CNG: Serving the World in Classical, Medieval & British Numismatics Since 1975
Since 1975, we at Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. (CNG) have dedicated ourselves to serving the needs of our customers in the fields of ancient, medieval and British numismatics. We aim to help you build your collection at reasonable prices, to supply the books that enable you to increase your knowledge and understanding, and - when the time comes - to help you sell individual items or your entire collection. When you become a customer of our firm, we hope that it is for the long term.
We are an international firm with offices in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and London, England. We opened the London office in 1991 in the name of Seaby Coins when we took over the coin operation of the venerable firm of B.A. Seaby, Ltd. Victor England manages the Lancaster office, and Eric McFadden manages the London office. In the US office, accounting, shipping, and general operations are handled by Cathy England, Karen Zander, Dawn Ahlgren, and Dale Tatro. In London, David Guest, and Julia Trocme-Latter assist with numismatics while Alexandra Spyra and Tina Jordan assist Eric in keeping our office running smoothly. Our professional staff of numismatists includes Brad Nelson, D. Scott VanHorn, Ken McDevitt, Jeff Rill, Bill Dalzell, David Guest, Kerry Wetterstom, and Jeremy Bostwick. Our technical professionals are Travis Markel and Jessica Garloff.
We hope you will find the time to enjoy our site. Be sure to bookmark sections of the site you like and return at your leisure. Classical numismatics is a field that sets us apart from the rush and pressures of day-to-day life, so we invite you to sit back and relax, and learn about our numismatic heritage.
Classical Numismatic Group, Inc. currently publishes three auction catalogs per year: one for our annual Triton public auction in New York (held in January in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention) and one for each of our mail bid sales (May and September). Each of our fully illustrated auction catalogues offers about 1500 to 2000 lots. Typically 90-95% of the auction lots are sold, as the estimates reflect current market prices. We aim to produce informative catalogues, which are valuable research tools as well as opportunities to buy.
Our subscription rates are $150 per year for addresses in North America and $225/£150 for all other addresses. US$ checks must be written on a US bank. British £ checks must be written on a British bank. We also accept VISA and Mastercard.
If you do not already receive our catalogues and wish to subscribe, please send your name, address and check or credit card details to one of our offices:
CNG, Inc., P.O. Box 479, Lancaster PA 17608 USA PH: 717-390-9194
CNG, Inc., 20 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QA United Kingdom PH: +44 20 7495 1888
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CNG Numismatic Staff
Victor England, Jr., Senior Director
Victor graduated from the University of Denver with a B.A. in Economics and immediately began his career in 1975 as a full-time dealer in classical coins. After living in San Francisco and Denver, in 1983 Victor returned to his boyhood hometown, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. In 1986 he founded Classical Numismatic Auctions, which later became the cornerstone of Classical Numismatic Group. He is responsible for the Lancaster office.
Eric J. McFadden, Senior Director
Eric manages CNG's London office and represents the firm at auctions and shows in Europe, as well as assisting clients worldwide in the formation and marketing of important collections. He received degrees in Classics from Pomona College and from Oxford University, where he was president of the Oxford University Numismatic Society. He has a law degree from Harvard University and is a member of the California State Bar. Eric began his professional numismatic career at Numismatic Fine Arts in Beverly Hills in 1978. He joined CNG in 1990 and moved to London in 1991 when CNG acquired Seaby Coins. Eric has been involved in various local, national, and international numismatic organizations. He is a former president of the International Association of Professional Numismatists (IAPN) and is the current president of the International Bureau for the Suppression of Counterfeit Coins (IBSCC).
Bradley R. Nelson, Senior Numismatist
Brad holds Bachelor's Degrees in History and Political Science from Millersville University. He joined CNG as a staff numismatist in September 2000, and was promoted to Senior Numismatist in October 2002. His primary areas of study in Greek numismatics are archaic coinage and the coinage of the early Hellenistic monarchies. He is co-author, with D. Scott VanHorn, of the series preface to CNG's multi-volume Handbook of Greek Coinage, and published an analysis of the 2005 'Seleucus I' hoard of over 1500 coins of Alexander the Great and the Diadochs. In Roman numismatics, his focus is the third century Roman Imperial coinage, and he has taught the course "Military Anarchy in the Roman Empire" at the American Numismatic Association's Summer Seminar. Other areas of specialization include the classical and medieval coinage of Persia, and early medieval hammered coinage. In 2011, Brad authored The Sunrise Collection: The Numismatic Art of Persia, a catalog of one of the largest private collections of ancient and early medieval Persian coinage, comprising over a thousand coins of various cultures from the Achaemenids in the 6th centutry BC to the Iranian Huns of the 7th century AD. Brad is the general editor of CNG's books, catalogs, and web offerings, and coordinates the work of CNG's numismatists. He is currently working on a reevaluation of the corpus of coins struck in the name of Alexander the Great from the 4th–1st centuries BC.
D. Scott VanHorn, Numismatist
Scott holds Master's Degrees in Ancient History and Latin; he is ABD through the Department of Classical Studies at Loyola University Chicago. In 2002, he attended the ANS Graduate Summer Seminar. His research project there was a die-study of the coinage of the late-third century usurper, Domitius Domitianus, the results of which he presented in 2003 at the 13th International Numismatic Conference in Madrid. In 2009, he presented a study of the Gold and Silver Coinage of the Alexandria Mint under the First Tetrarchy at the 14th International Numismatic Conference in Glasgow. Scott has presented papers at several international conferences. He has co-edited and reviewed a number of books related to aspects of Classical Greek and Roman history. Together with Bradley R. Nelson, he co-authored the series preface for CNG's Handbook of Greek Coinage Series. He has also co-authored with P.A. van't Haaff a catalog of the coinage of the Kings of Persis (forthcoming). In addition to his continuing research on the tetrarchic coinage of Alexandria and the Kings of Persis, he studies the coinage of the Achaemenid and Sasanian Empires, as well as the medieval coinage of the Languedoc. Prior to joining CNG in January 2003, Scott taught a number of history and classical studies courses at colleges and universities in Georgia, Ohio, and Illinois.
Ken McDevitt, Numismatist
Ken holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bloomsburg University, and a Master of Arts from Boston University, where his studies focused on the art and history of ancient Rome. His thesis examined the process of acculturation in the Rhineland under Roman authority, with specific focus on the cult of the Matronae. His primary numismatic interest is the coinage of the late Antonine and Severan periods. Other interests include Early Byzantine and Axumite coins. Prior to coming to CNG Ken has worked in museums and archives, most recently at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. At CNG, he is primarily responsible for overseeing the electronic auctions and cataloging our consignments of antiquities.
Jeffrey B. Rill, Numismatist
Jeff holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Yale Divinity School and Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy from Elizabethtown College. A long-time numismatist, he has served as assistant to the curator of the Yale University Numismatic Collection, and as a numismatic consultant, researcher, and cataloguer for rare coin firms, including Stack's of New York. Specializing in Roman Republican and Imperial, Jeff catalogues a wide variety of ancient and world coins.
David J. Guest, Numismatist
David has an MA from Cambridge University where he read History at Fitzwilliam College. A specialist in British coins and medals, his expertise covers the Ancient Celts, Anglo-Saxon, Norman, Medieval and Early Modern hammered coinage, as well as the early milled series. In addition, David handles the Anglo-Gallic issues and the coins of Ireland and those of his native country, Scotland. Formerly of Spink, David now works in our London office acquiring items for stock and consignments for auction.
Bill Dalzell, Numismatist
Bill graduated from the College of Wooster, where he received bachelor's degrees in archaeology and history. For his senior thesis, Bill examined the Roman lead tesserae, one of his primary collecting interests. In addition to the tokens of the ancient world, he studies contemporary imitations and ancient seals. Before joining CNG fulltime, Bill worked as in intern in 2009 and for the American Numismatic Association in 2007.
Kerry K. Wetterstrom, Numismatist
Kerry holds bachelor degrees in Petroleum and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado. He had purchased his first ancient coin from former dealer Tom McKenna at a coin show in Denver, Colorado in 1974, and soon after graduating college decided to pursue a career in numismatics, taking his avocation and making it his vocation. Since then, he has been an active contributor to the hobby–sharing his love of ancients through countless lectures and educational programs. Among these have been several ANA "Numismatic Theater" appearances and guest lectures before prominent organizations like the San Francisco Ancient Coin Club, the Twin Cities Ancient Coin Club, the Society Historia Numorum in Boston, the Ancient Numismatic Society of Washington D.C., the Chicago Coin Club, and others. He has served as the Educational Chairman for the New York International Numismatic Convention since 2000, has taught introductory classes in ancient numismatics at the American Numismatic Association's popular Summer Seminar, and is a past President of the Ancient Coin Collectors Guild. He is a member of the ANA team of judges for exhibits of ancient coins at the association's annual convention, and has also served as the ANA Regional Director for the state of Pennsylvania. His articles have appeared in The Celator, and the Classical Numismatic Review. He has written a number of radio scripts for the ANA Money Talks program. He is regarded as one of the hobby's most knowledgeable collectors in his area of specialization, the coins of Roman Egypt, and wrote the chapter on these coins in Ancient Coin Collecting–Vol. IV, as well as the Foreword to Alexandrian Coins by Keith Emmett. Wetterstrom spent twelve years as the Auction Director for Classical Numismatic Group, from 1987-1999, and then took over the editor/publisher position for The Celator in May of 1999. After spending 13 years at the helm of The Celator, he returned to CNG as a staff numismatist in 2013.
CNG Professional Staff
Travis received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from the Tyler School of Art in 2001. In addition to his studio courses, he took a wide variety of art history classes, and spent a year studying abroad in Rome, Italy. At CNG he is responsible for all of our photography, as well as any graphic design needs, including catalog layout, advertising, and promotional materials.
Jessica received her Associate Degree in Specialized Technology in Graphic Design at The Art Institute of York- Pennsylvania in June of 2008. Some of her course work included the print process, design principles, and Web design. At CNG she is responsible for electronic auction photography and some graphic design materials.