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  This Month In Classical Coin News
February 8, 2013

All-Ancients Weekly Auction (February 7-14, 2013)
CICF Auction (April 16-17, 2013)
Pompeia's Pick
What Happened In Ancient February?
Consignments Wanted
Bidding Increments in Heritage Auctions
Name the Trillion Dollar Coin!
Coin Buyer Wanted - San Francisco Office
Reduced Auction Commissions When You Resell Your Winnings!
Employment Opportunities
Around Heritage
Current Auctions

The Ides of February are almost upon us, and here is the February 2013 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.

  Upcoming Auctions

All-Ancients Weekly Auction (February 7-14, 2013)

Our next internet Weekly World Coin Auction will be an all-ancients affair with 119 individual and group lots from the Westchester Collection, which was partly sold in our New York International auction on January 7. The auction opens Thursday, February 7 and runs for One Week Only, closing Thursday, February 14 at 10:00 PM CT. This is a diverse offering of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine coins in all metals with estimates ranging from under $100 to $1,000 and more. The Westchester Collection is particularly strong in Judaean coins and Judaea-related city and Roman coins. Here are a few highlights

Highlights from the Shoshana II include:

Siculo-Punic tetradrachm of Entella Siculo-Punic tetradrachm of Entella
Syracuse tetradrachm Syracuse tetradrachm

As with all Heritage Signature auctions, you have many options for bidding. If you have any questions about the auctions, please contact Dave Michaels by email, DMichaels@HA.com, or phone at (310) 492-8615.

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CICF Auction (April 16-17, 2013)

Heritage is still accepting consignments for the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF) auction in mid-April. The CICF in Rosemont, IL is one of the top shows of the year for ancients and many important dealers and collectors will be in attendance. If you'd like to offer your collection in this highly desirable venue, please contact me at DMichaels@HA.com or (310) 492-8615 right away! Consignment deadline is February 21, and the catalog will be mailed in mid-March.

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  February Events

Pompeia's Pick
By Lorie Ann Hambly

Mark Antony silver denarius honoring Legion X

Mark Antony silver denarius honoring Legion X
Mark Antony silver denarius honoring Legion X
The Mark Antony legionary series was one of the biggest and most widely circulating mintages of the ancient world. The coins were struck at a military mint in Greece, probably Patrae, between the summer of 32 BC and spring of 31 BC, as Antony marshaled his forces to contest with his former triumviral partner, now deadly rival Octavian for sole mastery of the Roman-ruled world.

The symbolism reflects Antony's realization that both the naval and land forces under his command would play crucial roles in the coming war. Accordingly the obverse bears the image of a Roman war galley, with its distinctive triple ramming prow, proudly under-oar to right, while the reverse depicts a Legionary Eagle, or Aquila, flanked by two signae, the standards carried by each Century of 80 men within a Legion.

Six Centuries (480 men) were grouped into a Cohort, while 10 Cohorts formed a Legion. Hence a Roman Legion of this late Imperatorial period would have comprised 4,800-5,000 fighting men (the Imperial legion was somewhat larger because the Centuries within the First Cohort were all double-strength).

On his Legionary coinage, Antony takes the hitherto unprecedented step of naming the individual Roman Legions under his command, honoring a total of 23 Legions — a truly immense fighting force that would, he hoped, guarantee him victory. The 10th legion, honored on this denarius, was said to be one of Julius Caesar's favorites. It was raised in 59 BC prior to Caesar's Gallic conquest and was present at most of the important battles against both Gallic and Roman rivals over the next decade. Caesar disbanded his 10th legion in 45 BC, settling its veterans in Narbonne in Gaul, but after Caesar's assassination the 10th was reconstituted by the triumvir Lepidus.

This new 10th later fell under Antony's command and was with him in Greece during the campaign that led to his humiliating defeat in the naval battle of Actium on September 2, 31 BC. Never having truly gotten into action, the 10th Legion and the rest of Antony's vast army quietly surrendered to Octavian and was employed by him in the final campaign that bottled up Antony with his paramour Cleopatra in Egypt 31-30 BC, finally forcing their suicides.

The Legionary silver coinage struck by Antony long outlasted the man himself. Hoards of coins from two or more centuries later still contain worn examples of the Legionary coinage, testimony to the enduring power of coinage as a propaganda medium.

The Mark Antony silver denarius honoring Legion X will be offered in our Weekly World and Ancient Coin Auction ending February 14.

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What Happened In Ancient February?

February 4, AD 211: Emperor Septimius Severus dies while on campaign in York, Britain, after telling his squabbling sons "make peace with each other, pay the Army well, and to hell with everyone else!"
February 5, 2 BC: Augustus honored with the title "Pater Patriae," or "Father of the Fatherland."
February 6, 46 BC: Julius Caesar wins the battle of Thapsus in North Africa; Marcus Porcius Cato commits suicide a few days later.
February 7, AD 457: Emperor Marcian dies in Constantinople. He was so widely admired that future rulers are urged to "reign like Marcian!"
February 14, AD 270: Christian priest Valentinus beheaded on the Flaminian Way, thus giving birth to Valentine's Day.
February 16: Annual date for the start of the Lupercalia festival throughout the Roman world.
February 23, AD 303: The Great Persecution begins under the First Tetrarchy.
February 27, AD 272/3: Emperor Constantine I the Great (AD 306-337) born.

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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
1-800-872-6467 ext. 1606

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Bidding Increments in Heritage Auctions

We have revised the bidding increments in our Internet-only auctions, effective immediately. For these auctions, the increments are now:

Bidding Increments
Current Bid Bid Increment
< $50 $1
$50 - $99 $2
$100 - $199 $5
$200 - $499 $10
$500 - $999 $20
$1,000 - $1,999 $50
$2,000 - $4,999 $100
$5,000 - $9,999 $200
$10,000 - $19,999 $500
$20,000 - $49,999 $1,000
$50,000 - $99,999 $2,000
$100,000 - $199,999 $5,000
$200,000 - $499,999 $10,000
$500,000 - $999,999 $20,000
>= $1,000,000 $50,000

These are roughly half of the previous increments, and are designed to let our bidders place more precise bids. Affected auctions include:

  • Sunday and Tuesday Internet Coin auctions
  • Weekly World and Ancient Coin auctions
  • Thursday Modern Coin auctions
  • Monthly Internet Wine auctions
  • Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles auctions
  • Sunday Movie Poster auctions
  • Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auctions
  • Tuesday Internet Luxury Accessory auctions
  • Weekly Internet Rare Books auctions
  • Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet auctions
  • Tuesday Internet Currency auctions
  • Sunday Internet Comics auctions

The increments on Signature, Grand Format, Non-Floor Session, and Sports Catalog auctions with extended bidding have not changed. This is to keep the increments consistent between Internet bidding and the live sessions on these auctions.

Of course, Internet bidders still have the option to bid between increments as they see fit, so long as they bid the next increment or higher. For more information, please see HA.com/c/ref/web-tips.zx#increments.

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Name the Trillion Dollar Coin!

Name the Trillion Dollar Coin!
As the nation moves closer to raising its debt ceiling, some say the solution can be found in a Trillion Dollar Coin. Minted by the U.S. Treasury and deposited in the Federal Reserve, a trillion dollar coin made of platinum could suddenly fund the nation's debts for the next two years! The Fed says a Trillion Dollar Coin isn't a practical solution but what would the United States' largest single denomination look like? What would it be called? The Deficit Dollar? The Philly Trilly? Who or what should be pictured? What should it say? E Poorhouse Unum?

As legislators debate the debt, let your voice to be heard in Heritage's Trillion Dollar Coin Naming Contest! Enter your best name for the Trillion Dollar Coin in the form to the right. Our panelist of judges will pick the top names. You will then have the chance to vote on your favorite name. The voting period is open from February 13, 2013, to February 20, 2013.

The winner will receive a $1,000 coupon good for any Heritage Auctions purchase, and one runner-up will be awarded a $200 coupon.

Click here to enter!

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Coin Buyer Wanted - San Francisco Office

Heritage Auctions is seeking a talented numismatist with a broad range of expertise to join our new S.F. office located in Jackson Square. If you have an good working knowledge base of U S. coins and currency and are comfortable dealing with the public, we have an opening for a permanent position as a buyer in our San Francisco office. Duties will include dealing with walk-in clients, evaluating and purchasing coins and currency, working local coin shows, and accepting Auction consignments. Pay will be commensurate with numismatic experience.

If you are interested in this position, please contact Jobs@HA.com.

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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
  • Asian Art Specialist: Beverly Hills
  • Coin Buyer: San Francisco
  • European Art Specialist: New York
  • European Comic Art Specialist: Dallas, Paris
  • Firearms Specialist: Dallas
  • Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • Timepiece Specialist: Beverly Hills, New York
  • Trust & Estates Specialist: New York
  • Western Art Director: Dallas, Beverly Hills
  • 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 Experts@HA.com.

We are also seeking to fill the following corporate positions:

  • Client Services Representative: Dallas
  • Coins Operations Assistant: Dallas
  • Color & Photography Imaging Specialist: Dallas
  • Currency Cataloger: Dallas
  • Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
  • Desktop Support Technician: Dallas
  • e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
  • Fine Jewelry Cataloger: Dallas
  • Graphic Web Designer: Dallas
  • Interns: Dallas
  • Marketing Account Executive: Dallas
  • WPF Applications Developer: Dallas

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

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  Around Heritage

Very Important Classic U.S. Stamps At Auction Feb. 23-24

Daniel F. Kelleher, America's Oldest Stamp Auction Firm, will conduct A Major Philatelic Public Auction in conjunction with Heritage Auctions on Feb. 23-24 the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion, 2 East 79th Street (at 5th Avenue) New York, NY.

The highlights:

  • The late coin dealer Robert R. Johnson's fabulous "Gold Rush" collection of America's 1847 First Issue stamps highlights the Kelleher Auction. One of the most important collections of its kind ever assembled; full of great rarities including the earliest known on-cover foreign usage of the 5-cent issue.

  • The huge high dollar value Weston Collection featuring every major early 20th century (pre-1940) U.S. rare stamp (including the famous "Orangeburg Coil"), many hardly ever seen in the marketplace.

  • Full of rarities, the giant Towson Collection of Great Britain and British Empire stamps and other major material from Europe, the Middle East, Independent countries of Asia and Africa, Scandinavia, South America and worldwide. A jumbo collection encompassing over 100 large albums dating back to the 1950s!

Session 1: The 'Weston' Collection of U.S. Stamps Session 2: The 'Gold Rush' Collection of the U.S. 1847 Issue

Session 3: The 'Towson' Collection of Worldwide Stamps Session 4: The Robert R. Johnson Stock and Other Worldwide Properties

The complete full-color catalog for this significant public auction is available. Contact the Kelleher firm at 203.297.6056 or at info@KelleherAuctions.com. View the full-color online catalog and bid in this sale at www.KelleherAuctions.com.

More information about Stamps auctions.

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Historic Miracle On Ice Artifacts, Schilling Bloody Sock Highlight Platinum Night Sports Auction

1980 Mike Eruzione 'The Miracle on Ice' Game Worn USA Olympic Hockey JerseyMike Eruzione, the leader of the scrappy band of amateur American hockey players that upset the seemingly invincible Soviet Union team at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics, is putting his keepsakes from the fabled "Miracle on Ice" on the auction block, the anchor collection of Heritage Auctions "Platinum Night" event, now open for bidding at HA.com/Sports. The auction will conclude with live bidding on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion (Ukrainian Institute of America) at 2 East. 79th Street (at 5th Ave).

"Widely considered the greatest moment in American sports history, the 'Miracle on Ice' victory over a Russian team that had dominated international competition for decades came during a particularly tense period of the Cold War," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage, "just months before President Jimmy Carter announced a boycott of the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow. The positioning of the victory in the greater historical context only served to amplify the patriotic response to the 'Miracle.'"

1980 Mike Eruzione Gold Medal Ceremony Worn USA Olympic Team SweatsuitWorld record prices are anticipated as Eruzione's jersey, stick, gloves and pants worn in the February 22, 1980, upset are sold without reserve. Also on the auction block are Eruzione's jersey from the subsequent Gold Medal game victory over Finland and the warm-up suit he wore during the memorable medal presentation ceremony when he famously called his entire team up to the podium to share the moment.

'The Bloody Sock' Worn by Curt Schilling in Game Two of the 2004 World SeriesThe theme of improbable, glorious victory is continued with perhaps the most famous baseball relic of the twenty-first century, the Bloody Sock worn by pitcher Curt Schilling in Game two of the 2004 World Series as he led the Boston Red Sox to the franchise's first championship in 86 years, finally exorcising "The Curse of the Bambino."

A key relic from the beginning of the "Curse" shares space within the Platinum Night auction, two checks made payable to former Red Sox owner Harry Frazee by the New York Yankees franchise for the purchase of a young slugger named Babe Ruth, a transaction that was believed by many to doom the Boston club to decades of failure.

The Ruth checks represent one of several lots that shaped the future of New York City baseball, joined by the 1949 signing bonus check made payable to a 17-year old Mickey Mantle upon the finalization of his New York Yankees contract. Also up for bidding is the silver Tiffany baseball presented to Mayor Robert Wagner in gratitude for his efforts in securing new stadium funding necessary to bring a new National League franchise, the Mets, to New York City.

Early to Mid-1930's Lou Gehrig Game Worn New York Yankees CapOther noteworthy Big Apple offerings include a jersey and cap worn by Hall of Fame first baseman Lou Gehrig, the Louisville Slugger used by Mickey Mantle in his final career at-bat, and the jersey Yankees outfielder Chris Chambliss was wearing when he clubbed his dramatic walk-off home run to win the 1976 American League pennant.

The daughter and grandson of Hall of Fame pitcher Walter Johnson, who is second only to Cy Young in career victories with 417, supply the auction with a selection of artifacts from the career of the iconic "Big Train," including his retirement paperwork and his personal Hall of Fame plaque presented to him as a member of the inaugural induction class of 1939. Also offered is a 1927 handwritten letter from Cy Young and one to Walter Johnson from President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

More information about Sports auctions.

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  Current Auctions
Coin Auctions
2013 February 7-8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach #1182
2013 February 7-8 & 10 US Coin Signature Auction - Long Beach #1182
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Sunday Internet Coin Auction Sunday Internet Coin Auction #131307
February 10, 2013
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Tuesday Internet Coin Auction Tuesday Internet Coin Auction #131307
February 12, 2013
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Thursday Modern Coin Auction Thursday Modern Coin Auction #241307
February 14, 2013
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Weekly World Coin Auction Weekly World Coin Auction #231307
February 14, 2013
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Currency Auctions
Tuesday Internet Currency Auction Tuesday Internet Currency Auction #141307
February 12, 2013
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Other Signature Auctions
2013 February 21 & 23 Animation Art Signature Auction - New York #7052 2013 February 21 & 23 Animation Art Signature Auction - New York #7052
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2013 February 21-23 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction - New York #7073 2013 February 21-23 Vintage Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction - New York #7073
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2013 February 23-24 Platinum Night Sports Auction - New York #7070 2013 February 23-24 Platinum Night Sports Auction - New York #7070
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2013 February 23-24 Estate Auction - Dallas #5129 2013 February 23-24 Estate Auction - Dallas #5129
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2013 March 1-2 Texana Signature Auction - Fort Worth #6097 2013 March 1-2 Texana Signature Auction - Fort Worth #6097
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Other Internet Auctions
Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction Sunday Internet Movie Poster Auction #161306
February 10, 2013
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Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction Sunday Internet Sports Collectibles Auction #151306
February 10, 2013
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Sunday Internet Comics Auction Sunday Internet Comics Auction #121306
February 10, 2013
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Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction Weekly Internet Luxury Accessories Auction #251307
February 12, 2013
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Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction Tuesday Internet Watch and Jewelry Auction #171307
February 12, 2013
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Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction Thursday Vintage Guitar & Musical Instrument Internet Auction #181307
February 14, 2013
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Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction Weekly Internet Rare Books and Autographs Auction #201307
February 14, 2013
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Monthly Internet Wine Auction Monthly Internet Wine Auction #221306
February 14, 2013
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