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Curator’s Choice: The Yorkshire archaeology Hoards which are going global with Google

November 7, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Art, Bronce Coins, Bronze, Coins, Collecting, Education, English Coins, Gold, Gold Coins, Museums, Numismatica, Numismatics, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, Roman Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, Treasure Hunting, World Coins

By: http://www.culture24.org.uk/ November 6th, 2014.

Curator’s Choice: Andrew Woods, Curator of Numismatics for York Museums Trust, on the Yorkshire Museum’s collection of Yorkshire Hoards going global with Google

“The numismatic collection – money and medals – numbers over 40,000 objects and is one of the strongest in northern England.

Most of that material has been excavated with new finds coming up every year from farmers, metal detectorists and archaeologists.

A lot of that excavated material comes in the form of hoards – accumulations of wealth buried in the ground.

Yorkshire Hoards is a project between Google Cultural Institute and York Museums Trust looking at these hoards and what they can tell us about the history of the region.

Over the past 3,000 years, from the Bronze Age through to the 17th century, very large numbers of hoards have gone into the ground across Yorkshire.

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Rare Coins Bear Scars of Ancient Jewish Rebellion

August 5, 2014 in Ancient Coins, Anthropology, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Bronce Coins, Bronze, Coins, History, Israel Coins, Numismatica, Numismatics, Treasure

By Jeanna Bryner. August 5th, 2014 (http://www.livescience.com/)

A Late Second Temple Period Jewish settlement with a trove of rare bronze coins inside one of its houses has been discovered in Israel.

The 114 bronze coins, which were found inside a ceramic money box and hidden in the corner of a room, date to the fourth year of the Great Revolt of the Jews against the Romans — an uprising that destroyed the Temple on Tisha B’Av about 2,000 years ago, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) reported today (Aug. 5).

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Historic Bass Collection Patterns Offered By Heritage Auctions At ANA World’s Fair of Money

June 2, 2014 in ANA (American Numismatic Asociation), Antique Coins, Auctions, Bronce Coins, Charity, Coin Grading, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Copper, Copper Coins, Events, NGC, Nickel Coins, Numismatic Societies and Clubs, Numismatica, Numismatics, Press Releases, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, USA Coins

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June 2, 2014

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Noah Fleisher, (214) 409-1143  NoahF@ha.com

Historic Bass Collection Patterns Offered By Heritage Auctions At ANA World’s Fair of Money

 

Proceeds from August 7, 2014 auction of these 30 coins will aid philanthropic mission of Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation

 

(Dallas, Texas) — Thirty United States pattern coins from the acclaimed collection of the late Texas business executive and philanthropist Harry W. Bass Jr. (1927 – 1998) will be offered without reserves during the Platinum Night auction conducted by Heritage Auctions (http://www.ha.com) on August 7th, 2014 during the Chicago 2014 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of MoneySM.  Proceeds from the sale will be used for philanthropic purposes by the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation of Dallas.

The Bass Collection 1838 plain edge Seated Liberty half dollar pattern in copper (Judd-77) will be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

The Bass Collection 1838 plain edge Seated Liberty half dollar pattern in copper (Judd-77) will be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

The Bass Collection 1838 plain edge Seated Liberty half dollar pattern in copper (Judd-77) will be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

The Bass Collection 1838 plain edge Seated Liberty half dollar pattern in copper (Judd-77) will be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

An 1865 with motto Seated dollar n silver (Judd-434) is among the 30 Bass Collection pattern coins Heritage Auctions will offer without reserve at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

An 1865 with motto Seated dollar n silver (Judd-434) is among the 30 Bass Collection pattern coins Heritage Auctions will offer without reserve at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

An 1865 with motto Seated dollar n silver (Judd-434) is among the 30 Bass Collection pattern coins Heritage Auctions will offer without reserve at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

An 1865 with motto Seated dollar n silver (Judd-434) is among the 30 Bass Collection pattern coins Heritage Auctions will offer without reserve at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money. (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

For the past 14 years, the 30 historic patterns have been on loan to the ANA and were frequently displayed in rotation with hundreds of other Bass Collection coins at the association’s Edward C. Rochette Money Museum at ANA headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

The coins in the upcoming auction include an 1838 plain edge Liberty Seated half dollar in copper (Judd-77), an 1865 with motto Seated Dollar in silver (J-434) and an 1875 Trade dollar in silver (J-1426).  All of the consigned Bass coins are being submitted to Numismatic Guaranty Corporation for grading and will have the pedigree on the insert labels in the holders.

Coins from the Bass Collection of patterns to be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money include this 1875 Trade dollar in silver (Judd-1426). (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

Coins from the Bass Collection of patterns to be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money include this 1875 Trade dollar in silver (Judd-1426). (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

Coins from the Bass Collection of patterns to be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money include this 1875 Trade dollar in silver (Judd-1426). (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

Coins from the Bass Collection of patterns to be offered without reserve by Heritage Auctions at the 2014 ANA World's Fair of Money include this 1875 Trade dollar in silver (Judd-1426). (Photo credit: Images from Heritage Auctions with permission from the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation.)

“These literally are museum-quality rare coins!,” said Todd Imhof, Executive Vice President of Heritage Auctions, an official auctioneer of the 2014 ANA World’s Fair of Money.

“These amazing patterns come to the Chicago auction out of the specialized holdings of the Bass Collection that has been on display at the ANA Museum since 2000 when the ANA was selected by the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation to hold this incredible collection,” explained Imhof.

F. David Calhoun, Executive Director of the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation stated: “Over the years, Harry Bass worked with various experts at Heritage and made purchases with our Dallas neighbor, but never consigned through their auctions. Now, we are returning selections to the marketplace. As the Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation sells these coins to provide funds to support our philanthropic mission, we are seeking the highest possible return. I trust Heritage to provide that, and I look forward to working with them in this new capacity.”

Pattern coins were produced usually in small quantity to test proposed designs, and sometimes were struck in various metals.  U.S. patterns are often cited by their “J” number as part of the reference system originally created by researcher and patterns reference book author, Dr. J. Hewitt Judd.

In addition to J-77, 434 and 1426 mentioned above, the 27 other patterns from the Bass Collection that will be offered at the auction are:

  • 1838 Seated Liberty half dollar, J-79 original in silver
  • 1850 Annular Cent, J-119 in billon
  • 1855 Flying Eagle cent, J-168 in bronze
  • 1861 With Motto half dollar, J-278 in copper
  • 1863 Postage Currency dime, J-326 in copper
  • 1863 With Motto quarter dollar, J-335 in silver
  • 1863 With Motto half dollar, J-344 in aluminum
  • 1865 With Motto half dollar, J-429 in silver
  • 1866 Washington five cent, J-473 in nickel
  • 1866 Shield nickel, J-509 in bronze
  • 1868 cent, J-606 in copper
  • 1869 Standard Silver quarter dollar, J-721 in silver
  • 1870 half dime, J-815 in copper
  • 1871 Indian Princess quarter dollar, J-1090 in silver
  • 1871 Indian Princess quarter dollar, J-1092 in aluminum
  • 1871 Indian Princess quarter dollar, J-1093 in silver
  • 1871 Indian Princess dollar, J-1149 in aluminum
  • 1872 Commercial dollar, J-1219 in silver
  • 1873 Trade dollar, J-1293 in silver
  • 1873 Trade dollar, J-1322 in silver
  • 1874 Twenty cent piece, J-1355 in copper
  • 1874 Twenty cent piece, J-1356 in aluminum
  • 1879 quarter dollar, J-1591 in copper
  • 1881 cent, J-1665 in aluminum
  • 1882 Shield nickel, J-1697 in nickel
  • 1885 Snowden dollar, J-1747 in silver
  • 1896 five cents, J-1771 in nickel

“Harry W. Bass, Jr.’s collection has long been heralded as one of the most amazing collections ever put together, and we’ve been very fortunate to get to display these beautiful works of art at the Edward C. Rochette Money Museum,” said Kim Kiick, ANA Executive Director. “Thousands of visitors to the Money Museum have enjoyed the Bass Collection over the years, and thousands more will continue to enjoy the rest of Harry Bass’s amazing collection in the interactive Bass Gallery. We very much appreciate our long-term relationship and support that the Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation has given to the ANA.”

Bass was a life member of the ANA for more than 30 years.  He received the ANA Medal of Merit in 1989, and was selected to the association’s Numismatic Hall of Fame in 1998.

The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation seeks to enrich the lives of Texans by providing support to qualified organizations in the areas of education, human services, civic and community, science and research, and arts and culture. It funds special projects of public entities or other nonprofit 501(c)(3) endeavors. Mr. Bass sought to extend the accomplishments of his father’s Harry Bass Foundation, established by Harry Bass, Sr., supporting Dallas charitable and religious institutions, hospitals, and museums with funds from family oil interests and subsequent investments. Assets of the merged Harry W. Bass, Jr. Foundation have continued to grow with the sale of portions of Mr. Bass’s coin collection, following his death in April 1998. This auction will further that mission.

Heritage Auctions is the largest auction house founded in the United States and the world’s third largest, with annual sales of more than $900 million, and 850,000+ online bidder members. For more information about Heritage Auctions, and to join and receive access to a complete record of prices realized, with full-color, enlargeable photos of each lot, please visit HA.com.

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Coins! The Arielle Collection Part Two at Baldwin’s Auctions

March 28, 2014 in Antique Coins, Auctions, British Coins, Bronce Coins, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

By: Yareah Magazine. March 27th, 2014 (http://www.yareah.com/)
The first day of Baldwin’s three-day May auction calendar will contain the second part of one of the most impressive British colonial coin collections to have ever been offered for sale by public auction.  Part One of The Arielle Collection sold through Baldwin’s Coinex auctions in September 2013, where every one of the 818 lots sold for an exceptional sale total of £505,092.
Compiled by a collector who sought out only the finest specimens, the second and final part of the collection will comprise 980 lots. His impeccable collection includes many pattern and proof coins from British Guiana, British Honduras, British West Indies, Hong Kong, Straits Settlements, Ceylon, Cyprus, Fiji, the Ionian Island and New Zealand.
The catalogues for all three auctions will be available to view online at www.baldwin.co.uk , and online biding with no additional premium is available through the services of www.the-saleroom.com.
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The one cent coin that’s worth a mint: Rare bronze penny from 1793 fetches $140,000 at auction

July 19, 2013 in Antique Coins, Auctions, Bronce Coins, Bronze, Cents, Coins, Collecting, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Rare Coins, USA Coins

  • Rare bronze coin dates from 1793 when the United States Mint opened
  • It created a frenzy at auction, reaching $140,000 from an anonymous bidder

By OLIVIA WILLIAMS (http://www.dailymail.co.uk)

A one-cent coin has sold at auction for $140,000 – 14 million times its original price.An international bidding war erupted for the rare bronze coin dating from 1793, the year the United States Mint first opened.The coin had been tipped to sell for around $4,560, but 10 keen bidders sent the price soaring at the Bonhams auction in London yesterday.

Eventually an anonymous coin collector placed the winning bid – at more than 30 times the estimate.

John Millenstead, head of coins and medals at Bonhams, said: ‘Although the coin is quite rare and in good condition, we are slightly bewildered that it went for quite so much.

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Largest Roman coin hoard found in Shropshire returns to county

March 6, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Archaeology, Bronce Coins, Byzantine Coins, News, Roman Coins, Treasure

The largest Roman coin hoard ever discovered in Shropshire – featuring up to 10,000 coins – has been returned to the county permanently.

March 5, 2013 (http://www.shropshirestar.com)

And the ancient haul, which is classified as treasure worth £25,000 and dating from between 317-335 A.D, will be displayed in Shrewsbury’s new £10.5 million museum and art gallery when it opens later this year.

Shropshire Museums has secured the safekeeping of the 9,236 coins from the British Museum which had been examining, recording and conserving the find since it was uncovered by novice metal detectorist Nic Davies in a field north of Shrewsbury in 2009.

The hoard is now at Ludlow Museum Resource Centre where it is being photographed and catalogued to allow people to study it online.

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Greek and Roman coins discovered in Lichfield fetch £40,000 at auction

February 22, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Antique Coins, Auctions, Bronce Coins, Coins, Collecting, Greek Coins, Roman Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, Treasure, World Coins

Bidding frenzy after experts estimated the collection at around £25,000

 

By Mike Lockley Feb, 20th, 2013 (http://www.birminghammail.co.uk)

A private collection of Greek and Roman coins has fetched £40,000 at auction – more than double what was expected.

The 400 lots of classic coins, discovered in Lichfield, went under the hammer last Wednesday at auctioneers Richard Winterton’s city centre salesroom.

The haul included a Roman Republic Apulia Luceria bronze ‘quincunx’. which realised £340, a group of Roman Imperial bronze coins, which went for £380, and a pre-Roman 450 to 350 BC Lucania silver starter, which sold for £360.

A spokesman for the auctioneers said: “Some of the world’s leading authorities in this highly specialised field made the trip to attend the sale. The live internet bidding facility enabled those long distances away and abroad to participate, enabling buyers around the globe to make successful bids.”

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Sparta family gives ancient coins, bone relics

January 12, 2013 in Ancient Coins, Bronce Coins, Byzantine Coins, Copper Coins, Roman Coins, World Coins

JAN 9, 2013 (http://spartaindependent.com)

SPARTA — The Diaz Family of Sparta once again made their annual donations of ancient coins and a St. Elizabeth Ann Seton bone reliquary.

The family has been donating relics to local Catholic churches and schools for the past 17 years. The relics are family heirlooms, collected since the 1970s. The donations traditionally coincide with the anniversary of the death of Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first North American born Saint, on Jan. 4 1821.

This year, the recipients were St. Therese Catholic Church and School in Succasunna and St. Joseph Regional School in Newton.

“The bone reliquary and two ancient coin collections were lovingly gifted to St. Therese Catholic Church and School and to St. Joseph’s Catholic School in honor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Fausto and Emilia Diaz, the 26 shooting victims of Newtown, Conn. and for all American and Allied servicemen killed, wounded or missing in action,” said Angel Diaz, representing himself and his family, Bozena, Elizabeth and Sophia.

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