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Naville Numismatics’ Live Auction 48

Naville Numismatics Live Auction 48 features a selection of 658 lots of Greek, Roman, Byzantine coins, all chosen with contribution from NAC’s experts. The sale will close on 7 April 2019, 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 28: Sicily. Syracuse. Tetradrachm, circa 425-420. Good very Fine. Starting bid: 1,000 GBP.

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 coins from Neapolis, Tarentum, Heraclea, Metapontum, Syracuse, Larissa, Athens and Corinth, even beyond a selection of Hellenistic portraits of Seleucid, Parthic and Ptolemaic kings.

Highlights include a wonderful tetradrachm of Syracuse, a rare trite of Sardes and a beautiful diobol of Cleopatra VII.

Lot 407: Cleopatra and Marcus Antonius. Tetradrachm, circa 36, Antiochia ad Orontem Syriae secondary mint (?). Very rare. From and old Canedian Collection. Old cabinet tone, rough surface and scuff on edge; otherwise Very Fine. Starting bid: 700 GBP.

The Roman selection boasts an interesting series of Roman Republican bronzes and a striking array of denarii.

This includes a beautiful as (ex Triton II, lot 463), a beautiful denarius of L. Scribonius Libo, a rare and beautiful denarius of Q. Pompeius Rufus, a n interesting denarius of L. Papius Celsius and a rare tetradrachm of Cleopatra and Marcus Antonius. In this part, there is also an interesting selection of Republican portraits such as I. Caesar, Cleopatra, Marcus Antonius and Octavian.

Lot 624: Constantius II, 337-361. Medallion, circa 337-340, Thessalonica. Extremely rare. Several scratches and areas of tooling in the fields, otherwise Good Very Fine/Very Fine. Starting bid: 2,500 GBP.

The Imperial selection of the sale features an attractive series of Augustus, an aures of Claudius with the Victory on reverse, an interesting series of Nero, a rare aureus of Vespasian with the Fortuna on reverse, an extremely rare dupondius of Trajan with the column on reverse, an interesting sestertius of Pupienus, a beautiful sestertius of Gordian III, even beyond a selection of solidi, siliquae, denarii, tetradrachms, sestertii, dupondii, asses and folles, some of them from an old Canadian collection and from the M.J. collection, which includes Claudius, Nero, Galba, Vitellius, Vespasian, Domitian, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Faustina I, Marcus Aurelius, Commodus, Septimius Severus, Caracalla, Elagabalus, Gordian III, Philip I, Philip II, Trajan Decius, Trebonianus Gallus, Postumus, Diocletian, Carausius, Allectus, Maximianus I, Constantius I, Galerius, Severus II, Licinius I, Constantine I, Julian II, Jovian, Valentinian I, Gratian, Magnus Maximus and Flavius Victor.

They are also remarkable as an aureus of Nero with the Virtus on reverse and an extremely rare medallion of Constantius II (Ex NAC 51, 2009, 1090 and NAC 100, 2017, 2000 sales).

In addition the auction presents an interesting selection of Byzantine, among with a very rare semis of Maurice Tiberius for Alexandria, Medieval and Modern World coins.

Lot 263: Egypt. Alexandria. Antoninus Pius, 138-161. Drachm, circa 138-139 (year 2). From the Dattari collection. Rare of an exceptional quality, attractive brown tone, About Extremely 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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