nomos 21
21 November 2020 16:00 CET
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Lot 368
Anastasius I, 491-518. Solidus (Gold, 20.5 mm, 4.50 g, 7 h), Constantinople, Z = 7th officina, circa 498. D N ANASTA-SIVS P P AVC Helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Anastasius facing, head turned slightly to right, holding short spear with his right hand and with a shield, ornamented with a horseman, over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORI-A AVGGG B / CONOB Victory standing left, holding long, jeweled cross surmounted by reversed christogram; in field to left, eight-pointed star. DOC 6 (but this officina unlisted). MIBE 6a. Sear 4. Sharply struck and attractive. Minor marks, otherwise, good extremely fine.
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Estimate: 550 CHF
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Lot 369
Anastasius I, 491-518. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.47 g, 6 h), Constantinople, E = 5th officina, 507-518. D N ANASTA-SIVS P P AVG Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Anastasius facing, holding spear with his right hand over his right shoulder and with a shield, embellished with horseman attacking a fallen foe, over his left. Rev. VICTORIA AVGGG E / CONOB Victory standing to left, holding a long jeweled cross; in field to right, star. DOC 3e. MIBE 4a. SB 3. Well-struck and nicely centered. Some minor roughness, otherwise, extremely fine.
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Estimate: 450 CHF
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Lot 370
Justinian I, 527-565. Solidus (Gold, 21.5 mm, 4.49 g, 6 h), Alexandria, 1st officina (A), 527-537. D N IVSTINI-ANVS PP AVG Helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Justinian I 3/4 facing, turned slightly to the right, holding spear in his right hand and with a shield over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORI-A AVGGG A / ALEXAOB Angel standing facing, holding long jeweled cross in his right hand and globus cruciger in his left; to right, star. DOC -. MIB -. SB -. Good extremely fine.
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Estimate: 20000 CHF
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Lot 371
Justinian I, 527-565. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.49 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 9th officina = Θ, 545-565. D N IVSTINI - ANVS P P AVG Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Justinian facing, holding globus cruciger in his right hand and with a shield over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORIA AVGGG Θ/ CONOB Angel standing facing, holding long staff surmounted by a christogram in his right hand and a globus cruciger in his left; in field to right, star. DOC 9i. MIB 7. SB 140. Well-struck on a broad flan. Extremely fine.
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Estimate: 450 CHF
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Lot 372
Heraclius, with Heraclius Constantine, 610-641. Solidus (Gold, 13 mm, 4.49 g, 6 h), Carthage or Sardinia, Indictional year 1 = A = 627-628. D N ERACLIV ET ERA CON PP [A] Facing busts of Heraclius and Heraclius Constantine, both crowned and draped; between them, cross. Rev. VICTORIA AVGG A / CONOB Cross potent on base and two steps. DOC 218. MIB 84-9. SB 867 and note. Clear and attractive. Typical soft strike, otherwise, good very fine.
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Estimate: 350 CHF
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Lot 373
Constans II, 641-668. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.38 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 9th officina (Θ), indiction year Ζ = 7 = 648/649. d N CONSTAN-TINЧS P P AV Crowned and draped bust of Constans with short beard facing, and holding globus cruciger. Rev. VICTORIA AVςЧ Є / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps; in the field to right, Ζ. DOC 13. MIB 16a. SB 949. Bright and attractive. Extremely fine.
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Estimate: 500 CHF
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Lot 374
Constans II, with Constantine IV, 641-668. Hexagram (Silver, 22.5 mm, 5.57 g, 5 h), Constantinople, 654-659. d N CONSTANTIUS C CONSTAN Crowned draped facing busts of Constans and Constantine IV; above, cross. Rev. dEUS AdIUTA ROMANIS Cross potent on globe on three steps; in field to right, B. DOC 55. MIB 150. SB 996. Yannopoulos Type II. An unusually bright, fresh and clear example. Minor flat areas as usual, otherwise, extremely fine.
Current Bid: 400 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
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Lot 375
Tiberius III (Apsimar), 698-705. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.43 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 7th officina = Z. 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 AVςЧ Z / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 1f. MIB 1. SB 1360. Attractive, toned and of particularly fine style. Some minor striking flatness, otherwise, extremely fine.
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Estimate: 750 CHF
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Lot 376
Tiberius III (Apsimar), 698-705. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.34 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 7th officina = Z. D tIbERIЧS 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 AVςЧ Z / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 1f. MIB 1. SB 1360. Fully lustrous and sharp. Scratches on the obverse, otherwise, virtually as struck.
Current Bid: 600 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
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Lot 377
Tiberius III (Apsimar), 698-705. Tremissis (Gold, 16 mm, 1.45 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 6th officina = S. d TIbERI - VS PE AV Crowned and cuirassed bust of Tiberius facing, holding spear in his right hand and with a shield ornamented with a horseman over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORIA AVGV S / CONOB Cross potent. DOC 4. SB 1363. Complete and unusually well-struck on a broad flan. Extremely fine.
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Estimate: 600 CHF
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Lot 378
Justinian II, second reign, 705-711. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.27 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 705. d N IhS ChS RE-X REGNANTIUM Large draped bust of Christ facing, with cross behind his head and with curly hair and a short beard; he holds a book of Gospels in his left hand and raises his right in benediction. Rev. dN IUSTINI-ANUS MULTUS A'- Crowned facing bust of Justinian II, wearing loros and holding cross potent on three steps in his right hand and a patriarchal cross on a globe inscribed PAX in his left. DOC 1.4. MIB 1. SB 1413. A beautiful, sharply struck example. Good extremely fine.
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Estimate: 2500 CHF
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Lot 379
Irene, 797-802. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 3.89 g, 6 h), Syracuse, circa 797/8. 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. Extremely rare, beautifully struck on a very broad flan with all details clearly on the coin. Good extremely fine.
Current Bid: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
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Lot 380
Nicephorus I, with Stauracius, 802-811. Solidus (Gold, 23 mm, 4.44 g, 7 h), Syracuse, 810-811. N-I-FoRos bA Bearded, facing bust of Nicephorus I, wearing crown with a cross on circlet, chlamys, and holding a cross potent in his right hand and an anexikakia in his left. Rev. ST'A Is Δ Beardless, facing bust of Stauracius, wearing crown with a cross on circlet, chlamys, and holding a globus cruciger in his right hand and an anexikakia in his left. Anastasi 468 var (inscription). DOC -. SB 1608 var (Nicephoros wearing a loros). Extremely rare, sharp and well-centered on a broad flan. Virtually as struck.
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Estimate: 5000 CHF
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Extremely important!
Lot 381
Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus, with Romanus II, 913-959. Solidus (Gold, 20.5 mm, 4.26 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 959. +IhS XPS REX REGNANTIЧm' Facing bust of Christ Pantocrator, wearing tunic, himation and a cross nimbus with three pellets in the arms, raising right hand in benediction and holding Gospel book in his left. Rev. COnSTAnT'S CЄ ROmAn' AЧGG b Crowned facing busts of Constantine, bearded and wearing loros on the left, and Romanus, beardless and wearing chlamys on the right; both holding, between them with their right hands, a long patriarchal cross. DOC -. Füeg -. SB - (cf. 1751). Clear and well-centered. Traces of mounting, otherwise, very fine.
Current Bid: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
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Lot 382
Basil II Bulgaroktonos, with Constantine VIII, 976-1025. Histamenon nomisma (Gold, 21 mm, 4.35 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 989-1001. +IhS XIS REX REGNANTIhM Bust of Christ Pantocrator facing, wearing cross nimbus with double rim and with three pellets in the side arms and two in the upper, right hand raised in blessing, left holding book. Rev. +bASIL C CONStANTI bR On left, crowned bust of Basil II facing, wearing chlamys; on right, crowned bust of Constantine VIII, wearing ornamented robe; holding between them a long patriarchal cross crosslet with a large globule on the shaft above their hands. DOC 13 (catalogued as a Tetarteron) = Ratto 1943 = SB 1804 (Tetarteron). LHS 102, 2008, 480 (same dies, but holed). Nomos 14, 2017, 484 (same dies). Extremely rare, apparently only the fourth example of this type known. Some marks, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
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Estimate: 2000 CHF
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Lot 383
Uncertain ruler, 10th - 11th century. One-sided roundel (Bronze, 52 mm, 5.42 g, 12 h), a one-sided, possibly once gilt, bracteate-like roundel, almost certainly meant to serve as an ornament at one of the eight ends of a two-sided processional cross. OA / ΘE/O-ΔO/PO/C Half length figure of St. Theodore of Amasea facing, armor covered by a cloak, holding spear in his right hand and a sword within its scabbard with his left. Rev. Incuse version of the obverse design. For typical examples of Byzantine processional crosses see M. Martiniani-Reber, Byzance en Suisse, Geneva, 2015, pp. 325 ff., and Wikipedia. For a contemporary, or slightly earlier, full figure representation of St. Theodore of Amasea, see the figure on the Harbaville Triptych in Louvre (OA 3247). A lovely piece, with a fine green patina and an excellent portrait of St. Theodore, done in a simple but very elegant style. Extremely fine.
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Estimate: 1000 CHF
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From the George Zacos collection
Lot 384
BYZANTINE SEALS. Basil, spatharocandidatos, chartularios of the genikon and symponos, first half of the 11th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 35 mm, 26.99 g, 6 h). Manus Dei downwards within a border composed of a circle of large pellets within two concentric circles of smaller pellets. Rev. ­­­–✣– / RΑCΙΛ / CΠΑΘΑΡ′Κ / ΔΔ′SΧΑΡ /Τ′Τ<ΟΥ>Γ′S / CVΜΠ / ­­­–✣– (=Βασίλειος σπαθαροκανδιδὰτος καὶ χαρτουλάριος τοῡ γενικοὺ και σύμπονος). Unpublished, save for its previous auction appearance. Clear and with a fine dark grey patina. Extremely fine.
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Estimate: 3000 CHF
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Lot 385
Romanus IV Diogenes, with Eudocia, Michael VII, Constantius, and Andronicus, 1068-1071. Histamenon (Gold, 27 mm, 4.45 g, 6 h), Constantinople. KΩN MX ANΔ Three figures, each standing, facing on a circular cushion: at the center, Michael holding labarum and acacia; to his left and right, Constantius and Andronicus, each holding globus cruciger and akakia. Rev. + RωMANS - EYΔOΠτM Christ standing facing on footstool, crowning Romanus and Eudocia, each standing, facing and holding a globus cruciger. DOC 1. SB 1859. Well-centered on a broad flan; unusually clear and well-struck. Nearly extremely fine.
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Estimate: 1000 CHF
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Lot 386
Theodore I Comnenus-Lascaris, emperor of Nicaea, 1208-1222. Weight for an Electrum Trachy (Bronze, 13x4 mm, 4.14 g), probably Magnesia. Ο/Α/Γ/Ι/Ο-C //Θ/Ε-/Δ-ω/ΡΟ/C Half-length figure of St. Theodore facing, nimbate, armored and holding a spear in his right hand and a shield in his left. Rev. ΘΕΟΔ-ω-ΡΟC Crowned half-length figure of Theodore facing, holding labarum in his right hand and globus cruciger in his left; around the edge in incised letters: +Β-Α-C-Ι-Λ-Ι-Κ-Ο-Ν. Apparently unpublished, but for the general types, see Theodore I, DOC 11. Apparently unknown and of great interest. The incised inscription on the edge, basilikon indicates that it is an officially produced weight, and the types and style make it most likely to be an issue of Theodore I rather than of Theodore II (1254-1258), whose types seem quite different. It must have been intended to be used to check the weight of electrum trachys. Attractive and clear with a dark patina. Good very fine.
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Estimate: 500 CHF
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