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Ancient Coins Star in $3.3M CICF Heritage-Gemini Auction

Outstanding ancient coins brought strong prices in the just-concluded 2011 April Heritage-Gemini Signature Ancient Coins Auction, which took place at the Chicago International Coin Fair (CICF) in Rosemont, Illinois on April 14. Overall, this auction realized over $3.3 million USD, including all buyer’s premiums.

The top coin in this auction was a spectacular tetradrachm from the island of Naxos, c. 415 BCE. This good EF coin depicts the wine god Dionysus, who, according to legend, had a strong attachment to Naxos. This splendid example of one of the great classical rarities realized $174,800.

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Roman offerings in this auction were led by a two solidi gold medallion of Constantius II, minted in Thessalonica c. 350-355 CE, which sold to an enthusiastic bidder for $126,500. This EF example is only the fifth recorded example of this piece and bears a pedigree dating back to 1896. It is a beautiful medallion with wonderful style.

Other highlights included but were not limited to:

The 2011 April Rosemont Signature World & Ancient Coins CICF Auction continues through April 18, with additional selections of ancient coins to be offered in the session on April 18. Bid on this auction now at HA.com/Coins.

Heritage Auctions
Heritage Auctionshttps://www.ha.com/
Heritage Auction Galleries is one of the world's largest collectibles auctioneers. Besides offering rare and valuable U.S. and world coins and currency, Heritage offers ancient coins, exonumia, antiques, comic books, sports memorabilia, and many other collectibles. The firm is based in Dallas, Texas.

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