The Aurora Collection of Roman Gold Coins Realises $1,700,000 at New York Auction 70 extremely rare Roman gold coins sold alongside ancient and world coins in New York for a total of $2,661,141 on Wednesday 8th January at Baldwin's New York Auction XXXII
the Temple of Vesta, designed to emphasise Caracalla’s piety.
A third gold Aureus showing the two brothers united on one coin, prior to their father’s death, also sold for $93,600. Struck A.D. 200-202, the coin was described by Baldwin’s Ancient coin specialist, Paul Hill, as “one of the most beautiful gold issues of the Severan period”.
A delicate portrayal of Constantine the Great led the gold solidus coins from the collection, selling for $40,950 against an estimate of $15,000. Constantine was a revolutionary leader who converted the Roman Empire to Christianity under his rule.
Seth Freeman, Auction Director of Baldwin’s said: “Despite the adverse weather conditions experienced this week in New York, the sun shone in the auction room of the Waldorf Astoria when the Aurora collection went under the hammer. Bidders battled each other in a packed room to try and secure the rare Roman gold coins being offered, with a number of the coins realising several times their pre-sale estimate. The results achieved proved that high quality Roman gold coins are very much in demand.”
The collection was offered as part of The New York Sale XXXII of Ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins and World Coins, held alongside an auction of Russian and World coins at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel during the 42nd New York International Numismatic Convention.