Cumae, 350 - 340 BC.
Height 33,6cm, ø mouth 31,2cm.
with cow horns.
Width 22cm, height 19cm, depth ca. 7cm.
Taranto, early 4th century BC.
depicted as a bearded man with luxurious curls.
Roman Imperial Period, last quarter 2nd century A.D.
Roman Imperial Period, 1st / 2nd century AD.
the bust of armed Minerva to the left supported
by two entagled snakes.
Roman Imperial Period, 2nd century A.D.
with palmette below.
Length 19cm, width 8cm, height 7cm.
Roman, about 50 - 150 AD.
Cologne, 2nd - 3rd century AD.
Greenish translucent glass.
About 130 - 150 A.D.
32cm - 22 cm on a thin wavy wood panel.
1st - 3rd century A.D.
Axumites and More at Leu Numismatik AG Auction 14
Leu Numismatik AG
Leu Numismatik AG presents their Auction 14 on 14th October 2023. They offer a selection of 350 Celtic, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Axumite coins in their second floor auction of this year. Once again, quality, style, rarity, and provenance are paramount.
The attentive reader of this catalogue will quickly realize that Leu has never held a floor auction with so many consignments from the USA. More than a third of the coins come from American collections, enriching the abundance, quality, and breadth of their assortment. A coincidence? Hardly! The fruitful cooperation with US customers is no doubt a result of the establishment of the US branch and the dedication of its managing director, Ken McDevitt. Within a short time frame, he has succeeded in establishing the name “Leu Numismatik” in the transatlantic numismatic world while meeting the high standards of both the parent company and the American clientele.
Special thanks also go to Thomas Frisbie (Texas) and Dr. Stephan Coffman (Oregon), both of whom decided to rely on the services of Leu Numismatik USA, Inc. and entrust their collections to Leu for auction. Theit collections consist on one hand of Greek and Roman coins, often with outstanding provenances (Thomas Frisbie). On the other hand, there is the largest and most important collection of Axumite coins ever assembled (Dr. Stephan Coffman). Leu has made a selection from both collections and now offer the most outstanding pieces in this catalogue. The firm gladly invites you to read about the background of these coins in the detailed historical and numismatic commentaries. In particular, the Coffman Collection offers a fascinating insight into a culture that is still little known to the wider public – that of the East African Axumites. The second part of the Frisbie and Coffman Collections will be auctioned in December in Web Auction 28, so if you are outbid in Auction 14, don’t be too disappointed, because a second chance will present itself just before Christmas.
Naturally, the time in Winterthur, Munich, Vienna, and London was not spent idly, and Leu are equally pleased about the consignment of many coins by European collectors and dealers. In this context, Leu would like to thank Stefan Sonntag (AMS Auktionen Münzhandlung Sonntag, Stuttgart), who arranged for the firm the consignment of the collection of Greek and Roman coins of Prof. Dr. Dietrich Mannsperger (*1933). Until his well-deserved retirement, Prof. Dr. Mannsperger was the head of the numismatic department of the University of Tübingen and the curator of the university’s coin collection at the Institute of Classical Archaeology. In addition to his professional activities, he was intensively involved with ancient coins in his private life, and over six decades, he has amassed a wonderful collection of Greek and Roman pieces. For many years, he was advised and represented at auctions in Switzerland and abroad by Dr. Roland Maly (Hess AG, Lucerne, later Nomos AG, Kriens). Moreover, as the author of a large number of numismatic writings, Prof. Mannsperger has frequently published about his own coins offered here.