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The E-Sylum: Volume 17, Number 47, November 16, 2014, Article 20


Kerry Wetterstrom forwarded this press release for CNG's Triton XVIII auction sale, to be held in January 2015 at the New York International. Thanks! Some great coins here. -Editor

Classical Numismatic Group of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and London, England is proud to present Triton XVIII, a Public, Internet, and Mail Bid Sale to be held in conjunction with the 43rd Annual New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) on January 6-7, 2015. The NYINC is held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, located at 301 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022, between 49th and 50th Streets. Triton XVIII will feature over 1900 lots of ancient Greek, Celtic, Oriental Greek, Central Asian, Roman Provincial, Roman Republican, and Roman Imperial coinage. Additionally, there are featured selections of Byzantine, Early Medieval, Islamic, World, and British Coinage. The pre-sale estimate total for Triton XVIII is $6.5 million and counting.

Triton XVIII will feature material from three different museums: The MoneyMuseum of Zurich, Switzerland–Selections from the Sunflower Foundation Collection–Greek, Roman Imperial, and Byzantine Coinage; The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada–Roman Imperial Coinage; and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation–Selections from the Joseph R. Lasser Collection–World and British Coinage, including an exceptional offering of fourteen deniers of Charlemagne, one of the largest offerings in a public auction in recent memory.

Additionally, items from over a dozen private collections will be featured in Triton XVIII, including:

  • The Sunrise Collection–Numismatic Art of Persia–Greek and Oriental Greek Coinage;
  • The RAJ Collection–Greek and Roman Republican Coinage;
  • The Jonathan K. Kern Collection–Greek, Roman Imperial, Byzantine, and World Coinage;
  • The Patrick H. James Collection–Greek and British Coinage;
  • The Edoardo Levante Collection–Greek and Roman Provincial Coinage;
  • Collection of a Southern Pathologist–Greek Coinage;
  • The RH Collection–Greek Coinage;
  • Selections from the RBW Collection of Roman Republican Coinage;
  • The AK Collection of Trajan & Hadrian–Roman Provincial and Roman Imperial Coinage;
  • The D. Fagan Collection–Roman Imperial Coinage;
  • The RAM Collection of Roman Imperial Bronzes;
  • Selections of World & British Coinage from the TJH Collection;
  • Selections from the Michael Joffre Collection–Roman Imperial, World, and British Coinage;
  • The Michael Joffre Collection of Anglo-Gallic Coinage; and
  • Large Lots from the BCD Collection of Thessalian Bronzes
  • Large Lots from the Archer M. Huntington Collection from the Hispanic Society of America

A few of the individual highlights from Triton XVIII are:

Triton XVIII sale lot 129

Lot 129. SELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. Seleukos I Nikator. 312-281 BC. AR Tetradrachm (26mm, 17.07 g, 2h). Susa mint. Struck circa 305/4-295 BC. Head of hero (Alexander or Seleukos?) right, wearing helmet covered with panther skin and adorned with the ear and horns of a bull / BASI?EOS SE?EYKOY, Nike standing right, holding in both hands a wreath that she places on trophy to right; EP monogram to lower left, ?I in lower middle field. SC 173.11; ESMS Tr.54 (A40/P6); ESM 413; HGC 9, 20; Sunrise 174 corr. (monogram; this coin). EF, toned, great metal. Among the finest. Estimated at $75,000

From the Sunrise Collection.

Triton XVIII sale lot 385

Lot 385. SICILY, Syracuse. Second Democracy. 466-405 BC. AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 17.23 g, 5h). Struck circa 413-405 BC. Charioteer, holding kentron in right hand and reins in both, driving fast quadriga left over wheel; above, Nike flying right, crowning charioteer with wreath held in both hands; in exergue, grain ear left / Diademed head of Arethousa left, hair in ampyx and sphendone with zig-zag lower border, wearing double hoop earring and necklace with pendants; SY[P]AKOSI[O-N] above, four dolphins around. Tudeer 69 (dies 25/47); HGC 2, 1342 (same dies as illustration); Basel 471 (this coin); BMC 220 (same dies); Boston MFA 415 = Warren 387 (same dies); Giacosa pl. 34 (this coin illustrated [obverse]); Gillet 637 (same dies); Gulbenkian 288 (same dies); de Luynes 1212 (same dies); Rizzo pl. XLII, 17 (same obv. die). EF, toned, minor double strike on reverse. A masterwork of Sicilian numismatics. Estimated at $30,000

From the collection of the MoneyMuseum, Zurich. Ex Athos D. Moretti Collection (Numismatica Ars Classica 13, 8 October 1998), lot 471.

Triton XVIII sale lot 1008

Lot 1008. Tiberius. AD 14-37. Æ Dupondius (29mm, 14.75 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 22-23. IVSTITIA below, draped bust of Justitia right, wearing stephane ornamented with floral ornaments; her hair fastened in a knot at the back / TI • CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVG P M TR POT XXIIII • large S • C. RIC I 46 (Tiberius); BMCRE 79-80 (Tiberius); BN 57-61 (Tiberius); AdG p. 39 (this coin). EF, lovely Tiber patina, minor surface roughness, traces of deposits. Fine style portrait. Estimated at $10,000

From the collection of the MoneyMuseum, Zurich. Ex Numismatica Ars Classica 15 (18 May 1999), lot 279.

Triton XVIII sale lot 1502

Lot 1502. DENMARK. Christian V. 1670-1699. AR Speciedaler (42mm, 29.02 g, 12h). Dansk Østindisk Kompagni (Danish East India Company) issue. Dated 1672. CHRISTIANUS • V • D • G • REX • DAN • NOR • VAN • GOT •, laureate, draped, and armored bust right / Crowned C5 monogram above crowned DOC monogram; 16 72 across field; all within palm wreath; G K below wreath tie. Edge: plain. Schou 7; Hede 63C; Jensen –; Davenport 410. EF, toned. Estimated at $10,000

From the Joseph R Lasser Collection for the benefit of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, purchased from James F. Elmen, 25 August 1986. Ex Zander H. Klawans Collection.

Lot viewing for Triton XVIII will begin on Sunday, January 4th, from 1PM until 7PM in the Carnegie Suite, located on the 18th floor of The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. The complete lot-viewing schedule for Triton XVIII is:
Sunday, January 4, 2015 – 1PM until 7PM;
Monday, January 5, 2015 – 9AM until 7PM;
Tuesday, January 6, 2015 – 8AM until 6PM; and
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 – 8AM until Noon.

Auction lots will also be available for viewing at the Pennsylvania offices of CNG from Monday, December 1st, 2014 until Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 by appointment only, with the exception of Friday and Saturday, December 12-13, 2014, when the lots will be on exhibit at the San Francisco Historical Bourse (SFHB). The SFHB is held at the Holiday Inn Golden Gateway, Van Ness and California Streets, San Francisco, CA from 10AM until 6PM each day. Please note that CNG’s office hours will be limited during the holiday season.

The auction sessions for Triton XVIII will be held in the Norse Suite, also located on the 18th floor of The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Triton XVIII will be conducted over four sessions with the morning sessions beginning promptly at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, January 6th, and Wednesday, January 7th, 2015, and the afternoon sessions will start at 2 PM on the same days.

In addition, there will be an online, Internet-only, Session 5 for Triton XVIII, which CNG will be conducting as our Electronic Auction 342, and will run online concurrently. E-Sale 342 will feature over 1,000 lots, including further selections from many of the same collections offered in Triton XVIII, and will close on Wednesday, January 14, 2015.

Printed catalogs for Triton XVIII will be available after December 1, 2014. To order a catalog, please visit Catalogs are $50 to North American addresses, and $75 to the rest of the world. Payment may be made by U.S. $ check or Visa/MasterCard. Catalogues will be mailed to customers on CNG’s active mailing list.

CNG is currently accepting consignments for its next mail bid auction, CNG 99, scheduled for May 13, 2015. The consignment deadline is Friday, January 16, 2015.

For further details and any additional information, please contact CNG, Inc. at:

Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. P.O. Box 479 Lancaster, PA 17608-0479 Telephone: (717) 390-9194 Fax: (717) 390-9978 Email:

About the NYINC:
The New York International Numismatic Convention is the United States’ most prestigious numismatic event targeting the needs of the world and ancient numismatic communities. The 43rd Annual NYINC will be held at the fabled Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, located at 301 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022, between 49th and 50th Streets. The dates for the 2015 NYINC are Saturday January 3, 2015 through Sunday January 11, 2015, with bourse activities taking place Thursday-Sunday, January 8-11, 2015.

Wayne Homren, Editor

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