A circa 400 to 370 B.C. silver decadrachm of Syracuse, Sicily in
ancient Greece, one of five examples from the same pair of dies, led
all bidding during Gemini Numismatic Auctions’ Jan. 8 auction.
The coin, which is in choice Extremely Fine condition, realized $138,000.
The auction, the Gemini group’s ninth, realized approximately
$2,645,000, including a 15 percent buyer’s fee. A total of 693 lots of
the 767 offered, or 90.4 percent, sold.
The auction was held in conjunction with the New York
International Numismatic Convention. It offered Greek, Roman,
Byzantine, Jewish and English coins. Consignments included the Harry
N. Sneh Collection and the Phillip Davis Collection of Roman
Harlan J. Berk Ltd. and B&H Kreindler are parties in the joint
venture conducting the auction.
All successful bids are subject to an 18 percent buyer’s fee, with
a discount to 15 percent for certain payment methods. The 15 percent
fee is reflected in totals and prices here.
The auction catalog is posted at www.geminiauction.com. A print
copy can be ordered by sending an email to email@example.com or
individually through either of the partners.
Write to Berk at 31 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60602, or telephone
the firm at 312-609-0018.
Contact Kreindler by telephone at 631-427-0732 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some additional highlights:
Greece, Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III (the Great), circa 325
to 315 B.C. silver tetradrachm, Pella, 17.21 grams, Virtually Mint
Greece, uncertain mint in Ionia or Lydia, circa 550 to 530 B.C.
electrum hecte, 2.29 grams, “unique horsefly hecte,” Extremely Fine, $46,000.
Roman Empire, Augustus, circa A.D. 6 to 7 gold quinarius, 3.91
grams, Lugdunum, “two tiny scrapes ... this is no doubt the finest
example of a gold quinarius of Augustus in existence,” Mint State, $126,500.
Roman Empire, Caligula, A.D. 37 to 38 gold quinarius, 3.83 grams,
Lugdunum, “unique new variant,” “previously unpublished,” “minor
traces of mounting” on obverse, About VF, $51,750.
Roman Empire, Titus, A.D. 80 to 81 silver “Colosseum” sestertius,
Rome, 20.26 grams, “aside from the pitting, the coin is a Good VF,” $51,750.
Roman Empire, Hadrian, circa A.D. 132 silver sestertius, 25.82
grams, Rome, “from a medallic obverse die in high relief,” “flan
crack,” VF, $32,200.
Roman Empire, Lucilla (wife of Lucius Verus), circa A.D. 161 to
169 copper medallion, 39 millimeters, 52.91 grams, Rome, “completely
natural and untouched with a black olive patina,” EF, $57,500.
Roman Empire, Clodius Albinus as caesar, circa A.D. 194 gold
aureus, 7.05 grams, Rome, “aside from the contact marks ... VF,” $54,625.
Roman Empire, Uranius Antoninus, circa A.D. 253 to 254 gold
aureus, commemorating the games held by Philip I in honor of the
millennium of Rome, “apparently the fourth recorded specimen of one of
the more interesting types,” Near Mint State, $92,000.
Roman Empire, Galeria Valeria (wife of Galerius), circa A.D. 307
to 308 gold aureus, 5.35 grams, Nicomedia, EF, $27,025.
Byzantine Empire, Leo V the Armenian, A.D. 813 gold solidus, “only
the third recorded specimen of this very rare inaugural issue of Leo
V,” “finest known example,” Mint State, $64,400. ■