Press Release - 6 September 2013
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WORLD COINS AND MEDALS TO STRIKE THE HIGH NOTES
Baldwin’s Auction 83 will be held on the 24th of September, at the CIPFA Conference Centre, London, in conjunction with Coinex 2013, the UK’s premier numismatic exhibition. The 1383 lots comprise an array of high quality Ancient and World coins and medals from around the globe, and include a stunning selection of coins from Antiquity representing an important numismatic, cultural and artistic era.
The auction opens with a wonderful array of Ancient Greek and Roman coinage. Amongst this historical treasure trove is Lot 4047, a Silver Tetradrachm of Athens, 449-415BC, which stands as a remarkable example of the famous Athenian coin and a true piece of art in its own right.
The obverse depicting Goddess Athena, patron of Athens, wearing a crested Attic helmet, decorated with three olive-leaves and a palmette is well-struck from fresh dies on a broad flan of excellent metal. The reverse presents an unusually handsome, well-centred owl, standing right, its head facing, with olive-sprig and crescent moon in fine detail, all attractively enveloped within the surrounding flan.
During the second half of the 5th Century, when this remarkable coin was issued, Athens became a major power in Greece, after the defeat of Xerxes’ invading army. Vast quantities of this iconic Silver Tetradrachm were produced, with up to 90% of surviving coins in present day dating from this period. This design, which remained almost unchanged for over a century, appears in many modern collections; however, unlike other examples, to see a piece of this quality and stylistic beauty is a rare opportunity not to be missed.
Lot 4047 is a notable piece of Athenian coinage and ultimately an outstanding example of Classical art. The obverse of the coin depicts a full head, and the reverse a full incuse square, both highly unusual for a coin of this era. With its beautiful tone and extremely fine condition, it would prove incredibly difficult to find anything approaching this high state of preservation, this stunning lot is estimated to sell for £8,000-9,000.
A lovely selection of British coins forms the second section of the auction and includes the late Alan Miles Collection of Short Cross Pennies and their Cut Halves. This fabulously formed collection features a number of medieval short cross pennies of King John all of the Moneyer “Miles”; a name that appears at the Oxford and Winchester Mints in the first decade of the 13th Century. These 45 lots represent over forty years of careful accumulation and dedication by Alan Miles to create a collection with outstanding provenance and numismatic value, lot 4242, a Silver Short Cross Penny, class Vbii, Winchester mint, being a particularly fine example. The piece carries a pre-sale estimate of £120-150.
This diverse auction also offers a wide selection of World Coins, including the Quentin Archer collection of Russian Medieval coins. Lot 4605, a Vladimir Sviatoslavich (978-1015), Srebrenik of Type IV, depicts the prince enthroned holding a cross and the reverse shows a trident symbol of Vladimir. Despite the typical cracks to the edge of flan, this coin is otherwise extremely fine and rarely found with this level of preservation. This special coin carries an estimate of £8,000-12,000.
Elsewhere in the sale we have a major collection of coins of Ottoman Egypt; this stunning selection comprises coins of excellent quality and rarity from a foremost power of Middle Eastern and world history. The sale closes with a collection of Islamic coins followed by world and commemorative medals including medals with political intrigue and an unusual Wedgewood Creamware Portrait Medallion, c.1790, Lot 5374, Louis-Marie, Vicomte de Noailles (1756-1804), French General and Politicians amongst other fine examples from across history and the globe. This beautiful piece carries an estimate of £800-1,200.
This auction is sold as part of a three day Baldwin’s auction extravaganza alongside The David Fore Collection of Indian Coins (Part three) and The Arielle Collection of British Colonial Coins (Part One). The auctions will take place in London during Coinex 2013, on the 24 – 26 September, at the CIPFA Conference Centre, Robert Street. Catalogues are available online at www.baldwin.co.uk.
4016 Sicily, Syracuse (Deinomenid Tyranny, 485-466 BC), Silver Tetradrachm, struck under Gelon, c.480-478 BC, charioteer wearing a long chiton, holding a kentron in his right hand and the reins in his left, driving a quadriga right, Nike flies above to right to crown the horses, rev ΣVRA-KOΣ-I-O-N, head of Arethusa facing right, wearing a pearl-diadem and a necklace, four dolphins swimming around, 17.33g, 7h (Boehringer 86 (V42/R55); SNG ANS 21 (this reverse die); SNG Lloyd 881 (this reverse die)). Well-struck on excellent metal, residual lustre beneath cabinet tone, extremely fine.
ex F Sternberg, Auction XXV, Zürich, 25-26 November 1991, lot 68
4030 Kingdom of Macedon, Philip II (359-336 BC), Gold Stater, mint of Amphipolis, struck c.340-328 BC, laureate head of Apollo right, rev ΦIΛIΠΠOY, charioteer driving a galloping biga right, corn-grain below horses, 8.60g, 2h (Le Rider pl. 74, 18 (D7/R17), this coin, = SNG Lockett 1401). Lightly toned, nearly extremely fine and with a good pedigree.
ex R C Lockett collection, Greek part II, Glendining’s, London, 12-13 February 1958, lot 1313. This coin published in ‘Le Monnayage d’Argent et d’Or de Philippe II’, G Le Rider, Paris 1977, p.203, 18, illustrated on plate 74.
4094 Kingdom of Syria, Seleucid Kings, Alexander I Balas, with Cleopatra Thea (152-145 BC), Silver Tetradrachm, mint of Ake-Ptolemais, struch c.150 BC, diadem and veiled bust of Cleopatra Thea, as Tyche jugate to right with the diademed bust of Alexander Balas, A behind heads, rev [BA]ΣIΛEΩΣ [A]ΛEΞANΔPOY ΘEOΠATOPOΣ EYEPΓETO, Zeus enthroned left, 17.04g, 11h (Houghton & Lorber, SC, 1841; SNG Spaer 1483; Jameson 1715; Boston Supp. 280 (this obverse die)). Two portraits of the finest style for this issue, a few light marks, otherwise well-struck and lightly toned, extremely fine and very rare, a Hellenistic masterpiece.
ex Bonhams auction 7, 1982, lot 202
ex Abramowitz Family Collection, Superior auctions, 8 December 1993, lot 344
This impressive issue was struck to commemorate the marriage of Alexander Balas to Cleopatra Thea in c.150 BC. Cleopatra Thea (c.164-121 BC), the daughter of Ptolemy VI and Cleopatra II of Egypt, played an important role in the Seleucid monarchy, while also leading a rather complicated and turbulent existence. Her union with Alexander I produced a child, Antiochos VI. Alexander was killed in 145 BC, after which Cleopatra married Demetrios II and bore him their sons Seleukos V and Antiochos VIII. Demetrios was later captured by the Parthians, whereupon Cleopatra married Antiochos VII; their son was Antiochos IX. Demetrios was released by the Parthians only to be murdered on the orders of Cleopatra Thea in 125 BC. She then arranged for the death of her son Seleukos V, who had succeeded Demetrios, before attempting to place herself as ruler of Syria, along with her son Antiochos VIII. After attempting to also remove him, she was forced to take her own life in 121 BC.The above example was one of the first two of this issue to be discovered in the late 19th century.
4276 Plegmund (890-914), Archbishop of Canterbury, Silver Penny, moneyer Berhthelm, small cross pattée, inner and outer linear circles and legend surrounding, +PLEGMVND ARCHIEP, rev three cross pattées across centre, tri-pellets above and below moneyer name in two lines, BERHT ELM MO, outer beaded circle surrounding, 1.49g (N 256; S 900). Small red deposit under second letter of legend, otherwise toned, good very fine and very rare.
ex Vatican Hoard, Rome, second portion, Glendinings, 13 November 1930, lot 1 ex R Cyril Lockett Collection, part III, Glendinings, 4 November 1958, lot 2640, sold for £13 ex B A Seaby Ltd. c.1962, priced at £30 ex Glendinings, 5 October 1987, lot 395
4339 Charles II, Silver Shilling, 1666, laureate and draped ‘Guinea Head’ right, elephant below truncation, rev crowned cruciform shields, interlinked C’s in angles, garter star at centre, date above, edge milled (ESC 1027 R4; S 3374). Lightly toned, tiny scratch to neck, laurel wreath lightly tooled, otherwise fine and extremely rare, one of the key rarities to the Charles II series of Shillings.
4908 ‘Abd al-Aziz, Gold 5-Guineas/500-Ghurush, Misr 1277h/11, 42.73g (KM 265). Hairlines, otherwise brilliant uncirculated and extremely rare.
5351 The Successful Outcome of the Attempted Attack on Amsterdam by William II and the Imprisonment of the Regents in Loevestein, cast Silver Medal with reverse in imitation of engraving, unsigned (Pieter van Abeele), c.1650, cityscape of Amsterdam with spires and windmills, the harbour to the fore with several city barges, hand of God in clouds above and legend on scroll, rev two coaches leave a gateway above which hangs a smoking cage, troops march alongside, the castle of Loevenstein beyond, 64.5mm (vL II, 345, 1; Fred 1b, 26). Very fine and very rare.
William II, unhappy with the Treaty of Münster and the State of Holland’s wish to reduce troop levels, attempted a surprise attack on Amsterdam. This failed and the medal’s reverse compares the imprisonment of the Regents with the attempt by Herman de Ruyter to capture Loevenstein.
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