nomos 12
22 May 2016
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
A lustrous Solidus of Justin I
Lot 221
Justin I, 518-527. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.47 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 6th officina (S), 522-527. DN IVSTINVS PP AVC Helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Justin I three quarter facing, turned slightly to the right, holding spear in his right hand and with a shield over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORIA AVCCC S / CONOB Angel standing facing, holding long cross in his right hand and globus cruciger in his left; in right field, star. DOC 2f. MIBE 3. SB 56. An attractive and lustrous example. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 222
Justin I, 518-527. Semissis (Gold, 18mm, 2.22 g 6), Constantinople. DN IVSTINVS PP AVC Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Justin I to right. Rev. VICTORIA AVCCC / CONOB Victory seated right, inscribing XXXX on shield; to right, rho-topped cross. DOC 3. SB 57. Bright and attractive. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 223
Justinian I, 527-565. Solidus (Gold, 20mm, 4.45 g 6), Constantinople, 527-537. DN IVSTINIANVS PP AVI Helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Justinian I 3/4 facing, turned slightly to the right, holding spear in his right hand and with a shield over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORIA AVCCCA / CONOB Angel standing facing, holding long cross in his right hand and globus cruciger in his left; to right, star. DOC 3a. MIB 5. SB 137. An attractive, well-struck piece. Some very slight roughness, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
A very rare Siliqua of Phocas
Lot 224
Phocas, 602-610. Siliqua (Silver, 17mm, 1.85 g 7), Constantinople, 607-609. dN FOCAS PER AVC Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust to right. Rev. Cross potent between two palm branches. DOC (23). MIBE 55. SB 638. Very rare. Heavy striking crack, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
A superb Solidus of Heraclius
Lot 225
Heraclius, 610-641. Solidus (Gold, 21mm, 4.44 g 7), Constantinople, 610-613. dNN hERACLI-US PP AVC Draped and cuirassed facing bust of Heraclius, wearing crown with plume and holding a cross in his right hand. Rev. VICTORIA AVÇЧ E / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 3b. MIB 5. SB 731. A superb, lustrous, sharply struck and very well-centered example. Very slight doubling in the legends, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 226
Heraclius, 610-641. Semissis (Gold, 18mm, 2.16 g 7), Constantinople, 610-613. dN hЄRACLIЧS PP AVC Draped and cuirassed bust of Heraclius to right, wearing pearl-diadem. Rev. VICTORIA AVÇЧ I Cross potent on globe. DOC 51c. MIB 71a. SB 784. Well centered. A bit lightly struck, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 190 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 227
Heraclius, with Heraclius Constantine, 610-641. Light weight Solidus of 23 siliquae (Gold, 20mm, 4.29 g 7), Constantinople, 613 - c. 616. ddNNhERACLIUS ET hERA CONST P P AVC Draped facing busts of Heraclius, larger with simple cross-topped crown and short beard, and Heraclius Constantine, smaller with simple cross-topped crown; between their heads, cross. Rev. VICTORIA AVSU I / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps; in field to left and right, star. DOC 11. MIB 55. SB 773. A remarkably nice, fresh and lustrous example. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
An extraordinary Hexagram of Heraclius & Heraclius Constantine
Lot 228
Heraclius, with Heraclius Constantine, 610-641. Hexagram (Silver, 23mm, 6.36 g 7), Constantinople, 615-625. ddNNhERACLIUS ET hERA CONST P P A Enthroned draped and facing figures of Heraclius, larger and on the left, with a simple cross-topped crown, a short beard, and holding a globus in his right hand, and of Heraclius Constantine, smaller and on the right, with a simple cross-topped crown and holding a globus in his right hand; between their heads, cross. Rev. dEUS AdIUTA ROmANIS Cross potent on globe and three steps. DOC 61. MIB 134. SB 795. An extraordinarily well struck example, on a broad regular flan. Somewhat rough surfaces with various marks, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 950 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Extremely rare Miliaresion
Lot 229
Heraclius, with Heraclius Constantine, 610-641. Miliaresion (Silver, 22mm, 3.66 g 6), Constantinople, 629. ddNNhERA...TPPAVC Heraclius, on the left, standing facing, crowned and wearing armor and cloak, holding long cross-tipped scepter in his right hand and, in his left, a globus topped by Victory who crowns him with a wreath; on the right, shorter figure of Heraclius Constantine, crowned and wearing cloak and robes, holding globus cruciger in his right hand, Rev. Cross potent on globe and three steps between two palm branches. DOC 59. MIB 130. SB 790. Extremely rare. Very clear and surprisingly well-struck. Holed and the usual areas of flatness in the legend, otherwise, About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 230
Constans II, 641-668. Hexagram (Silver, 22mm, 6.26 g 6), Constantinople, 642-647. dN CONSTAN-TINUS P P AVC Crowned and draped bust of Constans facing, holding globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. dEUS AdIUTA ROMANIS Cross potent on globe and two steps. DOC 48. MIB 142. SB 989. A really clear and well-struck example; actually very rare in this condition. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
An excellent Solidus of Tiberius III
Lot 231
Tiberius III (Apsimar), 698-705. Solidus (Gold, 20mm, 4.40 g 7), Constantinople. d TIbERIႷ S PE AV Crowned and cuirassed bust of Tiberius III facing, holding spear in his right hand and with shield over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORIA AVႺႷ A / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 1a. MIB 1. SB 1360. An excellent, sharp example. Some minor areas of flat striking, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 232
Justinian II, second reign, 705-711. Solidus (Gold, 21mm, 4.27 g 6), Constantinople, 705. d N IhS ChS RE - X REGNANTIUM Large draped bust of Christ facing, with cross behind his head and with curly hair and a short beard; he holds a book of Gospels in his left hand and raises his right in benediction. Rev. dN IUS-TINIA - NUS MULTUS AN’ Crowned facing bust of Justinian II, wearing loros and holding cross potent on three steps in his right hand and a patriarchal cross on a globe inscribed PAX in his left. DOC 1.4. MIB 1. SB 1413. Attractive and sharp. With an unusual obverse legend break. Very minor flatness in the obverse legend, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3400 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
A wonderful Solidus of Justinian II
Lot 233
Justinian II, second reign, 705-711. Solidus (Gold, 21mm, 4.41 g 6), Constantinople, 705. d N IhS ChS REX REGNANTIUM Draped bust of Christ facing, with cross behind his head and with curly hair and a short beard; he holds a book of Gospels in his left hand and raises his right in benediction. Rev. dN IUS-TINIA - NUS MULTUS AN’ Crowned facing bust of Justinian II, wearing loros and holding cross potent on three steps in his right hand and a patriarchal cross on a globe inscribed PAX in his left. DOC 1. MIB 1. SB 1413. A wonderful, sharp and well-struck example. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4200 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 234
Justinian II, with Tiberius, second reign, 705-711. Solidus (Gold, 21mm, 4.40 g 6), Constantinople, 705-711. d N IhS ChS REX REGNANTIႷM Bust of Christ facing, with short, curly hair and a short beard, wearing pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in his left; behind, cross. Rev. IႷSTINIANႷS ET TIbERIႷS PP’ Crowned half-length figures of Justinian II, on left, and Tiberius, smaller, on right, both wearing chlamys and holding between them, in their right hands, a cross potent on two steps. DOC 2a. MIB2a. SB 1414. An attractive example. Some minor flatness on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4400 CHF
Estimate: 1750 CHF
Lot 235
Philippicus (Bardanes), 711-713. Solidus (Gold, 20mm, 4.33 g 6), Constantinople, 1st 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 AVgUA / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 1a. MIB 1. S 1447. Clear and well centered. Some minor flatness and with a flan fault on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2400 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 236
Anastasius II Artemius, 713-715. Solidus (Gold, 19mm, 4.48 g 6), Constantinople, 2nd officina. dN APTEMIUS A-NASTASIUS MUL’ Crowned and diademed bust of Anastasius facing, wearing chlamys and holding globus cruciger in his right hand and akakia in his left Rev. VICTOR AVSႷB / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 2b. Füeg 2.B. MIB 2. SB 1463. Attractive and well struck. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 1750 CHF
A lustrous Solidus of Leo III
Lot 237
Leo III the "Isaurian", 717-741. Solidus (Gold, 19 mm, 4.49 g 6), Constantinople, 717-720. dND LEO - N P A MUL Crowned and bearded bust of Leo III facing, holding cross on globe and akakia. Rev. VICTORIA AVGU Z / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 1 (this officina not listed). MIB 1. SB 1502. A very attractive, lustrous piece. Minor areas of flatness, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 1500 CHF
An extremely rare and wonderful Solidus of Irene
Lot 238
Irene, 797-802. Solidus (Gold, 18mm, 3.84 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. SB 1601. Spahr 340. Extremely rare. A wonderful, perfectly struck and perfectly centered example. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 19000 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Lot 239
Irene, 797-802. Solidus (Gold, 18mm, 3.77 g 6), Syracuse, 798-802. EIRIN - b... Crowned bust of Irene facing, wearing loros and holding a globus cruciger in her right hand and a cross-tipped scepter in her left; in field to left, pellet. Rev. ...RIN bAS... Crowned bust of Irene facing, wear loros and holding a globus cruciger in her right hand and a cross-tipped scepter in her left; in field to left, C; in field to right, I. Anastasi 455. DOC -. SB -. Very rare. Sharply struck. Struck on a somewhat short flan, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7500 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
An extremely rare Solidus of Nicephorus I
Lot 240
Nicephorus I, 802-811. Solidus (Gold, 20mm, 3.72 g 6), uncertain Sicilian mint, probably Syracuse, 802-803. NI-FOROS bAS Bearded and facing bust of Nicephorus I, wearing crown with a cross on circlet, a chlamys, and holding a cross potent in his right hand and an anexikakia in his left. Rev. IhSUS XRISTUS NICA X Cross potent on base and three steps; to left and right, C I. Anastasi -. DOC -. NAC 75, 2013, 696 (same dies). SB -. Spahr -. Extremely rare. An exceptionally attractive example, struck on a broad flan and very sharply struck. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 7500 CHF
Estimate: 6000 CHF
Of great rarity and style
Lot 241
Nicephorus I, with Stauracius, 802-811. Solidus (Gold, 19mm, 3.76 g 6), uncertain Sicilian mint, probably Syracuse, 803-810 (but likely 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 -. SB -. But see Nomos 11, 2015, 273 for another example, struck from the same dies. Of great rarity. A very sharply struck and attractive coin. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Lot 242
Basil I the Macedonian, with Constantine, 867-886. Solidus (Gold, 19mm, 4.41 g 6), Constantinople, c. 871-886. IhS XRS REX - REGNANTIUM (five-pointed star) Christ, nimbate, seated facing, wearing chiton, raising right hand in benediction and holding book of gospels in his left. Rev. bASILIOS ET CONSTANT' AVGG‘ b’ Crowned facing busts of Basil, with short beard and loros, and Constantine, beardless and wearing chlamys; holding, in their right hands, patriarchal cross between them. DOC 2c. SB 1704. A lovely, well struck example. A few almost invisible marks, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 243
Constantine IX Monomachus, 1042-1055. Tetarteron (Gold, 19mm, 4.02 g 6), Constantinople. +IhC XIC RCX RCGNΛNTIhm Bust of Christ Pantokrator facing, with cross nimbus having a pellet in each arms, his right hand raised in benediction within his cloak and, with his open left hand, holding book of Gospels. Rev. +CωnSTAnT bASILEuS RM Crowned facing bust of Constantine IX, wearing jeweled chlamys with pearl collar, and holding a labarum-tipped scepter in his right hand and a globus cruciger in his left. DOC 6. SB 1833. A very attractive example, very nicely struck and centered on a broad flan. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
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