Roman coins collected by numismatist Ken Day are to be sold in
London auctions, the first scheduled for July 3, with the proceeds
donated to the British Museum.
Auctioneers Morton & Eden will catalog the coins for two
separate auctions. Officials of the firm expect the collection to
raise a total of around £30,000 (about $46,529 in U.S. funds). The
proceeds of both sales will be added to the acquisition fund set up to
enable the museum to purchase coins of significance to Britain as well
as to increase the accessibility of the national collection using new
digital technology, according to the firm.
Kenneth Edwin Day, who lived in Thames Ditton, was a leading
figure in the Kingston Numismatic Society and a longstanding member of
the Royal Numismatic Society. He was also a strong supporter of the
British Museum’s Department of Coins and Medals and was a regular
visitor to the museum for many years, where he shared his knowledge of
Roman coins and his new acquisitions with curators. He is now deceased.
A wide-ranging collection covering the period from the Roman
Republic through to early Byzantine coins of the sixth century A.D.,
the Kenneth Day Collection also contains a number of rare pieces.
According to the auction house, a gold aureus of Marcus Aurelius
depicting the emperor as Caesar (A.D. 139 to 161) with Mars the God of
War on the reverse is among the most valuable single coins offered,
with an estimate of £800 to £1,000.
Part 1 of the collection will be sold on the first of a two-day
auction of ancient, Islamic, British and world coins and medals, held
in association with Sotheby’s, July 3 and 4.
The second part of the collection will be sold in the autumn.
For more information, telephone the firm at (011) 44 20 7493 5344,
email it at email@example.com or
visit its website at www.mortonandeden.com. ■