E-Auction 47

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    E47, Lot 301:

    12 COINS. THE SEVERAN DYNASTY. An interesting selection of 12 attractive denarii in high grades--Pat Zabel had a good eye for coins and picked for quality. All are fully attributed in pdf attached to listing below. Septimius Severus (1); Julia Domna (1); Caracalla (3); Plautilla (3); Geta (4).

    Septimius Severus was of Punic and Italian ancestry and born into a high ranking senatorial family. He was an extremely capable soldier and spent much of his reign campaigning in far-flung provinces of the Empire. He married the wealthy and beautiful Syrian Julia Donna who had a “royal horoscope” (i.e., she was destined to be a queen). She was known for her great intellect and influenced her husband and later her son the Emperor Caracalla in matters of state. She travelled with her husband on his frequent military campaigns and was awarded the title Mater Castrorum (“mother of the camps’) for sharing in the hardships. She attracted men of culture and learning to her brilliant Imperial court in Rome. Unfortunately she was unsuccessful in overcoming the hostility between her two sons, Caracalla and Geta.


    In 208 A.D. the entire family went to Britain to deal with unrest following a great invasion by barbarians of the North. Severus repaired Hadrian’s Wall and launched a campaign into Caledonia without much success. Elderly and stressed by the rigours of the campaign, he died at York in 211.


    His elder son Caracalla ruled with extravagance and cruelty, marked by the treacherous murder of his younger brother Geta in their mother’s arms. His one notable action was the granting to all free inhabitants of the Empire the name and privileges of Roman citizens.


    * The history of a family in 12 coins:

    (Pat Zabel had an interesting approach to collecting the Severans--as a family.)

    A fairly youthful Severus, and a beautiful young Julia Domna. Three portraits of Caracalla, and four of Geta, each portrayed as a boy, a youth, and a bearded man. Three different portraits of the ill-fated Plautilla, married to Caracalla at age 14, and eventually banished and put to death on his orders. All photographs and full descriptions are online.


    Cf. Important related Roman provincial Severan family issues (lots 69-79), particularly two related coins: Choice billon tetradrachms of Caracalla (Lot 79) and of Macrinus (Lot 80), prefect of the Praetorian Guards under Caracalla and party to his murder. (An interesting footnote into the lives of the classics: Mary Beard, a former professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge and author of many books on the era, wrote in the July 3, 2023 New Yorker, “Caracalla was knifed while relieving himself on a military campaign in the East in 217 C.E.” She also recounts how the historian Herodian describes the funeral of Septimius Severus in 211 C.E. in Rome. Though he died in York in northern England and was cremated there, his ashes were brought back to Rome for the elaborate week-long funeral featuring a waxwork of the dead emperor.) (MD).

    The Zabel Collection.

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    E47, Lot 309:

    194 COINS. ISLE OF MAN. A collection of crown issues from 1970 to 1997. 187 copper nickel crowns, 7 silver crowns (194 total). Bust of Queen Elizabeth II right; ISLE OF MAN ELIZABETH II around, date below / A variety of designs marking significant events or individuals. Krause KM 18 (1970) to KM 793 (1997) (not all inclusive). Mint State and Proof coins. All are individually in holders with neatly inked descriptions--date, KM number, metal, grade noted. (Sold AS IS).

    Heavy collection. Actual shipping charges will be added if sent outside the United States.


    The Isle of Man crown series of copper-nickel pieces designated “ONE CROWN” begins with a 1970 issue with Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse and a Manx cat on the reverse. The Krause catalog designated the piece as KM 18.  The KM numbers continue through to KM 1267, a year 2000 issue. This collection runs through KM 793, 1 1997 issue celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the marriage of Elizabeth II and Philip. The collection is comprehensive between those years and issues but not complete. What is there is a fascinating medallic depiction of many world events, some of which are listed below.


    •The Millenium of Tynwald 1979 (“The oldest continuous parliament”)

    •Moscow Olympiad 1980

    •World Cup Spain 1982

    •Los Angeles Olympics 1984

    •Quincentenary of the College of Arms 1984

    •World’s Cup (Soccer) Mexico 1986

    •America’s Cup (sailing) 1987

    •Bicentenary of Steam Navigation 1988

    •Bicentenary of the Mutiny on the Bounty 1989

    •World Cup Italy 1990

    •Churchill 1990

    •Discovery of America 1992

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    E47, Lot 311:

    A collection of well over 6000 minor world coins. (over 21% silver coins).

    Predominantly 20th century weighted more toward the latter part of the century, early coins tend to be decent circulated examples, generally VF or better. The later pieces tend to be unicirculated or proof pieces. Denominations range from small change to higher parts of a dollar/crown size piece.

    Each coin has been carefully identified with the country name, the date, the catalog number—mostly the KM numbers but sometimes a Y (Yeoman) number, and a grade. I consider the grading to be generally conservative and accurate. The writing on the holders is neatly and consistently done in black ink. The number of hours the collector put into this had to have been immense.

    I have gone through the entire collection twice. While I cannot guarantee that there is no duplication, I found none. There are date runs of coins of various denominations though I think these date runs were more a matter of happenstance than specific efforts to complete any individual series. The denominations range from low denominations in base metals all the way through silver issues that represent denominations that are just under the crown/taler denomination. (We sold the crown part of this collection in our last E-Auction, though I do recall seeing four Canadian silver dollars in this collection.)

    The condition ranges from average circulated through mint state or proof. Coins from the earlier part of the 20th century typically show use but many of the later issues are fully uncirculated. I suspect that the collector had many years of a service that provided examples of new issues as they came out.

    While we knew him and had contact with him late in the 20th century we did not discuss this aspect of his collection with him. He left no notes or comments about his collection but it speaks for itself. He was interested in the entire world and its coinage and he had the time to carefully study and organize a great many pieces. (AD)

    Lot sold as is with actual postage cost added, no returns.

    Shipment of this large lot out of the service area of the United States Postal Service will be at buyer’s risk though we will do everything possible to achieve safe arrival.



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