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Mark Salton, 1914-2005

Mark Salton, 1914-2005, was the son of the well- known German coin dealer Felix Schlessinger and the great nephew of one of the most important older German dealers, Leo Hamburger. Mark’s given name was Max Schlessinger when he was born in Frankfurt, but he changed it to Mark Salton when he arrived in New York in 1946 after fleeing the Nazis. His parents had both been killed in Auschwitz in 1944.

Felix Schlessinger worked with his uncle Leo Hamburger and became a partner in that firm in 1911. Felix moved to Berlin and started his own firm in 1928. He conducted 12 important auctions in Berlin from 1929-1935 including the sale of duplicates from the Hermitage. Felix fled to Amsterdam in 1936 and continued with two more auctions before having his business closed by the Nazis following their occupation of the Netherlands in 1940.

Mark had a lifetime interest in ancient coins and began to collect as soon as he became established in the banking business in New York. He was even able to repurchase much of his father’s library that had been confiscated in Amsterdam. (See: Kunker, Osnabrück, Auction 377, introduction.)

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Q. Minucius Thermus, 103 B.C.

AR Denarius, 3.90g. 18mm. Head of Mars to left wearing plumed helmet. Rev. Two warriors fighting with swords and shields; the one on the left protects a fallen soldier. CR 319/1. Syd. 592. Wonderful old cabinet toning. Excellent strike and relief.

Provenance/Pedigree:
Ex: Mark Salton (born Max Schlessinger)  collection, Frankfurt and NY, 1914-2005, with collector's old ticket and envelope. (For bio see https://www.coin.com/indexes/?find=2485)

 

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Extremely Fine $2,100.
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D. Silanus, 91 B.C.

AR Denarius, 3.88g. 18mm. Head of Silenus to right; plow below; torque on border.  Rev. D SILANVS L. F.   Victory in biga to right holding palm; carnyx below.  CR 3371a. Syd. 644a.  Toned and struck on a full flan.

Provenance/Pedigree:
Ex: Mark Salton (born Max Schlessinger)  collection, Frankfurt and NY, 1914-2005, with collector's old ticket and envelope.(For bio see https://www.coin.com/indexes/?find=2485)

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about Extremely Fine $1,250.
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C. Coelius Caldus, 51 B.C., ex: Knobloch

AR Denarius, 3.94g. 17.5mm C COEL CALDVS COS. Head of C. Coelius Caldus to right; standard inscribed HIS behind; boar below.  Rev. C CALDVS IMP AN X in columns; L CALDVS VII VIR EP V on table. Table with figure behind preparing epulum(sacred banquet); trophies of arms and armor to left and right. CR 437/2a. Syd. 894.  

The type commemorates the military victories of the moneyer's ancestor who was Consul in 94 B.C. and is a superb late Republican realistic portrait.

Provenance/Pedigree:
Ex: Mark Salton (born Max Schlessinger)  collection, Frankfurt and NY, 1914-2005, with collector's old ticket and envelope. (For bio see https://www.coin.com/indexes/?find=2485)
Ex: Frederick Knobloch collection, Stacks, New York, May 3, 1978, lot 502 with Stacks envelope. 

 

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about Extremely Fine $4,500.
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C. Vibius Pansa, 48 B.C.

AR Denarius, 4.03g. 18mm.  PANSA.  Mask of Pan.  Rev.  C VIBIVS C F C N IOVIS AXVR. Jupiter Anxurus enthroned to left holding patera and scepter.   CR 449/1a.  Syd. 947.  Sear, Imperators 20.   Lovely old cabinet toning.  Exceptional quality with an expressive Pan head and finely excecured detail on Jupiter. 

Both Crawford and Sear note that the reverse type of a youthful Jupiter refers to a temple and cult of this god at the southern Italian city of Terracina whose ancient name was Anxurus.  The obverse type is a pun on the moneyer's name.

Provenance/Pedigree:
Ex: Mark Salton (born Max Schlessinger)  collection, Frankfurt and NY, 1914-2005, with collector's old ticket and envelope. (For bio see https://www.coin.com/indexes/?find=2485)

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Extremely Fine $2,500.
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Julius Caesar, d.44 B.C.

AR Denarius, 4.10g. 19mm.  Moneyer, L. Mussidius Longus, Rome, 42 B.C.   Wreathed head of Julius Caesar to right.  Rev.  L MVSSIDIVS LONGVS.  Rudder, cornucopia,  caduceus, and apex around central globe.   CR 494/39a. Syd. 1096a.  Sear, Greek Imperators 116.  Spectacular portrait of Caesar and of superb quality.

The portrait of the now divine Julius Caesar on the obverse was a powerful propaganda image for the forces of Octavian and Antony who were pursuing his assassins.     The reverse type symbolizes Rome's control over the globe(land and sea) with cornucopia and rudder, Caesar's office as Pontifex Maximus with the apex, and the happiness of the Roman people with the caduceus.

Provenance/Pedigree:
Ex: Mark Salton (born Max Schlessinger)  collection, Frankfurt and NY, 1914-2005, with collector's old ticket and envelope. ( For bio see: https://www.coin.com/indexes/?find=2485)

 

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Extremely Fine $22,500.

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