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The E-Sylum: Volume 18, Number 49, December 6, 2015, Article 24


Kerry Wetterstrom of Classical Numismatic Group submitted this press release with highlights of the firm's upcoming Dr. Lawrence A. Adams Part III sale. Thanks. Some great coins! -Editor

Classical Numismatic Group of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and London, England is proud to present Part III of the Dr. Lawrence A. Adams collection of ancient to modern gold coinage of the world, which is being sold as part of the firm’s Triton XIX sale. Triton XIX is a Public, Internet, and Mail Bid Sale to be held in conjunction with the 44th Annual New York International Numismatic Convention (NYINC) on January 5-6, 2016. The NYINC is held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, located at 301 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022, between 49th and 50th Streets.

Part III of the Adams collection is featured in the second catalog for Triton XIX, and will be sold in two sessions on Wednesday, January 6, 2016. This part of the Adams collection includes 801 lots of ancient Greek, Celtic, Oriental Greek, Central Asian, Roman Provincial, Roman Republican, and Roman Imperial coinage. Additionally, there are featured selections of Early Medieval & Islamic, World, and British Coinage, as well as Olympic and World medals. The pre-sale estimate total for Part III of the Adams collection is $5.6 million.

Dr. Adams formed his collection over the past 50 years, and the collection encompasses coins of the world from antiquity to the present day. Many of the ancient coins come from some of the most important sales of the last century, such as the Brand, Garrett, Jameson, and other collections.

Within the context of ancient and early medieval coinage, this third sale will have strong offerings of South Italian & Sicilian, Carthage, the Kings of Bosporos, the Seleukid Empire, the Ptolemaic Empire, the Kushan Empire, the Kushano-Sasanian kings, Roman Republican, and the Restitution Series of Trajan aurei. There are also examples of gold coinage of the Ostrogoths, Lombards, Merovingians, Carolingians, and the Ottoman Empire.

The world section of over 500 lots offers a look at coins from Afghanistan to Zanzibar, with particular strengths in France, India (Mughals, Princely States & Colonial), Italy, the Low Countries, Poland, Transylvania, and Vietnam. The medals section includes some important modern Olympic pieces.

Selecting highlights from the 800 coins on offer is difficult for such a diverse group of coins, but just a few of the individual highlights from the Adams Collection are:

Largest Carthage Electrum Denomination

Lot 2030 CARTHAGE Tristater

Lot 2030–CARTHAGE, First Punic War. Circa 264-241 BC. EL Tristater (29.5mm, 22.40 g, 12h). Uncertain mint in Sicily. Head of Tanit left, wearing wreath of grain ears, triple-pendant earring, and necklace / Horse prancing right; palm tree in background, B’RŠT (in Neo-Punic) below. Jenkins & Lewis Group VIII, 327 = Jenkins, Punic, Part IV, p. 54, dies O1/R6; CNP 211; SNG Lockett 1063 (same dies); Basel 568 (same obv. die); Gulbenkian 377 = Walcher de Molthein 456 (same dies); Jameson 922 (same dies); Sartiges 387 (same rev. die). Near EF, toned, a little die wear on obverse. Very rare, only sixteen known to Jenkins, ten of which are in museums, none in CoinArchives.

Gold Taken from Athena Parthenos

Lot 2041 ATTICA, Athens Stater

Lot 2041–ATTICA, Athens. 295 BC. AV Stater (17mm, 8.60 g, 9h). Head of Athena right, with profile eye, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with a “pi-style” palmette, disk earring, and pearl necklace / Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent to left, AΘE and Eleusis-ring to right. J. Kroll, “The Reminting of Athenian Silver Coinage, 353 B.C.” in Hesperia 80 (2011), fig, 12, b; Svoronos, Monnaies, pl. 21, 17 = Jameson 1193 (same rev. die); HGC 4, 1577; SNG Copenhagen 83; BMC 129–31; Boston MFA 1099; Gillet 946; Gulbenkian 925 = Weber 3499. Near EF, a few scattered marks, minor deposits on reverse. Very rare.

Unique Stater of Pharnakes I

Lot 2053 Pharnakes I Stater

Lot 2053–KINGS of PONTOS. Pharnakes I. Circa 200-169 BC. AV Stater (19.5mm, 8.47 g, 12h). Amisos mint. Diademed head right / BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΦAPNAKOY, male figure, wearing flat headdress, holding cornucopia in right hand, vine branch in left, from which a deer, standing right, feeds, on his left; MH monogram to inner right. Callataÿ, First, dies O1/R1, and fig. 15 = Göbl, Antike 877A (this coin); HGC 7, 322 (this coin illustrated); Alram 26 (this coin referenced and illustrated). Good VF, light scuff and edge mark on reverse. Unique.

Portrait Gold Issue for Charlemagne

Lot 2207 Charlemagne

Lot 2207–CAROLINGIANS. Charlemagne (Charles the Great). As Charles I, King of the Franks, 768-814. AV Tremissis (17mm, 0.98 g, 11h). Lucca mint. + FL (star) A VI • A (star) LVC (star) A •, D • N CA•R VLVS RЄX, facing half-length bust. Bernareggi –; Bernareggi, Tremissi –; Bernareggi, Moneta, –; Depeyrot 515B = CNI IX 1 = Gariel 172 = Kluge 199; BMC Vandals –; Arslan –; MEC 1, –; E&S p. 213. EF, lightly toned. Extremely rare, second example of this variety known.

BOHEMIA, Holy Roman Empire Ferdinand III Dukát

Lot 2258 BOHEMIA Ferdinand III Dukát

Lot 2258–BOHEMIA, Holy Roman Empire. České království (Kingdom of Bohemia). Ferdinand III. 1627-1657. AV 50 Dukát (75mm, 172.4 g, 12h). Commemorating his Coronation as King of Hungary & Bohemia. Praha (Prague) mint. Dated 1629. FERDINANDVS · III · D : G : HVNG : BOHEMIÆ · REX :, armored and draped bust right, wearing elaborate ruff and Collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece; all within wreath; 50 (denomination) engraved in medallion at bottom of wreath / AVSTRIÆE ARDCHIDVX, crowned garnished coat-of-arms with dragon supporters above Collar of the Order of the Golden Fleece; 16 29 below; all within wreath. Herinek 82; Dietiker –; KM –; Friedberg 44. VF, scattered marks and scratched, edge knocks, double struck.

Portrait Mohur of Jahangir

Lot 2396 INDIA Portrait Mohur of Jahangir

Lot 2396–INDIA, Mughal Empire. Nur al-Din Muhammad Jahangir. AH 1014-1037 / AD 1605-1627. AV Mohur (23mm, 10.99 g, 11h). Portrait type, Class A. Dually dated AH 1020 and RY 6 (16 March – 14/23 October AD 1611). shabih-e Jahangir Shah Akbar Shah (likeness of Jahangir Shah [son of] Akbar Shah) in Persian to left, sanat 6 jalus (regnal year 6) in Persian to right, bust left; left hand resting hand on throne / Lion recumbent left; radiate sun behind; sanat 1020 hijri (year 1020 of the Hijra) in Persian to right. BM 312; Wright 587; Hull 1437; KM 179.1; Friedberg 758. VF, remains of suspension loop mounting. Very rare contemporary issue presented to preferred courtiers.

Zodiac Mohur

Lot 2399 INDIA Zodiac Mohur

Lot 2399–INDIA, Mughal Empire. Nur al-Din Muhammad Jahangir. AH 1014-1037 / AD 1605-1627. AV Mohur (22mm, 10.91 g, 4h). Zodiac Type, Class A. Agra mint. Dually dated AH 1028 and RY 14 (19 December AD 1618 – 14/23 October AD 1619). Constellation of Varak/Mesha (Aries the Ram): ram, head right, recumbent left; radiate sun behind; sanat 14 jalus (regnal year 14) in Persian below / zar zewar dar Agra ruye yaft az Jahangir Shah Akbar Shah (Received ornament on gold at Agra from Jahangir Shah [son of] Akbar Shah) in Persian verse; AH date to left. BM 322; Wright 570; Hull 1379; KM 180.1; Friedberg 762. Good VF, lightly toned, minor spot of deposit on obverse.

LOW COUNTRIES Rijksdaalder

Lot 2557 LOW COUNTRIES Rijksdaalder

Lot 2557–LOW COUNTRIES, Republiek der Zeven Verenigde Nederlanden (Dutch Republic). Holland. 1581-1795. AV ‘Rijksdaalder’ (40mm, 34.63 g, 12h). Dordrecht mint. Dated 1687. Armored half-length bust right, holding sword over shoulder and coat-of-arms on ribbon / Crowned coat-of-arms. P&W Ho 40.3; CNM 2.28.77; KM –; Friedberg –. Choice EF, frosted proof-like strike, minor edge ding. Off-metal strike in gold.

TRANSYLVANIA Acatiu Barcsai Dukát

Lot 2684 TRANSYLVANIA Acatiu Barcsai Dukát

Lot 2684–TRANSYLVANIA, Principality. Acatiu Barcsai. 1658-1660. Hexagonal AV 10 Dukát (40mm, 35.05 g, 12h). Cluj-Napoca (Klausenburg / Kolozsvár) mint. Dated 1659. Bust right, holding lis-tipped scepter over shoulder / Crowned coat-of-arms. Resch 1A; MBR 2228; KM 323 (5th edition – this coin illustrated); Friedberg 375. Good VF. Extremely rare – none on CoinArchives.

IRELAND. James II Shilling

Lot 2752–IRELAND. James II

Lot 2752–IRELAND. James II. 1685-1691. Proof AV ‘Shilling’ (23mm, 5.87 g, 12h). ‘Gunmoney’ coinage. Dublin or Limerick mint. Dated June 1690. Laureate head left / Crown over two scepters crossed in saltire; J R in script across field, XII above, June in script below. D&F 444; SCBC 6582g. Near EF, toned, scratches. Extremely rare. Lot viewing for Triton XIX will begin on Sunday, January 3rd, 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 XIX is:

Sunday, January 3, 2016 – 1PM until 7PM;
Monday, January 4, 2016 – 9AM until 7PM;
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 – 8AM until 6PM; and
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 – 8AM until Noon.

Auction lots will also be available for viewing at the Pennsylvania offices of CNG from Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 until Wednesday, December 30th, 2015 by appointment only, with the exception of Friday and Saturday, December 11-12, 2015, when select lots will be on exhibit at the Bay Area Historical Bourse (BAHB). The BAHB 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 XIX will be held in the Norse Suite, also located on the 18th floor of The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Triton XIX will be conducted over four sessions with the morning sessions beginning promptly at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, January 5th, and Wednesday, January 6th, 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 XIX, which CNG will be conducting as our Electronic Auction 366, and will open for bidding on December 16, 2015. E-Sale 366 will feature over 1,000 lots, including Part 4 of the Dr. Lawrence A. Adams Collection of Ancient and World Gold Coinage, and will close on Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

Printed catalogs for Triton XIX will be available after December 1, 2015. To order a catalog, please visit Catalogs are $100 to North American addresses, and $125/£85 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 102, scheduled for May 18, 2016. The consignment deadline is Friday, January 15, 2016.

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

Wayne Homren, Editor

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