nomos 15
22 October 2017
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
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Second known
Lot 212
Augustus, 27 BC-AD 14. Aureus (Gold, 21 mm, 7.89 g, 8 h), Rome, under C. Antistius, c. 13 BC. CAESAR AVGVSTVS Head of Augustus to right wearing oak wreath. Rev. C ANTIST REGIN GABINVS /FOE DVS /P R QVM Two veiled priests standing facing each other, holding pig by the legs over a lit and garlanded altar. Babelon (Antestia) 17. Bahrfeldt 184.1 (this coin). BMC 118 = BMCRR 4660. BN p.113, *. Calicó 123 (this coin). Cohen 346. RIC 411. Of the greatest rarity, one of only two examples known. Some minor bangs and scratches, and a banker's mark (D?) on the reverse, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 40000 CHF
Estimate: 50000 CHF
Lot 213
Divus Augustus, died AD 14. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 37 mm, 27.67 g, 12 h), struck under Tiberius, Rome, 22-23. DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER Divus Augustus, radiate and draped, but with chest bare, seated left on throne, holding laurel branch in his right hand and long scepter with his left; to left, altar. Rev. TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AGVST P M TR POT XXIIII around large S.C. BMC 74 (Tiberius). BN 50 (Tiberius). Cohen 309. RIC 49 (Tiberius). An attractive, clear piece with a fine green patina. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4200 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Lot 214
Divus Augustus, died AD 14. As (Copper, 30 mm, 11.17 g, 5 h), struck under Tiberius, Rome, 22/3-30. DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER Radiate head of Augustus to left. Rev. S - C / PROVIDENT Altar. BMC 146 (Tiberius). BN 132 (Tiberius). Cohen 228. RIC 81 (Tiberius). An attractive piece with a greenish, red-brown patina. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 950 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 215
Julia Augusta (Livia), 14-29. Dupondius (Orichalcum, 29 mm, 14.53 g, 7 h), struck under Tiberius, Rome, 22-23. SALVS AVGVSTA Bare-headed and draped bust of Livia to right, her hair tied into a bun at the back of her head. Rev. TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVG P M TR POT IIII around large S.C. BMC 42 (Tiberius), BN 63 (Tiberius). Cohen 5. RIC 47 (Tiberius). With a glossy olive-brown patina and a splendid portrait of Livia. Some roughness and breaks in the patina, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6500 CHF
Estimate: 1400 CHF
Lot 216
Agrippa, died AD 12. As (Copper, 27 mm, 12.64 g, 6 h), Rome, struck under Caligula, 37-41. M AGRIPPA L F COS III Head of Agrippa to left, wearing rostral crown. Rev. S C Neptune standing left, holding small dolphin and trident. BMC (Tiberius) 161-168. Cohen 3. BN 77-97. RIC I 58 (Gaius). With a remarkably powerful and unusually 'Julio-Claudian' looking head of Agrippa, sharply struck and with a fine, dark green-brown patina. As such, a very rare variant. Old scratch on Agrippa's cheek under the patina, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 218
Gaius (Caligula), 37-41. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 34 mm, 29.95 g, 6 h), Rome, 37-38. C CAESAR AVG GERMANICVS PON M TR POT Laureate head of Caligula to left. Rev. S.PQ.R. / P.P / OB.CIVES / SERVATOS in four lines within an oak wreath tied at the bottom. BMC 38. BN 50. Cohen 24. RIC 37. With a fine portrait of Caligula and a very dark olive-green patina. Minor flatness, some remaining deposits and traces of cleaning, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 3500 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 220
Germanicus, died 19. As (Copper, 29 mm, 11.68 g, 7 h), struck under Claudius, 42-43, Rome. GERMANICVS CAESAR TI AVG F DIVI AVG N Bare head of Germanicus to right. Rev. TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P IMP P P around large S C. BMC 218. Cohen 9. RIC 106. A wonderful coin with a splendid portrait and a lovely dark green patina. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3800 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 221
Claudius, 41-54. Quadrans (Copper, 13 mm, 4.09 g, 6 h), Rome, 25 January - 3 December 41. TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG Hand left, holding scales, with PNR below. Rev. PON M TR P IMP COS DES IT around S.C. RIC 85. Von Kaenel Type 64. An absolutely splendid, sharply struck coin with a fine brown patina. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 223
Nero, 54-68. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.33 g, 6 h), Rome, 64-65. NERO CAESAR Laureate head of Nero to right. Rev. AVGVSTVS GERMANICVS Nero, radiate and togate, standing facing, holding a branch in his right hand and Victory on globe in his left. BMC 60. RIC² 47. Cohen 45. A very sharp and attractive example, with a dark grey patina as found. Very minor traces of double-striking on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5000 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 224
Nero, AD 54-68. Quadrans (Bronze, 15 mm, 1.90 g, 1 h), Rome, 65. NERO CLAV CAE AVG GER Owl, with spread wings, standing facing on rectangular altar. Rev. P M TR P - IMP P P / S - C Olive branch. BMC 288. Cohen 185. RIC 319. WCN 360. Pleasant and clear with a dark patina. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 380 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 225
Nero, 54-68. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 36 mm, 27.25 g, 6 h), Lugdunum, 65. NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P Laureate head of Nero to right, with globe at the point of the bust. Rev. PACE P R TERRA MARIQ PARTA IANVM CLVSIT / S - C Temple of Janus with ornate roof decoration, latticed window on the left and, on the right, garland hanging across the arch over the closed double doors to the temple. BNC 319. BN 73. Cohen 146. RIC 438. WCN 419. A splendid example with a golden-tan patina, a good portrait and a fine representation of the Temple of Janus. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 16000 CHF
Estimate: 20000 CHF
Lot 226
Nero, 54-68. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 36 mm, 23.38 g, 6 h), Lugdunum, c. 66. IMP NERO CAESAR AVG PONT MAX TR POT P P Laureate head of Nero to left, with globe at the point of truncation. Rev. ANNONA AVGVSTI CERES / SC On the left, Annona standing to right, holding cornucopia with her left hand and resting her right on her hip, facing, on the right, Ceres seated left, holding grain ears with her extended right hand and torch with her left; modius on garlanded altar between them, ship's stern in background. BMC -. BN 133. Cohen 22. Lyon 184. RIC 495. WCN 445. With a very attractive dark green patina and an elegant portrait. With some minor edge breaks, very minor smoothing and some earthen deposits, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1600 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 227
Nero, AD 54-68. As (Copper, 29 mm, 10.57 g, 5 h), Lugdunum, 66. IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P MAX TR P P P Bare head of Nero to right, globe at point of bust. Rev. S - C Victory, draped, flying left, holding, in both hands, a round shield inscribed S P Q R. BMC 381. BN 155. Cohen 302. RIC 543. Attractive dark green patina. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 550 CHF
Lot 228
Nero, AD 54-68. As (Copper, 29 mm, 11.45 g, 6 h), Lugdunum, 66. IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P MAX TR P P P Bare head of Nero to left, globe at point of bust. Rev. S - C Victory, draped, flying left, holding, in both hands, a round shield inscribed S P Q R. BMC 388. BN 171. Cohen 303. RIC 544. Attractive greenish-brown patina. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 229
Nero, AD 54-68. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 35 mm, 25.36 g, 8 h), Lugdunum, c. 67. IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P MAX TR POT PP Laureate head of Nero to right, with globe at the point of the truncation. Rev. S C / ROMA Roma, helmeted and wearing robes, seated left on cuirass, holding Victory in her right hand, resting her left on a parazonium, and with her left foot set on a helmet; behind her, two shields. BMCRE - . BN -. Cohen - . RIC 593. WCN 465. An attractive coin with a dark patina. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1600 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 231
Titus, as Caesar, 69-79. Aureus (Gold, 19 mm, 7.38 g, 6 h), 72-73. T CAES IMP VESP PON TR POT Laureate head of Titus to right. Rev. VIC - AVG Victory, holding wreath and palm branch, standing right on globe. Calicó 798. Cohen 352. RIC² 367 (1st ed., 158, Vespasian). A sharp and attractive example with a fine portrait. Struck on a slightly tight flan, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7500 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 232
Titus, as Caesar, 69-79. As (Copper, 24 mm, 11.26 g, 5 h), Rome, 72. [T Caes] VESPAS IMP P TR P COS [II] Laureate head of Titus to right, with light beard. Rev. AEQVITAS AVGVSTI / S - C Draped figure of Aequitas standing left, holding scales in her right hand and a long scepter in her left. BMC 825D. RIC 415. A very rare type. With a very attractive, glossy, dark green patina and a superb portrait in high relief. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 233
Titus, 79-81. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 25 mm, 26.44 g, 7 h), Rome, 80/81. IMP T CAES VESP AVG P M TR P P P COS VIII Laureate head of Titus to left. Rev. PROVIDENT AVGVST / SC On the left, Vespasian standing right, handing a globe to Titus, on the right, standing left; between them, rudder. BMC 180. BN 171. Cohen 179. RIC 162. With a good portrait and a reddish-brown patina. Some smoothing, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 234
Domitian, 81-96. (29 mm, 13.28 g, 6 h), Rome, 85. IMP CAES DOMITIAN AVG GERM COS XI Radiate bust of Domitian to right, aegis on his shoulder. Rev. S - C Mars, helmeted and cuirassed, striding to left, holding Victory in his outstretched right hand and trophy with his left. BMC 308. BN 330. Cohen 427. RIC 293. Sharp and attractive with a fine brown patina. Some minor smoothing, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 235
Domitian, 81-96. Denarius (Silver, 20 mm, 3.26 g, 7 h), Rome, 85. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM P M TR P IIII Laureate head of Domitian to right, wearing aegis. Rev. IMP VIIII COS XI CENSORIA POTESTAT P P Minerva standing right on the capital of a rostral column, with spear in her right hand and shield in her left; to her right, owl standing right with head to front. BMC -. BN 79. Cohen -. RIC -. RIC² 320. Very rare. Well struck and with a fine portrait. Traces of mounting on the edges, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 236
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: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 237
Trajan, 98-117. As (Copper, 27 mm, 11.83 g, 7 h), Rome, 104/5-107. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P Laureate bust of Trajan to right, with light drapery on his far shoulder. Rev. SPQR OPTIMO PRINCIPI / S - C Elaborately decorated oval shield set over a saltire of spears, a sword, one oblong shield and a vexillum. BMC 951. BN 532. Cohen 569. RIC 584. Woytek 198bB. A very attractive, well struck piece with a dark, blackish-green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Lot 238
Trajan, 98-117. Dupondius (Bronze, 26 mm, 11.82 g, 6 h), Rome, 115-116. IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P Radiate and draped bust of Trajan to right, seen in part from behind. Rev. SENATVS POPVLVSQVE ROMANVS / S - C Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus in her right hand and cornucopiae in her left. BMC 1027. BN 850. Cohen 353. RIC 674. Woytek 535v. An attractive piece of fine style with a splendid green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 239
Trajan, 98-117. Quadrans (Copper, 15 mm, 3.04 g, 4 h), Rome, uncertain: 98-117. IMP CAES TRAIAN AVG GERM Bust of bearded Hercules to right, wearing taenia and with his lion's skin over his shoulders. Rev. S C Boar standing to right. BMC 1062. BN 941. Cohen 341. RIC 702. Woytek 602b. With a lovely sand patina over green metal. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 300 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 240
Hadrian, 117-138. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.36 g, 7 h), Rome, 124. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG Laureate and draped head of Hadrian to right. Rev. P M TR P COS III Hadrian, bare-headed and in military dress, standing left, holding rudder on globe with his right hand and long reversed spear with his left. BMC 240. Cohen 1162. Hill 263. RIC 110. A superb, sharply struck and beautifully toned piece. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 1400 CHF
Lot 244
Hadrian, 117-138. Dupondius (Orichalcum, 25 mm, 12.15 g, 1 h), Rome, c. 132-135. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS Laureate and draped bust of Hadrian to right. Rev. FELICITATI AVG / COS III P P / S - C Galley to left, with five rowers and a steersman; at the prow, slanting mast with sail; at the stern, vexillum and standard. BMC 1461 var. Cohen 667. RIC 719. A pretty coin with an attractive dark brown patina. Some inobtrusive corrosion pitting, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1600 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 245
Hadrian, 117-138. Dupondius (Orichalcum, 27 mm, 12.04 g, 12 h), Rome, 134-138. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P Bare-headed and draped bust of Hadrian to right. Rev. AEGYPTOS S C Figure of Egypt reclining to left, hold sistrum with her right hand and resting her left elbow on a basket; to left, Ibis standing right on column. BMC 1700. RIC 839c. With a fine portrait and an attractive Tiber patina. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 246
Sabina, Augusta, 128-136/7. As (Copper, 27 mm, 11.66 g, 5 h), Rome. SABINA AVGVSTA - HADRIANI AVG P P Diademed and draped bust of Sabina to right, her hair in a stephane above her diadem and in a long plait at the back. Rev. IVNONI REGINAE / S-C Juno standing left, holding patera in her right hand and long scepter in her left. BMC 1894. Cohen 39. RIC 1038. Nicely struck and with a dark patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 950 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
A very rare Medallion of Antoninus Pius, ex NAC I, 1999
Lot 247
Antoninus Pius, 138-161. Medallion (Orichalcum, 40 mm, 39.45 g, 1 h), Rome, 140-144. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Antoninus Pius to right. Rev. TR POT COS III / ITALIA Italia seated left on globe, wearing mural crown, holding cornucopiae with her right hand and long scepter with her left. Banti -. Cohen -. Gnecchi II, p. 12, 29 and pl. 45, 10 var. (but with a differing bust type). Extremely rare, and with a beautiful light, olive-green patina. Remains of corrosion, especially on the edges, and with minor cracks in the patina, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 4400 CHF
Estimate: 5500 CHF
Lot 248
Antoninus Pius, 138-161. Aureus (Gold, 21 mm, 7.42 g, 6 h), Rome, 150-151. IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTO-NINVS AVG PIVS P P Bare head of Antoninus Pius to right. Rev. TR POT XIIII COS IIII PAX Pax standing left, holding olive branch and long scepter. BMC 726. Cohen 579. Calicó 1588. RIC 200a. A lovely example, with a dignified, 'civil' portrait. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 9500 CHF
Lot 249
Antoninus Pius, 138-161. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 7.20 g, 7 h), Rome, 153-154. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVII Bareheaded, draped, and cuirassed bust of Antoninus Pius to right. Rev. COS IIII Antoninus Pius standing left, holding globe. BMC 812. Calicó 1526a (note that Calicó 1520 and 1526a are illustrated by the same coin - before and after cleaning!). Cohen -. RIC 233a. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Lot 250
Antoninus Pius, 138-161. Aureus (Gold, 17 mm, 7.24 g, 6 h), Rome mint, 156-157. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P IMP II Laureate head of Antoninus Pius to right. Rev. TR POT XX COS IIII Victory advancing left, holding wreath in her right hand and palm frond with her left. Biaggi 774. BMC 887. Calicó 1675. Cohen 1013. RIC III 266a. Strack 316. Minor scrape on Pius's neck, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 4500 CHF
Lot 251
Marcus Aurelius, as Caesar, 139-161. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 31 mm, 23.49 g, 12 h), Rome, 140-144. AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F COS Bare headed and draped bust of Marcus Aurelius Caesar. Rev. IVVENTAS / SC Iuventas standing left, dropping, from her right hand, incense into a thymiaterion to the left, and holding a patera in her left. Banti 197. BMC (Antoninus Pius) 1399. Cohen 390. RIC III (Antoninus Pius) 1232b. An attractive example with a dark patina with green highlights, and a fine portrait of Marcus, then in his early 20s. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 252
Marcus Aurelius, as Caesar, 139-161. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 30 mm, 28.30 g, 11 h), Rome, 158/159. AVRELIVS CAES - ANTON AVG PII F Bare-headed bust of Marcus Aurelius to right, slight drapery on his far shoulder. Rev. TR POT XIII - COS II / S - C Spes walking to left, holding flower in her right hand and raising the hem of her skirt with her left. Banti 374. BMC 2082 var. Cohen 741. RIC 1348Ab. With an excellent portrait of Marcus in his late 30s; and with an attractive, dark green-brown patina. Reverse with areas of flatness, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 950 CHF
Lot 253
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 33 mm, 26.63 g, 11 h), Rome, 161. IMP CAES M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG P M Bare-headed and cuirassed bust of Marcus Aurelius to right, seen from behind. Rev. CONCORD AVGVSTOR TR P XV / COS III / S - C Marcus Aurelius, togate on the left, and Lucius Verus, togate on the right, facing each other and clasping their right hands; in his left hand, Marcus holds a scroll. Banti 24 (this coin). BMC 847 var. Cohen 45. RIC 796. With a fine olive-green patina and a bust of splendid style. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4700 CHF
Estimate: 3750 CHF
Lot 254
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 29 mm, 21.93 g, 1 h), Rome, 169-170. M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXIIII Laureate head of M. Aurelius to right. Rev. COS III / PROFECTIO AVG / S C Marcus Aurelius, in military dress and holding a long transverse spear, riding to right; before him, leading the way, soldier; behind him to left, three soldiers. Banti 247. BMC 1375. Cohen 502. RIC 977. Very rare. Very dark green patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1600 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 255
Faustina Junior, Augusta, 147-175. Aureus (Gold, 19 mm, 7.17 g, 6 h), Rome, c. 147-150. FAVSTINA AVG PII AVG FIL Draped bust of Faustina to left, with her hair fastened by strings of pearls in a bun at back of her head. Rev. CONCORDIA Dove standing to right. Biaggi 922. BMC 1090. Calicó 2044d (same dies). RIC (Antoninus Pius) 503b-3. Strack 507. A well centered and clear example. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 256
Diva Faustina Junior, died 175/6. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 29 mm, 24.02 g, 6 h), Rome, c. 176-180. DIVA FAV-STINA PIA Draped bust of Faustina to right, her hair in a long braid bound up in a bun at the back. Rev. AETERNITAS The draped figure of the deified Faustina II seated left on a low-backed throne, holding a scepter in her upraised right hand, resting her left in her lap, and with her veil, one end held in her right hand and the other wrapped around her body, billowing out above her head; to left and right, draped female figure moving to left, each with a veil, held in her right hand and wrapped around her body, billowing over her head; each looks toward Faustina, the one on the left turning her head back to do so; below, S C. Banti 7. BMC (Marcus Aurelius) 1568 (variant - with S-C in field to left and right). Cohen 10. RIC (Marcus Aurelius) 1697 (variant - with S-C in field to left and right). Very rare. A remarkably beautiful example, perhaps the finest known, well-struck and well-centered with a lovely grey and olive-green patina. Minor flan crack, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 32500 CHF
Lot 257
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Quadrans (Copper, 17 mm, 3.21 g, 7 h), anonymous, but with a portrait of Annius Verus (?) in the guise of Summer, Rome, c. 165. Laureate and draped bust of an infant boy to right, wearing a grain collar. Rev. S.C within grain wreath. RIC II, 34. Van Heesch 7. With an attractive child's portrait and a dark, greenish-brown patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 258
Lucius Verus, 161-169. As (Copper, 24 mm, 10.13 g, 6 h), Rome, 167-168. L VERVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX Laureate head of Lucius Verus to right. Rev. TR P VIII IMP IIII COS III / S - C Mars walking right, holding transverse spear in his right hand and trophy over his left shoulder with his left. BMC p. 603, §. Cohen 304. RIC 1468. With a good portrait and an attractive dark green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 259
Lucilla, Augusta, 164-182. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 32 mm, 24.61 g, 12 h), Rome mint, 164-170. LVCILLAE AVG ANTONINI AVG F Draped bust of Lucilla to right, her hair tied into a bun at the back. Rev. IVNONI LVCINAE / SC Juno seated left on a backless throne, her feet on a footstool, holding flower in her right hand and an infant in swaddling clothes in her left. Banti 22. BMC 1154. Cohen 37. MIR 18, 9-6b. RIC 1747. A pleasant piece with a lovely portrait of the empress. Some minor scratches on the obverse and some smoothing in the fields, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 260
Commodus, as Caesar, 166-177. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 32 mm, 25.88 g, 12 h), Rome, 186-189. M COMMODVS ANT P FELIX AVG BRIT Laureate and bearded head of Commodus to right. Rev. PACI AETERNAE / COS V PP / S - C Pax seated left on throne, holding olive branch in her right hand and long scepter with her left. Banti 230. BMC 606. Cohen 390. RIC 548. With a good portrait and an attractive green patina. Some minor marks and slight double-striking on the reverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1500 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Important Mint State Aureus of Septimius Severus
Lot 261
Septimius Severus, 193-211. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 7.27 g, 6 h), Rome, 195. L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP VII Laureate head of Septimius Severus to right. Rev. DIVI M PII F P M TR P III COS II P P Mars advancing to right, holding transverse spear in his right hand and a trophy in his left. BMC p. 41†. Calicó 2447. Cohen 123. RIC 65. A sharp and well-struck example, of excellent style and with a fine portrait. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 20000 CHF
Estimate: 25000 CHF
Lot 263
Julia Domna, Augusta, 193-217. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 29 mm, 24.25 g, 5 h), Rome, 197. IVLIA - AVGVSTA Draped bust of Julia Domna to right, her hair in waves and coiled into a bun at the back. Rev. IVNO - R[EGI]NA / S -C Juno standing left, holding patera in her right hand and long scepter in her left; at her feet to left, peacock to left. Banti 27. BMC p. 308, 769. Cohen 98. RIC 856. Attractive green-brown patina. Some striking flatness, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 264
Julia Domna, Augusta, 193-217. As (Copper, 26 mm, 15.04 g, 6 h), struck during the reign of her son Caracalla, Rome, 213. IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG Draped bust of Julia Domna to right. Rev. SAECVLI FELICITAS / S - C Felicitas standing left, holding long caduceus with her left hand and sacrificing, from a patera held in her right hand, over a low altar to left. BMC 228. Cohen 180. RIC 603. With an excellent, sharp portrait and a fine green patina. Some red spots, scratches and traces of smoothing, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 265
Caracalla, with Geta as Caesar, 198-217. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 2.96 g, 4 h), Laodicea ad Mare, c. 199. IMP CAE M AVR ANT AVG P TR P II Laureate and draped bust of Caracalla to right. Rev. P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES Bare-headed and draped bust of Geta to right. BMC -. Cohen -. RIC -. See Monnaies et Médailles XXV, 1962, 625 and Classical Numismatic Group 90, 2012, 1617 for two other examples of this denarius struck from the same dies. Well centered bright and clear; an attractive example of a very rare type. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 950 CHF
Lot 266
Caracalla, 198-217. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 33 mm, 28.95 g, 1 h), Rome, 211-213. M AVREL ANTONINVS PIVS AVG BRIT Laureate head of Caracalla to right. Rev. SECVRITATI PERPETVAE / S C Securitas seated right on throne, resting her head on her right hand and holding scepter in her left; to right, altar. Banti 115. BMC 250-252. Cohen 576. RIC 512d. With a good portrait and an attractive, dark, glossy patina. Some striking flatness, an edge crack and a number of scratches, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 267
Caracalla, 198-217. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 32 mm, 28.98 g, 1 h), Rome, 215. M AVREL ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Caracalla to right; seen from behind. Rev. P M TR P XVIII IMP III COS IIII P P On the right, Caracalla, in military dress, standing left, his right foot on a crocodile, holding reversed spear with his left hand and extending his right to, on the left, Isis advancing right, holding sistrum and grain ears. Banti 70. BMC 286. Cohen 334. RIC 544. With an attractive dark patina. Some smoothing, otherwise, about extremely fine/very fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 268
Caracalla, 198-217. Antoninianus (Silver, 22 mm, 4.76 g, 12 h), Rome, 215-217. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Caracalla to right. Rev. VENVS VICTRIX Venus standing facing, her head turned left, holding Victory in her right hand and scepter with her left, resting her left elbow on an oval shield set on a helmet. BMC 79. Cohen 608. RIC 311c. A most attractive coin with a very elegant portrait. Well centered and lightly toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 271
Geta, as Caesar, 198-209. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.53 g, 12 h), Laodicea ad Mare, 202. P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Geta to right. Rev. MINERV SANCT Minerva, helmeted, standing front, her head turned to left, resting her right hand on a shield set on the ground and holding a reversed spear with her left. BMC 750. Cohen 83 var. RIC 105a. A beautiful, toned example; well-centered and sharply struck. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 180 CHF
Estimate: 225 CHF
Lot 272
Elagabalus, 218-222. Antoninianus (Silver, 20 mm, 6.36 g, 1 h), Rome, 219. IMP CAES M AVR ANTONINVS AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Elagabalus to right, seen from behind. Rev. SALVS ANTONINI AVG Salus standing right, feeding snake from patera held in her left hand. BMC 23. Cohen 255. RIC 138. Attractive, well-struck and clear. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 200 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 274
Julia Maesa, Augusta, 218-224/5. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 31 mm, 23.19 g, 12 h), struck under her grandson, Elagabalus, Rome, 218-220. IVLIA MAESA AVG Diademed and draped bust of Julia Maesa to right, her hair tied in a bun at the back. Rev. PVDICITIA / S C Pudicitia, veiled, seated to left on throne, lifting her veil with her right hand and holding a scepter with her left. Banti 8. BMC 395. Cohen 40. RIC 417. Very rare. With a splendid portrait, a dark brown patina and an extensive pedigree. One of the finest known examples. Flan crack and some very minor old scratches, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 4200 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Lot 275
Severus Alexander, 222-235. Medallion (Bimetallic, copper and orichalcum, 38 mm, 53.65 g, 12 h), Rome, 224. IMP CAES M AVREL SEV ALEXANDER AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Severus Alexander to right. Rev. LIBERALITAS AVGVSTI II On platform, Severus Alexander seated to left; before him to left, Liberalitas standing to left, holding abacus and cornucopiae; behind him to right, Praetorian praefect and soldier standing front but with their heads to left; at the side of the platform, six citizens standing left; to left, before platform, citizen mounting the platform steps, holding a circular basket. BMC 210. Cohen 121. Gnecchi 9. Very rare. Heavy and impressive with a dark green patina. Slight traces of double-striking on the obverse, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 15000 CHF
Lot 278
Pupienus, 238. Denarius (Silver, 22 mm, 2.72 g, 12 h), Rome, 238. IMP C M CLOD PVPIENVS AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Pupienus to right. Rev. PAX PVBLICA Pax seated left, holding branch in her right hand and scepter in her left. BMC 46. Cohen 22. RIC 4. A splendid, beautifully struck coin; lustrous and with a fine portrait. Slightly ragged edges, otherwise, virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 1500 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 281
Aurelian, 270-275. Aureus (Gold, 22 mm, 4.49 g, 11 h), Mediolanum, 3rd emission, 271-272. IMP C L DOM AURELIANVS P F AVG Laureate and cuirassed bust of Aurelian to right. Rev. VIRTVS AVG Mars advancing to right, holding transverse spear in his right hand and a trophy in his left; at his feet to right, seated captive. BN 427. Calicó 4048. RIC 182. An attractive piece, with a very nicely centered obverse in high relief. Some very minor surface marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 9000 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Lot 282
Probus, 276-282. Off metal test strike for an Aureus (Billon, 22 mm, 3.51 g, 5 h), Rome or Ticinum. IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG Laureate and cuirassed bust of Probus to left. Rev. CONSERVAT AVG Sol standing facing, head to left, raising his right hand and holding globe in his left. Unpublished, but cf. the aurei Calicó 4152a and RIC 308. Of great rarity, with a stern and uncompromising portrait of a powerful general. Dark surfaces with some traces of silvering; very minor flan crack, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 6250 CHF
Lot 283
Probus, 276-282. Antoninianus (Billon, 23 mm, 4.41 g, 12 h), Serdica, 4th officina, 276. BONO ET INVICTO PROBO P AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Probus to right, seen slightly from behind. Rev. PRO - VIDEN D - EOR /*/KAΔ On the left, Providentia standing right, holding standard in each hand, facing Sol, on the right, standing left, raising his right hand in salute and holding a globe in his left. Cohen -. Pink VI/1, p. 45 var. RIC – (cf. 844 ff. for the reverse type). Very rare, especially with this extraordinary obverse legend. Well-struck and with remains of original silvering. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 284
Probus, 276-282. Antoninianus (Billon, 21 mm, 3.07 g, 12 h), Rome, 2nd officina, 277-278. IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG Radiate bust of Probus to left, wearing imperial mantle and holding eagle-tipped scepter with his right hand. Rev. SOLI INVICTO / RB Sol, radiate, standing facing in spread quadriga, his right hand raised in greeting and with a whip held in his left; below horses' hooves, two stars within crescents. Cohen 682. Pink VI/1 p. 55. RIC 204. Well struck, with an exceptionally realistic portrait, and a striking depiction of Sol. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 440 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
Lot 285
Probus, 276-282. Antoninianus (Billon, 23 mm, 3.87 g, 12 h), Rome mint, 6th officina, 279. IMP PRO-BVS AVG Radiate, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Probus to left, holding spear over his right shoulder and covering his left with a shield. Rev. ADVENTVS AVG /R(crescent)ς Probus on horseback to left, holding long scepter in his left hand and raising his right in salute; to left, bound captive seated left and looking back towards the emperor. Cohen 39. Pink VI/1, p. 45 RIC 157. Sharply struck, with intact silvering, and an impressive portrait bust. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 140 CHF
Estimate: 175 CHF
Lot 286
Probus, 276-282. Denarius (Billon, 19 mm, 2.26 g, 12 h), Rome, 281. IMP PROBVS AVG Laureate and cuirassed bust of Probus to right. Rev. VICTORIA GERM Military trophy between two seated German captives. Cohen 767. RIC 259. Very rare. Sharply struck and perfectly centered, a particularly elegant coin. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
A beautiful Medallion of Probus
Lot 287
Probus, 276-282. Medallion (Bronze, 30 mm, 22.89 g, 12 h), Rome, 281-282. IMP PROBVS P F AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Probus to left, holding spear in his right hand and with, over his left shoulder, a shield ornamented with Victory moving to left, leading the emperor, who is on horseback to left, his right hand raised in salutation, followed by a soldier marching left. Rev. MONETA AVG The Three Monetae standing facing, their heads to left; each holds a cornucopiae in her left hand and, in her right, a pair of scales, suspended over a pile of coins at her feet. Bastien, Buste, pl. 119, 2 (same obverse die). Cohen 376. Gnecchi 24. Pink VI/1 p. 47. Very rare. With lovely very dark-green/brown surfaces. A magnificent example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 34000 CHF
Estimate: 42500 CHF
Lot 288
Galerius, as Caesar, 293-305. Follis (Bronze, 28 mm, 9.84 g, 6 h), Lugdunum, 301-303. MAXIMIANVS NOB C Laureate and cuirassed bust of Galerius to left, holding scepter over right shoulder. Rev. GENIO POPVLI ROMANI / A / PLC Genius of the Roman People standing left, holding patera in his right hand and cornucopiae with his left; to his left, lighted altar. RIC 167b. A remarkably sharp and attractive example with a splendid brown patina. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 200 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 289
Maximinus II, as Caesar, 305-309. Follis (Bronze, 20 mm, 10.52 g, 12 h), Treveri, 305-307. GAL VAL MAXIMINVS NOB C Laureate and cuirassed bust of Maximinus to right. Rev. GENIO POPVLI ROMANI / S - F /PTR Genius of the Roman People standing left, draped from the waist and wearing a polos, holding a patera in his right hand and a cornucopia with his left. RIC 667b. A clear and attractive example with a glossy brown-green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 220 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
Lot 290
Constantine I, 307/310-337. Light Miliarense (Silver, 23 mm, 4.16 g, 12 h), Thessalonica, 320. CONSTANTINVS MAX P F AVG Laureate and cuirassed bust of Constantine I to right. Rev. FELICITAS ROMANORVM / THES Constantine standing left between two of his sons, all are in military dress and each holds a long scepter in his right hand, and rests his left hand on his waist; all under a curved arch supported by two columns. Bastien, Donativa, p. 79, a (but there dated to c. 325). Cohen -. RIC p. 718, 140A. Extremely rare. A splendid toned piece. Some remaining corrosion on the edges and traces of cleaning in the fields, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 11000 CHF
Estimate: 7750 CHF
Lot 291
Constantius II, 337-361. Centenionalis (Bronze, 21 mm, 4.32 g, 12 h), Nicomedia, 348-351. D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constantius to left, holding globe with his right hand. Rev. FEL TEMP REPARATIO / SMNB Constantius standing left, holding labarum with his right hand and shield set on ground with his right; at his feet to left, two bound captives moving left, but looking to right and wearing with pointed caps. RIC VIII 67. A remarkably finely preserved and sharp example, with an attractive portrait bust and a lovely brown patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 380 CHF
Estimate: 475 CHF
Lot 292
Magnus Maximus, 383-388. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.48 g, 7 h), Treveri. D N MAG MAXIMVS P F AVG Rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Magnus Maximus to right. Rev. RESTITVTOR REI PVBLICAE / SMTR Magnus Maximus standing front, his head turned to right, holding labarum with Christogram in his right hand and Victory on globe in his left; in field to left, star. Cohen 4. Depeyrot 50/1. RIC 76. Very rare. A lovely, finely toned example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 13000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 293
Theodosius II, 402-450. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.47 g, 7 h), Constan­tinople, 4th officina, c. 408-420. D N THEODO - SIVS P F AVG Helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Theodosius facing, his head turned slightly to right, holding a spear over his right shoulder and with a shield, ornamented with a horseman spearing a fallen foe, over his left. Rev. CONCORDI - A AVGG Δ / CONOB Constantinopolis seated facing on throne, her head to right, wearing helmet, holding a spear with her right hand, Victory on a globus in her left, and with her right foot on a prow; in field to left, star. Depeyrot 73/2. DOC 313-8 (different officina). RIC X 202. Well-struck and lustrous. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 294
Theodosius II, 402-450. Solidus (Gold, 23 mm, 4.48 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 10th officina, 425-429. D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG Helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Theodosius facing, his head turned slightly to the right, holding spear over his right shoulder and shield, ornamented with a horseman spearing a fallen foe, over his left. Rev. SALVS REI - PVBLICAE I / CONOB Two nimbate emperors, the larger on the left Theodosius II and the smaller on the right Valentinian III, both wearing consular robes and holding a mappa in their right hands and a cross in their left; above, between them, star. DOC 376. Depeyrot 79/1. MIRB 23b. RIC 237. Sharp and lustrous. Reverse slightly doublestruck, with some very minor flan faults and a very minor edge bend, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
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