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An estimate of nearly $2 million has been placed on a mail-bid sale of 1,223 lots that will be conducted by Classical Numismatic Group of Lancaster, Pa., and London, England.


The sale includes a Byzantine gold solidus of Leo III with Constantine V valued at $7,500.

It is Part I of the Dr. Lawrence A. Adams collection of gold coinage from ancient to modern.

This, the 100th mail-bid sale conducted by the firm closes electronically at 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time Oct. 7.

CNG will offer the Adams collections of gold coinage in four different sales: two printed catalogs and two electronic (Internet) auctions.

In addition to the material being offered as part of CNG 100, additional material from the Adams collection will be sold as part of Triton XIX, scheduled for Jan. 5-6, 2016, and held in conjunction with the 44th annual New York International Numismatic Convention; Electronic Auction 361, closing on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015 beginning at 10 a.m. ET; and CNG Electronic Auction 366, closing on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, beginning at 10 a.m. ET.

Dr. Adams formed his collection over the past 50 years, and the collection encompasses coins of the world from antiquity to the present day, CNG said.

Many of the ancient coins come from some of the most important sales of the last century, such as the Brand, Garrett, Jameson and other collections.

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Within the context of ancient and early medieval coinage, CNG said Dr. Adams focused on certain areas and this first sale will have strong offerings of Carthaginian, Macedonian, early electrum, Sasanian, Hunnic, Bosporan, branch mint Byzantine, Axumite, Visigothic, Beneventum, and Arab Byzantine coins of North Africa.

The world section offers a look at coins from Afghanistan to Zanzibar, with particular strengths in French, Italian and the Low countries. The British section includes a selection of early thrymsas and Scottish coinage. Medal sections include an important offering of 19th century United States, and the sale is rounded off with a selection of modern Olympic pieces.

Among the highlights is Lot 312, a Byzantine gold solidus of Leo III the “Isaurian”, with Constantine V.

It is graded a Good VF, toned. This very rare piece is estimated at $7,500 and was once part of the John Work Garrett collection.

This article was originally printed in World Coin News.
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