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Naville Numismatics’ Live Auction 53

Naville Numismatics Live Auction 53 features a selection of 781 lots of Greek, Roman, Byzantine coins, all chosen with contribution from NAC’s experts. The sale will close on Sunday 3 November 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 58: The Carthaginians in Sicily and North Africa, Carthago (?). Stater, circa 350-320. Struck in high relief. Good Extremely Fine. Starting bid: £2,000.

The sale begins with a selection of coins, including bronzes and fractions, from Magna Graecia, Sicily and Greece, some of them 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, Thurium, Caulonia, Gela, Syracuse, Athens and Corinth, even beyond a selection of Hellenistic portraits of Seleucid, Parthic, Sasanian and Ptolemaic kings.

Highlights include an interesting tetradrachm of Leontini (Ex NAC R, 2007, 1072; NAC 78, 2014, 1374 and NAC 106, 2018, 1175 sales); a beautiful Carthaginian stater; a rare Archaic tetradrachm of Athens and a very rare double siglos of Sidon from the Goekoop collection (Ex NAC sale 54, 2010, 877).

Lot 461: C. Iulius Caesar. Denarius, 49-48, mint moving with Caesar. Good Extremely Fine. Starting bid: £200.

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 C. Marius C.f. Capito, a wonderful denarius of Q. Sicinius, a well struck denarius of C. Iulius Caesar a rare denarius of M. Antonius and L. Gellius.

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

Lot 510: Civil Wars. Denarius, circa 68-69, Spain. Very rare, Very Fine. Starting bid: £750.

The Imperial selection of the sale features an attractive series of Augustus, an interesting sestertius of Gaius, a rare denarius of the Civil wars, a well struck sestertius of Sabina, a scarce denarius of Pertinax, two very rare quinarii, one of Probus and one of Carinus, an extremely rare semis of Maximianus Herculius and a rare tremissis of Arcadius, 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, Galerius, Licinius I, Constantine I, Vetranio, Valens, Valentinian I, Procopius, Flavius Victor and Johannes,

They are also remarkable such as a selection of aureii, including Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Faustina I and Septimius Severus and a very rare solidus of Constantine I.

In addition the auction presents an interesting and beautiful selection of Byzantine, Medieval, Modern World coins with important highlights and two important books: the five volumes of the Mazzini’s collection and the first volume of Nomisma written by H. von Fritze and H. Gaebler.

Lot 311: Egypt. Alexandria. Antoninus Pius, 138-161. Drachm, circa 148-149 (year 12). From the Dattari collection. Extremely 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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