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Naville Numismatics Live Auction 62

Naville Numismatics auction will close on Sunday 13th December 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 693 lots of Greek, Roman, Byzantine coins, all chosen with contribution from NAC’s experts.

Lot 32: Sicily, Leontinoi. Tetradrachm, c. 440-430. Light iridescent tone and very fine/good very fine. Ex NAC R, 2007, 1072. Starting Price: £700.

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 such as Tarentum, Metapontum, Poseidonia, Paestum, Caulonia, Croton, Cosentia, Motya, Syracuse and Athens. Highlights include an interesting tetradrachm of Leontini with an interesting pedigree ex NAC sale R, 2008, 1072, a beautiful tetradrachm of Acanthus, a well preserved stater of Koson and a rare double siglos of Sidon from the Goekoop collection (ex NAC sale 54, 2010, 877).

Lot 394: Roman Republic. Sextus Pompeius Magnus Pius. Denarius, 42-40 BC, Sicily mint. Rare. Old cabinet tone. From the collection of E.E. Clain-Stefanelli. Starting Price: £200.

The Roman selection boasts an interesting series of Roman Republican bronzes and a striking array of denarii. This includes a beautiful quadrigatus, a well struck denarius of T. Didius, an interesting denarius of Sex Pompeius, L. Tituri L.f. Sabinus, L. Lucretius Trio, a rare denarius of Cn. Pompeius Magnus and M. Poblicius.

Lot 474: Pertinax. Sestertius, c. 193, Rome mint. Rare. A bold portrait of fine style. Dark tone, very fine/about very fine. Starting Price: £700.

The Imperial selection of the sale features an attractive series of Augustus, including an interesting Dupondius ex NAC sale 84, 2015, 1746, a rare sestertius of Agrippina, an a nice sestertius of Nero, a beautiful sestertius of Orbiana ex NAC sale sale 78, 2014, 2355, a rare tetradrachm of Uranius Antoninus and a sestertius of Aemilian. They are also remarkable such as an aureus of Tiberius, an aureus of Claudius, an aureus of Nero and a rare sestertius of Pertinax ex NAC sale 114, 2019, 1599.

Lot 269: Egypt, Alexandria. Antoninus Pius. Drachm, c. 153-154 (year 17). Rare. Portraits of excellent style and lovely brown-green patina, Extremely Fine. From the Dattari collection. Illustrated in RPC. Starting Price: £700.

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. 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.


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