nomos 14
17 May 2017
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
Welcome to Nomos 14, our largest sale yet, and a sale, which is filled with interesting coins, modestly estimated, that are ideal for the serious collector.
Anastasius I, 491-518. Solidus (Gold, 19mm, 4.48 g 6), Constantinople, 491-498. DN ANASTA-SIVS PP AVC Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Anastasius 3/4 facing to right, holding spear in his right hand and with shield over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORIA AVCCCA / CONOB Victory standing left, holding long cross; to right, star. DOC 3a. SB 3. Sharp and attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 540 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Justinian I, 527-565. Tremissis (Gold, 13mm, 1.48 g 6), of curious style, almost certainly Ostrogothic in origin, Milan (?). D N IVSTINI-ANVS P P AIC Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust to right; wreath ties separated from the back of the emperor’s head. Rev. VICTORIA AVGVSTORVN / CONOB Victory walking to right, her head to left, holding wreath in her right hand and globus cruciger in her left; in field to right, six rayed star. Cf. DOC and MIBE 19 (Constantinople) for the original type, but no true parallel found. A fascinating and peculiar coin. Probable traces of mounting, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Maurice Tiberius, 582-602. Solidus (Gold, 20mm, 4.47 g 6), Carthage, year 1 = 582. dN TIBϵR mAV-RIC P P AV AN A Crowned and armored bust of Maurice facing, holding globus cruciger in his right hand and with a shield over his left shoulder Rev. VICTORI-A AVCC A / CONOB Angel standing facing, holding crucigram-tipped staff and globus cruciger. DOC 216. MIBE 24. SB 547. Scarce. A clear example. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Maurice Tiberius, 582-602. Solidus (Gold, 21mm, 4.48 g 6), Constantinople, 10th officina, 583-602. dN mAVRC TIb PP AVI Draped and cuirassed bust of Maurice facing, wearing diademed and plumed helmet and holding globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. VICTORIA AVCC I / CONOB Angel standing facing, holding globus cruciger in his left hand and long, christogram-topped cross in his right. DOC 5 j. MIBE 6. SB 478. Traces of die rust, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Maurice Tiberius, with Constantina and Theodosius, 582-602. Follis or 40 nummi (Bronze, 32mm, 15.38 g 7), Cherson, 596-602. ΧϵΡϹω - ΝΟϹ Nimbate figures of Maurice Tiberius, holding globus cruciger, and Constantina, holding cruciform scepter, standing facing. Rev. Nimbate figure of Theodoius standing facing, holding rho-topped cross; to right, large M with cross above. Anokhin 315 var. DOC 297 var. MIB 159 var. SB 603 var., all with a differing legend break on the obverse. Extremely rare. With a fine dark brown patina and unusually well preserved. Some minor traces of corrosion, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3500 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Phocas, 602-610. Solidus (Gold, 20mm, 3.40 g 6), curiously underweight but clearly an official issue, Constantinople, 604-607. d N FOCAS PERP AVC Draped and cuirassed bust of Phocas facing, wearing crown and holding a globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. VICTORI - A AVCC H / CONOB Angel standing facing, holding globus cruciger in his left hand and long, christogram-topped cross in his right. DOC 5h. MIB 7. SB 618 (but all refer to full-weight examples). A brilliant, perfectly struck example. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Phocas, 602-610. Solidus (Gold, 21mm, 4.50 g 6), Constantinople, 607-609. d N FOCAS PERP AVC Draped and cuirassed bust of Phocas facing, wearing crown and holding a globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. VICTORIA AVGЧ Θ / CONOB Angel standing facing, holding globus cruciger in his left hand and long, christogram-topped cross in his right. DOC 10 i. MIBE 9. SB 620. Well-struck and clear. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 360 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Phocas, 602-610. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.50 g, 7 h), Constantinople, 10th officina (I), 609-610. dN FOCAS PERP AVC Draped and cuirassed bust of Phocas facing, wearing crown and holding a globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. VICTORIA AVGЧ I / CONOB Angel standing facing, holding globus cruciger in his left hand and long, christogram-topped cross in his right. DOC 10j. MIBE 9. SB 620. Lustrous and sharp. Some flat striking on the obverse, otherwise, virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 750 CHF
Heraclius, 610-641. Solidus (Gold, 21mm, 4.50 g 6), Constantinople, 610-613. dN hERACLI-US PP AVC Draped and cuirassed facing bust of Heraclius, wearing crown with plume and holding a cross in his right hand. Rev. VICTORIA AVÇЧ E / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 3b. MIB 5. SB 731. Well-centered and well-struck. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Heraclius, with Heraclius Constantine, 610-641. Solidus (Gold, 20mm, 4.40 g 6), Constantinople, c. 613-616. dd NN hERACLIUS ET hERA CONST PP AV Crowned, draped and cuirassed facing busts of Heraclius, on the left larger and bearded, and Heraclius Constantine, on the right much smaller and beardless; between them above, cross. Rev. VICTORIA AVGЧ H / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 8h. MIB 8. SB 734. Well-struck and attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Heraclius, with Heraclius Constantine and Heraclonas, 610-641. Solidus (Gold, 20mm, 4.45 g 7), Constantinople, indictional year IB = 12 = 638/639. Heraclonas, wearing cap with cross above, and Heraclius and Heraclius, both wearing crowns with crosses, standing facing, all holding globus crucigers in their right hands. Rev. VICTORIA AVGЧ Z / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps; to left, Heraclian monogram; to right, monogram of IB. DOC 41g. MIB 48. SB 767. Bright and attractive. Some marks and roughness, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Heraclius, with Heraclius Constantine and Heraclonas, 610-641. Solidus (Gold, 20mm, 4.41 g 6), Constantinople, indictional year IB = 12 = 638/639. Heraclonas, wearing cap with cross above, and Heraclius and Heraclius, both wearing crowns with crosses, standing facing, all holding globus crucigers in their right hands. Rev. VICTORIA AVGЧ I / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps; to left, Heraclian monogram; to right, monogram of IB. DOC 41. MIB 48. SB 767. With a very sharp obverse. Minor scratch on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Constans II, 641-668. Solidus (Gold, 19mm, 4.51 g 6), Constantinople, 644/5. d N CONSTAN-TINUS P P AV Crowned and draped bust of Constans facing, holding globus cruciger. Rev. VICTORIA AVςЧ Θ / CONOBC Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 2. MIB 6. SB 939. Bright and most attractive. Some flatness on the reverse, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 380 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Constantine IV Pogonatus, with Heraclius and Tiberius, 668-685. Solidus (Gold, 19mm, 4.33 g 6), Constantinople, 674-681. d N CON-TNUSP Diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Constantine IV 3/4 facing, his head turned slightly to right; bearded and holding a spear with his right hand and with a shield over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTOA AVÇϵ / CONOB Cross potent on three steps between standing figures of Heraclius on left and Tiberius on right; both crowned, wearing a chlamys and holding a globus cruciger in his right hand. DOC 8c. MIB 8a. SB 1154. With an exceptionally sharp portrait. Some scuffs and light scratches, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Constantine IV Pogonatus, 668-685. Solidus (Gold, 18mm, 4.51 g 6), Constantinople, 681-685. P CONSTANUS P P A Helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Constantine IV facing, turned slightly to right, holding spear in his right hand and with shield over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORA AVGV Δ / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 12d. MIB 10. SB 1157. A bright, very well-struck and very well-centered coin. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 800 CHF
Justinian II, first reign, 685-695. Solidus (Gold, 20mm, 4.27 g 6), Constantinople, 685/6. IUSTINIA-NUS PE AV Crowned very youthful bust of Justinian II facing, with a cross on an almost imperceptible circlet on the crown, wearing chlamys and holding a globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. VICTORA AVgUϵ / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 1. MIB 1. SB 1242. Rare. A remarkable piece, struck on a very broad flan. Some metal faults, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4200 CHF
Estimate: 2800 CHF
Justinian II, first reign, 685-695. Solidus (Gold, 18mm, 4.41 g 6), Constantinople, 687/8. D IUSTINIA-NUS PE AV Crowned and bearded bust of Justinian II facing, with a cross on circlet on the crown, wearing chlamys and holding a globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. VICTORA AVgUI / CONOBΓ Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 6. MIB 7. SB 1247. A superb, very sharp and well-centered coin, with a splendid portrait and a beard made with rays. Some tiny scratches, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Justinian II, first reign, 685-695. Solidus (Gold, 17mm, 4.35 g 7), Constantinople, 692-695. IhS CRISTDS REX REGNAN[TIuM] Draped bust of Christ facing, with long hair and full beard, raising right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in his left; behind head, cross Rev. [D IuSTINIANu]S SERu ChRISTI ϵ / CONOPA Justinian II, crowned, bearded and wearing loros, standing facing, holding cross potent on base and two steps in his right hand and akakia in his left. DOC 8 (but this officina not recorded). MIB 9. SB 1249. With wonderfully detailed types, beautifully made. Struck on a short flan, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4400 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Constantine V Copronymus, 741-775. Solidus (Gold, 20mm, 4.46 g 6), Constantinople, c. 742-745. d LEON PA MUL- Crowned bust of Leo III facing, wearing chlamys and holding a cross potent on base in his right hand and an akakia in his left. Rev. d N CONSTANTINUS• Crowned bust of Constantine V facing, wearing chlamys and holding a cross potent on base in his right hand and an akakia in his left. DOC 1d. Füeg 2B.6. SB 1550. Sharp, bright and lustrous. Slightly double struck in part of the legends, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 700 CHF
Theophilus, 829-842. Solidus (Gold, 16mm, 3.85 g 5), Syracuse, 829 - 830/1. *ΘϵΟϜΙLΟS bΑSΙL Crowned and draped bust of Theophilus facing, holding cross potent in his right hand. Rev. ΘϵΟϜΙLΟS bΑSΙL Crowned bust of Theophilus facing, wearing loros and holding globus cruciger in his right hand. DOC 18. SB 1671. Clear and sharp. Some encrustations, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Theophilus, 829-842. Semissis (Gold, 12mm, 1.84 g 5), Syracuse, 829 - 830/1. ΘϵΟϜΙLΟS Crowned and draped bust of Theophilus facing, holding globus cruciger in his right hand Rev. ΘϵΟϜΙLΟS Crowned bust of Theophilus facing, wearing loros and holding globus cruciger in his right hand. DOC 19. SB 1676. Sharp and attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 460 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Basil I the Macedonian, with Constantine, 867-886. Miliaresion (Silver, 25mm, 2.88 g 12), Constantinople, 868-879. +bASI / LIOSCЄ / CONStAn / tIns PIStV / bASILIS / ROmЄOs within triple circle of pellets. Rev. IhSuS XRI-StuS nICA Cross potent on base an three steps, with globe below; all within triple circle of dots, without added pellets. DOC 7. SB 1708. A lovely, sharp, toned example on a broad flan. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Leo VI the Wise, with Constantine VII, 886-912. Miliaresion (Silver, 24mm, 2.96 g 1), Constantinople, 908-912. +LEON CE / CONSTANTI / N’ENX.ωEV / SEBIS bASI / LI’ROM’ within three borders of dots, the middle of which ornamented with 8 pellets Rev. IhSUS XRI - STUS nICA Cross potent on base and three steps, with globe below; around, triple border of dots. DOC 4. SB 1727. Very rare. Toned. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus, with Romanus II, 913-959. Solidus (Gold, 19mm, 4.44 g 6), Constantinople, 945-959. +IhS XPS REX REႺ NANTIႷ M Facing bust of Christ Pantocrator, wearing tunic, himation and a cross nimbus with three pellets in the arms, raising right hand in benediction and holding Gospel book in his left. Rev. COnSTAnT CE ROmAn AUgg bR’ Crowned facing busts of Constantine VII, bearded and wearing loros on the left, and Romanus I, beardless and wearing chlamys on the right; both holding, between them with their right hands, a long patriarchal cross. DOC 15. SB 1751. Well-struck and attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus, with Romanus II, 913-959. Miliaresion (Silver, 22mm, 2.84 g 12), Constantinople, 945-959. +CONST’T’ / ΠORFVROG’ / CE ROMANO / EN X’ωEVSEb. / b’RωMEON within three borders of dots with pellets. Rev. IhSUS XRI - STUS nICA Cross potent, with crosslet at each extremity and with X at the intersection, on base and three steps, with globe below; around, triple border of dots with pellets. DOC 21. SB 1757. Nicely toned. Clipped as usual, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 200 CHF
Estimate: 225 CHF
Nicephorus II Phocas, 963-969. Histamenon nomisma (Gold, 19mm, 4.43 g 6), Constantinople. +IhS XIS REX REGNANTIhM Bust of Christ Pantocrator facing, wearing cross nimbus and clasping a book. Rev. +θEOTOC’b’Hθ’hICHF dESP On the left, half-length figure of the Virgin facing, between Μ Θ; on the r ight, half-length figure of Nicephorus II; holding between them patriarchal cross. DOC 4. SB 1778. Clear and toned. Scratch on the obverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Basil II Bulgaroktonos, with Constantine VIII, 976-1025. Miliaresion (Silver, 23mm, 2.90 g 6), Constantinople, 977-989. En TOVTω nICA T’ bASILEI C CωnST’ Patriarchal cross crosslet, with pellet in globe at the middle, on globe at the base with four steps; to left, crowned facing bust of Basil II, bearded and wearing loros; to right, crowned facing bust of Constantine, beardless and wearing chlamys; triple linear border. Rev. Θ / bASIL’ / C CωnSTAn /ΠORFVROG’ / ΠISTOIbAS / RωMAIω’ /Θ and with an ornament above and below; all within triple linear border. DOC 17a. SB 1810. Nicely toned. Minor scratches and clipped as usual, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 190 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Basil II Bulgaroktonos, with Constantine VIII, 976-1025. Histamenon nomisma (Gold, 20mm, 4.37 g), Constantinople, 989-1001. +IhS XIS REX REGNANTIhM Bust of Christ Pantocrator facing, wearing cross nimbus with double rim and with three pellets in the side arms and two in the upper, right hand raised in blessing, left holding book. Rev. +bASIL C CONStANTI bR On left, crowned bust of Basil II facing, wearing chlamys; on right, crowned bust of Constantine VIII, wearing ornamented robe; holding between them a long patriarchal cross crosslet with a large globule on the shaft above their hands. DOC 13 (catalogued as a Tetarteron) = Ratto 1943 = SB 1804 (Tetarteron). LHS 102, 2008, 480 (same dies, but holed). Extremely rare, apparently only the third example of this type known. Edge damaged, possibly from a mount, and a few marksotherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 8500 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Basil II Bulgaroktonos, with Constantine VIII, 976-1025. Miliaresion (Silver, 30mm, 2.88 g 12), Constantinople, 989-1025. En TOVTω nICA T’ bASILEI C CωnST’ Patriarchal cross crosslet, with pellet in globe at the middle and floral ornament above the base, on globe at the base with four steps; to left, crowned facing bust of Basil II, bearded and wearing loros; to right, crowned facing bust of Constantine, beardless and wearing chlamys; triple linear border. Rev. Θ / bASIL’ / C CωnSTAn /ΠORFVROG’ / ΠISTVbAS / RωMAIω’ /Θ within triple linear border. DOC 20. SB 1812. A remarkable piece, preserved on a full flan. Some scratches on the obverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Basil II Bulgaroktonos, with Constantine VIII, 976-1025. Histamenon (Gold, 19mm, 4.42 g 6), Constantinople, 1005-1025. +IhS XIS REX REGNANTIhM Bust of Christ Pantocrator facing; crescents in upper quarters of nimbus. Rev. +bASIL C CONStANTI bR Crowned half-length busts of Basil, wearing loros, and Constantine, wearing chlamys, holding long, plain cross between them. DOC 6. SB 1800. Attractive and lightly toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Constantine VIII, 1025-1028. Histamenon (Gold, 25mm, 4.42 g 6), Constantinople. +IhS XIS REX REGNANTIhM Bust of Christ Pantokrator facing, with cross nimbus, holding book in his left hand and raising his right in benediction. Rev. +CωnSTAnTIn bASILEuS ROM Bust of Constantine VIII facing, wearing crown, collar piece and loros, and holding akakia in his left hand and cross-topped labarum in his right. DOC 1. SB 1815. Well centered, sharp and attractive. Some minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Romanus III Argyrus, 1028-1034. Histamenon (Gold, 24mm, 4.39 g 6), Constantinople. +IhS XIS REX REGNANTIhM Christ Pantocrator 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 (with five pellets in the end), holding globus cruciger with his left hand; on the right, the Virgin, nimbate and wearing robes, crowning the emperor with her right hand and holding maphorion in her left. DOC 1c. SB 1819. An attractive, sharply struck piece. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Constantine IX Monomachus, 1042-1055. Histamenon (Gold, 28mm, 4.42 g 6), 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 cruciger with a patriarchal cross in his left. DOC 1a. SB 1828. An attractive example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 550 CHF
Isaac I Comnenus, 1057-1059. Histamenon (Gold, 25 mm, 4.44 g, 6 h), Constantinople. +IhS XISnC X RCNANTIhM Christ, nimbate, seated facing on backless throne; raising his right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels with his left. Rev. +ICAAKIOC RACIΛEVC ΡωM’ Emperor standing facing, crowned, wearing armor and cloak, and holding a labarum with his right hand and resting his left on the hilt of his sheathed sword. DOC 1. SB 1844. Clear and attractive. Minor scratches, otherwise. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Constantine X Ducas, 1059-1067. Histamenon (Gold, 26 mm, 4.38 g, 6 h), Constantinople. +IhS IXS REX REGNANThIm Christ, nimbate, seated facing on straight-backed throne, raising his right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in his left. Rev. + KѠN RACΛ O ΔOVKAC Constantine standing facing, wearing crown and loros, holding labarum without pellet on shaft, and globus cruciger. DOC 1a. SB 1847. A superb piece, with a wonderfully sharp portrait of the emperor. Minor flan crack, otherwise. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 650 CHF
Constantine X Ducas, 1059-1067. Histamenon (Gold, 26 mm, 4.38 g, 6 h), 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: 650 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Constantine X Ducas, 1059-1067. Histamenon (Gold, 27mm, 4.47 g 6), Constantinople. +IhS IXS REX REGNANThIm Christ, nimbate, seated facing on lyre-backed throne, raising right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels. Rev. + KѠN RACΛ O ΔOVKAC Constantine standing on the left, wearing crown with cross and pendilia and loros, placing right hand on chest and holding globus cruciger surmounted by pelleted cross with left hand, blessed by Virgin Mary, nimbate and veiled, standing beside him; between their heads, M and in upper r. field, Θ. DOC 2. SB 1848. Toned. Some areas of flatness and with a slightly ragged flan, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 280 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Constantine X Ducas, 1059-1067. Tetarteron (Gold, 20mm, 4.09 g 6), Constantinople. Nimbate bust of the Virgin orans facing; to left and right, monogram of ΜΗΡ and ΘV. Rev. KѠN RACIΛ O ΔVK Crowned facing bust of the emperor, wearing loros and holding globus cruciger and akakia. DOC 3a. SB 1849. A nice example struck on a broad flan. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1250 CHF
Estimate: 1400 CHF
Eudocia, with Michael VII and Constantius, 1067. Histamenon (Gold, 24mm, 4.28 g 6), Constantinople. +IҺS XIS RЄX RЄςNANTIҺm Christ Pantocrator enthroned facing. Rev. +MIX ЄVΔK ΚωNS Eudocia, holding jeweled scepter in her right hand, standing facing on footstool, flanked by her sons Michael and Constantius, each holding globus cruciger and akakia. DOC 1. SB 1859. Attractive and clear. Some edge marks, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Michael VII Ducas, 1071-1078. Histamenon (Gold, 27mm, 4.47 g 6), Constantinople. Christ, with decorated nimbus, enthroned facing, raising his right hand in benediction and holding Book of Gospels in his left; in field, IC - XC. Rev. +MIX ΔHΛ RACIΛOΔ Half figure of Michael facing, wearing loros and crown with cross and pendilia and holding labarum and globe surmounted by pelleted cross. DOC 1. SB 1869. Obverse very slightly double-struck, but with a superb and sharp reverse. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 480 CHF
Estimate: 550 CHF
Michael VII Ducas, 1071-1078. Histamenon (Gold, 29mm, 4.38 g 6), Constantinople. Bust of Christ Pantokrator facing, with cross nimbus, holding book in his left hand and raising his right in benediction; to left and right, IC XC. Rev. +MIX ΔHΛ RACIΛOΔ Half-length facing bust of Michael VII, wearing loros and crown with cross and pendilia and holding labarum with pellet on the shaft and globus cruciger. DOC 2d. SB 1868. Toned. Obverse slightly double-struck, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 380 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Manuel I Comnenus, 1143-1180. Aspron Trachy (Electrum, 34mm, 4.29 g 6), Thessalonica?, or Constantinople, 1152-1160. IC XC Christ, nimbate and robed, seated facing on backless throne, his right hand raised in blessing and holding book of gospels in his left. Rev. Fragmentary inscription Manuel, standing facing on the left with a collar piece containing three jewels, and the Virgin, with three crosses on her maphorion, standing facing on the right, holding a long patriarchal cross between them. DOC 8 (or 3). SB 1973 (or 1958). A very sharp and well struck coin. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Manuel I Comnenus, 1143-1180. Aspron Trachy (Electrum, 32mm, 4.06 g 6), Constantinople, 1167-1183 (?). IC XC Christ, nimbate and robed, seated facing on throne with a back, and holding book of gospels in his left hand. Rev. ΜΑΝVΗΛ - ΔϵCΠΟΤ / ΜΡ On the left, Manuel, standing facing holding labarum in his right hand and globus cruciger in his left, and with a collar piece containing three jewels; on the right, the Virgin, standing facing on the right, raising her right hand to crown the emperor. DOC 6a. SB 1961. An attractive example, toned and clear. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
John III Ducas (Vatatzes), Emperor of Nicaea, 1222-1254. Hyperpyron (Gold, 27mm, 4.48 g 6), Magnesia, 1232-1254. IC XC Christ, nimbate, seated facing on throne, holding book of Gospels and raising right hand in benediction. Rev. Fragmentary inscription The Virgin Mary, on the right, standing facing and raising her right hand to crown the emperor, standing facing on the left. DOC 5. SB 2073. Sharp, toned and well-struck. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 360 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
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