26-05-2018 – 01-01-1970
Live Auction 40
Naville Numismatics’ Live Auction 40
Naville Numismatics Live Auction 40 features a selection of 840 lots of Greek, Roman, Byzantine coins, all chosen with contribution from NAC’s experts. The sale will close on Sunday 27 May 2018, 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 50: Kingdom of Macedon, Alexander III, 336-323. Sidon Stater, circa 327-326 (struck under Menes). Good Very Fine. Starting bid: 800 GBP.
The sale begins with a selection of coins, including bronzes and fractions, from Magna Graecia and Sicily, some 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 Orra, Caulonia, Locri, Catana and Selinus and also offers an attractive series of coins from Tarentum, Heraclea, Metapontum, Thurium, Velia, Croton, Agrigentum, Gela, Leontini, Syracuse, Athens and Corinth, even beyond a selection of tetradrachms of Alexander III the Great and Hellenistic portraits of Seleucid, Parthic and Ptolemaic kings. Highlights include a beautiful stater of Alexander III.
Lot 544: L. Volteius L. f. Strabo. Denarius serratus, 81. Very rare. Lovely old cabinet tone, minor area of weakness, otherwise Extremely Fine. Starting bid: 200 GBP.
The Roman selection boasts an interesting series of Roman Republican bronzes and a striking array of denarii. This includes a beautiful quadrigatus, a rare and wonderful denarius of L. Volteius L.f. Strabo, an interesting denarius of I. Caesar and P. Sepillius Macer, a beautiful denarius of Petillius Capitolinus and a rare denarius of M. Antonius.
In this part, there is also an interesting selection of Republican portraits such as Caesar, Sextus Pompeius, Marcus Antonius and Octavian.
Lot 805: Valens, 364-378. Light miliarense, circa 364-367. Rare. Attractive old cabinet tone and About Extremely Fine. Starting bid: 1,200 GBP.
The Imperial selection of the sale features an attractive series of Augustus as well as an attractive aureus with Caius and Lucius caesares, a beautiful tetradrachm of Augustus, a n interesting tetradrachm of Claudius, two rare medallions of Commodus, even beyond a selection of denarii, tetradrachms, sestertii, dupondii, quadrantes, asses, solidi and siliquae which included Claudius, Nero, Vespasian, Domitian, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Faustina I, Lucius Verus, Lucilla, Marcus Aurelius, Commodus, Clodius Albinus, Pescennius Niger, Septimius Severus, Caracalla, Elagabalus, Gordian III, Philip I, Philip II, Julian II, Valentinian I, Jovian, Valens and Procopius. There is also remarkable as a rare aureus of Trajan with standards on reverse.
Lot 835: Milan. Gian Galeazzo Sfroza, 1468-1476. Testone n.y. Old cabient tone, About Extremely Fine. Starting bid: 250 GBP.
In addition the auction presents an interesting selection of Medieval and Modern World coins, as well as an interesting fiorino of Ferdinando I de’ Medici and a rare testone of Galeazzo Sforza from the Bazas hoard.
Lot 402: Egypt, Alexandria. Antoninus Pius, 138-161 Drachm, circa 154-155. From the Dattari collection. Very rare and interesting, lovely brown tone and About Extremely Fine. Starting bid: 600 GBP.
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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