nomos 19
17 November 2019
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Lot 199
PERSIA, Achaemenid Empire. Time of Artaxerxes I to Xerxes II, circa 455-420 BC. Die of a Siglos (Orichalcum, 29X11 mm, 56.49 g), a heavy, hard bronze, roughly circular, thick, 'disc'-like die, designed to be set into an anvil, so it could be used in striking the obverses of silver sigloi., Needless to say, this obverse die would have been accompanied by a punch die, which, during the minting process, would have been held by a moneyer who had positioned the punch over a silver flan that had been placed on the obverse die. Then, a second man,. Persian king, wearing radiate tiara, in the running/kneeling position to left, holding a dagger in his right hand and a bow in his left, and with a quiver over his shoulder; the whole engraved in incuse. For the coin type, see Carradice Type IV A and pl. XIII, 33; and BMC Arabia pl. XXVII, 7. For one of many sigloi with this type of obverse, see CNG e 306, 2013, 195. basically about as made.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Lot 200
PERSIA, Achaemenid Empire. Time of Xerxes II to Artaxerxes II, Circa 420-375 BC. Daric (Gold, 16.5 mm, 8.36 g, 12 h), Lydo-Milesian standard, Sardes. Persian king moving to right, crowned, wearing robes and in the running-kneeling position, with quiver over his shoulder, holding transverse spear ending in a ball in his right hand and bow in his left. Rev. Oblong irregular incuse. BMC Arabia pl. XXV, 12. Carradice Type IIIb Group C (pl. XIV, 42). Sunrise 28. Bold and clear. Encapsulated in NGC holder no. 4629125-066 "Choice AU Strike 4 Surface 4". Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1600 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 201
PERSIA, Alexandrine Empire. Time of Stamenes - Seleukos, satraps of Babylon, circa 328-311 BC. Stater (Silver, 23 mm, 16.96 g, 4 h), Babylon. Baal seated to left on backless throne, bare from the waist but with drapery over his left shoulder, holding scepter in his right hand and resting his left on the throne. Rev. Lion walking to left; above, spearhead to left. BMC Arabia, etc., p. 181, 4 and pl. XX, 17. Nicolet-Pierre 2. Pozzi 2868. Traité II 766. A scarce variety, struck on a broad flan and with a lion that is closely related to those in Assyrian and Babylonian art, rather than Greek. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 202
KINGS OF PARTHIA. Phraates IV, circa 38-2 BC. Drachm (Silver, 19 mm, 4.08 g, 12 h), Laodikeia. Diademed bust of Phraates to left; behind, eagle flying to left, bearing a wreath in its beak to crown the king. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟYΣ ΦΙΛΕΛΛΗΝΟΣ Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, holding bow; below bow, monogram. Sellwood 52.16. Shore 283. Sunrise 393. Well struck, toned and with an elegant portrait. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 160 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 203
BAKTRIA, Greco-Baktrian Kingdom. Antimachos I Theos, circa 180-165 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 31 mm, 16.10 g, 12 h), commemorating Euthydemos I Theos. ΕΥΘΥΔΗΜΟΥ ΘEOY Diademed head of Euthydemos I to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ANTIMAXOY ΘEOY Weary Herakles seated to left on a pile of rocks, holding his club with his left hand, propping it on a rock beside his right knee; inner right, monogram of ΑΝ. Bopearachchi Série 10A. HGC 12, 108. MIG 129. SNG ANS 297-298. Extremely rare. Usual rough areas and traces of corrosion, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 8000 CHF
Estimate: 3750 CHF
Lot 204
BAKTRIA, Greco-Baktrian Kingdom. Eukratides I, circa 170-145 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 31.5 mm, 17.01 g, 12 h), c. later 160s. Diademed and draped bust of Eukratides to right, wearing Macedonian helmet adorned with bull's horn and ear. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ / ΕΥΚΡΑΤΙΔΟΥ The Dioskouri galloping to right, each holding spear and palm branch; below right, monogram of ΔΙΟΦ. Bopearachchi Series 6E. HGC 12, 131. MIG 177ee. SNG ANS 465. A superb, lightly toned, lustrous, well-struck coin, perfectly centered on a broad flan. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 205
YUEH-CHI, Sogdiana. Circa 130-80 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 31 mm, 14.43 g, 12 h), imitating issues of Eukratides I of Baktria. A diademed and draped bust of Eukratides to right, wearing Macedonian helmet adorned with bull's horn and ear, but of a rather crude and barbarized style. Rev. ΒΛΕΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΛVΟV - ΕVΙΙΑΤΙΔΟV The Dioscouri, each holding palm branch and lance, galloping on horseback to right; below, monogram. For the prototype, see: Bopearachchi I 54, Mitchiner 178c, and SNG Copenhagen 274; for similar imitations, see: Bopearachchi-Ur Rahman 284 and Mitchiner 496 (but both with different obverses and cruder reverses). Very well-struck and unusually well-preserved. Edges hammered in antiquity, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1500 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 206
BAKTRIA, Greco-Baktrian Kingdom. Heliokles, circa 145-130 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 31 mm, 16.81 g, 11 h), Attic standard. Diademed and draped bust of Heliokles to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ ΗΛΙΟΚΛΕΟΥΣ Zeus standing facing, holding winged thunderbolt and long scepter; to inner left, monogram. Bopearachchi 1G. HGC 12, 169. MIG 284k. SNG ANS 635. Very rare, with this carefully made, elegant portrait. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 207
BAKTRIA, Indo-Greek Kingdom. Hermaios Soter, with Kalliope, circa 105 BC. Drachm (Silver, 15.5 mm, 2.41 g, 11 h). BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣΩTHPOΣ EPMAIOY KAI KAΛΛIOΠHΣ Jugate busts to right, of Hermaios, diademed and draped, and Kalliope, draped and wearing stephane. Rev. Maharajasa tratarasa Hiramayasa Kaliyapaya (in Kharosthi). Hermaios, in military dress, riding horse rearing to right, with bow and spear attached to the saddle; below right, monogram. Bopearachchi 2B. HGC 12, 288. Senior, Hermaios H1bD. SNG ANS 1319-25. Attractive and sharp. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 208
BAKTRIA, Indo-Greek Kingdom. Heliokles II Dikaios, circa 90-75 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25.5 mm, 9.61 g, 1 h), bilingual series. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΙΚΑΙΟΥ ΗΛΙΟΚΛΕΟΥΣ Heroic diademed bust of Heliokles to left, seen from behind, wearing aegis and brandishing spear with his right hand. Rev. Maharajasa dhramikasa Hiliyakreasa (in Kharosthi). Zeus standing facing, holding winged thunderbolt in his right hand and a long scepter in his left; inner left, monogram. Bopearachchi 4A. MIG 291. SNG ANS 1148-1149. Toned and clear. Traces of corrosion, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 850 CHF
Lot 209
BAKTRIA, Indo-Greek Kingdom. Apollodotos II Soter Philopator Megas, circa 85-65 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 9.75 g, 12 h). ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΣΩΤΗΡOΣ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΑΠΟΛΛΟΔΟΤΟΥ Diademed and draped bust of Apollodotos to right. Rev. Maharajasa tratarasa Apaladatasa (in Kharosthi). Athena Alkidemos advancing to left, brandishing thunderbolt with her left hand and with a shield over her right arm; in field on the lower left, monogram. Bopearachchi 3B. HGC 12, 389. MIG 423a. SNG ANS 1570-72. Attractive, bright, lustrous and lightly toned. Struck from slightly worn dies, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 210
BAKTRIA, Indo-Greek Kingdom. Apollodotos II Soter Philopator Megas, circa 85-65 BC. Drachm (Silver, 17 mm, 2.42 g, 12 h). ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΩΤΗΡOΣ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ ΑΠΟΛΛΟΔΟΤΟΥ Diademed and draped bust of Apollodotos to right. Rev. Maharajasa tratarasa Apaladatasa (in Kharosthi). Athena Alkidemos advancing to left, brandishing thunderbolt with her left hand and with a shield over her right arm; in field on lower left, monogram. Bopearachchi 2I. HGC 12, 392. MIG 424a. SNG ANS 1560-68. Clear and attractive and of excellent style for the issue. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 180 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 211
BAKTRIA, Indo-Greek Kingdom. Epander Nikephoros, circa 80/75 BC. Drachm (Silver, 18 mm, 1.92 g, 12 h). BAΣIΛEΩΣ NIKHΦOPOY EΠANΔPOY Diademed and draped bust of Epander to right. Rev. Maharajasa Jayadharasa Epadrasa (in Kharosthi). Athena Alkidemos advancing to left, brandishing thunderbolt with her left hand and with a shield over her right arm; in field to right, monogram. Bopearachchi 1A. HGC 12, 412. MIG Type 301. SNG ANS 1254-56. Very rare. Toned and clear. Traces of corrosion, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 212
BAKTRIA, Indo-Greek Kingdom. Hippostratos, circa 65-55 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 30 mm, 10.12 g, 12 h). ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΙΠΠΟΣΤΡΑΤΟΥ Diademed and draped bust of Hippostratos to right. Rev. Maharajasa tratarasa mahatasa jayamtasa Hipustratasa (in Kharosthi). Hippostratos, in military dress, riding horse rearing to right; on the lower right, monogram. Bopearachchi 5k. HGC 12, 450. MIG 443a. SNG ANS 1622-3 var (legends). Sharp and clear. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 213
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Kanishka I, circa 127/8-152. Dinar (Gold, 19 mm, 8.00 g, 11 h). ÞAONANOÞAO KA NhÞKI KOÞANO Kanishka, diademed and crowned, standing facing, his head turned to left, sacrificing over altar to left with his right hand and holding goad and scepter with his left; flame at shoulder. Rev. NANAÞAO Nana, nimbate, wearing fillet and crescent, standing to right, holding scepter in her right hand and box in her left; in field to right, tamgha. ANS Kushan 380. Donum Burns 130. MK 60. A splendid, well-struck and very attractive example. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 214
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Huvishka, circa 152-192. Dinar (Gold, 23 mm, 8.06 g, 12 h), mint I (A), 3rd emission. ÞAOhAhOÞAO O OVÞKI KOÞαhO Nimbate, diademed and crowned half-length bust of Huvishka to left, holding mace-scepter in his right hand and filleted spear in his left. Rev. APΔOXÞO The goddess Ardoxsho standing to right, holding cornucopia in both hands; in field to left, tamgha. Donum Burns 263. Mitchiner 3196. MK 286. Clear and attractive. Lightly struck and with traces of overstriking on the reverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 215
INDIA, Kushan Empire. Vasudeva II, circa 290-310. Dinar (Gold, 23.5 mm, 8.02 g, 12 h). Þ-AOhANOÞAO BA-Z-ΔhO KOÞANO Vasudeva, nimbate, standing facing, head turned to left, holding standard in his left hand and sacrificing over altar to left; trident with ribbon to left, two symbols to right. Rev. OhÞO Ithyphallic Siva standing facing, holding a garland or diadem and trident; behind, the bull Nandi standing left; tamgha to upper left. Göbl MK 657. Nicely struck and attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 550 CHF
Lot 216
PHOENICIA. Arados. Circa 380-351/0 BC. Obol (Silver, 9.5 mm, 0.68 g, 2 h). Laureate and bearded head of Ba'al-Arwad to right. Rev. 𐡏𐡁 ('b in Phoenician). Galley to right with waves below. Apparently unrecorded to the standard references but see CNG e 115 (2005), 155 and Roma e44 (2018) 243, both from the same dies as this piece. A curious and attractive coin. Extremely rare type. Both sides struck slightly off-center, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 950 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 217
PHOENICIA. Sidon. Abdashtart II, circa 342-333 BC. Double Shekel (Silver, 27 mm, 25.45 g, 12 h), year 7 = 336/5. Phoenician galley to left, over a triple line of waves; above galley, I III III . Rev. AB in Phoenician. Persian king and driver in chariot to left; behind, Abdashtart II walking to left, wearing a conical crown and holding scepter with an animal head. Betlyon 35. HGC 10, 260. Traité II 921. Rare. An unusually clear example. Traces of corrosion, minor marks and slightly buffed, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 850 CHF
Lot 218
PHOENICIA. Tyre. ‘Uzzimilk, circa 347-332 BC. Stater (Silver, 19.5 mm, 8.84 g, 12 h), year 15 = 336/335 BC. Melqarth, holding bow, riding on hippocamp to right; below, two lines of waves and a dolphin swimming to right. Rev. Owl standing to right, crook and flail over left shoulder; to right, phoenician letters O =ajin and IIIII. Betlyon 37. BMC 40. DCA 918. Elayi & Elayi 26. HGC 10, 349. Bright and attractive. Reverse struck slightly off-center, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 360 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 219
PHOENICIA. Tyre. 126/5 BC-AD 65/6. Half Shekel (Silver, 22.5 mm, 6.92 g, 12 h), year EM = 45 = 82/81. Laureate head of Melkart to right, with lion's skin tied around his neck. Rev. ΤΥΡΟΥ ΙΕΡΑΣ ΚΑΙ ΑΣΥΛΟΥ Eagle standing left on prow; palm frond in background; in left field, EM above club; to right, Δ; between eagle's legs, 𐤀, (A in Phoenician). DCA-Tyre 485. DCA 921. HGC 10, 358. Attractive and clear. Some scratches on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 575 CHF
Estimate: 275 CHF
Lot 220
SYRIA, Coele-Syria. Chalkis ad Libanon. Cleopatra VII of Egypt, 36-30 BC. AE (Bronze, 23 mm, 8.13 g, 12 h), with Mark Antony, years ΚΑ (21) and ζ (6) = 32/1. BACIΛICCAC KΛЄOΠATPAC Draped bust of Cleopatra to right, wearing stephane. Rev. ЄTOYC KA TOY KAI ς ΘЄA[C NЄωTEPAC] Bare head of Antony to right. Rouvier 440 (Berytus). RPC 47711. SNG Munich 1006. SNG Copenhagen 382. Svoronos 1887. A very attractive example, with a fine green-black patina and a splendid bust of Cleopatra, all on a broad flan. Struck slightly off-center and with some striking flatness, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2400 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 221
PHILISTO-ARABIAN. Mid 4th century BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 20x35 mm, 17.60 g, 9 h), uncertain mint, copying an Athen tetradrachm of the last quarter of the 5th century. Tall, somewhat elongated head of Athena to right, wearing crested Athenian helmet, large disc earring and heavy necklace. Rev. ΑΘΕ Owl standing to right, head facing; behind, olive sprig. No real parallel found. A very curious coin, struck on a misshapen, almost square flan. Scratches and abbrasions in the fields, perhaps from the die?, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 222
PTOLEMAIC KINGS OF EGYPT. Ptolemy I Soter, as satrap, 323-305 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 17.15 g, 12 h), Memphis, 317/316. Head of Alexander the Great to right, wearing elephant's scalp, horn of Ammon and aegis. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Zeus seated to left on throne, holding eagle in his right hand and long scepter in his left; to left, vertical thunderbolt; below throne, monogram. Lorber 33. Svoronos 22. SNG Copenhagen 11. A boldly struck, very well-preserved example, lightly toned, well-centered and in good, uncorroded silver. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 12800 CHF
Estimate: 16000 CHF
Lot 223
PTOLEMAIC KINGS OF EGYPT. Ptolemy I Soter, 305-282 BC. Pentadrachm (Gold, 24 mm, 17.84 g, 1 h), signed by D..., Alexandria, c. 294-285. Bust of Ptolemy I to right, wearing diadem and aegis around his neck; behind ear, small Δ. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ Eagle standing on thunderbolt to left; below eagle's beak to left, graffito of a retrograde Σ; n field to left, pellet over A. Davesne & Yenisoganci (RN 1992), 46 (this coin). Lorber 133b. Svoronos -. With a bold portrait; extremely rare with the pellet above the monogram. Some modern scratches on both sides, a graffito and some die rust on the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7000 CHF
Estimate: 7000 CHF
Lot 224
PTOLEMAIC KINGS OF EGYPT. Ptolemy II Philadelphos, 285-246 BC. Pentadrachm (Gold, 23.5 mm, 17.64 g, 12 h), Alexandria, c. 275/4-272. Diademed head of Ptolemy I to right, wearing aegis around his neck. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ Eagle with closed wings standing left on a thunderbolt; between legs, I; to left, Σ-based monogram above oval Gallic shield. Lorber 287. Svoronos 573. A beautiful, sharp example, attractive and very well-centered. Minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 8500 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Lot 225
PTOLEMAIC KINGS OF EGYPT. Ptolemy II Philadelphos, with Arsinöe II, Ptolemy I, and Berenike I, 285-246 BC. Pentekontadrachma, or Half Mnaieia (Gold, 21 mm, 13.90 g, 12 h), Alexandria, after 265. ΑΔΕΛΦΩΝ Jugate busts of Ptolemy II, diademed and draped, and Arsinoe II, diademed and veiled, to right; behind, Gallic shield. Rev. ΘΕΩΝ Jugate busts of Ptolemy I, diademed and wearing aegis, and Berenike I, diademed and veiled, to right. Olivier & Lorber 302 (A22/R66, this coin). Svoronos 604. SNG Copenhagen 133. Well-struck, clear and attractive. Minor scratches and bangs, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Lot 226
KYRENAICA. Barke in alliance with Teuchira. Circa 480-435 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 17.40 g, 2 h). Τ Silphium plant with two pairs of leaves and five umbels. Rev. ΒΑΡΚ (retrograde) Bearded head of Zeus-Ammon to right, with ram's horn over his ear; behind his neck to left, Τ; all within a border formed by two linear circles enclosing a circle of elongated dots. Cf. BMC 60e (Berlin). Extremely rare and of truly splendid early Classical style. A bright, attractive example, with an obverse legend sufficiently clear to ensure its attribution as an alliance issue. Only paralleled by the badly corroded piece in Berlin, BMC 60e. Sharply struck and clear. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 60000 CHF
Estimate: 15000 CHF
Lot 227
KYRENAICA. Kyrene. Ophellas, Ptolemaic Governor, second reign, 312-309 BC. Stater (Gold, 17.5 mm, 8.61 g, 5 h), Polyanthes. ΚΥΡΑΝΑΙΟΝ Nike, holding goad in her right hand and the reins in both, driving quadriga moving slowly to the right. Rev. ΠΟΛΥΑΝΘΕΥΣ Zeus-Ammon standing facing, his head turned to the left, holding phiale in his right hand and long staff in his left; to left, thymiaterion. BMC 123 (same dies). Naville 134 (same dies). SNG Copenhagen 1210. A superb piece with an exceptionally well-struck obverse; lightly toned. Minor marks, minor edge bangs and reverse very slightly off-center, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 8500 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 228
Anonymous, circa 250-240 BC. Didrachm (Silver, 18 mm, 6.54 g, 6 h), Rome. Head of Roma or Diana to right, wearing Phrygian helmet; behind head, crescent to left. Rev. ROMANO Victory standing to right, attaching wreath to the top of a palm branch; to right, ΡΡ. Crawford 22/1. HN III, 295. Sydenham 21a. Rare. Clear and with an attractive old cabinet toning. Some scratches and marks, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Lot 229
Anonymous, circa 225-214/212 BC. Quadrigatus (Silver, 24.5 mm, 6.67 g, 7 h), Rome. Laureate janiform head. Rev. Jupiter, holding scepter in his left hand and hurling his thunderbolt from his right, standing right in a quadriga, driven to the right by Victory who stands beside him; below, tablet inscribed with ROMA in incuse letters. Crawford 29/3. Sydenham 64A. A lovely, toned example of a refined and attractive style, well-struck on a broad flan. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 950 CHF
Estimate: 850 CHF
Lot 230
Anonymous, 211-208. 60 Asses (Gold, 15 mm, 3.36 g, 11 h), Rome. Helmeted head of Mars to right; below left, mark of value. Rev. ROMA Eagle, with spread wings, standing right on thunderbolt. Bahrfeldt 4a. BMCRR 185. Crawford 44/2. Sydenham 226. Clear and attractive, sharply struck from finely engraved dies: a splendid example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7500 CHF
Estimate: 3250 CHF
Lot 231
Q. Pompeius Rufus, 73 BC. Denarius (Silver, 18 mm, 3.91 g, 7 h), Rome. RVFVS S C Laureate head of Jupiter to right. Rev. Q.POMPONI Eagle, with spread wings, standing left, head turned back to right; his left on scepter and his right holding a wreath; below right foot, I; to right, bee. Babelon (Pomponia) 23. Crawford 398/1. Sydenham 793. Very rare. Nicely toned. Partially and lightly flat struck on Jupiter's face and the body of the eagle, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 3400 CHF
Estimate: 3250 CHF
Lot 232
P. Galba, 69 BC. Denarius (Silver, 17.5 mm, 4.03 g, 3 h), Rome. S•C Veiled and draped bust of Vesta to right. Rev. AE - CVR / P.GALB Knife, culullus and axe. Babelon (Sulpicia) 7. Crawford 406/1. Sydenham 839. Attractively toned and with an obverse struck in high relief. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 233
C. Hosidius C.f. Geta, 64 BC. Denarius (Silver, 17 mm, 3.83 g, 5 h), Rome. GETA - III VIR Draped bust of Diana to right, with bow and quiver over her shoulder. Rev. C HOSIDI C F Boar advancing to right, wounded by spear and attacked by a hound to right. Babelon (Hosidia) 1. Crawford 407/2. Sydenham 903. Very attractively toned and very sharply struck. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 300 CHF
Estimate: 275 CHF
Lot 234
C. Considius Nonianus, 56 BC. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.89 g, 6 h), Rome. C•CONSIDI NONIANI / S•C Laureate, diademed and draped bust of Venus to right, wearing pearl necklace. Rev. Temple on rocky mountain surrounded by a wall with an open gate at its center; above gate, ERVC. Babelon (Considia) 1. Crawford 424/1. Sydenham 887. Nicely toned and well struck on a large flan. Reverse struck slightly off-center, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 850 CHF
Lot 235
Q. Cassius Longinus, 55 BC. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 4.17 g, 6 h), Rome. Q• CASSIVS LIBERT Head of Libertas to right. Rev. The temple of Vesta; to left, urn; to right, tabella (voting tablet) inscribed AC (Absolvo Condemno). Babelon (Cassia) 8. Crawford 428/2. Sydenham 918. Nicely toned and very attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 520 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 236
P. Fonteius P.f. Capito, 55 BC. Denarius (Silver, 18 mm, 3.86 g, 1 h), Rome. P • FONTEIVS • P • F • CAPITO • III • VIR Helmeted and draped bust of Mars to right, with trophy over his far shoulder. Rev. • FO • TR • MIL Cavalryman galloping to right, hurling spear at a warrior, kneeling to left below, about to attack a bound captive. Babelon (Fonteia) 1. Crawford 429/1. Sydenham 900. Attractively toned. Struck from a slightly worn reverse die. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 237
L. Cornelius Lentulus and C. Claudius Marcellus, April-June 49 BC. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.73 g, 11 h), Apollonia in Illyria. COS L• LENT • C • MARC Head of Apollo to right, with long hair. Rev. Jupiter, naked, standing facing, head to right, holding thunderbolt in extended right hand and in extended left, eagle right, head to left, with wings displayed; star of eight rays above Q to left, garlanded altar to right. Babelon, Cornelia 65. Crawford 445/2. Sydenham 1030. With a superb iridescent tone and a lovely underlying gold luster. Some striking flatness, otherwise, virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 2600 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 238
Cnaeus Pompeius Magnus (Pompey the Great). Denarius (Silver, 20 mm, 3.88 g, 7 h), Spain, Cn. Pompeius Magnus and M. Poblicius, 46-45 BC. M•POBLICI• LEG•PRO PR Helmeted head of Roma to right. Rev. CN•MAGNVS•I[MP] Hispania standing right, with round shield over her back, holding two spears with her left hand and offering palm frond to a Pompeian soldier, standing left on prow and placing his left hand on the hilt of his sword. Babelon (Pompeia) 9 and (Poblicia) 10. Crawford 469/1c. Sydenham 1035. An unusually attractive example, nicely toned. Reverse struck slightly off-center, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 360 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 239
L. Cestius and C. Norbanus, May-August 43 BC. Aureus (Gold, 19.5 mm, 8.10 g, 1 h), emergency issue authorized by the Senate in Rome. Draped bust of Africa to right, wearing elephant's skin headdress. Rev. L • CESTIVS /EX S • C/ PR / C • NORBA Curule chair, with front legs ornamented with two flying eagles; on top of the chair, two confronted snakes. Bahrfedt 25 (same dies). Calicó 4. Crawford 491/1b. CRI 195a. RBW 1718. Sydenham 1154. Very rare. Well-struck, lightly toned and attractive. Very minor striking flatness on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 11000 CHF
Estimate: 9500 CHF
Lot 240
The Republicans. C. Cassius Longinus and L. Cornelius Lentulus Spinther, 43-42 BC. Denarius (Silver, 17.5 mm, 3.99 g, 6 h), mint moving with the army of Brutus and Cassius, possibly struck in Smyrna. C•CASSI•IMP - LEIBERTAS Diademed and veiled head of Libertas to right, wearing earring and pearl necklace. Rev. LENTVLVS / SPINT Jug and lituus. Babelon (Cassia) 18, (Cornelia) 73. Crawford 500/5. CRI 223. Sydenham 1305. A splendid example, very attractively toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 241
The Republicans. Brutus, Late summer-autumn 42 BC. Denarius (Silver, 18 mm, 3.82 g, 1 h), military mint traveling with Brutus and Cassius in western Asia Minor or northern Greece, under the moneyer L. Plaetorius Cestianus. L•PLAET•CEST Laureate, veiled and draped bust of Ceres (?) to right, wearing polos. Rev. BRVTVS•IMP Sacrificial axe and simpulum within dotted circle. Babelon, Junia 51 & Plaetoria 12. Crawford 508/2. CRI 214. Sydenham 1300. Rare. Sharp well-centered and attractive, with fine, matte surfaces. Very minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7000 CHF
Estimate: 3000 CHF
Lot 242
L. Staius Murcus, 42-41 BC. Denarius (Silver, 20 mm, 3.35 g, 1 h), mint traveling with Murcus in the area of the Ionian Sea. Bearded head of Neptune to right, trident over his far shoulder. Rev. MVRCVS IMP On the right, bareheaded soldier (Murcus?) standing left, clasping his right hand with the right hand of a female figure (Roma?), on the left, kneeling to right; behind them both, military trophy. Babelon (Statia) 1. Crawford 510/1. CRI 337. RBW 1782. Sydenham 1315. Extremely rare. Finely toned, an unusually well-struck example of a coin normally found both poorly made and badly preserved. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 13000 CHF
Estimate: 14000 CHF
Lot 243
SKYTHIA. Geto-Dacians. Koson, circa 40-29 BC. Stater (Gold, 20 mm, 8.33 g, 11 h), Olbia (?). ΚΟΣΩΝ Three togate male figures walking to left, the first and third with an ax over his left shoulder; in field at the lower left, monogram of ΟΛΒ. Rev. Eagle standing to left on scepter, holding wreath in his upraised left claw. RPC 1701A. Sharp and most attractive. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 244
Mark Antony and Octavia, 39 BC. Cistophoric Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 10.71 g, 12 h), Ephesos. M ANTONIVS IMP•COS•DESIG•ITER ET•TERT Head of Antony to right, wearing ivy wreath; below, lituus. Rev. III•VIR• R•P•C• Small draped bust of Octavia to right above cista mystica; both flanked by interlaced serpents with erect heads. BMC 133. Cohen 2. CRI 262. RPC 2201. Very attractively toned and clear. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 245
Mark Antony and Octavia, 39 BC. Cistophoric Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 12.14 g, 12 h), Ephesos. M ANTONIVS IMP•COS•DESIG•ITER ET•TERT Head of Antony to right, wearing ivy wreath; below, lituus. Rev. III•VIR• R•P•C• Small draped bust of Octavia to right above cista mystica; both flanked by interlaced serpents with erect heads. BMC 133. Cohen 2. CRI 262. RPC 2201. A particularly attractive example, partially with original luster, nicely centered and with very attractive portraits. Some minor striking flatness, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 246
Sextus Pompey, 37-36 BC. Denarius (Silver, 18 mm, 3.82 g, 2 h), military mint in Sicily. MAG•PIVS•IMP[•ITER] Bare head of Pompeius Magnus to right; behind, jug; before, lituus. Rev. PRA[EF] / CLAS•ET•ORAE / MAR IT•EX•S•C Neptune standing left, holding aplustre in his hand and with his right foot on a prow; to left and right, one of the Catanaean brothers bearing his parent on his shoulders. Babelon (Pompeia) 27. Crawford 511/3a. CRI 334. Sydenham 1344. With a fine portrait and very attractively toned. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 247
Augustus, 27 BC - 14 AD. Cistophoric Tetradrachm (Silver, 26.5 mm, 11.72 g, 1 h), uncertain mint in the Provincia Asia, soon after 27 BC. IMP CAESAR Bare head of Augustus to right. Rev. AVGVSTVS Spinx seated to right, with her tail pointed upwards. BMC 702. BN 927. Cohen 31. RIC² 527. RPC 2204. Sutherland - (but O4 var./R1 var.). Same obverse die as Numismatica Ars Classica 72 (2013), 558. Very rare. A coin of wonderful style, lightly toned, well-struck, well-centered and with a fiercely powerful portrait of Augustus. Some flatness on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 36000 CHF
Estimate: 15000 CHF
Lot 248
Augustus, 27 BC-AD 14. Cistophoric Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 11.95 g, 12 h), Pergamum, 27-26. IMP CAESAR Bare head of Augustus to right. Rev. AVGVSTVS Capricorn moving to right, with its head turned back to left and a cornucopia over its shoulders; all with a laurel wreath tied at the bottom. RIC² 493. RPC 2211. Sutherland Group IV (O5/R-.). A clear and attractive piece, with a marvelously expressive portrait of Augustus. Lightly toned. Minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 15000 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Lot 249
Augustus, 27 BC-AD 14. Cistophorus (Silver, 26 mm, 11.87 g, 11 h), Pergamon, 27/6 BC. IMP CAESAR Bare head of Augustus to right; to right, lituus curved to right. Rev. AVGV - STVS Sheaf of six ears of grain. BN 953. Cohen 32. RPC 2209. RIC² 490. Sutherland Group III, 99-115 (but dies unlisted). Rare. An elegant coin, very attractively toned. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 19000 CHF
Estimate: 8000 CHF
Lot 250
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
Lot 251
Augustus. Restitution issue struck under Trajan, 98-117. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.48 g, 7 h), Rome. CAESAR AVGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE Laureate head of Augustus to right. Rev. AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT / CL CAESARES Gaius and Lucius Caesares standing facing with two round shields and two spears between them; above, simpulum on left to the left and lituus on right to the right. BMC 536, pl. 13, 18 (but miss-attributed as lifetime issue). Cf. RIC² 208. See Leu 71, 1997, lot 293 with the note by A. Walker for the identification of the series. For another example, see NAC 64, 2012, 1077. A pleasant, toned example from a particularly rare series. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 252
Claudius, with Agrippina Junior, 41-54. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.65 g, 5 h), Rome, 50-54. TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM P M TRIB POT P P Laureate head of Claudius to right. Rev. AGRIPPINAE AVGVSTAE Draped bust of Agrippina Junior to right, wearing crown of corn-ears, her hair in a long plait behind. BMC 75. Cohen 4. RIC² 81. A rare and nicely preserved example, beautifully toned with a lovely portrait of Agrippina and a refined portrait of Claudius. Some minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Lot 253
Nero, 54-68. Denarius (Silver, 20 mm, 3.28 g, 6 h), Rome, 64-65. NERO CAESAR AVGVSTVS Laureate head of Nero to right, with a light beard. Rev. IVPPITER CVSTOS Jupiter seated left, holding a thunderbolt in his right hand and a scepter in his left. BMC 74. Cohen 119. RIC² 53. A superb toned example, struck from new dies in high relief and with an astonishing bearded portrait of Nero. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 254
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
Lot 255
Civil Wars, 68-69. Denarius (Silver, 17 mm, 3.28 g, 6 h), Gaul, 67-68. SALVS GENERIS HVMANI Victory standing left on globe, holding wreath in her right hand and palm frond in her left. Rev. S P Q R within oak wreath. Blacas cf. 64. BMC 34-36. Cohen 420. Martin 77. Nicolas 75. RIC² 72. Rare. Attractive, clear and nicely toned. Obverse struck slightly off-center, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 1400 CHF
Lot 256
Vespasian, 69-79. Dupondius (Orichalcum, 27.5 mm, 12.98 g, 6 h), Rome, 72-73. IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS IIII Radiate head of Vespasian to right. Rev. PAX AVG / S C Pax standing to left, holding an olive branch in her right hand a caduceus in her left. BMC-. BN -. Cohen -. RIC² 393. With a wonderful portrait of Vespasian and a very attractive dark and glossy green patina. Edges struck flan on the obverse at 5-8 and on the reverse from 10-1, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 257
Julia Titi, Augusta, 79-90/1. Dupondius (Orichalcum, 27.5 mm, 12.92 g, 7 h), Rome, 80-81. IVLIA IMP T AVG F AVGVSTA Draped bust of Julia Titi to right, her hair tied up in a bun at the top of her head. Rev. S-C / VESTA Vesta seated to left, holding Palladium in her right hand and long scepter in her left. BMC 257-258 (Titus). BN 271-4. Cohen 18. RIC² 398. Struck from the same dies as UBS 78, 2008, 1572. Rare. With a charming portrait and a fine dark green patina. Has been very professionally cleaned and with somewhat smoothed surfaces mainly on the reverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 2250 CHF
Lot 258
Domitian, 81-96. Denarius (Silver, 20 mm, 3.55 g, 6 h), Rome, 82-83. IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M Laureate head of Domitian to right. Rev. IVPPITER CONSERVATOR Eagle with spread wings, standing facing on thunderbolt, turning its head to left. BMC 52-53. BN 53. Cohen 320. RIC² 144. A particularly attractive example of this interesting issue. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 259
Nerva, 96-98. Aureus (Gold, 18 mm, 7.58 g, 7 h), Rome, 97. IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P Laureate head of Nerva to right. Rev. CONCORDIA EXERCITVVM Clasped hands holding legionary eagle, set upon prow to left. BMC 27. BN 16. Calicó 958. Cohen 28. RIC² 15. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 10000 CHF
Estimate: 12500 CHF
Lot 260
Nerva, 96-98. As (Copper, 29 mm, 10.67 g, 6 h), Rome, 97. IMP NERVA CAES AVG P M TR P COS III P P Laureate head of Nerva to right. Rev. CONCORDIA EXERCITVVM / S C Clasped hands. BMC 128. Cohen 21. RIC² 79. With a very noble portrait and a fine greenish-black patina. Fields gently smoothed, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 900 CHF
Lot 261
Trajan, 98-117. Aureus (Gold, 18 mm, 7.31 g, 7 h), Rome, 108-110. IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Trajan to right, seen from behind. Rev. COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC Libertas, diademed and draped, standing facing, her head turned to left; holding pileus in her right hand and vindicta with her left. BMC 312. Calicó 1001a. Cohen 70. RIC 123 Woytek 292f. Rare. Clear and well-struck. Minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 12000 CHF
Estimate: 12000 CHF
Lot 262
Trajan, 98-117. Semis (Orichalcum, 17 mm, 2.99 g, 7 h), Rome, after 109. IMP CAES NERVA TRAIAN AVG Laureate bust of Trajan to right, with slight drapery over his far shoulder. Rev. SC She-wolf to left. BMC 1061. Cohen 340. RIC II 694 (Quadrans). Woytek 600b. Some minor scratches on the reverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 340 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 263
Hadrian, 117-138. Denarius (Silver, 18.5 mm, 3.42 g, 7 h), Rome, 132-135. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS Bare head of Hadrian to left, with slight drapery over his far shoulder. Rev. PIETATI AVG COS III P P Pietas seated left on throne with a back, holding patera with her left hand and scepter with her right. BMC 565 var (bust type). Cohen 1047. RIC 219. A superb piece, with a rare and expressive, left-facing portrait of noble elegance. Some minor discoloration, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3800 CHF
Estimate: 2750 CHF
Lot 264
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
Lot 265
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
Lot 266
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
Lot 267
Aelius, Caesar, 136-138. Aureus (Gold, 18 mm, 7.03 g, 6 h), struck under Hadrian, Rome, 137. L• AELIVS CAESAR Draped bust of Aelius to right. Rev. TRIB POT COS II / CONCORD Concordia seated left on throne with a back, holding patera in her outstretched right hand and resting her left arm on a cornucopia. BMC 998 (Hadrian). Cohen 9. Calicó 1443. RIC 443b (Hadrian). Very rare. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 4400 CHF
Estimate: 4500 CHF
Lot 268
Aelius, Caesar, 136-138. As (Copper, 25 mm, 10.92 g, 6 h), Rome, 137. L• AELIVS• CAESAR Bare head of Aelius to right. Rev. TR• POT COS II / S-C / PANNONIA Turreted and draped figure of Pannonia standing facing, her head turned back to right, holding vexillum in her right hand and gathering up her robes with her left. BMC 1937 var. Cohen 32. RIC 1072 var. Strack 885. Very scarce with PANNONIA in the exergue rather than across the field. A particularly attractive piece. Has been professionally cleaned, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 269
Antoninus Pius, 138-161. Aureus (Gold, 19.5 mm, 7.17 g, 6 h), Rome, 151-152. IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P Bare head of Antoninus Pius to right wearing aegis. Rev. TR POT XV COS IIII / PAX Pax standing left, holding branch in her right hand and long scepter in her left. BMC 745 note. Calicó 1591. Cohen 586. RIC 216b. Well-centered, toned and with a noble portrait. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Lot 270
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
Lot 271
Divus Antoninus Pius, died 161. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 35 mm, 25.05 g, 6 h), Rome, 161 and later. DIVVS ANTONINVS Bare-headed bust of Antoninus Pius to right, with slight drapery over his far shoulder. Rev. CONSECRATIO S-C Eagle, with spread wings, standing left on globe, his head turned back to right. Banti 70 (cited from a single example in Paris). BMC 870 var (bust type). Cohen 161. RIC 1264. Very rare. Sharply struck and with a very attractive dark brown patina. Minor flan crack and some traces of corrosion, especially on the globe, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3400 CHF
Estimate: 4250 CHF
Lot 272
Marcus Aurelius, as Caesar, 139-161. Aureus (Gold, 19.5 mm, 7.29 g, 6 h), struck under Antoninus Pius, Rome, 159-160. AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F Head of Marcus Aurelius to right, with slight drapery over shoulders. Rev. TR POT XIIII C OS II Mars advancing to right, holding transverse spear in his right hand and a trophy in his left. Biaggi 893. BMC 994 (Antoninus Pius; this obverse die). Calicó 1973. RIC 481b (Antoninus Pius). Clear and attractive. Very minor scratch, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3600 CHF
Estimate: 3000 CHF
Lot 273
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 33 mm, 28.91 g, 12 h), Rome, 161. IMP CAES M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG P M Bare-headed and cuirassed bust of Marcus Aurelius to right, seen from behind. Rev. CONCORD AVGVSTOR TR P XV / COS III / S - C Marcus Aurelius, togate on the left, and Lucius Verus, togate on the right, facing each other and clasping their right hands; in his left hand, Marcus holds a scroll. Banti 24. BMC 847 var. Cohen 45. RIC 796. A superb example, with a splendid, sharply struck portrait and a fine dark green patina. Very carefully and professionally cleaned after its last auction appearance, with spectacular results. Extremely fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Estimate: 4500 CHF
Lot 274
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.27 g), Rome, 166. M ANTONINVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX Laureate head of Marcus Aurelius to right. Rev. TR P XX IMP IIII COS III Victory standing facing and slightly to left, turning her head to right, holding palm with her right hand and setting on a palm-tree a shield inscribed VIC/PAR. BMC 406. Cohen 878. RIC 163. Clear and very well struck. Very minor striking crack, otherwise, virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 275
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Dupondius (Orichalcum, 25 mm, 8.47 g, 6 h), Rome, 178. M AVREL• ANTONIN-VS AVG TR P XXXII Radiate head of Marcus Aurelius to right. Rev. IMP VIIII COS III P P / S-C Aequitas standing facing with her head turned to left, holding scales with her extended right hand and cornucopia with her left. BMC 1682. Cohen 376. RIC 1232. An attractive piece with a fine portrait and a lovely green patina. Minor traces of cleaning, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 276
Faustina Junior, Augusta, 147-175. Denarius (Silver, 18 mm, 3.34 g), struck under her father, Antoninus Pius, Rome, 147-150. FAVSTINAE AVG PII AVG F Draped bust of Faustina II to right, her hair bound with pearls. Rev. VENVS Venus standing to left, holding apple in her right hand and rudder entwined with dolphin in her left. BMC 1077 (same dies) = RIC 517d (Antoninus Pius). A lovely, well-struck coin with a splendid portrait of the young empress. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 277
Lucius Verus, 161-169. Denarius (Silver, 17 mm, 3.34 g, 6 h), Rome, 164. L VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS Bare head of Lucius Verus to right. Rev. TR P IIII IMP II COS II Mars, in military dress, standing to right, holding inverted spear in his right hand and resting his left on his shield. BMC 282. Cohen 229. RIC 515. Attractively toned and with an excellent portrait. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 200 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 278
Lucius Verus, 161-169. Denarius (Silver, 18 mm, 3.58 g, 12 h), Rome, 166. L VERVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX Laureate head of Lucius Verus to right. Rev. TR P VI IMP IIII COS II / PAX Pax standing to left, holding olive branch and cornucopia. BMC 429. Cohen 126. RIC 561 (Marcus Aurelius). A splendid example, lightly toned and struck in high relief. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 279
Commodus, 177-192. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 7.18 g, 12 h), Rome, 178. L• AVREL• COMMODVS AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Commodus to right. Rev. TR P III• IMP II COS P• P Castor standing left, holding spear and bridle of a horse that stands behind him to left. Cf. BMC 774, Calicó 2337b, Cohen 760, and RIC 648 (but on all Castor holds a reversed spear). For an example struck from the same dies, see Numismatica Ars Classica 71, 2013, 244 (ex HSA 22214, once in the collection of the American Numismatic Society). An extremely rare variety, apparently unpublished. With an appealing, youthful portrait. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 6800 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Lot 280
Commodus, 177-192. Medallion (Bimetallic, copper and orichalcum, 60 x 9 mm, 206.00 g, 12 h), with raised edges, Rome, undated, but c. 189- 191. Laureate and heroically bare 3/4 bust of Commodus with the attributes of Jupiter to left, slight drapery over his shoulders, holding, with his right hand, orb bearing Victory standing to right, and, with his left, thunderbolt; around, an inner circle of pellets, separated by a flat area from the raised edge. Rev. TSOF Mountain, (surely Mt. Argaeus in Cappadocia) of triangular shape, formed of what seem to be large boulders: two, of large size, at the base (at the left and right), along the slope, and, at the top (a cairn-like group of smaller stones); at the center, the opening of a cavern or grotto; at the top, quadriga of galloping horses driven by a male charioteer (Commodus as Sol?) – heroically nude save for a cloak around his waist – his right arm outstretched to left and his left, held behind his back, holding the reins (?); on the left slope, between two trees, rider (Phosphoros/Lucifer, the Morning Star?) galloping upwards to left, holding a long torch in his outstretched left hand; on the right hand slope, again between two trees, rider (Hesperos, the Evening Star?) galloping downwards, holding a torch in his right hand; pouring forth from the cavern to the left, a cascade (?) over which is the lupa romana standing right, with twins below (?); at the bottom center, omphalos (?) flanked by two upwardly moving crocodiles; above omphalos, boar at bay to right; in field to left, seven six-pointed stars; in field to right, above horseman, seven six-pointed stars; around, an inner circle of pellets, separated from the raised edge by a flat area. Apparently unpublished and unknown, but for medallions with heroic busts of Commodus, see Gnecchi II, pp. 52-53, 7 passim = Banti 62-63 (left facing, with aegis and spear); Gnecchi II, p. 61, 88 = Banti 286 (left facing, with shield, aegis and spear); Gnecchi II, p. 61, 87 = Banti 284 (right facing, with aegis); Gnecchi II p. 65, 125 = Banti 388 (right facing, with aegis). Of the highest rarity, unique. A spectacular and impressive medallion, with an extraordinarily fine bust of Commodus and an especially unusual reverse. With a dark, blackish-green patina. Very professionally cleaned and freed from very heavy deposits; some very minor double-striking, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 150000 CHF
Estimate: 75000 CHF
Lot 281
Crispina, Augusta, 178-182. Aureus (Gold, 21 mm, 7.31 g, 7 h), struck under Marcus Aurelius and Commodus, Rome, 180-182. CRISPINA AVGVSTA Draped bust of Crispina ro right. Rev. VENVS• FELIX Venus seated to left, holding Victory in her right hand and scepter with her left; below stool, dove standing left. BMC 47 (Commodus). Cohen 39. Calicó 2377c. RIC 287 (Commodus). Very rare. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 11000 CHF
Estimate: 8500 CHF
Lot 282
Pertinax, 193. Aureus (Gold, 19.5 mm, 7.26 g, 12 h), late January-March 193. IMP CAES P HELV PERTIN AVG Laureate and bearded head of Pertinax to right. Rev. PROVID DEOR COS II Providentia standing facing, with her head turned to left, raising her open right hand; above left, star. BMC 11 (this obverse die). Calicó 2389. Cohen 42. RIC 11a. Rare. With an powerful portrait of very fine style. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 26000 CHF
Estimate: 30000 CHF
Lot 283
Pertinax, 193. Denarius (Silver, 17 mm, 3.19 g, 11 h), Rome, 1 January - 28 March 193. IMP CAES P HELV PERTIN AVG Laureate head of Pertinax to right. Rev. VOT DECEN TR P COS II Pertinax, togate and veiled, sacrificing to left over a low altar, from a patera held in his right hand. BMC 24. Cohen 56. RIC 13a. Beautifully toned and with a fine portrait. Flan crack at 6h, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Extremely important Didius Julianus Aureus
Lot 284
Didius Julianus, 193. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 6.55 g), Rome, 28 March - 1 June 193. IMP CAES M DID IVLIAN AVG Laureate head of Didius Julianus to right. Rev. RECTOR ORBIS Didius Julianus, togate, standing front, head to left, holding globe in his right hand and volumen with his left. BMC 7 note. Biaggi 1051 (this coin). Calicó 2398 (this coin). Cohen 14. RIC 3a. Woodward, Julianus, 3 and pl. 6, 8 (same dies). Vagi 1670. Very rare. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 140000 CHF
Estimate: 45000 CHF
Lot 285
Didius Julianus, 193. Denarius (Silver, 17.5 mm, 2.87 g, 12 h), Rome, 28 March-1 June 193. IMP CAES M DID IVLIAN AVG Laureate and bearded head of Didius Julianus to right. Rev. CONCORD MILIT Concordia standing facing, her head turned to left, holding a legionary eagle in her right hand and a vexillum in her left. BMC 2. Cohen 2 (corr.). RIC 1. Toned and with a very noble potrait. Struck on an irregular flan, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1500 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 286
Septimius Severus, 193-211. Aureus (Gold, 20.5 mm, 7.34 g, 12 h), Rome, 193-194. IMP CAE• L• SEP• SE-V• PERT AVG Laureate head of Septimius Severus to right. Rev. VIRT• AV-G• TR P COS Mars, helmeted and cuirassed, standing to left, holding Victory in his outstretched right hand and reversed spear in his left. BMC 32. Calicó 2570. Cohen 751. RIC 24. Well-struck, of excellent style and with a portrait reminiscent of that of Didius Julianus. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 6500 CHF
Estimate: 4500 CHF
Lot 287
Septimius Severus, with Caracalla, 193-211. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 7.41 g, 10 h), Rome, 204 (?). IMPP INVICTI PII AVGG Jugate heads to right of Septimius Severus, laureate, draped and cuirassed, and Caracalla, laureate and draped. Rev. VICTORIA PARTHICA MAXIMA Victory rushing to left, holding wreath in her right hand and palm branch in her left. BMC 266. Calicó 2597b (same obverse die). Cohen 8. Hill 677. RIC 311. Extremely rare. Clear and attractive. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 16000 CHF
Estimate: 8500 CHF
Lot 288
Septimius Severus, 193-211. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 7.08 g, 11 h), indian imitation of the Aurei minted in Rome in 205. SEVEБYS VI - PIVS VΛC Laureate head of Septimius Severus to right. Rev. IM MTP P XIII - COS III PP Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt in his extended right hand and scepter in his left; at Jupiter's feet to left, eagle standing left, its head turned back to right. L. A. Adams, The Indian Imitations of Roman Aurei, SAN, Vol. XVII, No. 4 (September 1989), fig. 3 (this coin). For the prototype: see Calicó 2508 and RIC 468. Cf. Triton X, 2007, 667. Attractively toned and of interesting style. Traces of mounting, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 5000 CHF
Estimate: 4250 CHF
Lot 289
Julia Domna, Augusta, 193-217. Aureus (Gold, 19.5 mm, 7.32 g, 6 h), Rome, 193-196. IVLIA DOMNA AVG Draped bust of Julia Domna to right, her hair in five waves and bound up at the back. Rev. VENERI VICTR Venus, half nude and seen from behind, with her drapery folded underneath her, standing to right, holding a palm branch in her left hand, a globe in her right and leaning with her left elbow on a low column to her left. BMC 47. Calicó 2641a. Cohen 193. Hill 100. RIC 536. Attractive, sharply struck and toned. Tiny scratch on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 8000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 290
Julia Domna, Augusta, 193-217. Aureus (Gold, 21 mm, 7.20 g, 12 h), Laodicea ad Mare, circa 198. IVLIA AVGVSTA Draped bust of Julia Domna to right, her hair waved with seven ridges. Rev. LAETITIA Laetitia standing to left, holding wreath and rudder. Biaggi 1143. BMC p. 162, note to 45 = C. 102. Calicó 2619a (as Rome, but from the same reverse die). Cf. Hill 344 (Rome). Cf. RIC 561 (Rome). Rare. Attractive and struck on a broad flan. Slightly porous, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7500 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 291
Macedon. Cassandreia. Caracalla, 198-217. (Bronze, 22 mm, 6.03 g, 7 h). M• AVP• AN-TONINVS Laureate head of Caracalla to right. Rev. COLO IV CASSA Zeus Ammon standing facing, with his head turned to right, holding, in his raised left hand, a bunch of grapes, high up, behind his head. Unpublished, save for a second example that appeared as Pecunem 23, 2014, 526. Unusually clear and well preserved. Some old cleaning marks, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 292
Caracalla, 198-217. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 13.80 g, 1 h), Laodicea ad Mare, 208-209. ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΑΝΤΩΝΕΙΝΟC CΕ Laureate and draped bust of Caracalla to right. Rev. ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ΕΞ ΥΠΑΤΟC ΤΟ Γ Eagle standing facing with spread wings, his head turned to left holding a wreath in his beak; between legs, star. Prieur 1156. Prieur & Amandry Group III, 41. Very rare and with an elegant portrait of unusual nobility. Nicely toned and sharply struck. Very minor scratches on the obverse, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 293
Plautilla, Augusta, 202-205. Denarius (Silver, 20.5 mm, 7.03 g, 6 h), struck under Septimius Severus and Caracalla, Rome. PLAVTILLAE AVGVSTAE Draped bust of Plautilla to right, her hair in waves gathered into a bun at the back. Rev. PROPAGO IMPERI Plautilla, on the left, draped, standing to right and gathering her drapery in her left hand, and Caracalla, on the right togate and with a roll in his left hand, standing left, clasping their right hands together. BMC 405 (Caracalla). Callicó 2873. Cohen 22. RIC 362. Very rare. Toned. Marks in the fields and on the portrait, very probably once mounted, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 6500 CHF
Estimate: 6500 CHF
Lot 294
Plautilla, Augusta, 202-205. Denarius (Silver, 18.5 mm, 3.35 g, 6 h), struck under Septimius Severus and Caracalla, Rome. PLAVTILLAE AVGVSTAE Draped bust of Plautilla to right. Rev. PROPAGO IMPERI Plautilla, on the left standing to right, and Caracalla, on the right standing to left, clasping their right hands together. BMC 406. Cohen 21. RIC 362. Toned and attractive, with an extremely attractive portrait. Reverse lightly struck and with a tiny flan crack, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 300 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
Lot 295
Geta, 209-211. As (Copper, 27.5 mm, 11.28 g, 1 h), Rome, 211. P SEPTIMIVS GETA PIVS AVG BRIT Laureate head of Geta to right. Rev. PONTIF TR P III COS II Pietas, diademed, draped and with a very elaborate drapery over her left shoulder, standing right, holding scepter with her right hand and pointing towards her face with a finger of her left; to right, two small children, lifting hands to one another and apparently dancing. BMC 277. Cohen 152. RIC 177a. Well struck and clear, with an enigmatic reverse. Skillfully cleaned and lightly tooled, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 296
Geta, 209-211. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 11.79 g, 12 h), Tyre, 209-211. ΑVΤ ΚΑΙ ΓΕΤΑC CΕΒ Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Geta to right. Rev. ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ΕΞ ΥΠΑΤΟC ΤΟ Β Eagle, with spread wings and his head to left, standing facing on club; holding wreath in his beak; between legs, murex shell. Bellinger 302. Prieur 1541. A beautifully toned and well-struck coin of a splendid, plump style. Almost imperceptible scratch on the obverse, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 297
Macrinus, 217-218. Antoninianus (Silver, 22 mm, 4.32 g, 6 h), Rome, spring-summer 217. IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG Radiate and draped bust of Macrinus to right. Rev. IOVI CONSERVATORI Jupiter standing to left, with drapery over his left arm, holding thunderbolt in his right hand and long scepter in his left; before him, small figure of Macrinus. BMC 18. Clay Issue 1. Cohen 38. RIC 77. Nicely toned and with a fine, mannered portrait. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
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