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By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist & Cataloger

​This week's featured ancient coin highlight from our Official Auction of the ANA World's Fair of Money offers an opportunity to present not only a rare and important Roman issue but also introduce a few  interesting selections coming up in the August sale.

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.

Written by Greg Cohen, Professional Numismatist and Consignment Director, US and World Coins

As the New Year approaches, the eyes of world and ancient coin collectors are focused on the exciting, 43rd Annual New York International Numismatic Convention. Our consignment directors and catalogers have put together one of the most significant offerings of ancient and world numismatics for this year’s sale. Six live auction sessions, as well as an internet session, presented in two catalogs, will capture the attention of the numismatic community, and will generate significant bidding activity. This article will cover the first catalog, which features ancient and world coins, as well as orders and decorations, and world paper currency. My article next week will be focused on the second catalog, which is dedicated to the Robert O. Ebert Collection of Roman Coins. The coins highlighted in this article are just selections from thousands of numismatic items that await their turn at the auction block.