nomos 11
9 October 2015
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
Lot 100
Paphlagonia, Sinope. Circa 425-410 BC. Drachm (Silver, 6.05 g). Head of a sea eagle to left; below, dolphin to left. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square composed of two raised and two sunken squares; within one of the sunken squares, Κ. SNG Oxford 265. SNG von Aulock 6837. Toned, in high relief and with a dramatic eagle head. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 3000 CHF
Lot 101
KINGS of BITHYNIA. Nikomedes II Epiphanes, 149-127 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 42mm, 16.60 g 12), Nikomedia, c. 140s. Diademed head of Nikomedes II to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΝΙΚΟΜΗΔΟΥ Zeus standing facing, his head turned to left, holding wreath in his right hand and scepter in his left; to left, eagle standing on thunderbolt above monogram. RG 40 var. A very rare early tetradrachm of Nikomedes II with an exceptionally fine portrait. Struck on a very broad flan. Minor marks, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 102
MYSIA, Parion. 4th century BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 14mm, 2.45 g 1). ΠΑ - ΡΙ Bull standing left, head turned back to right. Rev. Gorgoneion facing, surrounded by snakes. SNG Paris 1357. A splendid example, beautifully toned. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 525 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 103
MYSIA, Kyzikos. Circa 550-500 BC. Stater (Electrum, 19mm, 16.24 g). Sphinx crouching to left on a tunny fish. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. BMFA 1450. SNG France 200. Von Fritze I 72. An attractive, toned piece, but struck on an irregular flan. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 104
MYSIA, Kyzikos. 5th-4th century BC. Hekte (Electrum, 10mm, 2.64 g). Kekrops to left, his body ending in a coiled serpent’s tail, leaning on an olive branch held in his right hand, his left at his side; below, tunny fish to left. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. Cf. BMFA 1499 (stater). SNG France 306. Von Fritze I, 158. A fine example of this unusual and rare type. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3400 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 105
MYSIA, Pergamon. Autonomous issues, circa 104-98 BC. Cistophoric tetradrachm (Silver, 27mm, 12.66 g 12). Basket (cista mystica) from which snake coils; around, ivy wreath with fruits. Rev. Two snakes coiled around a bow case; between the snake heads, ΜΗ; to left, monogram of ΠΕΡΓ; to right, thyrsos entwined by a serpent. Kleiner 21. SNG von Aulock 7469. Very well struck and most attractively toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 106
MYSIA, Pergamon. Autonomous issues, circa 95-92 BC. Cistophoric tetradrachm (Silver, 28mm, 12.60 g 11). Basket (cista mystica) from which snake coils; around, ivy wreath with fruits. Rev. Two snakes coiled around a bow case; between the snake heads, ΒΟ; to left, monogram of ΠΕΡΓ; to right, thyrsos entwined by a serpent. SNG France 1718. SMG von Aulock 7467. A very pleasant toned coin, lustrous and attractive. Struck from very slightly weak dies, otherwise<7i>, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 460 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 107
MYSIA, Pergamon. Autonomous issues, circa 76 BC. Cistophoric Tetradrachm (Silver, 27mm, 12.23 g 12). Basket (cista mystica) from which snake coils; around, ivy wreath with fruits. Rev. Two snakes coiled around a bow case; between the snake heads, monogram of ΠΡΥ; to left, monogram of ΠΕΡΓ; above, ΠΑ; to right, staff of Asklepios. Kleiner 46. SNG France 1749. Nicely toned and well struck. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 108
ISLANDS off TROAS, Tenedos. Circa 100-70 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 37mm, 16.81 g 12). Janiform head composed of a laureate and bearded head of Zeus to left and a diademed head of Hera to right. Rev. ΤΕΝΕ - ΔΙΩΝ Double axe; below axe-head and to left and right of the shaft, bunch of grapes; all within laurel wreath. Callataÿ, Tenedos 1 (D1/R1, this coin). A remarkably elegant coin, of the very finest late Hellenistic style. Toned and perfectly centered. The first issue of, and the prototype for, the late series of tetradrachms of Tenedos; as such, unique. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 55000 CHF
Estimate: 50000 CHF
Lot 109
AEOLIS, Myrina. Circa 155-145 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 32mm, 16.64 g 11). Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. MΥΡINAIΩN Apollo Grynios standing right, holding laurel branch in his left hand and phiale in his right; at his feet to right, omphalos and amphora on tall stand; in left field, monogram. Sacks Issue 31. A superb, sharply struck, toned and lustrous example. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Lot 48
Lot 110
LESBOS, Mytilene. Circa 521-478 BC. Hekte (Electrum, 10mm, 2.57 g 6). Head of a ram to right; below, rooster feeding to left. Rev. Lion’s head with open jaws to left; behind, rectangle divided into two squares; all incuse. BMC 10. Bodenstedt 11.5 (this coin). SNG Lockett 2754. Nicely toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 111
IONIA, Uncertain. Circa 600-550 BC. 1/24 Stater (Electrum, 4.5mm, 0.58 g). Uncertain pattern. Rev. Rough incuse square. Apparently unpublished. A curious coin with an uncertain curvilinear design as its obverse ‘type’. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 112
IONIA. Ephesos. Circa 550-500 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 10 mm, 1.69 g). Bee with wings going back and four legs forward. Rev. Stellate pattern within an incuse square. Karwiese Series IIIa. Rare. A very sharply struck piece, very well preserved and without a trace of the usual crystalization. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2400 CHF
Estimate: 3000 CHF
Lot 113
IONIA. Magnesia ad Maeandrum. Circa 155-145 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 32 mm, 16.30 g, 12 h), under the magistrate Erognetos son of Zopyrion. Diademed bust of Artemis to right, with bow and quiver at her shoulder. Rev. ΜΑΓΝΗΤΩΝ / ΗΡΟΓΝΗΤΟΣ / ΖΟΠΥΡΙΩΝΟΣ Apollo standing left on maeander pattern, holding filleted laurel branch with his right hand and leaning his left elbow on a tripod behind him; all within laurel wreath. Jones 27. SNG von Aulock 7921. Very attractively toned, of excellent style and struck in high relief. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Lot 114
IONIA, Smyrna. Circa 155-145 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 30mm, 16.48 g 12). Turreted head of the Tyche of Smyrna to right. Rev. ΖΜΥΡ / ΝΑΙΩΝ in two lines within an oak wreath; below inscription, monogram. BMC 4 var. Milne p. 274, 2. SNG von Aulock 2161. An attractive piece struck on a broad flan. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2300 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 115
KINGS of LYDIA. Alyattes II, circa 610-560 BC. Hemihekte (Electrum, 6mm, 1.12 g), Sardes. Valvel (traces) Head of lion with open jaws to right (but probably from a die bearing two heads). Rev. Incuse square. Weidauer 111-112. Rare. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 116
KINGS of LYDIA. Period of Alyattes II to Kroisos, circa 610-550/46 BC. Trite (Electrum, 13x8mm, 4.73 g), Sardes. Head of lion to right, with open jaws and with a sun and rays on its forehead. Rev. Two incuse squares, one larger than the other. SNG Kayhan 1013. SNG con Aulock 2868. Weidauer 86-89. Well struck and pleasing. Minor striking crack, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3000 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 117
KINGS of LYDIA. Kroisos, circa 560-546 BC. Heavy Stater (Gold, 18x10mm, 10.78 g), Sardes. On the left, forepart of a lion to right confronting, on the right, the forepart of a bull to left. Rev. Two incuse squares, of unequal size, side by side. BMFA 2068 (same obverse die). SNG Berry 1137. SNG Copenhagen 454. SNG Munich 6. A magnificent and splendid example, beautifully struck in high relief. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 62000 CHF
Estimate: 40000 CHF
Lot 118
KINGS of LYDIA. Kroisos, Circa 560-546 BC. Stater (Silver, 18x14mm, 10.66 g), Sardes. On the left, forepart of a lion to right confronting, on the right, the forepart of a bull to left. Rev. Two incuse squares, of unequal size, side by side. ACGC 79. SNG von Aulock 2873. Traité I 407, pl. X, 7. A remarkably impressive and boldly struck example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7250 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Lot 119
PERSIAN ASIA MINOR, Achaemenid Empire. Time of Darios I to Xerxes II, circa 485-420 BC. Daric (Gold, 12mm, 8.31 g), Sardes. Persian king in the running-kneeling position to right, holding transverse spear in his right hand and bow in his left; quiver over his shoulder. Rev. Oblong irregular incuse. BMC Arabia pl. XXIV, 26. Carradice Type IIIb A/B and pl. XIII, 27. A wonderful, beautifully struck example. By far the finest example we have ever seen. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 12600 CHF
Estimate: 14000 CHF
Lot 62
Lot 120
DYNASTS of LYCIA. Mithrapata, circa 390-370 BC. Stater (Silver, 23mm, 9.90 g 2), Antiphellus, c. 380-375. Forepart of lion with open jaws to right. Rev. Methrapata (in Lycian script). Bearded head of Mithrapata to left; behind, triskeles. BMFA Suppl. 229. Kraay / Hirmer 658 (this coin). Olçay-Mørkholm 36 (dies XXX, this coin). SNG Berry 1185. SNG von Aulock 4237. Attractively toned and very well struck on broad flan of fine silver. Some areas flatly struck, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5200 CHF
Estimate: 6500 CHF
Lot 121
DYNASTS of LYCIA. Perikle, circa 380-360 BC. Stater (Silver, 24mm, 9.90 g 12). Laueate and bearded head of Perikle facing, turned slightly to left and with his hair in dramatic disarray; traces of a cloak around his neckline. Rev. PARIKLA, (in Lycian script). Warrior, nude but for his helmet, advancing right, brandishing sword with his right hand and holding oval shield with his left; below right, triskeles to left. Mildenberg, Mithrapata 24 (A15/R19). Podalia 414-8 (A2/P5). SNG Copenhagen Supp. 478 (same dies). SNG von Aulock 4252 (same dies). Toned and with an exceptionally impressive portrait. Some areas struck flat, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 14000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 122
CILICIA. Tarsos. Pharnabazos, 380-374/3 BC. Stater (Silver, 23 mm, 10.83 g, 1 h), c. 380-379. B’LTRZ Baaltars seated left on backless throne, with his torso facing the viewer, draped to the waist and with a cloak over his shoulder, holding a long scepter in his right hand and with his left at his waist. Rev. PRNBZW / KLK Bearded male head to left, wearing crested Attic helmet with three upright olive leaves on the visor. Moysey, ANSMN 31, Issue 2, 36/a. SNG France -. SNG Levante 71 (same obv. die). SNG von Aulock 5932 (same dies). Rare. An attractively toned example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3400 CHF
Estimate: 4250 CHF
Lot 123
CILICIA, Tarsos. Time of Pharnabazos or Datames, circa 379-374/378-372. Tetrobol (Silver, 12mm, 3.00 g 2). Head of Arethusa facing, turned slightly to the left, wearing necklace of pendants; around, three dolphins (one barely visible). Rev. HLK (=Khilik) Bearded head of a helmeted warrior to left (Ares?). SNG Paris 301 = Traité II, 590, pl. CVIII, 8. Weber 7621 (same dies). Extremely rare. An excellent small coin with a dark grey patina. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 124
CILICIA. Tarsos. Mazaios, 361/0-334 BC. Stater (Silver, 21.5 mm, 10.84 g, 7 h). B’LTRZ Baaltars seated left on backless throne, with his torso facing the viewer, draped to the waist and with a cloak over his shoulder, holding, in his right hand, a long scepter topped by an eagle and with his left at his waist; to left, M. Rev. MZDY Lion walking to left, with crescent below and star above. Casabonne 5, C. SNG Levante 185 (Myriandros). SNG Paris 433 (Myriandros). Rare. Lightly toned, a particularly attractive example. Obverse struck from a slightly worn die and with some light porosity, otherwise. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4800 CHF
Estimate: 6000 CHF
Lot 125
CILICIA. Tarsos. Mazaios, 361/0-334 BC. Stater (Silver, 23 mm, 10.82 g, 12 h). B’LTRZ Baaltars seated left on backless throne, his body turned to front, holding an eagle, a grain ear and a vine branch with a bunch of grapes in his right hand, and long scepter in his left; to left, TN; below throne, M. Rev. MZDY Lion attacking bull to left; below, Θ. SNG Levante 106. A lovely, toned and sharp example of museum quality. Some very slight areas of flat strike, otherwise. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 2250 CHF
Lot 126
CILICIA, Uncertain mint. 2nd - 3rd quarter 4th century BC. Obol (Silver, 10mm, 0.82 g 6). Veiled and draped female bust facing, turned slightly to left, with her hair adorned with jewels and bound at the top of her head, and wearing hoop earrings and a pearl necklace. Rev. Bearded head of Herakles to left, his lion skin bound around his neck. SNG Levante 220. SNG Paris 480. Sunrise 105 (this coin). An exceptionally sharp, toned and lovely example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 127
KINGS of GALATIA. Amyntas, 39-25 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27mm, 16.09 g 12), Side, year 12 = 26/5 BC. Helmeted head of Athena to right; to left, monogram of ΑΔ. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΑΜΥΝΤΟΥ Nike advancing to left, holding long scepter tied with a diadem; between scepter and Nike, date ΙΒ. RPC I, 3501. SNG Paris 2349-2351 (same obverse die). Toned, an interesting coin. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 128
PERSIA, Alexandrine Empire. Uncertain satraps of Babylon, c. 328-311 BC. Double Daric (Gold, 18mm, 16.64 g). Persian king, wearing kidaris and kandys, in the kneeling/running stance to right, with a quiver over his shoulders, and holding a short spear in his right hand and a bow in his left; behind to left, ΦΙ. Rev. Wavy-patterned oblong punch. Nicolet-Pierre 6. Sunrise 158 (this coin). Very rare. An unusually well struck and attractive example, lightly toned. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 32000 CHF
Estimate: 30000 CHF
Lot 129
SYRIA, Seleukis and Pieria. Seleukeia Pieria. 151/150 BC. Weight of 1 Mina (Lead, 100x102mm, 543.23 g), Eudoros, agoranomos of the city, S.E. 162. ΣΕΛΕΥΚΕΙΟΣ / ΒΞΡ - ΕΠΙ / ΕΥ-Δ-Ω -ΡΟΥ / Μ-Ν-Α Anchor; its shaft between two confronted dolphins and with one dolphin swimming left below right. Rev. Lattice-work pattern. E. Seyrig, Scripta Varia, BAH 125 (Paris, 1985), p. 377, 12 and pl. 111, 12 (this piece). M. Rostovtzeff, The Social and Economic History of the Hellenistic World (Oxford 1941), pl. LV, 2 (this piece). An impressive and very well-preserved ancient weight. Very rare. Attractive grey patina. When found the left bottom corner was slightly bent, but has since been straightened. Some minor scratches and some remaining earthen deposits, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 15000 CHF
Estimate: 6500 CHF
Lot 130
SELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. Antiochos III ‘the Great’, 223-187 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 28mm, 17.15 g 12), Antioch, c. 204-197. Diademed head of Antiochos III to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ Apollo seated left on omphalos, holding arrow in his right hand and resting his right on his bow; to left, monogram. SC 1044.1. WSM 1089b. Very nicely toned and attractive with a fine portrait. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 131
SELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. Antiochos VI Dionysos, 144-142 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 32mm, 16.98 g 1), Antioch, year 169 = 144/3. Radiate and diademed head of the youthful Antiochos VI to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ / ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΔΙΟΝΥΣΟΥ The Dioskouroi galloping left; below, ΘΞΡ; to right ΤΡΥ over monogram of ΙΑΡ and ΣΤΑ; all within wreath of lily, ivy and grain leaves and ears. SC 2000, 2f. SMA 230. Very attractive, sharply struck and lightly toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 132
Syro-Palestinian area. 45/4 BC. Weight of 1/2 Mina (Lead, 62x68mm, 127.32 g), S.E. 268. L ΗΞΡ [x]Ρ/ΗΜΙ Μ/ΝΑΙΟΝ Inscription of three lines, each within a rectangular linear frame; below, within a separate rectangle, palm branch between the two caps of the dioscouri; all within a rectangular tablet within high, beveled borders. Rev. Lattice-work pattern. Apparently unpublished, but see lot 129, above, for the basic shape and type. An interesting example with a greyish tan patina as found. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 4400 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
A clear and sharp Tetradrachm of Kammaskires V
Lot 133
KINGS of ELYMAIS. Kamnaskires V, c. 54/3-33/2 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26mm, 12.78 g 12), Seleukeia-on-the-Hedyphon (modern Kirkuk), year 207(?) = 36/5. Diademed and draped bust of Kamnaskires to left, with long beard; behind head, star above anchor. Rev. BACIΛEΩC KAMNAIKIPOY TOY HΓ AIIΛEΩC KAMNAIKIPOY Diademed, draped and bearded bust to left; to left, Π. Van’t Haaff Type 9.1, 5A-5B var. (below inscription, [Z]OΣ = 277. A very bold and attractive example, very well struck. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Lot 134
SASANIAN KINGS. Shahpur I, 240/242-272. Dinar (Gold, 21mm, 7.44 g 3), Ctesiphon?, c. 260-272. mzdysn bgy šhpwhry MRKAn MRKA ‘yr’n MNW ctry MN yzd’n Elaborate diademed and draped bust of Shapur I, with neat beard, mural crown and korymbos. Rev. NWRAZY šhpwhry Fire altar flanked by two attendants, both wearing mural crowns and each holding a spear. Göbl I/1. Saeedi AV 5. SNS IIc/1b, 126. Sunrise 739. Very rare. A lovely piece, well struck and well centered; a truly splendid example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 10000 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Lot 135
BAKTRIA, Greco-Baktrian Kingdom. Antimachos I, c. 180-165 BC. Drachm (Silver, 18mm, 4.20 g 12), Pushkalavati. Diademed and draped bust of Antimachos to right, wearing flat topped kausia. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΘΕΟΥ ΑΝΤΙΜΑΧΟΥ Poseidon, nude to the waist, standing facing, holding long trident in his right hand and filleted palm branch in his left; to right, monogram of ΝΟ. Bopearachchi Série 2B. Mitchiner 125a. Rare. With a portrait of fine style, struck in high relief. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1760 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 136
PTOLEMAIC KINGS of EGYPT. Ptolemy I Soter, 305-282 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27mm, 14.23 g 12), signed by D..., 305-283. Diademed head of Ptolemy I to right, wearing aegis around his neck; within his hair behind his ear, tiny letter Δ. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ Eagle, with closed wings, standing left on thunderbolt; to left, Ρ above monogram of ΜΙ. SNG Copenhagen 69. Svoronos 252. A lovely piece but with a few minor marks, including a scuff on the obverse. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1075 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 137
PTOLEMAIC KINGS of EGYPT. Arsinoe II, wife of Ptolemy II, died 270 BC. Oktadrachm or Mnaieion (Gold, 27mm, 27.72 g 12), struck under Ptolemy II, Alexandria, c. 253/2. Diademed and veiled bust of Arsinoe II to right, with the tip of a lotos scepter at the top of her head; behind, Θ. Rev. ΑΡΣΙΝΟΗΣ ΦΙΛΑΔΕΛΦΟΥ Double cornucopiae filled with fruits and bound with fillet. Noeske 39. Olivier & Lorber 98-101. SNG Copenhagen 134. Svoronos 460. A superb piece. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 11000 CHF
Estimate: 8000 CHF
Lot 138
PTOLEMAIC KINGS OF EGYPT. Ptolemy III Euergetes, 246-222 BC. Drachm (Bronze, 42 mm, 72.03 g, 12 h), Alexandria, mid 240s-220s. Diademed head of Zeus Ammon to right, with ram’s horn in his hair and over the diadem. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ Eagle with closed wings standing left on thunderbolt; in field to left, cornucopia; between eagle’s legs, monogram of ΧΡ. SNG Copenhagen 171. Svoronos 964. Weiser 71. An attractive and impressive coin with an olive-brown patina and of unusually fine quality. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3400 CHF
Estimate: 4250 CHF
Lot 139
PTOLEMAIC KINGS of EGYPT. Ptolemy IV Philopator, 225-205 BC. Oktadrachm or Mnaieon (Gold, 26mm, 27.79 g 12), Alexandria. Radiate and diademed bust of the deified Ptolemy III to right, wearing aegis and with trident over his left shoulder. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ Radiate cornucopiae bound with royal diadem; below, ΔΙ. BMC 103. Kraay/Hirmer 803. SNG Copenhagen 196. Svoronos 1117. A superb coin; struck in high relief from fresh dies, but with some striking flatness, otherwise. good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 10000 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Lot 140
KYRENAICA, Kyrene. Circa 500-480 BC. Drachm (Silver, 13mm, 4.26 g). Two silphium fruits (seed pods?) back to back. Rev. Silphium fruit (seed pod?) within incuse square. BMC 18. SNG Copenhagen 1165. Very rare. Uncleaned as found and with deposits of horn silver, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 141
KYRENAICA, Kyrene. Circa 500-480 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 9mm, 2.12 g). Silphium fruit (seed pod?). Rev. Four rayed star with a pellet at the center and between each of the rays. Cf. BMC 33-34 (obol and hemiobol with the same types) and BMC 19 (drachm with the same reverse type). Very rare and apparently unpublished. Uncleaned as found with horn silver deposits, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 142
KYRENAICA. Kyrene. Circa 500-480 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 9 mm, 2.12 g). Silphium fruit (seed pod?). Rev. Winged female figure standing facing within incuse square. BMC 24 = pl. IV, 18 and cf. BMC pl. IV, 6-8 (drachms with this reverse type). Extremely rare. Uncleaned as found, with deposits of horn silver and with a reverse struck from a very worn die, otherwise, very fine/very good.
Hammer Price: 500 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 143
KYRENAICA. Kyrene. Circa 308-277 BC. Obol (Gold, 8 mm, 0.73 g), Magas, as governor, c. 308-305. Laureate head of Zeus Ammon to right, ram’s horn over his ear. Rev. Vertical thunderbolt between two eight-rayed stars. BMC 217. SNG Copenhagen 1233. A lovely piece, well struck and attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 144
C. Scribonius, 154 BC. Denarius (Silver, 18mm, 3.94 g 9), Rome. Helmeted head of Roma to right; behind, X. Rev. C.SCR / ROMA The Diocouri on horseback galloping to right. Babelon (Scribonia) 1. Crawford 201/1. RBW 864. Sydenham 380. A bright, attractive, well-centered example. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 145
Safra, 150 BC. Denarius (Silver, 18mm, 4.10 g 7), Rome. Head of Roma to right in winged helmet; behind, X. Rev. SAFRA / ROMA Victory driving biga galloping to right, holding reins in her right hand and whip in her left. Babelon (Afrania) 1. Crawford 206/1. Sydenham 388. A splendid, bright, sharply struck example. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 146
Pinarius Natta, 149 BC. Denarius (Silver, 17mm, 3.84 g 6), Rome. Head of Roma to right in winged helmet; behind, X. Rev. NATTA / ROMA Victory driving biga galloping to right, holding reins in her right hand and whip in her left. Babelon (Pinaria) 1. Crawford 208/1. Sydenham 390. Bright, sharply struck and attractive. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 460 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 147
C. Aburius Geminus, 134 BC. Denarius (Silver, 17mm, 3.93 g 1), Rome. GEM Helmeted head of Roma to right; below chin, XVI monogram. Rev. C ABVRI / ROMA Mars driving galloping quadriga to right, holding trophy with his right hand and his shield, reins, and a spear in his left. Babelon (Aburia) 1. Crawford 244/1. Sydenham 490. A splendid, lustrous example. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 148
M. Marcius Mn.f, 134 BC. Denarius (Silver, 17mm, 3.91 g 2), Rome. Helmeted head of Roma to right, wearing earring and pearl necklace; behind, modius; below chin, XVI monogram. Rev. M - MAR - C / RO - MA Victory driving biga galloping to right, holding the reins in her left hand and a whip in her right; below, two grain ears. Babelon (Marcia) 8. Crawford 245/1. Sydenham 500. A brilliant, lustrous piece. Struck on a short flan, otherwise, virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 440 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 149
P. Maenius Antiacus M.f, 132 BC. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.91 g, 11 h), Rome. Helmeted head of Roma to right; behind, XVI monogram. Rev. P.MAE ANT / ROMA Victory in quadriga galloping to right, holding reins and palm-branch in her left hand and wreath in her right. Babelon (Maenia) 7. Crawford 249/1. Sydenham 492. Bright and very attractive. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 450 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 150
M. Aburius M.f. Geminus, 132 BC. Denarius (Silver, 19mm, 4.08 g 6), Rome. GEM Helmeted head of Roma to right; below right, XVI monogram. Rev. M.ABVRI / ROMA Sol driving galloping quadriga to right. Babelon (Aburia) 6. Crawford 250/1. Sydenham 487. A splendid, superb piece, very well struck and well centered. Some very minor flan faults, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 151
The Social War. Coinage of the Marsic Confederation, 90-88 BC. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 4.08 g, 4 h), mint moving in Campania, 88. Helmeted and draped bust of Minerva to right, wearing aegis; to left, Victory standing right, crowning Minerva. Rev. ΙΙΙΛ Two warriors walking toward each other and clasping their right hands; the one on the left carries a long standard and the one on the right is disembarking from a galley, the forepart of which is on the right. Burnett 14. Campana 181a (this coin). HN III 416. RBW 1221. Sydenham 632a. Very rare and well struck on a broad flan. Nicely toned. About extremely fine / good very fine.
Hammer Price: 8000 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Lot 152
L. Marcius Censorinus, 82 BC. Denarius (Silver, 16mm, 3.85 g 6), Rome. Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. L CENSOR Marsyas, bald-headed, walking left, with his right arm raised and with a wine-skin held over his left shoulder; behind, column bearing statue of Victory. Babelon (Marcia) 24. Crawford 363/1d. Sydenham 737. A lovely piece, well centered, sharply struck and attractively toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 153
C. Annius T.f. T.n, 82-81 BC. Denarius (Silver, 19mm, 3.97 g 9), Spain. C.ANNI.T.F.T.N.PRO.COA.EX.S.C Diademed and draped female bust to right, with caduceus to left and scales to right. Rev. L.FABI.L.F.HISP / Q Victory in quadriga to right. Babelon (Annia) 2, (Fabia) 17. Crawford 366/1c. Sydenham 748b. An attractive, toned piece. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 154
C. Considius Nonianus, 56 BC. Denarius (Silver, 18mm, 4.02 g 6), Rome. C.CONSIDI.NONIANI / S.C Laureate, diademed and draped bust of Venus to right, wearing pearl necklace. Rev. Temple on rocky mountain surrounded by a wall with an open gate at its center; above gate, ERVC. Babelon (Considia) 1. Crawford 424/1. Sydenham 887. Nicely toned and well struck on a large flan. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 3250 CHF
Lot 155
L. Hostilius Saserna, 48 BC. Denarius (Silver, 18mm, 3.93 g 5), Rome. Bearded male head to right, his hair straggling out behind him; cloak around neck and Gallic shield behind. Rev. L.HOSTILIVS / SASERN Nude Gallic warrior, holding shield with his left hand and hurling spear with his right, standing left in a galloping biga being driven to right by a seated charioteer holding a whip. Babelon (Hostilia) 2. Crawford 448/2a. Sydenham 952. An interesting and historical coin, very well centered, nicely toned and struck on a very broad flan. Two minor banker’s marks on neck, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 3800 CHF
Estimate: 3750 CHF
Lot 87
Lot 156
Sextus Pompey, 37-36 BC. Denarius (Silver, 19mm, 3.49 g 12), Sicily. MAG.PIVS.-IMP.ITER. Diademed and bearded head of Neptune to right, trident over his left shoulder. Rev. [PRAEF.CLAS ET] O RAE MARIT EX S C (partially ligate) Naval trophy set on an anchor and supported by a trident; at base, heads of Scylla and Charybdis. Crawford 511/2b. CRI 333. RBW 1784. Sydenham 1347. Rare. Nicely struck and beautifully toned. Struck on a tight flan, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4600 CHF
Estimate: 5750 CHF
Lot 157
Julius Caesar, 46 BC. Aureus (Gold, 20mm, 8.10 g 4), with Aulus Hirtius, as praefectus urbi, Rome. C.CAESAR COS TER Veiled female head to right (Pietas?). Rev. A.HIRTIVS.PR Lituus, jug and axe. Babelon (Hirtia) 1, (Julia) 22. BMCRR 4050. Calicó 37a. Crawford 466/1. CRI 56. RBW 1636. Sydenham 1018. A very attractive, clear example struck on a broad flan. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 11000 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Lot 158
Julius Caesar, late February 44 BC. Denarius (Silver, 18mm, 3.77 g 2), struck under the magistrate M. Mettius. CAESAR IMP Laureate head of Caesar to right; behind head, lituus and simpulum. Rev. M METTIVS Venus standing left, holding Victory advancing left on her outstretched right hand, scepter in her left and resting her left elbow on a shield on a globe at her side; in field to left, G. Alföldi Type III, (Obv. 2 / Rev. 4, this coin). Babelon (Julia) 33, (Mettia) 5. Cohen 35. CRI 101. Crawford 480/17. Sydenham 1055. A superb, toned piece of great beauty. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 85000 CHF
Estimate: 75000 CHF
Lot 88
Lot 159
Augustus, 27 BC-AD 14. Denarius (Silver, 18mm, 3.30 g 4), Rome, under P. Petronius Turpilianus, 19/18 BC. TVRPILIANVS III VIR / FE-RON Diademed and draped bust of Feronia to right. Rev. CAESAR AVGVSTVS SIGN RECE Parthian kneeling in submission to right, holding out a standard with a vexillum inscribed with X. BMC 14. BN 129. Cohen 484. RIC 288. Toned and mostly very well struck, with an amazingly fine head of the kneeling Parthian. Some striking flatness, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 2750 CHF
Lot 160
Augustus, 27 BC-AD 14. Denarius (Silver, 20mm, 3.84 g 6), Spanish mint (Colonia Caesaraugusta?), 19-18 BC. AVGVSTVS CAESAR Head of Augustus to left, wearing oak wreath. Rev. DIVVS IVLIVS to left and right of eight-rayed comet with tail upwards. BMC 326. BN 1298. Cohen 97. RIC 37b. Attractive and boldly struck on a broad flan. Some striking flatness on the obverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2400 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 161
Augustus, 27 BC-AD 14. Denarius (Silver, 18mm, 3.79 g 7), Lugdunum, 8-7 BC. AVGVSTVS DIVI F Laureate head of Augustus to right. Rev. C.CA[ES] / AVGVS.F C. Caesar on horseback galloping to right; behind, eagle and two standards. BMC 500. Cohen 40. RIC 199. A very attractive, nicely toned example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 162
Divus Augustus, died in AD 14. As (Bronze, 27mm, 11.85 g 6), struck under Titus, 80-81. DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER Radiate head of Augustus to left. Rev. IMP.T.VEST.AVG.REST. S C Eagle standing facing on globe, its head to right. Komnick 41.0. RIC 460. A superb, sharp example beautifully struck and with a fine, dark, green-brown patina. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Lot 163
Tiberius, 14-37. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 34mm, 27.32 g 9), struck in honor of Tiberius’s mother Livia, Rome, 21-22. S.P.Q.R / IVLIAE / AVGVST Carpentum drawn by two mules to right, its sides ornamented with dancing figures and its roof held up by Atlantes and Caryatids. Rev. TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVST P M TR POT XXIIII Large S C. BMC 56. Cohen (Livia) 6. RIC 51. A pleasant, clear example with an attractive brown-green patina. Reverse legend partially double-struck and some minor smoothing, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 4400 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 164
Gaius (Caligula), with Germanicus, 37-41. Denarius (Silver, 19mm, 3.54 g 4), Rome, 37-38. C CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR POT Laureate head of Gaius to right. Rev. GERMANICVS CAES P C CAES AVG GERM Bare head of Germanicus to right. BMC 19. BN 28. Cohen 2. RIC 18. A clear, lightly toned and well struck example. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 13000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 165
Claudius, 41-54. As (Copper, 29 mm, 11.24 g, 6 h), Rome, 41-42. TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP Bare head of Claudius to left. Rev. LIBERTAS AVGVSTA / S - C Libertas standing facing, her head turned to right, holding pileus in her right hand and extending her left. BMC 145. BN 177. RIC 197. von Kaenel 62. A very attractive piece with a fine red-brown patina and a remarkable portrait. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 5200 CHF
Estimate: 6500 CHF
Lot 166
Divus Claudius, died 54. Denarius (Silver, 18mm, 3.56 g 7), Rome, October-December 54. DIVVS CLAVDIVS AVGVSTVS Laureate head of Claudius to left. Rev. Ornamental quadriga moving slowly to right, its sides decorated with figures of Victory and the emperor; above, miniature quadriga between two Victories; below, in exergue, EX S C. BMC 6. BN 3. Cohen 32. RIC 5. An attractive, toned example. Struck on a tight flan, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 167
Nero, 54-68. Dupondius (Orichalcum, 28.5mm, 13.68 g 6), Rome, 64. NERO.CLAVD CAESAR.AVG.GER P.M.TR.P.IMP P.P. Radiate head of Nero to left. Rev. VICTORIA AVGVSTI / S - C Victory walking to left, holding wreath in her right hand and palm branch with her left. BMC 216. BN 310. Cohen 349. RIC 197. WCN 208. A coin with a particularly fine portrait and a splendid green, red and brown patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 168
Nero, 54-68. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 36 mm, 27.25 g, 6 h), Lugdunum, 65. NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P Laureate head of Nero to right, with globe at the point of the bust. Rev. PACE P R TERRA MARIQ PARTA IANVM CLVSIT / S - C Temple of Janus with ornate roof decoration, latticed window on the left and, on the right, garland hanging across the arch over the closed double doors to the temple. BNC 319. BN 73. Cohen 146. RIC 438. WCN 419. A splendid example with a golden-tan patina, a good portrait and a fine representation of the Temple of Janus. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 16000 CHF
Estimate: 20000 CHF
Lot 169
Nero, 54-68. As (Copper, 28 mm, 10.30 g, 6 h), Lugdunum, 66. IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P MAX TR P P P Bare head of Nero to right, globe at point of bust. Rev. S - C Victory, draped, flying left, holding, in both hands, a round shield inscribed S P Q R. BMC 381. BN 155. Cohen 302. RIC 543. Well struck with an excellent portrait and a very attractive dark green patina with lighter highlights. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2600 CHF
Estimate: 3250 CHF
Lot 170
PHRYGIA, Sebaste. Nero, 54-68. Assarion (Bronze, 19mm, 5.95 g 1), Julius Dionysius, circa 55. CEBACTOC Bare-headed and draped bust of Nero to right. Rev. CΕ[ΒΑCΤΗΝΩΝ] ΙΟΥΛΙΟC ΔΙΟΝΥCΙΟC Zeus seated left on throne, holding an eagle in his right hand and a scepter in his left. RPC 3155. SNG Copenhagen 678-680. SNG von Aulock 3951. A most attractive piece with lovely dark patina, but with a slightly off-centered reverse. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 280 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 171
Julia Titi, Augusta, 79-90/1. Denarius (Silver, 21mm, 3.58 g 6), Rome, 80-81. IVLIA AVGVSTA TITI AVGVSTI F. Diademed and draped bust of Julia Titi to right, her hair in a plait down the back of her neck. Rev. VENVS AVGVST Venus standing right, half draped, nude to the hips and leaning on a column to her right, holding a helmet in her left hand and a long transverse scepter in her right. BMC 141. Cohen 14. RIC 388. A lovely coin, nicely toned and very well-struck on a broad flan. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3600 CHF
Estimate: 4500 CHF
Lot 172
Trajan, 98-117. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 34mm, 29.10 g 6), Rome, c. 103-104. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P Laureate and draped bust of Trajan to right. Rev. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI / S - C Triumphal arch: on the roof, on a pedestal inscribed IOM, chariot drawn by six horses between two Victories and, on a lower level, two trophies; below, another rectangular element containing the angular pediment of the central arch supported by two tall columns with Corinthian capitals: below the architrave a space containing a second, curved pediment supported by two smaller columns with doric capitals; on either side of the central doorway, two massive gateposts with flat roofs supported by pilasters and topped by a chariot; all wall spaces are covered with panels containing decoration including, on each side, a wreaths, arms, two captives bound back-to-back and an aegis. Banti 280 (same dies). BMC 842-846 var. BN 218-219 var. Cohen 547. RIC 572. Woytek 187f. Very rare. A beautiful, well-struck piece with a splendid brown and green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 17000 CHF
Estimate: 20000 CHF
Lot 173
Trajan, 98-117. As (Copper, 27 mm, 11.83 g, 7 h), Rome, 104/5-107. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P Laureate bust of Trajan to right, with light drapery on his far shoulder. Rev. SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI / S - C Elaborately decorated oval shield set over a saltire of spears, a sword, one oblong shield and a vexillum. BMC 951. BN 532. Cohen 569. RIC 584. Woytek 198bB. A very attractive, well struck piece with a dark, blackish-green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Lot 174
Trajan, 98-117. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 35mm, 29.63 g 6), Rome, 103-107. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Trajan to right, seen from the front. Rev. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI / S C Trajan, in armor, on horse leaping to right, hurling spear at Dacian falling to right, looking back in supplication. Banti 213. BMC -. RIC 236. Woytek 203h (this coin cited). With a noble and impressive portrait of Trajan and a splendid green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4500 CHF
Estimate: 5500 CHF
Lot 106
Lot 175
Trajan, 98-117. Dupondius (Orichalcum, 27mm, 11.55 g 7), Rome, 107-110. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P V P P Radiate bust of Trajan to right, with slight drapery over his left shoulder. Rev. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI / S C Arched bridge of two stories spanning river; below span, river boat to left; at either end, arch surmounted by groups of statues. BN 337. Cohen 544. RIC 570. Woytek 315b. A lovely example with a fine dark, greenish-red patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 2750 CHF
Lot 176
Hadrian, 117-138. Dupondius (Orichalcum, 25 mm, 12.15 g, 1 h), Rome, c. 132-135. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS Laureate and draped bust of Hadrian to right. Rev. FELICITATI AVG / COS III P P / S - C Galley to left, with five rowers and a steersman; at the prow, slanting mast with sail; at the stern, vexillum and standard. BMC 1461 var. Cohen 667. RIC 719. A pretty coin with an attractive dark brown patina. Some inobtrusive corrosion pitting, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 177
Antoninus Pius, 138-161. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 29mm, 25.83 g 12), 140-143/4. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III Laureate head of Antoninus Pius to right, with very light drapery on his left shoulder. Rev. FELI-CI-TAS AVG / S - C Felicitas standing facing, her head turned to left, holding capricorn in her right hand and long winged caduceus in her left. Banti 152 (but misdescribed as having COS IIII on the obverse). BMC -, but cf. 1332 (As). Cohen -, but cf. 362 (As). RIC -, but cf. 680 (As). A rare and usually misdescribed variant. A very attractive coin with a glossy dark olive-green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 178
Antoninus Pius, 138-161. Aureus (Gold, 18 mm, 7.38 g, 6 h), Rome, 152-153. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVI Laureate head of Antoninus Pius to right. Rev. COS IIII Antoninus Pius, togate and with bare head, standing to left, holding globe in his right hand and a baton in his left. BMC 796. Calicó 1521. Cohen 309. RIC 226. A coin with a fine portrait, nicely struck and centered. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 10000 CHF
Estimate: 12500 CHF
Lot 179
Philippopolis, Thrace. Antoninus Pius, 138-161. Tetrassarion (Bronze, 30mm, 21.22 g 1). ΑΥΤ ΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑ ΑΝΤΩΝΕΙΝΟC Bare-headed and draped bust of Antoninus Pius to right. Rev. ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΠΟΛΕΙΤΩΝ On left, the river-god Hebrus reclining to right, holding long water plant and with water below; before him to right, the Tyche of Philippopolis standing left, turreted and draped, holding out a patera in her right hand and holding a long scepter with her left. Varbarov - (but cf. 754, for the same reverse type but with a differing obverse). With a dark patina, a fine portrait and an elegant reverse. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 280 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 180
Pontus and Bithynia, Nikomedia (?). Antoninus Pius, 138-161. Weight of 6 Pounds (Librae) (Lead, 203x127mm, 2980 g 12), a market weight made in the form of a double-sided stele with a triangular pediment and deeply recessed fields enclosed by an edge with beveled borders, regnal year 20 = 156/7. Within the pediment: figure of Tyche seated left, holding a rudder in her right hand and a scepter in her left. Below, in nine lines: ΕΤΟΥC Κ ΑΥ/ΤΟΚΡΑΤΟΡΟC/ΤΟ Β ΚΑΙCΑΡΟC/Τ ΑΙΛΙΟΥ ΑΔΡΙ/ΑΝΟΥ ΑΝΤωΝΕΙ/ΝΟΥ CΕΒΑCΤΟ/Υ ΕΥCΕΒΟΥC Κ/ΑΙ Μ ΑΥΡΗΛΙΟ/Υ ΚΑΙCΑΡΟC. Rev. In nine lines: ΤΑΜΙΕΥΟΝΤΟ/C Λ ΙΟΥΛΙΟΥ ΛΟ/ΥΠΕΡΚΟΥ ΑΓ/ΟΡΑΝΟΜΟΥΝ/ΤΟC Μ ΠΟΝΤΙ/ΟΥ CΑΒΕΙΝΙΑ/ΝΟΥ ΜΕΝΕΚ/ΡΑΤΟΥC ΛΕΙΤ/ΡΕ ΕΞ ΑΓΟΡΑΙΕ. R. Haensch - P. Weiss, Gewichte mit Nennung von Statthaltern von Pontus et Bithynia, Chiron 35, 2005, pp.452 ff., 2 (this piece). An impressive and massive weight. Dark grey with some remaining earthen encrustations. Some gashes and bangs but, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 3600 CHF
Estimate: 4500 CHF
Lot 181
Faustina Senior, Augusta, 138-140/1. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 33mm, 23.48 g 12), Rome, 139-141. FAVSTINA AVG ANTONINI AVG PII P P Draped bust of Faustina to right. Rev. IVNONI REGINAE / S - C Juno, veiled, standing left, holding a patera in her right hand and a long scepter with her left. Banti 75 (this coin). BMC 1116. Cohen 216. RIC 1077. Rare. A lovely example, well struck on a broad flan and with a most attractive dark patina. Minor traces of cleaning in the fields, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 182
Diva Faustina Senior, died in 140/1. Aureus (Gold, 21 mm, 7.04 g, 6 h), Rome, c. 150. DIVA FAVSTINA Draped bust of Diva Faustina to right, her hair adorned with pearls and piled up on top of her head. Rev. AVGVSTA Ceres standing left, holding torches in her upraised right and left hands. Biaggi 808. BMC 403. Calicó 1758. Cohen 75. RIC 357a. A lovely piece with an expressive and kind portrait. Minor edge mark, otherwise. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 10000 CHF
Estimate: 12500 CHF
Lot 183
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Dupondius (Orichalcum, 24mm, 10.54 g 12), Rome, 176/177. M ANTONINVS AVG GERM SARM TR P XXXI Radiate head of Marcus Aurelius to right. Rev. IMP VIIII COS III P P / S - C Winged thunderbolt. BMC 1640. Cohen 378. RIC 1219. A sharp and attractive piece with a dark grey-green patina. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 850 CHF
Lot 184
Kibyra. Faustina II, 147-176. Tetrassarion (Bronze, 36mm, 25.18 g 6), alliance issue with Hierapolis, signed by the magistrate Cl. Philocles, 160s-170s. ΦΑΥCΤΕΙΝΑ CΕΒΑCΤΗ Draped bust of Faustina to right, her hair bound up with pearls in a bun at the back. Rev. ΚΙΒΥΡΑΤΩΝ Κ ΙΕΡΑΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ ΕΠΙ.ΚΛ.ΦΙΛΟΚΛΕΟC // ΟΜΟ-ΝΟΙ-Α On the left, Leto of Hierapolis, draped, veiled, and holding two infants at her breast, standing right, facing Zeus of Kibyra, seated left on throne, holding long scepter in his left hand and an eagle in his right. BMC 96 = Franke/Nolle 984 (same dies). Very rare, only eight examples, from a single obverse and three reverse dies, were known to Franke/Nolle. With a fine portrait. Very minor flan crack and slight double-striking on the obverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 185
Lucius Verus, 161-169. Aureus (Gold, 19mm, 7.20 g 12), Rome, 163-164. L VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS Laureate and cuirassed bust of Lucius Verus to right, seen from behind. Rev. TR P IIII IMP II COS II Hercules, nude but for his lion’s skin headdress, standing facing, his head turned to right, holding an olive branch in his right hand and his club in his left. BMC 281. Calicó 2172. Cohen 237. RIC 517. An attractive, evenly worn coin, nicely toned. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 4800 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Lot 186
Pertinax, 193. Denarius (Silver, 17mm, 3.26 g 5), Rome. IMP CAES P HELV PERTIN AVG Laureate head of Pertinax to right. Rev. VOT DECEN TR P COS II Pertinax, togate and veiled, sacrificing to left over a low altar, from a patera held in his right hand. BMC 24. Cohen 56. RIC 13a. Beautifully toned. Somewhat lightly struck, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1600 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 187
Julia Domna, Augusta, 193-217. As (Copper, 25mm, 7.48 g 12), Rome, 212. IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG Draped bust of Julia Domna to right. Rev. CEREREM / S - C Ceres standing to left, holding, in her right hand, ears of grain over a low altar to left, and, in her right, long torch. BMC 220 var. Cohen 13. RIC 596. An attractive, sharply struck coin with an apple green patina. Some minor breaks in the patina on the reverse and some smoothing in the fields, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 850 CHF
Lot 188
Caracalla, 198-217. Denarius (Silver, 19mm, 3.18 g 2), Rome, 206. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG Laureate head of the youthful Caracalla to right. Rev. COS II Triumphal quadriga walking to right; in car, Caracalla, laureate and togate, holding the reins in his right hand and eagle-tipped scepter in his left. BMC 488. Cohen 38. Hill 847. RIC 87a. A splendid, bright example, very rare in this condition. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 1600 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 189
Philippopolis, Thrace. Caracalla, 198-217. Tetrassarion (Bronze, 28mm, 16.97 g 7), 212-215. AΥT K M AΥΡH ANTΩNINOC Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Caracalla to left, holding a spear in his right hand and a shield bearing a head of the Medusa over his left shoulder. Rev. ΦΙΛΙΠ-ΠΟ[Π]ΟΛΕΙΤΩΝ Nike, with open wings, standing to left, holding wreath in her right hand and palm frond with her left. Varbanov - (but cf. 1639 and 1640, this reverse type struck under Geta). A pleasant example with a nice green patina. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 275 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Commemorating the Pythian Games in Philippopolis
Lot 190
Philippopolis, Thrace. Caracalla, 198-2. Hexassarion or Medallion (Bronze, 38 mm, 29.90 g, 7 h), 214. ΑVΤ Κ Μ ΑVΡ CΕVΗ ΑΝΤΩΝΕΙΝΟC Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Caracalla to right. Rev. ΚΟΙΝΟΝ ΘΡΑΚΩΝ ΑΛΕΖΑΝ / EΝ ΦΙΛΙΠ / ΠΟΠΟ Richly ornamented agonistic table with four legs; on top, prize crown inscribed ΠVΘΙΑ; below, palm and amphora. Varbanov 1424. Rare. Well struck and with a powerful portrait of Caracalla and a fine dark green patina. Two minor edge cracks from striking, otherwise. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 122
Lot 191
Divus Caracalla, died 217. Denarius (Silver, 19mm, 3.10 g 6), Rome, struck under Elagabalus in 218. DIVO ANTONINO MAGNO Bare head of Caracalla to right. Rev. CONSECRATIO Eagle, with spread wings, standing facing on globe, turned slightly to left and with his head to right. BMC 7. Cohen 32. RIC 717 (Severus Alexander). Very rare. Slightly rough surfaces but toned and with a powerful and attractive portrait. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 2750 CHF
Lot 192
Macrinus, 217-218. Denarius (Silver, 20mm, 3.33 g 6), Rome, March-June 218. IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG Laureate and cuirassed bust of Macrinus to right. Rev. PONTIF MAX TR P COS P P Securitas standing front, her head turned to left, holding long staff in her right hand and resting her left elbow on a column to right. BMC 40. Cohen 62. RIC 24. Nicely toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 240 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 193
Diadumenian, as Caesar, 217-218. Denarius (Silver, 20mm, 3.65 g 6), Rome, 218. M OPEL ANT DIADVMENIAN CAES Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Diadumenian to right. Rev. SPES PVBLICA Spes, diademed and draped, walking left, holding flower in her right hand and raising the hem of her skirt with her left. BMC 92. Cohen 21. RIC 116. Attractive and clear. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Struck in honor of the Kendreiseian Pythian Games held in 219
Lot 194
Philippopolis, Thrace. Elagabalus, 218-222. Hexassarion or Medallion (Bronze, 35mm, 25.56 g 7), struck in honor of the Kendreiseian Pythian games held in 219. ΑΥΤ Κ Μ ΑΥΡΗΛΙΟC ΑΝΤΩΝΕΙΝΟC CΕΒ Radiate and cuirassed bust of Elagabalus to right, seen from behind. Rev. ΚΕΝΔΡΕΙCΕΙΑ ΠΥΘΙΑ ΕΝ ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟ / ΠΟΛΙ ΝΕΩ / ΚΟΡΩ Octastyle temple of Apollo Kendrisos with acroteria and disc in the pediment. Varbanov 1667. Rare. A large and attractive piece with a bold portrait and excellent blackish green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 3250 CHF
Lot 195
Severus Alexander, 222-235. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 28mm, 17.70 g 1), Rome, 232. IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG Laureate head of Severus Alexander to right, with slight drapery on his left shoulder. Rev. PROVIDENTIA AVG / S - C Providentia standing left, holding grain ears over modius in her right hand and cornucopiae with her left. Banti 147. BMC 881. Cohen 503. RIC 642. A most attractive example with a malachite-green patina and minor sand deposits as found. Struck on a slightly short flan, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 196
Gordian I, 238. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 29mm, 19.39 g 11), Rome, “1-22 April 238”. IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AFR AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian I to right. Rev. PROVIDENTIA AVGG / S - C Providentia standing facing, head to left, leaning on low column to right and holding a wand in her right hand and a cornucopiae with her left; to left, at her feet, globe. BMC 5. Cohen 6. RIC 9. Very rare. With a splendid portrait and a dark, blackish-green patina. Some minor smoothing in the fields and a minor flan crack at the edge, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 14500 CHF
Estimate: 15000 CHF
Lot 197
Gordian III, as Caesar, 238. Denarius (Silver, 19mm, 3.03 g 6), Rome, 22 April - 29 July, 238. M ANT GORDIANVS CAES Bare-headed and draped bust of Gordian Caesar to right. Rev. PIETAS AVGG Lituus, knife, jug, simpulum and sprinkler. BMC 62. Cohen 182. RIC 1. Rare. Nicely centered and with a fine portrait. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1600 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 198
Tranquillina, Augusta, 241-244. Antoninianus (Silver, 21mm, 4.90 g 7), Rome, 241. SABINIA TRANQVILLINA AVG Diademed and draped bust of Tranquillina on crescent to right. Rev. CONCORDIA AVGG Gordian III, on left standing right, and Tranquillina, on right standing left, clasping their right hands together. Cohen 4. RIC 250. Very rare. A clear, toned and well struck coin with an outstanding pedigree. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 8000 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
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