ACCG Benefit Auction nets $45,811
By Ancient Coin Collectors Guild
The ancient coin collecting fraternity supported
its primary advocacy group with an impressive
$45,811 in the Benefit Auction that closed today
on Vauctions.com . The total topped a
pre-auction estimate of $44,775. Coins and other
items donated by collectors and dealers across
the country and even from friends outside of the
USA were sometimes fought over furiously by
The sale consisted of 208 lots, primarily of
ancient coins from many cultures, but also
including related books and antiquities. A total
of 1,481 bids were registered during the
auction, with typical auction results—some lots
saw very strong competition and others, often
surprisingly, were available at bargain prices.
Greek silver coins drew collector interest as
often is the case.
Among the highlights, a silver didrachm from
Akragas (lot #9) brought $630 against a
pre-auction estimate of $300 while a silver
shekel from Byblos in Phoenicia (Lot 50)
estimated at $750 brought $1050. One of the most
actively bid coins was a bronze coin from
Palmyra struck during the 1st century BC.
Twenty-three bids pushed the hammer price to
$751, nearly four times the estimate. Coins of
Roman Egypt, mainly from the James Theselius
Collection, were popular and drew spirited bids.
A tetradrachm of Tranquillina sold for $301 at
double the estimate.
The rare bronze of Libius Severus drew 30 bids
and a hammer price of $855. Some obvious
bargains included a lovely stater of the
Danubian Celts that was conservatively estimated
at $750 and slipped under the radar at $400. A
rare tetradrachm from Gela, estimated at $1500
and previously sold at $2000, was snapped up by
a lucky (or astute) bidder for $901. Several
Vcoins gift cards auctioned in the sale actually
brought more than face value, demonstrating
solid support for the benefit theme.
Overall, this auction was very well supported by
donors and bidders, several of whom expressed a
hope that the sale would become an annual event.
The ACCG Board of Directors wishes to sincerely
thank all who participated in the sale as donors
or bidders and especially those who helped to
organize, promote and conduct the sale.