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Chicago International Coin Fair Auction: Greek and Roman, Canadian Specimen Coins take Center Stage

Heritage Auctions is proud to present the official auction of the 2014 Chicago International Coin Fair, set for April 9-16. Though this will certainly be a well-rounded auction, with something for every collector, there are certain highlights that worth mentioning.

The auction will be held in conjunction with the annual Chicago International Coin Fair world and ancient coin event, set for April 10-13 at the Crowne Plaza O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill.

TitusOne of the flagship collections in this auction, and one of the most exciting ancient coin properties we have ever handled, is part one of the Andre Constantin Dimitriadis Collection. Dimitriadis, a prominent Californian collector, was a numismatic connoisseur. Part one of the collection features the Greek and Roman coins, with its particular strength lying in a run of over two hundred gold aurei and solidi.

ancient1With an eye for both rarity, condition, and overall quality, Dimitriadis assembled what will become one of the most significant collections of Roman gold coins ever to be sold in the United States. A few of the many highlights include an extremely rare portrait aureus of Marc Antony, a very artistic and expressive aureus of Vitellius, and a rare and interesting solidus of Anthemius. Part two, to be sold this coming September in New York, features the Byzantine coins, which is undoubtedly one of the most important and extensive private collections of that material ever assembled in the world.

The other two ancient coin collections featured in our Chicago International Coin Fair auction are selections from the Dr. Patrick Tan Collection as well as an array of pieces from the collection of CICF exhibitor Jonathan Kern. The group from Dr. Tan features a wide variety of ancient coins, but with a particular emphasis on rare Judaean and Judaean-related material. Included in that collection is a run of Jewish War and Bar Kokhba Revolt bronze and silver coins, many high-grade Greek Hellenistic tetradrachms, as well as a notable “Colosseum sestertius” of Titus.

Kern, a well-known dealer of ancient, world, and US coins, is also an active collector of top-end ancient coins. He has given us a very impressive grouping from his personal collection, including a number of rare and high-grade Roman gold coins to complement those from the Dimitriadis Collection.

Many impressive named collections of world coins will also highlight our 2014 Chicago International Coin Fair auction. Country-specific collections include offerings from the Prager Collection of Canadian Specimen Coins as well as the Mandate Mints! PCGS #1 All-Time Finest Registry Set of Palestine Coins. The Prager collection, while relatively few in number, packs an incredible punch, with some of the most spectacular Canadian specimens and patterns issues to come to public auction in over a decade.

ancient2Highlights include a 1921 Half Dollar – “The King of Canadian Coins” – graded Specimen 64 by PCGS as well as a Pattern 1865 Newfoundland $2 gold piece that was once part of the Norweb Collection and is likely unique in private hands. The Mandate Mints! Collection, assembled over a period of thirty years, represents one of every issue struck under the British mandate of Palestine. The set, all certified by PCGS, totals 59 coins, and is replete with condition rarities.

The Formosa Collection will also highlight the World coin offering. Like part one that was sold in our January 2014 NYINC auction, part II will feature world type coins in exceptional condition. Highlights from this group include a Russian 1714 Peter I 2 Ducats that is graded AU58 by NGC as well a Guatemalan 1894 pattern 5 Pesos struck in Gold of which only 10 were originally minted. This coin, graded PR64 by PCGS, is certainly among the finest survivors.

Other Chicago International Coin Fair Auction coin highlights include:

  • Russia. Nicholas II gold 25 Roubles 1896 MS61 NGC
  • China, Szechhuan Province. Empire brass Patter Dollar ND (1898) MS63 NGC
  • China, People’s Republic of China Proof gold Unicorn 500 Yuan (5 ounce) 1995, PR69 Ultra Cameo NGC
  • German New Guinea. German Colonial gold 20 Mark 1895-A MS66 NGC


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