Founded in Zurich in 1988, Numismatica Ars Classica made its debut with its first auction in the following year. The standard and quality of the coins offered in the few years that followed soon gained the company a reputation as one of the world’s leading and most trusted firms for ancient coins. NAC’s specialist areas are primarily, but not limited to, Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Italian coins.
Over the years NAC has been honoured to sell countless important collections which form part of one of the most important series of sales ever to take place in the history of Numismatics. Particularly noteworthy was Auction 13, probably the best group of coins of Sicily and Magna Graecia ever presented at a public auction. The collection had formerly been on display for 10 years at the Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig. Another unforgettable sale was auction 24, Property of a European Nobleman. This is arguably the most important group of Roman gold coins offered at a public sale in the last century and comparable only with the famous Montagu, Vicomte Ponton d’Amécourt, Ryan and Platt Hall collections. A few years later, NAC presented auction 38, a sublime selection of Roman portraits assembled by a refined, anonymous lover of imperial iconography.
More recently, NAC has auctioned the remarkable Barry Feirstein and S.C. Markoff collections, two of the most important American collections of Roman coins to be offered in the last 20 years. The William James Conte collection was the best group of Roman sestertii ever offered at a public sale, also not to be forgotten is the Luc Girard collection of Roman sestertii. Finally, we must mention the BCD collection of coins from Lokris and Phokis and the RBW collection of Roman Republican coins, once again the most important and complete sales ever publicly offered in these fields.