It is our pleasure to present Numismatica Ars Classica (NAC) Auction 100 – part II, sold in association with Naville Numismatics (NN).
The auction will close on Tuesday 30 May 2017, 10.00 CEST, at which time the live session will begin.
Absentee bidders can bid electronically through Naville Numismatics website from the day the sale is published online up to the start of the live session.
The auction features a selection of 1061 lots of Greek, Roman, Byzantine coins, all chosen with contribution from NAC's experts.
The sale begins with a selection of coins from Magna Graecia, Sicily and Greece. This section of the sale includes coins from rare mints such as Abacaenum, Longane, Motya and Nakona and also offers an attractive series of coins from Tarentum, Heraclea, Metapontum, Thurium, Velia, Croton, Locri, Syracuse and Athens.
Highlights include a beautiful stater of Tarentum (lot lot 1016), a rare 1/3 of stater of Metapontum (lot 1026), a magnificent dinoms of Thurium (lot 1030), a very rare tetradrachm of Naxos (lot 1063) and an interesting distater of Alexander III (lot 1077).
The Roman selection boasts an interesting series of Roman Republican bronzes and a striking array of denarii, some of them from the E.E. Clain-Stefanelli Collection.
This section begins with an interesting series of Aes Grave and a selection of didrachms and quadrigati. Other highlights are a rare denarius of the Bellum Sociale with an important pedigree (lot 1442), a beautiful aureus of C. Vinius Varus (lot 1647), an exceedingly rare plated denarius of Q. Cornuficius (lot 1659), an important denarius of M. Arrius Secundus (lot 1664) and a very rare denarius of C. Nummonius Vaala (lot 1665).
In this part, it is also important and interesting the selection of Republican portraits such as Julius Caesar, Sextus Pompeius, Vibius Varus, M. Antonius and Octavian.
The Imperial selection of the sale features an attractive series of Augustus as well as an attractive aureus with Caius and Lucius (lot 1729), a beautiful sestertius of Gaius (lot 1753), an extreme sestertius of Britannicus (lot 1764), a rare sestertius of Nero depicting the harbour of Ostia (lot 1773), a rare aureus of Galba from the Boscoreale hoard (lot 1792), a splendid aureus of Carinus (lot 1975) and an extremely rare medallion of Constantius II (lot 2000). In this part, it is evident also the selection of denarii, sestertii, dupondii and asses which included Claudius, Nero, Vespasian, Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aurelius and Maximus caesar.
The Roman Provincial part of the sale includes an interesting selection of circa 197 coins, some of them from the von Aulock and the Dattari Collections.
Highlights are an exceedingly rare stater of Tiberius (lot 1160), a magnificient drachm of Antoninus Pius (lot 1343) and a splendid drachm of Marcus Aurelius from the Dattari collection (lot 1345).
Giovanni Dattari was born in Livorno on 19th April 1858 and moved to Egypt with his family after the death of his father in 1875.
He is known to have been a keen and competent amateur-merchant of Egyptian antiquities and Greek and Roman coinage. His study in the family villa in Cairo was a common meeting place for archaeologists, Egyptologists and numismatists.
Dattari started his coin collection in 1891 and by 1894 it was comprised of 395 pieces in base silver and 2207 in bronze.
By 1903 the collection had grown to 6835 Alexandrian, 91 archaic Greek, 230 of Alexander the Great, 910 Ptolemaic, 19320 Roman coins and 630 lead and silver pieces and in the following years this number of coins more than doubled.
His corpus consists of 327 pages (of which four are missing); it begins with a bronze of Augustus and ends with an astonishing quantity of extremely rare issues of Domitianus. Dattari listed all the coins in his collection and reproduced them by pencil tracing over casts.
Giovanni Dattari died in 1923, leaving his wife Eudosia Zifà and his two children, Maria and Marco Aurelio.
Dattari had already donated a substantial number of Alexandrian coins to the Museo Nazionale in Rome in 1920 and after his death the idea of donating his entire collection to the museum was prompted by his daughter Maria who wanted the collection to be made available to the public in a gallery dedicated to her father’s memory.
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