Greek, Roman, Egyptian & Other Antiquities

The antiquities market comprises artefacts and works of art made by ancient civilisations including statues, coins, jewellery and arms and armour.

Provenance is one of the most important considerations when trading in this sector as there is a long history of looting from archaeological sites.


Braintree hoard

Anglo-Saxon coin hoard discovered in Braintree by metal detectorists comes to auction

15 February 2024

An impressive group of Anglo-Saxon pennies, found by metal detectorists near Braintree in Essex, will be offered in separate lots at Noonans.

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Masterpiece of Greek numismatic art

12 February 2024

One of the great masterpieces of ancient Greek numismatic art, this silver tetradrachm was struck in c.460BC in commemoration of the refounding of the city of Naxos. Its citizens had been exiled to Leontinoi by the tyrant Hieron of Syracuse.

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Persian and Greek tributes paid

12 February 2024

Mithradates IV was ruler of the Hellenistic kingdom of Pontus in northern Anatolia from 169-150BC. He ushered in a period of relative friendship with the Roman republic that would continue until his grandson Mithradates VI (the Great) became its most formidable and determined opponent. Mithradates IV’s coinage draws attention to his Persian and Greek origins.

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Octavian coin sets a house record

12 February 2024

Spink posted a house record for a classical coin when it sold this Julius Caesar and Octavian gold aureus on April 3 for £220,000 plus 20% buyer’s premium against an estimate of £60,000-100,000.

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Fertile imagination can generate a healthy price

22 January 2024

This terracotta figure is typical of the highly stylised pottery models honouring a fertility or mother goddess, made in Persia in the first millennium BC.

Roman 2nd century AD statue

Roman marble sold in 1961 auction resurfaces in Italy headless… but the head could be in UK

06 November 2023

In 1961 when Christie’s auctioned off items from the Wilton House Collection, the catalogue included a full-page image of a monumental Roman marble.

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Small toenail from a colossal statue comes to New England auction

30 October 2023

This ancient Egyptian sculptural fragment, part of the Thomaston Place Auction Galleries’ Autumn Majestic Sale in Maine on November 10-12, comes in a silver mount inscribed 'Small toenail from colossal Statue of Ramses II. Temple of Luxor, Feb. 13th, 1899'.

Apulian plate

More than $19m of antiquities have been returned to Italy following an investigation by New York authorities

17 October 2023

The Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L Bragg Jr announced the return of 19 antiquities collectively valued at nearly $19m to Italy.

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Antiquities lots turn heads in salerooms

25 September 2023

This carved marble portrait head of a youth shown here is Roman and comes from a tightly dated period of the 2nd century.

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Coin offered at Spink reveals a new mighty Iron Age ruler

18 September 2023

The name of a new Iron Age ruler or king has been discovered on a coin dug up in a field in the Test Valley, Hampshire.

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Exceptional tetradrachm toasts divine wine

18 September 2023

A collection of Greek coins formed over 20 years ago by a European connoisseur will be sold by Morton & Eden in London on September 26-27.

Brutus Eid Mar-type gold aureus

Roma Numismatics director Richard Beale admits coin charges

04 September 2023

Richard Beale, director of the London auction house Roma Numismatics, has pleaded guilty to a series of charges in connection with unlawful sales of ancient coins.

Shabti

Egyptian relic ‘from Akhenaten’s tomb’ is full of life in London auction

17 July 2023

A fragmentary shabti with a cartouche for the Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten proved a highlight of Bonhams’ latest Antiquities sale.

Silver denarius

Brutus Eid Mar denarius sets record for any coin sold in Scandinavia

26 June 2023

A Brutus Eid Mar-type silver denarius, struck shortly after the murder of Julius Caesar, has become the most expensive numismatic object ever sold at auction in Scandinavia.

Panticapaeum gold stater

Miniature masterpiece gold stater retakes title of the most expensive classical coin

29 May 2023

A Panticapaeum gold stater, struck in present day Crimea c.350-300BC, has regained the rank of the world’s most expensive classical coin.

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Grab this opportunity to bag a Greek bronze right arm

15 May 2023

On May 25 Hindman holds its latest sale of Antiquities and Ancient Art in Chicago.

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Detective work sheds some light on a £75,000 chandelier

08 May 2023

Investigation by saleroom specialist pays off as Castle Howard connection helps a chandelier to impress

Anglo Saxon coins

Men found guilty of selling Anglo Saxon coins from Herefordshire Hoard

28 April 2023

In the latest of a series of court cases, two men have been found guilty of trying to sell rare Anglo-Saxon coins.

Roan bust

Roman bust found in Texas charity shop to return to Ludwig I’s collection in Germany after more than 70 years away

27 April 2023

A Roman bust discovered in a US charity shop and bought for just $34.99 will be repatriated to Germany.

Coins

Roma owner arrested in coin false provenance probe

20 March 2023

Richard Beale, the owner and managing director of London coin auction house Roma Numismatics, has been arrested in New York in connection with the sale of a record-breaking classical coin.

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