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

The top coin in this auction was a spectacular tetradrachm from the island of Naxos, c. 415 BC. 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 AD, 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:

Our 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.

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