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By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist & Cataloger

As the 19th century was coming to a close, the desire to compete in a burgeoning world economy was felt in nearly all parts of the globe. This included China—an empire home to roughly 400 million people (nearly a quarter of the world’s population at that time). Throughout her realms, strings of ‘cash’ were used as a lower-value currency for over two millennia, with larger sums represented in the form of ‘sycee’—ingots cast in gold or silver.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist & Cataloger

Following the assassination of Rome’s ‘dictator for life,’ Julius Caesar, in 44 B.C., Rome was plunged further into chaos, having already seen Caesar quell a bitter feud with the Senate and Gn. Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great) just a few years prior. Many of Caesar’s conspirators and assassins, including M. Junius Brutus and C. Cassius Longinus, commonly referenced simply as Brutus and Cassius, fled Rome for fear of reprisal, as their deed was not entirely embraced by the Roman populace who saw Caesar as a benevolent leader. Caesar’s closest friend and ally, M. Antonius (Marc Antony) seized a great deal of control during the power vacuum, with the conspirators on the run and Caesar’s grand-nephew and designated heir, G. Octavius Thurinus, still with an army in Macedonia.

By Jeremy Bostwick, Senior Numismatist & Cataloger

​Ever an iconic denomination and focal point of countless coin collections, the taler—a large-sized and weighty silver piece—has been the basis for much of the world's economy since the late 15th century. At that time, Sigismund, the Archduke of Austria and a member of the Habsburg family, enacted a new and fairly radical monetary policy whereby large format silver coinage would be reintroduced, as much of Europe had relied upon thin, low-grade, and rather uninspiring denominations for nearly a millennium. ​

By Kyle Ponterio, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​It seems like it was only a short time ago that we were in Hong Kong for our annual Spring Auction. During the intervening period, our team has been hard at work gathering consignments for our August Hong Kong sale. Now, with the completion of the catalog right around the corner, I'm happy to announce another outstanding event, with over 3,300 lots (more than our March total!) that will be sold between our coin and paper money sessions.​

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 Kyle Ponterio, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

​This week we feature a handsome selection of British and related items from our June Collectors Choice Online (CCO) – Ancient & World Coins – auction taking place June 27, 2019.  Many high grade, attractive and collectible examples will be offered, in gold, silver and base metal. This selection nicely represents the many neat and interesting issues produced by the British and the evolution of their manufacture. ​

By Kyle Ponterio, Senior Numismatist and Cataloger

This week’s featured highlight from our upcoming official American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money auction, to be held in Rosemont, Illinois from August 13-16, is an extremely rare turn-of-the-century revolutionary issue with few surviving examples.

By Kent Tran, Cataloger

The design of the “Three Graces” Pattern Crown was inspired by ancient Greek mythology. Zeus, the king of the Greek gods, married Hera, the queen of the gods, and together they had three daughters. Their three daughters were Aglaia (Brightness), Euphrosyne (Joyfulness), and Thalia (Bloom). They symbolized charm, beauty, nature, creativity, and fertility and as a result, became known as the “Graces.”

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