nomos 13
7 October 2016
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
Lot 298
Constans II, 641-668. Semissis (Gold, 16 mm, 1.45 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 641-666. d N CONSTANTINЧS T P P AV Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans to right. Rev. VICTORIA AVςЧ S / CONOB Cross potent. DOC 44. MIB 50. SB 983. An unusually sharp and well-struck piece. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Virtually as struck
Lot 299
Justinian II, second reign, 705-711. Solidus (Gold, 20mm, 4.43 g 6), Constantinople, 706. 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 IUSTINIANUS 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 beautiful, sharply struck example. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 3800 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
A mint state Solidus of Justinian II
Lot 300
Justinian II, with Tiberius, second reign, 705-711. Solidus (Gold, 20mm, 4.53 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 A’ Crowned half-length figures of Justinian II, on left, and Tiberius, as a child not an infant, on right, both wearing chlamys and holding between them, in their right hands, a cross potent on two steps. DOC 2b. MIB 2b. SB 1414. Clear and sharp. A few unimportant areas of flatness on both sides, otherwise, virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 3800 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
An extremely rare and beautifully struck Solidus of Irene
Lot 301
Irene, 797-802. Solidus (Gold, 19mm, 3.78 g 6), Syracuse, c. 797/8. IRIn 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. Beautifully struck and perfectly centered. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 6500 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Very rare and struck on a unusually broad flan
Lot 302
Irene, 797-802. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 3.72 g, 6 h), Syracuse, 798-802. IRIn bASILIS 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. IRIn bASILIS 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, C; in field to right, I. Anastasi 455. DOC -. SB -. Very rare. Sharply struck on a full, round flan. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6500 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Lot 303
Romanus III Argyrus, 1028-1034. Histamenon (Gold, 24mm, 4.45 g 6), Constantinople. +IhS XIS REX REGNANTIhM Christ Pantokrator seated facing on throne, holding book in his left hand and raising his right in blessing. Rev. ΘCΕ bΟΗΘ RωΜΑnω On the left, Romanus standing facing, wearing crown and loros, holding globus cruciger with his left hand; on the right, the Virgin, nimbate and wearing robes, crowing the emperor with her right hand and holding maphorion in her left. DOC 1d. Clear and attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 950 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 304
Constantine IX Monomachus, 1042-1055. Histamenon (Gold, 30mm, 4.43 g 5), Constantinople. +IhS XIS REX REGNANTIhM Christ, nimbate, seated facing on lyre-backed throne. Rev. CωnSTAnTh bASILEU Rm Bust of Constantine IX facing, wearing loros and crown with pendilia, holding scepter ending in leaved cross in his right hand and globus surmounted by a cross resting on a crescent in his left. DOC 1a. SB 1828. Rare. Very attractive and sharp. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 305
Constantine IX Monomachus, 1042-1055. Tetarteron (Gold, 17mm, 4.06 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, wearing jeweled chlamys, and holding a trefoil-tipped scepter in his right hand and a globus cruciger in his left. DOC 5a. Nicely struck and centered. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 306
Constantine X Ducas, 1059-1067. Histamenon (Gold, 27mm, 4.39 g 6), Constantinople. +IhS IXS REX REGNANThIm Christ, nimbate, seated facing on straight-backed throne, raising his right hand in benediction and holding Gospels in his left. Rev. +KѠN RACΛI O ΔOVKAC Constantine standing facing, wearing crown and loros, holding labarum with pellet on shaft with his right hand and globus cruciger in his left. DOC 1b. SB 1847. Attractive and well struck. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 500 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
An extremely fine Unit of Endubis
Lot 307
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
Lot 308
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
Lot 309
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 Solidus weight of Honorius
Lot 310
Honorius, 393-423. Solidus weight or Exagium (Bronze, 16x15x2mm, 4.24 g 12), a square coin-weight, uncertain Western mint, perhaps Ravenna. DN HONORI / VS AVG Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Honorius to right; all within square dotted border. Rev. EXAGIVM / SOLIDI Moneta standing left, holding balance in her right hand and cornucopiae in her left; all within square dotted border. Bendall 5. CW 410. Very rare. A very interesting piece, with uncleaned surface deposits. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
A Siliqua (?) weight of Leo I of great rarity and interest
Lot 311
Leo I, 457-474. Siliqua Weight (?) (Bronze, 12x12x2mm, 1.85 g 6), a square coin-weight on the reduced standard, Thessalonica. Diademed and draped imperial, beardless bust to right. Rev. Square monogram of LEONIS. A. Mazarakis, “A Byzantine check-weight of Leo I (457-474)” NomXhron 30, 2012, pp. 39-43 (this piece, illustrated on p. 39), Roma 10, 2015, 913 (same dies). A weight of great rarity and interest. Nicely patinated. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
An impressive and rare weight of 1 libra or 72 Solidi
Lot 312
Circa 4th-6th century. Weight of 1 libra or 72 solidi (Brass (’orichalcum’), inlaid with silver and copper, 51x51x13mm, 320.44 g), a thick, square coin-weight with plain edges (as MAH B1), solidus of 4.45 g. Engraved on the top with inscription three lines, <ΛΡ>-Α / SOL / LXXII, within curved arch highlighted in silver; above to left and right, cross filled in silver; all within square frame of engraved lines enclosing a copper border. Rev. Plain. Bendall 152 var. An impressive and rare piece with gold-brown surfaces. Very fine or better.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 1750 CHF
A particularly attractive and well made weight of 3 Ounces
Lot 313
Circa 4th-6th centuries. Weight of 3 Ounces or 18 Solidi (Brass, inlaid with silver, 33x33x7mm, 79.67 g 6), a thick, square coin-weight with a flat top and bottom, and a grooved edge (as MAH B6), ounce of 26.55 g and solidus of 4.42 g. Portico of three arches supported by columns, the center arch larger and curved, the two on the sides pointed; all designs engraved and inlaid with copper; within the left side arch, Γ°; and within the right arch, Γ; both inlaid with silver; within the central arch, Greek cross (inlaid with silver) and square monogram of Ioannou...; above the pointed arches to left and right, ΘΥ - ΧΑ (Θεου Χαρις = God’s Grace). Rev. SOL / XϚII engraved, but with no signs of any inlay; all within shallow linear square. Cf. Bendall 63 (closely similar). Cf. Bendall 55 = MAH 26, and Bendall 66. A particularly attractive and well made weight. Slightly rough surfaces but clear, with a fine golden-brown patina. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 314
WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN / NORTH AFRICAN AREA. Circa 4th-6th centuries. Weight of 3 Ounces or 18 Solidi (Brass, inlaid with silver, 31x31x8 mm, 73.47 g), a thick, square coin-weight with a flat top and bottom and a plain edge (as MAH B1), ounce of 24.49 g and solidus of 4.08 g. ― III / SOL / XϚ II, inlaid with silver. Rev. Plain. Cf. Bendall 156-157. With some incrustations and marks as found, and with much of the silver toned black. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 280 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 315
Circa 4th-6th centuries. Weight of 3 Solidi or 1/2 Ounce (Bronze, 18x17x4mm, 12.86 g), a square coin-weight with a flat top and bottom, and a plain edge (as MAH B1), solidus of 4.28 g and ounce of 25.72 g. SOL / I I I, engraved in outline. Rev. Plain. Bendall 162. MAH 283. An attractive piece with a fine light olive green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 175 CHF
Lot 316
AFRICA - CARTHAGE (?). Circa 4th-5th century. Solidus weight (?) or dedicatory placquette (Bronze, inlaid with silver, 15x14x2 mm, 4.02 g), square, with a flat top and bottom, and a plain edge (as MAH B1). SECV / NDI, inlaid in silver. Rev. VL, inlaid in silver. Bendall 170. MAH 413. A fascinating epigraphic curiosity. Rough green and red patina with some corrosion. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
A very rare and intriguing weight of possibly Carolingian origin
Lot 317
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
Lot 318
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
Lot 319
First half of the 7th century. Weight for a semissis (?) (Glass, 19mm, 1.96 g), a pale green coin-weight, Timotheos. Cruciform monogram, which can be resolved to read: Τ-Ι-Μ-Ο-Θ-Ε-Ο-Υ (the Ο read twice). Rev. Plain. Bendall 205. CPAI 3, 2, 729. Gorny & Mosch 216, 2013, 3570. A pleasant, clear example with slightly eroded surfaces. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 220 CHF
Estimate: 125 CHF
Lot 320
Circa 5th-6th century. Weight of 18-nomismata (Brass inlaid with silver, 34x34x7mm, 78.82 g), a thick, square coin-weight with plain edges (as MAH B1), nomisma of 4.37 g. Within a laurel wreath tied at the bottom and closed with a circle at the top, ΝΙΗ below a Latin cross; at each corner, angle; all design elements inlaid with silver. Rev. Plain. Bendall 88 (surely made in the same workshop). Cf. MAH 52. Somewhat scraped and with a variegated green patina. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 240 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 321
Circa 5th-6th century. Weight of 6-nomismata (Bronze, 22x21x5mm, 25.45 g), a thick, square coin-weight with plain edges (as MAH B1), nomisma of 4.24 g. NS below Greek cross. Rev. Plain. MAH 164. More-or-less as found, with lightly rough surfaces and earthen highlights in the engraving. Nearly very fine.
Hammer Price: 100 CHF
Estimate: 125 CHF
A lovely sharp weight of 5-nomismata with golden patina
Lot 322
Circa 5th-7th century. Weight of 5-nomismata (Brass, 20x20x4mm, 21.84 g), a thick, square coin-weight with deeply grooved edges (as MAH B9), nomisma of 4.36 g. Long Latin cross, on a plain base on a low mound, between Ν° ϵ ; all underneath an arch supported by two columns with, above, ΘΥ ΧΑΡΙC. Rev. Plain. Cf. MAH 245 (4 nomismata with the arch but without the inscription above). A lovely sharp weight with a golden patina and carefully engraved decoration. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 323
Circa 5th-7th century. Weight of 5-nomismata (Brass inlaid with silver, 19x19x4mm, 20.95 g), a thick, square coin-weight with plain edges (as MAH B1), nomisma of 4.19 g. Six-pointed star above Ν Ε, all inlaid in silver. Rev. Plain. Cf. MAH 192 (a 6-nomismata weight with a star), and Kürkman 50 (a 1-ounkion square weight with supposedly a Christogram at its center, though this seems a misreading). A clear piece, and most unusual with the star in place of a cross. Rather rough surfaces with a dark, golden-brown toning. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 260 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
An apparently unknown and particularly interesting weight of 1-libra
Lot 324
EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN/AEGEAN AREA. Circa 5th-6th century. Weight of 1-libra or 72-nomismata (solidi) (Brass, once inlaid with silver, c. 58x11 mm, 320.35 g), a thick, octagonal coin- and commercial-weight with plain edges (as MAH C1), libra of 320.35 g, nomisma of 4.45 g. Within a hatched ribbon border with a circle in each angle, a Latin cross on a triangular base, and with a Within at the top and at the end of each arm; when viewed with the base at the bottom, the letters on the cross are upside down and the weight letters 𐌣Α are to left and right; if the cross is turned upside down, the letters on the cross read Ν-Ο-Β (=nomismata 72). Rev. Plain. An apparently unknown and particularly interesting type, thus of great rarity. A fascinating weight with a gold-brown patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 4600 CHF
Estimate: 1750 CHF
Lot 325
Circa 4th-6th century. Weight of 7-nomismata (Brass inlaid with silver, 29x4mm, 30.19 g), an octangular coin-weight with plain edges (MAH C1), nomisma of 4.31 g. Ν Ζ, inlaid in silver. Rev. Plain. CPAI 3, 2, 207 (for the denomination), 198-200 (for the shape). MAH 148 (for the denomination), 145, 154 (for the shape). An uncommon denomination. With many old scratches and some deep cuts on the reverse, otherwise, about very fine.
Hammer Price: 480 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 326
Circa 4th-6th century. Weight of 6-nomismata (Brass inlaid with silver, mostly missing, 26x4mm, 25.93 g), an octangular coin-weight with plain edges (as MAH C1), nomisma of 4.32 g. Ν° S with cross above; all within an octagonal wreath-like border; remains of inlay within the cross and the letters. Rev. Plain. Bendall 44 = MAH 154. A clear and attractive piece with a smooth, olive-green patina. Some encrustations on the reverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 175 CHF
Lot 327
Circa 6th-7th century. Weight of 36-nomismata (Brass, 48x19mm, 161.24 g), a discoid coin-weight with recessed top and bottom, centering holes and a prominent, bulging edge between two grooves (as MAH A23), nomisma of 4.47 g. N° Λ S around centering hole within a shallow depression; below, cross. Rev. Plain, but for centering hole within a shallow depression. Cf. MAH 30. A large and impressive piece with a dark patina. Some encrustations on the top and some scratches on the bottom, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 328
Circa 6th-7th century. Weight of 18-nomismata (Brass, 39x7mm, 79.84 g), a discoid coin-weight with a flat top encircled by a groove, a plain edge with two grooves (cf. MAH A8), and a centering hole on the top, nomisma of 4.43 g. N° - IH. Rev. Plain. Cf. CPAI 3, 2, 545. Black surfaces, with some old scratches. About very fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 329
Circa 6th-7th century. Weight of 12-nomismata (Brass, 33x8mm, 53.73 g), a discoid coin-weight with recessed top and bottom, centering holes and an edge between two grooves (as MAH A23), nomisma of 4.47 g. Ν - ΙΒ with punctate scrolls above and below. Rev. Plain, save for the centering hole. CPAI 3, 2, 546. Cf. MAH 114. An elegant weight with a dark grey-green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 330
Circa 6th-7th century. Weight of 5-nomismata (Brass inlaid with silver, 26x5mm, 22.09 g), a discoid coin-weight with recessed top and bottom, centering holes and a plain edge between two grooves (as MAH A27), nomisma of 4.41 g. Ν - Ε with scroll ornaments above and below; the letters inlaid with silver. Rev. Plain. Cf. CPAI 3, 2, 558. Clear and attractive, with a dark patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 220 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 331
Circa 6th-7th century. Weight of 4-nomismata (Brass, 28x4mm, 17.37 g), a discoid coin-weight with recessed top and bottom, centering holes and a plain edge between two grooves (as MAH A23), nomisma of 4.34 g. Ν - Δ with cross above; all within two concenctric circular borders; central hole surrounded by two concentric circles. Rev. Plain but with two concentric circles within the outer rim and with the centering hole within four concentric circles. Cf. Bendall 129 and 131. An unusually made weight with a dark green patina. Some scratches and marks, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 332
Circa 3rd-5th century. Three-ounkia weight (Bronze, 26x21mm, 81.28 g), a commercial-weight in the form of a flattened sphere of doubly truncated form, with a centering point on the top and the bottom; edge as MAH A39, ounkion of 27.09 g. Engraved on the top with <ΟΥ> and Γ; originally silver-inlaid but inlay missing. Rev. Plain. CPAI T 3, Pera 2, 15. Surfaces encrusted as found. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 150 CHF
Estimate: 175 CHF
Lot 333
Circa 3rd-5th century. Weight of 2-ounkia (Bronze, 21x16mm, 52.60 g), a commercial-weight in the form of a flattened sphere of doubly truncated form, with a centering point on the top and the bottom; edge as MAH A 39, ounkion of 26.30 g. Engraved on the top with <ΟΥ> and Β; silver-inlaid letters (some of the Β missing); around the circumference: Μ-Ο-Ν, engraved and silver-inlaid. Rev. Plain. CPAI T 1, 46 (same weight but lacking the outer inscription). CPAI T 3, Pera 2, 25-26 (same weight but lacking the outer inscription). Brownish-golden surfaces, with some abbrasions. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 220 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 334
Circa 4th-6th centuries. Weight of 1 Ounce (Bronze, inlaid with silver, 21x21x6mm, 25.45 g), a thick, square-commercial weight with a flat top and bottom; their sides beveled and the edge flat (as MAH B3), ounce of 25.45 g. [ΟΥ]Α; above, +; to left and right, :; below, ‥; each corner with inlaid angle. Rev. Plain. Bendall 77. Cf. CNG E-sale 229, 10 March 2010, 456 (a 12 grammata weight from the same atelier). Cf. MAH 63 (for the shape). An attractive piece with a hard, glossy, dark-green patina. Some inlays missing, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 335
Circa late 4th-5th century. Weight of 3-ounkia (Brass, with inlays of silver, 31x31x9mm, 78.67 g), a thick, square ‘Imperial’ commercial-weight with plain edges (as MAH B1), ounce of 26.22 g. Two draped and helmeted emperors seated facing, each holding a long cross or spear in his right hand; above between their heads, Victory facing: faces of the emperors and of Victory, hands and left legs of the emperors inlaid in silver, parts of the emperors’ drapery inlaid in copper; at the center below, Γ° - Γ (inlaid in silver but barely visible). Rev. Plain. Cf. Bendall 69 (2 ounkia) but without the distyle frame. A piece of great interest. Dark patina, but the surfaces very rough and the design obscure, otherwise, about very fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 336
Circa late 4th-5th century. Weight of 1-ounkion (Bronze or brass with silver inlay, 23x22x5mm, 27.02 g), a thick, square, ‘Imperial’ commercial-weight with slightly bifacial edges (as MAH B3), ounce of 27.02 g. Half-length busts of two facing crowned and draped imperial figures on ground line; below, Γ° - Α between two inscribed circles; faces and letters inlaid with silver. Rev. Plain. Bendall 75. Cf. Hendin 408 (12 scripula or 1/2 ounkion). Cf. MAH 173. Attractive and clear with glossy obverse surfaces and patina. Some fine scratches on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 337
Circa late 4th-5th century. Weight of 6-grammata = 1-sicilicus = 1 1/2-nomismata (Brass with silver (and copper?) inlays, 17x16x2mm, 6.70 g), a thin, square, ‘Imperial’ commercial (or coin?)-weight with plain edges (as MAH B1), nomisma of 4.46 g. Half-length busts of two facing crowned and draped imperial figures on ground line; below, S; faces and letter inlaid with silver; drapery inlaid with copper (?). Rev. Plain. Cf. Bendall 106. Rough surfaces with a dark green and red patina. Inlays from emperors’ bodies lost, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 460 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 338
Circa latest 4th-5th century. Weight of 12-grammata = 1/2-ounkia (Bronze or brass, 16x13x7mm, 13.43 g), a thick, rectangular ‘Imperial(?)’ commercial-weight with lightly beveled edges (as MAH B3), nomisma of 4.46 g. Two half length laureate and draped male imperial busts facing each other; the one at the right very possibly bearded; both busts completely incuse. Rev. I B. Cf. Bendall 80-81. Powerful and attractive with a deep dark green patina. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 339
Circa 5th-6th century. Weight of 6-grammata = 1-sicilicus = 1 1/2-nomismata (Bronze or brass, 14x13x3mm, 6.72 g), a thin, square ‘Imperial’ commercial (or coin?)-weight with bifacial edges (as MAH B4), nomisma of 4.48 g. Half-length engraved busts of two facing crowned and draped imperial figures; below, S. Rev. Plain. Cf. Bendall 106-108. Powerful albeit rudely engraved figures, highlighted with earth. Fine, dark green patina. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 340
Circa 5th-7th century. Weight of 6-ounkia (Brass, with inlays of silver, niello and copper, 41x41x9mm, 157.35 g), a thick, square commercial-weight with two deep grooves on the edges (similar to MAH B14), ounce of 26.22 g. Square monogram above Γ° - S; all within a curved arch supported by two columns with elaborate capitals; above, in each corner, cross. Rev. Plain. Cf. Bendall 54 (similar column capitals). Cf. MAH 18. Golden-brown surfaces with inlays in red and black. Old traces of wear and scratches, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 950 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 341
Circa 5th-6th century. Weight of 3-ounkia (Brass, with inlays of silver, 29x30x9mm, 73.18 g), a thick, square commercial-weight with plain edges (as MAH B1), ounce of 24.39 g. Long Latin cross, on low mound, between Γ° - Γ; all under an ornamental curved arch supported by two columns with plain capitals. Rev. Plain. Cf. Bendall 73 (two ounces). Cf. MAH 62. Dark golden brown patina with red and green patina and preserved silver. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 342
Circa 5th-6th century. Weight of 2-ounkia (Bronze with silver inlay, 31x31x5mm, 51.58 g), a square commercial-weight with plain edges (as MAH B1), ounce of 25.79 g. Latin cross above Γ° - Β; all under an ornamental curved arch supported by two columns resting on a high base: the cross and letters inlaid with silver, the rest just engraved. Rev. Plain. CPAI 3,2, 92. Attractive apple green patina. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 343
Circa 5th-6th century. Weight of 1-ounkion (Bronze, possibly once inlaid with silver, 21x20x6mm, 26.77 g), a square commercial-weight with two deeply indented grooves on the edge (as MAH B9), ounce of 26.77 g. Latin cross above Γ° - Α; all under a flat pediment supported by two columns: the cross, letters, column bases and capitals perhaps once inlaid with silver, the rest just engraved. Rev. Plain. Cf. MAH 205 (for the general design). Of very simple workmanship. Very dark green patina with some earth adhering, especially in the edge grooves, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 344
Circa 5th-6th century. Weight of 1-libra (Brass, probably once inlaid with silver, 57x56x10mm, 307.25 g), a thick, square commercial-weight with plain edges (as MAH B1), libra of 307.25 g. Latin cross between 𐌣 and Α (with pellets at the ends of the arms of the cross and of the letters); above, to left and right, engraved circle with pellets around a central hole. Rev. Plain. MAH 1 (3 libra, but from either the same or a closely related workshop). A very interesting and rare type. Dark patina. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 345
Circa 5th-6th century. Weight of 6-ounkia (Brass, with traces of silver inlay, 43x41x9mm, 159.53 g), a thick, square commercial-weight with plain edges (as MAH B1), ounce of 26.58 g. Long Latin cross between Γ° - S; all within a wreath of laurel, with an annulet at 0°, 90°, 180°, and 270°, itself within a scalloped border; in the upper left and right corners, floral ornament. Rev. Plain. CPAI 3, 2, 71. MAH 9. Gold-brown toning. Minor pitting overall, and adjustment scratches on the edges and back, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 425 CHF
A particularly attractive weight of 6-ounkia
Lot 346
Circa 5th-6th century. Weight of 6-ounkia (Brass, with traces of silver inlay, 47x45x7mm, 152.22 g), a thick, square commercial-weight with plain edges (as MAH B1), ounce of 25.37 g. Latin cross between Γ° - S; all within a wreath of laurel, with an annulet at 0°, 90°, 180°, and 270°. Rev. Plain. Cf. MAH 9 (but all the similar examples found have longer Latin crosses, an outer scalloped border to the wreath, and floral ornaments in the upper corners of the square). A particularly attractive example with an attractive dark green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 425 CHF
Lot 347
EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN/AEGEAN AREA. Circa 5th-6th century. Weight of 3-ounkia (Brass, with traces of silver inlay, 37x36x5 mm, 80.80 g), a thick, square commercial-weight with plain edges (as MAH B1), ounce of 26.90 g. Long Latin cross between Γ° - Γ; all within a wreath of laurel, with an annulet at 0°, 90°, 180°, and 270°, itself within a scalloped border. Rev. Plain. MAH 42, 44, 53 ff. Dark golden brown surfaces with the traces of silver inlay dark green. Clear and bold. Some adjustment marks on the back and on the edges, otherwise. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 380 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 348
Circa 5th-6th century. Weight of 3-ounkia (Brass, with traces of silver inlay, 31x31x9mm, 79.96 g), a very thick, square commercial-weight with plain edges (as MAH B1), ounce of 26.65 g. Long Latin cross between Γ° - Γ; all within a wreath of laurel, with an annulet at 0°, 90°, 180°, and 270°, itself within a scalloped border. Rev. Plain. MAH 49. Dark green patina as found. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 349
Circa 5th-6th century. Weight of 1-ounkion (Brass, with traces of silver inlay, 23x22x6mm, 26.84 g), a thick, square commercial-weight with plain edges (as MAH B1), ounce of 26.84 g. Long Latin cross between Γ° - Α; all within a wreath of laurel, with an annulet at 0°, 90°, 180°, and 270°, itself within a scalloped border; in the four corners, floral ornament. Rev. Plain. MAH 162, 166. Dark green-brown-red surfaces with some gold show-through. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 130 CHF
Estimate: 125 CHF
A weight of 3-libra of great rarity
Lot 350
Circa 7th century. Weight of 3-libra (Brass, 84x23mm, 979 g), a very thick, discoid commercial-weight with a quadruple grooved edge (as MAH A12) and a recessed, flat top and bottom; centering hole on both sides, libra of 326.33 g. [ΛΙ] (the Ι curved) Γ; above, cross potent between two doves; all within a wreath with ties at the bottom; around, a low raised circular border and a high rim. Rev. Plain surface within a low raised circular border and a high rim. Cf. MAH 1 (a square 3 pound weight). Cf. CPAI 3, 2, 162 (for the edge). A piece of great rarity. Dark, olive green-gold surfaces with minor encrustations. Adjustment marks and old scratches, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7500 CHF
Estimate: 3000 CHF
Lot 351
Circa 7th century. Weight of 6-ounkia (Brass, inlaid with silver, 49x10mm, 156.30 g), a thick, discoid commercial-weight with a double grooved edge (as MAH A20) and a recessed, flat top and bottom; centering hole on both sides, ounce of 26.05 g. Γ°- S; above, square monogram of ΙΟΑΝΙS between two doves; below, bunch of grapes; around, a low raised circular border and a high rim. Rev. Plain surface within a low raised circular border and a high rim. Cf. the previous lot for another weight with similar doves on the obverse. A very rare piece with this type of decoration. With remains of considerable amounts of encrustations, some pitting and with most of the silver inlays lost, otherwise, nearly very fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 125 CHF
Lot 352
EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN/AEGEAN AREA. Circa 6th-7th century. Weight of 1-libra (Brass, once inlaid with silver, 57x15 mm, 330.21 g), a thick discoid commercial-weight with two small grooves on the edge (as MAH A 13); a flat recessed bottom with no visible centering hole and a wide raised rim; and a flat recessed top with a raised rim and a very small centering hole, libra of 330.21 g. Within a double wreath divided into four quarters by an annulet at 0°, 90°, 180° and 270°, Latin cross above 𐌣Α. Rev. Plain. MAH 2. A very solid and impressive weight, with a dark green and red patina. Some encrustation on the edge and on the bottom (probably obscuring the centering hole), otherwise. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3000 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
A wonderful weight of 1-libra
Lot 353
Circa 6th-7th century. Weight of 1-libra (Brass, probably once inlaid with silver, 56x16mm, 328.02 g), a thick discoid commercial-weight with two grooves on the edge (as MAH A 17); a flat recessed bottom with no visible centering hole and a raised rim; and a flat recessed top with a raised rim and a very small centering hole, libra of 328.02 g. Within a double wreath divided into four quarters by an annulet at 0°, 90°, 180° and 270°, Latin cross above 𐌣Α. Rev. Plain. MAH 2 var. A solid and very well engraved weight, with a particularly sharp design. Very attractive dark green patina. Encrustations on the reverse (perhaps added lead?), otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6500 CHF
Estimate: 850 CHF
Lot 354
Circa 6th-7th century. Weight of 6-ounkia (Brass, probably once inlaid with silver, 49x12mm, 160.90 g), a thick discoid commercial-weight with two small grooves on the edge (as MAH A 37); with a flat, recessed bottom with a large centering hole and a wide, raised rim; and a flat recessed top with a large centering hole and an outer raised rim, Ounce of 26.81 g. Within a double wreath divided into four quarters by an annulet at 0°, 90°, 180° and 270°, Latin cross above Γ° - S; below weight letters, floral ornament. Rev. Plain. Bendall 115. Cf. MAH 22. Dark patina. Some minor bangs and marks, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 1500 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 355
Circa 5th/6th-7th century. Weight of 2-ounkia (Brass, inlaid with silver, 35x5mm, 54.10 g), a discoid commercial-weight with a plain profile (as MAH A 1), no rims and no visible centering holes, ounce of 27.05 g. Within a wreath, Latin cross between Γ°- Β. Rev. Plain. CPAI 3, 2, 178. Kürkman 56. MAH 113. Dark green patina with earthen deposits. Bottom with some deep adjustment marks, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 110 CHF
Estimate: 125 CHF
Lot 356
Circa 6th-7th century. Weight of 1-ounkion (Brass, 25x6mm, 26.57 g), a discoid commercial-weight with two small grooves on the edge (as MAH A 25); with a flat bottom and a flat recessed top with an outer raised rim and a small centering hole, ounce of 26.57 g. Within a wreath divided into four quarters by an annulet at 0°, 90°, 180° and 270°, Latin cross above Γ° - Α. Rev. Plain. Cf. Bendall 124. Cf. CPAI 3, 2, 187. MAH 191. Dark green-black patina with some golden brass show-through. Numerous adjustment mark (?) scratches on the bottom, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 340 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 357
Circa 7th century or later, c, 10th-13th century. Weight of 1-libra (Brass, 68x16mm, 319.28 g), a thick discoid commercial-weight with two small grooves on the edge (as MAH A 20); a flat recessed bottom with a small centering hole and a wide raised rim; and a flat recessed top with an outer raised rim, an inner raised circle and a prominent, raised, centering boss, libra of 319.28 g. Within the inner circle, [ΛΙ] (the Ι curved) Α, with cross between pellets above; in the outer circle, wreath with an inscription in a cruciform arrangement: Θ+ϵ-ΟV-ΧΑ-ΡΙC. Rev. Plain. Bendall 111 (very similar but much more crudely done). Kürkman p. 44. A solid and impressive piece with a dark green and gold patina. Pockmarks on the reverse and some very heavy slashes on the rim (but with no affect on the top design), otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 358
Circa 7th century or later, c, 10th-13th century. Weight of 6-ounkia (Brass, 47x12mm, 163.62 g), a thick discoid commercial-weight with two small grooves on the edge (as MAH A 20); a flat recessed bottom with a small, slightly raised, centering hole and a wide raised rim; and a flat recessed top with an outer raised rim, an inner raised circle and a prominent, raised, centering boss, ounce of 27.27g. Within the inner circle, Γ◦ - S, with cross between pellets above; in the outer circle, wreath with an inscription in a cruciform arrangement:Θ+ϵ-ΟV-ΧΑ-ΡΙC. Rev. Plain. Cf. Bendall 111. Cf. CPAI 3, 2, 163 (very similar, perhaps from the same workshop). A solid and attractive piece with a gold-brown patina. Some casting holes, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3000 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 359
Circa 7th century or later, c. 10th-13th century. Weight of 3-ounkia (Brass, 39x8mm, 80.42 g), a thick discoid commercial-weight with two small grooves on the edge (as MAH A 13); it has a flat, plain bottom, and a flat recessed top with an outer raised rim, an inner raised circle and a prominent, raised, centering boss, ounce of 26.80 g. Within the inner circle, Γ◦ - S, with cross potent above; in the outer circle, engrailed border with dots inside and outside the curves. Rev. Plain. Cf. Bendall 122 (a very similar weight that was reworked on the reverse in 705-715). CPAI 3,2, 171. MAH 60 (but cruder). Rough, green patina. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 500 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
A lovely weight of 1-libra
Lot 360
Circa 11th-13th century. Weight of 1-libra (Bronze, 59x52x31mm, 297.45 g), a deep bowl-shaped commercial-weight with a centering point on the interior bottom; rim ornamented with one deep concentric circular groove, libra of 297.45 g. Cf. CPAI 3, 2, 696 (1/2 libra). A heavy, solid piece with a dark green patina, some remaining encrustations and various imperfections. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 500 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 361
Circa 11th-13th century. Weight of 2-ounkia (Bronze, 32x26x13mm, 53.56 g), a deep bowl-shaped commercial-weight with a centering hole enclosed by two concentric circles on the interior bottom and, barely visible, on the exterior; rim ornamented with three concentric circles, and edge ornamented with four. Cf. CPAI 3, 2, 685 & 693. An attractive piece with a dusty, uncleaned, green patina. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 250 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
A very rare and extraordinary weight of the Fatimid period or later
Lot 362
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
Lot 363
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
Lot 364
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
Lot 365
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
Lot 366
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
Lot 367
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
Lot 368
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
Lot 369
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
Lot 370
Circa 4th-6th centuries. Uncertain (Bronze, inlaid with silver, 17x17x7mm, 19.03 g), a thick, square commercial weight, with a flat top and bottom, very slightly beveled, and flat edges (as MAH B3), unit of 3.80 g (?). Latin cross, engraved and inlaid with silver. Rev. Five circular punch marks, at each corner and in the center. No parallel found: Bendall -. MAH -. Tekin -. Clear and with smooth surfaces. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 110 CHF
Estimate: 125 CHF
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