nomos 19
17 November 2019
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
MACEDON. Koinon of Macedon. Period of Nero through Titus, circa 54-81. Assarion (Bronze, 16 mm, 3.78 g, 7 h). Nike advancing to left, holding a wreath in her extended right hand and a palm branch with her left; to left, round shield. Rev. ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΩΝ Macedonian shield within oak wreath. AMNG 231, pl III, 9 = BMC 91 = RPC 1622. Extremely rare, apparently the second example known. Sharply struck and attractive, with glossy dark, brown-green surfaces. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 260 CHF
Estimate: 175 CHF
AEOLIS. Cyme. "Pseudo-autonomous", 2nd century AD. Hemiassarion (Bronze, 13 mm, 1.33 g). Draped bust of Serapis to right. Rev. ΚVΜΑ - Ι -ΩΝ Galley prow to right. BMC 125. SNG Munich 527. Sharp and with an attractive dark patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 140 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
PISIDIA. Antiochia. Antonine Period, 138-192. (Bronze, 13 mm, 1.43 g, 6 h). ANTIOC Bust of Mên to left, wearing Phrygian cap, with a crescent on his shoulders. Rev. COLONI Rooster striding to right. Krzyzanowksa 141, X.12 and XI.12. RPC online 7353. A particularly attractive coin, boldly struck, of a powerfully rustic, local style, with a fine dark patina. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 140 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
CAPPADOCIA. Tyana. Circa 2nd century AD. Hemiassarion (Bronze, 16 mm, 3.52 g, 12 h). Bull standing to left. Rev. TYA-NEωN Zeus seated to left, holding patera in his right hand and scepter with his left. Lindgren I 1734. SNG Copenhagen 315 var (bull to right). Chocolate brown patina; bold, clear and attractive. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 460 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
PAPHLAGONIA. Sinope. Augustus, 27 BC - 14 AD. (Bronze, 17 mm, 5.18 g, 12 h), year XXII = 22 = 25/4 BC. C I F AN XXII Bare head of Augustus to right. Rev. EX D D Cornucopia on globe. RPC 2114.3 (this coin). Extremely rare, one of perhaps three or four known examples. With an attractive dark patina and a good youthful portrait of Augustus. Minor roughness, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
PHRYGIA. Hierapolis. Agrippina Junior, Augusta, 50-59. Assarion (Bronze, 18 mm, 4.66 g, 12 h), struck under Nero, c. 55, M. Antonios Kalos. AΓPIΠEINA ΣEBAΣTH Draped bust of Agrippina to right. Rev. M / ANTΩNIOΣ / KAΛOΣ // IEΠAPOΛEI / TΩN Snake coiled round staff. BMC 124. RPC 2979. A splendid coin with a bold portrait of Agrippina. Dark, golden brown patina. Some minor roughness, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 280 CHF
Estimate: 225 CHF
EGYPT. Alexandria. Hadrian, 117-138. Diobol (Bronze, 24.5 mm, 9.17 g, 12 h), dated regnal year Iς = 16 = 131/2. AVT KAI TPAI AΔPIA CЄB Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian to right, seen from behind. Rev. L-Iς Isis enthroned to right, suckling the infant Harpokrates, crowned with pschent and holding lotus bud; in field to left, jug; in field to right, palm branch. Dattari (Savio) 1750. DS 7699. RPC 5815. A rare variety, with only three examples recorded in the RPC. Attractive dark patina, overlaid with reddish sand. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 220 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
LYDIA. Sala. Antinoos, died in 130. Assarion (Bronze, 22.5 mm, 6.60 g, 8 h), C. Val. Androneikos. HPΩC ANTINOOC Draped bust of Antinoos to right. Rev. EΠI Γ ΟYΑΛ AN - ΔPO CAΛHNΩN Dionysos, nude to the waist, standing to right, holding grape bunch in his right hand and his kantharos with his left, supported by a low column. Blum, Sala, 1. BMC 35-37. RPC 2447. SNG Munich 459. A very attractive coin, sharply struck and with a fine olive-green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2400 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
EGYPT. Alexandria. Antinoos, died in 130. Hemidrachm (Bronze, 25.5 mm, 9.44 g, 12 h), regnal year KA (21) of Hadrian = 136-137. ANTINOOV HPωOC Draped bust of Antinoos to left, wearing hemhem crown. Rev. L K-A Antinoüs (as Hermes), wearing chlamys, holding caduceus with his right hand, on horseback to right. Dattari 2091 (this coin). Giessen 1279. Milne 1556a. RPC 6235. A lovely, clear coin with a smooth, brown patina. Usual flan cracks, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2300 CHF
Estimate: 1750 CHF
GALATIA. Pessinus. Antoninus Pius, 138-161. Hemiassarion (Bronze, 15 mm, 2.77 g, 5 h). ΑΥ ΚΑΙ ΑΔΡ Α - ΝΤω EΥСE Laureate head of Antoninus Pius to right. Rev. ΠEССΙΝ ΓΑΛ ΤΟ Eagle standing facing, with spread wings, his head turned back to left. Devreker 176, 31-2. RPC IV 4094 (temporary, known from three examples inferior to this one). SNG von Aulock 8725 (this obverse die). With an excellent head of Antoninus Pius and a fine brown patina. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 130 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
SYRIA, Coele-Syria. Damascus. Macrinus, 217-218. Tetrassarion (Bronze, 29 mm, 23.21 g, 1 h). AVT KAI M OΠEΛ MAKPINOC CEB Laureate and cuirassed bust of Macrinus to right. Rev. ΔAMACKHNΩN MHTPOΠOΛEOC Ambrosia, nude, standing facing with her head turned to right, metamorphosing into a grape vine: her feet already in the form of a grape vine with leaves, and holding, with both hands, vine tendrils from which grape bunches hang. Apparently unpublished: BMC -, De Saulcy -, SNG Copenhagen -, SNG München -; but for the type and its meaning see, Butcher, Ambrosia in Damascus, NC 2010, pp, 85-91, which includes coins with this reverse type minted by Philip I and Trebonianus Gallus. Of the greatest rarity, possibly unique. Attractive, dark greenish black patina overlaid with sandy deposits. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
CAPPADOCIA. Caesaraea-Eusebia. Tranquillina, Augusta, 241-244. Drachm (Silver, 18 mm, 3.50 g, 1 h), struck under Gordian III, regnal year Δ = 4 = 240/241. CABINIA TPANKYΛΛΙΝ ΑY Draped bust of Tranquillina to right. Rev. MHTPO KAICA B NE /ET ∆ Mount Argaeus; above left, pellet. Bland 60. Henseler 910b. Sharply struck and nicely toned. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
PHRYGIA. Julia. Cornelia Supera, wife of Aemilian, 253. Triassarion (Bronze, 25 mm, 11.05 g), Philoteimos, archon for the second time. •ΓΑΙ•ΚΟΡ• CΟΥΠΕΡΗΝ /•CE• Diademed and draped bust of Cornelia Supera to right. Rev. ΑΡΧ•Τϕ - ΦΙΛΟΤΕΙΜΩ / ΙΟΥΛΙΕΩΝ Kybele seated left on throne with two lions, holding patera in her right hand. RPC IX, 896. Clear, with a dark patina and with a good portrait. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 480 CHF
Estimate: 425 CHF
PHRYGIA. Temenothyrae. Valerian and Gallienus, 253-260. 10 Assaria (Bronze, 40 mm, 32.20 g, 6 h), Kleoboulos. AV K-A ΠΟ.ΛΙ.ΟVΑΛΕΡΙΑΝΟC / ΑV ΚΑ.ΠΟ.ΛΙΚΙ / ΓΑΛΛΙΗΝΟC On the left, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Valerian to right, facing on the right, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gallienus to left. Rev. ΚΛΕΟΒΟVΛΟ-C.ΑΡΚΩΝ / Α //ΤΗΜΕΝΟΘV/ΡΕVCΙΝ Mên, wearing Phrygian cap, chlamys, short chiton and with a crescent on his shoulders, holding a pine cone in his right hand and a long spear with his left, standing left in a chariot, drawn by two galloping bulls to left. BMC 35. Very rare. A splendid, well- and sharply-struck coin with a fine dark olive-green patina and earthen highlights. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3000 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF