Rarities from antiquity and around the world anchor September Long Beach World Coin Auction Sept. 7-9 and 12 auction event feature the famous “Ides of March” denarius celebrating Cesar’s murder, the incomparable Dr. Norman Jacobs Collections of Japan and Korea, and a host of international nu
News-Antique.com - Aug 16,2011 - BEVERLY HILLS, CA – The Norman Jacobs Collection of Japanese and Korean numismatic rarities, highlighted by an incredible set of 1909 Korean Yung Hi gold, Year 3, in 5 Won, 10 Won and 20 Won denominations, collectively expected to bring well more than $1,000,000 – along with the “Ides of March” Denarius, which openly celebrates the assassination of Julius Caesar and is the most famous ancient coin in the world – anchor Heritage Auctions’ Long Beach Signature® World & Ancient Coins Auction, Sept. 7-9, and Sept. 12, at the Long Beach Convention Center.
“Dr. Jacobs’ amazing collection is just the tip of the iceberg in our September Long Beach auction, the most comprehensive and valuable world and ancient coin offering Heritage has ever presented,” said Cristiano Bierrenbach, Vice President of International Numismatics at Heritage. “We’re all very much looking forward to this history-making event in early September.”
“It’s been a great deal of fun putting this auction together,” added Warren Tucker, Vice President of World Coins at Heritage. “In all the years we’ve been running world coin auctions, we’ve never had as many rarities and ultra rarities in a single auction like there are in this one. There’s certainly a coin, or several, for every world coin collector out there.”
The Dr. Norman Jacobs Collection of Korea and Japan, as mentioned above includes a set of 1909 Korean Yung Hi gold, Year 3, in 5 Won, 10 Won and 20 Won denominations, collectively estimated at $1,500,000+, making it the unabashed centerpiece of the auction’s hundreds of incredible Patterns, ultra rarities, proof issues and regular numismatic issues from Asia, including more than 350 lots of Japanese coins and banknotes and 91 lots of Korean coins and banknotes. The auction also includes more than 500 Chinese rarities, including dozens of early Chinese issues and an incredible grouping of modern coins and coin sets, consigned from world class collections to compliment the amazing offerings from the Jacobs Collection, including the legendary 1910 Chinese Dragon Dollar – called the Yunnan Spring Dollar, just one of two known, expected to bring in excess of $700,000.
“This is, without a doubt, our most valuable Chinese section ever,” said Bierrenbach, “and we expect collectors to respond with appropriate enthusiasm.”
The auction also boasts an especially strong section of Ancient coins, close to 1,000 lots in all (450 in the Floor Sessions, with 550 included in Non-Floor Sessions), with the Rubicon Collection at its heart, including the famous “Ides of March” denarius, struck in circa 44-42 BC, an example of the most famous ancient coin ever struck and the only one to ever openly celebrate an act of murder. It is estimated at $450,000+.
“This is also the strongest offering of Ancients that Heritage has ever assembled,” said David Michaels, Director of Ancient Coins at Heritage, “and the sale of the Rubicon Collection, with the Hunt-Weintraub Eid Mar denarius and several other major rarities, makes this the highlight of my career in numismatics.”