nomos 19
17 November 2019
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
CRUSADERS, Latin Empire of Constantinople. Robert I of Courtenay, 1219-1221-1228. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 43 mm, 38.34 g, 12 h), Constantinople, 1220s. ΡΟΒΕΡΤΟC DΕCΠΟΤΗϚ The emperor seated facing on a throne with lion supporters, wearing low crown and elaborate robes, holding cross-tipped scepter in his right hand and globus cruciger in his left. Rev. ROB'T DI GRA IMPATO-R ROMANIE The emperor, wearing full armor covered by a surcoat and a closed helmet, riding horse galloping to right, holding an upraised sword in his right, the reins in his left, and with his shield over his left chest. DO Seals 6, 981. Zacos and Veglery 113a. Extremely rare and important. Sharp and clear with a grey patina. Some remains of corrosion, some letters faintly struck and some edge defects, otherwise, basically about as made.
Hammer Price: 18000 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
CRUSADERS. Duchy of Athens. Guillaume I de la Roche, 1280-1287. Obole (Copper, 15.5 mm, 0.56 g, 3 h). + :G: DVX: ATЄNЄS: Shield bearing the de la Roche arms. Rev. + :TЄBЄS: CIVIS: around cross pattée. CCS 81. Metcalf, Crusades 866. Tzamalis Φ 83 (but with the reverse legend reading as on the illustration taken from Schlumberger p. 338 and pl. XIII, 1, but not as given in the text). One of the greatest rarities of the coinage of the Duchy of Athens; perhaps the second example to appear on public sale in over 30 years and by far the better one. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
CRUSADERS. Knights of Rhodes (Knights Hospitallers). Fabrizio del Carretto, 1513-1521. Ducat (Gold, 22.5 mm, 3.50 g, 7 h), imitating the Venetian Ducat, mint of Rhodes. •F•FABRICII•D•CA• - S•IOANNI / MF The Grand Master of the order kneeling left before St. John, jointly holding banner between themselves. Rev. •SIT•T •XPЄ•DΛT•O•TV - •RЄGIS •ISTЄ•DVC• Christ Pantokrator standing facing in mandorla with nine stars. Friedberg 11. Gamberini 387 var (legends). Kasdagli R 18/5 (this obverse die). Schlumberger pl. XI 14 var (legends). Rare. Sharp, clear and toned. Slightly matte surfaces. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
AXUM. Nezana / Nezool, circa 470-490. (Silver, 16 mm, 1.13 g, 3 h). ΝΕΖΑ ΝΑΒΑ (King Nezana) Bust of Nezana to right; above, Ge'ez monogram. Rev. ΘΕ-ΟΥ ΧΛ ΡΙ (By the Grace of God) Greek cross with voided center. BMC 399-400. MH/JJ 80. Rare. Clear. Dusty surfaces, otherwise, about very fine.
Hammer Price: 440 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
AXUM. AGD Za-ya 'Abiyo la Madhen Negus, 550s-560s. (Silver, 15 mm, 0.92 g, 1 h). AGD - King of Axum in Ge'ez Crowned bust of king facing. Rev. The King who exalts the Savious in Ge'ez Plain voided cross within a distyle arch. BMC 440 ff. MH/JJ 126. Very attractive, clear and well-struck. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
AXUM. Wazena (WZN), circa 610-630. (Bronze, 18 mm, 1.62 g, 1 h). l'Hzb zydl in Ge'ez ('May this please the peoples') Draped bust of Wazena to right, holding grain ear scepter. Rev. zwzn zngs in Ge'ez ('of Wazena, of the king') Cross crosslet with voided center. BMC 414 ff. MH/JJ 118. Sharply struck. Attractive brown surfaces overlaid with green. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 170 CHF
Estimate: 125 CHF
AXUM. Armah, circa 630-650. (Bronze, 20 mm, 2.36 g, 12 h). ngs 'rmH, in Ge'ez ('King Armah') Armah, wearing turreted crown, robes and holding a long cross scepter, seated tight on high-backed throne. Rev. fsH lykn l'Hzb, in Ge'ez ('Let there be joy to the peoples') Plain cross, with central compartment inlaid with gold, on processional handle, within wreath formed by two wheat stalks . BMC 571 ff. MH/JJ 153. Very well and sharply struck with a dark green patina. A very attractive piece. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
OSTROGOTHS. Theoderic, 493-526. Solidus (Gold, 20.5 mm, 4.42 g, 6 h), in the name of Anastasius I, Rome, 493-518. D N ANASTA-SIVS P F AVG Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Anastasius facing, holding spear with his right hand and with a shield, ornamented with a horseman attacking a fallen foe, over his left. Rev. VICTOR-I-A AVGGG Θ / COMOB Victory standing left, holding long, jeweled cross; in field to right, star; in the field to left, monogram of RM. Arslan 2-3. BMC Vandals 63. COI 6. MIB 7. Toned. Minor marks and scuff on the reverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 3250 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
OSTROGOTHS. Athalaric, 526-534. Solidus (Gold, 21.5 mm, 4.33 g, 6 h), pseudo-imperial coinage, struck in the name of Justinian I, Rome. D N IVSTINI - ANVS P F AVC Pearl-diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust, three-quarters facing and turned slightly to right, holding a spear with his right hand and, over his left shoulder, a shield bearing a horseman spearing a fallen foe. Rev. VICTORI-A AVCCC A / COMOB Victory standing left, holding long jeweled cross. BMC 60.1 (Ravenna). MEC 122. Metlich 34. MIB 28. Very attractive, with a pleasing obverse. Reverse slightly double-struck, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
VISIGOTHS, Spain. Sisebut, 612-621. Tremissis (Gold, 20.5 mm, 1.56 g, 6 h), Emerita in Lusitania, modern Mérida. +SISEBVTVS REx Facing bust. Rev. +EMERE-T -A PIVS Facing bust. CNV 282.15. MEC 231. Miles 192c. Toned and attractive. Some minor striking flatness, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
VISIGOTHS, Spain. Swinthila, 621-631. Tremissis (Gold, 20.5 mm, 1.45 g, 7 h), Barbi, in Baetica, modern Antequera near Málaga. +SVINTHILA RE Facing bust. Rev. +PIVS BARBI: Facing bust. CNV 284.5. MEC 235. Miles 224c. Sharp and lustrous. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF