All Ancient Coin Internet auction this
Coinciding with this week's Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo, we are
offering an all-Ancients group of coins, totaling 83 individual and
group lots, in our 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.
This auction starts Thursday, June 6 at 10 p.m. Central time and
concludes Thursday, June 13 at 10 p.m. CT. Here are a few
September 26-30 World & Ancients Signature
Auction 3026, Long Beach CA — Although 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 sale are the following:
We're still seeking consignments for the September World and
Ancient coins signature auction! If you'd like to see all or part
of your collection sold at this high-profile venue, please contact
David Michaels at DMichaels@HA.com or (310)
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Rare Casino Chips featured in Wild West
After a hiatus of several auctions, we are once again presenting
a small but choice selection of rare casino chips, appearing in our
22 Legends of the Wild West auction. This is the first
installment of chips from one of the hobby's leading collections,
and we expect to have another fine group in our fall auction.
Below are some of these rarities.
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If you have consigned items with Heritage, you can keep up with
them at "MyConsignments." This page can be reached from
the MyHeritage tab on any Heritage web page, or directly from
"MyBids" by clicking on the "MyConsignments" link.
When you first go to MyConsignments from the MyHeritage tab, you
will see a listing of all auctions you have consigned to, whether
recently closed, open for bidding, or opening for bidding soon.
Click on any of the auction listings to see which of your items are
included in the auction. You will see a listing of items broken
down by lot number, if assigned, and each item will list the number
of bidders, the number of trackers, the number of page views, and
the current bid as listed on the website.
If the auction has closed, you will see a listing of your lots,
along with your reserve, if any, and either a final hammer price or
a notation of whether the coin sold or not.
If the auction is open for bidding, you will see the current bid
level on your lots. If reserves have been entered for your lots,
they will also show on this screen. If the reserve has been
exceeded, the current bid will show in green, while if no bidders
have yet met the reserve the current bid will appear in red.
If the auction isn't open for bidding yet, you can get a
complete listing of items assigned to the auction, with links to
the descriptions of the items and images, if available.
Please note that the majority of all serious bids are made near
the close of an auction, and therefore the current bids listed may
not be a valuable gauge of how your consignment is performing. The
current bids do not reflect the actual secret maximum bid of the
bidder, but only represent the next increment over the second
highest bid. In the case of Internet only auctions, you will see
the bids come up dramatically during the last few hours of the
auction. In the case of auctions with floor components, such as
Signature auctions, the Internet bids may never approach the actual
hammer price of your lots on the auction floor.
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This Week's Top Ten
The ten highest valued Byzantine coins to sell in Heritage
- Constantine VI and Irene. 780-797 AD. Solidus,
Constantinople, c. 792-797 AD. Berk 235. DO 3. Sear 1594. Mint
State. Realized $18,400
- Michael I Rhangabe and Theophylactus (AD 811-813). AV
solidus. Constantinople. Sear 1615. DO 1b. Choice mint state.
- Irene as sole ruler (AD 797-802). AV solidus.
Constantinople. Sear 1599. DO 1a. Mint state. Realized
- Constantine VI and Irene. 780-797 AD. Solidus,
Constantinople, c. 790-792 AD. Berk 234. DO 2. Sear 1591. Mint
State. Realized $11,040
- Justin I and Justinian I (4 April-1 August AD 527). AV
solidus. Constantinople, DOC 1c. MIB 1a. SB 114. Extremely
Fine. Realized $10,575
- Justinian II (first reign, AD 685-695). AV solidus.
Constantinople mint, AD 674-680/1. Sear 1248. DOC 7d. MIB 8a.
Choice Extremely Fine. Realized $9,400
- Irene (AD 793-802). AV solidus. Sole rule,
Constantinople, AD 797-802. Sear 1599. DO 1a. NGC CH XF 5/5
-3/5. Realized $9,200
- Ostrogothic. Theodoric the Great. In the name of Zeno.
493-526 AD. Solidus, Rome. Ratto 280 and Tolstoi 18 (under Zeno).
Mint State. Realized $6,900
- Tiberius II Constantine. 578-582 AD. Solidus,
Constantinople, c. 579 AD. Berk 75. MIB 2. DO 2. Sear 420. Mint
State. Realized $6,325
- Anastasius I, struck by Clovis. Solidus, Uncertain
mint. MEC 343. EF. Realized $6,325
Do you have a suggestion for a future top ten list? Send
it to us!
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Heritage's Mark Borckardt to teach new ANA Summer
Our very own Mark Borckardt is among the slate of world-renowned
numismatists teaching the new "Legends in Numismatics" course at
The American Numismatic Association Summer Seminar. The course will
be offered during both sessions, June 22-28 and June 29-July 5, in
Colorado Springs, Colo.
will be a rare opportunity for students to get first-hand
experience with some of the icons in the numismatic industry. Along
with Mark Borckardt, instructors will include Neil Shafer, Fred
Holabird, and Ira Goldberg. This week-long session will give
students an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of territorial
gold, money of panics and depressions, coins that made history and
the first U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.
From June 22-28, instructors will include Ira Goldberg, Neil
Shafer, Fred Holabird, and Heritage's own Mark Borckardt. This
week-long session will give students an opportunity to enhance
their knowledge of territorial gold, money of panics and
depressions, coins that made history and the first U.S. Mint in
Find out more about the
Legends In Numismatics course at the ANA Summer Seminar.
The ANA Summer Seminar is given in two sessions, June 22-28 and
June 29-July 5. For more details, please visit the ANA's website.
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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 a 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 Nature & Science 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
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:
- Asian Art Specialist
- Coin Buyer: (San Francisco, Dallas, New York)
- Decorative Arts & Design Specialist
- European Art Specialist
- Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: (New York,
- 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
- Client Data Specialist: Dallas, part-time
- Client Services Representative: Dallas
- Color & Photography Imaging Specialist: Dallas
- Consignment Coordinator: Dallas
- Currency Cataloger: Dallas
- Currency Consignment Director: Dallas
- e-Publishing Expert: Dallas
- Gallery Coordinator: Beverly Hills
- Marketing Account Executive: Dallas
- PHP Web Developer: Dallas
- Web Marketing & Social Media Coordinator:
If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate
positions, please apply
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Alexander Calder brooch may bring $30,000 to lead
Signature® Silver event
A rare Alexander Calder silver and steel wire pin
— gifted in the 1940s directly from the artist to Jean Hatton
Duffy, editor of Progressive Architecture and one of the few
examples of Calder jewelry to appear at auction — is expected to
bring $30,000 to lead Heritage Auctions' Silver Signature® Auction. The June 14
auction kicks off a two-day treasure trove of finely detailed
silver, European and decorative arts across a broad range of
popular makers and exotic designs.
"The Calder brooch comes with impeccable provenance and well
represents this auction's emphasis on presenting exquisite examples
by the finest craftsmen," said Ed Beardsley, Vice President and
Managing Director of Fine & Decorative Arts. "Many of the
pieces in this auction are truly unique and serve as a perfect
complement to our auction of fine European paintings and decorative
arts taking place the next day."
A monumental George III silver hot water urn crafted by
master silversmith Paul Storr, circa 1810-1811, is expected to
bring $15,000+ after it was discovered during an appraisal fair
held at Heritage's Dallas headquarters. Unusually large and
accented by a beast-mouthed spout and bone finial, the 172 oz. urn
body is engraved with a coat of arms and a high-spirited motto "I
AM READY." It is one of two Storr discoveries made during the
appraisal fair. A large, Paul Storr George III silver serving
tray, measuring 22-5/8" long and weighing 137.4 oz., is
expected to bring $5,000+.
The tray is one in a selection of 25 offered by makers ranging
from Gorham and Tiffany and highlighted by a rare and notable
George Washington Birth Centennial
silvered-copper commemorative tray. Produced by an unknown
maker, circa 1832, the 33-inch-long tray is decorated with a bold
portrait bust of George Washington and accented with images of the
Declaration of Independence and a ribbon inscribed with the names
of 14 states. The tray carries a conservative estimate of
The auction holds a trove of
unusual discoveries such as a circa 1821 Kirkby,
Waterhouse & Co. George III covered soup tureen, accented
by an imposing but peculiar final of an arm clutching an arrow, is
expected to bring $8,000+. A Gorham
repoussé water pitcher, fashioned into the highly-detailed form of
a primordial monster draped in seaweed, complete with a
C-scroll handle as a beaded octopus tentacle, is anticipated to
reach $7,000+ and an uncommon, Zaun
German secessionist silver, amethyst and jade bowl on a wood
base, made circa 1910, is expected to bring $4,000+.
A number of collections within the auction emphasize silver's
many forms and designs. More than 250 lots are devoted to rare and
unusual silver flatware, ranging from a cased, 16-piece
Tiffany & Co. ice cream serving set in the Japanese
pattern, which may bring $15,000+, to a cased, 119-piece set of
Heinrich Fries Continental service, weighing 302 oz., which may
fetch $6,000+, to a Gustav
Klingert Russian cloisonné enamel and gilt scoop, which may
An extensive collection of
important match safes includes a rare Gorham
steel and 14K gold match safe, decorated with etched wood grain
decoration in the manner of mokume gane, which is expected to bring
$12,000+. Records from the Gorham archives show this exact match
safe required 8-1/2 hours to make including 3-1/2 hours to produce
the multi-colored wood grain effect.
Another selection, largely discovered in the Midwest as part of
an extensive collection of coin silver, comes 40+ silver soup
ladles from makers ranging from Tiffany, Reed & Barton, Gorham
and George Sharp, highlighted by a Tiffany
& Co. Persian pattern ladle from 1872, which may realize
Art and European Paintings Signature® Auction takes place June
15, highlighted by Maurice
De Vlaminck's Normandie, pommiers dans la neige,
Giovanni Battista Torriglia's The Soap Bubble, both expected to
surpass $70,000+, and a strong assortment of fine, fresh-to-market
smalls and furniture, such as a Louis
XV-style vitrine by Joseph Emmanuel Zwiener, which may realize
information about Fine Art auctions.
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Record-setting minerals collection leads Heritage
Auctions' $3.57+ million Nature & Science sale
La Madona Rosa, a large and important Rose
quartz specimen, set a record June 2 as the most valuable fine
mineral specimen ever offered at auction when it realized $662,500
to lead Heritage Auctions' break-out $3.57+ million Nature & Science event.
The auction's cornerstone presentation of Part I of The Hoppel
Collection realized a combined $3+ million, shattered numerous
records and already stands as the most valuable fine minerals
collection ever offered at auction. Numerous journalists,
connoisseurs from various art fields as well as dedicated mineral
collectors attended the auction, which was packed to standing room
only. The 20-year collection included such diverse items as a
rarely-preserved gem-grade aquamarine crystal which has
survived unscathed since it was found in the early 1990s and
realized $158,500; and a rare world-class specimen of Linarite, which also realized
$158,500, to set a record for the highest price paid for such a
specimen of this species.
"This auction is proof that as a collectible, fine and rare
minerals have value and credibility and that concept has now been
proven in a public and transparent fashion," said James Walker,
Director of Fine Minerals for Heritage Auctions. "There was a
palpable buzz in the room for the entire auction. Our goal is to
create an archive, a reference base if you will, for those who want
to enter this collecting arena."
featured rare examples from all over the planet of some of the
finest mineral specimens (some of which are millions or tens of
millions of years old!), including an large specimen of Rhodochrosite from the old Home
Sweet Home Silver Mine in Colorado, which realized $146,500; a
gem-quality ammonite from the late Cretaceous
era which realized $80,500 and a Brazilian tourmaline crystal standing 16 inches
tall, which realized $68,500.
A 10" tall piece of pink Kunzite, a variety of
Spodumene, with provenance to George F. Kunz, Tiffany &
Co.'s vice president and chief mineralogist in the early 1900s,
realized $68,500. The pink gem variety of Spodumene was named after
Kunz who gave this particular example to his Tiffany co-worker
Rare gemstones enjoyed
vigorous bidding action, as a fine, 21.41 carat Tanzanite gemstone realized
$30,000; a deep red 93.6 carat Cuprite gem from Namibia, sold for
$20,625; and a monstrous, 237 carat Fluorite gemstone, mined
in New Hampshire, realized $16,250.
Three rare and historic (circa late 1800s-early 1900s) Michigan
copper specimens performed well as a native copper crystal preserved inside of a copper
‘skull' - the only known example known to exist — brought more
than four times its estimate to sell for $23,750 and set a record
for a specimen of its kind; a lattice of copper crystals realized $22,500 and
a significant group of inter-grown copper
crystals lead the trio at $27,500.
The auction offered collectors a few bargains as well, including
a sample of Calaverite from Colorado's Cripple Creek
region, which realized $2,375. "There's more than $2,300 worth
of gold in that example," Walker said. "The savvy person who
understands that got a deal on that buy."
The next offering of The Hoppel Collection is scheduled October
20 in Dallas and will feature a number of important examples of
similar natural treasures, Walker said. "We already have
considerable material in hand for the next two auctions and its'
wonderful stuff equally as fine as the selection we offered in the
opening salvo," Walker confirmed. "If the response so far is any
indication, were are going to have another record-setting crowd in
attendance as we did in the first auction."
More information about Nature & Science
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Is it Time to Sell?
Numismatists collect pieces of the past in many different ways, but
when the time to sell comes, they all agree: earn the most money
possible. Heritage delivers the best auction in Chicago — before
the ANA show — when all our clients still have their entire budgets
to spend. Our systems, our programs, our website, our staff
experts, our event — all work together seamlessly to deliver
extraordinary prices for you.
Your coins can sell alongside the magnificent "King of American
Coins" at our Platinum Night® & Signature® Auctions in Chicago.
But you need to act quickly! Call the Heritage Consignor Hotline at
1-800-872-6467 x1000 to reserve a place for your coins in this
2013 August 8 - 9 US Coins Signature Auction -
What's My Coin Worth?
Consign to a Heritage Auction
Consignment Deadline: June 26, 2013
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