New York International Auction, January 6-7,
, held in conjunction with the New York
International Coin Convention, is our biggest offering of World and
Ancient Coins to date, both in total value and the number of lots.
Totaling more than 5,000 lots over our days, this mammoth auction
boasts something for collectors of every field of interest and in
every price level from $200 to $200,000. Several significant
collections will come to the block, notably:The
Sunrise Collection of Islamic Coinage
is one of the
largest, most comprehensive and highest-quality private collections
ever assembled tracing the history of Islam as a world power, with
a special focus on two of its most important states — Persia and
Mughal India. Comprising more than 800 coins in gold, silver and
bronze, the Sunrise Collection spans nearly a millennium and a
half, from within a few decades of the Hegira (AD 621 / AH 1) to
the end of the Qajar Dynasty (1794-1925 / AH 1174-1305). Also
included are early Arab-Sasanian coins, important Arabic coins of
the Umayyad and Abbasid Dynasties, the Seljuq and Ottoman Empires,
and coins of Nepal and Tibet. Each coin is carefully chosen to be
as perfect a specimen as possible. The entire collection being
"highlights," here are a few select examples:
Please pay special attention to the group lots in this
collection, containing between two and six coins. These lots
contain many unique, extremely rare, and otherwise superb specimens
of Islamic coinage. A few examples:
Greek, Roman, Judaean and Byzantine
auction also has an extensive offering of more than 850
high-quality Greek, Roman, Judaean and Byzantine coins from a
number of collections. Here are a few selections:
Unusually for an event devoted primarily to coins, we have a number
of fascinating and/or important ancient artifacts in the NYINC
auction. They include:
The internet-only Non-Floor Session for our NYINC auction starts
Tuesday, January 15, at 1:00 PM CT and features more than 330
Ancient individual and group lots Greek, Roman, Judaean and
Byzantine coins. Due to space constraints in the Signature auction,
the Non-Floor Session features many more high-quality coins than
usual, including many in the $500-1,500 price range. Please examine
it carefully! If you have any questions concerning any lot or lots,
don't hesitate to call me at (310) 492-8615 or email me at DMichaels@HA.com.
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Weekly Auctions of World & Ancients
Our ongoing Weekly
Auction of World & Ancient Coins
starts and ends each
Thursday at 10:00 PM CT. Each Auction features 10-50 Ancient coins.
The coins all start at $1 with no reserves
. Be sure to look
each auction over carefully — you'll find plenty of excellent
values on attractive and highly collectible pieces!
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By Lorie Ann Hambly
Medallion of Antoninus Pius
The reign of Antoninus Pius, perhaps the most peaceful in the
entire Roman Principate, is well-represented by this huge and
magnificent bronze "framed medallion" of that almost serene
emperor. At 67mm in diameter and 100 grams in weight, it is the
largest Roman Imperial bronze medallion that has ever been offered
at auction, as far as we have been able to determine. Medallions of
this type were specifically made at the Rome mint as handouts for
high government officials and other persons whose service the
Emperor wished to honor. The presentations were made at a special
ceremony on New Year's Day and it is quite likely the medallion
passed through the hands of the Emperor Antoninus himself on its
way to the beneficiary of Imperial largesse.
Beyond its sheer size, the piece is of outstanding artistic
quality, as befitting its purpose. The obverse portrait faces left,
showing the Emperor's stately profile to good advantage. The
reverse blends art and mythology in the best Roman numismatic
tradition: Minerva favors the non-martial facet of the Athena
god-head, representing the refined peace of the city-state. She is
delineated with the titan Prometheus breathing "soul" or the
life-force into the clay effigy of man; however, her depiction with
him on the reverse is suggestive of a double-meaning. In
Greco-Roman mythology, it is Minerva (Greek Athena) who assists
Prometheus in obtaining fire for mankind, previously a divine
prerogative, an indirect reference to Minerva's patronization of
counsel and strategy. With man's acquisition of fire, he possesses
superior intelligence over the animal kingdom whose faculties were
bestowed by his brother, fellow titan Epimetheus. Man's world would
be illuminated allowing him to fashion tools and harness the
technology to master the natural world and to cultivate practical
arts and sciences, the domain of the goddess Minerva. Dangerously
god-like and therefore in direct confrontation with the credo of
Jupiter and purview of the Pantheon. Minerva, as the patron goddess
of organized trade guilds, had therefore a small hand in commerce
obviously represented by coinage.
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What Happened In Ancient January?
December 31st, AD 192:
Emperor Commodus murdered
by his wrestling instructor, on orders from a cabal.
January 1st, AD 193:
Pertinax proclaimed emperor,
January 1st, 45 BC:
First day of the new era
under the Julian Calendar (following the 445-day "Long Year" of 46
BC, AUC 709).
January 2nd, AD 69:
Vitellius proclaimed emperor
by Rhine legions, launching the Year of the Four Emperors.
January 3rd, 101 BC:
Marcus Tullius Cicero,
peerless orator, author and statesman, born in Arpinum, Italy.
January 4th, AD 211:
Emperor Septimius Severus
dies in York, England (Eboracum, Britannia).
January 6th, 1822:
Birthday of Heinrich
Schliemann, rediscoverer of Troy and Bronze Age Greece.
Greco-Egyptians celebrated this day
as the feast of Kore, goddess of Fertility.
January 7th, 49 BC:
Julius Caesar ordered to
disband his army.
January 10th, 49 BC:
Julius Caesar crosses the
Rubicon with his army.
January 11th, AD 347:
Birthday of Emperor
Theodosius I the Great.
January 15th, AD 69:
Emperor Galba murdered in
Forum; Otho declared emperor by praetorians.
January 19th, AD 379:
Emperor Gratian declares
Flavius Theodosius Emperor of the East.
January 24th, AD 41:
Assassinated; Claudius proclaimed emperor by the Praetorians.
January 24th, AD 76:
Emperor Hadrian born in
Italica, Spain or Rome.
January 30th, 405 BC:
Death of the Greek
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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 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)
Until next month!
Veritas et vita,
Get the Most Money for Your Collection
to a Heritage Auction
||David S. Michaels
Director of Ancient Coins
1-800-872-6467 ext. 1606
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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
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
- 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
- Comics & Comic Art Specialist: New York
- 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
- 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 e-mail your resume and salary history to Experts@HA.com.
We are also seeking to fill the following corporate
- Cataloger — Currency: Dallas
- Cataloger — Fine Jewelry: Dallas
- Client Services Representative: Dallas
- Collections Specialist: Dallas/Contract
- Color & Photography Imaging Specialist:
- Consignment Director — Currency: Dallas
- Desktop Support: Dallas
- e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
- Interns: Dallas
- Senior Settlements Accountant: Dallas
- Shipping Associate: Beverly Hills/Part-time
- WPF Applications Developer: Dallas
If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate
positions, please apply here.
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Early Colt Revolver Brings $284,410 In $1.8+
Million Heritage Arms & Armor Event
first 150 civilian Colt single action revolvers ever produced
brought $284,410 to lead Heritage Auctions' $1.8+ million Arms
& Armor Signature® Auction on Dec. 9.
More than 1,100 bidders competed for Colt rarities ranging from
exceptional 1860 Army percussion revolver, which brought
$131,450, to an 1862
police percussion revolver, which sold for $41,825, and an
cased Colt Model 1855, which surpassed its high estimate to
sell for $33,460.
far the most anticipated grouping of the day was related to the
late Texas Ranger Senior Captain Clint Peoples, whose personally
owned firearms and memorabilia sold for $118,000+, including
pair of custom U.S. Model 1911 Ithaca semi-automatic silver
appliquéd pistols purchased by a floor bidder for $35,850 and
custom pair of Smith & Wesson double action revolvers,
which brought $26,680.
cased custom engraved Colt single action revolver with ivory
grips owned by Peoples sold for $11,950 while his Senior
Captain Texas Ranger badge constructed from a Mexican five peso
coin brought $7,768.
pleased with how bidders responded to the array of rare Colt
revolvers," said Clifford Chappell, director of Arms & Armor at
Heritage. "It was exciting to watch items in the Peoples collection
blow their estimates out of the water."
took advantage of a number of rare and desirable rifles crossing
the block including an E.
Dumoulin Sidelock Ejector Double with a three-barrel set
including a .458 Winchester Magnum and additional barrels for 375
H&H Magnum and 300 Winchester Magnum and two Swarovski
Telescopic sights, selling for $26,290, a rare
Roberts Custom Model 70 Bolt Action Rifle made by Pachmayr
selling for $15,535, and the famous "Betsy
#1", a 7mm Mashburn Super Magnum Mashburn Arms Bolt Action Rifle
with Telescopic Sight, formerly owned by Warren Page, Field
& Stream's shooting editor from 1947 to 1972, selling for
Other rifle highlights include a
Winchester T3 semi-automatic carbine and accessories, selling
for $9,560, a
rare experimental Collis Breechloading Flintlock, selling for
$7,170, and an Inland
U.S. T3 semi-automatic carbine and accessories, selling for
about Arms & Armor auctions.
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