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Dimitriadis Collection Of Roman Gold To Be Sold At CICF World Coin Auction
Heritage Awards Nineteenth Mint State High Relief $20 to Tennessee Collector
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March 22, 2014
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Dimitriadis Collection Of Roman Gold To Be Sold At CICF World Coin Auction
Marc Antony as Triumvir (43-31 BC). AV aureus (21mm, 8.06 gm, 4h)
Marc Antony as Triumvir (43-31 BC). AV aureus (21mm, 8.06 gm, 4h)
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 Coins.

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 September 17-19.

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," Michaels said.

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."

"The Dimitriadis 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."

Augustus (27 BC-AD 14). AV aureus (20mm, 7.82 gm, 3h)
Augustus (27 BC-AD 14). AV aureus (20mm, 7.82 gm, 3h)
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.

Maximian, first reign (AD 286-305). AV aureus (21mm, 5.30 gm, 1h)
Maximian, first reign (AD 286-305). AV aureus (21mm, 5.30 gm, 1h)
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.

The Dimitriadis 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 Heritage Live!

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) 409-1524).

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Heritage Awards Nineteenth Mint State High Relief $20 to Tennessee Collector
1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS62 PCGS
1907 $20 High Relief, Wire Rim MS62 PCGS
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 service.

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 their generosity."

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 Cents."

"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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This Week's Top Ten
The twelve highest valued multiple coin lots to sell in Heritage auctions:

Five-Piece Panama Pacific Set With Original Holder, Invoices, and Memorabilia From the Exposition
Five-Piece Panama Pacific Set With Original Holder, Invoices, and Memorabilia From the Exposition
  1. Five-Piece Panama Pacific Set With Original Holder, Invoices, and Memorabilia From the Exposition. Realized $445,625.
  2. The First Struck 1915 Panama-Pacific Set - 5 coins plus presentation case and ephemera. Realized $368,000.
  3. Australia: Six coin George V Proof Set 1934. Realized $276,000.
  4. China: People's Republic. Dragon and Phoenix two-piece gold and silver set 1990. Realized $253,000.
  5. 1868 Complete 16-Piece Aluminum Pattern Proof Set, Cent Through Double Eagle, PR63-PR67 Cameo NGC. Realized $211,500.
  6. Five-Piece 1915-S Panama-Pacific Set with case. Realized $201,250.
  7. China: People's Republic. Inventions and Discoveries First Issue, Five-piece Proof platinum 100 Yuan Set 1992. Realized $184,000.
  8. The 'Law Collection' Complete Proof PCGS Shield Nickel Registry Set. Realized $176,250.
  9. Five-Piece Panama-Pacific Set With Box and Correspondence. Realized $172,500.
  10. Five-Piece 1943 Experimental Cent Collection. Realized $161,000.
  11. Four-Piece Set Of 1911 Matte Proof Gold Coins. Realized $161,000.
  12. Farouk's Five-Piece Panama-Pacific Commemorative Set With Cases and Documentation. Realized $161,000.
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U.S. Coin Cataloger Wanted

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 BrittM@HA.com.

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Coin Buyer Wanted - Dallas Office

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 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 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 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:

  • Asian Art Specialist
  • Coin Buyer
  • 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 positions:

  • Client Data Specialist part-time
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Fire-Resistant First Edition Fahrenheit 451, Signed By Bradbury, Leads Rare Books Auction

Fahrenheit 451
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 Auction.

"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.

[Hovsep Pushman, artist]. Complete set of Twenty-Nine Fine Art Collotype Prints of Masterpiece Paintings by Hovsep Pushman
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 offering.

John James Audubon: Great Horned Owl - Plate XLI
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 pastedown.

[Louis XIV]. l'Office de la Semaine Sainte
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.

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April 9 Domain Names Auction Now Open For Bidding

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.

Highlights include:

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 here: HA.com/1119

If you have any questions, please reach out to Aron Meystedt, director of the Intellectual Property division, at AronM@HA.com or 1-800-872-6467 Ext. 1362. Bidding is open now through April 9th.

More information about Domain Name auctions.

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Instant Quiz

1. For how many years were circulation strike Kennedy half dollars minted in 90% silver?
       A) 0
       B) 1
       C) 5
       D) 6
       E) 7

2. What is the mintmark for coins minted in Mexico City?
       A) CM
       B) M
       C) MC
       D) Mo
       E) No mintmark

Last week's question:

1. Which of the following is not known as a Maryland colonial issue?
Correct Answer: B) Threepence (18%).

2. Some Gobrecht dollars have the inscription "C. Gobrecht F." below Liberty's base. What does the F stand for?
Correct Answer: A) Fecit (51%).

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Is it Time to Sell?
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.

June 5 - 8 LB Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach
Consignment Deadline: April 22, 2014

David Mayfield
Vice President, Numismatic Auctions
1-800-US-COINS ext. 1000

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