nomos 13
7 October 2016
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
An extremely fine Unit of Endubis
AXUM. Endubis, c. 290. Unit (Gold, 15mm, 2.65 g 12). ENΔYBIC BACIΛEYC Draped bust of Endubis to right, wearing head-cloth and circular earring; around, two wheat stalks; above, pellet in crescent. Rev. AΞWMITW BICIΔAXY (= of the Axumites, Man of Dakhu) Draped bust of Endubis to right, wearing head-cloth and circular earring; around, two wheat stalks; above, pellet in crescent. Juel-Jensen 1. MH 1. Vaccaro 1. Interesting and well-struck. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
An outstanding Solidus of Theodahad and Witigis
OSTROGOTHS. Period of Athalaric, Theodahad and Witigis, 526-540. Solidus (Gold, 20mm, 4.37 g 6), Ravenna, c. 530-539. D N IVSTINI - ANVS P F AVC Pearl-diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust, three-quarters facing turned slightly to right, holding a spear with his right hand and, over his left shoulder, a shield bearing a horseman spearing a fallen foe. Rev. VICTORI - A AVCCC A / COMOB Victory standing left, holding long jeweled cross. Cf. MEC 122. Metlich 36. MIB 28. Clear, well-struck and toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
A magnificent Tremissis of Charibert II with a great pedigree going back to 1840
MEROVINGIANS, Banassac. Charibert II, 629-632. Tremissis (Gold, 12mm, 1.26 g 6). CH+ARIBERTVS REX Diademed head of Charibert to right. Rev. BANNACIACO FIT Chalice, surmounted by a cross and with elaborate handles. Belfort 685 var. MEC 424 var. Prou 2056. L. Max-Werly Monnaies mérovingiennes. Trouvaille de Saint-Aubin (Meuse), RN 1890, 1 (this coin). A very attractive, toned example with an impressive pedigree. A few minor scratches, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 8000 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
A very rare and intriguing weight of possibly Carolingian origin
Western Mediterranean / North African Area. Circa 7th-9th centuries, possibly Carolingian. Weight of half a libra or 6 ounces (Bronze, inlaid with silver, 44x10mm, 155.48 g), a thick, circular commercial-weight, with a slightly convex obverse, a deeply concave reverse, centering holes on both sides and a plain edge (as MAH A1), ounce of 25.91 g, solidus of 4.31 g. Within an outer engraved circle (once filled with silver?), +VITALIS SCVTARIO (engraved and silver filled), and an inner silver-filled engraved circle; at the center, deep centering hole within a deep engraved circle (once filled with silver?). Rev. Plain but with a broad hollowed out center covered with adjustment scratches. No truly similar weights have been found, but the hollowed reverse is quite close in appearance to many commercial weights of this period or slightly later. A very rare and intriguing weight. Dark patina with pitting and, on the reverse, many adjustment scratches, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 1250 CHF
A most curious weight with no parallel - possibly Carolingian
Western Mediterranean / North African Area. Circa 7th-9th centuries, possibly Carolingian. Weight of one ounce (or gaming piece?), inlaid with silver (Bronze, inlaid with silver, 21x6mm, 24.24 g), a thick, circular commercial-weight with centering holes on both sides, a slightly convex top and a plain edge (as MAH A1), ounce of 24.24 g. +IOHSELIADI, deeply engraved and inlaid with silver; at the center, centering hole within a circular incuse area. Rev. Plain, but with barely visible remains of an circular incuse border. No parallel found. A most curious item. The technique is definitely late Roman-early Byzantine in flavor: and the circular legend begun by a cross is very Western. Dark patina with some encrustations as found, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 480 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
A very rare and extraordinary weight of the Fatimid period or later
Egypt, Fatimid Period or later. Circa 10th-11th century / 3rd-5th century AH. 2 Ounce = 33 1/3 Dirham Weight (Bronze, 29x29x15mm, 104.09 g), a very thick, square commercial-weight, of probable Coptic workmanship. He-goat walking to left, his head turned back to right, surrounded by floral ornaments; all within raised square border. Rev. Plain. A. Mazarakis, “Three Weights,” NomXhron 28, 2010, pp. 95-104, fig. C (this piece). A bold and attractive piece with a dark brown patina. A very rare and extraordinary object. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3600 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Apparently completely unparalleled and impressive weight of 2 ounces
Egypt, Fatimid Period or later. 10th-13th century (?) / AH 3rd-7th century (?). Weight of 1/6 Ratl of 55 dirhams or 2 ounces (Bronze, 49x49x8mm, 171.58 g), probably Coptic but conceivably a Crusader commercial- or coin-weight. Cross-crosslet with floral ornaments coming from the upper and lower ends, and with a small square in each inner angle of the cross; all within a linear square frame itself surrounded by a floral border forming another square frame. Rev. Circular empty space surrounded by five inscribed concentric circles; in the space between the inner two and the outer three circles, 33 punched stars; outside the outer circle, engraved ‘pointer-like’ ornament, which forms a ‘handle’ like that found on an astrolabe. Apparently completely unparalleled, but see its publication as A. Mazarakis, “Three Weights,” NomXhron 28, 2010, pp. 95-104, fig. D (this piece). An impressive and intriguing object. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
An extremely rare and lovely 30 Dirham weight of the Artuqids
ISLAMIC, Anatolia. The Artuqids of Kayfa and Amid. Rukn al-Din Mawdud, 1222-1231 / AH 619-629. 30 Dirham Weight (Bronze, 39x12mm, 125.75 g), a thick, circular commercial-weight. Double-headed eagle with griffin-like heads and stylized wings ending in curlicues. Rev. Plain, with a flat polished surface. Kürkman 104 (same type, but of 12.5 dirhems). A. Mazarakis, “Three Weights,” NomXhron 28, 2010, pp. 95-104, fig. A (this piece). Extremely rare. A solid and impressive piece with a very dark, green-red-brown patina. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2400 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
ISLAMIC, Ottoman Empire. Bayezid II, AH 886-918 / AD 1481-1512. Weight of 2 dirhems (Bronze, 17x12x3mm, 5.93 g), a rectangular commercial-weight. Tuğra of Bayezid II. Rev. Blank. Kürkman p. 62, 2 and p. 63, top right. A rare and interesting piece. Smooth brown patina. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 360 CHF
Estimate: 125 CHF
ISLAMIC, Ottoman Empire. Selim III, AH 1203-1222 / AD 1789-1807. Weight of 10 dirhems (Bronze, 21x21x9mm, 31.74 g), an octangular commercial-weight. Tuğra of Selim III, dated 1203. Rev. Plain. Kürkman cf. 200 and 207 (20 and 50 dirhems) and p. 87, bottom right. Dark grey-green patina. About very fine.
Hammer Price: 220 CHF
Estimate: 125 CHF
ISLAMIC, Ottoman Empire. Mahmud II, AH 1223-1255 / AD 1808-1839. Weight of 5 dirhems (Bronze, 17x16x7mm, 15.54 g), an octangular commercial-weight. Tuğra of Mahmud II, dated 1223. Rev. Plain. Kürkman cf. 221-225 (10 Dirhems) and p. 88, middle. Clear and with an olive-green/grey patina. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 240 CHF
Estimate: 125 CHF
ISLAMIC, Ottoman. 18th-19th century or earlier. Weight of 100-Dirhams (Bronze, 33x34x33mm, 298.50 g), a large, ‘square’ commercial-weight in the form of a polyhedron with six square faces and eight triangular ones. CPAI Turkey 1, 161 var. (differing weight). Large and impressive. Minor marks and with a hole (for weight adjustment?) in the ‘base’. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 480 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
ISLAMIC, Ottoman Empire. 18th-19th century or earlier. Weight of 50-Dirhams (52?) (Bronze, 25x26x27mm, 152.10 g), a large, ‘square’ commercial-weight in the form of a polyhedron with six square faces and eight triangular ones. CPAI Turkey 1, 161 var. (differing weight). Solid and attractive. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 240 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
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