NGC-certified Ancient Coin Tops CNG’s January Auction

Posted on 12/28/2020

Online bidding is now underway for the CNG sale.

World and ancient coins certified by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) highlight a January Classical Numismatic Group (CNG) auction. Online bidding is now open, with live bidding beginning on January 19, 2021.

Among the most anticipated coins in the sale is a Sicily, Syracuse circa 405-370 B.C. Silver Decadrachm graded NGC Ancients AU★, 5/5 Strike and 5/5 Surface with Fine Style (photo cert), with an estimated sales price of $50,000. This rare coin is widely believed to be one of the most beautiful coins ever struck.

The obverse features a charioteer driving a quadriga while holding a kentron and reins. Nike, the divine charioteer, can be seen flying toward the victor to crown them with a wreath. The reverse side of the coin features the Head of Arethousa (a nymph of a sacred spring) surrounded by dolphins. The reverse die is also signed by Euainetos, who was one of two Greek master engravers in Syracuse, Sicily during the fifth century.

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Other NGC-certified highlights include:

To learn more about NGC Ancients, click here.

All estimates are provided by the auction house and are in US dollars.

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