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02-12-2017 – 01-01-1970

Live Auction 36

Naville Numismatics Live Auction 36

The auction features a selection of 792 lots of Greek, Roman, Byzantine coins, all chosen with contribution from NAC’s experts. The auction will close on Sunday 3 December 2017, 16.00 UK time, at which time the live session will begin. 

Lot 83: Corinth. Stater, circa 375-300. About Extremely Fine. Starting bid: 130 GBP.

The sale begins with a selection of coins, including bronzes and fractions, from Magna Graecia and Sicily, most of them from the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli Collection sold in association with Stacks Bowers Galleries. This section of the sale includes coins from rare mints such as Aliffae, Canusium, Orra and Morgantina and also offers an attractive series of coins from Tarentum, Metapontum, Thurium, Croton, Agrigentum, Gela, Selinus, Syracuse, Athens and Corinth, even beyond a selection of Hellenistic portraits of Seleucid, Parthic and Ptolemaic kings. 

Lot 29: Sicily, Agrigentum. Tetradrachm, circa 475-472 or later. From a collection formed in the ’30s. Toned, marginal area of corrosion on obverse, otherwise Good Very Fine. Starting bid: 300 GBP.

Highlights include a wonderful tetradrachm of Agrigentum, and a rare obol of Cleopatra VII.

The Roman selection boasts an interesting series of Roman Republican bronzes and a striking array of denarii, again most of them from the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli Collection. This includes a beautiful quadrigatus, a brilliant denarius of C. Fabius and C.f. Hadrianus (Ex NAC sale 84, 2015, 1644), a beautiful denarius of L. Plaetorius, a rare denarius of I. Caesar and P. Sepullius and a wonderful denarius of C.n. Domitius L.f. Ahenobarbus. In this part, there is also an interesting selection of Republican portraits such as Iulius Caesar, Marcus Antonius and Octavian.

Lot 595: Cn. Domitius Ahenobarbus. Denarius, mint moving with Ahenobarbus in 41. Rare. Old cabinet tone, bold and realistic portrait, Good Very Fine. Starting bid: 250 GBP.

The Imperial selection of the sale features an attractive series of Augustus as well as an attractive aureus with Caius and Lucius, a wonderful dupondius of Antonia, a rare sestertius of Gaius, an electrotype of a sestertius of Gaius made by the British Museum, an attractive sestertius of Nero, a wonderful sestertius of Titus, a rare denarius of Caracalla with the four Seasons on reverse, even beyond a selection of solidi, denarii, tetradrachms, sestertii, dupondii and asses which included Claudius, Nero, Vespasian, Domitian, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Faustina I, Lucius Verus, Lucilla, Marcus Aurelius, Commodus, Crispina, Septimius Severus, Elagabalus, Gordian III, Philip I, Philip II, Julian II, Valentinian I and Valens.

Lot 664: Trajan, 98-117. Aureus, circa 116. Very Fine. Starting bid: 1,250 GBP.

They are also remarkable a beautiful aureus of Trajan with the trophy and captives on reverse and an apparently unpublished medallion of Commodus.

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 436: Egypt, Alexandria. Antoninus Pius, 138-161. Drachm, circa 159-160 (year 23). From the Dattari Collection. Very rare and interesting, attractive brown tone, Good Very Fine. Starting bid: 300 GBP.

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.

His corpus consists of 327 pages (of which four are missing); it begins with a bronze of Augustus and ends with an astonishing quantity of extremely rare issues of Domitianus. Dattari listed all the coins in his collection and reproduced them by pencil tracing over casts.

Giovanni Dattari died in 1923, leaving his wife Eudosia Zifà and his two children, Maria and Marco Aurelio.

Dattari had already donated a substantial number of Alexandrian coins to the Museo Nazionale in Rome in 1920 and after his death the idea of donating his entire collection to the museum was prompted by his daughter Maria who wanted the collection to be made available to the public in a gallery dedicated to her father’s memory.

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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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.