Roman marble head of Lucius Aelius Caesar. Early 2nd Century AD. Over life size in veristic style. Est $45,000 - $60,000
|Ancient Resource Auctions will be hosting an exquisite collection of sculptures and other rare items in Glendale, CA on July 22.||Ancient to Renaissance marble bust, 'Emperor Vitellius'. Est $30,000 - $50,000|
Wednesday, 18 July 2018
Tuesday, 17 July 2018
Monday, 16 July 2018
|For some, it comes down to a question of faith.||The Shroud of Turin is one of Catholicism’s most controversial and mysterious artifacts. It is believed by some to have shrouded the body of Jesus Christ, while others consider it a hoax perpetrated by medieval con men. Despite multiple rounds of testing using radiocarbon dating, pollen testing, microscopic analysis and image enhancement, scientists have been unable to say whether the object is legitimate or not.|
Sunday, 15 July 2018
Saturday, 14 July 2018
|A silver face mask gilded with gold, a mummification workshop, mummies and sarcophagi have all been discovered at a tomb complex in Saqqara. The discovery is incredibly rare as most tombs were looted in antiquity. |
Some of the finds date back around 2,500 years, including the silver face mask, which dates to sometime between 664 B.C. and 404 B.C. Researchers believe the mask belonged to a priest who served the sky God Mut.
Saqqara Step Pyramid
|A workshop is in the remains of a building made of mudbrick and limestone. This building is above a large shaft that leads down to several burial chambers holding mummies, sarcophagi, alabaster vessels (used to hold the organs of the deceased) and shabti figurines — the Egyptians believed these figures could act as servants for the deceased in the afterlife.|
Friday, 13 July 2018
Second finest known 1854 Kellogg $20 Territorial gold coin, graded PCGS MS62+
|Latest coins from the SS Central America includes rare Territorial Gold Coins. "Territorial" is a term that encompasses a wide range of coins issued by private minters, semi-official entities, entrepreneurs, and opportunists.|
Rare 884 THOUS variety 1853 U.S. Assay Office $20, graded PCGS AU55+
Small Head variety 1852 Wass Molitor $5 gold coin, with a counterstamp advertising Sacramento dentist W.W. Light
|Nearly all of the coins arose out of necessity and were created to fill a void that government could not or would not fill. Until they intervened, these issue flourished; once the government entered the market, they effectively disappeared or were made illegal.|
One of the finest known 1855 Wass Molitor Small Head variety $20 gold coins, PCGS AU58
|The ancient city of Sardis is the first place where coins were minted and is home to one of the Seven Churches of Christianity. Artifacts that have been unearthed there are now displayed at Manisa Museum|
Thursday, 12 July 2018
|Brutus issued a silver denarius celebrating the assassination of Caesar on the Ides of March (March 15). The denarius has a portrait of Brutus on the obverse, with on the reverse a liberty cap flanked by two daggers over the inscription EID(ibus) MAR(tiis). The liberty cap was the garment given to a manumitted slave to indicate his free status, so the reverse side symbolizes Brutus and Cassius liberating Rome with their daggers. There are about 60 known copies of the silver denarius including several in the British Museum collection. A superb example made $332,583 in a late 2016 auction. Silver specimens in extremely fine condition have sold at auction for $120,000. Lower grade silver examples can come on the market for around $50,000.|
|There is only one genuine gold aurei, and it went on display at the British museum last year, in honor of the 2,054th anniversary of Julius Caesar’s assassination. |
In October of 42 B.C., just months after the coin was struck, Brutus and Cassius were routed by Marc Anthony and Octavian’s forces and died in the Battles of Philippi. Their coins were outlawed and very few survived.
|A member of the royal family of Travancore said he is against the 'commercialization' of the vast riches contained in the Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple. The Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu located in Thiruvananthapuram, India. |
The temple and its assets belong to Lord Padmanabhaswamy, and are controlled by a trust run by the Royal family.
|In June 2011, the Supreme Court directed authorities to open the secret chambers of the temple for inspection of the items kept inside. Some had not been opened in centuries. |
The review of the temple's underground vaults led to the enumeration of a vast inventory of the temple's assets. 18th century Napoleonic era coins were found, as well as a three-and-a-half foot tall solid gold idol of Mahavishnu studded with rubies and emeralds.
Ceremonial attire adorning the deity was in the form of a gold anki weighing almost 30 kilograms (66 lb).
|It's estimated that the value of the items is US$22b. This makes the Padmanabhaswamy temple the wealthiest temple in India and the world.|
The treasures built up in the temple for centuries.
Vault B door with Cobra guardians
|It was announced that a new hidden treasure vault had been discovered beyond the already documented Vault B. Adding to recent treasure findings in other vaults, researchers are estimating the total treasure could total over $1.5 trillion. ($25b US) |
The temple has been shrouded in mystery and superstition. Two enormous Cobras are rumored to be protecting the innermost hidden chamber.
|Legend holds that anyone who opens the vault will be met with certain doom.|
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
|The Spaniards named them armadillos – “the little armored ones.” It was a term of affection. A man in east Texas shot one with a .38 and the bullet ricocheted off the armadillo’s thick plating and hit the man in the face. He recovered. The armadillo was never found but is probably still laughing. They are impressive survivors.|
Four million years ago, their distant relatives roamed the earth, glyptodons. They reached a weight of two tons, about the size of a rhino.
Tuesday, 10 July 2018
Saturday, 7 July 2018
|An amazing group of high quality California fractional gold coins were recovered from the fabled “Ship of Gold”, the SS Central America, that sank in 1857.|