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February 2019 Coins & Currency online | Auction Highlights

The top lot in the sale a Judaea, Bar Kokhba Revolt, AR Sela, undated issue of year 3, obverse depicting the Jerusalem Temple and the holy ark, the verso with a lulav and etrog, approx. XF, 14.57 grams, sold for $8,610 versus a $4,000-6,000 estimate.  Department specialist, Kyle Johnson commented that “Hand-hammered coins from the ancient world can be inconsistent and examples without real circulation or wear adds to the success of their sale – many sold in mid-high end of estimates as a result.”

 

 

 

A Group of Confederate and Southern States Currency and a Framed 1928 $10 Gold Certificate, sold exceptionally well.  Manuscript signatures acknowledging interest payments garnered interest for the historically interesting personalities such as Captain T.A.… Read More

Coins & Currency: Highlights of Skinner February Auction

MARLBOROUGH, MA – January 28, 2019 – Coins and currency are seen not only as a utilitarian tool for commerce but also as miniature works of art. These small sculptures and engravings historically feature gods and goddesses, rulers, and allegorical figures, rendered in an artistic manner. The Skinner February auction, online from February 13-22, of coins and currency highlights some of the most desirable and beautiful of these designs.… Read More

Nuances in Numismatics

While much of numismatics and connoisseurship focuses around type, years, mintages, and condition, there are other nuances worth considering while enjoying coin collecting. Many individuals build their collections around a type that they enjoy, whether that be the Morgan dollar series, Barber coinage, or period, such as the early Federal era. From here, they attempt to collect each year, mintmark, and major/minor variety, sometimes with a focus on pieces in mint state, other times just what they can afford at the time.… Read More

Ancient Treasures for a Modern World

It’s pretty unusual to see a piece of ancient jewelry come up in one of our Fine Jewelry auctions, so when we do it’s always exciting.  Lot 23 in our September 19 auction is a 2nd-century Roman bracelet, and I love everything about it. It’s almost 2,000 years old and is still so wearable and stylish today. Dare I even say that it is reminiscent of Alexander Calder’s jewelry?  By the 2nd century, a combination of the rejection of previous policies on austerity and the increase of the availability of gold saw restrictions on the ownership of jewels lifted.… Read More

Augustus to Constantine and Ancient Coins In-between

Ancient coins, especially those from early Roman and Greek cultures, have been captivating the interest of collectors for centuries. The recent slews of coin hoards being unearthed all across Europe have made international headlines, causing resurgence in their popularity. Most recently, a construction crew in Spain happened upon 1,300 pounds of bronze Roman coins, dating from the 3rd century AD, stashed in amphoras, while digging a trench.… Read More