Naville Numismatics Live Auction 60
The auction will close on Sunday 27 September 2020, 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. The auction features a selection of 665 lots of Greek, Roman, Byzantine coins, all chosen with contribution from NAC’s experts.
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 Populonia (Ex Ratto sale 1926, Riche collection), Neapolis, Tarentum, Metapontum, Velia, Laos, Caulonia, Croton, Rhegium, Agrigentum, Catana, Zankle, Syracuse, Athens and Corinth, even beyond a selection of Hellenistic portraits of Seleucid, Parthic, Sasanian and Ptolemaic kings. Highlights include a beautiful nomos of Caulonia, a well preserved decadrachm of Syracuse (Ex NAC sale 114, 2019, 1060), a beautiful tetradrachm of Lilybaion (Ex NAC sale 88, 2015, 573) and an Archaic tetradrachm of Athens (Ex NAC sale 78, 2014, 1435).
The Roman selection boasts an interesting series of Roman Republican bronzes and a striking array of denarii. This includes a rare didrachm, a beautiful quadrigatus, a well struck denarius of L. Cornelius Sulla Imperator with L. Manlius Torquatus Proquaestor, a nice denarius of L. Procilius, a well struck denarius of M. Volteius, a scarce denarius of M. Plaetorius M.f. Cestianus, a beautiful denarius of L. Furius Cn. F. Brocchus, a well struck denarius of Ti Carisius and a very rare denarius of P. Sepullius Macer.
In this part, there is also an interesting selection of Republican portraits such as I. Caesar, Sextus Pompeius, Octavian and Marcus Antonius.
The Imperial selection of the sale features an attractive series of Augustus, a beautiful dupondius of Augustus, an interesting sestertius of Claudius, a beautiful sestertius of Nero, a scarce sestertius of Nerva, an extremely rare As of S. Severus even beyond a selection of solidi, siliquae, denarii, tetradrachms, sestertii, dupondii, asses and folles, 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, Maximianus I, Constantius I, Constantine I, Valens, Theodosius II, Leo and Zeno.
They are also remarkable such as an aureus of Nero, an interesting aureus of Trajan, an extremely rare half follis of Maximianus Herculius from the Dattari collection and a very rare and well preserved follis of Martian.
In addition the auction presents an interesting and beautiful selection of Byzantine, Medieval, Modern World coins with important highlights such as an extremely rare denarius of pope John VIII.
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.
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