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The E-Sylum: Volume 18, Number 49, December 6, 2015, Article 25


Kerry Wetterstrom of Classical Numismatic Group submitted this press release with highlights of the firm's upcoming Triton XIX sale. More great coins! -Editor

Classical Numismatic Group of Lancaster, Pennsylvania and London, England is proud to present Triton XIX, 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. Triton XIX consists of two separate catalogs: the first catalog features 993 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 XIX, Part I is $7.2 million. Part II of Triton XIX features the third part of the Dr. Lawrence A. Adams Collection of Ancient & World Gold Coinage. A separate press release has been prepared for the Adams sale.

Triton XIX, Part I, to be sold on Tuesday, January 5th, 2016, features selections from several important collections including: important Judaean coins from the David Hendin collection; Greek and Roman coins from the J. Eric Engstrom collection; Roman coins from the V. Robert Chiodo collection; and Part I of the Dr. Andrew Wayne collection of Anglo-Saxon coinage.

Additionally, Part I of Triton XIX features an exceptional offering of Greek coinage, including pieces from the former collections of Brand, Desneux, Gillet, Jameson, Löbbecke, Lockett, Moretti, Sartiges, Trampitsch, and Woodward.

Other highlights include: a facing head Syracuse tetradrachm of Kimon; the Ghazzat Hoard of archaic Greek coinage; a Brutus portrait aureus and an Eid Mar denarius; an impressive selection of Roman aurei and solidi; a very rare Delmatius solidus from the Jameson and von Schulthess-Rechberg collections; an iconic Umayyad AH 77 gold dinar; and an extremely rare Chinese gold 1949 “Memento Dollar”.

Just a few of the individual highlights from Triton XIX, Part I are:

SICILY, Naxos. Circa 461-430 BC. AR Drachm

Lot 44–SICILY, Naxos Drachm

Lot 44–SICILY, Naxos. Circa 461-430 BC. AR Drachm (19mm, 4.32 g, 7h). Bearded head of Dionysos right, wearing tainia decorated with an ivy branch / Silenos, nude and bearded, squatting half-left, holding kantharos in right hand and resting his left on his knee, tail behind; N-A-XI-ON around; all within shallow concave circular incuse. Cahn 55.1 (V40/R46) = Gillet 484 = Sartiges 110 = H. Dannenberg, Grundzüge der Munzkunde (1912), pl. I, 7 = J. Friedländer, “Die Erwerbungen des Koniglichen Miinzkabinets vom 1. Januar 1877 bis 31. März 1878.” in ZfN 6 (1879), p. 10 and pl. I (this coin); Rizzo pl. XXVIII, 13; SNG Lloyd 1151 = Weber 1467; Basel 385; SNG Lockett 841 = Pozzi 508; Jameson 674; de Luynes 1063; McClean 2467 (all from the same dies). Superb EF, lovely deep cabinet tone. Among the finest examples of the type, with a choice pedigree.

An Exceptional Year Five Shekel

Lot 306–JUDAEA, Jewish War Shekel

Lot 306–JUDAEA, Jewish War. 66-70 CE. AR Shekel (22mm, 13.68 g, 12h). Jerusalem mint. Dated year 5 ([August] 70 CE). Omer cup; “Y[ear] 5” (date) in Hebrew above, “Shekel of Israel” in Hebrew around / Sprig of three pomegranates; “Jerusalem the holy” in Hebrew around. Meshorer 215; Kadman 45 (same obv. die as illustration); Hendin 1370 (same obv. die as illustration); Bromberg 389 (same obv. die); Shoshana I 20221 (same obv. die); Sofaer –; Spaer –. EF, lightly toned. Very rare, and among the finest known, far superior to those in CoinArchives.

The Ides of March

Lot 421 Brutus The Ides of March

Lot 421–The Republicans. Brutus. Late summer-autumn 42 BC. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.59 g, 12h). Military mint traveling with Brutus and Cassius in western Asia Minor or northern Greece; L. Plaetorius Cestianus, magistrate. Bare head of Brutus right; BRVT above, IMP to right, L • PLAET • CEST around to left / Pileus between two daggers pointing downward; EID • MAR below. Crawford 508/3; Cahn 22 (same dies); CRI 216; Sydenham 1301; RSC 15; RBW –. Good VF, deeply toned, a little off center and minor porosity on obverse. Very rare


Lot 595–Septimius Severus

Lot 595–Septimius Severus. AD 193-211. AV Aureus (19mm, 7.10 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 210-211. SEVERVS PIVS AVG BRIT, laureate head right / VICT OR IAE BRIT, Victory, winged and draped, advancing left, holding up wreath in right hand and palm frond upright in left. RIC IV 334; Calicó 2564; BMCRE 60 (same dies); Biaggi –; SCBC 649 (same dies). EF, toned, underlying luster. Very rare.

Struck to celebrate the success of the Roman military campaigns in Scotland from AD 209 through early AD 211.

Iconic Rarity of the Umayyad Caliphate

Lot 712–ISLAMIC, Umayyad Caliphate

Lot 712–ISLAMIC, Umayyad Caliphate. temp. 'Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan. AH 65-86 / AD 685-705. AV Dinar (20mm, 4.24 g, 6h). Unnamed (Dimashq [Damascus]?) mint. Dated AH 77 (AD 696/7). First portion of the kalimat at-tawḥīd: lā ilāha illā-llāhu waḥdahu lā sharīka lahu (there is no god except Allah, and one [is] he; (there is) no partner to him) in three lines; in outer margin, the “Umayyad Second Symbol” (Sura 9 [al-tauba]:33): muḥammadur rasūlu-llāh arsalahu bi-’lhudā wa dīn al-haqq lī-yuzhirahu ’ala al-dīn kollihi walau kariha al-mushrikūn (Muhammad id the messenger of Allah; him He sent with guidance and true faith to make it prevail over all other faiths even though the polytheists may hate it) / The “Umayyad Symbol” (Sura 112 [al-ikhlas]) Āllah ahad Āllah āl-samad lam yalīd wa lam yalūd (Allah [is] One; Allah [is] the Eternal, the Absolute; not begetting and not begotten) in three lines; in outer margin, b-ismi-llāh zarb hazā āl-dinār fī sanat seb’ wa seb’īn (in the name of Allah struck this dinar in the year seven and seventy (after the Hijra)). AGC I 41; SICA 2, 1 (same dies); Walker, Arab-Byzantine, 186; Album 125; W 155. EF, minor edge marks. Very rare.

GERMANY Friedrich III der Weise (the Wise)

Lot 744–GERMANY Friedrich III der Weise

Lot 744–GERMANY, Sachsen-Ernestinische Linie (Kurfürstentum). Friedrich III der Weise (the Wise). 1486-1525. AR Guldengroschen (49mm, 28.76 g, 11h). Hall mint. Struck 1512. Armored bust right, wearing embroidered cap / Nimbate eagle facing with wings spread, head left. Davenport 9699; Schnee 37; Merseburger 417. In NGC encapsulation graded MS 63. Among the finest known.

ANGLO-SAXON, Kings of Mercia. Offa.

Lot 869–ANGLO-SAXON, Kings of Mercia. Offa. 757-796. AR Penny (17mm, 1.29 g, 11h). Light coinage, portrait type. Canterbury mint; (Ealred, moneyer). Struck circa 779-792/3. ΘFFA RЄX, bareheaded bust right / O F (Rx) (Mercian m) on the limbs of a Celtic cross with fleurs in angles, lozenge center containing saltire; trefoil-headed scepter in each angle. Chick 94a = Chick, Towards, pl. I, 10 = EMC 2001.1158 (this coin); SCBI –; BMC 30 (same rev. die); North 290; SCBC 905 (this coin illustrated). Choice EF, deeply toned. A magnificent coin, with an unusually sculptural portrait in high relief. Extremely rare in this condition

Choice Rawlins Pound with Remarkable Pedigree

Lot 961 STUART. Charles I

Lot 961–STUART. Charles I. 1625-1649. AR Pound (54mm, 120.20 g, 4h). Declaration type. Oxford mint; im: plume with bads. Dated 1643. CAROLVS : D : G : MAG : BRIT : FRA : ET : HIBER : REX :, Charles, holding reins with left hand and sword in right, on horseback left, trampling arms below; plume to right / EXVRGAT : DEVS : DISSIPENTVR : INIMICI ·:·:·, RELIG : PROT : LEG/ANGL : LIBER : PAR in two lines between parallel lines; three Oxford plumes and XX (mark of value) above, 1643 below. Morrieson, Oxford A/2 (same obv. die as illustration); Brooker 863 (same rev. die); North 2397; SCBC 2938. Good VF, toned, a few light marks. Well struck on a broad flan

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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