nomos 18
05 May 2019
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Lot 298
Domitian, as Caesar, 69-81. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 2.78 g, 6 h), struck under Titus, possibly in debased silver (see below), Rome, 80-81. CAESAR DIVI F DOMITIANVS COS VII Laureate head of Domitian to right. Rev. PRINCEPS IVVENTVTIS Garlanded and flaming altar, decorated with wreath. BMC (Titus) 92. BN (Titus) 76. Cohen 215. RIC² (Titus) 266. Sharp, toned and attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 160 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 299
CILICIA. Flaviopolis-Flavias. Domitian, 81-96. (Bronze, 23 mm, 8.84 g, 12 h), year 17 (ZI) = 89/90. ΔOMETIANOC KAICAΡ Laureate head of Domitian to right. Rev. ETOYC ZI ΦΛAYIOΠOΛEITΩN Veiled Tyche of Flaviopolis seated to right on throne, holding two ears of corn in her right hand; at her feet to right, half-length figure of the river god Pyramus swimming to right. BMC 2. RPC II 1758. SNG France 2167-70. SNG Levante 1530. SNG von Aulock 8670. An attractive piece with a dark, blackish-green patina overlaid by some earthen deposits as found. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 200 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 300
CILICIA. Anazarbus. Domitian, 81-96. Diassarion (Bronze, 27 mm, 11.51 g, 12 h), year 113 = 94/5. AVΤΟ KAI ΘΕ ΥΙΟΣ DOMITIANOΣ ΣΕ ΓΕP Laureate head of Domitian to right; all within fillet border. Rev. ΚΑΙΣΑΡΕΩΝ ΠΡ ΑΝΑΖΑΡΒΩ // ΕΤΟΥΣ/ΙΓΡ Turreted and veiled head of Tyche to right; all within a border of dots. BMC 7. RPC 1754. SNG France 2018. SNG von Aulock 5474. Attractively struck on a broad flan and with a fine green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 301
Trajan, 98-117. Dupondius (Orichalcum, 28 mm, 14.11 g, 6 h), struck to commemorate Trajan's victories in Dacia, Rome, 103-107. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P Radiate bust of Trajan to right. Rev. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI / S - C Military trophy composed of a helmet, armor, shields and weaponry mounted on a palm trunk; at base, two shields. BMC 908. Cohen 573. RIC 586. Woytek 196a. Beautifully centered, well-struck and with a fine, very dark green patina. Very minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 302
Trajan, 98-117. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 34 mm, 29.35 g, 6 h), Rome, 107-108. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P Laureate bust of Trajan to right, with drapery over his far shoulder. Rev. CONGIARIVM TERTIVM / S C On the left, on slightly lower platform, secretary seated left on a chair in front of a signifer, standing left and raising a tessera in his right hand, both welcoming a citizen climbing right on a ladder leading up to the platform; behind both officials on the lower platform, tripod; on the right, on a slightly higher platform, Trajan, togate, seated left on a curule chair, extending his right hand to offer the citizen alms. Banti 37. BMC 769. RIC 469. Woytek 312bD. Rare. With an unusually interesting reverse scene, a very fine portrait of Trajan, and a dark green-brown patina. Some minor marks and scrapes, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 303
Hadrian, 117-138. Dupondius (Orichalcum, 27 mm, 14.84 g, 6 h), Rome, 118. IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG Radiate bust of Hadrian to right, with slight drapery over far shoulder. Rev. PONT MAX TR POT COS II/ ADVENTVS AVG SC Roma seated right on cuirass, holding spear, clasping right hands with Hadrian, laureate and togate, standing left and holding volumen in his left hand. BMC 1138. Cohen 92. RIC 554. With a fine early portrait and a very attractive deep green patina with earthen highlights. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 260 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 304
Hadrian, 117-138. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 36 mm, 29.96 g, 6 h), Rome, 121. IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HA-DRIANVS AVG Laureate bust of Hadrian to right, with bare shoulders and an aegis. Rev. PONT MAX TR POT COS III / S - C Draped figure of Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus in her right hand and a cornucopia with her left. Banti 611 = BMC 1153 note = Vienna Rö 9770. Cohen 1192 var. (laureate only). Hill 198. RIC 563b var. (drapery only). Strack 530. Extremely rare, apparently only the second, and finer, example known). A wonderful coin with a superb portrait and a magnificent apple-green patina. Two flan cracks and an ancient edge bump, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 26000 CHF
Lot 305
Hadrian, 117-138. Quadrans (Copper, 18 mm, 3.22 g, 5 h), Rome, 121-122. IMP CAESAR TRAIAN HADRIANVS AVG Eagle, with spread wings, standing right, his head turned to left. Rev. P M TR P COS III / S C Winged thunderbolt. BMC 1279. Cohen 1167. RIC 625. An attractive example with a lovely dark black-green patina. Minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 325 CHF
Lot 306
Sabina, Augusta, 128-136/7. Denarius (Silver, 18.5 mm, 3.45 g, 6 h), Rome, 128. SABINA AVGVSTA HADRIANI AVG P P Draped bust of Sabina to right, wearing an elaborate stephane, and with her hair, ornamented with pearls, piled on top of her head. Rev. Concordia seated left, on throne with elaborate back, holding patera in her right hand and resting her left elbow on the head of a statuette of Spes at the side of the throne. BMC 928. Cohen 94. RIC 414. Very attractively toned and of great beauty, an outstanding example. Struck slightly off center, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 307
LESBOS. Mytilene. Antinous, circa 134. Hemiassarion (Bronze, 15 mm, 2.48 g, 6 h), struck posthumously under Hadrian. ΗΡΩC ΑΝΤΙΝΟΟ - C Bare head of Antinous to right. Rev. ΜΥΤΙΛ-ΗΝΑΙΩΝ Bull standing to right. RPC 1694. SNG von Aulock 1753. Very rare. Rough olive-green patina. Nearly very fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 308
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: 3000 CHF
Estimate: 3000 CHF
Lot 309
PHRYGIA. Synnada. Marcus Aurelius Caesar, 139-161. Assarion (Bronze, 21 mm, 5.37 g, 6 h), c. 147-161. Μ ΑVΡΗΛΙΟ-C ΟVΗΡΟC ΚΑΙ Bare head of Marcus Aurelius to right, with short beard. Rev. CVΝΝΑΔΕΩΝ Helmeted and draped cult statue of Athena to right, brandishing spear held in her upraised right hand and holding her shield by her side with her left. BMC 45. KM 295, 18. RPC 2210 (temp.).Waddington 6541. With a dark patina, a good portrait and an unusual representation of Athena. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 260 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 310
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 33 mm, 25.67 g, 12 h), Rome, summer-December 166. M AVREL ANTONINVS - AVG ARM PARTH MAX Laureate head of Marcus Aurelius to right (but with the features of Lucius Verus?). Rev. TR POT XX IMP IIII COS III / S - C Victory standing right, inscribing VIC / PAR, on round shield propped on palm tree. Banti 431. BMC 1289. Cohen 807. RIC 931. A splendid piece with a very attractive apple-green patina. Very rare, indeed, with what seems to be a portrait of Verus combined with a legend for Marcus! See the note below. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3600 CHF
Estimate: 4250 CHF
Lot 311
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 30 mm, 23.02 g, 12 h), Rome, 171-172. M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVI Laureate head of Marcus Aurelius to right. Rev. IMP VI COS III / S C /[VIR]TVS AVG Marcus Aurelius in military dress, advancing left across a pontoon bridge over a river, followed by five soldiers, including one riding a horse. Banti 500. BMC 1427. Cohen 1000. RIC 1047. Extremely rare. With a remarkably detailed reverse type, of a type usually found on medallions, and a dark green patina. Corrosion pitting on the reverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 312
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 30 mm, 29.14 g, 12 h), Rome, 172-173. M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVII Laureate head of Marcus Aurelius to right. Rev. VICT / GERMA / IMP.VI / COS III / S C within laurel wreath. Banti 498. BMC 1455. Cohen 995. RIC 1090. A bold coin with a fine dark greenish brown patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6800 CHF
Estimate: 8500 CHF
Lot 313
Divus Marcus Aurelius, died 180. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 31.5 mm, 27.42 g, 5 h), consecration issue, struck under Commodus, Rome, 180. DIVVS M ANT-ONINVS PIVS Bare head of the deified Marcus Aurelius to right. Rev. CONSECRATIO / S C Marcus Aurelius, holding Victory, seated right on a throne, itself set within a shrine carried by a cart drawn right by a quadriga of elephants, each with a driver. Banti 52. BMC 397. MIR 18, 488-6/10. RIC 661. Clear and attractive with a greenish-brown patina. Skillfully cleaned and with some smoothing, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2400 CHF
Estimate: 2250 CHF
Lot 314
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: 6000 CHF
Lot 315
CILICIA. Hierapolis-Castabala. Faustina II, 147-175. Triassarion (Bronze, 27 mm, 9.79 g, 6 h), struck under Antoninus Pius or Marcus Aurelius. ΦAYCTEINA CEBACTH Draped bust of Faustina to right, as Selene, with a crescent on her forehead. Rev. IEPOΠOΛITΩN Helios, radiate and partially draped, standing facing, three-quarters to left, raising his right hand and holding a whip in his left; at his feet to left, flaming torch. BMC 8-9. Lindgren III, 840. RPC online 4976. SNG Levante, 1586. SNG France 2233. Very rare. With an attractive dark green patina and a fine portrait. Uncleaned and with some minor faults, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 300 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 316
CILICIA. Irenopolis-Neronias. Caracalla, 198-217. (Bronze, 20 mm, 11.59 g, 6 h), ΑΞΡ = 161 = 212/213. [ΑVΤ] ΑΝΤωΝΙΝ-Ο-C Laureate head of Caracalla to right. Rev. ΙΡΗΝΟΠΟΛΙΤωΝ-ΑΞΡ bare bust of Herakles to right, wearing taenia and with a full beard, and with a club over his far shoulder. SNG von Aulock 5592 (same dies). An attractive coin, sharply struck with a dark green patina. Obverse slightly off center, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 220 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 317
CILICIA. Isaura. Caracalla, 198-217. Diassarion (Bronze, 24 mm, 9.04 g, 7 h), c. 205-208. AV K M AV ANTΩNЄINOC Laureate and cuirassed bust of Caracalla to right, with sideburns but no beard, drapery over his far shoulder and aegis on his cuirass. Rev. MHTPOΠOΛЄΩC ICAVPΩN Tetrastyle temple with arched pediment, and, within the center intercolumniation, low column topped with a bust of Herakles to right. SNG France 496 (obverse die) and 498 (reverse die). A splendid coin with a dark black/green patina and an elegant portrait of the young Caracalla. The obverse slightly double-struck, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 950 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 318
SYRIA, DECAPOLIS. Gadara. Caracalla, 198-217. Tetradrachm (Silver, 24 mm, 12.30 g, 6 h), 215-217. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΑΝ-ΤωΝΙΝΟC C-Ε-Β Radiate head of Caracalla to right. Rev. Δ-ΗΜΑΡ-Χ ΕΞΥΠΑ・ΤΟ・Δ Eagle with spread wings standing facing, head turned to left with wreath in its beak; between eagle's legs, wreath containing the Three Graces. Prieur 1592. Rare. Clear and well-centered. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 319
Elagabalus, 218-222. Aureus (Gold, 20.5 mm, 6.36 g, 12 h), Rome, 219. IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG Laureate and cuirassed bust of Elagabalus to right. Rev. P M TR P II COS II P P / LIB AVG II Elagabalus togate, seated left on a platform, holding scepter in his left hand and extending his right arm to left; standing left before him on the platform, Libertas holding abacus and cornucopia; below left, togate citizen moving to right, up the steps to the platform. Biaggi 1286 var. BMC -, but cf. p. 546 top and pl. 87, 3 (same reverse die). Cohen -. Calicó 3000 (same dies). RIC 9c. Extremely rare, clear, well-struck and well-centered with an interesting reverse. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 27500 CHF
Lot 320
Severus Alexander, 222-235. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 2.92 g, 6 h), Rome, 233. IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG Laureate and draped bust of Severus Alexander to right. Rev. P M TR P XII COS III P P Sol advancing to left, raising his right hand and holding whip in his left. BMC 930. Cohen 440. RIC 120. Sharp, attractive and bright. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 190 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 321
Maximinus I, 235-238. Dupondius (Orichalcum, 25 mm, 13.98 g, 12 h), Rome, 235-236. IMP MAXIMINVS PIVS AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Maximinus I to right, seen from behind. Rev. PROVIDENTIA AVG / S - C Providentia standing facing, her head to left, holding wand in her outstretched right hand over a globe at her feet and a cornucopiae with her left. BMC 93. Cohen 82. RIC 62. An attractive, sharply struck example with a green-brown patina and an unusually fine portrait. Striking crack beginning at 8h at the obverse edge, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 322
CAPPADOCIA. Caesaraea-Eusebia. 238-244. Tridrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 8.26 g, 12 h), regnal year 3 = 239/40. ΑV Κ Μ ΑΝΤ ΓΟΡΔΙ[ΑΝΟC CΕΒ] Laureate and cuirassed bust of Gordian III to left, holding spear over his right shoulder with his right hand and with a shield, ornamented with Nike crowning the emperor, over his left shoulder. Rev. [ΜΗΤΡΟΠ]-ΚΑΙCΑΡΙΑC / Β/Ν/Ε / ΕΤΓ Two highly ornamental columns standing on bases; each column topped with a crown-like capital and with an aedicula containing a standing statue at its bottom; between them, at the level of the capitals, agalma of Mt. Argaeus; to left and right of each column, military standard; in field to left, countermark of a head of Tyche within a rectangular indent. For the obverse: see Gorny & Mosch 215, 2013, 966 and SNG von Aulock 6523; for the reverse: see Sydenham 599. For the countermark: Howgego 849. Extremely rare, perhaps unpublished. With an especially well-made portrait bust and a fascinating reverse. Struck slightly flat and off center, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3600 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 323
Philip I, 244-249. Antoninianus (Silver, 23 mm, 4.47 g, 6 h), Rome, 246. IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Philip to right. Rev. AEQVITAS AVGG Aequitas standing left, holding scales in her right hand and cornucopia with her left. Cohen 9. RIC 27b. Attractive, well-struck, lustrous and with an unusually individual-looking portrait. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 120 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
Lot 324
Trajan Decius, 249-251. Aureus (Gold, 19 mm, 4.61 g, 5 h), Rome, mid-late 250. IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG Laureate and cuirassed bust of Trajan Decius to right, seen from behind. Rev. VBERITAS AVG Uberitas standing front, head to left, holding purse in her right hand and cornucopia with her left. Calicó 3299. Cohen 104. RIC 28. Well centered and clear. Striking crack and possible traces of cleaning, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3100 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Lot 325
Postumus, Romano-Gallic Emperor, 260-269. Double Sestertius (Orichalcum, 34 mm, 19.72 g, 6 h), Cologne, 261. IMP C M CASS LAT POSTVMVS P F AVG Radiate, helmeted, draped and cuirassed bust of Postumus to right, with a carefully trimmed beard. Rev. VIRTV - S AVG Cuirassed bust of Virtus to left, with a carefully trimmed beard, features similar to those of Postumus himself, and a crested helmet with its bowl ornamented with tendrils, holding short spear over his right shoulder and with a shield over his left. Bastien, Bustes, pl. 110, 2 = Bastien, Postume, 106 (but struck from dies differing from the present piece) = Cohen 436. RIC 183 (cited from Cohen 436). Thys (Jacquier 42, 2016) -. Cf. the double sestertius that appeared as lot 193 in Numismatica Genevensis SA 6, 2010 (as Bastien 107). Of great rarity, apparently only the second known example of this type. Bearing portraits of Postumus of exceptionally fine quality, surely engraved by a die cutter who also worked the emperor's gold coinage. Some minor pitting, smoothing in the fields and around the letters of the legend, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Lot 326
Macrianus, usurper, 260-261. Antoninianus (Billon, 21 mm, 3.47 g, 12 h), Samosata, 1st emission. IMP C FVL MACRIANVS P F AVG Radiate and cuirassed bust of Macrianus to right, slight drapery on his far shoulder. Rev. SOL INVICTO Sol, radiate and with cloak over his shoulders, standing left, raising his right hand and holding globe in his left. MIR 174b. RIC 12 (Antioch). An unusually nice example with a glossy, dark patina. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 360 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
Lot 327
Zenobia, usurper, 268-272. Antoninianus (Billon, 20 mm, 3.27 g, 6 h), Antioch, March-May 272. S ZENOBIA AVG Diademed and draped bust of Zenobia to right, on lunar crescent. Rev. IVNO REGINA / ✶ / H Juno standing left, holding patera in her right hand and long scepter with her left; at her feet to left, peacock standing left, head turned back to right. MIR 360. RIC 2. RIC temp. 3129 (9 examples cited). Very rare. Dark patina with uncleaned encrustations, but clear and surprisingly attractive. About very fine.
Hammer Price: 8000 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 328
Aurelian, 270-275. Aureus (Gold, 21.5 mm, 4.12 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. With slightly rough surfaces and a slight trace of a bend, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4200 CHF
Estimate: 2750 CHF
Lot 329
Probus, 276-282. Antoninianus (Billon, 23 mm, 4.04 g, 6 h), Ticinum, 280. VIRTVS PROBI AVG Radiate, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Probus to left, holding spear with his right hand and shield. Rev. CONCORD MILIT / E / ✳︎ / PXXI Concordia standing front, her head turned to left, holding two standards. Cohen 126. RIC 481. Well-struck, sharp and fully silvered. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 150 CHF
Lot 330
Probus, 276-282. Antoninianus (Bronze, but silvered, 22 mm, 3.81 g, 7 h), Rome, 1st officina, 281. PROBVS P F AVG Radiate and cuirassed bust of Probus to right. Rev. VICTORIA GERM / R(thunderbolt)A Trophy of arms with two bound captives sitting on the ground. Cohen 766. RIC 223. Fully silvered and most attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 110 CHF
Estimate: 125 CHF
Lot 331
Carinus, 283-285. Antoninianus (Bronze, 21 mm, 3.83 g, 6 h), 6th emission, Rome, 3rd officina, 285. IMP CARINVS P F AVG Radiate and cuirassed bust of Carinus to right. Rev. AETERNIT AVG / K(crescent with points upwards)AΓ Aeternitas standing left, holding phoenix on globe and lifting the hem of her robe. Pink VI/2, p. 39. RIC V 244. Sharp and with traces of silvering. Very minor flan crack, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 180 CHF
Estimate: 125 CHF
Lot 332
Diocletian, 284-305. Argenteus (Silver, 21 mm, 3.57 g), Rome, 295-297. DIOCLETI-ANVS AVG Laureate head of Diocletian to right. Rev. VIRTVS MILITVM / B The four tetrarchs sacrificing over tripod in front of the gate of a six-turreted camp. RIC 40a. A splendid, lustrous, well-struck example. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 1750 CHF
Lot 333
Constantius I, as Caesar, 293-305. Argenteus (Silver, 19 mm, 3.89 g, 12 h), Siscia, 294-295. CONSTANTI - VS CAESAR Laureate head of Constantius to right. Rev. VICTORIA SARMAT The four Tetrarchs sacrificing before the gate of a camp with six turrets. Jel. 10a. RIC 35a. Attractive, lightly toned and well-centered. Reverse struck from slightly worn dies, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 800 CHF
Lot 334
Maximianus, first reign, 286-305. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 6.49 g, 11 h), Cyzicus (?), c. 293. MAXIMIANVS AVGVSTVS Laureate head of Maximianus Herculeus to right. Rev. VIRTVTI HERCVLIS Hercules, nude but for his diadem, standing right, leaning with his left hand on his club, entwined with his lion skin and set on a rock at his feet to right. Apparently unpublished, Calicó -, Depeyrot -, RIC -; but see NAC 105, 2018, 111 (ex NAC 31, 2005, 132 and HJB BorB 109, 1999, 15a) for the unique corresponding issue of Constantius Chlorus Caesar, struck from the same reverse die. Of the highest rarity, probably unique. A coin of great interest. Probably once mounted, but very carefully repaired, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6500 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 335
Maxentius, as Princeps and Caesar, 306-307. Aureus (Gold, 18 mm, 5.49 g, 12 h), Rome, early - March 307. MAXENTIVS - PRINC INVICT Laureate head of Maxentius to right. Rev. CONSERVAT - O - R VRBIS SVAE / P R Roma, draped and helmeted, seated on round shield to left, holding Victory on globe in her extended right hand and long scepter in her left. Depeyrot 14/3. Drost 15b/2 (this coin). Drost/Gautier 113 (this coin). RIC 143/144 . Extremely rare. Well-struck and clear. Typical slightly matte surfaces, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 38400 CHF
Estimate: 48000 CHF
Lot 336
Galerius , as Caesar, 293-305. Argenteus (Silver, 19 mm, 2.59 g, 5 h), very possibly a contemporary imitation, Trier (?), 295-297 (or slightly later). MAXIMI - ANVS C Laureate head of Galerius to right. Rev. VIRTVS - MILITVM / C The four Tetrarchs sacrificing before the gate of an enclosure with six turrets. Apparently unpublished, RIC -. An enigmatic and extraordinary piece! Well-struck, clear and lightly toned. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 2750 CHF
Lot 337
Galerius, 305-311. Argenteus (Silver, 20 mm, 3.41 g, 12 h), Serdica, 305. MAXIMIA - NVS AVG Laureate head of Galerius to right. Rev. VIRTVS MILITVM / •SM•SDB• Open camp gate with three turrets and no doors. RIC 11b. Rare. Fresh, sharp and lustrous. Very minor marks, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 338
Licinius II, Caesar, 317-324. Aureus (Gold, 21 mm, 5.09 g, 12 h), Nicomedia, 321-322. DN VAL LICIN LICINIVS NOB C Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Licinius II facing. Rev. IOVI CONSER – VATORI CAES / SMNΓ Jupiter, draped from the waist, holding Victory on globe in his right hand and a scepter in his left, seated facing on a throne set on a platform inscribed SIC·V· / SIC·X·; in field to left, eagle to left, his head turned back to right, and holding a wreath in his beak. Alföldi 253. Calicó 5151a. Cohen 28. Depeyrot 31/2. RIC 42. Rare. Traces of repairs, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 7000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 339
Constantius II, 337-361. Solidus (Gold, 22 mm, 4.38 g, 1 h), Constantinople, 337-340. D N CONSTA NTIVS AVG Laurel and rosette diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constantius II to right. Rev. VICTORIA CONSTANTI AVG / CONS Victory seated right on cuirass, inscribing VOT / XV on shield held by winged genius to right, standing left. Cohen 254. Depeyrot 1/8. RIC VIII 9. Extremely rare. A beautiful coin, perfectly struck and extremely sharp. Tiny scratch in the obverse field, otherwise, virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 3400 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 340
Constantius II, 337-361. Siliqua (Silver, 20 mm, 2.99 g, 6 h), Nicomedia, 340-351. Laureate and rosette diademed head of Constantius to right, with upraised eye. Rev. FELICITAS REIPVBLICE / SMN Laurel wreath, tied at the bottom and closed with a gem at the top, enclosing VOT / XX / MVLT / XXX. RIC 38. Very rare. Clear and lightly toned. Flan crack, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 341
Valens, 364-378. (Gold, 30 mm, 8.93 g, 12 h), Aquileia, 364-367. D N VALEN - S P F AVG Laurel and rosette diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Valens to right. Rev. GLORIA - R - OMANORVM / SMAQ On the left, helmeted and draped figure of Roma seated facing, holding Victory on globe in her right hand and long spear in her left; on the right, turreted and draped figure of Constantinopolis seated to left, holding Victory on globe in her right hand, long scepter in her left, and with her right foot on the prow of a galley; both sitting on a double throne. Cohen -. Depeyrot -. Gnecchi -. RIC -. Tkalec 24 October 2003, 435 (same dies). Of the greatest rarity, only the second example known. An extraordinary and important coin of great power. Some very minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 132000 CHF
Estimate: 150000 CHF
Lot 342
Gratian, 367-383. Siliqua (Silver, 19 mm, 2.29 g, 7 h), Siscia, 375-378. DN GRATIA-NVS P F AVG Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Gratian to right. Rev. VOT/XV/MVLT/XX within laurel wreath closed with a medallion bearing * at the top; below wreath, SISCPS. RIC 19b, 2. Sharply struck, bright and attractive. Surfaces very slightly rough, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 480 CHF
Estimate: 225 CHF
Lot 343
Theodosius II, 402-450. Tremissis (Gold, 15 mm, 1.51 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 408-420. D N THEODO - SIVS P F AVG Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Theodosius to right. Rev. VICTORIA AVGVSTORVM / CONOB Victory advancing right, her head turned to left, holding wreath in her right hand and cross set on globe in her left; in field to right, star. Depeyrot 70/1. RIC X, 213 & 249. A splendid, lustrous and sharp example. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 344
Theodosius II, 402-450. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.45 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 420-422423-424. D N THEODO - SIVS P F AVG Helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Theodosius II facing, turned slightly to the right, holding spear in his right hand and with a shield, ornamented with a cavalryman spearing a fallen foe, over his left shoulder. Rev. VOT XX - MVLT XXX Γ / CONOB Victory standing left, holding long jeweled cross; in upper field to left, star. Depeyrot 75/1. RIC 225. Well struck and attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
A particularly beautiful Solidus of Theodosius II from Thessalonica
Lot 345
Theodosius II, 402-450. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.29 g, 5 h), Thessalonica, 424/5-430. D N THEODO-SIVS P F AVG Pearl-diademed, helmeted, and cuirassed bust of Theodosius facing, his head turned slightly to the right, holding spear over his right shoulder and shield decorated with horseman spearing a fallen enemy over his left. Rev. GLOR ORVIS TERRAR / TESOB Theodosius standing facing, holding labarum in his right hand and globus cruciger in his left; in field to left, star. Depeyrot 51/1. RIC 365. A particularly beautiful example, extremely sharp and well centered. Curiously light, but with no signs of clipping or damages, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 1800 CHF
Lot 346
Theodosius II, 402-450. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.45 g), Constantinople, 425. D N THEODO - SIVS P F AVG Helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Theodosius facing, holding spear over his right shoulder and with shield, ornamented with a horseman spearing a fallen foe, over his left. Rev. SALVS REI - PVB - LICAE / CONOB Two emperors seated facing on thrones, 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. RIC 234. Clear, well-struck and lustrous. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 347
Theodosius II, 402-450. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.47 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 425-429. D N THEODO - SIVS P F AVG Helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Theodosius facing, holding spear over his right shoulder and with shield, ornamented with a horseman spearing a fallen foe, over his left. Rev. SALVS REI - PVBLICAE S / CONOB Two nimbate emperors seated facing double throne, 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. RIC 237. An attractive and clear example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 348
Theodosius II, 402-450. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.47 g, 6 h), Constantinople, , 441. D N THEODO - SIVS P F AVG Helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Theodosius II facing, turned slightly to the right, holding spear in his right hand and with a shield, ornamented with a cavalryman spearing a fallen foe, over his left shoulder; to right, star. Rev. VIRT EX - ERC ROM S / CONOB Helmeted and armored soldier moving to right, holding a trophy over his left shoulder with his left hand and looking back at a captive that he is dragging to right with his right. RIC 284. A splendid, sharp example. Minor marks in the die, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 349
Theodosius II, 402-450. Solidus (Gold, 22.5 mm, 4.49 g, 7 h), Constantinople, 441-450. D N THEODOSIVS 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 / CONOB 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 X, 321. An impressive coin, well struck, with clear fields and areas of original mint luster. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 350
Basiliscus, 475-476. Solidus (Gold, 20.5 mm, 4.47 g, 6 h), Constantinople, early-mid 475. D N bASILIS-CUS P P AVG Diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Basiliscus facing, his head turned slightly to the right, holding spear in his right hand and with shield ornamented with rider over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORIA AVGGG / CONOB Victory standing left, holding a long jeweled cross; to right, star. Depeyrot 101/1. MIRB 1a. RIC 1001. Vagi 3825. Rare. Clear and attractive. Graffito in the form of a cross on the obverse, and some very slight flatness and traces of overstriking, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 850 CHF
Lot 351
Zeno, second reign, 476-491. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.47 g, 6 h), Constantinople. D N ZENO PERP AVG Pearl-diademed, helmeted, and cuirassed bust of Zeno facing, turned slightly to the right, holding spear over his right shoulder and with shield, ornamented with a horseman spearing a fallen foe, over his left. Rev. VICTORIA AVGGG B / CONOB Victory standing left, holding long, jeweled cross with her right hand; in field to right, star. Depeyrot 108/1. RIC 911. Sharp and attractive. Very slightly wavy flan, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 460 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 352
Anastasius I, 491-518. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.48 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 507-518. D N ANASTA-SIVS P P AVC Helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Anastasius 3/4 facing, his head turned slightly to right, holding spear in his right hand and with a shield over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORIA AVCCC Γ / CONOB Victory standing left, holding long cross; to left, star. DOC (3c). MIBE 4. SB 3. Sharp, clear and attractive. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 440 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 353
Anastasius I, 491-518. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.51 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 492-507. D N ANASTA-SIVS P P AVC Helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Anastasius 3/4 facing, his head turned slightly to right, holding spear in his right hand and with a shield over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORIA AVCCC S / CONOB Victory standing left, holding long cross; to left, star. DOC 3f. MIBE 4. SB 3. Sharp and clear. A few minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 354
Anastasius I, 491-518. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.43 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 507-518. D N ANASTA-SIVS P P AVC Helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Anastasius 3/4 facing, his head turned slightly to right, holding spear in his right hand and with a shield over his left shoulder; no visible diadem ends. Rev. VICTORIA AVCCC A / CONOB Victory standing left, holding long rho-topped cross; to left, star. DOC 7a. MIB 7. SB 5. Bright, sharp and lustrous. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 460 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 355
Justinian I, 527-565. 40 Nummia or Follis (Bronze, 41 mm, 22.63 g, 7 h), Constantinople, RY 12 = 538/539. D N IVSTINI - ANVS P P AVC Diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Justinian facing, holding globus cruciger and shield; in field to right, cross. Rev. A / N / N / O - XII / CON Large M; above, cross; below, Γ. DOC 37c. MIB 95a. SB 163. A spectacular, lovely, well-struck example; perfectly centered on a very broad flan and with a fine dark green patina. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 300 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 356
Justinian I, 527-565. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.49 g, 7 h), Constantinople, 5th officina, 542-565. D N IVSTINI - ANVS P P AVG Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Justinian facing, holding globus cruciger in his right hand and with a shield over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORIA AVGGG E / CONOB Angel standing facing, holding long staff surmounted by a christogram in his right hand and a globus cruciger in his left; in field to right, star. DOC 9e. MIB 7. SB 140. Sharp and attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 360 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 357
Justin II, 565-578. Tremissis (Gold, 15 mm, 1.46 g, 6 h), Constantinople. D N IVSTI - NVS PP AVC Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Justin to right. Rev. VICTORIA AVGVSTORVM / CONOB Victory advancing right, her head turned to left, holding wreath in her right hand and cross set on globe in her left; in field to right, star. DOC 13. MIB 11. SB 353. Sharp and clear. Very slightly wavy flan. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 170 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 358
Tiberius II Constantine, 578-582. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.46 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 8th officina, 579-582. d M TIb CONSTANT P P AVG Draped and cuirassed bust of Tiberius Constantine facing, wearing plumed helmet with diadem and pendillia, holding globus cruciger in his right hand and with a shield over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORI A AVCC Η / CONOB Cross potent on base and four steps. DOC 4h. MIB 4. SB 422. A superb piece, lustrous, well-struck and well-centered. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 359
Kosmas Illustrius. Circa 550-650. Seal (Lead, 26 mm, 12.61 g, 12 h). KOCMΑ in cruciform arrangement with the C meant to be read twice; with two 8-rayed stars above and below. Rev. S within large U; above, below and to left and right, 8-rayed star. Dumbarton Oaks BZS.1951.31.5.2922. Zacos I 1359. Sharp and most attractive. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 220 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
Lot 360
Phocas, 602-610. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.39 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 607-610. d N FOCAS PERP AVI Draped and cuirassed bust of Phocas facing, wearing crown and holding a globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. VICTORIA AVGЧ Ɛ / CONOB Angel standing facing, holding globus cruciger in his left hand and long, christogram-topped cross in his right. DOC 10e. MIBE 9. SB 620. Well-centered and well-struck. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 361
Phocas, 602-610. Heavy 1/8 Siliqua (Silver, 11 mm, 0.43 g, 5 h), Ravenna. D N FOCA - S P P AVC Diademed and draped bust of Phocas to right, unbearded and with a cross at the top of the diadem. Rev. ΦΚ within wreath. BMC 160. DOC 130a. MIBE 58a. Paris 2. Rare. Very well struck. Slightly ragged flan, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 360 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 362
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: 600 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 363
Constans II, 641-668. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.41 g, 6 h), Syracuse, 648-651. d N CONSTAN – TINYS P P AV Draped bust of Constans facing, with a short beard and a simple crown with a cross, and holding a globus cruciger with his right hand. Rev. VICTORIA – AYGY ΘS / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps; in field to right, C. Anastasi 95a. DOC 154a. MIB 85. S 1073. Spahr 64. Rare. Lustrous, well-struck and most attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3600 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 364
Constans II, 641-668. 12 Nummi (Bronze, 20 mm, 9.71 g, 7 h), possibly overstruck on an Alexandrian potin tetradrachm of the 260s-270s, Alexandria, late 645-May 646. Squat figure of the crowned and draped emperor standing facing, holding along cross in his right hand and globus cruciger in his left. Rev. Cross potent on globe between I B; in exergue, ΑΛΕΞ. DOC 105. MIB 189. SB 1027. Rare. Clear and with a dark green and reddish-brown patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 140 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
Lot 365
Constantine IV Pogonatus, with Heraclius and Tiberius, 668-685. Solidus (Gold, 18 mm, 4.49 g, 6 h), class III, Constantinople, 6th officina, 674-681. d N COSN TNUS 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. VICTOR• 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. Sharply struck and very clear. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 500 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 366
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: 600 CHF
Lot 367
Justinian II, first reign, 685-695. Solidus (Gold, 19 mm, 4.42 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 692-695. IhS CRISTDS REX REGNANTIuM 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 IuSTINIANuS SERu ChRISTI Θ / 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 7g. MIB 8a. SB 1248. Attractive and clear. Slightly weakly struck obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2400 CHF
Estimate: 2750 CHF
Lot 368
Leontius, 695-698. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.34 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 9th officina. D LEO - N PE AV Crowned bust of Leontius facing, holding akakia in his upraised right hand and globus cruciger in his left. Rev. VICTORIA AVϚU Θ /CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 1h. MIB III 1. Sb 1330. A brilliant, sharp example. Very slight doubling on the obverse and some striking flatness, otherwise, virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 850 CHF
Lot 369
Theodosius III of Adramytium, 715-717. Hexagram (Silver, 21 mm, 3.18 g, 6 h), struck from solidus dies, Constantinople, 715. d N ThEOdO-SIЧS MЧL A' Crowned facing bust of Theodosius II, wearing loros, holding a globe surmounted by patriarchal cross with an X at the intersection in his right hand and an anexikakia in his left. Rev. VICTORIA AЧSЧ I/ CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 2 note. MIB 12. SB 1491. Extremely rare. With clear traces of overstriking on a hexagram of Anastasius II, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 370
Leo III the "Isaurian", 717-741. (Silver, 18 mm, 3.34 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 4th officina, 717-720. ɁNd LEO - N - [P]A [MЧL] Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Leo facing, holding spear in his right hand and with a shield over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTOR[IA - AVgЧ Δ / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 20a. Füeg 2.2. MIB 23. SB 1511. Very rare, toned and sharp. Struck on a small and irregular flan, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1600 CHF
Estimate: 800 CHF
Lot 371
Constantine V Copronymus, with Leo III, 741-775. Tremissis (Gold, 13 mm, 1.27 g, 6 h), Syracuse, 741-744. [d] NO L [...] Facing bust of Leo III, crowned, wearing chlamys, holding globus cruciger in his right hand and akakia in his left. Rev. dN C[...] Facing bust of Constantine V, crowned, wearing chlamys, holding cross potent in his right hand and akakia in his left. Anastasi 417. DOC -. Sb -. Rare. Sharply struck on a relatively broad flan. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 372
Irene, 797-802. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 3.76 g, 6 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. AΓOVST Bust of Irene facing, wearing loros and crown with pendilia and a cross on a triangle between two pinnacles, holding a cross potent on base in her right hand. Anastasi 452. DOC 3. SB 1601. Spahr 340. Same dies as Triton XX, (2017) 1088. Extremely rare, beautifully struck on a very broad flan with all details clearly on the coin. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 7000 CHF
Estimate: 5500 CHF
Lot 373
Nicephorus I, 802-811. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 3.83 g, 7 h), uncertain Sicilian mint, probably Syracuse, 802-803. hI-FOROS bAS Bearded and facing bust of Nicephorus I, wearing crown with a cross on circlet, a chlamys, and holding a cross potent in his right hand and an anexikakia in his left. Rev. IhSUS XRIS - TUS hICA X Cross potent on base and three steps; to left and right, C I. Anastasi -. DOC -. Roma 5, 2013, 945 (same dies). SB -. Spahr -. Extremely rare, sharp and struck on a full flan: an exceptionally fine example. Very minor die rust and marks, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
With a most interesting recut on the inscription
Lot 374
Nicephorus I, with Stauracius, 802-811. Solidus (Gold, 18.5 mm, 4.45 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 803-811. nICIFOROS bASILЄ’ Crowned, bearded and facing bust of Nicephorus I, wearing chlamys and holding cross potent in his right hand and akakia in his left. Rev. STAVRACIS dЄSPO'X Crowned, beardless and facing bust of Stauracius, wearing chlamys and holding cross on globe in his right hand and akakia in his left. DOC 2c. SB 1604. A superb, sharp and strongly struck fresh solidus with traces of the original mint luster. Some very tiny scratches and pits, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 500 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 375
Nicephorus I, with Stauracius, 802-811. Solidus (Gold, 19 mm, 3.77 g, 6 h), uncertain Sicilian mint, probably Syracuse, 803-810 (but probably c. December 803-early 804). n - ICFORo Bearded and facing bust of Nicephorus I, wearing crown with a cross on circlet, a loros, and holding a cross potent in his right hand. Rev. ST - AURAC Facing, beardless, bust of Stauracius, wearing crown with a cross on circlet, a chlamys and holding a globus cruciger in his right hand and an anexikakia in his left. Anastasi -. DOC -. Spahr -. S -. But see Numismatica Ars Classica 75, 2013, 697 for another example, struck from the same dies. Extremely rare. A very sharply struck and attractive coin. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 4600 CHF
Estimate: 3750 CHF
Lot 376
Nicephorus I, with Stauracius, 802-811. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.24 g, 7 h), Syracuse, 810-811. [N-]I-FoRos bA Bearded, facing bust of Nicephorus I, wearing crown with a cross on circlet, chlamys, and holding a cross potent in his right hand and an anexikakia in his left. Rev. ST['A Is Δ] Beardless, facing bust of Stauracius, wearing crown with a cross on circlet, chlamys, and holding a globus cruciger in his right hand and an anexikakia in his left. Anastasi 468 var. (inscription). DOC -. SB 1608 var. (Nicephoros wearing a loros). Extremely rare, sharply struck. Some flan faults and struck on a slightly short flan, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Lot 377
Basil II Bulgaroktonos, with Constantine VIII, 976-1025. Histamenon nomisma (Gold, 23 mm, 4.40 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 989-1001. +IhS XIS REX REGNANTIhM Bust of Christ Pantocrator facing, wearing cross nimbus with a cross of five pellets in each arm, right hand raised in blessing, left holding book. Rev. +bASIL C CONStANTI b On left, crowned bust of Basil II facing, wearing chlamys; on right, crowned bust of Constantine VIII, wearing ornamented robe; holding between them a long patriarchal cross crosslet. DOC 3c. SB 1797. Sharply struck and clear. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 378
Basil II Bulgaroktonos, with Constantine VIII, 976-1025. Histamenon nomisma (Gold, 25 mm, 4.43 g, 7 h), Constantinople, 1001-1025. +IhS XIS REX REGNANTIhm Bust of Christ Pantocrator facing, wearing cross nimbus with two crescents in the upper quarters, his right hand raised in blessing and holding book of Gospels in his left. Rev. +bASIL C CONStANTI b On left, crowned bust of Basil II facing, wearing chlamys; on right, crowned bust of Constantine VIII, wearing ornamented robe; both holding plain cross between them. DOC 6a. SB 1800. Sharply struck, clear and unusually nice. Some very slight double-striking on the reverse, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 379
Anonymous Folles, time of Basil II & Constantine VIII, circa 976-1025. Follis (Bronze, 28 mm, 11.29 g, 7 h), Class A2, Constantinople. +EMMA-NOVHΛ/ IC XC Bust of Christ Pantocrator facing, wearing dotted cross nimbus and with five pellets in the arms, right hand raised in blessing, left holding book. Rev. + IҺSЧS / XRISTЧS / ЬASILЄЧ / ЬASILЄ in four lines; above and below, floral decoration. DOC A2.39. SB 1813. A well struck and unusually clear example with a wonderful chocolate brown patina. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 380
John II Comnenus, 1118-1143. Hyperpyron (Gold, 34 mm, 4.46 g, 6 h), first series, Constantinople, 1118-1122. IC – XC Christ Pantocrator, bearded, nimbate and with his right hand raised, seated facing on throne. Rev. +Ιω ΔCCΠΟΤΗ - ΘV ΜΗΡ Half-length facing figures of the emperor, on the left, wearing stemma, divitsion and loros, and, on the right, Virgin, nimbate and wearing tunic and maphorion, holding long patriarchal cross between them. DOC 1a. SB 1938. A very clear and detailed example. Some very minor krinkling and marks, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 440 CHF
Estimate: 325 CHF
Lot 381
Manuel I Comnenus, 1143-1180. Aspron Trachy (Electrum, 31 mm, 4.16 g, 6 h), Constantinople, c. 1160-1164. ΙC - ΧC Christ Pantocrator, nimbate and enrobed, raising right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels with his left; in field to left and right, star. Rev. MA-N-VHΛ - O/ ΘЄ/O/Δ/ω/P/OC Manuel and St. Theodore standing facing, both holding a sword in their outer hand, and holding a long patriarchal cross set on a globe between them. DOC 4b. SB 1959. Toned, very clearly and very well struck. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 382
Gilialmos (Guillaume), Patrikios and Strategos, 2nd half of the 11th century. Seal (Lead, 24 mm, 12.71 g, 12 h). ΜΑΡ - ΘV The Theotokos, nimbate, seated facing on a high-backed throne, holding a medallion bearing the bust of the infant Jesus on her lap. Rev. +ΘKE RO / HΘ TO CO OI / KETH ΓHΛH / AΛMO ΠPI / S CTPATH / Γω in six lines. Istanbul 2.238 (same dies?, but partially damaged). Nicely centered, clear and well-preserved. Very rare in the name of a Byzantine official of western-European origin. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 383
Michael VIII Palaeologus, 1261-1282. Hyperpyron (Gold, 25 mm, 4.17 g, 6 h), Constantinople. Half-length facing figure of the Theotokos, orans, within the walls of Constantinople with six groups of towers. Rev. On the left, St. Michael presenting the kneeling emperor to Christ, enthroned on right, holding scroll; between emperor and Christ, fleur-de-lis. DOC -. PCPC 4, sigla 6. SB 2242. A particularly attractive piece; for the issue, sharply struck and with an unusually clear obverse. Slightly off-center as usual, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 360 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 384
Uncertain ruler, late 5th-6th century. Weight of 6-ounkia (Bronze with inlaid Copper and Silver, 43x44x8 mm, 157.00 g), A uniface, square commercial weight, its top ornamented with engraved designs, and with slightly curved edges. The upper surface is highly ornamented with engraved and inlaid designs: at the center, on a double line base enriched with garlands below, are the facing busts of two nimbate, crowned and draped imperial figures, their faces inlaid with silver and their robes with copper; around the busts is an inlaid copper laurel wreath with inlaid silver ornaments at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o'clock; in each of the two upper corners of the weight is an engraved flower with an inlaid silver center; in the bottom left corner is the inlaid silver letter Γ° (= ounkia = unciae), and in the bottom right corner the inlaid silver letter S (= six). Rev. Plain with some file marks as made. Apparently unpublished as a 6-ounkia, but for a 3-ounkia, that is surely from the same workshop, see LHS 102, 2008, 473. Cf. MAH 19 (ascribed to Constantinople, 525-535). Extremely rare. The reverse and the edges nearly as found, with areas of green and red patina; the top surface cleaned to reveal the design with its original colors of golden-brown (bronze), red (copper), and shiny grey (silver). A remarkable example of late Roman - early Byzantine metal work. Some light pitting on the upper bronze surfaces, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 8500 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 385
Uncertain ruler, late 5th-6th century. Weight of 3-ounkia (Bronze with inlaid Copper and Silver, 30x32x8 mm, 79.99 g), A uniface, square commercial weight, its top ornamented with engraved designs, and with slightly curved edges. Two nimbate emperors standing facing, both wearing military dress: the one on the left holds a spear in his right hand and rests his left on a shield at his feet, the one on the right holds a spear in his left hand and rests his right on his shield; between their heads, cross; to left, Γ° (= ounkia, and to right, Γr = 3). Inlaid with silver: cross, letters and the emperors' faces, hands, legs, belts and shield bosses; inlaid in copper: the emperors' sleeves, cloaks and boots. Rev. Plain with some file marks as made. MAH 77. Cf. MzK 73, 22 April 1992, 81 (2 ounkia and Winterthur 2, 11 May 2018, 347 (2 ounkia - described as a 'coin' weight in error). Very rare. Attractive, clear and very well preserved. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5000 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Lot 386
Uncertain ruler, late 5th-6th century. (Bronze, 13x13x2 mm, 1.32 g), A uniface, square commercial or coin weight, its top ornamented with engraved designs, and with slightly curved edges. Facing busts of two crowned and draped imperial figures, their faces and one hand inlaid with silver, and their robes partially inlaid with red copper. Rev. Plain with some file marks as made. Bendall 106. Cf. Roma eSale 47, 2018, 905. Triton XXI, 2018, 874, 2. Rare. Well-preserved and attractive. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 387
Uncertain ruler, late 5th-6th century. Weight of 2-ounkia (Bronze inlaid with silver, 28x28x5 mm, 53.78 g), uniface, square commercial weight, its top ornamented with an engraved design, silver inlays, and with flat edges. Long Latin cross between Γ° - Β; all within a wreath of laurel, with an annulet at 0°, 90°, 180°, and 270°. Rev. Plain but with some traces of adjustment marks. Kiraç 3, pt. 2, 93-94. MAH 89, 93-94, 100, passim. An attractive example with a green patina. Silver inlays on the cross and the numerals mostly corroded away, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 388
Uncertain ruler, circa 5th-7th century. (Bronze inlaid with silver, 27x27x5 mm, 44.74 g). Ν° Ι with a square frame formed by a cable border; traces of silver inlays in both letters. Rev. Plain. Apparently unpublished. An extremely rare denomination. With a lovely dark green patina and with deposits as found on the edges and reverse. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 389
ARMENIA, Cilician Armenia. Royal. Levon I, 1198-1219. Tram (Silver), LOT OF SEVEN DIE LINKING TRAMS OF LEVON I,, all c. 22 mm; weighing: a, 3.02; b, 3.02; c, 2.90; d, 2.93; e, 2.84; f, 2.97; g, 2.91 g; and with varying die axes. + ԼԵԻՈՆ ԹԱԳԱԻՈՐ ՀԱՅՈՑ Levon King of the Armenians. Levon, crowned and wearing royal robes, seated facing on throne supported by two lions, holding cross in his right hand and lis in his left. Rev. + ԿԱՐՈՂՈՒԹԲՆ ԱՍՏՈԻԾՈՅ by the will of God Two opposed rampant lions, with their heads turned back, flanking a patriarchal cross with a long shaft. CCA 123 ff. An attractive and interesting group, forming an interlocking die chain. Some with striking flatness, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
A rare bilingual Half Tram of Hetoum I
Lot 390
ARMENIA, Cilician Armenia. Royal. Hetoum I, 1226-1270. Half Tram (Silver, 18.5 mm, 1.37 g, 1 h), bilingual issue citing the Seljuq ruler Kayqubad I as overlord, 1226-1236. Hetoum on horseback riding right, head facing, holding lis-tipped scepter and reins; to left, cross, below hose, crescent. Rev. Arabic inscription in three lines. ACV 320. Album 1214a. Bedoukian 838. Broome, Seljuqs 1102. Extremely rare. Clear and well-struck. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 391
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
Lot 392
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
Lot 393
ITALY. Venice. Lorenzo Celsi, 1361-1365. Ducato (Gold, 20 mm, 3.55 g, 12 h), 58th Doge. LAVR•CELSI / DVX / S•M•VENETI On the left, St. Mark standing right and presenting standard to the Doge, on the right, kneeling to left and grasping the standard with both hands. Rev. •SIT•T•XPE•DAT'•Q TV – REGIS•ISTE DVCAT' Christ standing facing within mandorla, with five stars on the right and four on the left. CNI 13 ff. Friedberg 1225. Gamberini 108. Paolucci 1. Sharply struck and most attractive. Tiny scuff, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 394
ITALY. Venezia (Venice). Andrea Contarini, 1367-1382. Ducato (Gold, 20 mm, 3.56 g, 8 h). ANDR' QTARENO / S M VENETI / DVX St. Mark standing right, presenting banner to the Doge kneeling to left. Rev. SIT• T• XRE• DAT' O'• TV REGIS• ISTE• DVCAT' Christ the Redeemer standing facing within mandorla with nine stars. CNI 42. Friedberg 1227. Paolucci 1. Carefully struck and particularly sharp. Minor scratches on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 340 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 395
ITALY. Venice. Nicolò Marcello, 1473-1474. Ducato (Gold, 20.5 mm, 3.48 g, 10 h), 69th Doge. NICOL' MΛRCELL' / DVX / S•M•VENETI On the left, St. Mark standing right and presenting standard to the Doge, on the right, kneeling to left and grasping the standard with both hands. Rev. SIT•T•XPE•DAT'•Q TV - REGIS•ISTE DVCAT' Christ standing facing within mandorla, with five stars on the right and four on the left. CNI 19-25. Friedberg 1236. Gamberini 198. Paolucci 1. Very rare. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 2600 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
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