By Kent Ponterio, Senior Numismatist and Consignment Director, World and Ancient Coins; Chris Chatigny, Cataloger
The January New York International Numismatic Convention and subsequent Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio numismatic auction usher in the New Year for the numismatic world. This venue regularly offers a multitude of superb ancient coins. It seems proper to celebrate the beginning of a new year with a look back to the ancient legacy of our common pastime. The Ancient Greeks used the term “Nomisma” (loosely referring to coins) from which we adapted the title of this profession to “Numismatics.” Athens, Greece — the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy — offers the first ancient coin highlight for our January New York auction, and it represents the pinnacle of Athenian artistic style to be found on a coin.