Prospero Collection of ancient Greek coins may rewrite numismatic history

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The Jan. 4, 2012 auction of the Prospero collection of ancient Greek coins is an official auction of the New York International Numismatic Convention.The collection includes more than 600 pristine and historically important Greek coins. Photos courtesy Baldwin's

Ancient coin dealers Baldwin’s are delighted to announce the sale of one of the finest and most desirable collections of ancient Greek coins to be offered at public auction in the last 20 years.

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The multi-million dollar Prospero Collection contains more than 600 coins from the Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Greek periods and includes some of the rarest and most historically important examples of Greek coinage. The sale takes place Jan. 4, 2012 at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel as part of The New York Sale XXVII-XXVIII.

“We are delighted to have been selected to catalogue, promote and auction the magnificent The Prospero Collection in New York next January," said Ian Goldbart, managing director of A.H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd. "I can think of no better way to celebrate A H Baldwin’s 140th anniversary, than the auctioning of one of the most important ancient Greek coin collections to come to the market for many years.”

The collection was formed over several decades by a collector with a passion for the arts and a discerning taste for outstanding examples of the most beautiful and famous ancient Greek coins. Like the character of Prospero in Shakespeare’s "The Tempest," an underlying preoccupation for the magical and mythical can be seen throughout the collection. It has not been added to in the past 20 years and remains complete and untouched, with many of the coins having pedigrees dating back to collections dispersed in the early 20th century.

“The Prospero Collection is the most important collection of ancient Greek coins to appear on the market in almost a quarter of a century, since the sale of the Nelson Bunker Hunt Collection in New York," said Baldwin’s ancient coin specialist Paul Hill. "This will, without doubt, be one of the most significant ancient numismatic events of our generation and an opportunity to acquire coins that have not been available for decades”.

More information is available at Baldwin’s.

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