nomos 15
22 October 2017
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
Once again we would like to welcome you to our latest auction, Nomos 15.
Lot 298
Maurice Tiberius, 582-602. Half-siliqua (Silver, 14 mm, 0.84 g, 5 h), Carthage, 582-583/4. D N TIb MAVRIC PP Facing bust of Maurice, wearing helmet with cross at the top, cuirass and paludamentum. Rev. ✶SALVS MVNDI Cross potent within a circle of pearls surrounded by the inscription. DOC 239. MIB 57. SB 551. Very rare. Dark grey patina as found. Extremely fine.
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 Draped and cuirassed facing bust of Heraclius, wearing crown with plume and holding a cross in his right hand. Rev. VICTORIA AVÇЧ H / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 3b. MIB 5. SB 731. Well-centered and well-struck. Minor flatness, otherwise, extremely fine.
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, 616-625. dd NN hERACLIUS ET hERA CONST P AVC Crowned, with cross on circlet, draped and cuirassed facing busts of Heraclius, on the left larger and bearded, and Heraclius Constantine, on the right smaller and beardless; between them above, cross. Rev. VICTORIA AVႺႯ ε / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 13d. MIB 11. SB 738. Clear and well-struck. Extremely fine.
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), Constantinople, 632-635. From left to right, Heraclonas, wearing cap with cross above, and Heraclius and Heraclius Constantine, both wearing crowns with crosses, standing facing; each holds a globus cruciger in his right hand and his robe in his left. Rev. VICTORIA AVGЧ Δ / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps; in field to right, Heraclian monogram. DOC 33. MIB 39. SB 758. Lustrous and with an unusually sharp obverse. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 302
Heraclius, with Heraclius Constantine and Heraclonas, 610-641. Solidus (Gold, 22 mm, 4.49 g, 7 h), Constantinople, indiction year 9 = 635/6. From left to right, Heraclonas, wearing cap with cross above, and Heraclius and Heraclius Constantine, both wearing crowns with crosses, standing facing; each holds a globus cruciger in his right hand and his robe in his left. Rev. VICTORIA AVGЧ S / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps; in field to left, Heraclian monogram; in field to right, Θ (= 9). DOC 34. MIB 40. SB 759. Struck on a very broad flan and with a splendidly centered obverse. Reverse slightly double struck and with a tiny scratch, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 800 CHF
Lot 303
Heraclius, with Heraclius Constantine and Heraclonas, 610-641. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.52 g, 7 h), Constantinople, 639-641. From left to right, Heraclonas, Heraclius and Heraclius Constantine, all wearing crowns with crosses, standing facing; each holds a globus cruciger in his right hand and his robe in his left. Rev. VICTORIA AVGЧ Z / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps; to left, Heraclian monogram. DOC 43. MIB 50. SB 769. A very attractive, well-centered example. Some very slight flatness, otherwise, extremely fine.
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 AU Crowned and draped bust of Constans facing, with a very long beard, and holding globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. VICTORIA AVGЧ Δ / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 19d. MIB 23. SB 956. A really fine, lustrous and sharp example. Some very minor flat striking, otherwise, good extremely fine.
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), Class III, Constantinople, 6th officina, 674-681. D N COTNVS P 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 adorned with a depiction of a horseman spearing his fallen enemy. Rev. VICTOA AVGV S / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps between standing figures of Heraclius on left and Tiberius on right; both crowned, wearing a chlamys and holding a globus cruciger in their right hands. DOC 10e. MIB 7a. SB 1156. Well struck and centered with attractive details. Some striking flatness and light scratches, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
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, 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 B / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 12(b). MIB 10. SB 1157. Elegant and well struck. Very minor striking flatness on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 307
Justinian II, first reign, 685-695. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.34 g, 6 h), Class II, Constantinople, 3rd officina, 687-692. D IUSTINIA-NUS PE AV Crowned and bearded bust of Justinian II facing, cross on circlet on crown, wearing chlamys and holding a globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. VICTORIA AVGV Γ/ CONOBΓ Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 6 (lacking this officina). MIB 7. SB 1247. Sharply struck and with good metal. Extremely fine.
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 officina, 687-692. 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. VICTORIA AVGV Ι/ CONOBΓ Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC (6i). MIB 7. SB 1247. Sharp, most attractive, with traces of original mint luster and a powerful and despotic depiction of the emperor. Struck on a tight flan as usual; some metal flaws on the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
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, 692-695. IhS CRIStOS REX REGNANTIЧM 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 N IVSTINIANVS SERV ChRISTI Δ - CONOP 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 7e. MIB 8a. SB 1248. Well centered and clear. Minor flatness and some edge filing, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
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 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, the two curved lines of a throne-back. Rev. I 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. SB1601. Spahr 340. Struck from the same dies as those of Nomos 13, 2016, 301. Extremely rare, with sharp details, and perfectly centred. Some very slight areas of striking flatness, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 9500 CHF
Estimate: 5500 CHF
Unicum Solidus of Irene minted in Syracuse
Lot 311
Irene, 797-802. Solidus (Gold, 22 mm, 3.85 g, 7 h), Class II, Syracuse, 798-802. EIRIN BASILISSH Crowned bust of Irene facing, wearing loros and holding a globus cruciger in her right hand and a cross-tipped scepter in her left. Rev. EIRIN BASILI / CI Crowned bust of Irene facing, wear loros and holding a globus cruciger in her right hand and a cross-tipped scepter in her left. Anastasi - (cf.455). DOC -. SB - (cf.1602). Very rare, sharp and remarkably well centered on a broad flan. An exceptionally fine coin. Virtually as struck.
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 Nicephoros, wearing cross-topped crown and chlamys, holding cross potent on base with his right hand and akakia in his left. Rev. IhSUS XRIS-TUS nICA X / C - I Cross potent on base and three steps. Anastasi -. DOC-. Ricotti-Prina 22. SB-. Same dies as Gorny & Mosch 240 (2016), 626. Of great rarity; remarkably sharp and well preserved. Virtually as struck.
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 REGNANTIhM Christ Pantocrator seated facing on throne, holding book of Gospels in his left hand and raising his right in blessing. Rev. Θ CE ΒΟΗΘ ΡωΜΑΝω / ΜΘ On the left, Romanus standing facing, wearing crown and loros (with four 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 1d.9. SB 1819. An attractive and sharply struck piece. Extremely fine.
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 REGNANTIhm Christ, nimbate, seated facing on straight-backed throne, raising his right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in his left. Rev. Constantine standing facing, wearing crown and loros, holding labarum in his right hand and globus cruciger in his left. DOC 1a. SB 1847. Attractive and well struck. Slightly off center, but on a broad flan, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 315
Constantine X Ducas, 1059-1067. Histamenon (Gold, 27 mm, 4.36 g, 5 h), Constantinople. +IhI XIS 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. + KωN BACIΛ O ΔOVKAC Constantine standing facing, wearing crown and loros, holding, with his right hand, labarum with pellet on shaft, and, in his left, a globus cruciger. DOC 1b. SB 1847. Attractive and well struck; nicely centered on a broad flan. Minor flan crack and some striking flatness, otherwise, extremely fine.
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. The Virgin orans enthroned facing; on her breast, facing head of infant Christ; at sides of nimbus, MHP - ΘV. Rev. ICAAKIOC O / X / M Isaac, on left, standing facing and holding cruciform scepter in his right hand and akakia with his left, crowned by Archangel Michael on right, nimbate and in military attire, also standing facing and holding jewelled scepter with his left hand. DOC 2. SB 2002. Toned and unusually attractive. Struck on a slightly ragged flan, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 317
ISLAMIC, Umayyad Caliphate. temp. al-Walid I ibn 'Abd al-Malik, AH 86-96 / AD 705-715. Dinar (Gold, 20 mm, 4.30 g, 7 h), unnamed mint (Damascus), AH 86 /705-706 AD. Inscription around Kalima Tayyibah in three lines. Rev. Mint and AH date around Kalima in three lines. AGC I 43. Album 125 or 127. Walker 197. Wilkes IC 164. An attractive and clear early dinar. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
A very rare Tari of William II
Lot 318
ITALY, Kingdom of Sicily. Salerno. William II, 1166-1189. Tari (Gold, 19 mm, 0.82 g, 6 h). Arabic legend: King William the Second around star. Rev. Arabic legend: Protector of Christianity around .W. Biaggi 2298. MEC 14, III, 410. Spahr (Bank Leu/Münzen und Medaillen 1987), 157. Very rare. A clear and attractive specimen. Minor edge cut and two minor flan cracks, otherwise, about extremely fine.
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), medallic jeton in the weight of 4 1/2 Ducats, on the hopes for unity in the face of the dissentions of the United Provinces, unsigned but by Paulus Utenwael (Uyttenwael), 1604 (over 1596). TRAHITE ÆQVO IVGO 1604 (pulling under the same yoke) Yoke of two oxen drawing a car bearing an orange tree to left; in exergue, arms of West-Friesland. Rev. FRANGIMVR SI COLLIDIMVR (we are broken if we beat ourselves) Three fortified islands in the midst of the sea (Hoorn, Enkhuizen and Medemblik); below, ships and two floating pots separated by an orange branch; above, Hebrew name of Jehovah in clouds. Roovers: JMP 1953, 61 and JMP 1957 blz 43-48. Cf. Teylers TMNK 00341 (silver). Van Loon II, p. 11 and Van Loon I, p.469 (variants). Extremely rare in gold, very likely unique (and also very rare in silver). A particularly attractive piece. About extremely fine.
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 treasure fleet at Matanzas, by the Dutch under Admiral Piet Heyn in 1628, by Jan Smeltzing, '1628' (c. 1680). PET : PETRI . HEINIVS . FOED : BELG : ORD : ARCHITHALASS Bare-head bust of Piet Heyn three-quarter facing to right, wearing high ruff, cuirass and necklace of chains. Rev. HEINIAD NVP[ER] SENSIT SPOLIATA MATANCA View of the victory, by Dutch fleet under Heyn, over the Spanish Treasure Fleet at Matanzas Bay in Cuba. Betts 26. Sandwich AA4. TMNK 00430. Van Loon II, p. 172, 1. An extremely rare and important medal, attractively toned, very sharply struck, and most impressive. A few very minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
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 Admiral Maarten Tromp (1597-1653), by Wouter Muller, 1653. Myn hert en handt was voor het landt (=my heart and hand were for my country) Three-quarter bust of Tromp turned slightly to the right, wearing badge of the Order of St. Michael; above, two putti with trumpets; around, two laurel branches and a wreath formed of military accouterments. Rev. Waarom doet muller Tromp door kunst van goudt en silver leeven: om dat hy d’yser eew door krygsdeugd heeft verdreven den 10 aug 1653 (=Why does the art of Muller make Tromp live in gold and silver? Because he chased out the age of iron by military honor on 10 August 1653) Naval battle with ship sinking in the foreground. M.I. I, 404, no 35 and pl. XXXVI, 6. TMNK 00594-00595. Van Loon II, p. 364, 3. An attractive and impressive medal in high relief. Bright, with fields typically polished long ago, and with a graffito 129591 scratched into the reverse field, otherwise, extremely fine.
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 brothers, 1672. ILLVSTRISSIMI.FRATRES.IOHAN:ET.CORNEL:DE.WIT Jugate busts of the De Witt brothers to right. Rev. VNA MENTE ET SORTE (=the same spirit and the same fate) In stormy seas, two sailing ships being driven into a rocky cliff; on edge, *NAVEMQUE VIROSQUE SUB OEQUORE MERSIT* HAGAE.20.AUG.A'O.1672 (=at the Hague on 20 August 1672 the ships and men sink beneath the surface). Cf. TMNK 00803/00804 (but differing edge inscription). Cf. Van Loon III, p. 81-84, iv. Lightly toned and attractive. Very minor edge faults, otherwise, extremely fine.
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 the weight of 2 1/2 Ducats on the fiftieth anniversary of the marriage Wigbolt Slicher (1627-1718) to Elisabeth Spiegel (1628-1707), which took place in the Nieuwe Kerk in Amsterdam on 6 June 1651, 1701. *ELISABET.SPIGEL*WIGBOLT.SLICHER Two shields of arms united by a tied ribbon; below, 6.IUN.1701. Rev. DESE / TWE.HEEFT / GOD.GEGEVEN / VYFTIG.IAER / IN ECHT.TE / LEVEN. Bemolt 604. KPK 1967. Very rare, one of three known examples. Extremely fine.
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. van Abeele, c. 1655- 1657, but possibly a reissue by Cornelis Coutrier, c. 1730. De Eendracht Van Het Huwelyck Baart Winst Van d'Aart En 't Hemelryck (=the concord of this marriage reveals the winnings of nature and the kingdom of heaven) Figure of Prosperity seated facing, her legs turned slightly to the left, wearing a wreath of flowers, and holding a platter with a pomegranate in her right hand and a branch of oak and olive in her left; to left, urn containing an aloe plant; to right, full cornucopiae with, on its end, a bird standing left, looking at the branch held by Prosperity. Rev. Daar Twee Trouw Harten Syn In Een Sietmen De Haat En Twist Vertreen (=there two true hearts in marriage drive out hate and envy) A young couple seated facing, in classical dress, their heads turned toward each other; around both of their necks, chain with a large heart pendant; to right, vineyard; trampled beneath their feet, snakes. Frederiks 35/35a. Rijksmuseum NG-NM-4660. TMNK 00590. An attractive, lightly toned example of excellent quality. Usual blow-hole on the edge. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 325
NETHERLANDS. The Dutch Republic. Plaquettepenning (Silver, 69 mm, 94.39 g, 12 h), on the silver wedding anniversary of Bernard van Vijve and Margareta Schrick, by Cornelis Coutrier, with his silversmith marks on the edge, 1736. Woman, in classical dress, seated left, holding olive branch in her left hand and pouring a libation from her right over a flaming altar to left; on the altar, stork; above, eye of God in rays. Rev. In a rococo frame, the arms of van Vijve and Schrick above two tablets inscribed: Ter Gedaghtenisse / Van de Silvere Bruiloft Van / Bernardus van Vijve / en / Margareta Schrick /Getrout op den 29 Maart 1711 / En Geviert op den 2 April // Anno 1736. Bemolt 891. Cast and chased as made, with the year letter B on the edge. Beautifully made and very attractive. With a very small hole for a display stand on the bottom edge, and one almost imperceptible edge knock, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 2250 CHF
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