Ancient coin books and auction catalogs for sale.

Roman coin, Greek coin, Byzantine coin, and other ancient-coin reference works.
Numismatic literature for the ancient-coin specialist.
   [My sale catalogs come with PRs so you can tell what the coins really sold for.]


Go to major references on:   Greek, Celtic, Biblical, Roman Provincial, Roman Republican, Roman Imperial, Roman Gold, Dark Ages, Byzantine, English, Medieval, Scholarly journals.

  This page has ancient-coin catalogs and books. If you would rather see coins for sale, go to the main page (linked on the left)

NEW: Nov. 10:  Many books sold in the last month removed and some prices revised.
Sept. 26:  BCD catalogs [SOLD]. 
Sept. 5: Elymais, Parthia references, at the top.
Sept. 2: Spectacular NAC catalogs, at the top. Most have some major collection emphasizing some theme. If you like the theme, you will love the catalog! If you want a coffee-table book, these will do the job well.
August 24, some prices reduced.
August 13:  Catalogs with outstanding collections of Greek and Roman provincial coins (at the top). Why not see what an interesting collection looks like?
 


Contents of this pageFirst: Selected top-quality catalogs and books arranged by collecting series:
                 Second:  Catalogs arranged alphabetically by firm
                 Then:  Maps.


Green means especially good for that series. Bold green is highly desirable. Green without bold is desirable.
Purple means sold

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All catalogs are in good used condition and come with a copy of the Prices Realized (PR), unless marked otherwise, so you can tell what the coins were really worth. If you buy these elsewhere, you probably won't get the PR and you won't get this critical information. You won't be able to tell what the coins really sold for.

Abbreviations are explained below, such as"HV" for catalogs with High-Value coins, and "ppl" for page plates of coins.
Links to catalogs alphabetically by firm:  CNG (and Triton), Lanz, M&M, NAC, Tkalec.

 

NEW:


Ancient Persian Numismatics, Elymais, by de Morgan. Obol reprint. Cardcover. 44 pages and V plates.  [$30 on ABE, more on Amazon. $15 here]

Greek, Roman, and Islamic Coins from Sardis, by T. V. Buttrey, et al.  Hardcover. 274 pages plus 10 page plates of the more interesting (but not very interesting) coins found. There is lots of scholarly discussion, but this is not a great book to just read. [Spine sunned. Rest very nice.  $5] 

Many NAC catalogs. The finest catalogs ever produced. Totally gorgeous coins and excellent cataloging.

NAC (Numismatica Ars Classica) named or numbered sales. Zurich and London.
All include PR.

29   (May 11, 2005)  HV, VHQP.  748 ancients, all in color and almost all with color enlargements throughout. 243 G, 186 RR, 245 RI, 73 Byz.   
This is top quality for everything!  Maybe I can single out the Republican collection (including a nice EID Mar denarius) as outstanding, but so is the rest.  [$12]
31  (2005, Oct. 26) "An Important Collection of Roman Gold Coins. Property of an American Collector" 176 spectacular Roman gold coins, all in color and all enlarged in color. 10 R, 25 from the 12 Caesars, 32 second C through Pertinax, 50 from Severans to before the tetrarchy, 40 tetrarchy through family of Constantine (including medallions), 19 later Roman.  [$12]
    Roman gold coins (176) many of the highest desirability
33   (2006, April 5)  VHV. VHQP. 696 ancients, all in color and enlarged in color. 184 G, 208 RR, 247 RI, 49 Byz AV, 6 DA.  Totally gorgeous expensive coins!  25 with 6-digit PRs!  (and many other very-high-value coins.  [$9]
   Roman Republican (208)
34  (2006, Nov. 21) "An Important Collection of Roman Gold Coins" VHV. VHQP.  255 Roman gold coins, including a Brutus portrait piece, Pescennius Niger, and many other spectacular coins. It goes chronologically throught the emperors twice, as part I and part II: 6+2 Republican, 10+26 twelve Caesars, 21+24 second C through Pescennius Niger, 36+23 Severans to the tetrarchy, 21+15 tetrarchy through family of Constantine, 28+12 later Roman.  [$19]
   Roman gold (255) many of the highest desirability
39 (2007, May 16) "The Barry Feirstein Collection of Ancient Coins, Part I".  VHV. VHQP. 204 ancients. 84 G, 8 RR, 113 RI.  [$6]
40 (2007, May 16) VHV, VHQP. 947 ancient coins, all in color and almost all also enlarged in color.  271 G, 35 Jewish (Most not highest quality), 31 Roman imperial with Jewish reference (some of the highest quality), 23 Italian Aes, 265 RR,  291 RI, 26 Byz, 5 DA   [$12]
    Jewish related Roman imperial (31), Italian Aes (23), Roman Republican (265), Roman imperial rarities (265) 
41  (2007, Nov. 2) VHQ. VHQP. 146 ancients.  7 G gold, 28 VHQ RR including 12 gold, 109 RI mostly gold.  [$6]
42  (2007, Nov. 20) "The Barry Feirstein Collection of Ancient Coins, Part II-III" Part 2: VHV-MV: 146 RI, Severus Alexander and later, many of them gold but a few common RI in super condtion, plus 1 Byz Constantine XI. Part III: HV-MV: 26 RR, 179 RI.  [$6]
44 (2007, Nov. 26)  MV. VHQP. 125 ancients among 1005. All in color and all also enlarged in color.  115 RR and 10 of Augustus. Unlike most NAC auctions, these ancients are not particularly special.  [$4]
45 (2008, April 2) "The Barry Feirstein Collection of Ancient Coins, Part IV".  VHV. VHQP. 147 ancients. 59 RR (including an EID MAR in gold) and 88 RI up to Macrinus.  [$6]
46 (2008, April 2) HV. VHQP. 1059 ancients. All in color and most enlarged in color. The coins are grouped in two parts. The first part has all enlarged and, on average, high to very high quality coins. The second part none enlarged with HV coins.  163+126 G, 12 Italian aes, 138+62 RR, 289+231 RI, 4+25 Byz, 4 DA.  This auction has many spectacular coins of the highest desirability.   [Massive catalog. $12]
48  (2008, Oct. 21) "A remarkable selection of Greek silver" VHV. VHQP. 111 ancient Greek coins, all in color and all with at least one side enlarged.  [$7 SOLD]
    Greek (111) many of highest desirability
49  (2008, Oct. 21) "An interesting selection of Roman gold coins from the B. d. B. collection" VHV. VHQP. 422 Roman gold coins including 4 RR.  All illustrated in color and most also x2, throughout.  [$12]
    Roman gold (422) 
51  (2009, March 5)  1127 ancient coins. VHV. VHQP.  "Featuring the William James Conte collection of Roman sestertii and bronze and silver medallions, part I." 132 RR, 329 RI including 45 of the very highest quality Roman sestertii, 14 Byz, 2 DA gold, 203 G, 119 RR, 308 RI, 20 Byz, 2 DA gold (there are two separate sections with Roman coins)  This includes the 460,000+16.5% Swiss frank Caligula sestertius which I think is the best extant sestertius (better than the $2,000,000 Hadrian).  [$12]
    sestertii (45+ others)
(2009, no specific date) VHV. VHQP. "The William James Conte Collection" of highest-quality sestertii. This looks like the other NAC catalogs, but is not a sale. It is a slim volume publishing just the 46 sestertii and medallions from this collection in one place, with one coin or medallion per page. These are ancient coins of the very highest quality, wonderfully photographed and described. The NAC sale in which they were sold is given (NAC 51 and Fall 2009).  [$9]
52 (2009, Oct. 7)  1208 ancients.  "Featuring the William James Conte Collection of Roman sesertii and bronze and silver medallions pat II" (which are only a small fraction of this thick catalog). Many Roman gold coins. 200 G, 101 RR, 369 RI, 45 Byz, 4 DA, (same catalog, part II, lower quality and less space per coin): 74 G, 115 RR, 296 RI, 4 Byz  [$12]
54 (2010,  March 24) VHV. VHQP. 1350 ancients in two groups, the first 666 of the highest quality and the rest just very nice. Group 1: 145 G, 142 RR, 379 RI, 1 DA. Group 2: 1 Celtic, 226 G, 95 RR, 350 RI, 4 contorniates, 5 Byz gold, 2 DA.  [$12]
(2010, no specific date) VHV. VHQP. "The Luc Girard Collection of Roman sesertii" A selection of splendid sesterii sold in Sale 54 on 39 pages, with two or three per page. This looks like the other NAC catalogs, but is not a sale. It is a slim volume publishing 82 sestertii from this collection in one place, citing the lot number from sale 54. These are ancient coins of the very highest quality, wonderfully photographed and described.  [$9]
55 (2010, Oct. 8) "The BCD Collection, Lokris - Phokis" Hardcover. Superb reference work, written by BCD himself, with very extensive commentary and extremely thorough coverage of this narrow area of Greek coinage. The definitive work. 475 lots, many with multiple coins. Many lots have the finest known of the silver type, or are some copper rarity, or have something else special to recommend them. BCD was as complete with respect to copper as he was with respect to silver. Magnificent, not for end-to-end highly valuable coins (although some are), but for its value as a scholarly reference work.  [$45 SOLD]
    Greek Lokris and Phokis (475)
56 (2010, Oct. 8) HV. HQP. 404 ancients and 142 early medieval, all in color and most enlarged. 44 late Roman gold, 51 DA, 290 Byz (some E and AR), 13 crusader, 22 Bulgarian, 122 early medieval, 3 Turkoman, 2 Huns, 4 Axum  [$12 SOLD]
    Late Roman gold, Germanic migrations Dark Ages, Byzantine, and early medieval
59 (2011, April 4-5) 1697 Ancients (a massive catalog) in one volume in two parts, the first VHV and VHQP and the second MV and MQP.   1 Celtic, 184 G, 11 Italian cast, 189 RR, 339 RI, 58 Byz almost all gold, 2 DA. HQP: 12 Philistian, 16 Samarian, 155 Jewish-Holy Land, 38 RR brockages. 40 RI brockages,  Part II: 2 Italian cast, 196 G, 94 RR, 339 RI, 21 Byz. [$12]
   Philistian (12), Samarian (16), Brockages (38 RR and 40 RI), 155 Jewish and Holy Land
61 (2011, Oct. 5-6) HV. HQP. 1220 Roman Republican, "The RBW Collection of Roman Republican Coins, Part I." 1220 RR, many AE. Very high quality and many rarities, including 14 Italian of the Social War. Spectacular!  [$18 SOLD]
   Roman Republican (1220), Italian of the Social War (14)
62 (2011, Oct. 6) "The S. C. Markoff Collection of Roman Coins" 133 Roman coins. VHV. VHQP.  13 RR including EID MAR and Labienus, 120 RI as a run of wonderful portrait pieces, one coin of the very highest quality of each of the emperors, including the rarities and some medallions. Some of each metal. 
63 (2012, May 17) 608 Roman Republican, "The RBW Collection of Roman Republican Coins, Part II."608 RR, very high quality and many rarities.  [$15 SOLD]
    Roman Republican (608)
64 (2012, May 17-18) 2233 ancients. HV and VHV. A very thick catalog with two sections of Greek through Roman coins, listed individually here. 252 G, "J. N. collection of Roman Republican coins" including 71 RR cast AE and 62 RR, 380 RI, 4 DA, 19 Byz, "Paulo Leito collection of coins of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain)" 56, ("A collection of coins of the Levant and Jewish coins" including Philistia 87, Samaria 77, fractional AR of Judah 75, Jewish 100, Nabatean silver 6, Holy Land city coins 111), 290 G, 80 RR, 428 RI, 65 Byz. [$14]
     "A collection of coins of the Levant and Jewish coins" including Philistia 87, Samaria 77, fractional AR of Judah 75, Jewish 100, Nabatean silver 6, Holy Land city coins 111, Roman Republican cast AE    
66 (2012, Oct. 17)  "An Important Series of Greek Coins" Hardcover. VHV. VHQP. 84 Greek coins formerly in the Nelson Bunker Hunt Collection.  [$9]
67 (2012, Oct.. 17) "The Archer M. Huntingon Collection of Roman Gold Coins, Part I" (These are coins formerly housed with the ANS in New York) Hardcover. VHV. VHQP. 327 Roman gold coins. 6 RR, 152 IR, and 3 DA of very high quality, followed by 1 RR, 149 RI, 17 Byz.  [$12]
   Roman gold (327)
74  (2013, Nov. 18, joint with TradArt) VHV. VHQP (in TradArt large format, as opposed to the usual NAC cream-color catalog). "The JDL Collection." 45 extremely high value ancient coins, each on two pages. 20 G, 2RR, 22 RI, 1 Celtic gold.   [$9]
91 (2016, May 23) VHV. VHQP. "The George W. La Borde Collection of Roman Aurei--Part I" 68 Roman gold coins.  [$9]
   Roman gold (68)
92  (2016, May 23-24) in two parts. Part I VHV. VHQP.  1086 ancients. 173 G, 210 RR (including an excellent EID MAR piece), 442 RI (including 36 Julian II and 15 Festival of Isis and many of the latest emperors in gold), 11 DA, 182 By (all gold except for late silver)  [$10 part I only]
  Roman Republican (210), Festival of Isis and Julian (51), 5th century emperors in gold (c. 50)
    Part II: HV. HQP. "Featuring the collection of E. E. Clain-Stefanelli" 1251 ancients. 7 Celtic, 158 G, 470 RR "An interesting collection of Roman Republican coins formed by an Engish amateur scholar", 572 RI, 5 DA, 60 Byz
   Roman Republican (470 SOLD)

Here are two imporant, but not ancient-coin, catalogs:
[14 is a huge and spectacular collection of coins of the Popes and Italian and Spanish mints -- not ancients. $15]
[16  is not ancients, rather Italian, Spanish, huge 128 B&W plates plus XXX color plates!  $15]


Go to major references on:   Greek, Celtic, Biblical, Roman Provincial, Roman Republican, Roman Imperial, Roman Gold, Dark Ages, Byzantine, English, Medieval, Scholarly journals.

Catalogs emphasizing regions of the Greek world with PR (which makes a huge difference!)

M&M Bale, 66 Monnaies Antique de la Crete
66  (10/84)  HV. MQP. 885 ancients on 55 ppl + 3 E,  315 G including an imporant collection of Crete, 570 R.
     Crete (122), Septimius Severus family w. two heads or more (9), Roman Republican (196)  [$12, with PR]

Historia Numorum by Barkley Head (967 pages plus 7 tables) dark green cloth, Spink 1993 reprint, plus The Illustrations of Historia Numorum, by John Svoronos and Barclay Head (64 pages plus 34 plates plus 4 tables of lettering), both volumes as one lot [$59] The book is old but remarkably complete and well done.

 


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High value for money: SNG (Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum) ANS (American Numismatic Society) VI, Palestine-South Arabia. Hardcover. Folio. 1615 coins photographed, covering the Holy Land very well. It should be a $100 book, but they printed too many for the market. Supply and demand have balanced. Hard to pack it is so big (not thick, but folio! You need a tall shelf!)  [$23 including S&H in the US (US only) media-mail. It is tricky to ship because it is so large, but I'll absorb the cost.] A great reference work. I use mine a lot. 

Byzantine! Catalog:  Berk-England auction sale of Dec. 7, 1989.   *New* hardcover copy of the best modern sale for ByzantineAE.  It had 368 outstanding Byzantine AE, with a few photographed in color and many with enlargements. To give you an idea of the quality and rarity, 20 lots realized $1000 or more! That's for copper!  The emphasis is very strongly on early pieces -- there are only 34 pieces after AD 944. 61 pages. Excellent photos. If you collect Byzantine copper, see what you can aspire to.  New, hardcover  [$12, reduced to $9 including media-mail postage in the US, with PR (as always), $6 if postage is combined with other items.]
  
Byzantine AE (368)
 


Reference works by collecting series:
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Greek Coins:  (Roman, etc. follow chronologically)  Go to major references on:   Greek, Celtic, Biblical, Roman Provincial, Roman Republican, Roman Imperial, Roman Gold, Dark Ages, Byzantine, English, Medieval, Scholarly journals.

   (Books first. Greek-coin catalogs after these books, far below)

SNGs


SNG IV Fitzwilliam Museum, Leake and General Collections, part VIII, Syria-Nabathaea.  Folio. 1971. Covers very thick. Plates 117-136.  Excellent plates. None on Amazon or vcoins and a book consolidator search found none. [$79 + $7 shipping (it is folio!), reduced to $69 + $7]

SNG IV Fitzwilliam Museum, Leake and General Collections, part II, Sicily-Thrace. Folio. 1972.  Covers very thick. Plates 15-33. Excellent plates.  [$59 + $7 shipping, it is folio, reduced to $52 + $7]  A web search found none on Amazon or vcoins and it at $86 elsewhere.

Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum: The Collection of the American Numismatic Society: Part 3: Sicily I. Abacaenum-Erex. Folio!  Huge paperback. 1975. 38 plates. Very good interior. Nice cover but spine sunned.   $1092(!) on Amazon  [$149 + $7 shipping. It is folio, tall, and hard to ship.]

SNG ANS Part 3: Bruttium-Sicly: Abacaenum-Erex. Folio, cardcover. 1348 coins photographed. Excellent condition. No marks in the interior. "Bruttium-Sicly: A-E" inked on the spine. Cover slightly faded.  [$295 on Amazon. Here $150 + $7 shipping]

SNG ANS Sicily III: Syracuse-Siceliotes (Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum: The Collection of the American Numismatic Society, Part 5, Sicily III, by Denyse Berend. 
Note:  This includes Syracuse with some of the finest coins of all. Hardcover, folio (15 1/4" x 11 3/4"; you need a tall shelf), hardcover, NEW, in shrink wrap.
There was one copy on Amazon at $155 and a second copy listed at $485. Now there is one in "good" at $112. Here, an excellent copy: $129 + $7 shipping (it is large and awkward to ship) media-mail in the US only. 

SNG (Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum) ANS (American Numismatic Society) VI, Palestine-South Arabia. Hardcover. Folio. 1615 coins photographed, covering the Holy Land very well. It should be a $100 book, but they printed too many for the market. Supply and demand have balanced. Hard to pack it is so big (not thick, but folio! You need a tall shelf!)  [$23 including S&H in the US (US only) media-mail. It is tricky to ship because it is so large, but I'll absorb the cost.] A great reference work. I use mine a lot. 

SNG V Ashmolean Museum part II: Italy, Lucania (Thurium)-Bruttium, Sicily, Carthage. folio. 1969.  Hardcover. Excellent coindtion but for title inked by hand on the spine. Over 1100 coins.  [$75+$7]

Not folio:  Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum. SNG FRANCE 3. PAMPHYLIE, PISIDIE, LYCAONIE, GALATIE
Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, 1994, 34 pages, 146 plates each with facing text, tall quarto, red cloth, dust jacket. [Very good, former owner's name on flyleaf, but that's all. Dust jacket very good. $155 + $7 shipping. (This book is more than worth it if you collect any coins from that region).]



Morkholm, Otto. Early Hellenistic Coinage [$92 on Amazon (ignore the offering at $1563!). $92 on ABE. None on vcoins. [Here $59]

Portraits of Royal Ladies on Greek Coins, by. L. Forrer, 1969 thin hardcover. 72 pages. 1-3 coins illustrated per page.   $10 on Amazon. Here $7.

The Arthur S. Dewing Collection of Greek Coins, by Mildenberg and Hurter. ACNAC # 6 in two volumes, text , 194 pages, and plates, 142 with 2797 coins.  Boxed set of two hardcover books in orange cloth. [$95 on vcoins. Virtually new. $72.50 in this condition on Amazon. Here $59.] Dewing is famous for having loved (and being able to afford) decadrachms. Over 60 of his are illustrated here.

The Coinage of Aphrodisias [in Caria], by David MacDonald. Hardcover. 139 pages. 32 plates. [$65 on Amazon. $30 on vcoins. Very good copy, "Caria" inked on the dustjacket.  $24 here, reduced to $19.]



Samarian Coinage, By Yaakov Meshorer and Shraga Qedar. Publication of the Israel Numismatic Society, Volume IX, 1999, Jerusalem. ISBN 965-222-965-2
Pages: 128. Plates: 31 plus many photos throughout and 228 clear line drawings.   [$60 on vcoins, $130 on Amazon, $150 on ABE. Here $39]

Meshorer and Qedar, Coinage of Samaria in the Fourth Century BCE   [$95 on Amazon, none on vcoins, Here $79, reduced to $59 ]

Money and its uses in the Ancient Greek World edited by Andrew Meadows and Kirsty Shipton. 9 articles totaling 165 pages plus 19 plates, cardcover, large 10 3/4" by 8 1/2", Oxford University Press, 2001. $84 in very good condition on Amazon. Here, nearly new but for a long crease in the lower right of the cover. $49 + $4 shipping media-mail in the US. 
See CNG 371, Lot: 277. Closing Mar 23, 2016 at 11:32:20 a.m. ET. Meadows, Andrew and Kirsty Shipton [editors]. Money and its uses in the Ancient Greek World. (Oxford, 2001).  PR 110+fees.
http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=307231

ANSON, L. NUMISMATA GRAECA: GREEK COIN-TYPES CLASSIFIED FOR IMMEDIATE IDENTIFICATION.
Anson, L. Numismata Graeca: Greek Coin-Types Classified for Immediate Identification. (London, 1910-1916.) Forni reprint (the reprint date is not given, but I think it is 1975). Thirteen parts bound in two volumes. 887 pages (coin number, place, obverse, reverse, size, weight, denomination date place in plate volume, and citations to BMC, Mionnet, etc) with 150 plates. An excellent resource for the identification of thousands of Greek coins with inanimate objects as types. Dark green cloth covers. Very good condition.
I think of it as a way to see what is out there associated with various themes. What might you collect?  Weapons? Temples. Agricultural implements? Marine animals? Grapes? Altars? 150 large plates organized by type of depiction. Spectacular!  Massive and very collectable. 10" x 13", 3" thick. [$345 + $10 media-mail shipping in the US only.
] Massive two-volume work. Green cloth bond.


Coinage of the Western Seleucid Mints, Edward Newell , excellent 1977 brown hardcover reprint edition as ANS Numismatic Studies #4 with recent scholarship by Otto Morkholm.  450 pages, LXXXV plates. On Amazon at $169 and $250. [Here, $49, reduced to $44]. This is a really nice copy.


Greek and Roman Coins in the Athenian Agora, American School of Classical Studies at Athens. 34 page pamphlet with illustrations of over 150 coins found. [$9.95 elsewhere, $2 here.]

Monnaie de Tarente, Collection Claudius Cote.  Attic book reprint of a famous Ratto catalog devoted to coins of Tarentum. 600 coins of Tarentum illustrated, but not well, plus 42 pages of lot descriptions, in French. paperback [$12.50 used on Amazon, $8 here, reduced to $6]



Die Munzpragung Milets [Miletos] vom vierten bis ersten Jahrhundert v. Chr (Typos V), by Barbara Deppert-Lippitz. Hardcover in German. 223 pages plus 36 plates.  The comprehensive book on coins of Miletos from this period. Nearly new. [$35, reduced to $27, reduced to $25]

Probleme der fruhen Electronpragung, by Liselotte Weidauer (Typos I). Hardcover in German. 114 pages plus 29 plates. Nearly new. Important for early electrum coinage [$35
, reduced to $25]

A Hoard of Coins from Eastern Parthia, by Heidemarie Koch. ANS NNM 165. Hardcover. 64 pages and 12 plates. A hoard of 266 copper coins from the northeastern part of the Parthian empire illustrated and discussed. You won't see this type of AE illustrated elsewhere. [$12
]


A. Heiss, Description generale des Monnaies Antique de l'Espagne 1870, Forni Reprint (The date of the reprint is not given in the book, but it looks old), in one large volume, 548 pages plus 68 plates of line drawings. Text in French. 9" by 12". 2" thick. Maroon hardcover. No marks. Some foxing. Very good condition. Remarkably nice. As far as I can tell, it is unavailable elsewhere and sold for $300 + fees in a 2012 auction. [$265, reduced to $165, reduced to $145]


If you own SNG Copenhagen (Danish). I made a map of the regions covered by each of the 8 volumes of SNG Copenhagen (Danish).
http://augustuscoins.com/ed/catalogs/SNGCopenhagen.pdf
It was not so obvious which volume to look in to find coins of various cities, but with this map you can find the right volume rapidly.  If you have the volumes, print this and put it with your books.

Catalog: M&M GMBH 9 (10/01)  MV. MQP. 676 ancients on 25 ppl among 1487 on 64 ppl. 286 G, 380 R, 10 Byz   [$7, reduced to $3]
    electrum of Mytiline, Alexander III drachms


Facing Heads of Ancient Greek Coins, by Agnes Baldwin. 1914 reprint. Pamphlet. 23 pages plus 4 page plates crammed with photographs of obverse only of coins with facing heads. [$6] 


Sasasanian Coin books:

[all sold]



Celtic, Gallic

[all sold]


Roman Provinical coins = Greek Imperial coins


Roman Egypt:

Milne,  Catalogue of Alexandrian Coins, with supplement by Colin Kraay. 1971, 5450 coins of Roman Alexandria on 155 pages and Vii plates (reverses only) plus 10 pages of supplemental types plus two large foldouts with hoard counts.  A standard reference prior to Emmett.  8 3/4" x 11 1/4".  Some ink marks in the index (circling the key distinguishing feature and a few inconspicuous marks in the list. Dust jacket has some tears. $125 on Amazon.  $100 on ABE. $80 on vcoins.  [$55 here + $4 shipping, reduced to $45+$4]

The Coinages of the None and Prefectures of Roman Egypt, by Rouge and Feurardent. Small paperback Obol reprint. Some pages loose, but all there. [$5]

Catalog of Provincial Coins of Dacia, The Roman Province. by Ing. Koczev. Aleksandar. 2008. Spiral bound. 23 pages and 3 plates of reduced-size line-drawing images. A complete listing, including all minor legend variations. Sometimes offered on eBay, where it costs about $12 including postage.  Here [$4, reduced to $3]
Dacia

 

 



Holy Land, Jewish

Rachel Barkay. The Coinage of Nysa-Scythopolis (Beth-Shean), Israel Numismatic Society, 2003, 272 pages, 14 plates of coins, maps, brown cloth, dust jacket. Expostion in excellent condition. The back flyleaf and plates 1-4 have notes to the relevant pages where the coin IDs can be found (which is useful, but not pristine). Former owner's name on flyleaf. [$69, reduced to $49, reduced to $44]


QEDEM 4  Monographs of the Institute of Archaeology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  Bullae and Seals from a Post-Exilic Judaen Archive, by Nahman Avigad.   Hardcover.   36 pages in English,  15 plates, 4 pages with images of lettering.  Also, the entire text in Hebrew.  Excellent condition except "Seals Judaea" written in ink in the spine  (since the title isn't!). No interior marks and almost seems new. [$30 on Amazon, $19 here, reduced to $12]


Map: "Jerusalem" article in National Geographic, April 1996 with the attractive Jerusalem "double map supplement,"  vertical 20"x15". One side shows the surrounding region too, the other maps the walled old city, with only a bit of surrounding land. (Not about coins) The issue and map. [$4, reduced to $2, reduced to $1]

Arabic:  Sylloge Numorum Arabicorum Tubingen (German Edition, but there are only several pages of text; it is an SNG-style folio book.) (Paperback) Palastina, IV a Bilad as-Sam I, by Lutz Ilisch.  Folio. 577 coins on 18 plates. [$87 on Amazon.  $55 here + $6 shipping, reduced to $45+$6.]



Roman Republican:

[all sold]
For catalogs, see NAC above.




Roman

The Coinage of Septimius Severus and his family of the Mint of Rome, A.D. 193-217, by Philip V. Hill. Durst reprint. Paperback. 42 pages of chronological listings and 26 coins illustrating bust types for the family members. All types attributed to issues and particular years. Fun for the Severan collector. [This popular booklet has only one copy on Amazon (this one!) Here, only $19, reduced to $17


Hahn, Die Ostpragung des Romischen Reiches im 5. Jahrhundert (408-491). "The Coins of the eastern Roman mints of the 5th century (408-491)" [my translation of the title] in German, but that hardly matters because it is mostly useful as plates of ALL types and tables giving dates. Moneta Imperii Romani Byzantini .  Hardcover. Large format, slim. 74 pages, 15 plates (photos natural sized and many enlarged x2) and five 4-page foldout tables with the time periods of each issue.  I could not find any other copies for sale. If you like 5th C. coins, this is the complete list for eastern mints (not Rome). [$150+$5 shipping, reduced to $125 + $5]


The Nietulisko Hoards of Roman Denarii [from Poland] by Kunka Mitkowa-Szubert.  Paperback, 1989. 9 1/2" by 6 3/4". 199 pages, almost all English, plus 69 plates of hoard coins, almost all Trajan to Commodus.  For the specialist scholar. Out of print. Not on Amazon. $37 on ABE but the copy is in Europe. [$35, reduced to $17, reduced to $13]


Monnaies de Fouilles du Sud-Est de la Gaule, by Claude Brenot et Jean-Pierre Callu. In French. 113 pages plus 5 page plates of coins, some Gallic but most Roman imperial coins in bad shape. Universite de Paris X Nanterre, Centre de recherches sur l"antiquite tardive et le haut moyen age, cashier no. III - 1978. You do not want this unless you are trying to build a major library complete for such things, in which case I will hold it for ransom [$19, reduced to $5].


Catalog: NAC 51  (2009, March 5)  1127 ancient coins. VHV. VHQP.  "Featuring the William James Conte collection of Roman sestertii and bronze and silver medallions, part I." 132 RR, 329 RI including 45 of the very highest quality Roman sestertii, 14 Byz, 2 DA gold, 203 G, 119 RR, 308 RI, 20 Byz, 2 DA gold (there are two separate sections with Roman coins)  This includes the 460,000+16.5% Swiss frank Caligula sestertius which I think is the best extant sestertius (better than the $2,000,000 Hadrian).  [$25, reduced to $15, reduced to $13]
    sestertii (45+ others)

Catalog: Gemini X (2013, Jan. 13) [Berk and Kreindler] 798 ancients and 33 group lots.  [$12
, reduced to $9, reduced to $7]
    Flavians (Vespasian - Domitian) (149)

Catalog: Spink 123  (11/97) "Michael Kelly Collection of Roman Silver Coins"  488 Roman imperial silver coins, the majority (19 ppl) denarii of the Severans, poorly photographed on 26 ppl, the last six of which cover Gordian III, Philip, and some later ants and the first ppl Hadrian and earlier. A major collection with rarities.  [For the Severan specialist, $12, reduced to $6]
    Severan (367)


Catalog: "Manhattan Sale 3" 2012, Jan. 3  236 ancients, all in color and almost all enlarged in color. HV. HQP. 52 Celtic, 106 G, 8 RR, 62 RI including 22 argentii and 4 later Roman silver, 8 Byz, 1 Arabic  [$8, reduced to $4]
     Celtic (52), Roman argentii of the tetrarchy (22)

Catalog: Lanz 94  (11/99)  "Sammlung Leo Benz" VHV. VHQP. 694 Roman imperial, Augustus-Commodus, on 40 ppl + 15 ppl of color enlargements.  [$9
, reduced to $6]  Beautiful!
    Roman imperial Augustus-Commodus (694), Roman AE medallions (14)

N

Sammlung Walter Niggeler, 3. Teil "Kaiserzeit Nach Augustus" 1967. 525 high-quality lots including many fine sestertii, medallions, rarities, argentei, late Roman gold, and most impressively, 17 contorniates. All are well-photographed in B&W. Nice condition.  [$49 on vcoins. $19 here, with PR]


Go to Greek, Celtic, Biblical, Roman Provincial, Roman Republican, Roman Imperial, Roman Gold, Dark Ages, Byzantine, English, Medieval, Scholarly journals.

Roman Gold Coins: 

Catalog:  Stack's: 1990, Nov. 29 "Men of Rome, the John Whitney Walter Collection" VHV. VHQP.  79 very high quality ancient Roman portrait coins, almost all gold, in an attempt to create the longest run of Roman portrait gold. Long paragraphs of description. Spectacular!  For example, two portraits of Brutus in gold. Emperors through Severus Alexander, including Pertinax, Didius Julianus, Pescennius Niger, Clodius Albinus, Macrinus, Diadumenian, and other rarities as aureii. A few denarii as included. All photographed in B&W plus very large enlargements in color.  Usually two coins per two pages.  [$10, reduced to $8]
  Roman gold (79)

Catalog:  NAC 91 (2016, May 23) VHV. VHQP. "The George W. La Borde Collection of Roman Aurei--Part I" 68 Roman gold coins.  [$10, reduced to $8]
   Roman gold (68)


Catalog: Gemini: Heritage-Gemini VIII (2011, April 14, during the 2011 CICF) [Berk and Heritage]  HV. VHQP. In color throughout and most with color enlargements. 133 G including 13 of Elis = Olympia, 9 India gold, 117 RR, 248 RI including 37 aureii and 21 tetrarchal and Constantinian gold and 54 later Roman gold, 22 Byz, 4 DA gold. The cover coin, an Athenian decadrachm, was withdrawn after being exposed as a deceptive fake. [$6, reduced to $5, reduced to $4]
    Elis = Olympia (13), Roman aureii (37), tetrarchal and Constantinian gold (21), late Roman gold (54)


LeCam, Guy. La fin de l'empire romain et le monnayage or en Italie 455-493 [Two massive hardcover volumes.] 1983. Nearly new. [$455 + $15 shipping--they are huge!] All the gold coins of that period, usually numerous examples of each type, many greatly enlarged. Text in French. If you can afford one late Roman gold coin, you might want this massive work to see very many photos of all the types.



Late Roman

LeCam, Guy. La fin de l'empire romain et le monnayage or en Italie 455-493 [Two massive hardcover volumes.] 1983. Nearly new. [$455 + $15 shipping--they are huge!] All the gold coins of that period, usually numerous examples of each type, many greatly enlarged. Text in French. If you can afford one late Roman gold coin, you might want this massive work to see very many photos of all the types.

Catalog: Stack's 1984, May 5. The Frederick S. Knobloch Collection of Late Roman and Byzantine Coins" small format. 679 lots, many not illustrated. (I'd guess about 400 of the best are illustrated) 569 gold and silver from Diocletian to the end of the empire, 310 Byzantine gold and silver. (A few excellent copper coins are illustrated)  [$9, reduced to $7, reduced to $6]
    Late Roman and Byzantine gold and silver (679)


Catalog: Lanz 100  (11/00)  "Sammlung Leo Benz" HV. HQP.  682 Roman imperial from Pertinax to 476 on 35 ppl + 7 color plates of enlargements  [$9, reduced to $6]  Beautiful!
    late Roman



    Scholarly journals (NC, ANJ) below

 


Byzantine

Hendy, Michael F. Coinage and Money In The Byzantine Empire, 1081-1261. (Washington D.C., 1969). xviii, (2), 453 pages, tables, 2 folding maps, 51 plates. Green buckram. Some shelf wear on edges and covers.  Many inked notes, but still a very useful copy.  [$145 on voins, $135 here, reduced to $95]

Robert Feind, "Byzantine Monograms and Personal Names: An alphabetized Lexicon"  New. $30 on Amazon, $19 here.

HAHN, Wolfgang and METCALF, William E.-1988 (ANS) "Studies in Early Byzantine Gold Coinage"-144pp, 24pls, hardbound in red cloth,  gilt, 4to. [$17, reduced to $14] Hahn.


Clark, C. Daniel. Speedy Identification of Early Denominationally-Marked Byzantine Bronzes
If you see poorly preserved Byzantine bronzes (491-886 AD), he wrote the book to help you identify them and tell you the corresponding Sear number. It is not a catalog, but a classification scheme in which the most visible parts are used first. For instance, if it is the "M" denomination with a star to the left and cross to the right, the possibilities are listed according to the remaining distinguishing features. Varieties are often listed more than once along different threads you might follow.
  Dan bought and sold many thousands of Byzantine coins and developed this classification method and finally put it in book form in 1990. It is on very heavy card pages that lie flat in a spiral binding. 8 1/2" by 6", and 3/4" thick.  You can keep it open flat while you are studying the coin. It is 130 pages with a few coin images per page
  I see two used copies are on Amazon for $49. Vcoins and ABE have none. I think so few copies are available that you probably have not seen it and so didn't know if you want it. Finally, they are available again for a while, from me.
  My price of $29 new + $4 media-mail shipping in the US should make if affordable to anyone with an interest in Byzantine coins. [Five copies sold in the first two days I listed this, but I still have more.]
[Reduced to $24, reduced to $12]


Catalog:  Berk-England auction sale of Dec. 7, 1989.   *New* hardcover copy of the best modern sale for ByzantineAE.  It had 368 outstanding Byzantine AE, with a few photographed in color and many with enlargements. To give you an idea of the quality and rarity, 20 lots realized $1000 or more! That's for copper!  The emphasis is very strongly on early pieces -- there are only 34 pieces after AD 944. 61 pages. Excellent photos. If you collect Byzantine copper, see what you can aspire to.  New, hardcover  [$12, reduced to $8 including media-mail postage in the US, with PR (as always), $6 if postage is combined with other items.]
   Byzantine AE (368)

Catalog:  Baldwin's 5 (11 Oct. 1995)  "Byzantine Gold Coins from the P. J. Donald Collection" 285 Byz gold on 12 large ppl. Photos okay but not as good as most. [$5
, reduced to $3]
    Byzantine gold (285)

Catalog:  Vecchi 8  (12/97)  MV. HQP. 675 ancients illustrated within + 10 E + 6 ppl of enlargements in color. 157 G, 237 R, 282 Byz.   [$12, reduced to $6]
    Byzantine and Byzantine AE (282) 

Catalog: Gemini VII (2011, Jan. 9) (Berk, Kreindler, and Amphora) HV. HQP. 1074 ancients plus unpictured large lots. 652 G, 56 Jewish related,  17 RR, 125 RI, 29 Holy Land city coins "Patrick Tan collection", 19 DA, 165 Byz including many rarer AE.  "SAVE" in bold on the cover. [$9, reduced to $6
, reduced to $5]
    Byzantine AE (among 165)



Arab-Byzantine


[all sold]



Dark Ages Coins, Ostrogothich,Visigothic, Merovingian, etc.:

The Barbaric Tremissis in Spain and Southern France Anastasius to Leovigild, by Wallace J. Tomasini. ANS NNM #152, cardcover, 1964. 302 pages plus plates A-L plus 35 plates with 660 coins.  [$25 on vcoins. $45 on Amazon. Here, $15.]

 



English Coins:

Catalog: Sotheby's: 1999, April 22-23 (London)  "The Stack Collection. Important Ancient British, Anglo-Saxon, and English hammered coins." 826 lots. Many enlargements. 138 Ancient British,  44 Roman with British reference,  40 Anglo-Saxon Kings, 25 Kings of Northumbria, 5 Archbishops of York,  23 Kings of Kent, 31 Kings of Mercia, 14 Coenwulf, 37 Later Mercian Kings, 35 Viking Danelaw and of Northumbira and of York, 30 Kings of Wessex, 28 Alfred, 17 Edward the Elder, 10 Athelstan, 9 Edmund, 3 Eadwig, 7 Eadgar, 2 Edward the Martyr, 40 Aethelred II, 14 Cnut, 16 sons of Cnut, 47 Edward the Confessor, 8 Harold II, 24 William I, 8 William II, 12 Henry I, 13 Stephan, 5 other, 8 Henry II, 1 Richard I, 12 John, 88 Henry III and later, 18 Hiberno-Norse, 20 Sanadanavia and Denmark.
  Spectacular! British and English hammered (826)     [$29, reduced to $19, reduced to $15 SOLD]


J.J. North.  English Hammered Coinage, volumes I (650-1272) (first edition, hardcover, 1963) $70 on Amazon, [$39 here, reduced to $29].  Volume II (1272-1662) (second edition, hardcover, 1975)  [$59, reduced to $49]
  This is mongrel set of 1st and 2nd editions. The third edition is long out of print. The plates in Volume 2 are superior to those published later. The pair [$79, reduced to $69]

Map:  Traveler's Map of the British Isles, with the April 1974 National Geographic issue.   Large annotated map with lots of history, and several much-smaller maps, on the reverse. A beautiful and interesting map of the British Isles, with a great deal to read on it. Many ancient sites are mentioned, but it is not focused solely on them.  Old and rare.  [$18, reduced to $7, reduced to $5]
 


 

Crusades, Medieval
 

Schlumberger, G.  Numismatique de L'Orient Latin. 1954. Two volumes, text and plates, HC text plus photocopied volume of plates. The photocopies are excellent becaue the plates are line drawings for clarity.   [I see only recent reproductions on Amazon, not the cloth 1954 version like this one.  [$39, reduced to $29]


Medieval, Arabic, Armenian, etc.:


The Barbaric Tremissis in Spain and Southern France Anastasius to Leovigild, by Wallace J. Tomasini. ANS NNM #152, cardcover, 1964. 302 pages plus plates A-L plus 35 plates with 660 coins.  [$25 on vcoins. $45 on Amazon. $19 here, reduced to $15.]

Turkoman Figural Bronze Coins and Their Iconography, volume I, by William Spengler and Wayne Sayles.   Very fine condition. Former owner's name on flyleaf.
  Volume I is $39 on Amazon and $35 on vcoins. Here, [$27 SOLD]


Arabic:  Sylloge Numorum Arabicorum Tubingen (German Edition, but there are only several pages of text; it is an SNG-style folio book.) (Paperback) Palastina, IV a Bilad as-Sam I, by Lutz Ilisch.  Folio. 577 coins on 18 plates. [$87 on Amazon.  $55 here + $6 shipping, reduced to $45+$6.]

Coinage of Cilician Armenia Hardcover  1979, by Paul Z. Bedoukian. 494 pages, XII plates. 10 pages of enlarged line drawings. $62 on Amazon. Fine except for three single-word notes in ink.   [$45, reduced to $35]

Aloiss Heiss. Descripcion general de las monedas de los reyes visigodos de Espana (Coleccion Obras maestras de la numismatica espanola ; 12) 1978 reprint of the 1872 original)  [$220 on Amazon. $20 on voins. Here $15]  183 pages plus 13 very good page plates of line drawings. In Spanish, with values from an uncertain date, maybe 1978.
 
Spahr, Rodlofo. Le Monete Silciliane Dagli Aragonesi ai Borboni (1282-1836)  (1982. 305 pages, 39 plates. Many excellent photographs. Green cloth cover. None on vcoins, Amazon, or ABE.  [$175, reduced to $155]  Excellent condition except former owner's name on flyleaf and a few notes on one page.

Die Goldpragung der Gallischen Kaiser von Postumus bis Tetricus, by Bernhard Schulte (Typos IV). Hardcover in German. 189 pages and 28 plates. Important for gold coins of the Gallic Empire.  Like new. [$39, reduced to $29, reduced to $25]



General Interest and Beginners' books

Coinage and Conflict, by Henry Pollak. 2001. 8 1/2" square, 73-page paperback, not limited to ancients. Well-illustrated. Seems to be coins from the author's (expensive) collection placed in history. It includes an Ides-of-March denarius, Cleopatra tetradrachm, etc. [free, with a fillable order of $20 or more, Just ask for it.] Okay, but not a great book.

 


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World Coin books:  Low countries Pocket Guides  (prices all reduced a lot).
Small format
"De Zeeuwse Munten" by J. de Mey. 1969. 44 pages, 6 pages plates and two large foldout tables. Printed in Brussels and Amsterdam. 1969. Very good. No interior marks. Cover rubbed. [$23, reduced to $10]
"Les Monnaies des Ducs de Brabant (1467-1598)" by J. de Mey. 1969.  87 pages with a couple of line-drawings per page, plus 2 page plates. "Brabant" inked on the spine, otherwise very good.  [$23, reduced to $10]
"Les Monnaies de Namur (946-1714)" by J. de Mey.  104 pages with a couple of line-drawings per page, plus 1 page plate. Very good but for diagonal crease in back cover. [$23, reduced to $10]
"Les Monnaies de Bretagne (781-1547)" by J. de Mey  1970 ["Bretagne" means Brittany, France, not "Britain"] 157 pages, a couple of line-drawings for each page  [$22, reduced to $9]

Small format:
"Les Anciennes Monnaies des Comtes de Flandre, Ducs de Brafant, comtes de Hainaut, Comtes de Namur, et Ducs de Luxembourg. [Paperback] [Jan 01, 1972] Duts, F. Den. "  149 pages and 18 plus XXI page plates of line-drawings plus H plates of line-drawings (47 plates total).  [$23, reduced to $9]
"Catalogue des monnaies de Comte de Hainaut" by Jean de Mey, 1981. 8" by 11 1/2" Tape bound. 69 pages with 3 or 4 line-drawings per page.  with "liste des estimations" in Belgian Francs [$25, reduced to $9]
"Die Wahrung in den landen der Bohmischen Krone" by Jaroslav Posvar. Excellent condition with no marks and fine dust jacket. 129 pages plus 8 page plates [$13, reduced to $6]

"La moneda medieval hispano  cristiana" by Benedito, et al. Cardcover. 7" by 10" by 7/8" (pages unnumbered) with many pages of line drawings. Covers 814-1516 AD. Very nice condition with no marks. There was only one on Amazon at $1,700. I listed mine at $95.  SOLD.

French Coins

A hardcover two-volume classic work on French coinage:


By J. Mazard, Histoire Monetaire et Numismatique Contemporaine 1790-1967, Tome I, 1790-1848, (294 pages) and Tome 2: 1848-1967 (310 pages).  It is in nice condition with no marks. Maroon cloth cover.
Most pages have numerous photos. Rarity ratings or each type are given.
On Amazon Volume 1 in bad shape and only a paperback is $150. Other copies are in France and expensive and shipping would also be high. Here, [$195, reduced to $125, , reduced to $110 SOLD for the attractive matched original cloth cover pair] Shipping, $8 in the US only. I have the 2006 receipt for $334 (in euros) from Germany.
I know most of you collect only ancients, but, if you have a friend who collects French coins, let him or her know.

 

 

 

 

 


   Greek, Celtic, Biblical, Roman Provincial, Roman Republican, Roman Imperial, Roman Gold, Dark Ages, Byzantine, English, Medieval, Scholarly journals.

Scholarly Journals

ANS 12, 13, 22 (22 sunned)  $5 each, reduced to $4 each.

 


 


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Ancient-coin sale catalogs by firmCNG, Gorny, Lanz, etc. in alphabetical order

All the auction catalogs come with PR's (unless marked otherwise)



CNG = Classical Numismatic Group   The most prominent American ancient-coin firm.
all sold


Gemini

VII (2011, Jan. 9) (Berk, Kreindler, and Amphora) HV. HQP. 1074 ancients plus unpictured large lots. 652 G, 56 Jewish related,  17 RR, 125 RI, 29 Holy Land city coins "Patric Tan collection", 19 DA, 165 Byz including many rarer AE. "SAVE" in bold on the cover.  [$9, reduced to $4]
    Byzantine AE (among 165)
XI (2014, Jan. 12) 594 ancients among 661. 311 G, 25 Indian gold, 48 RR, 191 RI including 30 Magnentius and Decentius, 20 Byz.  [$6
, reduced to $4]


Helios
8 (2012, Oct. 13) 616 ancients among 860. 47 + 175 G, 5 + 6 RR, 68 RI & RP, 22 Byz gold, 9 Celtic, 5 imitations, 69 RP, 139 RI, 55 Byz incl AE, 4 Gepids, 2 Bulgaria, 4 Crusader    [$4] 

*******


Lanz  Munich firm. Catalogs with only ancients, all with PRs, all in German -- but the pictures are in English  :)   Lanz, unlike some firms, separated ancients from other coins and issued catalogs that specialized in one or the other. Most of the missing issues did not have ancients (You can tell which had ancients and which did not on my educational site on Ancient Coin Catalog Contents).
(as "Gitta Kastner". If you want the run of Lanz catalogs, it begins as "Gitta Kastner" with the same format)
6  (11/74)   (also as "Gitta Kastner") HQP. 476 ancients on 35 ppl + 9 E.  222 G, 194 R, 60 Byz   [$12, scarce, reduced to $10, reduced to $5, reduced to $4]
    After #12 the named changed to Lanz Munchen.  From this point all even-numbered catalogs are of ancients and all odd-numbered catalogs are of non-ancient coins, until number 84, which was literature.

Note:  Before number 97 the odd-numbered catalogs did not have ancients and the even-numbered catalogs had only ancients.
26  (12/83)  998 ancients on 45 ppl. 335 G, 624 R, 39 Byz  [$7, reduced to $4 ]
42  (11/87)  835 ancients on 38 ppl. 356 G, 436 R, 43 Byz   [$6, reduced to $4 ]
44  (5/88)  925 ancients on 43 ppl. 319 G, 539 R, 65 Byz   [$6, reduced to $4 ]
46  (11/88)  835 ancients on 38 ppl. 353 G, 410 R, 61 Byz, 10 DA.   [$6, reduced to $4 ]
48  (5/89)  886 ancients on 38 ppl. 420 Greek, 28 Juba II, 402 R, 36Byz.  [$6, reduced to $4 ]
Lanz
Note:  Photograph quality before here is very good, but after here it is excellent.
Starting with #50 the cover color changes from pale green to black.
52  (5/90)  HQP. 850 ancients on 36 ppl + 4 color E. 318 G, 476 R, 56 Byz   [$6, reduced to $4 ]

Note:  Before number 97 the odd-numbered catalogs did not have ancients and the even-numbered catalogs had only ancients.

60  (6/92)  1025 ancients on 41 ppl + 2 color E. 270 G, 494 R, 48 Byz, 11 Byz lead seals [$6, reduced to $4]
62  (11/92)  987 ancients on 40 ppl + 2 color E. 453 G, 457 R, 51 Byz, 22 Byz lead seals  [$6 , reduced to $4 ]
64  (6/93)  1019 ancients on 37 ppl + 2 color E.  346 G, 576 R, 83 Byz, 12 Byz lead seals  [$6, reduced to $4]
66  (11/93)  1006 ancients on 35 ppl + 1 color E.  353 G, 614 R, 39 Byz   [$9 , reduced to $5]
67  NOT ancients. Middle ages and modern. 73 pages plates. [$1, without PR]

70 (11/74) VHV. VHQP.  "Sammlung Margaretha Ley" 289 ancients on 10 ppl + all on 18 color E. 152 G, 60 R gold, 48 Celtic, 22 imitations.  Much Roman gold.  10 regular plates, plus 18 color page-plates. 289 expensive lots. [Higher quality than the usual Lanz catalog]  [$10, reduced to $5, reduced to $4]
    
Note:  Before number 97 the odd-numbered catalogs did not have ancients and the even-numbered catalogs had only ancients.

76  (5/96)  1015 ancients on 39 ppl. 302 G, 610 R, 94 Byz, 8 DA  [$6, reduced to $4 SOLD]
80  (5/97)  800 ancients on 26 ppl. 215 G, 539 R, 36 Byz.  [$6, reduced to $3]
Lanz
82  (11/97)  879 ancients on 35 ppl. 227 G, 611 R (including RP), 36 Byz, 6 coins of the mines. [$6, reduced to $3]

86  (5/98)  MV. MQP. 808 ancients on 32 ppl. 235 G, 533 R, 34 Byz, 6 DA.  [$8, reduced to $3 ]

****  on CoinArchives beginning with 94, but not on acsearch at all.

94  
Note:  Before number 97 the odd-numbered catalogs did not have ancients and the even-numbered catalogs had only ancients.

97  (5/00)  MV. MQP.  1094 ancients on 46 ppl + 1 in color.  355 G, 652 R, 48 Byz, 8 DA.   [$6, reduced to $3 ]
106  (26-27 Nov. 2001) MV. HQP. 816 ancients on 39 ppl + 4 color ppl of enlargements. 180 G, 613 R, 23 Byz. [$6, reduced to $4]
112  (25/26 Nov. 2002) MV. MQP. 1000 ancients on 48 ppl + 4 color E. 244 G, 702 Roman, 51 Byz, 4 DA  [$6, reduced to $4]
114 (5/03) MV. MQP. 933 ancients on 47 ppl. 32 imitations, 160 G, 48 RR, 627 RI (including 3 medallions and some RP), 52 Byz, 14 DA.  [$6, reduced to $4
120  (18 May 2004)  MV. MQP.  667 ancients on 39 ppl. 32 Celtic, 6 imitations, 141 G, 21 RR, 412 RI (including RP), 45 Byz, 4 DA gold. [$8, reduced to $6 ]

132  (2006, Nov. 27)  MV. HQP. 622 ancients, all in color. 27 eastern Celtic, 3 Roman imitations, 228 G, 50 RR, 253 RI, 52 Byz  [$5, reduced to $3]
138  (2007, Nov. 26)  MV. 1007 ancients. 53 Celtic, 437 G, 44 RR, 413 RI (includng some RP), 54 Byz (Including AE), 6 DA. [$5, reduced to $3]
141 (2008, May 26) 930 ancients  [$6, reduced to $3]


Lanz Graz
10  (1977, Dec. 3)  "1000 Ancient coins" [in German]  31 ppl.  [$8, reduced to $6, reduced to $2]


Leu = LHS (Bank Leu, later Leu Numismatik AG -- Zurich, later LHS)  11 3/4" by 8 1/4".
Generally very high value coins and high value coins. Many catalogs offer major collections assembled by very wealthy collectors. The coin descriptions are often long with substantial pedigrees and detailed comments on where similar rare coins have appeared. They always have outstanding coin identifications. The photography is excellent. In this sense, their catalogs are always of high-quality presentation. If I use "MQP" below, it is because of having few enlargements. They do not use color photographs as much as some of the firms (NAC, Tkalec) that use color lavishly. It would be fair to say that almost every catalog could be cited for outstanding Greek and outstanding Roman coins. However, I will not bother to repeat that every time. If you want to see absolute top-quality coins, any Leu catalog will do.


57  (5/93)  HV. HQP. 325 ancients + 2 E + many enlarged throughout. 143 G, 31 Parthian, 151 R.  [$12, reduced to $5 SOLD]
    high-quality Parthian (31)
59  (5/94)  HV. HQP. 353 ancients + 4 E + many enlarged throughout. 162 G, 180 R, 11 Byz. [$8, reduced to $5]
61  (5/95)  VHV. HQP.  335 ancients among 645 + some enlarged throughout.  214 G, 103 R, 18 Byz.  [$10, reduced to $5]



Manhattan Sale (see Freeman & Sear)


Munzen und Medallien = M&M = Monnaies et Medailles (Basel, Switzerland)   Many of the highest-quality coins have been sold by M&M - one of the most prominent firms in the world until they folded in 2004.
    Most early issues are in French. Some are in German.
    Very high value to high value coins. There are generally wonderful collections, not just nice coins fresh out of the ground.
    If M&M has late Roman or Byzantine, it is almost always gold. They have fixed-price lists that might offer an outstanding piece in copper, but these auctions do not, in contrast to, say, Sternberg, who often does. So, when the list here says, say, "85 Byz" do not expect any to be copper.

35   (6/67)  HV. MQP. 246 ancients among 645 on 15 ppl + 2 E (+ 2 ppl bracteates + 25 other) 212 R, 33 Byz.   [$12, reduced to $8]
53  (11/77)  VHV. HQP.  306 ancients on 21 ppl + 3 E + 1 color. 173 G, 133 R.  [$10, reduced to $5]

54  (1978, Oct. 26)  VHV. MQP. 425 Greek on 24 ppl + 3 E.  [$6 SOLD]
    Greek
68  (4/86)  VHV. MQP.  463 ancients on 28 ppl + 3 E. 325 G, 111 R, 27 Byz. [$8, reduced to $4]
73  (10/88)  VHV. MQP. 283 ancients + 153 Arabic among 933 on 16 ppl + 2 E + 12 ppl of Arabic among 46 ppl.
    171 G, 101 R, 152 Arabic [$6, reduced to $4 SOLD]
    Arabic (152) 
95  (2004, Oct. 4)  178 ancients among 463 plus one color ppl among 5. HV. MQP.  110 G, 64 RI, 4 Byz.   [$8, reduced to $3]
  [This is the end of the M&M series. They went out of business.]



Munz Zentrum thin small-format fp list 38 with 47 ancient counterfeiter's molds and 10 ppl of ancients. [$4] Not worth anything except for the molds.

NAC (see Numismatica Ars Classica, below)


New York Sale (Baldwin's, M&M Numismatics, and Vecchi in conjunction for 1 and 2, just Baldwin's and M&M Numismatics for 3, Baldwin's, M&M Numismatics, and Markov for 4-7)  All high value coins with high quality presentation.

1  (12/98)  409 HV ancients among 605.  162 G, 16 RP, 203 R, 27 Byz.  Additional 4 color plates.  [$2]
IX  (13 Jan. 2005)  (Baldwin's, Markov, and M&M Numismatics)  HV. MQP. 230 ancients among 386. 2 color ppl among 4. 135 G, 9 RP, 10 RR, 62 RI, 14 Byz.  [$10, now $8, now $6, reduced to $5, reduced to $4]
14  (2007, Jan. 10) (Baldwin's, Markov, and M&M Numismatics) HV. HQP.  494 ancients among 856, all in color.  [$10, now $8, now $6]   48 rare late Roman tetrarchal AE. [$8, reduced to $6, reduced to $4]
    late Roman tetrarchal folles and fractions (48)


20  (2009, Jan. 7)  (Baldwin's, Kunker, Markov, and M&M Numismatics) 476 ancients among 965. 254 G, 71 Jewish and Holy Land, 4 Persian Darics, 11 Kushan gold, 13 RP, 20 RR, 73 RI, 12 Byz, 2 Aksum    [$5, reduced to $3, reduced to $2 SOLD]
23  (2010, Jan 6)  288 ancient, 100 India, some Islamic [$4, reduced to $1, reduced to free! with an order]

28  (2012, Jan 5)  MV in color with some enlargements. 93 ancient coins among 285. 50 G, 2 RP, 3 RR, 34 RI, 1 Taman Goth, 1 Byz, 2 ancient British  [$2, reduced to free, with an order]
30  (2013, Jan. 9) MV. 422 ancients. 248 G, 14 RR, 68 RI, 46 Byz, 47 Arabic [Printed with the usual bright blue covers, but A5 size with the inside looking like a Baldwin's catalog] [$2]
32 (2014, Jan. 8) [The inside looks like a Baldwin's catalog] 289 ancients among 453. the first 70 are very high value Roman gold. 122 G, 6 RP, 11 RR, 53 RI, 3 DA, 24 Byz. [$4]




Numismatic Fine Arts = (NFA)


NFA I, II and V  [$9 each, pre-internet, reduced to $6 SOLD]
The beautiful catalogs in unusual horizontal format  (9" high by 10" wide). Generally with substantial paragraphs on each coin.
1  (3/75)  "Santa Barbara Museum of Art" VHV. HQP. 467 ancients. 272 G, 203 R, 42 Byz.
2  (3/76)  HV. VHQP. 605 ancients. 338 G, 157 R, 110 Byz. An additional 7 ppl of enlargements
    early electrum, 8 Axumite
5  (2/78)  HV. VHQP. 600 ancients. 348 G, 234 R, 18 Byz. Few comments beyond the full description. Additional 5 ppl of enlargements.
NFA XXV 25  (11/90) VHV.  VHQP.  511 ancients. 294 G, 216 R, 1 Byz. Has the EID MAR aureus on the cover. Spectacular coins in B&W and many enlargements in their distinctive horizontal format. [$9, reduced to $7 SOLD] (I'd like the 8-aureus medallion of Claudius II, lot 455)


NFA XVIII, part II only. (1987, April 1) "Roman and Byzantine Coins." A fine "horizontal format" catalog.
   Part II:  "Roman and Byzantine"  591 ancients. 208 R, 383 Byz. Very extensive commenary on many. Spectacular catalog.  B&W photos. Plus many enlarged in the text plus 1 color ppl.   [$6 SOLD]
    Byzantine gold




Numismatica Ars Classica (NAC)
Numismatica Ars Classica  (auction sales)  (Swiss firm, but text in English, with PRs)
The numbered sales are all superb, with highest quality coins and major rarities. All coins are very well illustrated with excellent high-quality photos. The numbered sales have additional color plates and plates of enlargements. There are also four special sales.
If you know CNG catalogs, think of the NAC numbered sales as, on average, significantly higher quality coins, equally well photographed, with less description, but far more enlargements and use of gorgeous color. If you like CNG quality coins, you will love these.
All with "Prices Realized."  That is important. PRs are not easy to find. Most catalogs come without PRs. If you buy these elsewhere, you probably won't get the PR and won't be able to tell what the coins really sold for.
14  [14 is a spectacular collection of coins of the Popes and Italian and Spanish mints -- not ancients]  249 pieces. [$19, reduced to $9]
16    [not ancients, Italian, Spanish, huge 128 B&W plates plus XXX color plates! No PR]  [$19, reduced to $7]

[28  (Jan. 31, 2005)  Hapsberg [not ancients] 
29   (May 11, 2005)  HV, VHQP.  748 ancients, all in color and almost all with color enlargements throughout. 243 G, 186 RR, 245 RI, 73 Byz.   
This is top quality for everything!  Maybe I can single out the Republican collection (including a nice EID Mar denarius) as outstanding, but so is the rest.  [$15]

38 (2007, March 21) "Collection of Roman Coins by a Connoisseur of Portraiture"  VHV. VHQP.  304 Roman imperial portrait coins of most of the emperors through Romulus Augustus, about half in gold and half in silver or bronze. Many are spectacular, with 16 reaching 6-figure PRs, and many more 5 figures. Surprisingly, some coins were not amazing and 29 went below 300 Swiss Francs. [$25 SOLD]
    Roman gold (many of highest desirability)
39 (2007, May 16) "The Barry Feirstein Collection of Ancient Coins, Part I".  VHV. VHQP. 204 ancients. 84 G, 8 RR, 113 RI. [$8]
41  (2007, Nov. 2) VHQ. VHQP. 146 ancients.  7 G gold, 28 VHQ RR including 12 gold, 109 RI mostly gold.  [$8]
42  (2007, Nov. 20) "The Barry Feirstein Collection of Ancient Coins, Part II-III" Part 2: VHV-MV: 146 RI, Severus Alexander and later, many of them gold but a few common RI in super condtion, plus 1 Byz Constantine XI. Part III: HV-MV: 26 RR, 179 RI.  [$8]
44 (2007, Nov. 26)  MV. VHQP. 125 ancients among 1005. All in color and all also enlarged in color.  115 RR and 10 of Augustus. Unlike most NAC auctions, these ancients are not particularly special. The real strength of this catalog is in Italian coins, including many gold from the Republic of Firenze [$5]
45 (2008, April 2) "The Barry Feirstein Collection of Ancient Coins, Part IV".  VHV. VHQP. 147 ancients. 59 RR (including an EID MAR in gold) and 88 RI up to Macrinus. [$8]
46 (2008, April 2) HV. VHQP. 1059 ancients. All in color and most enlarged in color. The coins are grouped in two parts. The first part has all enlarged and, on average, high to very high quality coins. The second part none enlarged with HV coins.  163+126 G, 12 Italian aes, 138+62 RR, 289+231 RI, 4+25 Byz, 4 DA.  This auction has many spectacular coins of the highest desirability.  [Massive catalog, $15]
 
51
52 (2009, Oct. 7)  1208 ancients.  "Featuring the William James Conte Collection of Roman sesertii and bronze and silver medallions part II" (which are only a small fraction of this thick catalog). Many Roman gold coins. 200 G, 101 RR, 369 RI, 45 Byz, 4 DA, (same catalog, part II, lower quality and less space per coin): 74 G, 115 RR, 296 RI, 4 Byz  [massive catalog, $15]
54 (2010,  March 24) VHV. VHQP. 1350 ancients in two groups, the first 666 of the highest quality and the rest just very nice. Group 1: 145 G, 142 RR, 379 RI, 1 DA. Group 2: 1 Celtic, 226 G, 95 RR, 350 RI, 4 contorniates, 5 Byz gold, 2 DA. [massive catalog, $15]
66 (2012, Oct. 17)  Hardcover!  "An Important Series of Greek Coins" Hardcover. VHV. VHQP. 84 Greek coins formerly in the Nelson Bunker Hunt Collection.  [$12]
67 (2012, Oct.. 17) Hardcover!  "The Archer M. Huntingon Collection of Roman Gold Coins, Part I" (These are coins formerly housed with the ANS in New York) Hardcover. VHV. VHQP. 327 Roman gold coins. 6 RR, 152 IR, and 3 DA of very high quality, followed by 1 RR, 149 RI, 17 Byz.  [$19 SOLD]
74  (2013, Nov. 18, joint with TradArt) VHV. VHQP (in TradArt large format, as opposed to the usual NAC cream-color catalog). 45 extremely high value ancient coins, each on two pages. 20 G, 2RR, 22 RI, 1 Celtic gold.  Spectacular presentation!  [$15]

91

NAC 92  (2016, May 23-24) in two parts. Part I VHV. VHQP.  1018 ancients. 173 G, 210 RR (including an excellent EID MAR piece), 442 RI (including 36 Julian II and 15 Festival of Isis and many of the latest emperors in gold), 11 DA, 182 Byz (all gold except for late silver) [$8 -- for only part I, part II sold]
  Roman Republican (210), Festival of Isis and Julian (51), 5th century emperors in gold (c. 50)

 


Tkalec  (Usually one catalog per year, numbered by the year. VHQP. Superb photography in catalogs since 1991.)
Although catalogs have many very high value coins, they are not all rare coins. They seem to regularly offer some common coins in superb condition with spectacular patina or toning. All their catalogs since 1994 are truly beautiful. Swiss firm, catalogs in English. All spectacular!
2005  (2005, 9 May)  429 ancients, all in color and almost all x2 in color. 6 Celtic, 106 G, 135 RR, 159 RI, 23 Byz   [$8, reduced to $6]
   RR Roman Republican (135)
2007, April 22.  HV. VHQP. 403 ancients, all in color and all x2 in color, plus 6 ppl of even greater enlargements in color.  8 Celtic, 114 G, 78 RR, 194 RI, 18 Byz AV.  All highest quality for type, but quite a few common types. Spectacularly beautiful catalog, as are the rest of Tkalec also.  [$6]
    Tkalec has old PRs on his site, but the site is not well-designed or maintained and the link is hard to find, so here it is:
    http://www.coinstkalec.ch/home/PricesRealized.aspx


Triton (these are regarded here as CNG catalogs with numbers in their run of catalogs.) (joint offerings of CNG, Freeman & Sear, and NAC, and later CNG alone) All high to very high value coins with very high quality presentation.

[all sold]

 



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National Geographic Maps
      I have a cork bulletin board behind my computer with maps pinned to it. What a great way to keep track of locations in the ancient world!

Jerusalem, double map with April 1996 issue. [$3]

Middle East, double map, with the Oct. 2002 issue. "Crossroads of Faith and Conflict" One like a satelite topographical image showing mountains, etc., the other a modern political map -- all of Syria, Israel, Jordan, and Iraq, but only a bit of the surrounding countries.   [$4, reduced to $2]

The Mongols, with the Dec. 1996 issue. [$3]

The Egyptians, with the April 2001 issue.  [$3]

Traveler's Map of the British Isles, with the April 1974 National Geographic issue.   Large annotated map with lots of history, and several much-smaller maps, on the reverse. A beautiful and interesting map of the British Isles, with a great deal to read on it. Many ancient sites are mentioned, but it is not focused solely on them.  Old and rare.  [$18, reduced to $9, reduced to $8, reduced to $6. Post this on your wall.]

"King Herod" issue (no map) of Dec. 2008 with discovery of his tomb  [$1]

"South Asia with Afghanistan and Burma" map without any issue. Dated Dec. 1984.  [$1] 

 


 


What is in ancient-coin auction catalogs? 
See my educational site, "Ancient Coin Auction Catalogs: Contents," to find out.

As they say, "Buy the book before the coin." Catalogs are cheap compared to coins. What's rare? What's not? What is valuable? What's not? What is high grade? What is not? Find out by collecting these extensively illustrated catalogs with the prices realized. [If you order and don't love what you get, I'll happily refund all but postage (but, I'll wonder why you don't realize how valuable and beautiful catalogs are!).]

People often feel that their reference books do not have enough pictures. Well, catalogs often have hundreds of high-quality photos of top-quality coins with real prices actually paid! If you want more photos of high-quality coins (far nicer than most eBay coins), catalogs are the source for you.

Most of us really want to "look up" our coins and find out the Sear number, Van Meter number, RIC number, BMC number, etc. Well, with catalogs you have still more places to look them up. I take notes on the auction-sale prices and conditions of coin types I have. I have a lot of catalogs, so that makes for a lot of fun "looking up" the new coins I buy. Also, I take notes on prices of coins I would like. I spend a lot of time reading and rereading my catalogs.

 

 


Abbreviations
Green marks themes with a remarkable emphasis in the catalog.  Bold green makes it one of the very best catalogs for that theme.

used:
PR = prices realized. Except as noted, all have photocopies of the prices realized (unless mrked otherwise), which makes them much more valuable as references .
    VHQ  = very high quality presentation [Such as most horizontal format NFA catalogs and many NAC catalogs.]
    HQ = high quality presentation  [Much better than typical, probably with plates of enlargements and color plates, but not as spectacular as VHQ.]
    MQ = moderate quality presentiation. [One excellent photo per coin with not very many enlargements, such as most CNG catalogs.]
    VHV = very high value = Many coins above $5000 and the offering is not diluted by many coins below $500. The finest and rarest Greek silver types, the best sestertii and Roman gold. Perhaps unusual Greek gold and Roman medallions. The finest coins you could possibly buy.
    HV = high value = Most coins costing over $500. Collectors who want to spend less than $500 on a coin will find little they can buy.
    MV = moderate value =  Collectors who want to spend less than $500 on a coin will still have a lot of coins to consider. MV catalogs will probably have some very expensive coins above $5000 and many expensive coins above $1000, but  the majority of their coins will be between $100 and $500.

ppl  = page plates  (Some catalogs have illustrations throughout, some at the end on page plates.)
E = page plate of enlargements
G = Greek (includes, as usual for the term "Greek,"  Jewish, Parthian, Sasanian, etc. unless those series are mentioned separately)
RR = Roman Republican  (before Octavian/Augustus)
RP = Roman provincial = Greek Imperial
RI = Roman imperial (before Anastasius)
Byz = Byzantine
DA = Dark Ages


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