Stack’s Bowers Galleries has shared the following press release:
SANTA ANA, CA. — Stack’s Bowers Galleries is pleased to announce the firm’s collaboration with Numismatica Ars Classica in offering the George W. La Borde Collection of Roman Aurei – Part I, to be sold the 23rd of May, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland.
This meticulously curated cabinet includes some of the finest Roman Aurei to come to auction in decades. The collection was formed with the diligent assistance of Hadrien Rambach and brought to market with support from Stack’s Bowers Galleries’ Lawrence R. Stack and Numismatica Ars Classica’s Arturo Russo.
The combined experience of these numismatic experts ensures that the presentation of La Borde Collection will be exceptional. A great majority of the coins to be auctioned feature esteemed provenances; a provenance bibliography by Mr. Rambach is included in the catalog and is certain to be a valuable resource to current and future collectors.
The quality of these coins speaks to the passion and dedication invested in building this collection. Part 1 of the collection features 68 Aurei, including extreme rarities and pieces of outstanding quality, resulting in a truly spectacular opportunity. As an example, Lot 33 offers an Aureus of Clodius Albinus, an exceedingly rare piece with possibly only three examples known, of which this is the finest. It is indeed a beautiful coin, virtually as struck and nearly Fleur de coin. Another magnificent highlight is Lot 2, an Aureus issued by moneyer Numonius Vaala that features a remarkable design. This very rare piece is one of just fifteen known examples, of which only three are in private hands. The provenance for this coin stretches back through centuries of numismatic stewardship.
Continuing the list of noteworthy pieces is an Aureus of Nerva (Lot 15), the cover coin on Sear’s book on Roman Imperial coinage. Another incredible piece is Lot 38, an Aureus of Caracalla that features a fierce radiate lion holding a thunderbolt in its maw on the reverse. Lot 39, an Aureus of Macrinus, is formerly from the prestigious Trau collection. Many other lots in this sale could certainly be called highlights, including but not limited to: Lot 48, an Aureus of Tacitus, Lot 57 (Maximianus Herculius) and Lot 63, an Aureus of Constantius I Chlorus of fine style.
If this wonderful cabinet inspires you form your own collection, Stack’s Bowers Galleries stands ready to assist you. Alternatively, if you are considering selling an existing collection, the firm offers an unparalleled history of auction success that spans more than 80 years. Lawrence R. Stack, one of the firm’s founders, has been instrumental in the building and sale of numerous prestigious collections, and is available to work with clients, whatever their numismatic needs. He can be contacted by phone at 516-456-1326 or by email at
If you are interested in more information or acquiring a catalog, please feel free to contact Stack’s Bowers Galleries at 949-253-0916 or email
About Stack’s Bowers Galleries
Stack’s Bowers Galleries conducts live, Internet and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company’s 80-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, The Guia Collection, The Thos. H. Law Collection, and The Robert O. Ebert Collection.
Topping off this amazing numismatic history is the inclusion of the world record for the highest price ever realized at auction for a rare coin, the 1794 Flowing Hair Silver Dollar graded Specimen-66 (PCGS) that realized over $10 million, part of their sale of the famed Cardinal Collection. The company is headquartered in Santa Ana, California, with offices in New York, Wolfeboro, Hong Kong, and Paris. Stack’s Bowers Galleries is an Official Auctioneer for several important numismatic conventions, including American Numismatic Association events, the New York International Numismatic Convention, the Professional Numismatists Guild New York Invitational, the Whitman Coin & Collectibles Spring, Summer and Winter Expos, and its April, August and December Hong Kong Auctions.
Images Courtesy of Ars Classica.