A rare gold aureus of Roman emperor Uranius Antoninus,
commemorating a major milestone in Roman civic life, is one of the
highlights of Gemini Numismatic Auctions’ Jan. 8 auction.
“All aurei of Uranius Antoninus are extremely rare” and the
example in the auction is “apparently the fourth recorded specimen of
one of the more interesting types,” according to the auction partners.
Struck circa A.D. 253 to 254, the coin commemorates the games held by
Philip I in honor of the millennium of Rome.
The coin, which is in Near Mint State, has an estimate of $75,000.
The auction, the Gemini group’s ninth, is being held in
conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention. It
offers Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Jewish and English coins. Consignments
include the Harry N. Sneh Collection and the Phillip Davis Collection
of Roman Republican Imitations.
Harlan J. Berk Ltd. and B&H Kreindler are parties in the joint venture.
All successful bids are subject to an 18 percent buyer’s fee, with
a discount to 15 percent for certain payment methods.
The auction catalog is posted at www.geminiauction.com. A print
copy can be ordered by sending an email to email@example.com or
individually through either of the partners.
Write to Berk at 31 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60602, or telephone
the firm at 312-609-0018.
Contact Kreindler by telephone at 631-427-0732 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some additional highlights:
Greece, Sicily, Syracuse, circa 400 to 370 B.C. silver
decadrachm, 43.3 grams, one of “five examples from this pair of
dies,” “one of the most complete and sharply struck Syracuson
decadrachms we have ever handled,” Lot 5, choice Extremely Fine.
Greece, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III (the Great), circa
325 to 315 B.C. silver tetradrachm, Pella, 17.21 grams, Lot 63,
virtually Mint State.
Greece, Aetolia, Aetolian League, circa 239 to 229 gold half
stater, 4.3 grams, Lot 85, choice EF “with luster.”
Greece, Attica, Athens, circa 520 B.C. silver tetradrachm,
17.32 grams, “one of the earliest owl tetradrachms of Athens,” Lot
87, Very Fine/Extremely Fine.
Greece, Corinth, Corinthia, circa 550 to 540 B.C. silver
stater, 8.24 grams, Lot 95, “the third known and the second in
private hands” for the type, though the coin has an “apparently
unrecorded reverse incuse punch,” EF.
Greece, uncertain mint in Ionia or Lydia, circa 550 to 530
B.C. electrum hecte, 2.29 grams, “unique horsefly hecte,” Lot 140,
Roman Empire, Augustus, circa A.D. 6 to 7 gold quinarius, 3.91
grams, Lugdunum, Lot 251, “two tiny scrapes ... this is no doubt the
finest example of a gold quinarius of Augustus in existence,” Mint
Roman Empire, Caligula, A.D. 37 to 38 gold quinarius, 3.83
grams, Lugdunum, “unique new variant,” “previously unpublished,” Lot
260, “minor traces of mounting” on obverse, About VF.
Roman Empire, Titus, A.D. 80 to 81 silver “Colosseum”
sestertius, Rome, 20.26 grams, Lot 373, “aside from the pitting, the
coin is a Good VF.”
Roman Empire, Hadrian, circa A.D. 132 silver sestertius, 25.82
grams, Rome, “from a medallic obverse die in high relief,” Lot 487,
“flan crack,” VF.
Roman Empire, Lucilla (wife of Lucius Verus), circa A.D. 161
to 169 copper medallion, 39 millimeters, 52.91 grams, Rome, Lot 497,
“completely natural and untouched with a black olive patina,” EF.
Roman Empire, Clodius Albinus as caesar, circa A.D. 194 gold
aureus, 7.05 grams, Rome, Lot 500, “aside from the contact marks ...
Roman Empire, Galeria Valeria (wife of Galerius), circa A.D.
307 to 308 gold aureus, 5.35 grams, Nicomedia, Lot 523, EF.
Byzantine Empire, Artavasdus, July 742 to Nov. 2, 743, gold
solidus, Constantinople, Lot 536, EF.
Byzantine Empire, Leo V the Armenian, A.D. 813 gold solidus,
“only the third recorded specimen of this very rare inaugural issue
of Leo V,” “finest known example,” Lot 548, Mint State. ■