HJB Mobility – Coin Auction #1


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Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. is pleased to announce HJB Mobility – Auction I.  This is a timed auction which is live today and closes Thursday, May 28 at 4 PM.

HJB Mobility is another avenue for customers who lead busy lives and want an auction at their fingertips. This format will provide a downloadable HJB app which is now available through the app store on Apple devices with Android becoming available soon after. Users of the app will be able to view upcoming sales, add them to their device calendar or share through social media via Facebook, Twitter, email or text. Clients will also be able to view past mobility auctions as well as submit items for future consignment consideration right from their device.

Of course, there will be a full computer version which will be linked from the HJB home page and viewable from any desktop computer without a download.

HJB will still offer the quality they are known for in the Buy or Bid sales, however, it will be a true online auction platform that will also include world and United States coins as well as historical antique maps. Harlan J. Berk, founder of HJB, said “I have always felt strongly about never charging a buyer’s fee in our Buy or Bid Sales, so when the opportunity came up to offer these types of auctions, I wanted to offer clients low buyer’s fees.”

Today’s clients are routinely paying between 15-23% buyer’s fees and HJB will be offering a buyer’s fee of 9.75% if payment is settled by check or wire.

Download the HJB app from the Apple Store by searching Harlan Berk on your iphone or ipad.

Those of you who only wish to use the desktop computer version, please click the link below.

Bidders must register to bid with a credit card but are not required to pay this way.  Anyone who does not have a credit card please contact our offices with your bids and we will be happy to handle them for you.


See a recent video from CoinWeek of our own Mike Printz discussing the new venue.


CoinWeek: Harlan Berk Introduces New Computer AP for HJB Mobility Auction Sales. VIDEO: 2:54.

HJB will continue to offer high quality coins you have come to expect through our catalogs and web site.  HJB Mobility will become yet another platform to offer additional buying opportunities for our customers.  Watch for future auctions from HJB or contact us with additional questions or if you wish to consign any of your holdings in future auctions.

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Auction I will consist of 133 ancient coins, 40 world coins, 15 U.S. coins & 33 antique maps.  Below are some of the highlights of this sale.

Ancient Coins: Here are a few that warrant highlighting and which do not come up often.


Lot 12: The excessively rare Circus Maximus aureus (under Caracalla): Only the fourth or fifth specimen recorded of this aureus, all coming from the same reverse die, and with a new bust variety for the type, seen from front rather than from behind as on the other three or four specimens. Bust seen from front is unusual on coins of these years, indeed this is the first such bust known to C. Clay on any aureus of Caracalla as BRIT. The three other specimens of this Circus aureus of which we have images, all with draped and cuirassed bust seen from behind, are 1. ANS 1967.153.172, image kindly sent by Gilles Blansbourg, will also be uploaded onto the ANS website. 2. Berk, CICF Sale, 23 Narch 1995, lot 273 = Calicó-2710. From the same dies as 1. 3. Leu, May 1973, lot 406. From the same reverse die as 1-2, which is also the same as that used for our coin, but from a different obverse die, with legend broken PIVS – AVG rather than continuous.  A specimen of this Circus aureus was also reported by RIC-211B and BMC p. 439 to have been in Baldwin stock, 1927: quite probably the same coin as one of the three listed above, but possibly also a different specimen.


Lot 37: Boeotian stater with exceedingly rare seated Harmonia reverse type.  Do not let the somewhat degraded surfaces detract from the rarity and charm of this coin.  The type was sold in a Triton auction (Auction XIII, 5 January 2010, lot 129) for a hammer of $50,000!  Their coin was slightly more complete and with better surfaces.  While we don’t believe our coin is worth as much of that one, the type is rarely seen and the coin is worth a second look.


Lot 67: Rare and desirable Bactrian drachm of Artemidoros. This very elusive type is rarely offered.  The quality is considerably nicer than what has been offered in years past.

World Coins:  There are a nice variety of good quality coins, medals and tokens for this auction but we have some extraordinary Israel patterns that command complete attention:

The following three lots are extraordinary because they are the actual 25 Mils pattern coins pictured on page 69 in Sylvia Haffner’s 1970 edition “Israel’s Modern Money and Medals 1917-1970 for which is noted as the authoritative book when researching Israel numismatics.  Haffner also published the same pieces in an article of The Shekel in 1978, p. 16.  See link to article.


Lot 162: Aluminum Sheeting 25 Mils Trial Strikes and are noted as possibly the only one known.  Both strikes are of the “open link” variety, believed to be the first dies of the 1949 series and are sharply struck.


Lot 163: 1949 25 Mils Cut Trial Pieces in Copper. This lot contains four pieces in total of which three of the pieces show the denominations. The offering of these pieces on their own are rare and seldom seen but the conditions of these pieces are exceptional compared to anything previously offered.


Lot 164: The 1949 Pattern 25 Mils struck in pewter. This piece is also noted in Vol. XI, No. 6 November – December, 1978 issue of The Shekel as being “the only known specimen in pewter.”

United States Coins: This auction contains something for everyone,  with a few better date pieces in collector friendly grades.  Here are a few highlights.


Lot 174: 1797 Draped Bust Large Cent PCGS XF45 CAC

Extremely popular type coin from before 1800. Struck on a problem free planchet and free of any subsequent corrosion or pitting, this medium chocolate colored example is an excellent example of this early type. Wonderfully struck with CAC verification of grade.


Lot 176: 1918/7-S Standing Liberty Quarter PCGS AU55.

This coin came to us as part of an old time collection where it has spent decades. It did not experience very much circulation as it was likely recognized very early on for the rarity of its variety. Both the obverse and reverse exhibit natural gold, light amber and pale orange peripheral toning and wonderful overall eye appeal. Original, unaltered examples are quite rare and infrequently offered.

Antique Maps: HJB specializes in rare, authentic, antique maps from the 15th – 20th centuries. This auction features a small sample of our inventory of maps from around the world available within just about any budget. To see the rest of our inventory, visit hjbmaps.com or just come into our store. Here are some of the highlights from our newest auction.


Lot 193: North America showing California as an island – By: Sanson / Jalliot / Mortier – Date: 1710 (circa) Paris

L’Amerique Septentrionale Divisee En Ses Principales Partiesou sont distingués… les Estats… Francois, Castillians, Anglois, Suedois, Danois, Hollandois…

This is a spectacular early map of the North American continent with a focus on European possessions and Native American inhabitation. Original color delineates the territories of the east coast as Nouvelle France, N. Angleterre, N. Suede, Virginie, Floride Francoise and Floride. The great lakes are shown to consist of 6 bodies of water with which Ontario is fed by a separate branch of the St. Laurence, and Erie is depicted as landlocked. A possible Northwest Passage is indicated through Button’s Bay and California is mapped as an island. In the west, a series of Indian tribes are shown to reside between two mountain ranges and along the “River of the North,” which is fed by a large nameless lake.


Lot 195: Colonial North-eastern America with a bird’s eye view of New York – By: Matthias Seutter – Date: 1730 (circa) Augsburg

Recens Edita totius Novi Belgii, in America Septentrionali siti, cura et sumtibus…

The map is drawn from Jansson’s map of the northeast from 1651 which was later added to by Nicolas Visscher. Known as one of the most recognizable maps of the Northeastern U.S. this particular example of the third state of the Novi Belgii series does not disappoint in terms of sheer aesthetic beauty. This example by Matthias Seutter features an updated view of the city of New York which is titled “Neu Jork sive New Amsterdam,” with a key to the vignette just below written in Latin. Crowning this view of the former Dutch colony is a scene depicting natives and gods presenting food and gifts to King George II. The interior of the region is filled with forests, mountains, native tribe locations, pilgrim settlements, and a multitude of vignettes depicting indigenous animals.

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