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Naville Numismatics Live Auction 61

The upcoming Naville Numismatics auction will close on Sunday 8 November 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 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.

Lot 29: Sicily, Syracuse. Tetradrachm, c. 450 BC. From the A. D. Moretti Collection. Starting Price: £1,500.

This section of the sale includes offers an attractive series of rare and beautiful coins such as Tarentum, Metapontum, Sybaris, Caulonia, Croton, Lilybaenum, 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 nomos of Croton, a beautiful tetradrachm of Syracuse from the Moretti collection and an interesting stater of Philip II, king of Macedonia.

Lot 345: Petillius Capitolinus. Denarius, c. 41. Good very fine. Privately purchased from Ratto in 1974. Starting Price: £150.

The Roman selection boasts an interesting series of Roman Republican bronzes and a striking array of denarii. This includes a beautiful anonymous denarius, an interesting denarius with star, a beautiful denarius of Pinarius Natta, a well-preserved denarius of Marcius Philippus, a denarius of A. Plautius in good quality, a rare denarius of T. Carius and a well preserved denarius of Petillius Capitolinus. In this part, there is also an interesting selection of Republican portraits such as I. Caesar, Octavian and Marcus Antonius.

Lot 577: Constantine II. Caesar. Solidus, 335-336, Constantinopolis. Extremely rare. Good very fine. Starting Price: £800.

The Imperial selection of the sale features an attractive series of Augustus, a beautiful as of Tiberius, a wonderful sestertius of Nero, an apparently unpublished sestertius of Hadrian, a well preserved sestertius of Lucilla, even beyond a selection of solidi, siliquae, denarii, tetradrachms, sestertii, dupondii, asses and folles, which includes Claudius, Nero, Vespasian, Domitian, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aurelius, Commodus, Septimius Severus, Caracalla, Geta, Elagabalus, Pupienus, Gordian III, Philip I, Philip II, Trajan Decius, Diocletian, Maximianus I, Constantius I, Constantine I, Constantine II and Honorius. They are also remarkable such as an aureus of Vespasian, an aureus of Titus as Caesar, an aureus of Domitian as Caesar and a very rare solidus of Constantine II.

In addition the auction presents an interesting and beautiful selection of Byzantine, Medieval, Modern World coins with important highlights such as an extremely rare gros of Cyprus struck by Amaury prince of Tyre.

Dattari Collection

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.

Lot 208: Egypt, Alexandria. Hadrian. Drachm, c. 136-137. Extremely rare. From the Dattari collection. Starting Price: £350.

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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