A gold aureus of the Roman Empire, struck circa 15 to 13 B.C. for
Augustus in Lugdunum, led all bidding during Ira & Larry Goldberg
Auctioneers’ Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 auction of world and ancient coins.
The aureus, which was graded “virtually Mint State” condition,
realized $89,125, including the 15 percent buyer’s fee.
The auction was one of two that the firm conducted before the Long
Beach Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo. A total of 1,729 lots from
1,872 offered, or 92.37 percent, sold. The world and ancient coin sale
realized $2,149,527, including the buyer’s fee.
A catalog for the auction may be viewed at the firm’s website, www.goldbergcoins.com.
Printed catalogs are priced at $15 for U.S. buyers and at $40 for
To order the catalog or for more information about the auction,
telephone the firm at 800-978-2646 or write to it at 11400 W. Olympic
Blvd., Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90064.
Some additional highlights:
Greece, Mysia, Kyzikos, circa 450 B.C. electrum stater, 16.08
grams, head of Attis wearing Phrygian cap on obverse, “one of the most
engaging obverses of this splendid series,” Extremely Fine, $41,400.
Greece, Alexandrine Empire, Mazaios, Satrap of Babylon, circa 331
to 328 B.C. gold double daric, 17.1 grams, “third known of the type
and second with the reverse design [facing] to the left,” Choice Very
Roman Empire, Constantine I (the Great), circa A.D. 308 to 309
gold aureus, minted as Filius Augustorum at Thessalonica, 5.13 grams,
Bolivia, 1727-P-Y Royal silver 8-real coin, Louis I, Potosi Mint,
26.87 grams, NGC MS-61, $86,250.
Guatemala, 1878-F gold 20-peso coin, Friedberg 44 (Gold Coins
of the World by Arthur L. and Ira S. Friedberg), 32.18 grams,
Numismatic Guaranty Corp. Mint State 61, $39,000.
Italian States, Sardinia, 1786 gold carlino da 5 doppie, Vittorio
Amadeo III, NGC About Uncirculated 53, $27,750. ■