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Dimitriadis Collection Of Roman Gold To
Be Sold At CICF World Coin Auction
Gold coins of Marc Antony, Julius Caesar, Augustus and a host of
other Roman rulers, part of an astounding collection of more than
215 Roman gold coins spanning the history of the Empire from 50 BC
to AD 500, will be sold April 10 by Heritage Auctions at their
Chicago International Coin Fair auction of World and Ancient
The Andre Constantine
Dimitriadis Collection, assembled by a Californian of Greek
descent over a 30-year period starting in 1984, is one of the
largest and most comprehensive collections of ancient Roman and
Byzantine gold coins ever brought to auction, according to David
Michaels, Director of Ancient Coins for Heritage.
"The late Mr. Dimitriadis, who was born in Istanbul and had a deep
connection to his Greco-Roman cultural roots, showed great patience
and connoisseurship in putting together this amazing collection,"
said Michaels. "Heritage is thrilled and honored that his heirs
have chosen us to make these beautiful coins available to a new
generation of collectors."
The Dimitriadis Collection also includes more than 100 Greek and
Roman silver coins, which will be sold along with the Roman gold
coins at the CICF auction April
10-16. "The Greek silver coins are extremely attractive and present
a pleasing general survey of the field, with a special emphasis on
Greek Asia Minor," Michaels said.
The incredibly comprehensive Byzantine collection, which includes
more than 600 coins, will be sold by Heritage in New York City
Mr. Dimitriadis, founder of LTC Properties, a
Westlake Village-based real estate investment trust, obtained many
of his standout coins from important public auctions in the 1990s,
including the collections of Neil Philips, Gordon McLendon, Anton
Dreesmann, and brothers Nelson Bunker and William Herbert Hunt. A
large number of the gold aurei and solidi in the Dimitriadis
Collection are the very coins illustrated in standard reference
books such as "The Roman Aurei" by Xavier Calico and "The Roman
Imperial Coinage" by a variety of scholars. "This is a rare
opportunity to obtain outstanding ancient coins with significant
auction pedigrees, in some cases dating back to the 1880s,"
The Roman gold coins are notable not only for their rarity and
artistic beauty, but for their condition as well. "By special
arrangement, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation has graded all of the
Roman gold aurei and solidi from the Dimitriadis Collection in this
important CICF auction," Michaels said. "Dozens of coins received
MS or Choice AU grades from NGC, putting them among the finest
known examples of each ruler."
Collection is a truly impressive group of coins that will
attract the interest of many collectors, both veterans and those
new to the market," said David Vagi, head of NGC Ancients. "It
includes some museum-quality specimens and some true rarities that
are seldom available in the marketplace. NGC is honored to have
been chosen to grade these coins."
"NGC grading of ancients opens the market to new buyers, especially
those looking for quality," said Cristiano Bierrenbach, Executive
Vice President for International Numismatics at Heritage Auctions.
"It also adds tremendous value to the coins by having a third party
opinion on the grade and additional expertise."
The Roman gold collection starts with aurei of the early Roman
Imperators Julius Caesar, Marc Antony and Octavian/Augustus.
Highlighting these pieces is an aureus of Marc Antony
struck in the Eastern portion of the Empire, likely Ephesus, in 41
BC. Also among these early gold rarities is a beautiful aureus of Augustus with a
reverse depicting his stepson Tiberius in a triumphal quadriga,
struck toward the end of his reign in AD 13-14.
The Julio-Claudian Dynasty (27 BC – AD 68) receives excellent
coverage in the collection, with many attractive aurei of Augustus,
Tiberius, Claudius, and Nero. Also represented are the
short-reigning emperors Galba (AD 68-69) and Vitellius (AD 69),
participants in the destructive Civil War of AD 68-69. The
collection continues with a broad selection of fine-style aurei of
the Flavian Dynasty (AD 69-96) and the "Four Good Emperors" whose
reigns spanned most of the 2nd Century AD, including
attractive aurei of Vespasian, Titus, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus
Pius, Marcus Aurelius, and Lucius Verus. Many of these coins
received grades of AU to Choice Mint State by NGC.
Gold coins of the tumultuous 3rd Century AD are also
well represented, including many rare issues of the Severan Dynasty
(AD 193-235). These include an extremely rare aureus of the young
Caracalla from a Syrian branch mint, and a second aureus of the same ruler
with a brutal mature portrait.
The Tetrarchy, a period when four (and sometimes more) emperors
ruled jointly, also receives good coverage in the Dimitriadis
Collection, including a stunning Mint State example of the
Emperor Maximian. From this point the collection (and the
Empire) transitions from the aureus to the solidus, a somewhat
lighter but larger gold coin introduced by
Constantine I the Great (AD 307-337). Particularly well
represented is the brief reign of the last ruler of the
Constantinian Dynasty, the brilliant and controversial Julian II "The
Philosopher" (AD 360-363).
The Dimitriadis Collection continues with exciting rarities from
the Late Roman Empire, divided between Eastern and Western halves.
Highlights include solidi of Constantine
III, Majorian and Anthemius, as
well as rare solidi of the Late Roman
empresses Galla Placidia, Honoria, and Aelia Pulcheria.
Collection is at the heart of Heritage's largest-ever offering
of Ancient Coins, with more than 1,800 outstanding lots in two
Signature floor sessions (starting at 1:00 pm and 6:00 PM CT on
Thursday, April 10) and a Signature Internet Session (starting 1:00
PM CT Tuesday, April 15). Bidding is already open for all sessions,
and remote bidding will be available on the auction day via
To receive a copy of the fully illustrated Heritage CICF Ancients catalog, contact
Dave Michaels (DMichaels@HA.com /
(310) 492-8615) or Sam Spiegel (SamS@HA.com / (214)
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Heritage Awards Nineteenth Mint State
High Relief $20 to Tennessee Collector
Continuing our tradition begun in 1996, Heritage Auctions has
awarded a Mint State High Relief double eagle to a lucky collector,
as the Grand Prize in their annual client survey. The classic
American numismatic rarity was certified by NGC as MS61 Wire Rim.
The winner, Charles Dean of Tennessee, enthused that his prize
"will occupy a special place in my collection." The surveys are
undertaken by the auction firm to support higher levels of
According to Mr. Dean: "I was attending the Atlanta ANA National
Money Show when I started getting phone and email messages from Bob
Korver, and it took us several attempts to get a good phone
connection! When I finally heard that I had won an uncirculated
High Relief, I was so glad that I took time out from my bourse
hunting to plug-in my cell-phone charger! I thank Heritage for
Mr. Dean's interest in rare coins," explained Heritage
Vice-President David Mayfield, "started in February 1961, when his
mother brought home a 35¢ blue Whitman folder for Lincoln
"I was hooked as soon as I started putting
cents in my Whitman folder," explained Mr. Dean. "Each night, when
my father arrived home from work, I would meet him at the door to
look through his pocket change. Within a short time, he was taking
me to the bank to get rolls of cents to look through; within a few
months, every week we would pick up a $50 bag of cents. When I had
enough savings, I would get silver dollars from the bank as well.
After 53 years in numismatics, I have had a lot of fun, met many
wonderful people, and constantly learn new things about coins,
medals, tokens and paper money. I love them all."
The 1907 High Relief Double Eagle, dated with the Roman numerals
MCMVII, is considered by many collectors as the most beautiful
American coin. Even novice collectors quickly become aware of the
issue's fascinating history, starting with President Theodore
Roosevelt's desire to improve the aesthetic qualities of America's
coinage. Roosevelt, appreciating the coins of ancient Greece with
their strong artistic traditions and designs in high relief,
personally selected sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Roosevelt
understood that a nation's coins are the most enduring record of
its arts, and he wanted new coins that would reflect American
ideals. As collectors quickly learn, production problems (multiple
blows were needed for full striking) and stacking problems in banks
limited the commercial use of the High Relief design, and only
12,367 were minted. Reduced-relief versions of Saint-Gaudens' basic
design, with the date changed to the Arabic numerals "1907", were
produced for the remainder of the year. The High Relief rarity is
on most collectors' wantlist, and examples are avidly pursued
wherever they appear.
Concluded Mayfield: "Previous High Relief winners have been from
Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois,
Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Virginia,
Washington, and Wyoming."
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Website Tips: All items from Heritage Auctions
Now eligible for Make Offer to Owner program
|Due to popular
demand, we have altered the Make Offer to Owner (MOtO) program to
remove the minimum purchase price requirement for all lots,
previously $417 for coins and $385 for everything else. Now, all
items purchased from Heritage at auction are eligible for MOtO,
with a minimum commission of $40.
Owners of items bought from Heritage at auction that were
previously ineligible for MOtO can enable their items individually
through the individual links in MyCollection, or they can enable all of their
items at once by going to MyCollection and clicking on the following link:
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The twelve highest valued multiple coin lots
to sell in Heritage auctions:
Do you have a suggestion for a future top ten list?
Send it to us!
- Five-Piece Panama Pacific Set
With Original Holder, Invoices, and Memorabilia From the
Exposition. Realized $445,625.
- The First Struck 1915
Panama-Pacific Set - 5 coins plus presentation case and
ephemera. Realized $368,000.
- Australia: Six coin George
V Proof Set 1934. Realized $276,000.
- China: People's Republic.
Dragon and Phoenix two-piece gold and silver set 1990. Realized
- 1868 Complete 16-Piece Aluminum
Pattern Proof Set, Cent Through Double Eagle, PR63-PR67 Cameo
NGC. Realized $211,500.
- Five-Piece 1915-S Panama-Pacific
Set with case. Realized $201,250.
- China: People's Republic.
Inventions and Discoveries First Issue, Five-piece Proof platinum
100 Yuan Set 1992. Realized $184,000.
- The 'Law Collection' Complete
Proof PCGS Shield Nickel Registry Set. Realized $176,250.
- Five-Piece Panama-Pacific Set
With Box and Correspondence. Realized $172,500.
- Five-Piece 1943 Experimental Cent
Collection. Realized $161,000.
- Four-Piece Set Of 1911 Matte
Proof Gold Coins. Realized $161,000.
- Farouk's Five-Piece
Panama-Pacific Commemorative Set With Cases and Documentation.
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U.S. Coin Cataloger
Heritage Auctions is seeking a talented numismatist with broad
expertise in U.S. coins to join our award-winning staff. If you
have an extensive knowledge base of U.S. coins and have exceptional
writing skills we have an opening as a cataloger. You can work with
the most successful team of numismatists in the world. This is a
full-time position based in our Dallas headquarters. Duties will
include cataloging, evaluating and attribution of U.S. coins,
assisting with catalog production, and contributing numismatic
articles for newsletters and other publications.
If you are interested, please contact
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Coin Buyer Wanted -
Heritage Auctions is seeking talented numismatists with a broad
range of expertise to join our Dallas office. If you have a good
working knowledge base of U S. coins and currency and are
comfortable dealing with the public, we have openings for permanent
positions as a buyer. 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
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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 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
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 &
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
- Asian Art Specialist
- Coin Buyer
- Modern & Contemporary Art Specialist: (New
- 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
We are also seeking to fill the following corporate positions:
If you are interested in applying for one of these Corporate
- Client Data Specialist part-time
- Client Services Representative
- Consignment Coordinator
- Currency Consignment Director
- e-Publishing Expert
- Fine Jewelry Cataloger
- Jr. Photographer
- Operations Assistant
- PHP Web Developer
- Web Content Specialist (part-time)
- U.S. Coin Cataloger Needed
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Fire-Resistant First Edition
Fahrenheit 451, Signed By Bradbury, Leads Rare Books
One of the finest known signed copies of the first edition of Ray
Bradbury's seminal 1953 masterpiece — and most famous work —
Fahrenheit 451 in
the original asbestos binding, no less, to ensure that the book
would survive burning — is expected to bring more than $17,500,
anchoring the deep selection of fine literature and Americana in
Heritage Auctions' April 2 Rare Books Signature
"Bradbury's 1953 futuristic parable of a world without books is as
relevant and readable as ever," said James Gannon, Director of Rare
Books at Heritage." We've sold several copies of the first edition
of this book, as collectors are always looking for it, but this
superb copy is the finest we've yet encountered."
With more than 1,000 lots crossing the block in the auction,
highlights from two prominent private collections — one from North
Carolina, one from New Orleans — offer works at a variety of price
points and genres curated to suit any collecting taste.
The auction also features another excellent offering of rare books
and unique manuscripts in the Armenian language, including a complete set of 29 fine
art collotype prints of masterpiece paintings by Hovsep Pushman
(estimate: $40,000+), Pushman's entire output, the first 10
examples of which are very difficult, if not impossible, to obtain.
A wonderful Armenian
Illuminated Manuscript of the Four Gospels (estimate: $20,000+)
contains six miniatures, illuminated concordances, marginal
illustrations and ornamented letters to make-up a fantastic
A hand-colored plate of the Great Horned Owl
by Havell (estimate: $12,500+), from Audubon's double-elephant
folio first edition of The Birds of America, is attracting
significant collector interest, while an extremely rare 1835
edition of The Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Latter Day
Saints (estimate: $30,000+), a cornerstone of Mormon
theology, carries a direct line of provenance back to an early
Mormon family with a contemporary ownership inscription.
A fine private collection from North Carolina both begins and ends
the auction, including a fine first edition of Ian Fleming's first
James Bond novel, Casino Royale
(estimate: $20,000+), a series of prints titled Flights: Unforgettable
Exploits of the Air (estimate: $5,000+), each signed by a
legend of aviation, including Orville Wright, Charles Lindbergh,
and Richard E. Byrd, and a limited edition, one of only 10 signed
presentation copies of the "Author's Autograph Edition" of Amelia Earhart's first
book, 20 Hrs. 40 Min. Our Flight in the Friendship
(estimate: $8,000+), with one of the original American flags that
was on her plane during her flight affixed to the front
A private collection in New Orleans provides Heritage with a
special offering of books with important provenance with highlights
focusing on French enlightenment and history, French and European
royalty, Napoleonic Wars, European and Middle-Eastern travels, and
Americana. An example of both French history and fine binding in
this collection is a copy of l'Office de la Semaine
Sainte (estimate: $6,000+), with a contemporary royal
binding and a hand-written note that the copy was presented to
Louis XIV at Versailles. Also included are works of English
literature including first editions by Dickens and Milton; and American
works by Capote and Agee.
More information about Rare Book
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April 9 Domain Names Auction Now Open For
We are proud to announce that our second Domain Name And
Intellectual Property Auction is underway, and bidding is open
now through April 9th. This auction features 102 domain brands
which are ideal for business or personal use.
We also have dozens of names, priced well, that are ideal for our
coin clients including:
The full list of our 100 hand-picked domain brands can be found
If you have any questions, please reach out to Aron Meystedt,
director of the Intellectual Property division, at AronM@HA.com or
Ext. 1362. Bidding is open now through April
about Domain Name auctions.
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Heritage is once again, proud to announce
that they are the Official Auctioneer of the Long Beach Expo. Now
in its 50th year, Long Beach has proven time and again to be the
venue to choose when it is time to consign your collection. The
market for numismatics remains solid, proven by the recent ANA
Signature Auction held in Atlanta, GA showing total prices realized
at nearly $15 million.
To consign to Heritage's Signature auction held during the Golden
anniversary of this lauded convention, contact Heritage today to
join in on this momentous event. The June Long Beach coin
consignment deadline is April 22nd. Please call one of our
Consignment Directors at 800-USCOINS (872-6467) ext. 1000 (Coins)
or ext. 1001 (Currency) to begin your consignment experience.
5 - 8 LB Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
Consignment Deadline: April 22, 2014
What's My Coin Worth?
Consign to a Heritage Auction
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