nomos 11
9 October 2015
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
Lot 252
Anastasius I, 491-518. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.49 g, 7 h), Constantinople, 492-507. D N ANASTASIVS P P AVC Diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Anastasius 3/4 facing to right, holding spear in his right hand and with shield over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORIA AVCCCI / CONOB Victory standing left, holding long cross; to right, star. DOC 3I. MIBE 4A. S 3. A very attractive, clear example. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 253
Anastasius I, 491-518. Solidus (Gold, 19mm, 4.50 g 6), Constantinople, 507-518. DN ANASTA - SIVS PP AVC Diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Anastasius 3/4 facing to right, holding spear in his right hand and with shield over his left shoulder; but diadem lacking ties fluttering to left. Rev. VICTORI - A AVCCCA / CONOB Victory standing left, holding long staff topped by an inverted Christogram; to left, star. DOC 6 var. MIBE 6 var. S 4 var. A very rare type, very well struck. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 254
Maurice Tiberius, 582-602. Half-siliqua (Silver, 14 mm, 0.84 g, 5 h), Carthage, 582-583/4. D N TIb MAVRIC PP Facing bust of Maurice, wearing helmet with cross at the top, cuirass and paludamentum. Rev. ✶SALVS MVNDI Cross potent within a circle of pearls surrounded by the inscription. DOC 239. MIB 57. SB 551. Very rare. Dark grey patina as found. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 1750 CHF
Lot 255
Heraclius, with Heraclius Constantine, 610-641. Solidus (Gold, 21mm, 4.48 g 6), Constantinople, c. 613-616. dd NN hERACLIUS ET hERA CONST PP AV Crowned, draped and cuirassed facing busts of Heraclius, on the left larger and bearded, and Heraclius Constantine, on the right much smaller and beardless; between them above, cross. Rev. VICTORIA AVႺႯ I / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps; in field to right, I. DOC 10c. MIB 10. S 737. A rare variety of excellent style. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 256
Heraclius, with Heraclius Constantine, 610-641. Solidus (Gold, 20mm, 4.48 g 7), Constantinople, c. 616-625. dd NN hERACLIUS ET hERA CONST P AVC Crowned, with cross on circlet, draped and cuirassed facing busts of Heraclius, on the left larger and bearded, and Heraclius Constantine, on the right smaller and beardless; between them above, cross. Rev. VICTORIA AVႺႯ Δ / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps; in field to right, pellet. DOC 13 var. (pellet and officina unlisted). MIB 12 var. (with pellet but only with I as officina). S 738. An attractive piece, apparently unpublished with this officina and field mark. Some flatness and a die break on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 143
Lot 257
Heraclius, with Heraclius Constantine and Heraclonas, 610-641. Solidus (Gold, 19mm, 4.47 g 6), Constantinople, 637/8. Three standing emperors, all crowned, wearing chlamys and holding a globus cruciger; from left to right, Heraclonas, Heraclius and Heraclius Constantine. Rev. VICTORIA AVႺЧΓ / CONOBA Cross potent on base and three steps; to left, Heraclian monogram; to right, Α. DOC 40b. MIB 47. SB 766. A lovely, well-struck and attractive piece. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 258
Heraclius, with Heraclius Constantine, 610-641. Solidus (Gold, 13mm, 4.44 g 7), Carthage, 616/617. D N ERACLIO ET ERA CONP E Facing busts of Heraclius and Heraclius Constantine, both crowned and draped; between them, cross. Rev. VICTORIA AVGG E / CONOB Cross potent on base and two steps. DOC 207. MIB 84a. S 867. A full round piece. Weakly struck as usual, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Estimate: 375 CHF
Lot 259
Heraclius Constantine, 641. Solidus (Gold, 4.51 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 10th officina (I), 11 March-July 641. Three standing emperors, all crowned, wearing chlamys and holding a globus cruciger; from left to right, Heraclonas, Heraclius and Heraclius Constantine. Rev. VICTORIA AVႺЧ I / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps; to left, Heraclian monogram; to right, Κ. DOC 45. MIB 52. S 770. Very rare, especially in this condition. A superb example. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 144
Lot 260
Constans II, 641-668. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.44 g, 6 h), Constantinople, c. 642-643. dN CONSTANTINUS PP AVC Crowned and draped bust of Constans II facing, beardless and holding a globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. VICTORIA AVςЧ I/ CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 1 (Heraclonas). MIB 3a. SB 936. Rare and well struck. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 146
Lot 261
Constans II, with Constantine IV, Heraclius, and Tiberius, 641-668. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.45 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 667-668. VICTORIA AVGU S Facing, bearded bust of Constans II wearing a chlamys and with a plumed crown, holding a globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. CONOB Three crowned and draped figures standing facing, each holding a globus cruciger in his right hand: from left to right, Tiberius, Constantine IV and Heraclius. DOC 42e. MIB 41. SB 974. A rare late issue, nicely struck on a broad flan. Some slight weakness, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Lot 262
Constans II, 641-668. Solidus (Gold, 10mm, 4.45 g 6), Carthage, 645/6. D N CONSTANTI P P Beardless crowned and draped facing bust of Constans, holding globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. VICTORIA VGG Δ / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps; to right, star. DOC 112 var. MIB 61. S 1034. Clear and well-struck. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 340 CHF
Estimate: 425 CHF
Lot 263
Constans II, 641-668. Solidus (Gold, 10mm, 4.51 g 7), Carthage, 649/650. d N CONTA....P Crowned and draped bust of Constans II facing, with short beard and holding globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. VICTORIA AV H / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 113. MIB 62. S 1035. A nice example. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 340 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 264
Constans II, 641-668. Solidus (Gold, 10mm, 4.42 g 6), Carthage, 649/50. d N....ANTIN P Crowned and draped facing bust of Constans, with short beard and holding globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. VICTORIA H / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps; in field to right, P. DOC 114 var. MIB 63 var. S 1036 var. Apparently an unpublished variant. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 360 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 265
Constans II, 641-668. Solidus (Gold, 10mm, 4.40 g 7), Carthage, 652/3. d N CONCTANTI Crowned and draped facing bust of Constans, with long beard and holding globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. VICTORIA AI / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps; in field to right, P. DOC 117. MIB 65. S 1038. A very bold and attractive piece. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 266
Constans II, with Constantine IV, Heraclius, and Tiberius, 641-668. Solidus (Gold, 10mm, 4.37 g 7), Carthage, 659-662. CONC Crowned facing busts of Constans, on the left with long beard, and Constantine IV, much smaller, on the right, beardless. Rev. Crowned and draped beardless busts of Heraclius and Tiberius; between them, cross potent on globe over P. DOC -. MIB 72a. S 1043. Nicely struck. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 425 CHF
Lot 267
Constans II, with Constantine IV, Heraclius, and Tiberius, 641-668. Solidus (Gold, 10mm, 4.23 g 6), Carthage, 662-668. ...CT Crowned facing busts of Constans, on the left with long beard, and Constantine IV, much smaller, on the right, beardless. Rev. Crowned and draped beardless busts of Heraclius and Tiberius; between them, cross potent on base and two steps. DOC 127. MIB 73. S 1044. A very sharp and well struck example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 500 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 268
Constantine IV Pogonatus, 668-685. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.13 g, 6 h), Syracuse, 681-685. d NCONSTANႺЧ Helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Constantine IV facing, holding spear in his right hand and with shield over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORIA AVVg Θ. / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 59a var. MIB 37 var. S 1204 var. Very rare. Clearly and attractively struck. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Lot 269
Philippicus (Bardanes), 711-713. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.44 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 6th officina. d N FILEPICUS MULTUS AN Crowned bust of Philippicus facing, wearing loros and holding globus cruciger in his right hand and eagle-tipped scepter in his left. Rev. VICTORIA AVgUS / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 1f. MIB 1. S 1447. A superb, well-nigh perfect example, beautifully centered and well struck. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 8000 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Lot 270
Philippicus (Bardanes), 711-713. Solidus (Gold, 18 mm, 3.99 g, 6 h), Syracuse. d N FILEPICO PP AV Crowned bust of Philippicus facing, wearing loros and holding globus cruciger in his right hand and eagle tipped scepter in his left. Rev. VICTORIA AVgu* / P / [CONOB] Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 16. MIB 10. S 1458. Extremely rare. Minor marks on the reverse, otherwise. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 8000 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Lot 271
Anastasius II Artemius, 713-715. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 41mm, 41.52 g 12), an Imperial bulla, used for official documents. The Virgin Hodegetria standing facing, nimbate and draped, holding, with both hands, the infant Christ, draped and wearing a cross-nimbus; to left and right, cross; all within circular border. Rev. d N APTEMIVS A - NASTASIVS MVL Bearded facing bust of Anastasius, wearing crown with a cross on circlet and a chlamys, holding a globus cruciger in his right hand and an akakia in his left. Zacos & Veglery 31. Very rare. Beautifully struck and with a lovely earthen-grey patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Lot 272
Irene, 797-802. Solidus (Gold, 17mm, 3.79 g 6), Syracuse, c. 797/8. IREN AΓOVST Bust of Irene facing, wearing chlamys and crown with pendilia and a cross on a semicircle between two pinnacles, holding an akakia in her left hand; behind her shoulders, two curved lines of a throne-back. Rev. AΓOVST Bust of Irene facing, wearing loros and crown with pendilia and a cross on a semicircle between two pinnacles, holding a cross potent on base in her right hand. Anastasi 452. DOC 3. S 1601. Spahr 340. Extremely rare. A lustrous, perfectly struck example. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 8500 CHF
Estimate: 6500 CHF
Lot 273
Nicephorus I, with Stauracius, 802-811. Solidus (Gold, 17mm, 3.80 g 6), uncertain Sicilian mint, probably Syracuse, 803-810 (but probably c. December 803-early 804). n - ICFORo Bearded and facing bust of Nicephorus I, wearing crown with a cross on circlet, a loros, and holding a cross potent in his right hand. Rev. ST - AURAC Facing, beardless, bust of Stauracius, wearing crown with a cross on circlet, a chlamys and holding a globus cruciger in his right hand and an anexikakia in his left. Anastasi -. DOC -. Spahr -. S -. But see Numismatica Ars Classica 75, 2013, 697 for another example, struck from the same dies. Of great rarity. A very sharply struck and attractive coin. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Lot 274
Leo VI the Wise, 886-912. Solidus (Gold, 19 mm, 4.31 g, 7 h), ca. 900-912. +MARIA+ Veiled bust of the Virgin facing, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion; to left and right, ΜΗR and Θu. Rev. LEOn En Χ.ω bASILEu S ROmωn Elaborate facing bust of Leo VI with long beard, and wearing a crown with a cross composed of four pellets, and a chlamys with tablion; holding globe surmounted by a patriarchal cross in his right hand. DOC 1a. S 1723. Extremely rare. An attractive and clear example. Some minor marks and edge bangs, otherwise. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 40000 CHF
Lot 275
Constantine X Ducas, 1059-1067. Seal (Lead, 28mm, 16.55 g 12), an Imperial seal used for official documents, before c. 1065. +ΕΜΜΑ - ΝΟΥΗΛ Bust of Christ facing, with cross-nimbus containing five pellets in each arm, wearing tunic and himation, right hand in folds and left holding book; to left and right IC XC. Rev. +ΚωΝ RΛCΛ - Ο ΔΟΥΚΛC Emperor standing facing, wearing crown with cross and pendilia and loros, holding labarum in his right hand and with part of his cloak over his left arm. Zacos & Veglery 87d-e. DOCBS 77.9-10. Very clear and attractive with a grey-tan patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 276
Michael VII Ducas, 1071-1078. Seal (Lead, 35 mm, 31.07 g, 12 h), an Imperial bulla, used for official documents. IC XC Christ Pantokrator, seated facing on a square-backed throne, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and himation, raising right hand in benediction from the sling of his himation and holding a book in his left; border of dots. Rev. +ΜΙΧΑΗ ΑVΤΟ - ΚΡΑΤ ΡωΜΟ Δ‹ΟΥ›ΚΑ Michael standing facing, bearded, wearing divitsion, loros and crown with cross and pendilia, holding labarum in his right hand and globus cruciger in his left. DOCBS 84, 12. Seibt I, 25. Zacos & Veglery I, 1, 35c var. An elegant and wonderfully preserved with a grey patina and some remaining earthen deposits. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 6000 CHF
Lot 277
Alexius Comnenus, 12th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 39mm, 44.85 g 12), an official seal of a non-imperial member of the Comnenus family. Η ΑΓΙ/Α ΑΝ/Α -CΤΑ/CΙC Scene of the Anastasis, the Resurrection: Christ, nimbate and holding patriarchal cross, striding over the broken gates of Hell and drawing up Adam, kneeling on the left; behind Adam, a draped figure of Eve; on the right, two half-length facing imperial figures. Rev. Α/ΛΕ/ΞΙ/ΟC/Ο/Κ/Ο/Μ/ΝΗ/Ν/Ο/C, on left and Ο ΑΓΙ/ΟC ΓΕ/ωΡΓ/ΙΟC in center. On the left, a bearded figure in military dress standing facing, holding a sword with his right hand over his right shoulder, and with his left arm held by the right hand of St. George, nimbate and in military dress, standing facing with his left hand raised in benediction. Spink 127, 1998, Zacos Part I, 93 (same types but less well preserved). Very rare. A wonderfully detailed and attractive seal with a fine dark brown-grey patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 8000 CHF
Lot 278
Joseph I Galesiotes, Patriarch of Constantinople, 1266-1275 and 1282-1283. Seal (Lead, 45mm, 59.37 g 11), a patriarchal seal used for official documents. ΜΗΡ ΘΥ The Virgin Theotokos, nimbate, wearing maphorion and holding the facing nimbate Christ child on her lap, seated facing on elaborate, high-backed throne. Rev. + / ΙωCΗΦ / ΕΛΕω ΘΥ ΑΡΧΙ / ΕΠΙCΚΟΠΟC ΚωΝ / CΤΑΝΤΙΝΟΥΠΟΛΕ/ ωC ΝΕΑC ΡωΜΗC / ΚΑΙ ΟΙΚΟΥΜΕΝΙ / ΚΟC ΠΡΙΑΡΧ / ΗC. Laurent 35 var. Zacos & Veglery 39 var. Very rare. A large and impressive seal with a fine light tan-grey patina. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Lot 279
Anonymous, c. 1250-1300. Seal (Lead, 34mm, 23.92 g 12), a seal probably belonging to an ecclesiast. ΜΗΡ ΘΥ The Virgin Theotokos, nimbate, wearing maphorion and holding the facing nimbate Christ child on her lap, seated facing on elaborate, high-backed throne. Rev. +/TOV TAC ΔЄH/CЄIC ΠPOCΦЄ/PЄIN ΛЄΛΑΧOTOC/ΠPOC TAIC ΔЄ ΔIΔOIC/KAI ΓPAΦAIC KO/PH KVPOC. Apparently unpublished. An attractive and enigmatic seal, with an obverse very similar to the last. Attractive grey-tan patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 850 CHF
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