SPINK LONDON | April will see a
very exciting pair of numismatic auctions. The George Cassim
Collection of Modern Greek Coins and Banknotes will be spread over
two days; the 27th being dedicated to the Banknotes
portion of his collection, and the 28th to his vast
array of Coins. Cassim aspired to the highest standards, constantly
upgrading pieces from his collection whenever possible. He had a
keen eye for quality, rarity and variety. His collection,
affectionately referred to as his "mistress", gave him great pride
and joy, and Spink is sure that this passion and zeal will be
reflected in the bidding during the auction.
George was a very proud Greek
Australian. The son of Greek migrants from the island of Kythera,
who introduced him to his heritage. He nurtured a love for Greek
history, culture and traditions throughout his life. He loved
visiting Greece and formed a strong bond with his Greek relatives.
When in Athens, he formed life-long friendships with dealers and
collectors who shared his passion for Modern Greek history. The
Sunday morning collectors' gathering in Plaka was a highlight.
George's odyssey of collecting Modern Greek coins and banknotes
began before 1976. He acquired a few pieces from the famous
Louloukakis Collection in 1979 (Spink No 5).
In the 1980's and 1990's his quest
continued with purchases from major auction houses all over the
world. The advent of the internet opened up many new corridors in
his journey, as he was able to personalise his relationship with
international collectors and dealers. He acquired many prized
pieces from them up until 2015.
When Greece finally achieved its
independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1828,
the phoenix was introduced as the monetary unit; its use
was short-lived, however, and in 1832 the phoenix was replaced by
the drachma, adorned with the image of King Otto of Greece,
who reigned as modern Greece's first king from 1832 to
1862. This sale boasts of a very striking silver phoenix
produced under John Capodistrias (1828-31), in 1828 at the mint of
Aegina (lot 2852).
Lot 2852, estimated: £600-800
There are many stunning coins in
this collection produced after the phoenix series, one of which is
lot 2934, a half-drachma from the reign of King Otto (1832-62),
produced in 1846, it bears the young bare head of the king on the
obverse, and the crowned shield in wreath on the reverse. PCGS AU
58, a very rare and highly attractive coin.
Lot 2934, estimated:
From the banknotes portion of the
sale (on the 27th from 5pm) are some extremely pretty
notes, and some very interesting pieces of paper money. However,
one of the most important notes in the sale is lot 2601, which may
not be much to look at, but is extremely rare. It is a Priviledged
Bank of Epiro-Thessaly, 10 drachmai, from the 31st March
1882, serial number Z3-053, VG. It is exceptional because there are
no examples listed on 'Track and Price' at time of cataloguing.
Lot 2601, estimated: £3,000 -
For more Information about the
banknotes portion of the sale, please contact Andrew Pattison:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7563 4044 | Email:
For more Information about the
coins portion of the sale, please contact Richard Bishop:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7563 4053 | Email:
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