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Nomos 15 22 October 2017, 14:00 CEST
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
Once again we would like to welcome you to our latest auction, Nomos 15. The coins and medals in this sale are of gold, silver and various copper alloys; they range in date from the 6th century BC until the 18th century AD; they were struck in mints that range geographically from the Netherlands to northwest India; and in size from a tiny silver hemiobol of 0.27 g to a large silver medal of 94 g! Not only that, the coins come from collections in both the US and all over Europe; some even have collecting histories going back into the 19th century!

The sale begins with a few Celtic pieces and then moves on to 197 lots of Greek coins: ranging from a silver nomos of Nola in Campania (lot 5, est. 550.-, and from the White-King sale of 1909) to a tetradrachm of Ptolemy VI (lot 202, est. 450.-) bought from Bank Leu in the late 1960s. Some especially interesting pieces are lot 28, a lovely archaic tetradrachm of Syracuse (est. 10,000.); lot 50, a remarkable posthumous Lysimachos gold stater with an unknown portrait (est. 6500.-); lot 62, a very rare tetradrachm of Philip II (est. 4500.-); lot 87, a spectacular ‘prototype’ tetradrachm of Perseus (est, 25,000.-); lot 102, a very rare and attractive stater of Delphi (est. 55,000.-); and, of course, there is lot 123, the spectacular Arkadian League stater from Megalopolis (est. 180,000.-). And there are certainly many more Greek coins of interest!

Next come 114 lots of Roman and Byzantine coins, 2 medieval and 7 selected Dutch medals. One special piece is an As struck by Sextus Pompey with a double-portrait of his father, Cn. Pompeius Magnus (lot 209, est. 4500.-): the quality of this portrait coin, which first appeared on sale in Basel in 1955, is astoundingly high. Most unusual is the large (30 mm) tetrassarion from Aegeae in Cilicia with its portraits of Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar (lot 219, est. 4250.-). A personal favorite is the fabulous sestertius of Diva Faustina II, which shows the deified empress enthroned in the heavens (lot 256, est. 32,500.-) – the quality of the engraving is of the highest. Lot 274, a sestertius of Julia Maesa, which was once in the collections of Maxime Collignon, E.G. Spencer Churchill and others, has one of the finest of all numismatic portraits of this powerful woman (est. 5000.-); another bronze of beautiful quality is lot 287, the medallion of Probus from Leu 71 (est. 42,500.-). Lot 312 is a great Byzantine rarity, a solidus of Nicephoros I minted in Syracuse in 802-803 (est. 7500.-). Finally there is the extremely rare medal of the value of 4½ ducats from West-Friesland (lot 319, est. 15,000.- ): the only known example in gold (and very rare in silver), this was struck as a call to unity in the face of dissension between the Dutch provinces.

We certainly hope that this extensive selection will prove attractive to collectors of all kinds.
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Go to Lot: Search: Found 325 coins.
Lot 298
Maurice Tiberius, 582-602. Half-siliqua (Silver, 14 mm, 0.84 g, 5 h), Carthage, 582-583/4. D N TIb MAVR ...
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 1750 CHF
Lot 299
Heraclius, 610-641. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.54 g, 7 h), Constantinople, 610-613. dN hERACLI-US PP AVC D ...
Hammer Price: 520 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 300
Heraclius, with Heraclius Constantine, 610-641. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.48 g, 8 h), Constantinople, 616 ...
Hammer Price: 520 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 301
Heraclius, with Heraclius Constantine and Heraclonas, 610-641. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.48 g, 6 h), Cons ...
Hammer Price: 0 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 302
Heraclius, with Heraclius Constantine and Heraclonas, 610-641. Solidus (Gold, 22 mm, 4.49 g, 7 h), Cons ...
Hammer Price: 0 CHF
Estimate: 800 CHF
Lot 303
Heraclius, with Heraclius Constantine and Heraclonas, 610-641. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.52 g, 7 h), Cons ...
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 304
Constans II, 641-668. Solidus (Gold, 18 mm, 4.38 g, 7 h), Constantinople, 651-654. d N CONSTANTINЧS P P ...
Hammer Price: 560 CHF
Estimate: 700 CHF
Lot 305
Constantine IV Pogonatus, with Heraclius and Tiberius, 668-685. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.26 g, 6 h), Cla ...
Hammer Price: 300 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 306
Constantine IV Pogonatus, 668-685. Solidus (Gold, 18 mm, 4.36 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 2nd officina, 68 ...
Hammer Price: 0 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 307
Justinian II, first reign, 685-695. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.34 g, 6 h), Class II, Constantinople, 3rd o ...
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 1200 CHF
Lot 308
Justinian II, first reign, 685-695. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.37 g, 7 h), Class II, Constantinople, 3rd o ...
Hammer Price: 720 CHF
Estimate: 900 CHF
Lot 309
Justinian II, First reign, 685-695. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.34 g, 7 h), Constantinople 4th officina, 69 ...
Hammer Price: 3000 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 310
Irene, 797-802. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 3.88 g, 12 h), Syracuse, c. 797/8. IREN AΓOVST Bust of Irene faci ...
Hammer Price: 9500 CHF
Estimate: 5500 CHF
Lot 311
Unicum Solidus of Irene minted in Syracuse
Irene, 797-802. Solidus (Gold, 22 mm, 3.85 g, 7 h), Class II, Syracuse, 798-802. EIRIN BASILISSH Crowne ...
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
Estimate: 7000 CHF
Lot 312
Nicephorus I, 802-811. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 3.79 g, 6 h), 802-803. hI-FOROC bAS Facing bust of Nicepho ...
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 313
Romanus III Argyrus, 1028-1034. Histamenon (Gold, 23 mm, 4.39 g, 6 h), Constantinople. + ΙhS XIS REX RE ...
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 550 CHF
Lot 314
Constantine X Ducas, 1059-1067. Histamenon (Gold, 26 mm, 4.36 g, 6 h), Constantinople. +IhS XIS REX REG ...
Hammer Price: 0 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 315
Constantine X Ducas, 1059-1067. Histamenon (Gold, 27 mm, 4.36 g, 5 h), Constantinople. +IhI XIS REX REG ...
Hammer Price: 340 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 316
Isaac II Angelus, first reign, 1185-1195. Aspron Trachy (Electrum, 29 mm, 3.54 g, 6 h), Constantinople. ...
Hammer Price: 0 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 317
ISLAMIC, Umayyad Caliphate. temp. al-Walid I ibn 'Abd al-Malik, AH 86-96 / AD 705-715. Dinar (Go ...
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 318
A very rare Tari of William II
ITALY, Kingdom of Sicily. Salerno. William II, 1166-1189. Tari (Gold, 19 mm, 0.82 g, 6 h). Ar ...
Hammer Price: 1900 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 319
NETHERLANDS, The Dutch Republic. West-Friesland. . Medal (Gold, 38.5 mm, 15.28 g, 12 h), medalli ...
Hammer Price: 12000 CHF
Estimate: 15000 CHF
Lot 320
NETHERLANDS. The Dutch Republic. Medal (Silver, 60 mm, 92.04 g, 12 h), on the capture of the Spanish tr ...
Hammer Price: 20000 CHF
Estimate: 25000 CHF
Lot 321
NETHERLANDS. The Dutch Republic. Plaquettepenning (Silver, 73 mm, 70.26 g, 12 h), on the death of Admir ...
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Lot 322
NETHERLANDS. The Dutch Republic. Medal (Silver, 47 mm, 43.18 g, 12 h), on the murder of the De Witt bro ...
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 323
NETHERLANDS. The Dutch Republic. Amsterdam. Medal (Gold, 24 mm, 8.57 g, 12 h), medallic jeton in ...
Hammer Price: 2500 CHF
Estimate: 3000 CHF
Lot 324
NETHERLANDS. The Dutch Republic. Plaquettepenning (Silver, 75 mm, 82.49 g, 12 h), marriage medal, by P ...
Hammer Price: 0 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 325
NETHERLANDS. The Dutch Republic. Plaquettepenning (Silver, 69 mm, 94.39 g, 12 h), on the silver wedding ...
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 2250 CHF
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