E-Auction 37

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    E37, Lot 1:

    George V. 1910-1936. AV sovereign. 7.99 gm. 22 mm. Perth mint. 1922 P. S. 4001. Uncirculated.

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    E37, Lot 6:

    UNITED STATES. AV dollar. 1.66 gm. 15 mm. Indian Princess Head, small head. 1854. Very Fine; light scratches.

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    E37, Lot 7:

    UNITED STATES. AV three dollars. 4.97 gm. 20 mm. 1868. Extremely Fine; iridescence.

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    E37, Lot 8:

    UNITED STATES. AV half eagle. 8.31 gm. 22 mm. Liberty Head. 1892 CC. Extremely Fine.

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    E37, Lot 9:

    UNITED STATES. AV half eagle. 8.36 gm. 22 mm. Indian Head. 1914 D. Lustrous Extremely Fine+; slight marks.

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    The Brettii
    E37, Lot 18:

    BRUTTIUM. The Brettii. Circa 214-211 B.C. Æ half unit (triobol). 2.99 gm. 17 mm. Head of Nike facing left, wearing stephanos; [NIKA] to left; grain ear to right behind neck / Zeus standing right, wielding thunderbolt and holding scepter; BPETTIΩΝ to left, cornucopia to right, star below. Scheu, Bronze 27. HN Italy 1982. SNG ANS 60. Very Fine; attractive light green patina. (Cf. lots 16 and 18.)

    Ex Roma Numismatics E-Sale 6 (22 February 2014) lot 12.

    The Brettii appear to have originated from a group of runaway slaves and fugitives from Greek cities in the north who took refuge in the rugged mountainous regions of southern Italy, eventually gaining power over most of Italy south of the river Laos. As Roman authority expanded the Brettii formed alliances with their neighbors, but were ultimately defeated. Subsequently attracted by Hannibal's early successes against Rome, they allied themselves with him and Carthage, turning all of Bruttium into a Punic fortress during the Second Punic War. During this time the entire series of Brettian coinage was struck (cf. lots 17-19). The Brettii were again on the losing side, and after Hannibal's defeat the Romans subjugated Bruttium through annual military deployments and the establishment of colonies, and denied them the usual rights granted to Roman citizens throughout the empire.

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    E37, Lot 55:

    In the name of Drusus Julius Caesar, son of Tiberius. Tiberius & Germanicus Gemellus. A.D. 19-37/8 and 19-23/4, respectively. Æ sestertius. 26.27 gm. 34 mm. Rome mint. Struck under Tiberius, A.D. 22-23. Confronting heads of Drusus's twin sons on crossed cornucopiae, winged caduceus between / DRVSVS CAESAR TI AVG F DIVI AVG N PONT TR POT II around large S C. RIC I 42 (Tiberius). Near Very Fine; glossy dark green patina; minor scattered roughness; scattered breaks in the patina mostly on the edges with corrosion; a bit of verdigris on the reverse at 12'; collector's number "28" written in ink on reverse. Rare.

    This collection of early Roman Imperial bronze was formed by an American collector in the Midwest, buying coins in the 1950's from major London coin houses. He affixed collector 'H' numbers written in ink on lacquer on many of the coins. We have correspondence dated in 1950 and 1951 with Leonard Forrer at Spink & Son, Ltd. and William French at Glendining & Co. Ltd. in London, as well as Earle K. Stanton in Los Angeles, Paul S. Seitz in Pennsylvania, and Edward Gans, Numismatic Fine Arts in New York City.

    Rare, with a fascinating but tragic story. The 'Tiberian dynasty' collapsed within months. Both Drusus and his son Germanicus Gemellus (the boy on the right cornucopia) died in A.D. 23. Drusus' wife Livilla became involved with Tiberius' prefect Sejanus, who induced her to poison her husband. She died shamefully in the aftermath of Sejanus's downfall in A.D. 31. The second grandson, Tiberius Gemellus, named co-heir of Tiberius with Caligula, was sidelined after Tiberius' death and then executed by Caligula, who would not tolerate a second heir to the throne.

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    E37, Lot 63:

    Galba. A.D. 68-69. Æ sestertius. 25.82 gm. 35 mm. Rome mint. Struck autumn A.D. 68. His laureate and draped bust right; IMP SER GALBA CAES AVG TR P / Victory advancing left, holding palladium and palm; S C. RIC I 352 (S). Good Fine; bold portrait, well centered; dark green and red patina; some barely distinguishable light tooling along front of bust on obverse, and along front of Victory on reverse; two spots of old corrosion on reverse at 12' and 6'; collectors number '54' written in ink on obverse, second collectors number 'H 33' written in ink on lacquer on edge. Scarce.

    This collection of early Roman Imperial bronze was formed by an American collector in the Midwest, buying coins in the 1950's from major London coin houses. He affixed collector 'H' numbers written in ink on lacquer on many of the coins. We have correspondence dated in 1950 and 1951 with Leonard Forrer at Spink & Son, Ltd. and William French at Glendining & Co. Ltd. in London, as well as Earle K. Stanton in Los Angeles, Paul S. Seitz in Pennsylvania, and Edward Gans, Numismatic Fine Arts in New York City.

    Galba was a brilliant administrator but David Sear writes "his strict discipline and rigid economy made him unpopular with the army" and he was assassinated in the Forum in A.D. 69. This interesting and scarce reverse type suggests that Victory had the power to bestow control over Rome (the Palladium).

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    Hadrian's support of orphans

    E37, Lot 69:

    Hadrian. A.D. 117-138. Orichalcum sestertius. 24.57 gm. 32 mm. Rome mint. Struck circa A.D. 124-128. His laureate and slightly draped bust right; IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG / Hadrian seated left on curule chair set on platform, extending hand to child held in a woman’s arms, she rests her hand on another child standing at her side; PONT MAX TR POT COS III around, S C flanking, LIBERTAS RESTI / TVTA in two lines in exergue. RIC II.3 236. RIC II 568 (R2). Very Fine; bold portrait; attractive glossy surfaces; light scattered roughness; some corrosion below bust on obverse; collector's number 'H 42' handwritten in ink on clear lacquer on edge. Very Rare. A handsome example of a difficult and desirable type, celebrating and continuing Trajan's support of orphans in Italy.

    This collection of early Roman Imperial bronze was formed by an American collector in the Midwest, buying coins in the 1950's from major London coin houses. He affixed collector 'H' numbers written in ink on lacquer on many of the coins. We have correspondence dated in 1950 and 1951 with Leonard Forrer at Spink & Son, Ltd. and William French at Glendining & Co. Ltd. in London, as well as Earle K. Stanton in Los Angeles, Paul S. Seitz in Pennsylvania, and Edward Gans, Numismatic Fine Arts in New York City.

    Hadrian was one of "the most capable emperors who ever occupied the throne and he devoted his whole life to the improvement of the state. His rule was firm and humane and he was also a patron of the arts." (David Sear) He was a philosopher who is renowned for his "Meditations" and inspired Marguerite Yourcenar's "Memoirs of Hadrian."

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    Hadrian's 'Travel Series'
    E37, Lot 71:

    Hadrian. A.D. 117-138. Orichalcum sestertius. 26.45 gm. 31 mm. 'Travel series' issue ('Provinces cycle'). Rome mint. Struck A.D. 130-138. His bareheaded and draped bust right; HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P / Hadrian standing left, holding volumen and raising up kneeling Hispania who shoulders olive branch; rabbit between them; RESTITVTORI HISPANIAE around, S C in exergue. RIC II.3 1866. RIC II 954. Near Very Fine; bold portrait; brown patina; cleaning marks below bust; old marks on Hadrian's bust, with a few similar marks on reverse (a contemporary political statement/damnatio memoriae?). Pleasing example. Scarce.

    This collection of early Roman Imperial bronze was formed by an American collector in the Midwest, buying coins in the 1950's from major London coin houses. He affixed collector 'H' numbers written in ink on lacquer on many of the coins. We have correspondence dated in 1950 and 1951 with Leonard Forrer at Spink & Son, Ltd. and William French at Glendining & Co. Ltd. in London, as well as Earle K. Stanton in Los Angeles, Paul S. Seitz in Pennsylvania, and Edward Gans, Numismatic Fine Arts in New York City.

    Hadrian was one of "the most capable emperors who ever occupied the throne and he devoted his whole life to the improvement of the state. His rule was firm and humane and he was also a patron of the arts." (David Sear) He was a philosopher who is renowned for his "Meditations" and inspired Marguerite Yourcenar's "Memoirs of Hadrian."

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    The Punched Hammered Coinage of 1696

    E37, Lot 104:

    The Punched Hammered Coinage of 1696. Elizabeth I. 1558-1603. AR groat. 1.78 gm. 23 mm. Second issue. Cross-crosslet i.m. S. 2556. Worn; punched to establish its acceptance as currency. Extremely rare.

    The Great Recoinage of 1696 was an effort to combat rampant clipping of earlier hammered issues, both by issuing new coinage featuring milled edges as proof against clipping and by buying back clipped coinage based on weight. Coins that were still full weight were certified by means of a punched hole, as seen on this piece. How can we be sure this piece was holed in the 1696 recoinage? Brown notes four criteria: A full size coin with no clipping; piercing that conforms to the Act—central, no metal loss; signs of having been in circulation at least 50 years; jagged edges showing little sign of wear.

    We have no clear record of how many pieces were “rejoined” thus, though this is the first groat recorded. Many such pieces probably ended up melted as later collectors assumed the hole was merely damage. The piece is a metal-detector find along with other coins from the era of hammered coinage. It is full sized with both rings though underweight from wear; the punch is off-center but it does preserve the portrait, a preference that is arguably understandable; the wear and the date of issue more than satisfy the 50 year requirement; the edges are jagged though somewhat burnished down from minor friction after the punch.

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