Classical Numismatic Group

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19-05-2015 – 01-01-1970

Electronic Auction 351

CNG’s Electronic Auction 351 online

Classical Numismatic Group’s Electronic Auction 351 will be closing on May 20, 2015, from 10 AM ET offering 919 lots.

Lot 26: KINGS of THRACE, Macedonian. Lysimachos. 305-281 BC. Drachm. Lysimacheia mint. Struck circa 299/8-297/6 BC. Thompson 6 var.; Price L1 var.; Müller 13. VF. Very rare. From the Nicholas Sicurella Collection. Estimate $100.

Numerous attractive groups of coins are available. In the Greek section, drachms of Lysimachos and Alexander from the Sicurella Collection, as well as Alexander tetradrachms from the Will Gordon Collection provide an array of interesting coins for the Macedonian specialist. Additional selections of Thessalian and Peloponnesian from the BCD Collection are also once more available. The Greek section is rounded out by an extensive group of rare ancient Arabian issues.

Lot 592: PHOENICIA, Tyre. Trajan. AD 98-117. Tetradrachm. Struck AD 110-111. McAlee 470; Prieur 1498. VF. From the J. S. Wagner Collection. Estimate $200.

Further coins from the Spradling and Wagner Collections are featured in the Roman Provincial and Imperial sections. The Imperial is rounded out by a group of attractive late-Roman silver pieces from the 2011 Gussage All Saints Hoard, while issues from the Prue Morgan Fitts Collection are present both in the Roman and Byzantine categories. Finally, the world section includes an excellent selection of Spanish silver issues of Fernando V and Isabel I.

Lot 204: ATTICA, Athens. Circa 165-42 BC. Tetradrachm. Struck 137/6 BC. Thompson 322 var.; HGC 4, 1602; SNG Lockett 1909 var. Near VF. From the collection of Alexandre Carathéodory Pasha. Estimate $150.

In addition to these offerings, CNG presents the flagship collection of this sale, the collection of Alexandre Carathéodory Pasha. Alexandre Carathéodory Pasha (or Karatheodory; 1833-1906) was a prominent Greek scholar, diplomat, and statesman in the Ottoman Empire, whose interest in collecting ancient coins was inspired by his meeting with the French diplomat and numismatist William-Henri Waddington at the Congress of Berlin in 1878.

Lot 569: SYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch. Augustus. 27 BC-AD 14. Tetradrachm. McAlee 180; Prieur 50; RPC I 4151; DCA 400. Good VF. From the collection of Alexandre Carathéodory Pasha. Estimate $500.

The present coin collection, including Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, and modern coinage, was passed on to Catherine Pilavachi-Carathéodory, who was the daughter of Stefanos A. Carathéodory, the eldest son of Alexandre Carathéodory Pasha. Catherine and her family left Egypt for Lausanne, Switzerland in 1961. The collection was inherited by Catherine’s son and Alexander’s great-grandson, Paul Pilavachi, who is its current owner.

More about Alexandre Carathéodory Pasha you can read in this CoinsWeekly article.

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