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Naville Numismatics’ Live Auction 52

Naville Numismatics Live Auction 52 features a selection of 721 lots of Greek, Roman, Byzantine coins, all chosen with contribution from NAC’s experts. The sale will close on Sunday 22 September 2019, 16.00 UK time, at which time the live session will begin. Absentee bidders can bid electronically through Naville Numismatics website from the day the sale is published online up to the start of the live session.

Lot 28: Kingdom of Macedon, Philip II, 359-336. Pella Aureus, circa 340-328 or 336-328. Extremely Fine. Starting bid: £1,600.

The sale begins with a selection of coins, including bronzes and fractions, from Magna Graecia, Sicily and Greece, some of them from the duplicates of the BCD collection and others from the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli collection sold in association with Stacks Bowers Galleries.

This section of the sale includes coins offers an attractive series of rare and beautiful coins from Neapolis, Tarentum, Metapontum, Caulonia, Croton, Catana, Syracuse, Athens and Corinth, even beyond a selection of Hellenistic portraits of Seleucid, Parthic, Sasanian and Ptolemaic kings.

Highlights include an interesting tetradrachm of Syracuse and a beautiful stater of Philip II.

Lot 436: C. Memmius C.f. Denarius, circa 56. Attractive old cabinet tone, About Extremely Fine. Starting bid: £250.

The Roman selection boasts an interesting series of Roman Republican bronzes and a striking array of denarii.

This includes a beautiful quadrigatus, a good denarius of L. Cossius Longinus, a well struck denarius of C. Memmius C.f. and a beautiful denarius of Caesar.

In this part, there is also an interesting selection of Republican portraits such as Caesar, Marcus Antonius and Octavian.

Lot 665: Probus, 276-282. Aureus, circa 281. Extremely rare. Several edge marks, possibly traces of mounting, otherwise Very Fine. Starting bid: £1,500.

The Imperial selection of the sale features an attractive series of Augustus, a beautiful sestertius of Nero Drusus, a beautiful sestertius of Nero with the triumphal arch on reverse, a arare aureus of Nero with the temple of Vesta on reverse, an interesting sestertius of Galba, a well preserved tetradrachm of Domitian, a rare aureus of Probus and an interesting contorniate of Valentinian III, even beyond a selection of solidi, siliquae, denarii, tetradrachms, sestertii, dupondii, asses and folles, some of them from an old Canadian collection and from the M.J. collection, which includes Claudius, Nero, Galba, Vitellius, Vespasian, Domitian, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aurelius, Commodus, Septimius Severus, Caracalla, Geta, Elagabalus, Gordian III, Philip I, Philip II, Trajan Decius, Diocletian, Carausius, Maximianus I, Constantius I, Constantius Chlorus, Galerius, Licinius I, Constantine I, Valens, Valentinian I, Gratian, Magnus Maximus and Zeno.

They are also remarkable such as an aureus of Antoninus Pius from the Huntington collection and a very rare beautiful sestertius of Caracalla.

In addition the auction presents an interesting and beautiful selection of Byzantine, Medieval and Modern World coins with important highlights.

Lot 283: Egypt. Alexandria. Trajan, 98-117. Drachm, circa 109-110 (year 13). From the Dattari collection. Extremely rare. Good Very Fine. Starting bid: £600.

The Roman Provincial part of the sale includes a selection from the Dattari Collection.

It is composed of Alexandrine coins from Octavian to Galerius with various types of obols, diobols, hemidrachms, and drachms featuring rare portrayals of ancient divinities.

Highlights include coins of Augustus, Claudius, Domitian, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Lucius Verus, remarkable specimens both for the state of preservation and rarity.

Giovanni Dattari was born in Livorno on 19th April 1858 and moved to Egypt with his family after the death of his father in 1875.

He is known to have been a keen and competent amateur-merchant of Egyptian antiquities and Greek and Roman coinage. His study in the family villa in Cairo was a common meeting place for archaeologists, Egyptologists and numismatists.

Dattari started his coin collection in 1891 and by 1894 it was comprised of 395 pieces in base silver and 2207 in bronze.

By 1903 the collection had grown to 6835 Alexandrian, 91 archaic Greek, 230 of Alexander the Great, 910 Ptolemaic, 19320 Roman coins and 630 lead and silver pieces and in the following years this number of coins more than doubled.


Naville Numismatics Ltd’s partnership with NAC guarantees highly professional numismatic service and certifies an unlimited warranty of authenticity for the lots it sells.

Lots can be viewed in our office in London, by prior appointment only. During the Live session you can see current lots and bid in real time, making it an easy and fast way to participate in the auction.

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