nomos 18
5 May 2019
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
ISLAMIC, Anatolia & al-Jazira (Post-Seljuk). Artuqids (Mardin). Najm al-Din Alpi, AH 547-572 / AD 1152-1176. Dirham (Bronze, 33 mm, 16.34 g, 4 h), uncertain mint, perhaps Mardin. Najm al-Dîn / Malik Diyârbakr (in Arabic) Two confronted diademed and draped male busts, shown in the style of Hellenistic, perhaps Seleukid, rulers; between their heads, pellet. Rev. Abû al-Muzaffar Alpî / bin / Timurtâsh bin Îl-Ghâzî bin / Artuq (in Arabic) On the left, Comnenian emperor standing facing and being crowned by, on the right, the Virgin standing facing (as on the nomismata of Romanus III). Album 1827.3. S&S Type 28. Whelan Type II, 40-41. A beautifully preserved example, struck from fresh dies and with a splendid, dark, blackish-green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
ISLAMIC, Seljuks. Rum. Ghiyath al-Din Kay Khusraw II, first reign, AH 634-644 / AD 1237-1246. Dinar (Gold, 27 mm, 4.55 g, 4 h), Dar al-Mulk Qunya, AH 642 (AD 1244/5). Bismillah and Kalima in five lines within linear and pelleted square; name and titles of Abbasid caliph al-Must'asim in external voids. Rev. Name and titles of the Sultan Kay Khusraw II in five lines (Ghiyath al-dunya wa'l-din Kaykhusraw bin Kayqubad) within linear and pelleted square; mint formula and AH date in external voids. Album 1215. Broome 249. ICV 1337. Bright, clear and beautifully struck. Very minor areas of striking flatness, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF