Press release from A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd.:
2012, A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. sold the Prospero collection of
coins at an auction in New York.
of more than 600 coins from the archaic, classical and Hellenistic
Greek periods, the collection was put together over several decades
with the meticulous eye of the dedicated numismatist, and when it
appeared on sale it generated tremendous interest and coverage from
all corners of the numismatic world.
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collection realized a hammer price of $22,091,700 U.S., amongst which
was the world record for an ancient coin when a Black Sea Pantikapaion stater (circa 350 to 300 B.C.) sold
for $3,802,500 U.S.
extraordinary collection, however, was not limited solely to coins.
Alongside them, Baldwin’s acquired the extensive accompanying library.
The library contains hundreds of volumes referencing ancient Greek
coins and has now, after years of meticulous work, been extensively
cataloged by the firm's resident specialist Caroline Holmes, and is
ready to be offered for general sale.
of numismatic reference books of this caliber turn up extremely
rarely, so this is an unprecedented opportunity for anyone who is
looking to extend their library, or an exceptional starting point for
those looking to build one.
of the volumes are beautifully bound (with a number by the renowned
bookbinders Sangorski and Sutcliffe), and are indicative of the fervor
of their collector — stunning, rare, and extremely highly
sought-after,” the firm said.
Prospero Library goes on sale in September 2015, and the fixed price
list will be distributed to the auction house’s “members” a week
before general release.
may sign up at the firm’s website.