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Sir Arthur John Evans, 1851-1941

He was born in 1851 in Nash Mills, England and became well known as an archaeologist and historian. He assumed the position of Keeper of the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford in 1884 and ushered the museum into the modern era to make it one of the most important for archaeology. While excavating in Crete in 1900, he discovered the principal site of the Minoan civilization at Knossos where excavations continued until 1939. His coins, both Greek and Roman, have been disbursed over many auctions during his lifetime beginning with a sale at Sotheby in 1889.

(2 coins)
Constantius II, Semissis, ex: Biaggi, Mazzini,

AV Semissis, 2.28g. 17mm. Siscia mint, 340-350 A.D. CONSTANTIVS P F AVG. Roseatte-diademed, cuirassed, and draped bust of Constantius to right. Rev. OB VICTORIAM TRIVMPHALEM. Two Victories holding a wreath inscribed VOT XV; SIS in exergue. RIC VIII, 358,126. Depeyrot 9/3(this coin). Extremely rare and in exceptional quality; Depeyrot knew of only 2 examples including this coin.


Ex: Sotheby, London, Auction, July 6-7, 1921, lot 132. This auction is cataloged as the property of a well known collector who was most likely Ernest John Seltman, the father of the famous numismatist John Theodore Seltman(1886-1957) as attested by Spring and Manville.

Ex: Sir Arthur Evans, Ars Classica, Lucerne, Auction XVII, 1934, lot 1936. The catalog lists this coin as coming from the Montagu collection which was sold in Paris in 1896, but this coin does not appear in the Montagu catalog. Perhaps this was a private purchase outside the auction by Evans from Feurdant in Paris who handled the Montagu collection of Roman gold.

Ex: Münzhandlung Basel, Auction 6, March 18, 1936, lot 2034.
Ex: Mazzini collection, 148, published, Milan, 1958.
Ex: Biaggi collection, 2154.
Ex: Numismatica Genevensis SA, Geneva, Auction 8, November 24, 2014, lot 158.

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Extremely Fine $15,000.00
Phoenicia, Berytos, Macrinus, ex: Sir Arthur Evans

AE 24, 11.43g. Macrinus, 217-218 A.D. Laureate head of Macrinus to right. Rv. Poseidon holding trident and dolphin standing in the center of a hexastyle temple; two dolphins and a statue decorate the pediment; stairs lead to the temple. BMC 167. Brown patina. An exceptional style portrait in remarkable quality.

This coin has an unquestionable attribution to the collection of Sir Arthur Evans. Evans' coins were sold in many auctions, but generally as part of larger sales where lots from his collection were not specified. In this case, the 1934 Naville sale groups Evans' Roman coins into a designated section of the catalog.


Ex: Hirsch, Munich, Auction 33, November 17, 1913, lot 1369, “collection of a well-known English archaeologist."
Ex: Naville, Lucerne, Auction 17, October 3, 1934, lot 1599., Collection of Sir Arthur Evans with a forward to the section of the sale with Evans’ Roman coins by Leonard Forrer.

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Extremely Fine/good Very Fine $3,250.00

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