mercoledì 31 dicembre 2014

Goodbye 2014, welcome 2015!

Volge al termine il 2014, un'anno estremamente impegnativo per Artemide Aste: complesso, impegnativo, ma pieno di soddisfazioni.

Come sempre, un anno di aste numismatiche. Con tre aste battute in sala e quasi una decina di aste elettroniche, abbiamo confermato un trend di crescita nel campo numismatico, in controtendenza con la crisi che colpisce l'Italia. Un dato incoraggiante per tutti i numismatici. La visibilità internazionale delle nostre aste ci ha permesso infatti di contrastare il calo della richiesta Italiana con la crescente richiesta di collezionisti internazionali.

Un'anno segnato anche dall'impegno in un nuovo settore, gli orologi da collezione. Grazie alla proficua collaborazione con l'Ing. Michele Galizia, nostro esperto per il settore, abbiamo organizzato due aste di orologi vintage e da collezione. Un mercato che si sta dimostrando prospero e proficuo e nel quale continueremo ad investire negli anni a venire.

Un anno di grandi ed importanti cambiamenti, tra cui il cambiamento della sede, presso il prestigioso World Trade Center di San Marino, dove ci siamo recentemente trasferiti. E' una scelta impegnativa, in controtendenza rispetto al periodo di recessione ma in linea con gli sviluppi che ci auguriamo per Artemide Aste. Ma anche un anno segnato dalla grande perdita del nostro "Generale", Romano Giaquinto, di cui sentiremo sempre la mancanza.

Addio 2014, e benvenuto 2015: siamo pieni di progetti e di speranze per questo nuovo anno!



martedì 30 dicembre 2014

Otho, eighth of the Twelve Caesars

Otho, denarius of high style



Marcus Salvius Otho was born in 32 AD to a family whose head, Lucius Salvius Otho served as consul under Augustus.  As an adult, he sought a political career, and developed a friendship with Nero.  When Gaius Julius Vindex revolted against Nero, Galba became Vindex's choice to replace him.  Otho became a major supporter of Galba.  Part of his motive may have come from Nero's romantic involvement with Otho's wife,Poppea Sabina, who Nero stole from him and married. Nero then made Otho the governor of Lithuania to get rid of him.

Otho's loyalty and support of Galba was meant to serve two ends.  First, to put his compatriot Galba on the throne, and second, to give Otho a front position in the imperial line of succession.  Galba, however, had a different successor in mind.  He named as his heir Piso Licinianus.  Otho, angered by this action, commenced to plot against Galba.  He sought and received support from the praetorian guards, primarily through bribes and the promise of future remuneration.  Otho's power base came from the support of the praetorians, as he was a politician rather than a military leader with troops.

Otho denarius 
Very quickly after his elevation to the throne, he received opposition from a military general, Vitellius.  Vitellius was proclaimed emperor by his troops in Germany.  Vitellius had his generals invade Italy from the north.  Otho massed troops and went to face his challenger, despite his own inexperience.  Otho's troops engaged those of Vitellius in the First Battle of Bedriacum.  Vitellius outmaneuvered Otho's troops, defeating them decisively.  Otho killed himself after the loss, bringing to an end his three month reign.

Denarius, Pax Orbis reverse

Due to the brevity if his reign, relatively few numismatic issues commemorate Otho's tenure as emperor.
Of what was issued, the predominant coins are denarii.  Only a few reverses compliment these pieces. Of these, the most frequently found is Securitas, followed by Pax Orbis.  The portraiture on Otho's coins maintained a high artistic standard.  No known bronze coins were issued in his name.  To obtain an image of Otho in bronze, it is necessary to acquire a paduan fantasy medal, issued during the renaissance.  His gold coinage was very limited as well, and is highly sought after today.  All issues of Otho are scarce or rare, and extremely desirable.
Denarius, Securitas reverse


lunedì 22 dicembre 2014

Auguri di Buon Natale con Antiquities 3!

Buon Natale!

Sinceri auguri di Buon Natale da Artemide Aste & Artemide Kunstauktionen

Durante queste vacanze, non vi lasceremo soli!

 
Antiquities 3 - Arte del Mondo Antico
 
Un'interessante raccolta di oggetti del passato. Organizzata da Artemide Kunstauktionen, l'asta verrà battuta live su internet domenica 18 Gennaio 2015, a partire dalle ore 15:00. Il catalogo è consultabile online ed è già possibile lasciare le proprie offerte.

 

Prossima asta numismatica:

Artemide Aste pubblicherà nei prossimi giorni l'asta 28E: monete greche, romane, medievali e moderne. La chiusura dell'asta è fissata per il 17 Gennaio 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

Antiquities 3 + Season's Greetings

Buon Natale!

Season's greetings from Artemide Aste & Artemide Kunstauktionen

 
Antiquities 3 - Art from the Ancient World
 
Organized by Artemide Kunstauktionen, Antiquities 3 will close live on Sunday 18th January 2015, starting at 3:00 Rome Time.
The auction catalogue is online and open for bidding.

 

Next numismatic auction:

Artemide Aste will publish in the next days Numismatic Auction 28E: greek, roman medieval and world coins. The auction will close live on 17th Janaury 2015. 

 

 

 

 

mercoledì 10 dicembre 2014

Artemide Aste - Asta Numismatica XLII

Si svolgerà questo fine settimana, sabato 13 e domenica 14, la prossima asta numismatica, Artemide XLII. L'asta sarà battuta presso la nostra nuova sede a San Marino presso il World Trade Center.
Oltre a monete romane e greche, medaglie papali e cartamoneta italiana, quest'asta presenta anche un'interessante selezione di monete medievali italiane.
Come al solito sarà possibile partecipare all'asta in sala o tramite internet, usufruendo del software live auction di DeaMoneta.

Programma asta:
Sabato 13, dalle ore 15.00: lotti 1-435
Domenica 14, dalle ore 10:00: dal lotto 436

Sede dell'asta
Artemide Aste s.r.l.
World Trade Center
v. Consiglio dei Sessanta, 99
47891 Dogana
Republic of San Marino
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lunedì 8 dicembre 2014

Galba, seventh of the Twelve Caesars

Galba, denarius, high style
Born in 3 BC to a patrician family, Servius Suplicius Galba rose quickly through the military ranks and was widely respected for his abilities as a leader.  He held several high level posts, and eventually was named the Imperial Governor of nearer Spain.

In response to the grand excesses of Nero, many leaders began to revolt against his authority.  One of those was Gaius Julius Vindex, a close ally of Galba's, and the governor of Aquatania.  Vindex sought to put Galba forth as a replacement for Nero.  Galba hesitated at first, but eventually declared himself the representative of the senate.  This put him firmly on the side of Vindex against Nero.  One of Galba's main supporters in his quest for the royal purple was the governor of Lusitania, and later his successor as emperor, Otho.  Things continued to progress toward the throne until Vindex was defeated in Germany, and forced to commit suicide.

Galba's quest slowed after the death of Vindex, but resumed speed when the praetorian guard abandoned their support of Nero, pushing the emperor to suicide.  Galba was then proclaimed emperor by the senate, supported by the praetorian guard.  The praetorian prefect, Nymphidius Sabinus made great promises of bribes to the guard in Galba's name, hoping to garner their support.  But, Galba had no intention to pay for support, and no desire to pay the promised bribes.  He replaced Nymphidius as prefect, claiming that he did not need to "buy" soldiers.  Needless to say, the soldiers soon lost patience and loyalty to Galba.  Soon legions in upper Germany dropped their support of Galba, followed by the legions in lower Germany.

In a misguided attempt to show the stability of his reign, Galba adopted a son to show the continuity of his "dynasty".  This enraged his supporter, Otho, who had hoped for his own adoption to the line of succession.  Otho quickly turned against Galba, and organized a conspiracy against him, which culminated with the murder in the Roman Forum of Galba and his "son", Lucius Calpurnius Piso Licinianus.  Their heads were delivered to Otho.
Galba Sestertius, strong portrait

Denarius, Virtus, great style 
The numismatic legacy of Galba can be found in gold, silver and bronze.  Despite his quick rise and fall from power, a relatively large number of coins were minted in his name. The most numerous bronze issues are those showing a standing Libertas holding a plieus and a rod. Other bronze issues show  a seated  Roma, some holding Victory in her hand.  Reverses on denarius coinage often show SPQR notation.  Portraiture on Galba's coinage is outstanding.  The artistic standard set during Nero's reign maintained its force and produced strong imagery.
Galba Sestertius, Roma seated
Galba Sestertius, Libertas
Galba Denarius, SPQR OB CS reverse