'A sense of history and awe' - the David Heuer rare coin collection goes up for sale

Baldwin's are limbering up to offer The David Heuer Collection of Ancient Greek and Roman, British and Foreign coins as part of their June 4 Argentum auction.

The collection comprises 151 lots amassed by the Heuer family during the 1930s - 1980s. Many of the Greek coins were bought in London during the 1950s and come complete with provenances from the main London dealers of the time.

In the later years of his life David passed his collection on to his children who, after his death in 2007, decided to consign his collection to Baldwin's. It is their hope that whoever buys the collection, or parts thereof, will feel in their words "the same sense of history and awe that both they and their father experienced during his years of collecting".

Single highlights from the collection include lot 21, a beautiful example of a Julius Caesar Denarius (pictured above), struck during his lifetime and depicting an excellent portrait, estimated at £2,000-2,500 (up to $4,200) and lot 63, a very fine and rare example of a Nero Sesterius with a reverse showing the harbour of Ostia, estimate £2,000-3,000 ($5,000). This should make an excellent investment.

Claudius aureus gold coin
The fine aureus gold coin from the days of Claudius


The collection also contains lots 30-42, a good run of Mark Anthony legionary Denarii and also several nice Denarii of Emperor Augustus. Lots 55 and 56, both fine examples of Sesterii of Caligula, are offered with estimates of £800-1,000 and complement a smattering of 3 or 4 wonderful examples of Roman gold. Lot 59, a Claudius Gold Aureus, purchased by David Heuer through Baldwin's in 1953 is estimated here at £2,000-2,500.

Many of the group lots have some very rare and interesting examples included in them and thorough viewing of the entire sale is recommended. Watch this space for more news of Baldwin's Argentum auction or click here to take a look at a gold aureus from the reign of the Emperor Vespasian.

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