14-03-2017 – 01-01-1970
Electronic Auction 393
Classical Numismatic Group Electronic Auction 393
Electronic Auction 393, featuring 973 lots and closing on Wednesday, 15 March, beginning at 10 AM ET. This auction features coins from a number of notable collections, including:
Lot 20: Kings of Macedon. Perseus. Tetradrachm, 179-168 BC. Near EF. Estimate: 1,000 USD.
Coins from the Dr. Lawrence D. Sporty Colletion and the BCD Collection, as well as some interesting groups of electrum from Mytilene and silver staters from Phaselis. Additionally, the sale presents a wide array of books and antiquities.
Lot 410: Matthew Duane. Coins of the Seleucidae, kings of Syria. London: J. Nichols and Son for T. Payne and J. White, 1803. 420 pages. Estimate: 500 USD.
This sale also includes approximately 297 lots of books and other numismatically-related references, including a substantial offering from both the Arthur A. Houghton III and J.Eric Engstrom Libraries, as well as a second selection of duplicates from the Library of the American Numismatic Society. The Arthur A. Houghton III library specialized in materials related to the study of Seleukid coins and contains a number of items of particular interest to that field, including an antiquarian copy of the Matthew Duane collection, published in 1803, a specially-bound copy of Arthur’s first volume of his published collection [CSE], and an original copy of Ars Classica I, the sale of the Pozzi Collection in 1921. As a well-known collector and numismatist, several association copies of works by other major numismatists are also offered, inscribed by the authors to Arthur. The lots from the J. Eric Engstrom Library consist of volumes of Numismatic Notes and Monographs, published by the American Numismatic Society. Rather than offering them as a single lot, these volumes are offered thematically, so that collectors in those specialized fields may have an opportunity to acquire pertinent volumes in their specialized fields.
Lot 413: 2010 Folio Society Reprint of Roberts’ The Holy Land / Egypt and Nubia. Estimate: 1,000 USD.
In addition to the Duane volume, the book portion also includes a rare copy of Francesco de Ficoroni’s I piombi antichi. Opera di Francesco De Ficoroni dedicata alla santita di Nostro Signore papa Benedetto XIV and Johann Jacob Gessner’s 1738 Specimen rei nummariæ, cum prolegomenis et amplissima veterum numismatium collectione, as well as a 2010 Folio Society reprint edition of David Roberts’ 1849 “The Holy Land” and “Egypt and Nubia”.
The sale of duplicates from the Library of the American Numismatic Society is our second offering (the first in Electronic Auction 371), allowing collectors to supplement their reference libraries with some earlier, hard-to-find sales of some of the major firms of the past century or more.
Lot 930: Gold finger ring with orange garnet intaglio. Roman, 3rd-4th centuries AD. Estimate: 1,500 USD.
CNG is pleased to present 267 lots of antiquities in this sale, including the third installment of the Carl Devries collection of Egyptian antiquities and a diverse offering of mostly Holyland pieces from the collection of the late Herbert B. Stearns. Particularly noteworthy are a highly interesting selection of Egyptian amulets, including a number of rare and choice specimens (lots 737-773); a group of rare inscribed Judaean weights (lot 858); an offering of Romano-Byzantine rings (lots 922-931); and a marble relief of a celestial female figure from Rajasthan, India (lot 969).
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