An unprecedented selection of high-grade ancient and world coins —
ranging from the dawn of numismatics to most modern corners of the
globe and featuring several important collections — highlights the
2,800+ lots in Heritage's Auctions' Jan. 6-7 World
& Ancient Coins Signature® Auction and an additional 3,400
lots offered Jan. 15-16 during Internet sessions on Heritage Live.
"Unquestionably, if you are a collector of world and
ancients, I am certain that you will find one or many great additions
to your collection," said Cristiano Bierrenbach, Executive Vice
President of Heritage. "These two events represent the most depth
and diversity Heritage has ever offered in the long history of world
and ancients in our company."
Several important collections anchor the NYINC auction event and
Sunrise Collection of Islamic Coinage, one of the most
comprehensive collections ever assembled with a special focus on
Persia (modern Iran) and Mughal India. Assembled by a California
collector over a 40-year period, the collection contains nearly 900
gold, silver and bronze coins dating back to within a few decades of
the Hijra, Mohammed's exodus from Mecca to Medina in 622 AD.
Chief among these is a spectacular
gold medallion struck by the Safavid Persian Shah Sulayman
(1668-1694), another gold
medallion struck by the Qajar Dynasty ruler Fath ‘Ali Shah
(1797-1834) and a superb
portrait gold Mohur of the Indian Mughal Emperor Jahangir
(1605-1628), depicting the ruler delicately sipping from a goblet.
"The collector has a terrific eye," said David Michaels,
director of Ancient coins for Heritage. "Featuring graceful
Islamic calligraphy and design, virtually every coin is a perfect
specimen and many are extremely rare or unique."
The auction's selection of modern world coins is highlighted by
The Kairos Collection, a group of 19th century British coins holding
particularly beautiful examples of an 1847
Victoria Gothic Crown, displaying virtually flawless surfaces,
William IV Proof Crown, and an 1871
Victoria gold Proof Sovereign, of which no more than 20 of the
type are known.
"Many of the coins in the Kairos collection shouldn't really
exist in such superior condition," said Bierrenbach. "The
excitement over the jewels in this collection started early when the
images were first loaded to HA.com. I can't wait to see these
wonderful coins cross the auction block at NYINC."
Additional notable collections include The Cecil Webster
Collection of Costa Rica, which includes many scarce and rare issues
of the Central America Republic and Costa Rica; The Ariagno
Collection, holding a wide range of European rarities including a rare
large 12 Ducat of 1629 from Austria; and The Elizabeth Charters
Collection, featuring further gems and super gems from Great Britain,
German states and other European issues.