EARLY BIDDING—2020 Gala Silent Auction

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2020 Annual Gala Dinner in Honor of Richard M. Belson

This year, for the first time, we are opening our Gala silent auction to our entire membership. For the two weeks preceding January 16, any member of the ANS can place bids on one or more items of their choosing. Attendees at the Gala will then have a chance to bid on these same items at the event.

The highest online bid will be the starting bid at the Gala. If no one at the Gala bids higher, the online bidder will win the item and be so notified. If someone at the event bids higher, then the item will go to the Gala attendee.

You can bid on any item listed here by sending an email with your name, lot number, and bid amount to membership@numismatics.org. The ANS website will be updated daily with the highest current bid. You can send in subsequent bids just by emailing as often as you like until the online auction closes. Any amount beyond the fair market value is tax deductible. 

Please understand that this is a fundraiser for the Society. Therefore, your participation, whether you win or not, provides critical support for our programs. 

Thank you in advance for your help.

All online bids will end on Thursday, January 15 at 5:00 PM, EST.


We would like to thank those who donated
to the 2020 Gala Silent Auction

Hadrien Rambach – HJR Fine Arts sprl

Heritage Auctions

Shanna Schmidt Numismatics Inc.

Vilmar Numismatics, LLC

Edward J. Waddell, Ltd.


 

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Lot #1
Indigenous imitation of Roman Republican Semis

Roman Spain, Indigenous imitation of Republican Rome. c. 100 BCE. AE 16 or Semis, 2.01g (16mm, 7h).

Stylized head right / Prow of ship with ROMA below.

Pedigree: From an American collection formed in the 1990's. References: Villaronga and Benages, ACIP 2662. Interesting stylized version of early Roman coinage. Grade: VF (gk1122)

Donated by Shanna Schmidt Numismatics Inc.

Starting Bid: $175
Current Bid: $185

Email your name, lot number, and bid amount to membership@numismatics.org.


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Lot #2
Terina Silver Drachm

Provenanced specimen: ex Nitsch collection and sold by Adolph Hess just as World War II was commencing—VF NGC-graded Greek Bruttium coin (inv. 13752)

Donated by Vilmar Numismatics, LLC

Starting Bid: $375
Curent Bid: $385

Email your name, lot number, and bid amount to membership@numismatics.org.


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Lot #3
Cistophorus, Phrygia

PHRYGIA. Apameia. Ca. 166–133 BCE. AR cistophorus (29mm, 12.79g, 11h). NGC AU 4/5 - 3/5. Ca. 150–140 BCE.

Cista mystica with serpent; all within ivy wreath / Two snakes coiled around bow in case decorated with aphlaston; AΠ monogram to left, head of elephant right to right.

Kleiner & Noe Series 23. Pinder 69

Donated by Heritage Auctions

Starting Bid: $150
Current Bid: $160

Email your name, lot number, and bid amount to membership@numismatics.org.


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Lot #4
Coin of Sicily, Syracuse

Sicily, Syracuse. Fourth Republic, c. 289–287 BCΕ or later. AE22, 8.96g (22mm, 12h).

Zeus Hellanios laureate r.; in front ΔΙΟΣ ΕΛΛΑΝΙΟΝ (Zeus Hellianos) / Eagle on thunderbolt; around ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ (Syracuse).

Pedigree: from the collection of W. F. Stoecklin, Amriswil, Switzerland, acquired from Hamburger in 1933. References: SNG Cop 793; BMC 482 (dates c. 282–278 BCΕ) Grade: Slightly rough surfaces but pleasant strike. Dark patina. VF+ (gk1189)

Donated by Shanna Schmidt Numismatics Inc.

Starting Bid: $225
Current Bid: $235

Email your name, lot number, and bid amount to membership@numismatics.org.


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Lot #5
Silver Denarius of Antoninus Pius

ROMAN IMPERIAL ROME Diva Faustina Major, denarius (3.40g), 140–141 CE, minted under Antoninus Pius. Rome mint.

Obv: DIVA FAVSTINA, draped bust right / Rev: AED DIV FAVSTINAE, hexastyle temple on podium with corner acroteria, gable sculptures and seated statue of Faustina in the cella.

RIC 343; C. 1; Buildings p.11f., No.5. Flan cracks, almost XF. Ex: Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung - Auction 241, Lot 2302

Donated by Edward J. Waddell, Ltd.

Starting Bid: $225
Current Bid: $235

Email your name, lot number, and bid amount to membership@numismatics.org.


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Lot #6
Silver Obol, Persis Kingdom

PERSIS KINGDOM. Uncertain king. Ca. 2nd century BCE. AR obol (8mm, 0.55g, 12h). NGC AU 5/5 – 5/5. Istakhr (Persepolis) mint.

Head of king to right, wearing diadem and kyrbasia decorated with crescent and surmounted by eagle / Fire temple, Ahura-Mazda above; to left, king standing right; to right, standard surmounted by eagle.

K&M 3/7. Alram 553. Sunrise

Donated by Heritage Auctions

Starting Bid: $75
Current Bid: $100

Email your name, lot number, and bid amount to membership@numismatics.org.


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Lot #7
Bronze Obol of Cleopatra VII

Ptolemaic Egypt. Cleopatra VII Thea Neotera, 50–30 BCE.

Donated by the American Numismatic Society

Starting Bid: $250
Current Bid: $300

Email your name, lot number, and bid amount to membership@numismatics.org.


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Lot #8
Selection of Mao Zedong Pinbacks

Lot of pinbacks depicting Mao Zedong, Chinese Communist revolutionary and founding father of the People’s Republic of China, at various stages of his life, 1960s and 1970s.

Donated by the American Numismatic Society

Starting Bid: $150
Current Bid: $150

Email your name, lot number, and bid amount to membership@numismatics.org.


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Lot #9
Sestertius of Nero

Rome. Bronze, 62–68 CE. RIC I 274.

Donated by the American Numismatic Society

Starting Bid: $250
Current Bid: $260

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Lot #10
Bound Set of Walter Niggeler Collection Catalogues, parts 1-3, 1965-1967

Bank Leu and Münzen und Medaillen: Basel, Switzerland, 1965–1967. Sammlung Walter Niggeler, 1–3 Teil.

Three catalogues, complete for Greek and Roman coins, bound in one volume. (A fourth sale, of Italian and Swiss coins, is not present.) 4to, later blue cloth, gilt. 67, (1) + 64 pages; 1604 lots; frontispiece portrait; 92 plates; estimate and prices realized lists (original and one photocopy) laid in. Listed among “Most Important Sales” in John Spring’s Ancient Coin Auction Catalogues. Near fine.

Donated by Hadrien Rambach HJR Fine Arts sprl

Starting Bid: $100
Current Bid: $100

Email your name, lot number, and bid amount to membership@numismatics.org.


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Lot #11
Fatimid Coins by George C. Miles

Numismatic Notes and Monographs, No. 121 with original printed card covers. 51 pages; 6 fine plates

Donated by Hadrien Rambach – HJR Fine Arts sprl

Starting Bid: $50
Current Bid: —

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Lot #12
Catalogue des Monnaies Byzantines

Catalogue des Monnaies Byzantines qui Composent la Collection de M. Soleirol. Metz

Imprimerie S. Lamort, Rue du Palais, 1853. (wraps dated 1854). Small 4to, original printed wraps. 326, (2) pages; 1035 listings (plus bis listings). Untrimmed and fine.

A very scarce sale, though several copies have been circulating recently. Claude-Camille Rollin may have been involved in the production of this work, as Chez M. Rollin is advertised on the rear wrap. The coins are carefully described and a running tally of their value in francs is printed alongside the listing. Leitzmann 132.

Donated by Hadrien Rambach HJR Fine Arts sprl

Starting Bid: $100
Current Bid: —

Email your name, lot number, and bid amount to membership@numismatics.org.


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Lot #13
WWI Medals & Art of Devastation

1. British propaganda copy of Karl Goetz propaganda medal on the sinking of the RMS Lusitania, with original paper box of issue, described in Art of Devastation, pp. 254–55.  England, 1915

2. Bronze medal by Charles-Louis Picaud memorializing the burning of Reims Cathedral, described in Art of Devastation, p. 241. France, 1916.

3. The Art of Devastation: Medals and Posters of the Great War by P. Phagan and P. van Alfen, eds. ANS 2017

Donated by the American Numismatic Society

Starting Bid: $350
Current Bid: $400

Email your name, lot number, and bid amount to membership@numismatics.org.


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Lot #14
19th Century Wiener Medal & Jacques Wiener’s Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe

1. Bronze medal by Jacques Wiener depicting the Collegiate Church of St. Michael and St. Gudula in described in Ross, pp. 43–49. Brussels, 1862

2. Jacques Wiener’s Most Remarkable Edifices of Europe. The Man, Monuments, and Medals by Michael Ross. ANS 2019.

Donated by the American Numismatic Society

Starting Bid: $300
Current Bid: $300

Email your name, lot number, and bid amount to membership@numismatics.org.


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Lot #15
Three Bottles of Wine

These wines are from geographical regions reputed for the quality of their wine production already during antiquity, especially the Greco-Roman period.

1. The Pasaeli merlot is from the eastern Aegean coast in modern Turkey (ancient Asia Minor), predominately using a local grape called karasakiz.

2. The Psagot is a merlot from Israel. The winery creates traditionally-styled wines at the highest point of the limestone-filled Judean Hills.

3. The COS Pithos is from the southeast of Sicily and a blend of frappato and nero d’avola grapes aged in clay amphorae —an ancient aging method that predates wood and steel.

Donated by the American Numismatic Society

Starting Bid: $80
Curent Bid: $100

Email your name, lot number, and bid amount to membership@numismatics.org.

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