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21 November 2020 16:00 CET
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Lot 391
ENGLAND. Circa 17th century. Seal matrix (Copper, 36 mm, 6.63 g). A flat, one-sided circular AE plate with two opposed suspension loops (one bent shut) On the edge, within two incised concentric circles, a double incised pattern; within an inner incised circle, a pair of crossed incised forearms with hands; to left and right, the carefully incised initials T G. Rev. The reverse is flat and shows no signs of it ever having borne any form of decoration. The two loops, on opposite sides of the disc, imply that this piece may have been suspended from a belt or something similar. A quick check through the data base of the Portable Antiquities Scheme has produced some similar items, but nothing quite like the present piece - this search was not extensive, however, and a more exhaustive investigation might prove more informative. Some signs of wear and one loop bent shut, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 200 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 392
GREAT BRITAIN. William III (II) and Mary, 1689-1694. Medal (Silver, 54 mm, 23.00 g, 12 h), a cast medal on the coronation by G. Bower, 1689. GVLIELMVS·ET·MARIA·DG·MAG·BR·FR·ET·HIB·REX·ET·REGINA Jugate busts of William III, laureate, armoured and draped, and Mary, draped, to right. Rev. ✶IDOLOLATRIA·SERVITVTE·PROELIGATIS·RELIGIONE· LEGIB·LIBERTAT·RESTITVTIS William and Mary, wearing coronation robes, seated facing each other below a crown held by two bishops to left and right; above, canopy; in exergue, 1689. Eimer 310b. Med. Ill. I 668,38. Van Loon III p. 379,6. An attractive, lightly toned piece. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 300 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 393
FRANCE, Provincial. Lorraine, Duchy. Charles III le Grand, Duke, 1545-1608. Taler (Silver, 41 mm, 28.91 g, 3 h), Nancy, 1557. ☩CAROL:D:G:CALA:LOTHO:BARGVEL:DVX Bareheaded and cuirassed bust of the youthful, fourteen-year-old, Duke Charles to right. Rev. Crowned shield bearing the arms of Lorraine, surrounded by seven crowned shields bearing the arms of Jerusalem, Aragon, Blamont, Gelders and Flanders, Flanders, Hungary and Naples; at the bottom, 15-57. Dav. 9384. De Saulcy 10. Flon 36. Very rare. Toned and particularly attractive. Traces of restriking on the obverse and signs of careful repairs on the Duke's cheek, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 16000 CHF
Estimate: 20000 CHF
Lot 394
FRANCE, Provincial - Alsace. Strasbourg. Ducat de prestige (Gold, 23 mm, 3.49 g, 6 h), struck as a form of presentation piece in a denomination that had become obsolete, undated, but struck soon after 1681 when Strasbourg became part of France by the Treaty of Illkirch. DUCATUS/CIVITATIS/ARGENTI/NENSIS all within an ornamental cartouche; above, lis; below, flower. Rev. GLORIA.IN.EXCELSIS.DEO Arms of Strasbourg supported by two lions and surmounted by a winged helm. Cf. Engel et Lehr 494 = De Mey 40 (triple ducat). Friedberg 237a. Extremely rare. A coin of great interest and importance - beautifully preserved. Some areas of flat striking, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 9000 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Lot 395
LOW COUNTRIES. Brabant. Philip II, King of Spain and Duke of Brabant , 1555-1598. Réal d'or (Gold, 28 mm, 5.28 g, 6 h), Antwerp, undated but circa 1560-1577. PHS• D: G• HISP• ANG• Z• REX• DVX• BRAB• Crowned and cuirassed bust of Philip II to right. Rev. DOMINVS• MIC HI• ADIVTOR Crowned coat of arms. G&H 206-1a. Delmonte 109. Vanhoudt 251. Rare. Slightly wavy flan, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 900 CHF
The First Medal of the United States!
Lot 396
UNITED STATES. Medal (Silver, 47 mm, 52.47 g, 12 h), The first medal of the United States; commissioned by Benjamin Franklin, the American ambassador to France, as thanks for the help given by France during the successful struggle for the independence of Britain's Thirteen Colonies in America, struck in Paris, 1783; conceived by Benjamin Franklin, engraved by Augustin Dupré and with the reverse design refined by the painter Esprit-Antoine Gibelin. LIBERTAS • AMERICANA Bust of Liberty to left, with her hair flowing out behind her; behind her head and coming out behind her neck, pole bearing a Phrygian Cap (or Liberty Cap); on the neck truncation, DVPRE; in exergue, 4 JUIL• 1776• (the date of the Declaration of Independence). Rev. NON SINE DIIS ANIMOSUS INFANS• (= the courageous child was aided by the gods) The infant Hercules (America), strangling two snakes (the defeated British armies at Saratoga and Yorktown), while being protected by Minerva (France), in ancient dress, wearing a crested helmet and an aegis, and holding a short spear in her right hand and, in her left, a shield ornamented with three fleurs-de-lis, from a lioness (Britain) attacking to left; above the exergual line to right, DVPRE.F; in the exergue, the dates of the victories at Saratoga and Yorktown, 17/19 - OCT• - 1777•/1781•. Betts 615. Ford Collection XIV, 23 May 2006, 289. K. Jaeger & Q. David Bowers, 100 Greatest American Medals and Tokens, Racine, 2007, 1 (considered to be the most important of all American medals). Loubat 14. Extremely rare, one of 23-25 known examples. Beautifully and sharply struck with proof-like surfaces, lovely iridescent toning and original mint lustre. A few very minor marks, otherwise, virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 108000 CHF
Estimate: 100000 CHF