The Dr. Hans Wilski
Collection of Ottoman & Islamic Coins
This September 2nd to October 7th, Heritage Auctions is proud to
offer an impressive selection of
Ottoman and Islamic coins from collection of Dr. Hans Wilski. A
giant in the field of Ottoman numismatics, Dr. Wilski had a deep
respect and fascination with all aspects of this intriguing
historical epoch, though his personal passion was certainly
collecting and studying the countermarks employed on Ottoman
coins—a subject on which he published two standard reference
Dr. Wilski's collection covers the entirety of the Ottoman period,
from the nadir of the great Seljuqs of Rum and the Mongol
Ilkhanate, through the emergence of a myriad of rival beyliks on
the Anatolian Peninsula with whom the nascent Ottomans vied for
dominance, and within the Ottoman dynasty itself from the reign of
Osman I's son Orhan, to the collapse of the empire under Mehmed VI.
This first auction will cover the pre-Ottoman period through the
reign of Mahmud I, or a period of roughly 500 years.
Some of the key highlights to be offered include a potentially
unique and unrecorded Dutch Trade
Lion Daalder of 7 Shahis dated 1634 and graded XF40 by NGC, an
incredibly well-preserved second-series akce of
Mehmed II, "the Conqueror" from Constantinople dated AH 865 (AD
1460/1)—the first Ottoman coin struck in the old Byzantine
capital, an excessively rare gold Dinar of Ahmed I
from the Algerian mint of Tilimsan (Tlemcen), a pair of Mexican
Cob 4 and 8 Reales counterstamped for circulation in Tunisia, and a
seldom-seen double-counterstamped gold Ashrafi from the reign of
Mehmed IV struck on a Venetian Ducat. Other fantastic pieces to be
on the lookout for are a largely unrecorded selection of Ottoman
"hairpin"-style larins, among which are a hitherto unknown
emission of Suleyman I, "the Magnificent", and another from
Mehmed III struck at
Nahcivan in Azerbaijan; a diverse selection of elusive beylik
coinages featuring a wide array of counterstamps; a 30-Piece, nearly
complete type set of Mehmed II akces, a 19-Piece nearly complete
date run of Yemeni Uthmanis of Suleyman I, and much, much
We hope that you are as excited about this opportunity and these
wonderful coins as we are, and will peruse the auction and bid on
these great pieces of history before they disappear from the market
for untold years to come. Bidding will begin the first Sunday in
September, with a live auction session on Heritage Live! on Sunday,
October 7th at 5pm CT.
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Seldom Seen Selections:
Choice 1873-CC Half Dollar with Arrows, virtually unobtainable
Arrows were placed at the date on the half dollar part way through
the year in 1873, to indicate a slight increase in the weight of
the planchet, from 12.44 grams to 12.5 grams. The arrows were
continued in 1874, and removed the following year, creating a
popular two-year design type. The mintage of Arrows half dollars at
the Carson City Mint was a relatively modest 214,560 pieces in
1873, making the issue rare at the MS64 grade level, and virtually
unobtainable any finer.
A mere four pieces have been awarded finer numerical grades than
the NGC-graded MS64 example of this date we are offering in our
current Long Beach Signature auction. NGC has seen fit to grade two
examples at the Gem (MS65) level, while PCGS has graded one coin
each at MS65 and MS66, along with a single example at MS64+.
Our September 6-9 Long Beach
Signature Auction features an impressive Choice
example, with sharply detailed design elements, aside from some
weakness on the tail feathers. Clash marks show in the reverse
shield and fine die cracks are evident through the olive leaves.
The well-preserved surfaces are lustrous and appealing, with
highlights of sea-green and lavender-gray toning.
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Curator Picks for the
Long Beach World Coin Auction
World & Ancient Coins
Ancients: MACEDONIAN KINGDOM. Philip V (220-179 BC).
AR tetradrachm (32mm, 16.72 gm, 11h). NGC MS ★ 5/5 - 4/5 Fine
Though not a rare coin by any means, Philip V tetradrachms seem to
have circulated widely and apparently for a long period of time, as
they are usually seen today in fairly worn condition. This
particular lot is exceptionally unusual in this regard, as it is
not only completely uncirculated, but also free of any significant
imperfections. It is truly deserving of the star designation
assigned to it by NGC, and I think it would make a great addition
to any high-grade ancient Greek type collection.
Ancients: CYCLADIC ISLANDS. Paros. Ca. 500-480 BC.
AR drachm (17mm, 6.07 gm). NGC Choice XF ★ 5/5 - 5/5
As a general rule, coins of the Cycladic Islands are much harder to
find than those of contemporaneous regions in mainland Greece or
Asia Minor. Though not quite as rare as the Delos didrachm that we
sold in our August auction, this particular piece, from the island
of Paros, is still not encountered often. In fact, this is one of
only two Paros drachms that we have ever sold in our history. The
toning further adds to its appeal in my eyes, clearly coming from
an old collection and likely stored in a cabinet, in order to get
its dark gray hues.
Numismatics, World & Ancient Coins - Chicago
French Cochin China: French Colony Proof 50 Cents
1879-A PR66 PCGS
Right up there with the stylings of the Gothic Florin, in my
opinion, is this beautifully designed French colonial issue. While
not the largest denomination, nor the only French colony to bear
this obverse illustration, it's definitely a scarce issue as French
Cochin China existed for less than sixty years and only produced
coins during ten of them. This proof emission easily wins me over
with its sublime color and nearly flawless surfaces.
Martinique: French Colonial gold
Regulated/Countermarked 20 Livres ND (c. 1805) AU53 PCGS
This coin has it all: stamps, countermarks, and a giant hole—all on
an imitation flan. From yet another French colony—literally across
the globe from my previous pick—this specimen hails from the
Caribbean island of Martinique. What seems like an
all-to-complicated way of issuing and regulating coinage, these
pieces were covered with markings and assay stamps in an effort to
separate genuine examples from imitations, and then pierced or
plugged to regulate weight. The historical background surrounding
these coins is actually fascinating, and the silver issues from
this era are equally engaging.
Finest T206 Set Ever Assembled Could Crush World Records in
Exclusive Heritage Auctions Sports Sale
The most important trading card set of the long-reigning Tobacco
Era will put its best foot forward in Heritage Auctions' special
1909-11 T206 PSA Set Registry
Catalog Auction Sept. 20 on HA.com/Sports.
Extended bidding drops the hammer on 520 cards comprising the
"Number One All-Time T206 Set" on the Professional Sports
Authenticator Registry. With dozens of individual cards already at
the apex of population charts, the sale is likely to lock in
multiple world records.
"For hundreds of trading card collectors, this is the auction event
of a lifetime," said Chris Ivy, Director of Sports Collectibles for
Heritage. "This auction is the vault door swinging open to reveal
treasures unavailable anywhere else on Earth."
Of the 13 PSA Gem Mint 10 cards in the T206 population, nine appear
within this remarkable sale, as do 116 of the 271 cards rated Mint
9. Only a single entry dips below NM 7.
The 1909-11 T206 PSA Set
Registry Catalog Auction is open for bidding and will close in
extended bidding format at 10 p.m. CT Sept. 20.
More information about Sports Auctions
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The ten US coins most frequently offered in Heritage auctions in
grades below Good:
Do you have a suggestion for a future top ten list?
- 1916-D dime
- 1877 cent
- 1794 cent
- 1885 nickel
- 1886 nickel
- 1932-D quarter
- 1901-S quarter
- 1795 cent
- 1921 half dollar
- 1793 Chain cent
Send it to us!
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An exciting consignment opportunity presents
itself, as Heritage proudly presents the upcoming November 7-10,
2018 Dallas, TX US Coins Signature Auction. Heritage's Dallas
auctions have a long established tradition and are eagerly
anticipated by collectors and dealers from around the US and the
world. These auctions have attracted eager bidders and produced
strong results for consignors and we expect this pattern to
You can personally benefit from Heritage's connections to buyers
from around the world and sell your coins alongside the millions of
dollars of rare, desirable and important offerings that have
already been consigned.
We have entered a new generation of collecting, and Heritage
ensures that bidders and consignors all benefit from the latest and
best technologies available. Our award-winning website, HA.com,
serves as the cornerstone for our innovation. We have an average of
44,000 unique collectors come to HA.com every day, and they come
to bid and to win! We are the auction leader, integrating our
systems to deliver the greatest demand and the highest prices in
Contact one of our Consignment Directors, and they will guide you
through the process and answer all of your questions. You can reach
us by calling 1-800-835-6000.
November 7-10 Dallas US Coins Signature
Consignment Deadline: September 18, 2018
What's My Coin Worth?
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