply put, present a different
appearance from "ordinary" frosty Uncirculated Mint State
pieces (although precious few of those survive among the 1794 half
dimes). Even though there is a fine line among all early (pre-1830
or so) Mint products of any denomination certified as Specimen,
one-sided proof, presentation piece, and the like, the Specimen
strikes appear more reflective, the dies more polished, the strikes
bolder than on Mint State coins, even though educated numismatists
can (and do) quibble endlessly about the status of particular
As mentioned earlier, the present Specimen-67 PCGS coin is the
sole Specimen or Special Strike certified at PCGS in any grade, and
the appearance of this coin is equally remarkable for its strike,
reflectivity, lack of contact, and overall quality. The planchet is
essentially perfect, and there are no die clashes, mentionable
contact marks, or other surface distractions that appear on either
side. The dies on both sides were clearly fresh when this coin was
struck, showing none of the die cracks that appear in later states
on each side.
The strike is incredibly sharp. The detail on Liberty's hair and
eye are sculptural, far more detailed than normally seen, showing
the fine strands of hair along with a complete eyeball on Liberty;
even the iris in the center of her eye is bold. There is
perceptible reflectivity on each side, although moderately intense
color subdues it a bit. It takes a strong loupe to find the two
tiny horizontal planchet adjustment marks well-concealed in the
hair. Nonetheless, it seems that the planchet was specifically
chosen for its quality and lack of defects, and perhaps given a bit
of extra polish before striking. The lower two-thirds of the
obverse is mostly reddish-colored, with the upper portion light
blue to sea-green. The reverse displays a reddish center bounded by
blue at the margins. The only mentionable strike softness is minor
weakness on the tips of Liberty's hair curls.
As the finest-graded Specimen 1794 half dime at either service
(and in a higher grade than any business strike, for that matter),
this is an offering of immense importance to specialists in early
U.S. Mint coinage.
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Website Tips: How to enter
individual coins into MyCollection
In order to enter a single coin into MyCollection, follow the
- Sign in to HA.com
- Put your mouse over "MyHeritage", available on any page on the
Heritage website. A new menu will automatically open up; mouse over
"MyCollection", and choose Coins.
- You will see a listing of all items in your MyCollection. Above
this listing are three tabs. Choose "Add Item."
- There are several ways to enter coins into MyCollection. You
will have the choice to enter a coin by coin type, by
date/denomination, by scanner if you have a coin graded by PCGS,
NGC, or ANACS; and manually. The easiest way to enter a US
non-commemorative coin is to do so by date and denomination.
If you want to enter a raw 1907 cent in VG-8 condition, enter 1907
as the date, and choose 1C in the drop-down box corresponding to
the denomination. Leave the radio button for MS and PR selected as
MS for this circulation strike coin. Choose the Collection you want
the coin to go into. Then click on the "Go" button in the "By
- You will be brought to a table covering every coin fitting your
description, here a 1907 cent designated RD (red), RB (red and
brown) or BN (brown). Choose the check box next to the best
description of your coin. In this case, it will be marked 1907 1C,
BN, since coins of this grade tend not to retain any of their
original red coloring. Choose the grade of your coin from the drop
down box under the heading "Grade", in this case 8 for a coin in
VG-8 condition. Since your coin is not in a slab, choose "Raw" in
the drop down box under the heading "Service". Once you've made all
your selections on this page, click on "Add Items".
- Voila! You will be able to see this coin and all other items in
your collection, along with their Numismedia Wholesale value and
population. You can make additional notes about your pieces by
clicking on the description for any coin.
Of course, any coin that you have ever bought directly from
Heritage will be automatically added to your MyCollection under a
collection called "Coins from Heritage". You need do nothing more
in order to have a complete listing of these coins, including
purchase price and images!
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This Week's Top Ten
The eleven highest valued coins minted in the 18th century to
sell in Heritage auctions:
1787 Brasher New York Style Doubloon. EB Punch on Breast. XF45
NGC. Sold for $2,990,000.
1787 Brasher New York Style Doubloon. EB Punch on Wing. AU55
NGC. Sold for $2,415,000.
1796 $2 1/2 No Stars MS65 PCGS. Sold for $1,725,000.
1793 Chain 1C Periods MS65 Brown PCGS. CAC. Sold for
1792 H10C Judd-7 SP67 PCGS. Sold for $1,322,500.
1792 One Cent, Judd-1 MS61 Brown PCGS. Sold for
1796 $2 1/2 Stars MS65 NGC. CAC. Sold for $1,006,250.
1796 $2 1/2 Stars MS65 NGC. BD-3. Sold for $862,500.
1794 S$1 MS61 NGC. Sold for $747,500.
1742 Brasher Lima Style Doubloon. XF40 NGC. Sold for
1792 Disme, Judd-10 PR62 Brown NGC. Sold for $690,000.
Do you have a suggestion for a future top ten list? Send
it to us!
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Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your
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
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
- 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 &
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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
- Asian Art Specialist: Beverly Hills
- European Art Specialist: New York
- Comics & Comic 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
- 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
- Cataloger — Currency: Dallas/Remote
- Client Services Representative: Dallas
- Color & Photography Imaging Specialist: Dallas
- Consignment Director — Currency: Dallas
- Desktop Support: Dallas
- Desktop Support Supervisor: Dallas
- Digital Publishing Expert: Dallas
- Executive Assistant — Currency : Dallas
- Graphic Designer: Dallas, Part-Time
- Graphic Web Designer: Dallas
- Interns: Dallas
- Marketing Account Executive: Dallas, TX
- Operations Assistant - Coins: Dallas
- Production Assistant/Junior Photographer: Dallas
- Public Relations Assistant: Dallas
- Public Relations Assistant: Dallas
- Returns Clerk: Dallas
- Shipping Associate: Dallas
- Web Developer: Dallas
- Wine Warehouse Assistant: Beverly Hills
If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate
positions, please apply here.
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R.I.P. Neil Armstrong: Space Exploration
By Michael Riley
Rest in peace, Neil Armstrong (1930-2012). That is
something I didn't expect to have to write now (or ever, really).
It's never easy when your heroes pass on; this one was particularly
tough. Throughout his career as: a Navy pilot, flying seventy-eight
missions during the Korean War; a test pilot, flying experimental
and rocket planes; or, as an astronaut, flying all the way to the
surface of the moon and back, Neil Armstrong faced his mortality
many times. I guess a lot of us thought death would never catch up
to the first man on the moon. Maybe it really didn't. If anyone's
life and accomplishments will live on forever, it will be Neil
Armstrong's. Thank you, sir, for that "one giant leap."
At left is pictured a sheet
of the 1969 "First Man on the Moon" stamps signed by Armstrong
It is just one of several lots containing items signed by him, all
available in our upcoming Space
Exploration Auction #6082
, November 2, 2012, here in Dallas,
Texas. This auction is shaping up nicely with some significant
items already in-house and more on the way (consignment deadline is
September 11th). As always, we will have a stunning selection of
flown Apollo Robbins Medallions
including at least one example
each of the Apollo 11 through 17 lunar missions. Many of these are
from the collections of astronauts with letters of authenticity
included. If high NGC grades are important to you, we have an
medal from Apollo 13
originally owned by John Young and an
medal from Apollo 11
originally owned by Charlie Duke. If
absolute rarity is most appealing to your collecting interests, we
have two (of only eighty flown) of the
Apollo 17 medals
. We will also have a selection of
from the Gemini and Apollo 1 missions.
Another popular category of Space collectibles are mission-flown
flags. We already have examples in our auction from Astronauts
James Lovell, Edgar Mitchell, and Al Worden, representing Apollo
lunar missions 8, 13, 14, and 15.
From a private collection come several very important items
purchased during the early days of Space memorabilia auctions in
the early 1990s. Leading that consignment are Gus
Grissom's Apollo 1 inflight coverall jacket and trousers
related to Grissom are fully-signed Mercury
astronaut and Apollo
1 crew photos accompanied by LOAs from Betty Grissom. Additionally,
we are making available two important lots from another of the
original Mercury astronauts, Wally Schirra. We have his
mission-worn space suit patches
from Apollo 7 as well as his
scissors and lanyard
from the same mission. Originally from
Pete Conrad's personal collection, we are offering the ultra-rare
12 Lunar Module spacecraft ID plate
that spent thirty-one hours
on the surface of the moon. All
of these great items, and dozens more to come
, will be
available for bidding on approximately October 14th.
More information about
fine and space exploration auctions.
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Art From the Heart Charity Auction
Bidding in the September 14 Art
from the Heart Auction
supports Dallas Challenge in its mission
to help youth stay in school, off drugs and alcohol, and out of the
criminal justice system.
Artists and celebrities create one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork
for our auction. Proceeds support programs dedicated to improve the
health, education and wellbeing of children and youth from our
community. This auction is presented only online and bidding is
taken through our website. Internet bidding closes at 10:00 PM
Central Time on September 14, 2012.
Thank you from Art from the Heart!
No buyer's premium is due for these Charity items.
about Charity auctions.
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Is It Time To Sell?
Heritage is dedicated to selling your rare coins and currency
for top dollar! That requires the right auction and the right
venue. You deserve to be richly rewarded for your years of
dedicated collecting, whether you wish to consign your entire
collection or just one important piece. Contact us today to discuss
your upcoming opportunities.
Our next Signature Auction will be November 29-December 2 at the
Money Show of the Southwest in Houston. Contact us today at
800-872-6467 ext. 1000 to discuss your upcoming opportunities.
November 29 - December 2 US Coin Signature Auction - Houston
What's My Coin
Get the Most Money for Your Collection
to a Heritage Auction
Consignment Deadline: October 16, 2012
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