nomos 16
10 May 2018
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
Lot 160
Augustus, 27 BC-AD 14. Denarius (Silver, 18.5 mm, 3.70 g, 7 h), Colonia Patricia, BC 18-16. Bare head of Augustus to right. Rev. AVGVSTVS Capricorn to right, holding globe attached to rudder with its forefeet and with a cornucopia above its back. BMC 347. Cohen 21. RIC 126. Clear and pleasing. Some areas of flatness, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 950 CHF
Estimate: 850 CHF
Lot 161
Divus Augustus, died AD 14. Dupondius (Orichalcum, 30 mm, 16.71 g, 7 h), Struck under Gaius (Caligula), Rome, 37-41. DIVVS · AVGVSTVS / S C Radiate head of Divus Augustus to left. Rev. CONSENSV · SENAT · ET · EQ · ORDIN · P · Q · R Augustus (?) seated left on curule chair, holding branch in his right hand. BMC 88 (Caligula). BN 137 (Caligula). Cohen 87. RIC 56 (Gaius). Attractive green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2100 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
An Extremely Fine Gold Tribute Penny of Fine Style
Lot 162
Tiberius, 14-37. Aureus (Gold, 19 mm, 7.76 g, 8 h), Lugdunum, late 20s-early 30s. TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS Laureate head of Tiberius to right. Rev. PONTIF MAXIM Female figure (Livia?) seated right on a throne with decorated legs, holding a reversed spear and a branch. BMC 46. BN 23. Calicó 305a. Cohen 15. RIC 29. A remarkably fine, very well-struck piece, with an idealistic portrait of the emperor. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Lot 163
Claudius, 41-54. As (Copper, 29 mm, 9.16 g, 7 h), Rome, 50-54. TI CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG P M TR P IMP P P Bare head of Claudius to left. Rev. LIBERTAS AVGVSTA / S C Libertas standing facing, her head turned to right, holding pileus in her right hand and extending her left. BMC 204. BN 230. Cohen 47. RIC 113. Very attractive and with a fine green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 164
Nero, AD 54-68. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 34 mm, 26.44 g, 8 h), Rome, c. 65. NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P Laureate head of Nero to left. Rev. S - C / ROMA Roma, helmeted and draped, seated left on cuirass, holding Victory in her right hand and resting her left on a parazonium; behind her, three shields. BMC 178. RIC 274. An attractive piece, with a smooth, dark brown-green patina. Has been very carefully cleaned, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1500 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 165
Nero, AD 54-68. Dupondius (Orichalcum, 30 mm, 16.06 g, 6 h), Lugdunum, 66. IMP NERO CAESAR AVG P MAX TR POT P P Laureate head of Nero to right; globe at point of bust. Rev. VICTORIA AVGVSTI / S C Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm. RIC 524. WCN 520. With an attractive green patina and earthen highlights. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 166
Galba, 68-69. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 35 mm, 24.05 g, 5 h). SER GALBA IMP CAESAR AVG TR P Laureate and head of Galba to right. Rev. LIBERTAS PUBLICA Libertas standing left, holding pileus and long sceptre. Cohen 108. RIC 387. With an attractive green patina and a good portrait of Galba. Some cleaning marks, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 1200 CHF
An Extremely Rare Judaea Capta Issue
Lot 167
Vitellius, 69. As (Copper, 27 mm, 11.40 g, 5 h), commemorating Vespasian's victories during the Jewish War, Rome, June - December 69. A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG P M TR P Laureate head of Vitellius to right. Rev. VICTOR AVGVSTI /S C Victory advancing to left, fixing a shield onto a trophy; at the trophy's base, mourning male captive seated to left on a pile of shields. BMC 77. BN 122 (same dies!). Cohen 93. Hendin 757. RIC 176. Extremely rare and of great historical and numismatic importance. With an attractive dirty green patina. Uncleaned as found, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 28000 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 168
Vespasian, 69-79. As (Bronze, 26 mm, 10.00 g, 7 h), Rome, 71. IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS III Laureate head of Vespasian to right. Rev. FIDES [PVL]BICA (sic!) / S-C Clasped hands holding caduceus and two grain ears. Cf. BMC p. 130, ‡ (referring to C. 169), BN 579, Cohen 169, and RIC 300 (all with the correct PVBLICA). Rare. An interesting coin, with an unusual spelling mistake on the reverse. Attractive, glossy green patina with some reddish-brown showing through. Reverse struck slightly off centre, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 169
Vespasian, 69-79. Dupondius (Orichalcum, 28 mm, 12.25 g, 5 h), Rome, 76. IMP CAES VESP AVG P M T P COS VII Radiate head of Vespasian to right. Rev. FELICIT-AS PVBLICA / S - C Felicitas standing facing, her head turned to left, holding caduceus in her right hand and a cornucopia in her left. BMC 723. BN 752. Cohen 155. RIC 887. With a bold portrait and a fine green patina. Some very minor flatness, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 170
Vespasian, 69-79. Denarius (Silver, 21 mm, 3.30 g, 6 h), Rome, 79. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG Laureate head of Vespasian to right. Rev. TR POT X COS VIIII Capricorn to left, with globe below. BMC 251. BN 219. Coehn 1058. RIC 1058. Bright, attractive and struck on a broad flan. Some very minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 171
Vespasian, 69-79. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.35 g, 5 h), Rome, 79. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG Laureate head of Vespasian to right. Rev. TR POT X COS VIIII Victory walking to left, placing oval shield on trophy with captive seated left below. BMC 246. BN 214. Cohen 552. RIC 1068. Attractively toned and well-struck. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 172
Titus, 79-81. Denarius (Silver, 18 mm, 3.37 g, 7 h), Rome, 80. IMP TITVS [CAES VESPASI]AN AVG P M Laureate head of Titus to left. Rev. TR P IX IMP XV COS VIII P P Tripod, with fillets to left and right; above, dolphin swimming to right. BMC 80. BN 69. Cohen 323. RIC 129. Toned. Obverse slightly off center, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 300 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 173
Domitian, as Caesar, 69-81. Denarius (Silver, 18.3 mm, 3.39 g, 6 h), struck under Titus, Rome, 80-81. CAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII Laureate head of Domitian to right. Rev. PRINCEPTS IVVENTVTIS Garlanded and flaming altar. BMC (Titus) 92. BN (Titus) 76. Cohen 215. RIC² (Titus) 266. Sharp, toned and attractive. Some slight staining on the obverse, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 174
Domitian, 81-96. As (Copper, 30 mm, 12.37 g, 7 h), Rome, 86. IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XII CENS PER P P Laureate head of Domitian to right wearing aegis. Rev. FIDEI PVBLICAE / S - C Fides standing right, holding grain ears in her left hand and basket of fruits with her right. BMC 385. BN 415. Cohen 111. RIC 486. With a dark green patina and a good portrait. Some minor abbrasions to the patina, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 175
Nerva, 96-98. Dupondius (Orichalcum, 28 mm, 15.50 g, 7 h), Rome, 97. IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P Radiate head of Nerva to right. Rev. CONCORDIA EXERCITVVM / S - C Two clasped hands holding standard set on a galley prow to left. BMC 122. BN 109. Cohen 32. RIC 81. An attractive, boldly struck example with a reddish green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
A Dramatic Portrait of Nerva
Lot 176
Nerva, 96-98. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 33 mm, 24.25 g, 6 h), Rome, after 18 September 97. IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P II COS III P P Laureate head of Nerva to right, with slight drapery over far shoulder. Rev. LIBERTAS PVBLICA / S C Libertas standing left, holding pileus in her right hand and scepter in her left. Banti 34. BMC 135 (but with the note citing the drapery on the Paris example). BN 120 (but drapery not noted). Cohen 118. RIC 100. With a lovely dark green patina and an outstanding portrait of Nerva. Some traces of smoothing from cleaning in the fields, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3600 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 177
Trajan, 98-117. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 32.5 mm, 25.97 g, 6 h), Rome, 103-107. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P Laureate bust of Trajan to right. Rev. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI / S C Victory standing right, inscribing VIC DAC on shield supported by palm tree. Banti 161. BMC 812 var. Cohen 452. RIC 527 var. Woytek 204a. Lovely green patina. Very slight traces of smoothing, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1600 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 178
Trajan, 98-117. Dupondius (Orichalcum, 26 mm, 11.40 g, 7 h), Rome, 104/5-107. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P Radiate bust of Trajan to right, with aegis on his chest. Rev. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI / S - C Pax standing left, holding cornucopia in her left hand and setting fire to a pile of arms to the left with a torch held in her right. BMC 892 var. C. 414 var. RIC 507. Woytek 201cB. A very sharp and attractive example with a fine green patina. Very minor edge fault on the obverse at 4', otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 480 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 179
Trajan, 98-117. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 32 mm, 29.28 g, 6 h), Rome, 109/110. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P Laureate bust of Trajan to right, with drapery on his left shoulder. Rev. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI / SC Salus seated on throne to left, holding cornucopia with her left hand and holding patera with her right, from which she feeds a serpent coiling up from an altar on her left. BMC 807. Cohen 485. RIC 515. Woytek 335b. A very attractive coin, with a mottled green and brown patina, virtually as found. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 180
Trajan, 98-117. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 32 mm, 27.76 g, 7 h), Rome, 114-116. IMP CAESNER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Trajan to right. Rev. SENATVS POPVLOSQVE ROMANVS / PRO - AVG / SC Providentia standing left, holding long scepter with her left hand and pointing her right at very large celestial globe at her feet to left. BMC p. 219, *. Cohen 158. RIC 652. Woytek 545v. A very attractive coin, with a glossy deep green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 181
Hadrian, 117-138. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 35 mm, 24.30 g, 6 h), Rome, 118. IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG Laureate bust of Hadrian to right, with drapery on his far shoulder. Rev. PONT MAX TR POT COS DES III / ANNONA AVG / S C Annona standing left, holding grain ears in her right hand and cornucopia with her left; at her feet to left, modius with grain ears; behind her to right, prow. Banti 106. BMC 1143. Cohen 180. RIC 560. Well struck, nicely centered, with an elegant portrait and a fine, dark green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2600 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
An Outstanding Portrait of Hadrian
Lot 182
Hadrian, 117-138. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 34 mm, 30.29 g), Rome, 123. IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG P M TR P COS III Laureate and draped bust of Hadrian to right. Rev. LIBERTAS PVBLICA / SC Libertas seated to left, holding olive branch in her right hand and long scepter in her left. Banti 512. BMC 1192. Cohen -. Hill 243. RIC 583d. With a remarkably large and elegant bust of Hadrian and with an attractive dark green patina. Some minor smoothing in the fields, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 800 CHF
From the Stoecklin, Mazzini, Ryan and Vierordt Collections
Lot 183
Hadrian, 117-138. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 33 mm, 24.59 g, 6 h), Rome, 128. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P Laureate head of Hadrian to right. Rev. COS III / S C Genius of the Senate, togate on the left, and Hadrian, togate on the right, standing facing each other, clasping their right hands; behind them, Roma standing right, holding spear in her left hand and resting her right on the others' clasped hands. Banti 193 (this coin). BMC 1364. Cohen 352 var. (but with drapery). Hill 388. RIC 968. Very rare. Well struck, with a most interesting reverse, and an attractive patina. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 184
Hadrian, 117-138. Denarius (Silver, 18 mm, 3.06 g, 6 h), Rome, 135. HADRIANVS AVG COS III P P Bare head of Hadrian to right. Rev. ANNONA AVG Modius with corn-ears and poppy. BMC 595. Cohen 172. Hill 574. RIC 230. Attractive, sharp and nicely toned. Struck slightly off-center, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 225 CHF
Lot 186
Sabina, Augusta, 128-136/7. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.22 g, 6 h), Rome, 128. SABINA AVGVSTA - HADRIANI AVG P P Draped bust of Sabina to right, her hair piled on top of her head above an elaborate stephane. Rev. Vesta seated to left, holding Palladium in her extended right hand and transverse scepter with her left. BMC 925. Cohen 85. Hill 372. RIC 413a. A beautiful example, very well struck and lightly toned. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 187
Sabina, Augusta, 128-136/7. Denarius (Silver, 18 mm, 3.40 g, 6 h), Rome, 134-138. SABINA AVGVSTA Diademed and draped bust of Sabina to right, her hair falling in a long plait down behind her neck. Rev. VENERI GENETRICI Venus standing right, drawing up her robe to her left shoulder with her left hand and holding an apple in her right. BMC 944. Cohen 73. RIC 396. Sharply struck, most attractively toned and with a fine portrait of the empress. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 190 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Pedigreed to Münzhandlung Basel, in 1935
Lot 188
Antoninus Pius, 138-161. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 34 mm, 24.44 g, 11 h), Rome, 140-144. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III Laureate head of Antoninus Pius to right. Rev. PROVIDENTIAE DEORVM / S C Winged thunderbolt. Banti 318. BMC 1268. Cohen 682 RIC 618. With a dark reddish brown patina, very sharply struck with a most attractive portrait. Some remains of corrosion especially to the right on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 550 CHF
Lot 189
Antoninus Pius, 138-161. As (Copper, 28 mm, 11.62 g, 6 h), Rome, c. 147. ANTONINVS AVG PI - VS T P TR P COS IIII Laureate head of Antoninus Pius to right. Rev. S P Q R / OPTIMO / PRINCIPI / S C within laurel wreath. BMC 1762. Cohen 791. RIC 827a. With a lovely green patina, a noble portrait and a boldly struck reverse. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 190
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 31 mm, 25.44 g, 7 h), Rome, 172-173. M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVII Laureate and cuirassed bust of Marcus Aurelius to right. Rev. VICT / GERMA / IMP VI / COS III / S C in five lines within a laurel wreath. Banti 499. BMC 1456. Cohen 996. MIR 18. RIC 1091. Rare. A very attractive piece with a superb portrait and a fine dark green patina. Traces of very careful cleaning, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 800 CHF
Lot 191
Diva Faustina Junior, died 175/6. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 31 mm, 25.45 g, 12 h), Rome, c. 176-180. DIVA FAVSTINA PIA Veiled and draped bust of Diva Faustina to right. Rev. AETERNITAS / SC Diva Faustina seated left, within a shrine placed on a cart drawn by two elephants to left, each driven by a mahout. Banti 9. BMC 1569. Cohen 11. Ric 1698. Very rare. An attractive piece, clearly struck on a full flan, and with a deep green and red patina. Some minor smoothing, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2080 CHF
Estimate: 2600 CHF
Important Mint State Aureus of Septimius Severus
Lot 192
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: 18000 CHF
Estimate: 15000 CHF
Pedigreed to the Collignon Collection, Naville II, 12 June 1922, 1097.
Lot 193
Septimius Severus, 193-211. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 33 mm, 22.43 g, 5 h), Rome, 194-195. L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP III Laureate and cuirassed bust of Septimius Severus to right, with some drapery on his left shoulder. Rev. AFRICA / S C Africa, wearing elephant's skin headdress, standing right, holding corn-ears; at her feet to right, lion walking right. BMC 508. Cohen 28. RIC 668. With a powerful, early, portrait and an attractive brown patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 194
Septimius Severus, 193-211. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 33 mm, 32.64 g, 5 h), Rome, 196-197. L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP VIIII Laureate head of Septimius Severius to right. Rev. MVNIFICENTIA AVG / S C Elephant walking to right. Banti 76. BMC -, but see p. 153, note *. Cohen 352. RIC 737. For the same reverse die, see CNG eSale 329, 2014, 480. Extremely rare. Attractive dark brown-green patina. Somewhat smoothed in cleaning, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 195
Julia Domna, Augusta, 193-217. Aureus (Gold, 19 mm, 7.25 g, 3 h), Rome, 194. IVLIA DOMNA AVG Draped bust of Julia Domna to right, her hair in five waves and bound up at the back. Rev. VENERI VICTR Venus, half nude and seen from behind, with her drapery folded underneath her, standing to right, holding a palm branch in her left hand, a globe in her right and leaning with her left elbow on a low column to her left. BMC 47. Calicó 2641a. Cohen 193. Hill 100. RIC 536. An attractive, sharply struck and lightly toned example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 10000 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Lot 196
Caracalla, 198-217. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 30 mm, 24.10 g, 12 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. Attractive deep green patina. Very minor cleaning marks, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 197
Caracalla, 198-217. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.08 g, 1 h), Rome, 213-217. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM Laureate head of Caracalla to right. Rev. LIBERAL AVG VIIII Liberalitas standing left, holding abacus in her right hand and cornucopia in her left. BMC 70. Cohen 139. RIC 302. Particularly sharp. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 80 CHF
Estimate: 100 CHF
Lot 198
Caracalla, 198-217. As (Copper, 27 mm, 10.60 g, 7 h), Rome, 215. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Caracalla to right, seen from behind. Rev. PM TR P XVIII COS IIII PP / S C Aesculapius standing facing, leaning on serpent-entwined staff; to left, Telesphorus standing facing; to right, at Aesculapius's feet, globe. BMC 292. Cohen 310. RIC 554b. Attractive green patina with reddish highlights. Minor traces of smoothing in the fields, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 199
Plautilla, Augusta, 202-205. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.48 g, 12 h), Rome. PLAVTILLA AVGVSTA Draped bust of Plautilla to right. Rev. CONCORDIA FELIX Plautilla, on the left standing right, and Caracalla, on the right standing left, clasping their right hands together. BMC 418. Cohen 12. RIC 365a. Bright, sharp and attractive. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 120 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
Lot 200
Julia Mamaea, Augusta, 222-235. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 2.91 g, 1 h), mother of Severus Alexander, Rome, 232. IVLIA MAMAEA AVG Diademed and draped bust of Julia Mamaea to right. Rev. FECVND AVGVSTAE Fecunditas standing left, holding cornucopia with her left hand, extending right hand to child reaching up to her. BMC 917-919. Cohen 5. RIC 331. Lustrous, sharp and well-centered. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 200 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
Lot 202
Herennius Etruscus, as Caesar, 249-251. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.41 g, 1 h), Rome, c. 250-251. Q HER ETR MES DECIVS NOB C Bare-headed and draped bust of Etruscus to right. Rev. PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS Herennius, as Princeps Iuventutis, walking left, holding wand in his right hand and transverse spear with his left. Calicó 3311a. Cohen 25. RIC 147a. Very rare and with an elegant portrait of the young prince. Minor marks, and possible traces edge flattening, perhaps from a ring mount, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Lot 203
Hostilian, as Caesar, 250-251. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 3.94 g, 6 h), Rome, 251. C VALES HOSTIL MES QVINTVS N C Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Hostilian to right. Rev. PRINCIPI IV - VENTVTIS Prince, in military dress, standing left, holding baton in his right hand and spear in his left. Biaggi 1406 (same dies). Cohen 37 var. (VALENS). Calicó 3318 (but misdescribed). De Sartiges 343 (same dies). Mazzini 37v (same dies). RIC 181a (but misdescribed). Extremely rare, perhaps only the second known example. Minor marks and some edge scrapes, possibly once mounted, otherwise, about very fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Lot 205
Laelianus, Romano-Gallic usurper, 269. Antoninianus (Billon, 22 mm, 2.47 g, 1 h), Colonia (Cologne), 269. IMP C LAELIANVS P F AVG Radiate and cuirassed bust of Laelianus to right. Rev. VICTORIA AVG Victory advancing right, holding wreath in her right hand and, with her left, a palm branch over her left shoulder. Cunetio 2501. Elmer 625. RIC 9. Nicely toned with a dark patina. Struck from slightly worn dies, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 206
Aurelian, 270-275. Aureus (Gold, 22 mm, 4.53 g, 12 h), Mediolanum, 3rd emission, mid-end 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 424 (same dies). Calicó 4048. Estiot 60. Göbl 127qO(2, Rome). RIC 182, RIC temp 1484. An unusually attractive example, well struck and perfectly centered on a broad flan. Some very minor marks, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7000 CHF
Estimate: 6000 CHF
Lot 207
Aurelian, 270-275. Aureus (Gold, 22 mm, 4.53 g, 12 h), Mediolanum, 3rd emission, mid - end 272. IMP C L DOM AURELIANVS P F AVG Laureate and cuirassed bust of Aurelian to right. Rev. VICTORIA AVG Victory advancing to left, holding wreath in her right hand and palm branch with her left. BN 422 (same dies). Calicó 4041 (same dies). Estiot 56 (same dies). Göbl 126q (Rome). RIC -. RIC temp 1481. Rare. With an attractive portrait. Edge slightly rolled over in striking and with a few minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5000 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
With an Astonishing Half-bust of Aurelian
Lot 208
Aurelian, 270-275. Antoninianus (Billon, 23 mm, 3.07 g, 12 h), Siscia, second officina, late 272 - early 274. IMP AVRELIANVS AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed half-bust of Aurelian to left, holding Victory on a globe in his upraised right hand and a pugio or dagger in his left. Rev. CONDORDIA MILITVM / S * On the left, Emperor, togate, standing right and clasping the hand of Concordia, on the right, standing left. BN 823 var. RIC 218 var. RIC temp 2201 (but this officina unnoted). Very rare, especially with this officina, which may be unpublished. Remains of silvering and with a particularly powerful portrait. Some flatness and struck on an irregular flan, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 815 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 209
Tacitus, 275-276. Antoninianus (Billon, 22 mm, 4.02 g, 6 h), Lugdunum, November-December 275. IMP C CL TACITVS AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Tacitus to right. Rev. PAX PVBLICA Pax standing facing, head turned to left, holding branch in her right hand and transverse scepter in her left. RIC 45. RIC temp 3253. An attractive, nearly fully silvered piece with an elegant portrait. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 100 CHF
Estimate: 100 CHF
A Very Rare Denarius of Tacitus
Lot 210
Tacitus, 275-276. Denarius (Billon, 20 mm, 2.89 g, 6 h), struck from Aureus dies, Siscia, November-December 275. IMP C M CL TACITVS P AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Tacitus to right. Rev. ROMAE AETERNAE Roma, draped and wearing a helmet, seated left on backless stool with oval shield on its side, holding Victory in her right hand and spear with her left. BN -. Cohen -. Estiot -. RIC -. Cf. RIC temp 3603 (a denarius that is very similar but with the obverse legend IMP C M CLA rather than just CL as here). (Cf. Naumann 1, 2013, 267 and Rauch 71, 2003, 906: similar but in inferior condition). Very rare. Sharp, clear and extremely attractive. Traces of original silvering. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 211
Tacitus, 275-276. Antoninianus (Billon, 22 mm, 4.02 g, 4 h), Serdica, fourth officina, early to June 276. IMP C M CL TACITVS AVG Radiate bust of Tacitus to right, with slight drapery over his left and right shoulders. Rev. PROVIDEN DEOR / KA Δ Fides standing right, holding two standards and facing Sol, standing left, raising his right hand in salute and holding a globe in his left. RIC temp 3965. A rare variety. Well struck and with considerable traces of original silvering. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 120 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
Lot 212
Probus, 276-282. Antoninianus (Billon, 20 mm, 3.92 g, 1 h), Siscia, third officina, 277. IMP C M AVR PROBVS P F AVG Radiate bust of Probus to left, wearing imperial mantle and holding eagle-tipped scepter in his right hand. Rev. SISCIA PROBI AVG / XXIT The personification of Siscia seated to left on throne, her torso facing; she holds a long diadem with both hands; to left, the river god Savus (the modern Sava, a tributary of the Danube); to right, the river god Colapis (the modern Kupa, a tributary of the Sava); below, river waters. Cohen 638. RIC 764. Very rare, and with a dark brown-green patina. Traces of cleaning, and with the obverse struck slightly off center, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 213
Probus, 276-282. Antoninianus (Billon, 21 mm, 3.80 g, 1 h), Siscia, fourth officina, 277. IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG Radiate and cuirassed bust of Probus to right, seen from the front. Rev. SISCIA PROBI AVG / XXIQ The personification of Siscia seated to left on throne, her torso facing; she holds a long diadem with both hands; to left, the river god Savus (the modern Sava, a tributary of the Danube); to right, the river god Colapis (the modern Kupa, a tributary of the Sava); below, river waters. Alföldi, Siscia V69/4. Cohen 635. RIC 765. A superb example, perfectly centered, sharply struck and with considerable remains of ancient silvering. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 214
Probus, 276-282. Antoninianus (Billon, 23 mm, 4.36 g, 12 h), Ticinum, 280. IMP C PROBVS AVG Radiate and bust of Probus to left, wearing imperial mantle and holding eagle-tipped scepter with his right hand. Rev. MARTI PACIF /I/ QXXI Mars advancing left, holding olive branch, spear, and shield. RIC V 507; Pink VI/1, p. 66. Silvered, attractive and with an elegant bust. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 215
Probus, 276-282. Antoninianus (Billon, 22 mm, 4.06 g, 5 h), Ticinum, 280-282. IMP C PROBVS P F AVG Radiate bust of Probus in imperial mantle to left, holding eagle-tipped scepter in his right hand. Rev. CONCORD MILIT / E / PXXI Concordia standing left, holding two standards. Cohen 123. RIC 479. A lovely, very sharply struck example with considerable original silvering. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 375 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
An Extremely Rare Aureus of Julian of Pannonia
Lot 216
Julian of Pannonia, usurper, 284-285. Aureus (Gold, 19 mm, 4.36 g, 12 h), Siscia, October - December 284. IMP C IVLIANVS P F AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust to right. Rev. LIBERTAS PVBLICA Libertas standing to left, holding a pileus in her right hand and a cornucopia in her left; in field to right, star of eight rays. Calicó 4413 (same dies. Cohen 3. Estiot 69.13-18 (Jul9/R83). RIC 1. Extremely rare and with an attractive portrait. Minor scratches, scuffs and marks, and with possible traces of mounting, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 50000 CHF
Lot 217
Divus Nigrinian, died circa 284. Antoninianus (Billon, 21 mm, 2.62 g, 12 h), struck by his father, Carinus, Rome, first officina, 6th issue, early 285. DIVO NIGRINIANO Radiate head of the child Nigrinian to right. Rev. CONSECRATIO Eagle standing facing with spread wings, head l.; in exergue, dot within crescent with points upward, all between KA and A. Cohen 2. RIC Carus 472. Rare. Dark green patina. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 218
Maximianus Herculius, first reign, 286-305. Medallion (Bronze, 38 mm, 35.10 g, 12 h), Rome, 297-298. VIRTVS MAXIMIANI AVG Laureate bust of Maximianus to left, wearing cuirass with aegis and holding the reins of the forepart of a horse to his right with his right hand and with a shield ornamented with the Roman Wolf and Twins over his left shoulder. Rev. MONETA AVGG The three Monetae standing facing, their heads to left, each holding a cornucopia with her left hand and a scale over a pile of coins with her right. Bastien, Buste, pl. 140, 1 and pp. 550-551. Cohen 405. Dressel 184. Gnecchi 18, pl. 127, 6. Very rare and particularly impressive. Grey-brown-green patina. Somewhat smoothed in cleaning, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 17500 CHF
Estimate: 8500 CHF
Lot 219
Maximianus Herculius, first reign, 286-305. Argenteus (Silver, 18 mm, 3.39 g, 12 h), Rome, c. 300. MAXIMIA-NVS AVG Laureate head of Maximianus to right. Rev. XC /. / VI within laurel wreath. RIC 15b (Carthage). Very rare. Toned. Some remaining deposits, very minor scratches, scuff on the reverse, and with the reverse wreath struck partially flat, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
Estimate: 850 CHF
Lot 220
Galerius, as Caesar, 293-305. Argenteus (Silver, 19 mm, 3.19 g, 12 h), Rome, third officina, 295-297. MAXIMIANVS CAES Laureate head of Galerius to right. Rev. VIRTVS MILITVM / Γ The four tetrarchs sacrificing over tripod in front of six-turreted camp gate. RIC 42b. Bright and attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 480 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 221
Constantius I, as Caesar, 293-305. Argenteus (Silver, 20 mm, 3.22 g, 11 h), Antioch, 8th officina, 298. CONSTANTI-VS CAESAR Laureate head of Constantius to right. Rev. VIRTVS MILITVM / *ANT H* Camp gate with three turrets and no doors. RIC 43a. Somewhat porous and with minor faults, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 222
Constantius I, as Caesar, 293-305. Argenteus (Silver, 19 mm, 2.87 g, 12 h), Ticinum, circa 300. CONSTANTI-VS CAESAR Laureate head of Constantius to right. Rev. XC.VI / T in two lines within laurel wreath. Cohen 346. RIC VI 21a. Rare. Nicely toned, sharply struck and very attractive. Some tiny marks, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
A Superb Commemorative Third Siliqua of Constantinopolis
Lot 223
Constantinopolis - Commemorative Series, 330 AD. 1/3 Siliqua (Silver, 11 mm, 1.02 g, 11 h), Constantinople. Draped bust of Constantinopolis to right, wearing pearl diadem with a jewel at the front, with a semi-corcular extension of the diadem between her ear and the diadem jewel, and a pearl necklace; border of dots. Rev. Large Κ; around, border of dots. Bendall 4. Cohen (Constantine II) 287 and (Fausta) 23. A superb example, very possibly the finest known. Perfectly centered and free from faults. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 224
Constantius II, as Caesar, 324-337. Siliqua (Silver, 19.5 mm, 2.91 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 6th officina, 337. Diademed head of Constantius II to right, looking upwards. Rev. CONSTANT-IVS CAESAR / C•S Victory advancing left, holding wreath in her right hand and, with her left, a palm branch over her left shoulder. Cf. RIC 136 (Constans) and p.719, note 136A for an example in the name of Delmatius. Extremely rare, and apparently unpublished. With a powerful portrait of the most ruthless of Constantine I's sons. Minor edge break and flan crack, signs of crystalization and minor marks, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Possibly the Second in existence
Lot 225
Constantius II, 337-361. Siliqua (Silver, 21 mm, 3.05 g, 5 h), Cyzicus, 337-340. Laurel and rosette diademed head of Constantius II to right, looking upwards. Rev. CONSTAN-TIVS AVG /SMK• Victory advancing left, holding wreath in her right hand and, with her left, a palm branch over her left shoulder. Cohen -. RIC 2 (cited from a single example in Dumbarton Oaks). Extremely rare. Obverse rather porous and with pockmarks on the reverse, otherwise, good very fine/extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 226
Commemorative Series in the name of Roma, 348. Medallion (Bronze, 16.5 mm, 2.53 g, 7 h), Struck under Constantius II, Rome, 348. RO-MA Helmeted and draped bust of Roma to right. Rev. P R Constantius helmeted and in military dress, standing facing, his head turned to the right, holding spear in his right hand and resting his left on a shield at his side. LRBC 611. RIC VIII 104 (R4). Very rare and with a most attractive green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 340 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 227
Constantius II, 337-361. Siliqua (Silver, 19.5 mm, 2.73 g, 11 h), Arles, first officina, 353-355 or 355-360. D N CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constantius II to right. Rev. VOTIS XXX MVLTIS XXXX in four lines within laurel wreath; below, PCON. Cohen 342. RIC VIII 207 and 253. Attractive, sharp and nicely toned. Minor scratches under the toning, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 200 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 228
Julian II, 360-363. Double Maiorina (Bronze, 29 mm, 7.38 g, 6 h), Cyzicus, first officina, 361-363. D N FL CL IVLI - ANVS P F AVG Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Julian II to right. Rev. SECVRITAS REI PVB / CVZA Bull standing right; above, two stars. LRBC 2511. RIC 127. A splendid, sharp example with a dark green patina. Edge nick at 9h on the obverse, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 229
Valentinian I, 364-375. Heavy Siliqua (Silver, 21 mm, 3.31 g, 12 h), Constantinople, first officina, 364-367. D N VALENTINI-ANVS P F AVG Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Valentinian to right. Rev. VOT•V in two lines within wreath; below, CONSPA. RIC IX 11f. RSC 69a. Bright and attractive with a large bust of Valentinian. Minor flan crack, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 300 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Unique Pattern of Valens
Lot 230
Valens, 364-378. (Bronze, 19 mm, 2.60 g, 12 h), Pattern for a gold semissis or a heavy siliqua, Sirmium, c. 364. D N VALEN-S P F AVG Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Valens to right. Rev. GAVD-IVM R P/ SIRM On the left, Valentinian, taller, standing facing, his head turned to right, in military dress and holding spear in his right hand and globe in his left; on the right, Valens, shorter, in military dress and holding spear in his right hand and globe in his left. Unpublished, save for a note dated August 2000 on Wildwinds (http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/ric/valens/uncat.txt). Of the greatest rarity, apparently unique. Remains of deposits and with some cleaning marks. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 3250 CHF
Lot 231
Valens, 364-378. Heavy Siliqua (Silver, 20.5 mm, 3.28 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 3rd officina, 364-367. D N VALENS P F AVG Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Valens to right. Rev. VOT V in two lines within wreath; below, CONS Γ. RIC IX 11d. Very rare. Bright and attractive. Very minor marks and scratches, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 340 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Sharp and appealing
Lot 232
Theodosius II, 402-450. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.48 g), Constantinople, 441-450. D N THEODOSI-VS 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. IMP.XXXXII˙COS. - XVII˙P˙P˙ Constantinopolis enthroned left, with left foot on prow, holding globus cruciger and scepter; behind throne, shield; in field to left, star. Depeyrot 84/1. RIC 291. Extremely rare, with six points on the reverse. Sharp and well centered. Some minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
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