Most complete collection of Roman coins for sale

Published on August 29th, 2011 | by Sevaan Franks

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Attention coin collectors: the most complete collection of ancient Roman Republican coins ever offered for sale is coming on the market this spring.

In October 5th, Numismatica Ars Classica will offer the first part of perhaps the most complete collection of ancient Roman Republican coins ever offered for public sale. The Roman Republic spans the period from when Rome was a small central-Italian city state until the end of the Republic in 31 BC, when Octavian defeated Marc Antony at the battle of Actium, and the Roman Empire began. The first sale of the “RBW Collection” will cover the period from the beginning of Roman coinage in the 4th century BC up to the Social War in 91 BC, when several Italian states rose up against Rome, and almost toppled her. The coinage from the Social War until the end of the Republic will be offered by Numismatica Ars Classica in the spring of 2012.

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One Response to Most complete collection of Roman coins for sale

  1. Rasiel says:

    I received my copy of this sale in the mail and the lots are mouthwatering. NAC has positioned itself at the top of the auctioneer circuit and those estimates are decidedly conservative and meant to jump-start interest but are in nearly every case unlikely to close at those opening bids.

    For a look at past NAC sales see the Ditty Old Coins database at dirtyoldcoins.com where many of their previous auctions are archived. It’s rare to see an auction headlined by Roman Imperial bronzes and it’ll be interesting to see just how much interest in this series there is!

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