nomos 12
22 May 2016
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
Lot 100
IONIA, Phokaia. Circa 625/0-522 BC. Hekte (Electrum, 9mm, 2.58 g). Head of a bull to left, with a dotted truncation; below neck, seal swimming upwards. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. Bodenstedt 10. A very attractive and well-struck example. Very minor die rust, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1500 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
An impressive Heavy Stater of Kroisos
Lot 101
KINGS of LYDIA. Kroisos, circa 560-546 BC. Heavy Stater (Gold, 16x8mm, 10.74 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. SNG Berry 1137. SNG Copenhagen 454. SNG Munich 6. Clear and well struck. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 17500 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
A virtually perfect one-sixth Stater of Kroisos
Lot 102
KINGS OF LYDIA. Kroisos, Circa 560-546 BC. Light Hekte or one-sixth stater (Gold, 5x7 mm, 1.35 g), Sardes. On the left, forepart of lion with open mouth to right confronting, on the right, forepart of bull to left. Rev. Two irregular incuse squares forming an incuse rectangle. H. J. Berk, “The Coinage of Croesus: Another Look,” SAN XX, 1 (1997), fig. 8. Nomos 1, 109. Traité I, 406 = pl. X, 8. A really nice, well-struck piece. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6500 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
An extraordinary Daric of fine and naturalistic style
Lot 103
PERSIA, Achaemenid Empire. Time of Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II, c. 420-375 BC. Daric (Gold, 16x14mm, 8.34 g), Sardes. Persian king moving to right, crowned, wearing robes and in the running-kneeling position, with quiver over his shoulder, holding transverse spear ending in a ball in his right hand and bow in his left. Rev. Oblong irregular incuse. BMC 84. Carradice Type IIIb, pl. XV, 50-51. Jenkins 34. An attractive, toned and well struck example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 4500 CHF
A very rare Stater of Hekatomnos
Lot 104
SATRAPS of CARIA. Hekatomnos, circa 392/1-377/6 BC. Stater (Silver, 23mm, 12.55 g), Miletos. ΕΚΑ Head of a roaring lion to left, his leg stretched to right below. Rev. Stellate pattern. Jameson 1563 = SNG von Aulock 2355. Traité II, 84, pl. LXXXIX, 17. Very rare, and certainly one of the finer examples known. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
A spectacular Tetradrachm of Maussolos
Lot 105
SATRAPS of CARIA. Maussolos, circa 377/6-353/2 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 22mm, 15.29 g 1), Halikarnassos. Laureate head of Apollo facing, turned slightly to right and with drapery fastened by a clasp below his chin. Rev. ΜΑΥΣΣΩΛΛΟ Zeus Labraundos standing right, holding labrys in his right hand and long scepter in his left; in field to left, ligate ME. Hurter, Pixodaros, 39 var. A coin of great beauty and of exceptionally fine style. Beautifully toned and very well preserved. Very rare in this condition. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6500 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 106
ISLANDS OFF CARIA, Rhodos. Rhodes. Circa 125-88 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 14 mm, 1.18 g, 12 h), plinthophoric series, struck under the magistrate Peritas. Radiate head of Helios, three-quarter facing to right. Rev. E (sic!) - Ο ΠΕΡΙΤΑΣ Rose with bud to right; below to right, kerykeion; all within shallow incuse square. Jenkins, Rhodian Group D1, cf. 238 (drachm). A bright, attractive piece with a remarkable obverse. Reverse slightly double-struck, otherwise. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 170 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
An unusually nice Obol from Laranda
Lot 107
LYCAONIA, Laranda. Circa 324/3 BC (?). Obol (Silver, 12mm, 0.58 g 5). Head of bearded Herakles facing with olive branch to left. Rev. ΛΑ-ΡΑΝ Forepart of wolf to right; to right, star; to left, monogram of ΠΑΡ. Göktürk 65 and pl. XXIII, 5. An unusually nice example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 380 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
An outstanding and most intriguing coin from the Southeast
Lot 108
SOUTHEAST, Pamphylia or Cilicia. Uncertain city. Circa 380-340/330. Stater (Silver, 23mm, 10.64 g 11). Three letter Pamphylian inscription Athena, helmeted and wearing long robes, standing left, holding Nike in her right hand and spear and shield with her left; to left, serpent coiled to left. Rev. Eight letter Pamphylian inscription Apollo standing left, wearing short chiton, holding a phiale in his right hand, from which he pours a libation onto a flaming altar to the left, and a long, laurel-branch-scepter with his left. Classical Numismatic Group MBS 78, 2008, 895 (same dies), otherwise, unpublished. An elegant coin, nicely toned. Some light pitting, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
A rare and lustrous Stater from Soloi
Lot 109
CILICIA, Soloi. Circa 440-410 BC. Stater (Silver, 19mm, 10.65 g 12). Amazon, nude to the waist and seen from behind, kneeling to left and stringing her bow; wearing bonnet and with her gorytos at her hip; to right, facing head of satyr; in exergue, monogram of an Λ within an Ο. Rev. ΣΟΛΕΩΝ Large bunch of grapes with stem to left; below right, fly; all within a linear border of dots inside an incuse square. BMC 3. Casabonne Type 2. SNG France 128. SNG Levante 40. SNG von Aulock 5858. A bright, well-struck and attractive example, rare thus. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7500 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
A beautiful example of Pharnabazos, Persian military commander
Lot 110
CILICIA, Tarsos. Pharnabazos, Persian military commander, 380-374/3 BC. Stater (Silver, 23mm, 10.82 g 2), c. 380-379 BC. BLTRZ Baaltars seated left on backless throne, holding long lotos tipped staff in his right hand. Rev. FRNBZ - HLK Bearded and helmeted male head to left (Ares?). Casabonne series 4. Moysey Issue 2. SNG France 251 ff. A very attractive, beautifully centered and lightly toned example. Very minor striking crack on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Ex Hess-Leu 45, 1979, 326
Lot 111
CILICIA, Tarsos. Tarkumuwa (Datames), Satrap of Cilicia and Cappadocia, 384-361/0 BC. Stater (Silver, 23mm, 10.43 g 10), c. 380. Female head facing, turned slightly to left and wearing pendant earring and pearl necklace. Rev. TRDMW Helmeted and bearded male head (Ares?) to right. Casabonne type 1. Moysey issue 4. SNG France 262 (same dies). A beautifully toned, sharply struck and splendid example. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
A very rare and curious Obol from Tarsos (?)
Lot 112
CILICIA, Uncertain (Tarsos?). Circa 400-380 BC. Obol (Silver, 9mm, 0.73 g 10). Janiform head: on the left, a bearded the male and, on the right, a diademed female (Zeus and Hera as at Tenedos?). Rev. Triform, bearded male head. Göktürk 37 and pl. XX, 7. SNG Levante 202. Very rare. A charming little coin, well struck and of particularly nice style. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 14000 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Apparently unknown and unpublished
Lot 113
ASIA MINOR, Southeastern area, around Cilicia but not necessarily Cilician. Uncertain city. Obol (Silver, 10mm, 0.61 g 6), dated Seleucid year ΘΚΣ = 229 = 84/3 BC. Horizontal crescent, with its horns upwards, over a vertical thyrsos. Rev. Club downwards, dividing ΘΚ-Σ. Apparently unknown and unpublished. A fascinating and enigmatic coin. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 440 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Extremely rare Hemidrachm of Cleopatra Thea & Antiochos VIII
Lot 114
SELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. Cleopatra Thea & Antiochos VIII, 126/5-121/0 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 14mm, 1.98 g 11), Ptolemais-Ake, 125-121/0. Jugate busts to right of Cleopatra Thea, veiled, diademed and wearing a stephane, and Antiochos VIII, diademed. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΗΣ / ΚΛΕΟΠΑΤΟΡΑΣ / ΚΑΙ / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ Crown of Isis. SC 2273 var. (without monogram but with ΚΑΙ). SNG Spaer 2474 var. (without monogram but with ΚΑΙ). Extremely rare. Sharp and attractive; with a dark patina as found. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 18000 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Outstanding Diobol of Seleukos VI
Lot 115
SELEUKID KINGS of SYRIA. Seleukos VI Epiphanes Nikator, Circa 96-94 BC. Diobol (Silver, 11mm, 1.19 g 2), Antioch, 95/4 BC. Head of Seleukos VI to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΣΕΛΕΥΚΟΥ // ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ / ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ (in tiny letters) Wheat ear; to left, outside the inscription Α over Π-monogram. SC 2423. Surprisingly well made for such a small coin. Dark patina as found. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 300 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
A very enigmatic coin from the Levant or Arabia without any known parallel
Lot 116
THE LEVANT OR ARABIA. Uncertain. Mid to late 4th century. Trihemiobol (?) (Silver, 7 mm, 0.96 g, 12 h). Female (?) head to right, wearing very schematic helmet or headdress. Rev. ΑΘΕ Owl with closed wings, wide open eyes and prominent claws to right, head facing; to left, olive sprig. No known parallel. Clearly and sharply struck. Most attractive in a curious way. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
An unusually well-preserved example of Diodotos I
Lot 117
BAKTRIA, Greco-Baktrian Kingdom. Diodotos I, circa 255-235 BC. Stater (Gold, 16mm, 8.23 g 6), in the name of the Seleukid king Antiochos II, mint A (Aï Khanoum area). Diademed head of Antiochos II to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ANTIOXOY Zeus Bremetes, seen from behind, advancing to left; his extended left arm draped with an aegis, and preparing to hurl thunderbolt with his right hand; in inner left field, N above eagle standing left. Bopearachchi -. Cf. Holt Series A, Group 7 (tetradrachm). SC 629. SNG ANS -. A most attractive example without the typical test cut on the obverse. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 3600 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
An extremely rare and splendid Stater of Eukratides I
Lot 118
BAKTRIA, Greco-Baktrian Kingdom. Eukratides I, circa 170-145 BC. Stater (Gold, 20mm, 8.46 g 12), c. later 160s. Diademed and draped bust of Eukratides to right, wearing Macedonian helmet adorned with bull’s horn and ear. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ / ΕΥΚΡΑΤΙΔΟΥ The Dioskouri galloping to right, each holding spear and palm branch; below right, monogram. Bopearachchi Series 5 (monogram unlisted for gold). Mitchiner 176 (monogram unlisted for gold). Extremely rare, a lightly toned and splendid example. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 48000 CHF
Estimate: 50000 CHF
An impressive and beautifully toned Tetradrachm
Lot 119
BAKTRIA, Greco-Baktrian Kingdom. Eukratides I, circa 170-145 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 35mm, 16.95 g 12), circa later 160s. Diademed and draped bust of Eukratides to right, wearing Macedonian helmet adorned with bull’s horn and ear. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOΥ / EΥKΡATIΔOΥ The Dioskouri galloping to right, each holding spear and palm branch; below right, monogram. Bopearachchi Series 6E, 29. Mitchiner 177ee. SNG ANS 465. Beautifully toned and struck on an unusually large flan. Very minor doubling, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 120
EGYPT. Ptolemy I Soter, as satrap, 323-305 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25mm, 16.99 g 2), Attic weight standard, Alexandria, 316-312/0. Head of the deified Alexander III to right, wearing mitra of Dionysos and elephant skin headdress, with aegis around his neck, and with horn of Ammon on his forehead; next to elephant’s ear, tiny Δ. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Athena Alkidemos advancing right, hurling spear with her right hand and with shield over her extended left arm; to right, eagle with closed wings standing on thunderbolt to right with ΕΥ below. SNG Copenhagen 15. Svoronos 42. Zervos XVIII. Attractive and clear. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2400 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 121
PTOLEMAIC KINGS of EGYPT. Ptolemy I Soter, 305-282 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25mm, 14.25 g 12), signed by D..., Alexandria, 300-285. 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 ΠΑΡ. Noeske 41-42. SNG Copenhagen 70-71. Svoronos 255. A lovely, sharply struck and lightly toned example. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7500 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
A lustrous Octodrachm of Ptolemy IV
Lot 122
PTOLEMAIC KINGS OF EGYPT. Ptolemy IV Philopator, 225-205 BC. Octodrachm (Gold, 26 mm, 27.80 g, 12 h), with a portrait of his father, Ptolemy III Euergetes (reigned 246-222), 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 lustrous, attractive coin. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 12000 CHF
Estimate: 15000 CHF
Lot 123
PTOLEMAIC KINGS OF EGYPT. Ptolemy VI Philometor, first reign, 180-164 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 14.15 g, 12 h), Alexandria, circa 180-170 BC. Diademed head of Ptolemy I to right, wearing aegis. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ Eagle standing left on thunderbolt. SNG Copenhagen 262 ff. Svoronos 1489. Nicely toned and attractive. Some uncleaned deposits on both the obverse and reverse, and minor scratch on the reverse, otherwise. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 124
KYRENAICA, Kyrene. Circa 331-322 BC. Obol or 1/10 Stater (Gold, 7mm, 0.86 g 5). Θ Ε /[Ο] Head of the youthful Karneios to left, with a ram’s horn over his ear. Rev. Female head to right, her hair bound up in a roll and wearing a simple drop earring. BMC 143 ff. Attractive and clear. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 480 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
A rare and beautiful Tetrobol from Kyrene
Lot 125
KYRENAICA, Kyrene. Circa 308-277 BC. Tetrobol (Gold, 12mm, 2.87 g 1). Horseman riding slowly to left, his petasos hanging down behind his neck; in field to right, eight-pointed star. Rev. KY-PA Silphium; to left, monogram of ΕΠ. BMC 210d (same dies). Attractive and clear. Minor scratches on the obverse and minor metal fault on the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3600 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
An extremely fine Dinar of Vima Kadphises
Lot 126
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Vima Kadphises, c. 100-127/8. Dinar (Gold, 20mm, 7.98 g 12), Mint I (A). Diademed and crowned half-length bust of Vima Kadphises to right on clouds, holding, in his right hand, a mace-scepter over his shoulder; at shoulder, flames; to left, tamgha. Rev. Ithyphallic Siva standing facing, head left, holding composite trident with ax in his right hand and with a goat skin draped over his left arm; to left, tamgha; to right, Buddhist triratana (“Three Jewels”). Donum Burns 81. MK 18 (O5α/R21). Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3600 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
One of only eight examples known
Lot 127
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Kanishka I, c. 127/8-152. Dinar (Gold, 21mm, 7.93 g 12), Mint I (A). Kanishka, diademed and crowned, standing facing, his head turned to left, sacrificing over altar and holding goad and scepter; flame at shoulder. Rev. Diademed male figure, wearing beard and royal robes with long cape, flames at shoulders, standing left, holding diadem in outstretched right hand and left hand on hip; tamgha to left. Donum Burns -. MK 33/3 (O6/R3). Very rare, only eight examples known, five of which were cited by Göbl, and finer than the illustrated specimen. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 128
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Kanishka I, circa 127/8-152. Dinar (Gold, 19mm, 7.93 g 12), Mint I (A). Kanishka, diademed and crowned, standing facing, his head turned to left, sacrificing over altar and holding goad and scepter; flame at shoulder. Rev. Nana, nimbate, wearing fillet and crescent, standing right, holding scepter in right hand, box in left; tamgha to right. Donum Burns 117 (same reverse die). MK 35 (O13/R3). Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 129
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Kanishka I, c. 127/8-152. Dinar (Gold, 20mm, 7.94 g 12), Mint I (A). Kanishka, diademed and crowned, standing facing, his head turned to left, sacrificing over altar and holding goad and scepter; flame at shoulder. Rev. Nana, nimbate, wearing fillet and crescent, standing right, holding scepter in right hand and box in left; tamgha to right. MK 54/6 (O11/R16). Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Extremely fine Dinar of Kanishka I with unlisted dies
Lot 130
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Kanishka I, c. 127/8-152. Dinar (Gold, 21mm, 7.98 g 12), Mint I (A). Kanishka, diademed and crowned, standing facing, his head turned to left, sacrificing over altar and holding goad and scepter; flame at shoulder. Rev. Miiro (Mithra) standing facing, head left, extending hand in benediction and holding hilt of sword; tamgha to left. Donum Burns 126. MK 56 (unlisted dies). Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4200 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 131
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Kanishka I, c. 127/8-152. Dinar (Gold, 20mm, 8.05 g 12), Mint I (A). Kanishka, diademed and crowned, standing facing, his head turned to left, sacrificing over altar and holding goad and scepter; flame at shoulder. Rev. Mao, diademed with long fillets, lunar "horns" at shoulders, standing facing, head left, right hand extended in benedictional gesture and cradling globe-tipped scepter in left arm; tamgha to left. MK 58. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3800 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Very rare, only five examples cited by Göbl
Lot 132
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Kanishka I, c. 127/8-152. Dinar (Gold, 21mm, 7.92 g 12), Mint II (B). Kanishka, diademed and crowned, standing facing, his head turned to left, sacrificing over altar and holding goad and scepter; flame at shoulder. Rev. Ardoxsho, radiate and nimbate, standing facing, head right, extending cornucopiae with both hands; tamgha to right. Donum Burns 139. MK 77/1 (O40/R2). Very rare, only five examples cited by Göbl. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
A lustrous example and virtually as struck
Lot 133
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Kanishka I, c. 127/8-152. Dinar (Gold, 20mm, 7.98 g 12), Mint I (A). Kanishka, diademed and crowned, standing facing, his head turned to left, sacrificing over altar and holding goad and scepter; flame at shoulder. Rev. Orlagno, nimbate and wearing eagle-crested helmet and fillet, standing facing, head right, holding filleted lance in right hand, and sword with eagle's head hilt in left; tamgha to right. Donum Burns 132. MK 63 (O27/R12). A lustrous example. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
A very rare Dinar of Huvishka with unlisted dies
Lot 134
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka, c. 152-192. Dinar (Gold, 21mm, 7.89 g 12), Mint I (A). Nimbate, diademed, and crowned half-length bust of Huvishka to left, holding mace-scepter in his right hand and filleted spear in his left. Rev. Athsho standing right, flames about head and shoulders, holding blacksmith's hammer over shoulder and pair of tongs; tamgha to left. Donum Burns 247. MK 209 (unlisted dies). Very rare. Possible traces of mounting, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 135
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka, c.152-192. Dinar (Gold, 20mm, 7.97 g 12), Mint I (A). Nimbate, diademed, and crowned half-length bust of Huvishka to left, holding mace-scepter in his right hand and filleted spear in his left. Rev. Ardoxsho standing right, holding cornucopiae in both hands; tamgha to right. Donum Burns 249. MK 219/4-6 var. (O1α/R-). Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3800 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Extremely rare Dinar of Huvishka
Lot 136
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka, c. 152-192. Dinar (Gold, 21mm, 7.96 g 12), Mint I (A). Nimbate, diademed, and crowned half-length bust of Huvishka to left, holding mace-scepter in his right hand and filleted spear in his left. Rev. Winged Oanindo (Nike-Victory) standing left, holding wreath and cornucopiae; tamgha to left. Donum Burns -. MK 245 (O1/R4) = Cribb & Bracey E.G1v = Cunningham 35 = BM inv. 1893, 0506.6 (same dies). Extremely rare. Slight die shift and small edge nick on reverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Extremely rare
Lot 137
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka, c. 152-192. Dinar (Gold, 21mm, 7.94 g 12), Mint I (A). Nimbate, diademed, and crowned half-length bust of Huvishka to left, holding mace-scepter in his right hand and filleted spear in his left. Rev. Winged Oanindo (Nike-Victory) standing left, holding wreath in outstretched right hand and cradling filleted scepter in left arm; tamgha to right. Donum Burns 255 (same dies). MK 244 (O1/R3). Extremely rare. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 138
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka, c. 152-192. Dinar (Gold, 20mm, 7.97 g 12), Mint II (B). Nimbate, diademed, and crowned half-length bust of Huvishka to left, holding mace-scepter in his right hand and filleted spear in his left. Rev. Miiro (Mithra) standing facing, head left, extending hand in benediction, cradling filleted scepter, and holding hilt of sword; tamgha to left. Donum Burns -. MK 291 (O30/R10). Minor hairline flan split, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3400 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Extremely rare
Lot 139
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka, c. 152-192. Dinar (Gold, 21mm, 8.04 g 12), Mint II (B). Nimbate, diademed, and crowned half-length bust of Huvishka to left, holding mace-scepter in his right hand and filleted spear in his left. Rev. Nana standing facing, head left, holding object and billowing veil; tamgha to left, pseudo-legend to right. Donum Burns 274. MK 302 (O44β/R-). Extremely rare. Obverse struck from a worn and slightly rusty die and minor die break on reverse, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 140
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka, c. 152-192. Dinar (Gold, 19mm, 7.84 g 12), Mint II (B). Nimbate, diademed, and crowned half-length bust of Huvishka to left, holding mace-scepter in his right hand and filleted spear in his left. Rev. Ardoxsho standing right, holding cornucopiae; tamgha to right. Donum Burns -. MK 306 (O1/R48). Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Very rare
Lot 141
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka, circa 152-192. Dinar (Gold, 21mm, 8.01 g 12), Mint II (B). Nimbate, diademed, and crowned half-length bust of Huvishka to left, holding mace-scepter in his right hand and filleted spear in his left. Rev. Ashaiexsho standing facing, head left, extending hand in benediction and holding hand on hip; tamgha to left. Donum Burns -. MK 342 (O1/R1). Very rare. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 142
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka, c. 152-192. Dinar (Gold, 21mm, 7.90 g 12), Mint II (B). Nimbate, diademed, and crowned half-length bust of Huvishka to left, holding mace-scepter in his right hand and filleted spear in his left. Rev. Ardoxsho standing left, holding cornucopiae in both hands; tamgha to left. Donum Burns -. Cf. MK 357-9/365A (same obverse die and reverse type). A few minor marks, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 143
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Vasudeva I, c. 190-230. Dinar (Gold, 20mm, 7.97 g 12), main mint in Baktria (Balkh?). Vasudeva standing left, holding filleted standard, sacrificing over altar to left. Rev. Ithyphallic Siva standing facing, holding a garland or diadem and trident; behind, the bull Nandi standing left; tamgha to upper left. Donum Burns 404. MK 502. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 144
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Vasudeva II, c. 290-310. Dinar (Gold, 22mm, 8.03 g 12). Vasudeva, nimbate, standing facing, head turned left, flames on shoulder, holding standard in his left hand, sacrificing over altar to left; trident with ribbon to left, two symbols to right. Rev. Ithyphallic Siva standing facing, holding a garland or diadem and trident; behind, the bull Nandi standing left; tamgha to upper left. Donum Burns 448 (same obverse die). MK 535 var. (different symbols on reverse). Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 950 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 145
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Vasudeva II, c. 290-310. Dinar (Gold, 28mm, 8.00 g 12), Mint III (C). Vasudeva, diademed and crowned, standing facing, head left, flames at shoulder, sacrificing over altar and holding trident; monogram and filleted trident to left, tamgha to right, swastika between feet. Rev. Ithyphallic Siva standing facing, holding diadem in extended right hand, trident in left; behind, the bull Nandi standing left, monogram on rump; pellet and tamgha to left. Donum Burns 474. MK 692. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Beautiful Quadrigatus of great style
Lot 146
Anonymous, Quadrigatus (Silver, 23mm, 6.51 g 7), Rome, c. 225-214/212. Laureate janiform head of the Dioscouri. Rev. Jupiter, holding scepter and thunderbolt, standing right in a quadriga, driven to right by Victory who stands beside him; below, tablet, with angled sides, bearing ROMA in incuse letters. Crawford 29/3. Sydenham 64. A lovely, clear piece, very well-centered on a broad flan. Some surface roughness, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3400 CHF
Estimate: 3000 CHF
Lot 147
Q. Antonius Balbus, 83-82 BC. Denarius (Silver, 18mm, 4.04 g 6), Rome. Laureate head of Jupiter to right; behind neck, S C. Rev. Q ANTO BALB / PR Victory in quadriga to right, holding reins and palm-branch in her left hand and wreath in her right; below, L. Babelon (Antonia) 1. Crawford 364/1d. Sydenham 742b. A beautiful, sharp, well-centered and toned example. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 148
Julius Caesar, Denarius (Silver, 17mm, 3.78 g 7), military mint traveling with Caesar in North Africa, 47-46 BC. Diademed head of Venus to right. Rev. CAESAR Aeneas advancing left, holding Palladium in his right hand and bearing Anchises on his left shoulder. Babelon (Julia) 10. Crawford 458/1. Sydenham 1013. An attractive example, clear and well centered. Uncleaned horn-silver on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 149
C. Cassius Longinus and L. Cornelius Lentulus Spinther, 43-42 BC. Denarius (Silver, 18mm, 3.95 g 6), mint moving with the army of Brutus and Cassius. C.CASSI.IMP LEIBERTAS Diademed head of Libertas to right, wearing earring and necklace of pearls. Rev. LENTVLVS / SPINT Jug and lituus. Babelon (Cassia) 16 and (Cornelia) 75. Cohen 4. Crawford 500/3. Sear Imperators 221. Sydenham 1307. Some minor scratches, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Very rare - Potitus Valerius Messalla, consul suffectus in 29 BC
Lot 150
PHRYGIA, Aizanis. Augustus, 27 BC - AD 14. Assarion (Bronze, 22mm, 8.36 g 2), Potitus Valerius Messalla, consul suffectus in 29 BC, proconsul of Asia, c. 28-c. 23/20 and legatus pro praetore of Syria, c. 19-18, c. 25 BC. ΠΟΤΙΤ ΜΕΣΣΑΛΛΑΣ Bare head of Potitus Messalla to left; behind head, grain ear (?). Rev. ΕΖΕΑΝΙΤΩΝ Hand holding balance to left; to right, monogram. RPC 3067. SNG von Aulock 3342. Very rare and very clear. Dark olive-green patina. Two ancient cuts on the reverse, otherwise , good fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 151
Augustus, 27 BC-AD 14. Denarius (Silver, 21mm, 3.84 g 6), Spanish mint (Colonia Caesaraugusta?), 19-18 BC. AVGVSTVS CAESAR Oak-wreathed head of Augustus to left. Rev. DIVVS IVLIVS Eight-rayed comet with tail upwards. BMC 326. Cohen 97. RIC 37b. Attractively struck on a broad flan. Somewhat lightly struck, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4400 CHF
Estimate: 3000 CHF
Very rare - Fabius Maximus, consul 11 BC and proconsul of Asia, 10-9 BC
Lot 152
PHRYGIA, Hierapolis. Augustus, 27 BC - AD 15. Assarion (Bronze, 14mm, 5.80 g 11), Fabius Maximus, consul 11 BC and proconsul of Asia, 10-9 (others suggest 9-8 and 6-5) with the local magistrates Zosimos Philopatris and Charax, 10-9 BC. ΦΑΒΙΟΣ ΜΑΞΙΜΟΣ Bare head of Fabius Maximus to right. Rev. ΖΩΣΙΜΟΣ ΦΙΛΟΠΑΤΡΙΣ / ΙΕΡΟΠΟΛΕΙΤΩΝ ΧΑΡΑΞ Double axe with long handle bound with a fillet. BMC 93-94. RPC 2930. SNG Copenhagen 447. Very rare. Attractive dark green patina. Minor ancient scratch on the reverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
A lovely Sestertius of Nero with a beautiful dark green patina
Lot 153
Nero, 54-68. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 34mm, 26.83 g 6), Lugdunum, c. 66. IMP NERO CAESAR AVG PONT MAX TR POT P P Laureate head of Nero to left, with globe at point of bust. Rev. DECVRSIO / S - C Nero, bare-headed and in military dress, riding horse prancing to right with a lion skin saddle cloth, holding spear in left hand and reins with his right; behind him, soldier riding to right, holding a vexillum over his right shoulder. BMC 316. RIC 508. WCN 448. Very attractive dark green patina with some minor pitting. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Stunning Hemidrachm of Nero from Caesarea
Lot 154
Nero, 54-68. Hemidrachm (Silver, 16mm, 1.71 g 1), Caesarea, Cappadocia, 59-60. NERO CLAVD DIVI CLAVD F CAESAR AVG GERMANI Laureate head of Nero to right. Rev. Victory seated right on globe, holding wreath in both hands. BMC 409. RIC 617. RPC 3645. Sydenham 82. A sharp example, with a really fine portrait. Slightly rough surfaces, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Pedigreed to the mid 18th century!
Lot 155
Otho, 15 January - 17 April 69. Denarius (Silver, 19mm, 3.47 g 6), Rome. IMP OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P Bare head of Otho to right. Rev. SECVRITAS P R Securitas standing left, holding wreath in her right hand and scepter in her left. BMC 19. Cohen 15. RIC 10. Rare. Very old, mottled toning. With a fascinating pedigree. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 156
Domitian, 81-96. Denarius (Silver, 18mm, 3.41 g 7), Rome, 92-93. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P XII Laureate head of Domitian to right. Rev. IMP XXII COS XVI CENS P P P Minerva advancing right, brandishing spear and holding shield. BMC 200. Cohen 280. RIC 739. A lovely piece, toned and in high relief. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 157
Trajan, 98-117. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 34 mm, 22.69 g, 6 h), Rome, 100. IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG GERM P M Laureate head of Trajan to right. Rev. TR POT COS III P P / S C Pax seated to left, holding branch in her right hand and long scepter in her left. BMC 731 note. Cohen 624. MIR 76a. RIC 413. Pleasant dark green patina and with a bold, early portrait. Very minor double striking on the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 158
Trajan, 98-117. Uncertain (Bronze, 23mm, 4.17 g 6), Rome, but for use in Syria, 20 February - 9 December 116. IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GERM Radiate and draped bust of Trajan to right. Rev. DAC PARTHICO P M TR POT XX COS VII P P Wreath containing S C. BMC 1093-1094. McAlee 509. MIR 957v. An amazingly fine and clear piece, with a dark green patina. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1900 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 159
Hadrian, 117-138. Denarius (Silver, 17mm, 3.17 g 7), Rome, 118. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG Laureate bust of Hadrian to right, with slight drapery on his left shoulder. Rev. P M TR P COS II / PAX Pax standing left, holding branch in her right hand and cornucopiae with her left. BMC 78. Cohen 1015. RIC 44. A sharp and attractive piece. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 500 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Extremely rare depiction of the temple of Hercules in Gades
Lot 160
Hadrian, 117-138. Aureus (Gold, 18mm, 7.08 g 7), Rome, 119-122. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG Laureate and draped bust of Hadrian to right. Rev. P M TR P COS III Hercules standing facing, holding an apple in his left hand and resting his right on the handle of his club, propped on the ground; to his left and right, female figure, draped and wearing a curious headdress, each raising her right hand and turning her head towards him; they all stand in a flat-roofed pavilion supported by four columns or pillars; below the feet of Hercules, ladder-like flight of stairs leading to the pavilion; to left, stern of galley; to right, head of Jupiter to right. BMC -, but see pl. 48, 20 = Cohen 1085. Calicó 1324. RIC 60 var. Extremely rare and with a very unusual reverse. Minor bang on Hadrian’s nose, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 19000 CHF
Estimate: 15000 CHF
RESTITVTORI HISPANIAE
Lot 161
Hadrian, 117-138. Denarius (Silver, 18mm, 3.33 g 6), Rome, 134-138. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P Laureate head of Hadrian to right. Rev. RESTITVTORI HISPANIAE Hadrian, togate, standing right, extending his right hand to grasp that of Hispania, who kneels left before him; between them, rabbit to left. BMC 883. Cohen 1270. RIC 326. Attractively toned. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
A bold and life-like portrait of Hadrian
Lot 162
Hadrian, 117-138. Denarius (Silver, 17mm, 3.48 g 6), Rome, c. 137. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P Bare head of Hadrian to right. Rev. VOTA PVBLICA Hadrian, togate, standing left, sacrificing over tripod altar. BMC 777. Cohen 1481. RIC 290. Sharp and attractively toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 163
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Denarius (Silver, 18mm, 3.46 g 6), Rome, December 163 - December 164. M ANTONINVS AVG IMP II Bare head of Marcus Aurelius to right. Rev. CONCORD AVG TR P XVIII / COS III Concordia seated to left. BMC 242. Cohen. 44. RIC 87. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
A magnificent Medallion of Marcus Aurelius from the Gnecchi Collection
Lot 164
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Medallion (Bronze, 40mm, 51.78 g 12), Rome, 168. M ANTONINVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Marcus Aurelius to right. Rev. TR P XXII IMP IIII COS III Jupiter standing facing, with drapery over his arms, holding a thunderbolt in his right hand over a togate figure of Marcus Aurelius to left and, in his left hand, holding a long scepter over a togate figure of Lucius Verus. Cohen 886. Gnecchi 52, pl. 63, 3 (this coin illustrated). MIR 18, 1040-1/37. Very rare and with an extensive pedigree. Clear and attractive with a brown patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 20000 CHF
Estimate: 20000 CHF
Apparently unpublished and seemingly completely unknown depiction of Homer
Lot 165
Paphlagonia, Amastris. Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Diassarion (Orichalcum, 27mm, 15.23 g 6). ΑΥΤ Κ Μ ΑΥΡΗΛΙΟC ΑΝΤΩΝΕΙΝΟC Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Marcus Aurelius to left. Rev. ΑΜΑCΤΡΙΑΝΩΝ / ΟΜΗΡΟC The poet Homer seated to right on a low-backed chair, his head turned back to left; before him to right, Artemis holding torch, her head turned to left; to left, Ares (?), standing left, his head turned back to right. Apparently unpublished and seemingly completely unknown. A coin of the highest possible interest, with a fine obverse portrait and a fascinating representation of Homer on the reverse. Golden-brown patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 500 CHF
From the Collection of M. Canovas, Vinchon, 1994, 65
Lot 166
Lucius Verus, 161-169. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 33.5mm, 25.13 g 12), Rome, 161. IMP CAES L AVREL VERVS AVG Laureate head of Lucius Verus to right. Rev. CONCORD AVGVSTOR TR P / COS II / S - C Marcus Aurelius, on the left, standing right, and Lucius Verus, on the right, standing left, clasping hands. Banti 21. BMC 859. RIC 1284. A well-struck example in high relief and with a dark green and brown patina with some red. Two very minor flan cracks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Lot 167
Lucilla, Augusta, 164-182. Aureus (Gold, 20mm, 7.12 g 1), Rome, 164-169. LVCILLAE AVG ANTONINI AVG F Draped bust of Lucilla to right, her hair tied into a bun at the back. Rev. VENVS Venus standing left, holding an apple in her right hand and a long scepter in her left. BMC 320. Calicó 2218. Cohen 69. RIC 783. Rare. With a fine portrait of good style. Edge smoothed, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 13000 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
A rare and exceptional Denarius of Pescennius Niger
Lot 168
Pescennius Niger, 193-194. Denarius (Silver, 18mm, 3.71 g 1), Antioch. IMP CAES C PESCEN NIGER IVST AVG Laureate head of Pescennius Niger to right. Rev. IOVI PRAE ORBIS Jupiter seated left on stool, holding Victory in his right hand and long scepter in his left. BMC 303. Cohen 41 var. (eagle on sceptre). RIC 43b corr. (holding Victory not eagle). Very well struck on good silver. Reverse struck somewhat off center, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4400 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Another great example of Pescennius Niger
Lot 169
Pescennius Niger, 193-194. Denarius (Silver, 17mm, 3.08 g 12), Antioch. IMP CAES PESC - NIGER IVST AVC Laureate head of Pescennius Niger to right. Rev. IVSTI - TIA AVG Justitia standing facing, her head to left, holding scales with her right hand and cornucopiae in her left. BMC -, but cf. p. 78, note 305. Cohen 44. RIC 49. A very well-struck, sharp example with a fine portrait. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 170
Septimius Severus, 193-211. Denarius (Silver, 17mm, 3.38 g 6), Rome, 200-201. SEVERVS AVG PART MAX Laureate head of Septimius Severus to right. Rev. PROVID AVGG Providentia standing left, holding long scepter in her left hand and wand in her right; at her feet to left, globe. BMC 197. Cohen 586. RIC 166. Sharply struck on a very broad flan. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
A lovely As of Caracalla with a natural green patina
Lot 171
Caracalla, 198-217. As (Copper, 26mm, 10.57 g 6), Rome, 215. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM Laureate head of Caracalla to right. Rev. P M TR P XVIII COS IIII P P / S - C Aesculapius standing facing, his head turned to left, holding serpent entwined staff with his right hand; at his feet to right, globe. BMC 293 note. Cohen 304. RIC 553a. Very attractive green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 8000 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
A very rare 4 Assaria from Kyzikos
Lot 172
MYSIA, Kyzikos. Autonomous issues, circa 212-217. 4 Assaria (Bronze, 33mm, 17.10 g 7), struck during the sole reign of Caracalla. ΚΟΡΗ ϹΩΤϵΙΡΑ Draped bust of Kore to right, wearing grain wreath and with her hair tied in a bun at the back. Rev. ΑΥΡ ΑΝΤΩΝΕΙΝΙΑΝΩΝ ΚΥΖΙΚΗΝΩΝ // ΔΙC ΝϵΩΚΟ / ΡΩΝ Hades, in chariot galloping to right, grasping the struggling Persephone. SNG France -. SNG von Aulock -. Von Fritze III, pl. VI, 33 (same die). Very rare. An interesting mythological type. Black patina. Rough surfaces, otherwise/i>, very fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 750 CHF
A possibly unpublished Diassarion from Kadoi
Lot 173
PHRYGIA, Kadoi. Caracalla, 198-217. Diassarion (Bronze, 22mm, 6.48 g 6), c. 212-215. Κ Μ Α ΑΝΤΩΝΕΙΝ Laureate, bearded and cuirassed bust of Caracalla to right, seen from behind. Rev. ΚΑΔΟ-ΗΝΩΝ Kybele, turreted and draped, seated to left on bench-like throne; to left, lion. BMC -. SNG Copenhagen -. SNG von Aulock -. Possibly unpublished. Well struck and well centered, and with a very dark olive-black patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 300 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 174
Diadumenian, as Caesar, 217-218. Denarius (Silver, 21 mm, 2.77 g, 6 h), Rome. M OPEL ANT DIADVMENIAN CAES Bare-headed and draped bust of Diadumenian to right. Rev. PRINC IVVENTVTIS Diadumenian standing front, his head turned to right, holding standard with his right hand and scepter in his left; to right, two standards. BMC 87. Cohen 3. RIC 102. Sharp, clear and lustrous. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
A very rare and most attractive Aureus of Elagabalus
Lot 175
Elagabalus, 218-222. Aureus (Gold, 21mm, 6.49 g 4), Rome, 220-221. IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Elagabalus to right Rev. P M TR P III COS III P P Elagabalus, standing left in quadriga walking to left, holding branch in his raised right hand and scepter in his left; in field to left, six-pointed star. BMC 183. Calicó 3013a. RIC 35. Very rare. Lightly toned and attractive. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 25000 CHF
Estimate: 20000 CHF
Lot 176
Aquilia Severa, Augusta, second and fourth wife of Elagabalus, 220-221 & 221-222. Denarius (Silver, 20mm, 2.84 g 1), Rome. IVLIA AQVILIA SEVERA AVG Draped bust of Aquilia Severa to right, her hair in a queue twisted into a knot at the back. Rev. CONCORDIA Concordia standing left, holding patera in her right hand and double cornucopiae with her left; to right, star; to left, altar. BMC 184. Cohen 2. RIC 226. Rare. A lovely and sharply struck example. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
A mint state Denarius of Diva Paulina
Lot 177
Diva Paulina, died before 235. Denarius (Silver, 21mm, 2.74 g 12), Rome. DIVA PAVLINA Veiled and draped bust of Diva Paulina to right. Rev. CONSECRATIO Peacock in splendor. BMC 135. Cohen 1. RIC 1. A virtually perfect example, lustrous and with a most elegant portrait. FDC.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 178
Maximus, Caesar, 235/6-238. Denarius (Silver, 20mm, 3.38 g 12), Rome, 235-236. IVL VERVS MAXIMVS CAES Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Maximus to right. Rev. PIETAS AVG Lituus, knife, jug, simpulum and sprinkler. BMC 118. Cohen 1. RIC 1. A brilliant, lustrous, sharp and clear example. FDC.
Hammer Price: 950 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
A very rare Denarius of Gordian II
Lot 179
Gordian II, 238. Denarius (Silver, 19mm, 2.46 g 6), Rome, March-April 238. IMP M ANT GORDIANVS AFR AVG Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian II to right. Rev. VICTORIA AVGG Victory advancing to left, holding wreath in her right hand and palm frond with her left. BMC 28. Cohen 12. RIC 2. Rare. Sharp and well struck. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 5500 CHF
Another exceptional Denarius of Gordian Africanus
Lot 180
Gordian II, 238. Denarius (Silver, 20 mm, 2.70 g, 7 h), Rome. IMP M ANT GORDIANVS AFR AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian II to right. Rev. VIRTVS AVGG Virtus standing left, holding shield set on ground in right hand and spear in left. BMC 30. Cohen 14. RIC 3. Very rare. Lustrous and with a splendid portrait. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 4400 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Lot 181
Pupienus, 238. Denarius (Silver, 21mm, 3.08 g 12), Rome. IMP C M CLOD PVPIENVS AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Pupienus to right. Rev. P M TR P COS II P P Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus in her right hand and long scepter with her left. BMC 52-54. Cohen 26. RIC 6. A most elegant example, lustrous and sharp. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 182
Balbinus, 238. Denarius (Silver, 20mm, 2.92 g 6), Rome. IMP C D CAEL BALBINVS AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Balbinus to right. Rev. VICTORIA AVGG Victory standing left, holding laurel wreath in her raised right hand and palm frond with her left. BMC 38. Cohen 27. RIC 8. A wonderfully sharp, well-centered and lustrous example. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Medallic Pentassarion of Gordian III
Lot 183
IONIA, Magnesia ad Maeandrum. Gordian III, 238-244. Pentassarion (Bronze, 34mm, 27.59 g 6), A. Demoneikos Prothoos, grammateus. ΑΥΤ Κ Μ ΑΝΤ ΓΟΡΔΙΑΝΟC Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian III to right, seen from behind. Rev. ΕΠΙ ΔΗΜΟΝΕΙΚΟΥ / ΜΑΓΝΗΤΩΝ Selene in biga of bulls rushing to left. RPC 532. Schultz 432. A bold piece with a green patina. Struck on a very broad flan with dies that are clearly considerably smaller. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 184
Philip II, 247-249. Antoninianus (Silver, 21 mm, 4.08 g, 6 h), Antioch, 247-249. IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Philip II to right. Rev. AETERNITAS AVGG Elephant advancing left, guided by mahout holding goad and wand. Cohen 5. RIC 246A (misdescribed, elephant to right). With an unusually detailed elephant. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 185
Tacitus, 275-276. Antoninianus or Aurelianus (Billon, 23mm, 4.81 g 1), Lugdunum, November-December 275. IMP C CL TACITVS AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Tacitus to right. Rev. PROVID DEOR Providentia standing left, holding cornucopiae with her left hand and, in her right, scepter pointed downward at a globe at her feet. RIC on line 3260. A superb, sharp and fully silvered example. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 220 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 186
Tacitus, 275-276. Antoninianus or Aurelianus (Billon, 23mm, 4.44 g 6), Rome, January-June 276. IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG Radiate bust of Tacitus to right, with slight drapery on his far shoulder. Rev. CLEMENTIA TEMP / XXIZ Clementia standing facing, her head to left and with her legs crossed, leaning her left elbow on a low column and holding a long scepter with her right hand. RIC on line 3578. Very attractive, fully silvered and well struck. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 220 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
A rare Aureus of Carus
Lot 187
Carus, 282-283. Aureus (Gold, 20mm, 4.76 g 6), Lugdunum, 282. IMP C M AVR CARVS P F AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Carus to right. Rev. PAX AVG Pax striding to left, holding olive branch in her right hand and scepter in her left. Bastien, Lyon, 442f (same dies). Calicó 4270. Cohen 46. RIC 2. Rare. Struck on broad flan. Some minor scratches on the reverse and some minor edge marks, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 14000 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
A rare and excellent Antoninianus of Magnia Urbica
Lot 188
Magnia Urbica, Augusta, 283-285. Antoninianus (Billon, 21mm, 3.49 g 6), Lugdunum. MAGNIA VRBICA AVG Diademed and draped bust of Magnia Urbica to right, with her hair in a plait ornamented with pearls and tied up on top of her head, and with a crescent behind her shoulders. Rev. VENVS GENETRIX Venus standing left, holding apple in her right hand and long scepter in her left; in field to left, D. RIC V, 337. A splendid, very sharply struck piece with original silvering and an excellent portrait. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
A wonderful and impressive Antoninianus of Diocletian
Lot 189
Diocletian, 284-305. Antoninianus (Billon, 23mm, 3.65 g 2), Lugdunum, 287-289. IMP C DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Diocletian to right. Rev. VIRTVTI AVGG Hercules standing right, strangling the Nemean lion; at his feet to left, club. Lyon 208. RIC V, 103. A truly wonderful, very sharply struck example with original silvering and an impressive portrait. Minor flan crack, otherwise, virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 190
Maximianus, first reign, 286-305. Antoninianus (Billon, 23mm, 3.91 g 7), Lugdunum, 287-289. IMP C MAXIMIANVS P AVG Radiate, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Maximian to right. Rev. VIRTVTI AVGG Hercules standing right, strangling the Nemean lion; at his feet to left, club. Lyon 216. RIC V, 458. A wonderful example with original silvering. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 260 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 191
Maximianus, first reign, 286-305. Antoninianus (Billon, 22mm, 3.03 g 7), Siscia. IMP C M A VAL MAXIMIANVS P F AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Maximian to right. Rev. FIDES MILITVM / B / XXI Maximian and Diocletian standing, facing each other. RIC V, 586. A lovely toned example with original silvering. Very minor flan crack, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 192
Maximianus, first reign, 286-305. Argenteus (Silver, 18mm, 3.13 g 12), Ticinum, c. 294. MAXIMIANVS AVG Laureate head of Maximianus to right. Rev. VIRTVS MILITVM Four tetrarchs sacrificing before camp with six turrets and pellet in archway. Jelocnik 32. RIC 14b. A lovely, lustrous example. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 193
Maximianus, first reign, 286-305. Argenteus (Silver, 18mm, 2.66 g 6), Ticinum, c. 295. MAXIMIANVS AVG Laureate head of Maximianus to right. Rev. VIRTVS MILITVM Four tetrarchs sacrificing before camp with six turrets. Jelocnik 36. RIC 18b. Sharp, in high relief and toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
A very rare Argenteus of Maximianus with a bold portrait
Lot 194
Maximianus, first reign, 286-305. Argenteus (Silver, 20mm, 3.69 g 1), Siscia, c. 300. MAXIMIANVS P F AVG Laureate head of Maximianus to right. Rev. VICTORIA AVGG / *SIS Camp gate with open door and three turrets. RIC 64b. Very rare and with a particularly bold portrait. Tiny flan crack, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
From the Beaurains/Arras Hoard of 1922
Lot 195
Galerius, as Caesar, 293-305. Aureus (Gold, 21mm, 5.13 g 6), Treveri, 302-305. MAXI - MIANVS N C Laureate head of Galerius to right. Rev. MARTI PRO - PVGNATORI / TR Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Mars to right. Beaurains 270 (this coin). Calicó 4931. RIC VI, p. 171, 63. Very rare. Very well-centered on a very broad flan. Minor flan fault on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 33000 CHF
Estimate: 25000 CHF
Lot 196
Galerius, 305-311. Follis (Bronze, 25mm, 10.97 g 1), Ticinum, 306. IMP C MAXIMIANVS P F AVG Laureate head of Galerius to right. Rev. FIDES MILITIM / P T Fides seated left, holding two standards. RIC 59b. A superb piece, with lovely very slightly silvery surfaces, very sharply stuck. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 270 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 197
Galerius, 305-311. Aureus (Gold, 19mm, 5.24 g 6), Nikomedia, 305-306. MAXIMIA-NVS AVGVSTVS Laureate head of Galerius to right. Rev. X / MAXI / MIAN / I AVG / SMN in five lines within a laurel wreath tied at the bottom and sealed at the top with a medallion inscribed NK. Calicó 4962. Depeyrot 9/6. RIC 38. Very rare. Minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 13500 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Lot 198
Severus II, as Caesar, 305-306. Follis (Bronze, 25mm, 10.47 g 11), Siscia, 305-306. FL VAL SEVERVS NOB C Laureate head of Severus II to right. Rev. CONCORDIA IMPERII / SISB / VI Concordia standing left, holding long staff. RIC 173a. A superb, sharp example with excellent surfaces. Reverse very slightly double-struck, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 360 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
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