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22-09-2018 – 01-01-1970

Live Auction 43

Naville Numismatics’ Live Auction 43

Naville Numismatics Live Auction 43 features a selection of 603 lots of Greek, Roman, Byzantine coins, all chosen with contribution from NAC’s experts. The sale will close on Sunday 23 September 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 65: Lydia. Sardes. Trite (electrum), before 561 BC. Rare, Extremely Fine. Starting bid: 950 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 Brundisium, Medma, Catana and Tauromenium, and also offers an attractive series of coins from Tarentum, Heraclea, Metapontum, Thurium, Croton, Athens and Corinth, even beyond a selection of Hellenistic portraits of Seleucid, Parthic and Ptolemaic kings.
Highlights include a rare trite of Sardes and a cistophoric tetradrachm of Laodicea of the highest rarity.

Lot 373: C. Mamilius Limetanus. Denarius serratus, 82 BC. Good Extremely Fine. Starting bid: 120 GBP.

The Roman selection boasts an interesting series of Roman Republican bronzes and a striking array of denarii. This includes a scarce quinarius of Q. Titius, an interesting denarius of C. Marius Censorinus (Ex Triton sale VIII, 2005, 851), a beautiful denarius of C. Mamilius Limetanus, a rare denarius of Sextus Pompeius (Ex NAC sale N, 2003, 1646), a beautiful Bronze of Ocatvianus, depicting divus Caesar on reverse and a well preserved denarius of Cleopatra and Marcus Antonius.

Lot 411: Cleopatra with Marcus Antonius. Denarius, 32 BC, mint moving with M. Antonius. Rare, area of weakness on obv. and insignificant scratches on rev., otherwise Very Fine. Starting bid: 950 GBP.

In this part, there is also an interesting selection of Republican portraits such as Marcus Antonius and Octavian.

Lot 585: Valentinian III, 425-455. Contorniate, late 4th c., Rome. Extremely rare. Nice brown tone and Very Fine. Starting bid: 950 GBP.

The Imperial selection of the sale features an attractive series of Augustus as well as an aureus with Caius and Lucius on reverse, a wonderful sestertius of Nero with the temple of Janus on reverse, a rare aureus of Domitian withe the emperor on quadriga on reverse, a very rare denarius of Pescennius Niger, and an interesting double sestertius of Trajan Decius. even beyond a selection of solidi, siliquae, denarii, tetradrachms, sestertii, dupondii and asses which included Claudius, Nero, Vespasian, Domitian, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Faustina I, Lucius Verus, Lucilla, Marcus Aurelius, Commodus, Septimius Severus, Caracalla, Elagabalus, Gordian III, Philip I, Philip II, Julian II, Arcadius, Honorius and Theodosius II.

Lot 556: Carausius, 287-293. Denarius (billon), circa 286-293, Londinium. Very rare, attractive brown tone and Extremely Fine. Starting bid: 500 GBP.

They are also remarkable as a very rare denarius of Carausius with the she-wolf suckling twins on reverse (Ex Lanz sale 76, 1996, 829) or the interesting and extremely rare Contorniate of Valentinian III (Ex Roma Numismatics e-sale 46, 2018, 876).

In addition the auction presents an interesting selection of Byzantine, Medieval and Modern World coins and Medals.

Lot 261: Egypt, Alexandria. Trajan, 98-117. Drachm, circa 110-111 (year 14). Extremely rare only two specimens known and the only one in private hands, attractive brown tone. From the Dattari collection. Good Very Fine. Starting bid: 700 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.

Naville Numismatics Ltd’s partnership with NAC guarantees highly professional numismatic service and certifies an unlimited warranty of authenticity for the lots it sells.
Lots can be viewed in our office in London, by prior appointment only. During the Live session you can see current lots and bid in real time, making it an easy and fast way to participate in the auction.
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