nomos 19
17 November 2019
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Lot 400
Anastasius I, 491-518. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.27 g, 7 h), Constantinople, 10th officina, 491-498. D N ANASTA-SIVS P P AVC Diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Anastasius facing, his head turned slightly to right, holding a spear with his right hand and a shield, ornamented with a horseman, over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORI-A AVGGG I / CONOB Victory standing to left, holding long cross; behind her, eight-pointed star. DOC 3i. MIBE 4a. SB 3. Clear, sharp, and well-struck. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 550 CHF
Lot 401
Anastasius I, 491-518. Tremissis (Gold, 10.5 mm, 1.47 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 492-518. D N ANASTA-SIVS P P AVI Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Anastasius to right. Rev. VICTORIA AVGVSTORVM / CONOB Victory advancing to 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 10a. MIB 13. SB 8. Sharp and very attractive. Minor striking fault, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Estimate: 225 CHF
Lot 402
Anastasius I, 491-518. Miliarense (Silver, 21 mm, 4.39 g, 6 h), Constantinople. D N ANASTA-SIVS P P AVG Pearl diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Anastasius to left. Rev. GLORIA RO-MANORVM / COB Emperor, nimbate and in military dress, standing facing, with his head turned to left, raising his right hand and holding globus in his left; to right, below globus, star. DOC 11 (but the breaks in the reverse legend differ). MIB 17b. SB 9. Extremely rare. Mottled toning but with a superb reverse. Obverse struck from a rusty and slightly worn die, otherwise, nearly extremely fine/extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 403
Justinian I, 527-565. Tremissis (Gold, 17.5 mm, 1.49 g, 6 h), Constantinople. D N IVSTINI-ANVS P P AVI Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Justinian to right. Rev. VICTORIA AVGVSTORVM / CONOB Victory advancing to 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 19. MIB 19. SB 145. A really well-struck and attractive example, toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 360 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 404
Justinian I, 527-565. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.42 g, 6 h), Rome, 7th officina, 537-542. D N IVSTINI-ANVS P P AVG Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Justinian facing, holding globus cruciger in his right hand and shield with his left. Rev. VICTORI-A AVGGG Z / CONOB (officina letter retrograde) Angel standing facing, holding long staff terminating in Christogram with right hand and globus cruciger in left; in field to right, six pointed star. DOC 320 (officina not recorded). MIB 34. SB 291. Rare. Well-centered on a broad flan. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 850 CHF
Lot 405
Justin II, 565-578. Tremissis (Gold, 19 mm, 1.49 g, 5 h), Constantinople. D N IVSTI - NVS PP AVC Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Justin to right. Rev. VICTORIA AVGVSTORVH / CONOB Victory advancing to 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 11a. SB 353. A remarkably attractive, lustrous piece struck on a particularly broad flan. With a tiny edge crack and a slightly double-struck reverse, otherwise, virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 440 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 406
Tiberius II Constantine, 578-582. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.47 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 1st officina, 579-582. d M TIb CONS-TANT P P AVG Crowned and cuirassed bust of Tiberius Constantine facing, holding globus cruciger in his right hand and with a shield over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORI-A AVCC A / CONOB Cross potent on base and four steps. DOC 4a. MIB 4. SB 422. With a superb, sharp obverse portrait. Struck from a slightly worn reverse die, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 360 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 407
Tiberius II Constantine, 578-582. Tremissis (Gold, 15.5 mm, 1.47 g, 6 h), Constantinople. d m COSTANTINVS P P AG Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Tiberius to right. Rev. VICTOR TIbЄRI AVς / CONOB Cross potent. DOC 7. MIB 9. SB 425. Well-struck and lustrous. Die break on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 260 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 408
Maurice Tiberius, 582-602. Solidus (Gold, 24 mm, 4.53 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 10th officina, 583-601. dN mAVRC TIb P P AVI Draped and cuirassed bust of Maurice facing, wearing diademed and plumed helmet and holding globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. VICTORI-A AVCC I / CONOB Angel standing facing, holding globus cruciger in his left hand and long, rho-topped cross in his right. DOC 5j. MIB 6. SB 478. Clear and struck on a very broad flan. Some minor scratches and marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 360 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 409
Phocas, with Leontia, 602-610. Half Follis (Copper, 22 mm, 5.08 g, 6 h), Theoupolis (Antioch), regnal year 3= 604-5. D N FOCAS NE PE VA To left, Phocas, crowned, robed and holding a globus cruciger; to right Leontia, crowned, robed and holding cross-tipped scepter; in field between their heads, cross. Rev. A/N/N/O - III / E XX; above, cross; below, mint monogram. DOC 93. MIBE 85. SB 673. An unusually well preserved and well struck example with a fine brown patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 180 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 410
Phocas, 602-610. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.48 g, 7 h), Constantinople, 8th officina, 607-610. d N FOCAS PERP AVI Crowned, draped and cuirassed bust of Phocas facing, holding a globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. VICTORIA AVGЧ H / CONOB Angel standing facing, holding globus cruciger in his left hand and long, rho-topped cross in his right. DOC 10h. MIB 9. SB 620. Sharp and lustrous. Reverse struck slightly off-center, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 340 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 411
Heraclius, 610-641. Solidus (Gold, 19.5 mm, 4.37 g, 7 h), Constantinople, 5th officina, 610-613. dN hERACL-IUS PP AC Draped and cuirassed facing bust of Heraclius, wearing crown with plume and holding a cross in his right hand. Rev. VICTORIA AVGЧ Є / CONOB Cross potent on base and two steps. DOC 2a. MIB 3. SB 730. Clear, sharp and attractive. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 460 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 412
Heraclius, with Heraclius Constantine, 610-641. Solidus (Gold, 13 mm, 4.48 g, 6 h), Carthage, 630/631. D N ERACL - I CONST PPΔ Facing busts of Heraclius and Heraclius Constantine, both crowned and draped; between them, cross. Rev. VICTORIA AVGG Δ / CONOB Cross potent on base and two steps; in field to left, Π. DOC 221 var. MIB 87b. A very attractive, sharply struck piece. Obverse slightly double-struck in the legend, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Estimate: 325 CHF
Lot 413
Constans II, 641-668. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.41 g, 5 h), Constantinople, 1st officina (a), 641-646. d N CONSTAN-TINYS P P AV Draped bust of beardless Constans facing, with a simple crown with a cross on a circlet, holding a globus cruciger with his right hand. Rev. VICTORIA AYGЧ A / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 1a. MIB 3b. SB 938. A splendid, lustrous example. Minor mark on the obverse, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 414
Constans II, 641-668. Solidus (Gold, 18 mm, 4.41 g, 7 h), Constantinople, 5th officina (E), indictiion Ζ = 7 = 648/649. d N CONSTAN-TINЧS P P AV Crowned and draped bust of Constans facing, with short beard and holding globus cruciger. Rev. VICTORIA AVςЧ Є / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps; Ζ in the right field. DOC 13. MIB 16a. SB 949. Bright and attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 360 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 415
Constans II, 641-668. Solidus (Gold, 19 mm, 4.44 g, 7 h), Constantinople, 4th officina (Δ), 651-654. d N CONSTAN-TINЧS P P AV Crowned and draped bust of Constans facing, with very long beard, holding globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. VICTORIA AVGЧ Δ / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 19d. MIB 23. SB 956. Sharp, very well-struck, and very attractive. Hairline scratch on the reverse, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 480 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 416
Constans II, with Constantine IV, 641-668. Solidus (Gold, 20.5 mm, 4.38 g, 5 h), Constantinople, 10th officina (I), 654-659. d N CONStANtINUS C CONStANS Crowned and draped facing busts of Constans, with a long beard and Constantine, beardless and much smaller; between them above, cross. Rev. VICTORIA AVGЧ I / CONOB Cross potent set on base and three steps. DOC (25j). MIB 26. SB 959. With a very sharply struck and attractive obverse. Minor flatness on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
An extremely rare Cherson Follis
Lot 417
Constans II, with Constantine IV, 641-668. Half Follis (Bronze, 23 mm, 6.16 g, 6 h), Cherson, indiction year B = 2 = 658-659. Constans II and Constantine IV standing facing, both crowned and wearing chlamys, each holding globus cruciger on their right hand; above and between their heads, cross. Rev. K/B Constans II standing facing, holding globus cruciger. DOC 210 (as Bosporus?). MIB 227. SB 1145C. Very rare. With a dark, greenish-black patina. From the same dies as the piece in the Füeg Collection, Stacks 12 January 2009, 3157. Usual striking and flan faults, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 418
Constans II, with Constantine IV, Heraclius, and Tiberius, 641-668. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.38 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 1st officina (A), 661-663. d N CONS-TNAI Facing busts of Constans II, large and with long beard, and Constantine IV, smaller and beardless, both wearing crowns with cross and Constans with a plume above as well; between them, cross. Rev. VICTORIA AVႺЧ A / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps between standing facing and crowned figures of Heraclius and Tiberius, each holding a globus cruciger. DOC 30a. MIB 31. SB 964. Clear and attractive. Struck from slightly rusty dies and with some very minor flat areas, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 419
Justinian II, first reign, 685-695. Solidus (Gold, 20.5 mm, 4.13 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 8th officina (H), 692-695. IhS CRISTDS REX REGNANTIVM Draped bust of Jesus 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 IЧSTINI-ANЧ-S SERЧ ChRISTI H / 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 7f. MIB 8a. SB 1248. Attractive and clear, with a spectacular depiction of Jesus Christ. Both sides slightly off-struck and with some areas of flatness, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 420
Leontius, 695-698. Solidus (Gold, 20.5 mm, 4.52 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 1st officina (A). 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 AVSЧ A /CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 1a. MIB 1. SB 1330. A brilliant, sharp example with a fine portrait. Some flatness in the obverse and reverse legends, otherwise, virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 421
Leontius, 695-698. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.40 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 3rd officina (Γ). 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 AVSЧ Γ /CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 1c. MIB 1. SB 1330. A brilliant, sharp example, very nicely centered and with a wonderful portrait. Some flatness in the obverse and reverse legends, otherwise, virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 1500 CHF
Estimate: 1200 CHF
Lot 422
Time of Leontius, 695-698. Georgios, General Commerciarios of the Apotheke of Isauria, 695-697. Seal (Lead, 32 mm, 30.59 g, 12 h), Indictions 9 and 10 of Leontius, 696/7. ΓΕΩPΓ[IOC A]ΠO YΠATΩN / ł-I/Θ Leontius, crowned, standing facing, wearing chlamys and holding globus cruciger. Rev. [S] ΓE/NIKOY KO/MMEPKIA/PIOY AΠOΘI/KHC EΠAPX/IAC ICAYP/[IAC] in seven lines. Cf. Zacos I, 191-192 for similar seals from Armenia and Caria; for a seal, which might possibly be of the same commerciarios, see Zacos I 177. A strongly impressed and clear example with a tan patina. Some minor defects and marks, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 423
Tiberius III (Apsimar), 698-705. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.44 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 1st officina (A). D TIbERI-ЧS PE AV Crowned and cuirassed bust of Tiberius III facing, holding spear in his right hand and with shield over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORIA AVSЧ A / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 1a. MIB 1. SB 1360. An excellent, sharp example. Some minor marks and areas of flatness, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 424
Philippicus (Bardanes), 711-713. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.56 g, 5 h), Constantinople, 10th officina (I). d N FILEPPICЧS MЧL-TЧS AN Crowned bust of Philippicus facing, wearing loros and holding globus cruciger in his right hand and eagle-tipped scepter in his left. Rev. VICTORIA AVSЧ I / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. Cf. DOC 1j, MIB 1 and SB 1447, but this legend apparently unpublished. A superb, toned coin with an exceptionally clear and well-struck obverse. Minor flatness on the reverse, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 425
Anastasius II Artemius, 713-715. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.44 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 1st officina. dN APTEMIUS A-NASTASIUS MЧ’ Crowned and diademed bust of Anastasius facing, wearing chlamys and holding globus cruciger in his right hand and akakia in his left. Rev. VICTORIA AVSЧA / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 2a. Füeg 2.A. MIB 2. SB 1463. Attractive and very well-struck, with a wonderfully sharp obverse. Minor areas of striking flatness, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2550 CHF
Estimate: 1750 CHF
Lot 426
Anastasius II Artemius, 713-715. Semissis (Gold, 12 mm, 2.10 g, 6 h), Constantinople. dN APTEMIЧS A-NASTASIЧS MЧL Crowned and diademed bust of Anastasius facing, wearing chlamys and holding globus cruciger in his right hand and akakia in his left. Rev. VICTORIA AVSЧS Cross potent on globe. DOC 4. MIB 5. SB 1465. Attractive and very well-struck. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 427
Anastasius II Artemius, 713-715. Tremissis (Gold, 16 mm, 1.37 g, 6 h), Constantinople. dN APTEMIЧS [A-NASTASIЧS MЧL] Crowned and diademed bust of Anastasius facing, wearing chlamys and holding globus cruciger in his right hand and akakia in his left. Rev. VICTORIA AVSЧS /CONOB Cross potent on globe. DOC 5. MIB 7. SB 1467. With a very sharp and attractive portrait. Some areas of flatness, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Plate coin in Füeg
Lot 428
Theodosius III of Adramytium, 715-717. Solidus (Gold, 19 mm, 4.49 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 2nd officina (B), 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 B/ CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 1 (but officins B not listed). Füeg 1.A.2 (this coin). MIB 1. SB 1487. This coin shares the same obverse die with the extremely rare Hexagram that appeared in Nomos 18, 5 May 2019, as lot 369. Of great rarity. Well-struck, sharp and toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 8500 CHF
Estimate: 7000 CHF
Lot 429
Irene, 797-802. Solidus (Gold, 19.5 mm, 4.33 g, 6 h), Constantinople. ϵIRIҺH bASILISSH Bust of Irene facing, wearing loros and crown with cross, pinnacles and pendilia, holding a globus cruciger in her right hand and a cross tipped scepter in her left. Rev. •ϵIRIҺH bASILISSH⊕ Bust of Irene facing, wearing loros and crown with cross, pinnacles and pendilia, holding a globus cruciger in her right hand and a cross tipped scepter in her left. DOC 1b. Füeg 1.C.1. SB 1599. A lovely coin with sharp portraits and attractive toning. Slight flatness on the obverse edge and in the reverse legend, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3400 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Lot 430
Irene, 797-802. Solidus (Gold, 17.5 mm, 3.63 g, 7 h), Syracuse, circa 797-798. IRIEN 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. AΓOVSTI 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. Very rare and well-struck and carefully centered on a tight flan. Struck on a tight flan and with some minor die breaks, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Estimate: 3000 CHF
Lot 431
Irene, 797-802. Solidus (Gold, 18.5 mm, 3.82 g, 6 h), Syracuse, 798-802. EIRIN bASILISI Crowned bust of Irene facing, wearing loros and holding a globus cruciger in her right hand and a cross-tipped scepter in her left; in field to left, pellet. Rev. EIRIN bASILISI Crowned bust of Irene facing, wearing loros and holding a globus cruciger in her right hand and a cross-tipped scepter in her left; in field to left and right, C - I. Anastasi 455. DOC -. SB -. Struck from the same dies as the piece that appeared in Sincona 37, 2017, as lot 335. Very rare. Sharply struck. Struck on a somewhat short flan, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3800 CHF
Estimate: 3750 CHF
Lot 432
Nicephorus I, 802-811. Solidus (Gold, 19 mm, 3.85 g, 6 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, sharply struck on a full flan. Struck from a rusty obverse die and with minor marks, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3600 CHF
Estimate: 2750 CHF
Lot 433
Michael I Rhangabe, with Theophylactus, 811-813. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.44 g, 7 h), Constantinople. MIXA-HL bASILE’ Bearded bust of Michael I facing, wearing chlamys and crown with cross, holding a cross potent in his right hand and an akakia in his left; in field to left, pellet. Rev. ΘEOFVLA-CTOS DESP’E Beardless bust of Theophylactus facing, wearing loros and crown with cross, holding a globus cruciger in his right hand and a cross tipped scepter in his left. DOC 1b. Füeg 1.B. SB 1615. Very rare. Die break on the obverse and some roughness, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7500 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Lot 434
Michael I Rhangabe, with Theophylactus, 811-813. Semissis (Gold, 16.5 mm, 1.80 g, 6 h), Syracuse. MI-XAHL bA Beardless, facing bust of Michael, wearing crown with a cross on circlet and a chlamys, holding a globus cruciger in his right hand and an anexikakia in his left. Rev. Th-EOFЧLA Beardless, facing bust of Theophylactus, wearing crown with a cross on circlet and a chlamys, holding a globus cruciger in his right hand and an anexikakia in his left. Anastasi 480. DOC 8. SB 1622. Extremely rare. With a ragged edge, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 435
Theophilus, 829-842. Semissis (Gold, 13 mm, 1.77 g, 5 h), Syracuse, 829 - 830/1. ✷ΘϵΟ-ϜΙLΟS bA Crowned and draped bust of Theophilus facing, holding globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. ΘϵΟ-ϜΙLΟS bA Crowned bust of Theophilus facing, wearing loros and holding globus cruciger in his right hand. Anastasi 545. DOC 19.2. SB 1676. Sharp and attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Estimate: 325 CHF
Lot 436
Theophilus, with Constantine and Michael II, 829-842. Solidus (Gold, 20.5 mm, 4.45 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 830/1-840. ✷ΘEOFI-LOS bASIL E' Θ Crowned facing bust of Theophilus, wearing chlamys, holding patriarchal cross in his right hand and akakia in his left. Rev. +MIXAHL S COnSTnhTIҺ' Facing busts of Michael and Constantine, each wearing crown with cross and chlamys; above, between their heads, cross. DOC 3e. Füeg 3.H.1.z. SB 1653. Attractive, well-struck and clear. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 850 CHF
Lot 437
Theophilus, 829-842. Semissis (Gold, 11.5 mm, 1.81 g, 5 h), Syracuse, 831-842. ΘϵΟ-FΙLΟS Crowned and draped bust of Theophilus facing, holding globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. ΘϵΟ-FΙLΟS Crowned bust of Theophilus facing, wearing loros and holding globus cruciger in his right hand. Anastasi 538. DOC 26a. SB 1673. Clear and sharp. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 438
Theophilus, 829-842. Semissis (Gold, 12.5 mm, 1.81 g, 6 h), 250, Syracuse, 831-842. ΘϵΟ-CΙΛΟS Crowned and draped bust of Theophilus facing, holding globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. ΘϵΟ-CΙΛΟS Crowned bust of Theophilus facing, wearing loros and holding globus cruciger in his right hand. Anastasi 560. DOC 26c. SB 1674. Same dies, and comparable to Heritage 3066 (2018) 30137. Sharp and attractive; scarce with the Greek Λ in the legends. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 460 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 439
Michael III "the Drunkard", with Theodora and Thecla, 842-867. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.37 g, 6 h), Constantinople, circa 842-850. + ӨЄO∂O-RA ∂[ЄSPVn’] A Facing bust of Theodora, wearing crown with cross on semicircle and pendilia, loros, and holding cross-topped scepter in her left hand and a globus surmounted by patriarchal cross in her right. Rev. •mIXAHL S Ө-ЄCLA Facing busts of Michael, on the left, wearing crown with cross on semicircle, chlamys, and holding globus cruciger in his right hand, and Thecla, on the right, wearing crown with pendilia, loros, and holding patriarchal cross in her right hand. DOC 1d. Füeg 1.B. SB 1686. Very rare, clear and toned. Overstruck on a solidus of Leo V with Constantine, 813-820, as DOC 2, Füeg 2.B, and SB 1627, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 9000 CHF
Estimate: 4500 CHF
Lot 440
Michael III "the Drunkard", 842-867. Solidus (Gold, 20.5 mm, 4.26 g, 7 h), Constantinople, 856-867. IҺSЧS X-RISTOS* Facing bust of Christ Pantokrator, bearded and draped, with cross behind his head, raising his right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in his left. Rev. +mI-XAHL bASILЄ' Crowned facing bust of Michael, with slight beard, wearing loros, holding labarum in his right hand and akakia in his left. DOC 3. Füeg 3.B. SB 1688. Rare. Clear and sharp. Scuff on the obverse edge at 1h, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5000 CHF
Estimate: 4500 CHF
A mint state Solidus of Basil I the Macedonian, with Constantine VII
Lot 441
Basil I the Macedonian, with Constantine VII, 867-886. Solidus (Gold, 18.5 mm, 4.46 g, 6 h), Constantinople, circa 871-876. +IhS XRS REX REGNANTIUM x Christ, nimbate, seated facing, wearing chiton, raising right hand in benediction and holding book of gospels with his left. Rev. bASILIOS ET COҺSTAҺT' AЧGG‘ b’ Crowned facing busts of Basil, on the left, with short beard and wearing a loros, and Constantine, on the right, beardless and wearing a chlamys; holding between them in their right hands, a long patriarchal cross. DOC 2c. Füeg 3.C.1.2. SB 1704. A wonderful example, very sharply struck in high relief. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 1900 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
An unknown Histamenon of Nicephoros II with Basil II
Lot 442
Nicephorus II Phocas, with Basil II, 963-969. Histamenon nomisma (Gold, 21.5 mm, 4.41 g, 6 h), Constantinople. +IhS XPS REX REGNANTIhm Facing bust of Christ Pantocrator, wearing tunic, himation and a cross nimbus with two pellets on the upper arm and three in the others, raising right hand in benediction and holding Gospel book in his left. Rev. NIKHΦOP' KAI BACIΛ' AYΓ, R' Crowned facing busts of Nicephorus II, bearded and wearing loros on the left, and Basil II, beardless and wearing chlamys on the right; both holding, between them with their right hands, a long patriarchal cross, set on globe. Cf. DOC 2 and Fueg 2 (but the reverse legends on all recorded examples ends R'P, while this piece lacks the P). SB 1777 var. An unknown variety of this scarce emission. Traces of mounting, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 1750 CHF
Lot 443
Basil II Bulgaroktonos, with Constantine VIII, 976-1025. Miliaresion (Silver, 25 mm, 2.92 g, 1 h), Constantinople, 977. +IhSЧ XSI-STuS ҺICA (sic!) Patriarchal cross potent on base and four steps; all within triple circle of dots, with eight added pellets. Rev. + bASIL’ / C CONSTAN /ΠORFVROG’ / ΠISTV bAS / RωMAIω’, in five lines and with an ornament above and below; all within triple linear border with eight added pellets. DOC 16. Grierson, "The Gold and Silver Coinage of Basil II", ANSMN 13 (1967), pl XXXIX, I. SB 1808. Extremely rare, struck very shortly after the brothers ascended to the throne – perhaps only half a dozen of these coins known. Toned. Clipped as usual and with minor scratches, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 444
Basil II Bulgaroktonos, with Constantine VIII, 976-1025. Histamenon nomisma (Gold, 25 mm, 4.42 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 1001-1025. +IhS XIS REX REGNANTIhm Bust of Christ Pantocrator facing, wearing cross nimbus with two crescents in upper quarters, right hand raised in blessing, left holding book of Gospels. Rev. +bASIL C CONStANTI b R. 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 and clear. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 445
Nikolaos Metropolitan of Pessinus in Galatia, 11th century, c. 1054. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 29 mm, 19.45 g, 12 h). O/ N/I-K/OΛ/A' Nimbate facing bust of Saint Nicholas, raising hand in benediction and holding the book of the Gospels. Rev. +ΚЄ RΘ/ NIKOΛAΩ/ MPOΠOΛ,T,/ ΠICNOYN/T in five lines within dotted border. DOC -. Zacos -. Very rare. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 440 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 446
Theodora, 1055-1056. Histamenon (Gold, 23 mm, 4.35 g, 6 h), Constantinople. + IhS XIS REX - REINANTIhm Christ Pantokrator, standing facing on dais, wearing nimbus cruciger with pellet in each arm, pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels with his left. Rev. + ΘEOΔωP' AYΓOYCVA / M-Θ Theodora, on the left, her right hand on her breast, wearing crown with pendilia, and ornate robes, and the Virgin Mary, on the right, her left hand raised in benediction, nimbate wearing ornate robes, both standing facing, holding between them a labarum with a pellet on the shaft. DOC 1a. SB 1837. Rare. Well-struck and nicely toned. Minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 447
Theodora, 1055-1056. Tetarteron nomisma (Gold, 20 mm, 3.91 g, 6 h), Constantinople. IC-XC Bust of Christ Pantokrator facing, wearing cross nimbus with two pellets in each arm, pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction and, holding book of Gospels with his left. Rev. + ΘЄOΔ A-VΓOCT Bust of Theodora facing, wearing crown with pendilia, saccos and loros, holding jeweled scepter in her right hand and globus cruciger in her left. DOC 2. SB 1838. Toned. Minor scratches on the obverse flan, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 448
Michael VI Stratioticus, 1056-1057. Tetarteron nomisma (Gold, 20 mm, 3.97 g, 6 h), Constantinople. Nimbate and draped bust of the Virgin Mary orans facing between monograms of ΜΗΡ and ΘV (= Μήτηρ Θεοῦ). Rev. +mΙΧΑΗΛ ΑЧTΟCRΑT Michael standing facing on cushion, wearing crown and loros and holding a long cross in his right hand and an akakia in his left. DOC 2. SB 1841. Very rare. A beautiful and sharp example. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 11000 CHF
Estimate: 6500 CHF
Lot 449
Constantine X Ducas, 1059-1067. Histamenon (Gold, 27 mm, 4.44 g, 6 h), Constantinople, circa 1059-1062. +IhS XIS REX REGNANTIhm Christ, nimbate, seated facing on straight-backed throne, raising his right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in his left. Rev. + KωN RACΛ O ΔOVKAC Constantine standing facing, wearing crown and loros, holding labarum in his right hand and globus cruciger in his left. DOC 1a. Füeg II 1.A. SB 1847. Attractive and toned. Usual minor flan cracks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 340 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 450
The Empire of Nicaea. Anonymous, 1227-1261. Tetarteron (Bronze, 17 mm, 4.03 g, 5 h), Magnesia (?). I-C / X-C Jeweled cross with three pellets at the end of each arm. Rev. Two jeweled B's facing each other, one retrograde; with a pellet in each loop. DOC 7. SB 2155. Very attractive, strongly struck and with a lovely dark patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 240 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 451
Michael VIII Palaeologus, 1261-1282. Trachy (Silver, 21 mm, 1.07 g, 5 h), Philadelphia. Φ-Λ-Α-Φ in the quarters of a large jeweled cross with X over the crossing. Rev. X/ ΔE/CΠO/TH - [O ΠΛ]EO Michael standing facing, wearing crown and loros, holding labarum with his right hand, and globus with a patriarchal cross in his left. Bendall & Donald -. Bendall, PCPC, 58. DOC 45. LHS 97, "Despot" -. Extremely rare. Well-struck and with a clear and attractive reverse. Edge clipped and with a tiny hole next to the globus, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 850 CHF
Lot 452
The Empire of Thessalonica. Theodore Komnenos-Doukas, 1225/7-1230. Aspron Trachy (Billon, 34 mm, 4.45 g, 6 h), Thessalonica, circa 1226-1227. Christ nimbate seated facing on backless throne, wearing tunic and colobium, raising right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in left; in field, IC-XC; star to middle right field. Rev. ΘEOΔΩPOC ΔOYK / APX MX On the left, Theodore Komnenos-Doukas, crowned, wearing imperial robes and holding scepter in his right hand and with his left, receiving the walls of Thessalonica from the Archangel Michael, on the right, nimbate, winged and wearing an elaborate loros; above, between them, hand of God crowning Theodore. DOC 7a. SB 2165. Extremely rare. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 453
Despotate of Epiros. Michael II Komnenos-Doukas, 1237-1271. Aspron Trachy (Silver, 29 mm, 3.84 g, 6 h), Arta. IC-XC Christ Pantocrator, bearded, nimbate and with his right hand raised in benediction, seated facing on throne; above throne to left, X above M; to right [lis] above AK. Rev. MHXAHΛ [KΩNCTANTINOC] (sic!). To left, Michael standing facing, crowned, wearing divitision, collar piece adorned with eight jewels and loros, and holding cross-tipped scepter with his right hand; to right St. Constantine standing facing, crowned, wearing divitision, collar piece adorned with nine jewels and loros, [and holding cross-tipped scepter with his left hand]; both holding between them a long staff, topped with a globe on which there is a Latin cross, itself topped with a globe on which there is an even smaller globe-topped cross; at the bottom of the staff, a globe set on three steps; the whole forms what might initially be seen as a patriarchal cross. Bendall 1. Cf. DOC 1 (but in electrum) and SB 2230. Of extreme rarity, unknown with this extraordinary cross on the reverse. Some striking flatness, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 11000 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
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