nomos 20
10 July 2020 16:00 CEST
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Welcome, finally!, to Nomos 20. At the time of this was first written, in early March 2020, we were coming to the realisation that our auction was not going to take place on the 3rd of May: we never thought it would have to be put off to 10th of July!
CRUSADERS. Antioch. Tancred, regent, 1101-1112. Follis (Bronze, 20.5 mm, 2.74 g, 5 h). IC-XC Nimbate bust of Jesus Christ facing, with pellet decorating each arm of nimbus. Rev. TA-NK/P-H in the quarters of a cross with pellets at the end of each arm. CCS 5. Metcalf 83. Schlumberger pl. 2, 8. Wäckerlin 98-102. Green patina, with some reddish highlights; with an unusually fine depiction of Christ. Traces of overstriking on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 220 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
CRUSADERS, Lusignan Kingdom of Cyprus. Janus, 1398-1432. Gros (Silver, 27 mm, 4.47 g, 1 h), "Gros grand". + IANVS• PAR LA [GRACE DE D]IE• RO[I] King Janus facing seated on wide throne, holding a lis-scepter in his right hand and an orb in his left; to right, shield bearing the royal arms (Lusignan nouveau = plain cross in the 1st quarter, lion rampant to left in the other three); in the field to left, reversed S. Rev. +D' IERVSALEM• D' CIPRE• D ARMENIA Cross of Jerusalem: a large cross potent with a cross pattée in each quarter and with four incuse pellets at the center. Metcalf p. 214, 13. Metcalf, Cyprus, (dies C2/1/g unrecorded die combination). Schlumberger pl. VII, 10 var. Slocum 697 (same obverse die). Slocum 698 (same reverse die). Extremely rare. Some of the obverse legend struck off the flan; traces of corrosion on both sides, otherwise, very fine/about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7000 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
ISLAMIC, 'Abbasid Caliphate. Al-Mutawakkil, AH 232-247 / AD 847-861. 2 Dinars (Gold, 28.5 mm, 8.37 g, 8 h), "presentation" double dinar, citing al-Mu'tazz as heir-apparent, Surra man Ra'a (Samarra), AH 245 = 859-860 AD. Outer: لله الأمر من قبل ومن بعد ويومئذ يفرح المؤمنين بنصر الله "The command is God's, past and future and that day the faithful will rejoice in the victory granted by God" (Qr. XXX, 4-5). Inner: بسم الله ضرب هذا الدينر بسر من رأى سنة خمس وأربعين ومئتين "in the name of Allah this Dirham was struck in Surra man-Raa year 245". Center: لا إله إلا - الله وحده - لا شريك له - المعتز بالله "there is no - God but Allah he is Unique - without partners - Al-Mu'tazz billah". Rev. Outer: محمد رسول الله ارسله بالهدى ودين الحق ليظهره على الدين كله ولو كره المشركون "Muhammad is the messenger of God who sent him with guidance, and the religion of truth that he might make it supreme over all other religions even the polytheists may detest it" (Qr. IX, 33) Center: لله - محمد - رسول - الله - المتوكل على الله "for God – Muhammad – the messenger – God – al-Mutawakkil of Allah". Album T229. Probably unique and important. Good extremely fine.
Current Bid: Withdrawn
Estimate: 25000 CHF
ISLAMIC, Fatimids. Al-Mustansir billah, AH 427-487 / AD 1036-1094. Dinar (Gold, 21.5 mm, 4.29 g), Misr (al-Fustat) mint, AH 448 =1056-1057 AD. Inscription in three concentric circles around a central pellet: inner, al-Mustansir billah amir al-mu'minin; middle, da'a al-imam mu'id li-tawhhid al-ilah al-samad; outer "bism-illah Duriba haza al Dinar bi Misr Sanat Thaman wa arba'in wa arba'a-mi'a. Rev. Inscription in three concentric circles around a central pellet: inner, la illah illa-llah Mouhammad rasul allah; middle, wa ali afdal al-wassiyin wa wazir khair al-moursalin; outer, Muhammad rasul allah arsalahou bil houda li-youzhirahou 'ala al-din kullahou wa law kariha al Moushrikoun. Album 719A. ICV 837. Nicol 2131. Lustrous, well-struck and clear. Some minor striking flatness, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF