The Aurora Collection of Roman Gold Coinage Estimated to achieve over $1,000,000, seventy extremely rare Roman coins, many with provenance from well-known collections and important European auctions, will be brought to the market by Baldwin’s,
early Roman Empire and is estimated at US$30,000 [Lot 4].
Dating from the later third century A.D. is a particularly fine silver denarius of the British usurper Carausius (reigned A.D. 286-293). This superb quality coin shows the portrait of the military commander on its obverse, and two clasped hands on the reverse, an interesting piece of propaganda alluding to the harmonious relationship between him and his army [estimate $10,000, Lot 244].
From the mint of Nicomedia a gold solidus of Emperor Constantine the Great (reigned A.D. 307-337) records a divergence from the traditional style of Roman coins. The portrait of Constantine fills the obverse leaving no space for the usual legend surround.
Constantine was a revolutionarily leader who converted the Roman Empire to Christianity under his rule. His religious reforms are mirrored in this coin being depicted with his face tilted upwards, looking towards heaven. This uplifted gaze also references the heroic ideals of Hellenistic portraiture celebrated by Alexander the Great, an iconic image that would have appealed to a wide contemporary audience. A remarkable piece of history, it is estimated at US$18,000 [Lot 55].
The collection will be offered as part of The New York Sale XXXII alongside an auction of Russian and World coins at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel during the New York International Numismatic Convention. The catalogue will be available to view online from the first week in December on our website www.baldwin.co.uk .
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With a history dating back to 1872 Baldwin's is one of the largest and longest established Numismatic dealers and auction houses in the world. Our dedicated team of specialists have over 300 years combined experience covering all areas of numismatics including English, Ancient and Foreign coins, military and commemorative medals, tokens, books and banknotes.
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