Corporation® has graded more than
200 Roman gold coins from the superb collection of the late Andre
Constantine Dimitriadis, a California collector and founder of LTC
Properties, a Westlake Village, California-based real estate
investment trust. Assembled over a period of more than 20 years,
the Dimitriadis Collection includes a number of extremely rare and
pristine-quality Roman gold coins struck circa 50 B.C. to A.D.
To be sold in April by Heritage Auctions, the Dimitriadis
Collection is considered to be among the most impressive groups of
Roman gold coins to be sold in the United States in recent memory.
Many of the coins were purchased from the most important sales of
the last two decades, including the collections of Nelson Bunker
Hunt and William Herbert Hunt, Neil Philips, Gordon McLendon and
Anton Dreesmann. In his standard reference book The
Roman Aurei, Xavier Calico used many of the
Dimitriadis coins to illustrate their type.
According to David Vagi, Director of NGC
Ancients, "The Dimitriadis Collection is a truly
impressive group of coins that will attract the interest of
many collectors, both veterans and those new to the market. It
includes some museum-quality specimens and some true rarities that
are seldom available in the marketplace. NGC is honored to have
been chosen to grade these coins."
The selection of NGC to grade the Dimitriadis Collection
is a reflection of the growing demand from collectors and dealers
for NGC-graded ancient coins.
"Because of the quality of the coins in the Dimitriadis
Collection, we wanted to use NGC to grade them,"
said David Michaels, Heritage Auctions
Director of Ancient Coins. "Having a third-party
opinion on the coins will broaden their appeal ... we
are certain that impartial third-party
grading for ancients is paramount to the continued growth of
the ancient coins market."
"NGC grading of ancients opens the market to new buyers,
especially those looking for quality," said Cristiano
Bierrenbach, Executive Vice President for International Numismatics
at Heritage Auctions. "It also adds tremendous value
to the coins by having a third-party opinion on
the grade and additional expertise."
The collection includes dozens of rarities graded AU and
Choice AU as well as a number of extraordinary pieces in Mint
State. It starts with aurei of the early Roman luminaries Julius
Caesar, Marc Antony and Augustus. Highlighting these earliest
pieces is an aureus of Marc
Antony struck soon after the murder of Julius Caesar. It
is graded NGC XF strike 5/5, surface 3/5 and is one of the finest
examples of a very rare type.
Ten of the famous "Twelve Caesars" are represented in
the Dimitriadis Collection, including participants in
the destructive Civil War of A.D. 68-69. The collection continues
with a broad selection of fine-style aurei of the Adoptive and
Antonine Emperors who ruled during the
second century. Among these are Mint
State aurei of Antoninus Pius and his wife Faustina Senior and
Choice Mint State aurei of Marcus Aurelius and his colleague Lucius
Gold coins of the tumultuous third
century are also well represented, including a
nice selection of gold of the Severan Dynasty, underscored by two
particularly nice aurei of Caracalla. One example from a Syrian
branch mint is graded NGC Choice MS 5/5 -
5/5, Fine Style and is illustrated in the standard reference
The Tetrarchs are also well represented, including an
especially fresh example of the Emperor Maximian graded NGC MS
5/5 - 4/5. These are followed by many
excellent aurei and solidi from the Constantinian
Era. Among these are two solidi of the
usurper Magnentius and several solidi of the Emperor Julian II
which, except in advanced collections such as this, are seldom
The Dimitriadis Collection also contains exciting rarities
from the Late Roman Empire, when the administration was divided
between Roman territories in Europe and Asia. Some highlights
include solidi of Constantine III, Majorian (perhaps issued by the
Visigoths) and Anthemius, as well as rare joint issues of Leo II
and Zeno and of Basiliscus and Marcus. Also included are several
rare solidi of Late Roman empresses, including Galla Placidia,
Honoria, Aelia Eudoxia and Aelia Pulcheria.
Heritage Auctions will sell the Greek and Roman coins of the
Dimitriadis Collection April 10 at the Chicago International Coin
Fair. The extensive Byzantine portion of the Dimitriadis
Collection, also to be graded by NGC and containing more than 500
gold coins, will be presented at Heritage's NY Fall Auction,
September 17-19. For more information and to bid, visit the
Heritage Auctions website, www.HA.com.