Coins have been used as a form of currency across the world for almost three thousand years. Much like today, the earliest coins were formed from metals, with more precious metals reflecting higher monetary value. The most common shape of coin is flat, rounded disc shape, which also tends to be small in size. Antique and rare coins can hold high value on the collectors’ market, and some coins produced by Greece can be of particular interest to numismatists. Archaic Greece was one of the first nations to develop coins around the 7th century BC, resulting in a rich numismatic history. During the Classical period, Greek coins began to demonstrate outstanding technical skill, with coins being produced bearing detailed portraits and images. The images on these coins varied by region; for instance, the drachmas of Athens paid tribute to the city's goddess, Athena, through the depiction of an owl.
Now and then throughout the history of art one stumbles upon pieces where on the artist has utilized a contemporary’s style as inspiration. Why is this so? Lack of imagination is definitely not the answer. Beneath the surface of the artwork lie several factors that exemplify the saying “imitation is the highest form of flattery”.
HVMC, a Monte Carlo auction house, will end the auction season in style with a series of exceptional sales comprising seven different categories and nearly 2,500 lots. Here are the highlights of the sale, from art and jewelry to fashion accessories and archaeological treasures.