Vilmar Numismatics, LLC was founded in 1996, initially as a mail order company dealing in philately (stamps) as well as ancient numismatics (really old coins). Today, the firm’s focus is primarily on numismatics, with an emphasis on Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins. The company is run by Dr. Constantin A. Marinescu, a specialist in ancient art and coinage. Dr. Marinescu received his Ph.D. in art history from Columbia University in 1996 and has worked in the ancient art market as a consultant for over 25 years.

Visitors to can purchase items from Vilmar Numismatics at a fixed price, not via auction, thanks to a special arrangement. Currently for sale are what is generally regarded as the world’s very first gold coin, a coin featuring Antony and Cleopatra (spoiler alert: they look nothing like Richard Burton and Liz Taylor), a gold coin showing Alexander the Great in choice mint state condition, and Tyre shekels, the same coins Judas was paid to betray Christ. Click here to find out more.





Sports memorabilia lovers listen up: Grey Flannel’s auction is online, ends Dec. 20th

Grey Flannel Auctions’ holiday catalog auction is in full swing and ends Wednesday, December 20th. In addition to the 555 sports-related lots in the printed catalog, the sale also features more than 300 lots that are available online-only. The merchandise mix is pretty much what fans of Grey Flannel have come to expect from the leader in sports memorabilia auctions and appraisals. Featured is a wide array of game-used memorabilia, historical artifacts, screen-worn Hollywood collectibles and rare, one-of-a-kind autographs. Grey Flannel has been bringing sports-minded buyers and sellers together for over 20 years.

Star lots in the December 20th auction include the only known complete run of New York Yankees World Series tickets from 1921-present, 225 in all; a circa-1977 “Pistol” Pete Maravich New Orleans Jazz game-used home jersey, graded 10; a Troy Aikman Dallas Cowboys Super Bowl XXVII game-used jersey, also graded 10; a Princeton Tigers game-used football uniform worn by All-American Norman Tooker during the 1905 season;  a 1936 Team USA game-used flannel uniform and cap from the Summer Olympics held in Berlin; and a baseball signed by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and other New York Yankee greats. For more info, click here.