A collection of ancient Roman silver denarii coins highlighted bidding in Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles’ June 3 auction.
The collection of 232 lots realized $3,335,273 (including the buyer’s fee) with many single-coin records broken, according to the firm.
The chief highlight of the Denarii Collection was one of the finest known examples of what may be the most famous ancient coin ever, the “Eid Mar” silver denarius from 42 B.C., which reached a record price of $517,000, including the 17.5 percent buyer’s fee.
Eid Mar silver denarius
The circa late autumn 42 B.C. silver denarius is known as the Eid Mar or “Ides of March” coin for the Latin legend EID MAR on the reverse. The reference is to the assassination of Julius Caesar two years earlier, on March 15, 44 B.C. The coin is also famous for the image of one of the assassins, M. Junius Brutus, on the obverse.
The coin in the Goldberg auction is “boldly struck with an incredible, well defined portrait on a full broad flan with minor porosity, all lightly toned,” according to the auction house.
It was accompanied by a photo-certificate from Numismatic Guaranty Corp., which states the coin is the only example it has certified. NGC graded the coin Choice About Uncirculated, noting that its strike quality is 5/5, that surface quality is 3/5 and the coin is of Fine Style.
Other highlights astonish
Three other highlights achieved notable results.
One of those is the 40 B.C. silver denarius of Quintus Labienus, struck at an uncertain mint in Syria or southeastern Asia Minor.