|An ancient gold stater from the City of Kyrene, North Africa. Minted under one of Alexander the Great's closest friends and allies, Ophellas while acting as governor under Ptolemy I. Struck 322 - 313 BC. $ 8,000|
Friday, 30 March 2018
Tuesday, 27 March 2018
|Coins of the joint female reign are among the greatest rarities of Byzantine coins. $223,250||Two elderly daughters of Constantine VIII ruled the Empire jointly for seven and a half weeks. The two women could not have been more different: Often-married Zoë was an power-hungry voluptuary who took innumerable lovers, while Theodora was an austere, scholarly spinster who detested court life. They could not stand one another.|
Friday, 23 March 2018
|Seleucid Kingdom. Antiochus XI (94-93 BC), with Philip I Philadelphus. AR tetradrachm. NGC AU 5/5 - 4/5. Uncertain mint 127 in Cilicia, likely Tarsus, ca. late 94 - early 93 BC. Est $12,000 to $ 16,000|
|Augustus (27 BC-AD 14). AV aureus. NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 4/5. Spain, Colonia Patricia. Very rare and among the finest surviving specimens. $ 25,000 to $ 35,000|
|Galba (AD 68-69). AV aureus. NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 2/5, brushed. Gaul, Narbo. November AD 68 - January, AD 69. Estimate: $20,000 - $25,000.|
|North West Company brass Unholed Token 1820 MS61 NGC, Br-925, FT-9A. Brass, unholed and plain edge. Est $50,000 - $60,000|
Charles I gold Triple Unite 1642 XF Details (Repaired) NGC, Oxford mint. Est $30,000 - $50,000.
Thursday, 22 March 2018
|A pair of giant bronze lions in the style of those which guard Trafalgar Square could sell for up to £100,000 at auction. The statues, modelled on the originals designed by artist Sir Edwin Landseer which surround Nelson's Column, are due to go under the hammer in Billingshurst, West Sussex. They are almost identical in size to their counterparts but were made in the late 20th century. The four bronze lions at Trafalgar Square were made in 1858.|
|Also up for sale is a complete family of prehistoric mammoth skeletons. The collection of four Ice Age skeletons includes a one-year-old infant, only the second known complete baby mammoth skeleton in the world. It's unknown how the family died but their remnants were found together during building works near Tomsk, Siberia, in 2002. They probably died at the end of the Pleistocene period, around 12,000 to 16,000 years ago. £250,000|
|Archaeologists in Peru have unearthed the remains of at least 12 children believed to have been sacrificed by the ancient Chimú. The team also uncovered a hoard of more than 100 artifacts in the Trujillo region, where 47 tombs have been found. The sacrifice of humans was relatively common in pre-Columbian societies. These new discoveries clarify ancient Chimú practices.|
|Originating around 900 C.E., the Chimú civilization came to rule much of the coast of Peru before it was eventually defeated by the Incas in the 15th century. The Chimú are known for their exquisite textiles, ceramics and metalwork. The capital city Chan Chan was once home to sophisticated agricultural and water management systems.|
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
A pair of Etruscan gold ear studs. C. 530-500 BC. $30,000.
|Standout pieces from the Antiquities sale at Christie’s New York in 2016.|
A Greek gold olive wreath. Late classical period to early hellenistic. $295,000
A Celtic gold torque. C. late 4th century BC. $125,000.
Eight Sarmatian Gold Phalerae circa 1st century B.C. $ 12,000. A phalera was a gold, silver, or bronze sculpted disk worn on the breastplate during parades by Roman soldiers who had been awarded it as a kind of medal.
3 Celtic gold finger rings. Late 4th century. $75,000
Viking gilt silver pendant. 10th century. $14,000
|PCGS, the Official Grading Service of the “Ship of Gold” recovery, prepared 15 PCGS-graded gold coins for display, including a few examples which PCGS has now confirmed are the finest examples known to exist.|
Thursday, 15 March 2018
|Cultural relics from Afghanistan, including ancient gold jewelery, have gone on display in Chengdu City, in China’s southwest Sichuan province. The exhibition – The Echo of Civilization – is being held at the Chengdu Museum. a total of 231 precious artefacts from the National Museum of Afghanistan are on display.|
The exhibited pieces were unearthed at four different sites around the country and reveals the historic course of ancient Afghanistan from Neolithic Age, Greek civilization, grassland civilization through to Kushan civilization.
Tuesday, 13 March 2018
|A tooth that belonged to an ancient giant shark has been stolen from a world heritage site. The three-inch tooth went missing from an undisclosed location in a remote national park in Western Australia. The fossil came from megalodon, a giant predator that died out 2.6m years ago.|
|Authorities suspect it was deliberately targeted by thieves.|
Monday, 12 March 2018
|580 million years after their seafloor habitat was buried in volcanic ash, some of our earliest ancestors are exposed. Mistaken Point is a 17km stretch of Newfoundland coastline that bears some of the oldest recognizable traces of life on Earth.|
It has been chosen as Canada’s latest World Heritage Site.