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Lot 11

Estimate: 40'000 CHF   |   Starting price: 32'000 CHF Price realized: 38'000 CHF
Gaius, 37 – 41. Aureus 37-38, AV 7.69 g. C CAESAR·AVG·GERM·P.M.TR·POT Laureate head of Gaius r. Rev. DIVVS·AVG – PATER·PATRIAE· Radiate head of Augustus r. C 1. BMC 16. RIC 15. CBN 19. Calicó 332.
Very rare. Two attractive portraits struck on a full flan, minor
marks, otherwise about extremely fine

From the Devonshire family Collection, likely acquired by William Cavendish 2nd Duke of Devonshire (1672-1729), sold to Christie’s, London, 18-24 March 1844, lot 359 or lot 360 (identical descriptions). Fortunately, the 1895 Bunbury sale-catalogue recorded that this specimen is from the 1844 Devonshire auction. Unfortunately, this prestigious collection contained two examples, described similarly and both dispersed in the trade, which cannot nowadays be distinguished. Lot 359 sold for £6/12/- (no buyer’s premium) to William Till the younger (d. 8 April 1844), and it was sold again by Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, London, 6-11 January 1845, lot 116, for £1/10/- (no buyer’s premium), to the London jewellery and coin-dealer Jakob Wolf / Henry Charles Dantziger. Dantziger was listed in a 1839 directory as a ”curiosity dealer” at 29 Wardour Street, Soho – London, which obviously reminds one of Charles Dicken’s novel ”The Old Curiosity Shop” (1840). This coin did not reappear in the 1850 auction of the collection of Dantziger’s most notable client, the 2nd Earl Amherst. Lot 360 sold for £5/2/6 (no buyer’s premium) to Harry Osborn Cureton (c.1785-1858). This coin does not appear in either of the two auctions by Sotheby of this dealer’s inventory, on 17-25 February 1851 and on 10-11 January 1859, so this coin was likely sold privately. Either example could have later entered the Bunbury collection.


Sir Edward Herbert Bunbury (1811-1895) Collection, sold by Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, London, auction 10-14 June 1895, lot 560 and pl. III, 4, to Hankin.

Arthur William Hankin (c.1837-1899) Collection, sold Sotheby, London, 29-31 March 1900, lot 75, to Till.

Archer M. Huntington (1870-1955) Collection, sold by Numismatica Ars Classica, Zürich, auction 67 2012, lot 117. Ex HSA 30059.

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