Even though the marquee lot and another rarity were seized by local
authorities, the Jan. 4 auction of coins from collector Dr.
Arnold-Peter Weiss realized $4,991,400, including the 18 percent
The collection was promoted as “Masterpieces of Ancient Greek
Coinage: Selections from Cabinet W,” and the 19-lot offering was ripe
with multiple highlights.
The lead lot, not counting the silver decadrachm of Akragas that
was expected to establish a new record price for an ancient Greek coin
(Coin World, Jan. 23 and Dec. 26 issues) before it was
seized by authorities, was a unique silver tetradrachm of the tyrant
Gelon. The coin features what Classical Numismatic Group and Nomos AG
(which jointly conducted the auction) call “very probably the finest
facing head ever to appear on Greek coinage.”
The circa 485 B.C. silver coin was issued in Syracuse in Sicily,
part of ancient Greece, and bears a striking portrait of the river god
Alpheios on the obverse.
The coin was reportedly discovered in dealer stock in Europe,
uncleaned and thickly encrusted, before ancient coins dealer Sylvia
Hurter picked it out and sold it in 2000 to an American collector. The
American collector “had it very professionally and very carefully
cleaned: this is the result,” according to the auction catalog.
The reverse of the coin is “marginally triple struck,” but
otherwise the coin is in Extremely Fine condition. It realized
$826,000, including the 18 percent buyer’s fee.
A total of 15 lots were sold of the Cabinet W offerings, and for
three catalogs worth of material offered in conjunction with the New
York International Numismatic Convention, CNG realized in total
$13,672,589. Results for the firm’s other two catalogs may be viewed
The buyer’s fee was 18 percent, with discounts to 15 percent for
certain bidding and payment methods; all prices here reflect the 18
Virtual catalogs may be viewed at the firm’s website, www.cngcoins.com and are accessible
through www.sixbid.com; printed catalogs may be ordered from the firm
for a fee.
For more information, telephone the firm at 717-390-9194, email it
at email@example.com or visit its website.
Some additional highlights:
Greece, Islands off Troas, Tenedos, circa 490 to 480 B.C. silver
didrachm, 8.94 grams, “lightly toned and of superb late Archaic-early
Classical style, a magnificent coin of great beauty, slightly porous
surfaces, otherwise nearly Extremely Fine,” $212,400.
Greece, Thraco-Macedonian Tribes, Ichnai, circa 485 to 470 B.C.
silver octadrachm, 28.97 grams, “probably the finest known of the
type,” “lightly toned with some minor areas of flatness, otherwise
Good Extremely Fine,” $236,000.
Greece, Phokis, Delphi, circa 480 to 475 B.C. silver tridrachm,
18.31 grams, “extremely rare and of the greatest artistic, historical
and architectural importance,” “a superb example, probably the finest
known,” from the Asyut Hoard, EF, $708,000.
Greece, Sicily, Naxos, circa 425 B.C. silver tetradrachm, 17.14
grams, “a lovely toned example, very well struck and centered,” EF, $324,500.
Greece, Arkadia, Arkadian League, Megalopolis, summer 363 to
spring 362 B.C. silver stater, 11.76 grams, signed on the reverse by
the magistrate Olympios, “some old scratches, long toned over,
otherwise Extremely Fine,” $356,000.
Greece, Arkadia, Pheneos, circa 360 to 350 B.C. silver stater,
11.95 grams, “this example unrecorded,” “one of the finest known
examples,” “very minor deposits on the reverse, otherwise Good
Extremely Fine,” $356,000.
Greece, Arkadia, Stymphalos, circa 350 B.C. silver stater, 12.04
grams, “very probably the finest known example,” “some very minor
traces of corrosion, otherwise Good Extremely Fine,” $356,000.
Greece, Sicily, Syracuse, Timoleon, circa 344 to 337 B.C. silver
stater, 8.62 grams, “the second example known,” “some minor edge bumps
from the striking process, otherwise a magnificent, well-nigh perfect
coin,” Fleur de Coin, $224,200.
Greece, Phokis, Delphi, Amphictionic issues, circa 336 to 334 B.C.
silver stater, 12.27 grams, “a lovely toned coin,” EF, $188,800.
Greece, Cyprus, Paphos, Nikokles, circa late 320s B.C. or later
(perhaps circa 310 B.C.) silver distater, 21.29 grams, “the finest of
only four known genuine examples,” “sharply struck in good silver,
well centered,” EF, $708,000.
Greece, Sicily, uncertain Punic military mint, circa 320 to 310
B.C. silver tetradrachm, 16.8 grams, “probably the most beautiful of
all Carthaginian silver coins,” “some very minor corrosion, otherwise
virtually as struck, $236,000. ■