Month In Classical Coin News
June 6-13 World & Ancients Internet
Coinciding with the Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo (see
below), Heritage is offering an all-Ancients group of coins, totaling 83
individual and group lots, in its Weekly auction. Most of these
coins are from a single collection assembled by a U.S. serviceman
over the last 10 years, focused mainly on Greek coins and offering
a broad-cross section of Classical and Hellenistic issues from
Greek Italy to the Near East.
The collection has been augmented with a nice offering of
high-grade Macedonian tetradrachms of Alexander III the Great, some
choice Roman denarii, and exceptional Late Roman billon issues in
high grade. The sale starts Thursday, June 6 at 10:00 PM CT and
concludes Thursday, June 13 at 10:00 PM CT.
Here are a few highlights:
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September 26-30 World & Ancients Signature
Auction 3026, Long Beach CA
Although the Long
Beach auction is still a few months off, this is shaping up to
be one of Heritage's most impressive offerings of Ancient Greek,
Roman, and Byzantine coins. Among the coins to be featured in this
auction are the following:
We are still seeking consignments for the September
signature auction! If you'd like to see all or part of your
collection sold at this high-profile venue, please contact me at
DMichaels@HA.com, or (310)
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June 8-9, 22-23: The Coin Masters of Syracuse, at the
fabulous Getty Villa in Malibu, CA. Yours truly (Dave Michaels) and
his associates with the Legion Six Historical Society will present
a one-hour "drachmatic dialogue" (actually it's got a fair amount
of humor) about the two greatest die engravers of Syracuse, Kimon
and Euainetos, who created what are commonly regarded as the most
beautiful coins ever struck
presentation is a look inside an Ancient Greek mint, and examines
the techniques employed in originating designs, engraving dies, and
actually striking ancient coins. The program will involve a
question and answer period and some "hands on" coin design creation
for all ages. Two performances are scheduled daily, at 11 am and 2
pm. Don't miss it, and be sure to tell the Getty folks you read
about it here in Heritage's Classical Coin Newsetter!
June-August 19, 2013: Getty Villa also plays host
to Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome,
presenting masterpieces of ancient art from the crossroads of the
Mediterranean. On the island dear to Demeter and blessed with
agricultural abundance, former Greek colonies emerged as powerful
kingdoms during the fifth to third centuries B.C. Innovations in
art, architecture, theater, poetry, philosophy, and science
flourished, leaving an enduring stamp on mainland Greece and later
on Rome. Over 150 objects bear witness to the athletic and military
victories, religious rituals, opulent lifestyles, and intellectual
attainments that shaped Classical culture at its peak. The
exhibit includes 60 fabulous Ancient Greek Coins of Sicily,
drawn from the Royal Belgian and American Numismatic Society
Collections, including the unique and fantastic silver
tetradrachm by the "Aitna Master."
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By Lorie Ann Hambly
Demetrius II of the Seleucid Kingdom of Syria
Pompeia has picked Two coins this month of the same ruler
— Demetrius II of the Seleucid Kingdom of Syria, who had not one
but two troubled reigns interrupted by nine years of Parthian
The two very different portraits show what spending nearly a
decade among the "enemy" can do to a young man's physiognomy.
Demetrius II Nicator ("Victorious" — about as ludicrous an
appellation as could be imagined) was the son of Demetrius I, who
had ruled the steadily shrinking Seleucid realm from 162 to 150 BC
before being deposed by a pretender, Alexander I Balas, whose
catastrophic seven-year reign had brought what was once the biggest
and most prosperous Hellenistic kingdom near to complete ruin.
Supported by some of his father's veteran soldiers, Demetrius II
invaded Cilicia in 147 BC and fought a bitter two-year civil war
against Alexander until the latter's main supporter, Ptolemy VI of
Egypt, abruptly switched sides and effectively handed victory to
Demetrius. Almost immediately he faced a revolt engineered by the
general Diodotus I Tryphon, and, while engaged in this struggle, he
got word that the Parthians, a new and powerful enemy riding out of
Iran, had invaded the Seleucid Kingdom's eastern reaches.
Demetrius marched east to confront the invaders; initially he
seemed successful but the wily Parthians were only luring him into
a trap, which they sprung in the summer of 138 BC, annihilating
most of Demetrius' army and capturing him alive. Despite their
fearsome reputation, the Parthians treated Demetrius with respect
and allowed him to live in comfortable captivity, while indulging
his every whim (thus repeating the experience of his namesake,
Demetrius "The Besieger" a century and a half earlier).
Whilst he was thus enjoying his carefree incarceration, his
younger brother Antiochus VII seized the Seleucid throne and spent
several years rebuilding the crumbling realm. A dynamic and
forceful ruler, Antiochus patiently assembled a formidable army and
laid careful plans for an offensive against Parthia that would
erase the stain of his brother's disastrous defeat. His great
expedition launched in 130 BC and initially carried all before it,
forcing the Parthians back to their homeland. However they had a
"hole card" — Demetrius II — whom they released in 129 BC on the
expectation he would sow confusion and dissension in the Seleucid
ranks. It worked beautifully — Antiochus VII's campaign
disintegrated, the king was killed in battle, and Demetrius II
resumed the troubled throne, but as a much changed man.
The first tetradrachm, issued during his first
reign (147-138 BC), shows him as a typically diademed, youthful
and clean-shaven Hellenistic king in the mold of their collective
idol, Alexander the Great. The second coin, issued after his return
to power a decade later, dramatically shows the influence of his
Parthian captors in his voluminous beard and long, curly locks. His
appearance underscored the perception that Demetrius was now more
Persian than Greek and betrays an almost unbelievable lack of PR
skill on his part. Predictably, his new regime was hugely unpopular
and it was only a three years before a new pretender, Alexander II
Zebinas, rose up and toppled him.
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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 first mint.
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.
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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,
||David S. Michaels
Director of Ancient Coins
1-800-872-6467 ext. 1606
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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
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
- 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
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Manhattan and Beverly Hills.
Heritage is seeking to hire the world's best specialists in
the following categories:
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If you are interested and feel you have the qualifications we
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Two U.S. Model Colt Gatling Guns Expected To Bring
A U.S. Model 1883 Colt Gatling Gun and Rare Limber
With Accessories. Serial no. 342 with 10 32-inch barrels — for
decades the centerpiece of the collection of renowned Michigan
Civil war re-enactor and firearms expert Michael Yeck, who passed
away last year — is expected to bring more than $100,000 on June 8
as part of Heritage Auctions' June 9 Civil War and Militaria Signature®
"To call the Gatling Gun one of the most spectacular and
evocative weapons ever made understates its impact on the American
psyche," said Cliff Chappelle, Consignment Director for Arms &
Armor at Heritage Auctions. "The chance to acquire one of these
spectacular guns, let alone one as well-preserved, as sizable and
from such an impeccable source, does not come around very often, I
can assure you that."
day before the Model 1883 Gatling Gun is offered, a second, smaller
Gatling Gun from Yeck's collection — a U.S. Model 1875 .45 government caliber Colt
Gatling Gun, serial no. 293, on its original Naval boarding
carriage, delivered to the U.S. Navy on Feb. 24, 1881 — will come
across the block as part of Heritage's June 8 Arms & Armor Signature® Auction. It is
also expected to bring more than $100,000+.
"He bought the guns primarily to promote himself and his
business and to have a goodtime," said Matthew Hand, Yeck's
grandson and the executor of his grandfather's estate. "In the
1960s and 1970s he was the largest black powder muzzle loading
weapon supplier in the Midwest. In fact, there are still a number
of Civil War re-enactment weapons out there made by him and with
his equipment on them."
Yeck, a veteran of the Normandy Invasion, was told by his doctor
in the early 1960s that he was getting an ulcer and needed to find
a hobby to help him relax. Yeck soon found himself drawn into the
world of black powder muzzle loading weapons, acquiring a flintlock
pistol. Intrigued, and never one to do anything halfway, Yeck soon
started acquiring a wide variety of powder and ball weapons,
learning about their make and manufacturing them himself.
"He kinda went all out," said Hand, "and decided to start his
own antique firearms business, which kept growing and growing
through the 1960s, 1970s and in to the early 1980s, when he finally
had to slow down."
Yeck became very well known in collecting circles for his
extensive militaria, artillery, machine gun, World War I and II
rifles and uniforms collections, as well as his impressive grouping
of classic and antique cars. Along the way, as he participated in
more and Civil War re-enactments, he and his business, Michael Yeck
Antique Firearms, became a fixture on the scene at any gathering or
"Anytime there was a big shoot or a show, he would bring the big
Gatling Gun along, set it up and demonstrate it," said Hand. "He
was a fixture at Greenfield Village in Dearborn (MI) and would take
it all over the Midwest."
The most important questions for collectors may well be a) do
they work and b) what's it like to fire them. The answer to the
first question is obviously yes, as
seen in the video linked here.
The second question is best answered in Hand's own words:
"The large gun is just massive, bumps a little every time you
fire and gives you a sense of control — you can feel every round,"
he said. "The smaller one you have to crouch behind it and it
literally roars shakes the ground. You can feel the percussion in
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Renoir, Mucha, Natzler and Lalique highlight
Design, European and Dec Arts events
Maurice de Vlaminck's circa 1930 winter scene oil
on canvas of the Normandy countryside, a signature example of
Fauvism from the 20th century's first movement in modern art, is
expected to realize $70,000+ as part of Heritage Auctions' Decorative Art & European Paintings Signature
Auction, June 15 in Dallas. The painting is offered as part of
two days of auctions of paintings, decorative arts and a broad
range of fine silver objects (offered June 14) by highly sought
"Vlaminck's work is a signature example from his later years and
is one of the many extraordinary pieces in this auction, led by a
strong variety of 19th and early 20th Century examples," said Brian
Roughton, Managing Director of Fine Arts. "We expect strong
interest, especially since it arrives on the heels of our
successful Modern and Contemporary Art Auction."
Giovanni Battista Torriglia's The Soap
Bubble, featuring his bubble-themed homage to rural family
life, is also expected to reach $70,000. Another artist whose
candid French scenes remain highly-sought after is Victor Gabriel
Gilbert, whose The Fruit Seller is expected to bring
Pierre-August Renoir's Etude de tête de jeune
femme, or Study Head of a Young Woman, is expected to bring
$30,000+ and will be included in an upcoming catalog by the
Wildenstein Institute. Rounding out the top offerings by French
artists is Edouard-Léon Cortès' Porte St. Denis,
Paris, which is expected to bring $20,000 and a suite of four, 40-inch tall lithographs from
Alphonse Mucha's Les Fleurs, circa 1898, to include The
Rose, The Iris, The Carnation and The Lily, which are expected
to bring $20,000+.
Leading a strong selection
of European furniture comes a Louis
XV-style gilt bronze, satinwood and fruitwood vitrine attributed to
Joseph-Emmanuel Zwiener, which may bring $20,000+. Two pieces
made after the models by Jean-Henri Riesener include a Louis
XVI-style gilt bronze, mahogany inlaid commode, now in the
collection of the Musée Condé and expected to bring $5,000+, and a
XVI-style gilt bonze, amaranth and tulipwood pedestal clock,
designed after a model in the collection of the Louvre and expected
to exceed $3,000+.
Among a solid selection of decorative arts is an important,
three-panel tripod clock by Thomas Cole, which may fetch
$15,000+, a Zuber
& Cie 12-panel screen from France, depicting an oriental
landscape, which may bring $15,000+ and a pair of monumental
Italian Baroque-style patinated bronze figural andirons, 49
inches high, which are expected to cross the block for
A well-published earthenware
vase by Austrian ceramicist Dame Lucie Rie is expected to bring
$8,000+ to lead a strong selection of porcelain in the auction.
Additional highlights include a 10-piece flight of Barr & Barr
Worcester partial topographical service is expected to bring
$4,000+, a Gertrud
Natzler and Otto Natzler modernist ceramic bowl, may reach
$3,000+, and a gilt
Paris porcelain temple-form table ornament attributed to Darte
Freres, from the Jean and Graham Devoe Williford Charitable Trust,
the same trust that revealed a new world record for a Jerome
Thompson painting, may sell for $3,000+.
An exquisite Rene
Lalique glass Vitesse (Speed) automobile mascot, circa
1928, is expected to surpass $7,000+, and a Lalique
Perruches vase, is expected to bring $5,000+, to
underscore a fine selection of art glass by Degué, Gallé, Stevens
and Williams and Charles Schneider, including a Schneider
Le Verre Francais Chardons vase, circa 1925, which may
Perhaps the most anticipated collection of art glass includes
nine lots of Tiffany
Studios Favrile glass tableware from the collection of Texas
architect Wyatt Cephus and Mildred Sterling Hedrick, whose father
Ross S. Sterling, was governor of Texas during the 1930s. Pieces
are marked either L.C.T. Favrile or L.C. Tiffany-Favrile. The
unique set includes yellow glass dinner plates, finger bowls,
champagne stems, luncheon plates, bowls and even a matching pair of
glass candlesticks all decorated with radiating air bubbles along
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