Sotheby’s, The One (2nd February 2024), lot 8: The 2nd May 1840 Penny Black Cover. Estimate: $1,500,000 – $2,500,000.

The First Piece of Mail Sent Using a Stamp to Be Offered at Sotheby’s

A Penny Black affixed to a Mulready envelope is among the most valuable items in Philately ever offered at auction. The earliest posted envelope using a prepaid stamp, dating to 1840, will be sold at Sotheby’s with an estimate of $1.5–2.5 million.

Classical Numismatic Group

Classical Numismatic Group ⸱ Electronic Auction 555 ⸱ 7 February 2024 ⸱ Online

CNG’s Electronic Auction 555 includes 1197 lots. The sale is headlined by Renaissance coins of Naples from the J. Eric Engstrom Collection and ancient coins from the Wayne Scheible Collection.

Stack’s Bowers Galleries

Stack’s Bowers Galleries ⸱ NYINC 2024 Auction ⸱ 12-18 January 2024 ⸱ New York

Heritage Auctions

Heritage Auctions ⸱ NYINC Signature Auction ⸱ 16-18 January 2024 ⸱ New York

Heritages 2024 NYINC Auction brought nearly $16 million with impressive results.

Kolbe & Fanning

Kolbe & Fanning ⸱ Sale 169 ⸱ 17 February 2024 ⸱ Online

It is maybe the finest privately owned library on ancient Greek coins in existence: the famous BCD Library. Now, the library will be sold in several auctions at Kolbe & Fanning. The first sale focuses on published collections, general works, periodicals, and landmark publications.

Hustle and Bustle at one of the two ballrooms: The New York Numismatic International Convention is known for stylish and elegant venues. Photo: Sebastian Wieschowski-

Classical Numismatics Gets Off to a Great Start to 2024 in New York

The 52nd New York International Numismatic Convention was held from 12 to 14 January at the InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel. All the “sold” signs on the dealers’ tables clearly show that classical numismatics is still in high demand.

The denarii of this hoard lay in the ground for 2,000 years without anyone noticing them. Photo: Franco Sammartino.

Coins from the Era of Marius and Sulla Discovered in Tuscany

In the Livorno region, a hoard of 175 Roman Republican denarii of remarkable quality was found in 2021. The existence of the treasure was kept secret until an exhibition displayed the pieces in 2023.

The HKINF is one of the most important numismatic fairs in Asia.

Successful December 2023 HKINF

The organizers of the 11th Hong Kong International Numismatic Fair (HKINF) are grateful for the positive feedback they received for the event. The date of the next HKINF has now been announced. Tables are still available.

The new commemorative coins pay tribute to the Rhone Glacier in the canton of Valais.

The Rhone Glacier Concludes the Swiss Glaciers Trilogy

With its new “Rhone glacier” coin, Swissmint pays tribute to the approximately 10-kilometer-long ice field that has been a popular tourist attraction in Switzerland since the 19th century. This coin marks the end of the “Swiss Glaciers” series.

The Heimerle + Meule Group acquires Reischauer GmbH, a company known worldwide in the coin industry.

Reischauer Becomes Part of the Heimerle + Meule Group

With the acquisition of Reischauer GmbH, the Heimerle + Meule Group is expanding its already strong position in the European precious metals market. In the previous year, Heimerle + Meule was already able to substantially enlarge its expertise in precious metal coins and medals by acquiring a majority stake in the Commonwealth Mint.