nomos 22
22 June 2021 16:00 CET
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Lot 279
Augustus, 27 BC-AD 14. Cistophorus (Silver, 26 mm, 11.85 g, 12 h), Ephesos, c. 25. IMP CAESAR Bare head of Augustus to right. Rev. AVGV-STVS Six ears of grain, tied together. BMC 697. RIC² 478. RPC 2214. Sutherland Group V (from unrecorded dies). Attractive, clear and bright. With some very minor scuffs and with a slightly off-center reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 280
Augustus, 27 BC-AD 14. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 7.83 g, 12 h), Lugdunum, 13-14. CAESAR AVGVSTVS – DIVI F PATER PATRIAE Laureate head of Augustus to right. Rev. TI CAESAR / AVG F TR POT – XV Tiberius Caesar standing in a triumphal quadriga to right, holding eagle-tipped scepter in his left hand and the reins in his right; first and third horses with their heads turned back to left. Bahrfeldt 238b. BMC 508.BN 1687. Calicó 295. Cf. Cohen 301 (but only as a denarius). RIC 223. A splendid example, rare and beautifully struck and centered. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 50000 CHF
Estimate: 35000 CHF
Lot 281
Augustus, 27 BC-AD 14. Tessera (Bronze, 20 mm, 4.89 g, 1 h), struck under Tiberius, c. 22/3-37. FEL Laureate head of Augustus to right. Rev. X in dotted circle within wreath. Buttrey p. 61, B 5/X. Cohen VIII, 251, 62. Dark patina and with a bold strike. Minor porosity, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 282
Tiberius, 14-37. As (Copper, 25 mm, 10.98 g, 12 h), Rome, 22-23. TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVST IMP VIII Bare head of Tiberius to left. Rev. PONTIF MAXIM TRIBVN POTEST XXIIII around large S C. BMC 91-4. BN 68-71. Cohen 25. RIC 44. With an exceptionally elegant and individualistic portrait of the best style. Fine olive-green patina with earthen highlights. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 1400 CHF
From the Vierordt collection, sold in 1924
Lot 283
Tiberius, AD 14-37. Tessera (Bronze, 22.5 mm, 4.57 g, 2 h), circa 22-37. An erotic scene taking place in a curtained room with a table. Rev. V within dotted circular border within wreath. Buttrey Table A, 11/V, pl. 3, 11 = Simonetta - Riva pl. 4, 9/B (this example). Very rare and with an attractive green patina with tan highlights. Small corrosion spots on the reverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 22000 CHF
Estimate: 12500 CHF
A splendid example of this popular type
Lot 284
Gaius (Caligula), 37-41. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 37 mm, 26.73 g, 5 h), Rome, 40-41. C CAESAR DIVI AVG PRON AVG P M TR P IIII P P Laureate head of Caligula to left. Rev. ADLOCVT / COH Bareheaded and togate figure of Caligula standing left before a sella castrensis on a platform, his right hand outstretched towards five legionaries standing to right and facing him; the first bears a shield and the other four hold legionary eagles. BMC 68. Cohen 3. RIC 48. With a fine portrait, a detailed reverse and a reddish-brown/olive-green patina. Traces of smoothing on the obverse and with a flan fault on the reverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 12000 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Lot 285
Gaius (Caligula), with Germanicus, 37-41. Aureus (Gold, 19.5 mm, 7.40 g, 5 h), Rome, 37-38. C.CAESAR. AVG. GERM. P.M.TR. POT. Laureate head of Caligula to right. Rev. GERMANICVS. CAES. P.C. CAES.AVG. GERM Bare head of Germanicus to right. BMC 18. Calicó 321a. Cohen (G. & C.) 1. RIC 17. Rare, attractive and clear, with fine portraits. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 70000 CHF
Estimate: 50000 CHF
Lot 287
Claudius, 41-54. Aureus (Gold, 18 mm, 7.90 g, 9 h), Rome, 41-42. TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P Laureate head of Claudius to right. Rev. EX S C / OB CIVES / SERVATOS in three lines within oak-wreath. BMC 16. BN 32 (Lugdunum). Calicó 356. RIC 15. With a powerfully noble and idealised portrait of Claudius. Struck from slightly worn dies and with a flan fault on the emperor's shoulder, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 28000 CHF
Estimate: 30000 CHF
Lot 288
Claudius, 41-54. Cistophoric Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 11.02 g, 7 h), Ephesus, 41-42. TI CLAVD CAES AVG Bare head of Claudius to left. Rev. COM - ASI Temple of Roma and Augustus, distyle and on a base and three steps, with, on the architrave, ROM ET AVG, and within the intercolumniation, on the left, Claudius, in military dress, standing facing and being crowned with a wreath held in the right hand of a draped female figure, on the right, standing facing and holding a cornucopia over her left arm. BMC 229. Cohen 30. RIC 118. RPC I 2222. With a remarkably fine portrait of the emperor. Toned and well-centered. Slightly rough surfaces. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 289
Claudius, 41-54. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 7.73 g, 10 h), Rome, 44-45. TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG P M TR P IIII Laureate head of Claudius to right. Rev. PACI AVGVSTAE Pax-Nemesis walking right, holding a fold of her drapery before her face with her right hand and, in her left, a winged caduceus, pointed downwards at a snake at her feet to right. BMC 26. BN 40-1. Calicó 366. RIC 27. Cf. Von Kaenel 565. Lustrous and fully centered. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 11000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 290
Nero, 54-68. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.45 g, 6 h), Rome, 65-66. NERO CAESAR AVGVSTVS Laureate head of Nero to right. Rev. VESTA Round, hexastyle temple of Vesta on high base with three steps; within central intercolumniation, seated statue of Vesta facing. BMC 104. BN 230. Cohen 335. RIC 62. A lovely example, lightly toned and with an exceptionally elegant portrait. Slightly weakly struck on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3400 CHF
Estimate: 3000 CHF
Lot 291
Nero, 54-68. Dupondius (Bronze, 29 mm, 16.24 g, 6 h), Rome, 63. CLAVD CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR P IMP P P Radiate head of Nero to left. Rev. VICTORIA AVGVSTI / S C / II Victory advancing left, holding wreath in her right hand and a palm branch in her left. BMC 219. D. Calomino, Defacing the Past - Damnation and Descecration in Imperial Rome, London, 2017, p. 71, fig. 36 (this coin). RIC 199. WCN 196. An extraordinary coin: with the praenomen Nero removed from the coin and the bust tooled to resemble that of Vespasian as a form of Damnatio Memoriae. Very rare and of immense historical interest. Some deposits, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 292
Vespasian, AD 69-79. Denarius (Silver, 20 mm, 3.46 g, 6 h), Rome, 69-70. IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG Laureate head of Vespasian to right. Rev. IVDAEA Jewess, veiled, seated right in attitude of mourning at base of trophy. BMC 35. BN 23-5. Cohen 226. Hendin 1479. RIC 15. Lightly toned. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 340 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 293
Vespasian, 69-79. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 34 mm, 26.06 g, 5 h), Rome, 71. IMP CAES VESPAS AVG P M TR P P P COS III Laureate head of Vespasian to right. Rev. PAX AVGVSTI / S C Pax standing left, holding olive branch in right hand and cornucopiae in left. BMC 555. Cohen 326 var (CAESAR). RIC 243. Natural green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 296
Domitian, 81-96. Aureus (Gold, 19.5 mm, 7.57 g, 6 h), Rome, 92-94. DOMITIANVS AVGVSTVS Laureate head of Domitian to right. Rev. GERMANICVS COS XVI Minerva standing left, holding spear in right hand. BMC 210. BN -. Calicó 847 (this coin). Cohen 157. RIC 746. with a fine portrait of Domitian struck in high relief. Light scuff in the reverse field, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 12000 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Lot 298
Trajan, 98-117. As (Copper, 27 mm, 11.83 g, 7 h), Rome, 104/5-107. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS V P P Laureate bust of Trajan to right, with light drapery on his far shoulder. Rev. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI / S C An oval shield, elaborately decorated with a flaming thunderbolt, set over a saltire of spears, a sword, one oblong shield and a vexillum. BMC 951. BN 532. Cohen 569. RIC 584. Woytek 198bB. A very attractive, well-struck piece with a dark, blackish-green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3000 CHF
Estimate: 3000 CHF
Rare quinarius of Trajan
Lot 299
Trajan, 98-117. Quinarius (Silver, 15 mm, 1.34 g, 7 h), Rome, 107-111. IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P Laureate bust of Trajan to right, slight drapery on left shoulder. Rev. COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC Victory seated left on throne, holding wreath in her right hand and palm with her left. BMC 345-6. BN 280. Cohen 72. King 10. RIC 134 var (bust). Woytek 374bC. Deep iridescent toning. A few minor marks on cheek, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 300
Trajan, 98-117. As (Copper, 28 mm, 10.14 g, 6 h), Rome, 112-114. IMP CAES NERVAE TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P Laureate and draped bust of Trajan to right. Rev. S P Q R OPTIMO PRINCIPI / S C Victory advancing right, holding wreath in right hand and palm in left. BMC 1002 var. Cohen 434. Hill 630. RIC 594. Woytek 475v. Attractive dark green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 301
Hadrian, 117-138. Sestertius (Bronze, 33 mm, 27.23 g, 6 h), Rome, circa 129-130. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS Laureate and cuirassed bust of Hadrian to right. Rev. FELICITATI AVG / COS III P P / S C Galley rowed left by five oarsmen: at the bow a mast raking forwards with flag and sails attached, at the stern is a hortator and an arched cabin under a curved aplustre. Banti 340. BMC 1398 var. Cohen 664. RIC 706 = RIC II.3, 1290. An impressive strike on a square-shaped flan, with nice wide margins. A wonderful portrait of Hadrian and a popular reverse type. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 18000 CHF
Estimate: 12000 CHF
Lot 302
Antoninus Pius, 138-161. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 31 mm, 28.19 g, 6 h), Rome, circa 141-143. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P Laureate head of Antoninus Pius to right. Rev. TR POT COS III / S C She-wolf standing to right, suckling the twins Remus and Romulus. BMC 1299. Cohen 769. RIC 631. A very attractive example with a pleasing brown patina. Minor planchet flaw on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
Estimate: 3000 CHF
Lot 303
Antoninus Pius, 138-161. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 33.5 mm, 21.11 g, 11 h), Rome, 145-147. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P Laureate head of Antoninus Pius to right. Rev. COS IIII / S C Antoninus Pius, holding eagle-tipped scepter in his left hand and stretching his right out to left, driving slow quadriga to left. Banti 120. BMC 1669. Cohen 320. RIC 767a. With a fine brown patina and a splendid portrait. Some very minor smoothing in the fields, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 306
Divus Antoninus Pius, died 161. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 30 mm, 22.86 g, 12 h), struck under Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, Rome, 161, and later. DIVVS ANTONINVS Bare head of Antoninus Pius to right. Rev. CONSECRATIO / S C Four-tiered funeral pyre, decorated with garlands and surmounted by a quadriga. BMC 873 (M. Aurelius and L. Verus). Cohen 165 var (S C in exergue). RIC 1266 (Marcus Aurelius). An impressive piece with a dark green patina. Some minor marks, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1600 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 307
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 7.33 g, 12 h), Rome, December 168-December 169. M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXIII Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Marcus Aurelius to left. Rev. FELICITAS AVG COS III Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus in right hand and scepter in left. BMC 489, note. Calicó 1853 (same dies). Cohen 179. RIC 202. Sharply struck in high relief. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 14000 CHF
Estimate: 14000 CHF
An impressive bimetallic medallion
Lot 308
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Medallion (Bimetallic, copper and orichalcum, 63 mm, 171.00 g, 6 h), Rome, 169. M ANTONINVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Marcus Aurelius to right. Rev. TR P XXIII IMP V COS III Faustina Junior seated left on high-backed throne, reaching with her right hand to two genii walking towards her holding a large cornucopiae between them, and holding scepter in left. Gnecchi II p. 34, 56, pl. 6, 6. MIR 18, pl. 21, 20 (reverse only). An impressively massive bimetallic medallion with a magnificent green patina. Extremely rare! Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 55000 CHF
Estimate: 40000 CHF
Lot 309
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Sestertius (Bronze, 34 mm, 26.87 g, 12 h), Rome, 173-174. M ANTONIVS AVG TR P XXVIII Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Marcus Aurelius to right. Rev. IMP VI COS III / S C Jupiter seated left on square-backed throne, holding Victory in right hand and scepter in left. Banti 122. MIR 18, 266-6/30. RIC 1098. An exceptionally well-struck and well-centered example with a lovely green patina and a very fine portrait. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7500 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Lot 310
Lucius Verus, 161-169. Denarius (Silver, 20 mm, 3.49 g, 11 h), Rome, 168. L VERVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX Laureate head of Lucius Verus to right. Rev. TR P VIII IMP V COS III Aequitas seated left, holding scales in right hand and cornucopiae in left. BMC 481 (Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus). Cohen 318. RIC 595 (Marcus Aurelius). Sharply struck and beautifully toned with a fine portrait and an attractive reverse. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 300 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 311
Commodus, as Caesar, 166-177. Aureus (Gold, 19.5 mm, 7.17 g, 5 h), Rome, 175-176. COMMODO CAES AVG FIL GERM SARM Bareheaded, draped and cuirassed bust of Commodus to right. Rev. PRI-NC IVVENT Commodus, as first among the young, in military dress, standing to left, holding branch in his extended right hand and reversed spear in his left; to right, military trophy with a round shield at the base. Biaggi 1008 (same dies). BMC 648. Calicó 2316 (same dies). MIR 18, 342-12/17. RIC (Marcus Aurelius) 615 var (bust only draped). Lovely, sharply struck, lightly toned and very attractive. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 18000 CHF
Estimate: 18000 CHF
Lot 312
Commodus, 177-192. Aureus (Gold, 19.5 mm, 7.22 g, 5 h), Rome, 188. M COMM • ANT • P FEL • AVG BRIT Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Commodus to right. Rev. P M • TR P XIII • IMP VIII COS V • P • P / SAL • AVG Salus, seated to left, feeding snake, rising from an altar to her left, out of patera which she holds in her right hand, while resting her left elbow on the edge of her throne. BMC p. 735, note *. Biaggi 1029 (same dies). Calicó 2322 (same dies). Cohen -. MIR 749-2/33. RIC 178 (but TR P XIII, not XIIII). Rare. A splendid, sharply struck and toned piece with a fine portrait. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 32000 CHF
Estimate: 35000 CHF
Ex Hunter and Biaggi collections
Lot 314
Septimius Severus, 193-211. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 7.18 g, 6 h), Rome, 197. L SEPT SEV PERT AVG IMP VIIII Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Septimius Severus to right. Rev. LIBERO PATRI Liber (Bacchus) standing facing, head on which he places his right hand turned to the left, holding thyrsus in left; at feet to left, panther seated left, forepaw raised, and head turned to look back at Liber. Cf. BMC 222, note = Cohen 303 = RIC 99 (bust). Biaggi 1081 = Calicó 2482 (this coin). Hill 311. A wonderful example with sharp details. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 14000 CHF
Estimate: 12500 CHF
The Saecular Games of 204
Lot 315
Septimius Severus, 193-211. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.66 g, 12 h), Rome, 204-206. SEVERVS PIVS AVG Laureate head of Septimius Severus to right. Rev. LAETITIA TEMPORVM The central Spina of the Circus Maximus in Rome, shown as a left sailing galley with the turning markers at the prow and stern; the central obelisk of the Spina is ornamented with a sail to maintain the galley-like appearance; above quadrigas galloping to left; below, an ostrich, two lions, a donkey, a panther, a bear, and a bison. BMC 343. Cohen 253. RIC 274. Rare. Sharply struck and of unusually fine quality, attractively toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4800 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Fine style imitation
Lot 316
Septimius Severus, 193-211. Aureus (Gold, 19 mm, 6.91 g, 5 h), Imitative, perhaps Indian. IMPER AEL SEPTI SEVER PERT III Laureate head of Septimius Severus to right. Rev. P M I PT II P VIII COS NI AV II Victory advancing left, holding wreath in outstretched right hand and trophy over left shoulder with left. Unpublished in the standard references, but see Roma XX, 2020, 624 = Roma XV, 2018, 587 and Heritage 3075, 2019, 32062 for two additional examples struck from the same dies. Of excellent style and struck from finely engraved dies, but with legends incorrectly copied. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 10000 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Lot 317
Julia Domna, Augusta, 193-217. Denarius (Silver, 20 mm, 2.46 g, 12 h), struck under Caracalla, Rome, 211-215. IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG Draped bust of Julia Domna to right. Rev. MATRI DEVM Cybele standing left, leaning on column to right, holding drum in her right hand and scepter in left; at feet to left, lion walking left. BMC 16 (Caracalla). Cohen 137. RIC 382 (Caracalla). Sharply struck with excellent centering; a very attractive example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 260 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 320
Caracalla, AD 198-217. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 2.51 g, 12 h), Rome, 208. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG Laureate head of Caracalla to right. Rev. PONTIF TR P XI COS III / PROF Caracalla, in military dress and holding a transverse spear in his right hand, riding a horse walking to right. BMC 572. Cohen 511. RIC 107. Obverse boldly struck in high relief. Reverse die slightly worn, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 220 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
Lot 324
Geta, 209-211. Denarius (Silver, 20 mm, 3.59 g, 12 h), Rome, 211. P SEPT GETA PIVS AVG BRIT Laureate head of Geta to right. Rev. PONTIF TR P II COS II Felicitas standing left, holding cornucopiae with her right hand and long caduceus with her left. BMC 119. Cohen 149. RIC 78a. Well-centered and struck. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 340 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
Lot 327
Macrinus, 217-218. Denarius (Silver, 20 mm, 3.07 g, 6 h), Rome, 218. IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG Laureate and cuirassed bust of Macrinus to right. Rev. IOVI CONSERVATORI Jupiter, nude, standing facing, his head turned to left, holding thunderbolt in his right hand and scepter in his left. BMC 17. Cohen 33. RIC 72. Attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 260 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 328
Elagabalus, AD 218-222. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 2.94 g, 7 h), Rome, 219. IMP ANTONINVS AVG Laureate and draped bust of Elagabalus to right. Rev. P M TR P II COS II P P Providentia standing left with her legs crossed, leaning on a short column, holding wand over globe with her right hand and a cornucopia with her left. Cohen 144. RIC 23. Sharply struck. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 340 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 329
Elagabalus, 218-222. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 2.87 g, 1 h), Rome, 220-222. IMP ANTONINVS PIVS AVG Laureate and draped bust of Elagabalus to right. Rev. FIDES MILITVM Legionary eagle between two standards; with oblong shields at the base of the standards and a round shield at the base of the eagle. BMC 201. Cohen 44. RIC 78. Lightly toned and well-struck. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 260 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
Lot 330
Severus Alexander, 222-235. Sestertius (Bronze, 32 mm, 23.48 g, 1 h), Rome, 229. IMP SEV ALEXANDER AVG Laureate head of Severus Alexander to right. Rev. LIBERALITAS AVGVSTI IIII / S C The Emperor seated left on platform; behind, an officer and a soldier standing left; before him, Liberalitas standing left, holding abacus in right hand and cornucopiae in left; below the platform to left, a citizen mounting steps. Banti 41. BMC 565. Cohen 139. RIC 578. With a good portrait, well-centered on a broad flan and an attractive green patina. Some minor smoothing, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 332
Julia Mamaea, Augusta, 222-235. Denarius (Silver, 20 mm, 3.56 g, 6 h), struck under her son, Severus Alexander, Rome, 228. IVLIA MA-MAEA AVG Diademed and draped bust of Julia Mamaea to right. Rev. FELICITAS PVBLICA Felicitas standing facing with her legs crossed, her head turned to left, leaning on column and holding caduceus in her right hand. BMC 483. Cohen 17. RIC 335. Excellent strong strike. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 380 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 333
Julia Mamaea, Augusta, 222-235. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 30 mm, 18.88 g, 1 h), struck under Severus Alexander, Rome, 228. IVLIA MAMAEA AVGVSTA Diademed and draped bust of Julia Mamaea to right. Rev. IVNO AVGVSTAE / S C Juno seated left, holding flower in her right hand and infant with her left. BMC 759. Cohen 33. RIC 683 (Severus Alexander). Brown surfaces. A few deposits and minor porosity, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 340 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 334
Maximus, Caesar, 235/6-238. Denarius (Silver, 21 mm, 3.61 g, 5 h), struck under his father Maximinus, Rome, 236. IVL VERVS MAXIMVS CAES Bareheaded and draped bust of Maximus to right. Rev. PIETAS AVG lituus, knife, patera, jug, simpulum, and sprinkler. BMC 118. Cohen 1. RIC 1. Sharp and well-centered. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 335
Maximus, as Caesar, 235/6-238. Denarius (Silver, 21 mm, 3.02 g, 6 h), Rome, 236-237. MAXIMVS CAES GERM Bareheaded and draped bust of Maximus to right. Rev. PRINC IVVENTVTIS Maximus standing left, holding baton in his right hand and transverse spear in his left; behind, two standards. BMC 211-2. Cohen 10. RIC 3. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 300 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 336
Gordian II, 238. Denarius (Silver, 20 mm, 2.90 g, 6 h), Rome, March - April 238. IMP M ANT GORDIANVS AFR AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian II to right. Rev. VICTORIA AVGG Victory advancing to left, holding wreath in her right hand and palm frond with her left. BMC 28. Cohen 12. RIC 2. Well-struck and attractive. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3000 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 337
Pupienus, 238. Denarius (Silver, 22 mm, 2.95 g, 11 h), Rome, 238. IMP C M CLOD PVPIENVS AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Pupienus to right. Rev. PAX PVBLICA Pax seated left, holding branch in her right hand and scepter in her left. BMC 46. Cohen 22. RIC 4. Slight graininess, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 440 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 338
Pupienus, 238. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 31 mm, 22.51 g, 1 h), Rome, 22 April-29 July 238. IMP CAES M CLOD PVPIENVS AVG Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Pupienus to right, seen from behind. Rev. CONCORDIA AVGG / S C Concordia seated left, holding patera in her right hand and double cornucopiae with her left. Banti 1. Cohen 7. BMC 43-9. RIC 20. Attractive light green patina. Minor roughness, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5000 CHF
Estimate: 2750 CHF
Lot 339
Gordian III, 238-244. Antoninianus (Silver, 21 mm, 4.46 g, 5 h), Antioch, 238-239. IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian III to right. Rev. P M TR P II COS P P Providentia standing left, holding globe and transverse scepter. Bland 44; Cohen 196a. RIC 172. A choice example of fine eastern style. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 260 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Well struck aureus of Gordian III
Lot 340
Gordian III, 238-244. Aureus (Gold, 21 mm, 5.05 g, 7 h), Rome, 239. IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian III to right. Rev. VICTORIA AVG Victory advancing to left, holding wreath in right hand and palm branch in left. Biaggi 1371. Calicó 3238. Cohen 356. RIC 11. Sharp, well-centered and lustrous; a lovely coin with an elegant portrait. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4200 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Lot 341
Gordian III, 238-244. Denarius (Silver, 21 mm, 2.80 g, 12 h), Rome, 240. IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian to right. Rev. SALVS AVGVSTI Salus standing to right, feeding snake in her right hand from a patera held in her left. Cohen 325. RIC 129a. Beautifully struck, with a fine portrait and some lustre. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 180 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
Farnese Hercules
Lot 342
Gordian III, 238-244. Aureus (Gold, 20.5 mm, 4.70 g, 12 h), Rome, late 240-early 243. IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gordian to right. Rev. VIRTVTI AVGVSTI Hercules standing right, resting right hand on hip and holding club set on rock with left, and with lion's skin beside his club. Biaggi 1373-4. Calicó 3242. Cohen 401 var (bust). RIC 108. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3800 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Lot 346
Philip I, 244-249. Antoninianus (Silver, 22.5 mm, 4.43 g, 1 h), Rome, 246. IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Philip I to right. Rev. ROMAE AETERNAE Roma seated left on a shield, holding Victory in her outstretched right hand and a long scepter in her left. Cohen 169. RIC 44b. Sharp and lustrous. A few uncleaned deposits on the edge, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 85 CHF
Estimate: 100 CHF
Lot 347
Philip I, AD 244-249. Antoninianus (Silver, 22 mm, 4.00 g, 12 h), commemorating the 1000th anniversary of Rome, Rome, 248. IMP PHILIPPVS AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Philip I to right. Rev. SAECVLARES AVGG / U Stag standing right. Cohen 182. RIC 19. Sharp and lustrous. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 500 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
Lot 350
Herennia Etruscilla, Augusta, 249-251. Antoninianus (Silver, 21 mm, 3.92 g, 7 h), struck under Trajan Decius, Rome. HER ETRVSCILLA AVG Diademed and draped bust of Herennia Etruscilla set on crescent to right. Rev. PVDICITIA AVG Pudicitia, veiled, seated left on throne, with her right hand drawing veil and holding a transverse scepter in her left. Cohen 19. RIC 59b. Nicely centered and clear. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 180 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
Lot 351
Aemilian, 253. Antoninianus (Silver, 22.5 mm, 2.91 g, 1 h), Rome. IMP AEMILIANVS PIVS FEL AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Aemilian to right. Rev. MARTI PROPVGT Mars standing facing, head turned to left, resting his right hand on his shield and holding reversed spear with his left. Cohen 25. RIC 6. Excellent portrait. Small dark deposits and some roughness, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 220 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Second known example!
Lot 355
Aurelian, 270-275. Antoninianus (Billon, 24 mm, 4.35 g, 6 h), Serdica, T = 3rd officina, April - November 274. IMP CL DOM AVRELIANVS P F AVG Radiate and cuirassed bust of Aurelian to right. Rev. ORIENS AVG / XXI·T· Mars standing right, holding spear in left hand, receiving globe from Sol standing left, holding globe in right hand and whip in left, resting with right foot on a bound captive in oriental dress seated left. Göbl 255q 3 (same obverse die) = RIC V.1 Online 2706 (same obverse die). An extremely rare type with DOM in the obverse legend, with only one example, cited in RIC V.1 Online. Flan crack, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 190 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 356
Aurelian, 270-275. Antoninianus (Billon, 24 mm, 4.14 g, 11 h), Serdica, P = 1st officina, Spring 274. IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG Radiate and cuirassed bust of Aurelian to right. Rev. ORI-ENS AVG / P Sol advancing left between two captives, holding globe in his left hand and rising his right. BN 1007-8. RIC 278. RIC V.1 Online temp. 2641. Perfectly centered and sharply struck: a wonderful piece. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 280 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
Lot 357
Severina, Augusta, 270-275. Antoninianus (Billon, 22 mm, 4.09 g, 11 h), Siscia, S = 2nd officina, autumn 274 - spring 275. SEVERINAE AVG Diademed and draped bust of Severina to right, set on crescent. Rev. CONCORDIAE MILITVM / SXXI Concordia standing left, holding two signa. BN 930-1. RIC 13. RIC V.1 Online temp. 2402. Fully silvered and sharply struck. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 170 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
Very rare antoninianus of Queen Zenobia
Lot 358
Zenobia, usurper, 268-272. Antoninianus (Billon, 20 mm, 3.56 g, 6 h), Antioch, March-May 272. S ZENOBIA AVG Diademed and draped bust of Zenobia to right, on lunar crescent. Rev. IVNO REGINA Juno standing left, holding patera in her right hand and long scepter with her left; at her feet to left, peacock standing left, head turned back to right; in left field, star. Bland 2011, 29. RIC 2 var. RIC temp. 3122 (9 examples cited). Very rare. Dark brown patina with earthen highlights. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Rare Vabalathus antoninianus
Lot 359
Vabalathus, usurper, 268-272. Antoninianus (Billon, 20 mm, 3.76 g, 11 h), Antioch, E = 5th officina, 272. IM C VHABALATHVS AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Vabalathus to right. Rev. VЄNV-S AVG / Є Venus standing left, holding helmet in right hand, transverse spear in left, and leaning on shield behind her; star to left. Bland, Coinage 23. BN 1266. RIC V 5 corr (bust). Rare. Minor deposits, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Another Rare Vabalathus antoninianus
Lot 360
Vabalathus, usurper, 268-272. Antoninianus (Billon, 21 mm, 3.44 g, 10 h), Antioch, March-May 272. IM C VHABALATHVS AVG Radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Vabalathus to right. Rev. AEQVITAS AVG Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopia; star to left. BN 1263. RIC 1. Rare. Attractive and clear. Flan crack, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 361
Probus, 276-282. Antoninianus (Billon, 23 mm, 3.90 g, 12 h), Serdica, Δ = 4th officina, 276. IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Probus to right. Rev. PROVIDEN DEOR / KAΔ Providentia standing right, holding two ensigns, facing Sol standing left, his right hand raised, holding globe. Cohen 472. RIC 845. Well-struck and with nearly full silvering. About extremely fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Estimate: 150 CHF
Lot 362
Diocletian, 284-305. Aureus (Gold, 20.5 mm, 4.54 g, 12 h), Cyzicus, 284-286. IMP C C VAL DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Diocletian to right. Rev. IOVI CONSERVATORI ORBIS Jupiter standing to left, holding Victory on globe in his right hand and long scepter with his left. Biaggi 1729. Cohen 283. Calicó 4524. Depeyrot 2/3. Lukanc 14. RIC 299. Well-centered and lustrous. Scrapes, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4200 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
The Victorious Fates
Lot 363
Diocletian, 284-305. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 5.33 g, 6 h), Cyzicus, 286-287. IMP C C VAL DIOCLETIANVS AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Diocletian to right. Rev. FATIS VICTRICIBVS / S C The Parcae (Fates), draped, standing, one facing to the right and two facing to the left, each holding a cornucopiae and the outer two holding a rudder. Calicó 4449. Depeyrot 5/5. Lukanc 9. RIC V 294. A fine example and with an interesting reverse. Slight rub in obverse field, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 11000 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Pleasing follis of the usurper Domitius Domitianus
Lot 364
Domitius Domitianus, usurper, 297-298. Follis (Bronze, 25.5 mm, 9.79 g, 12 h), Alexandria, A = 1st officina, 298. IMP C L DOMITIVS DOMITIANVS AVG Laureate head of Domitius Domitianus to right. Rev. GENIO POPVLI ROMANI / A / ALE Genius of the Roman People standing left, holding patera in right hand and cornuopiae in left; at his feet to left, eagle standing left, his head turned back to right. RIC 20. A well-centered and well-struck example of this rare usurper. Light deposits and cleaning marks, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2600 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 365
Valerius Valens, 316-317. Follis (Bronze, 21.5 mm, 3.91 g, 6 h), Alexandria, 2nd officina. IMP C AVR VAL VALENS P F AVG Laureate head of Valens to right. Rev. IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG / ALE Jupiter, nude but for cloak over his shoulders, standing left, holding Victory on globe in his right hand and long scepter in his left; at his feet to left, eagle standing left with wreath in his beak, turning his head back to right; in field to left, K; in field to right, wreath over X over A (but mistakenly rendered as an R by the ancient die engraver - see below). RIC VII 19. Extremely rare. Sharply struck and clear. Scuff and remains of die rust on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 16000 CHF
Estimate: 15000 CHF
Unpublished bust variety
Lot 366
Licinius II, Caesar, 317-324. Follis (Bronze, 19 mm, 2.66 g, 6 h), Ticinum, T = 3rd officina , 319-320. LICINIVS IVN NOB C Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Licinius II to left, with aegis on his breastplate, holding Victory on globe in his right hand and the hilt of a short sword or dagger in a scabbard of curved form in his left, its bottom extending beyond his left shoulder and ending in a small globe. Rev. VIRTVS EXERCIT / (Chi-Rho)/TT Two captives seated at base of an upright spear bearing a banner inscribed VOT / XX; in field to left, monogram of ΧΡ monogram. Cf. RIC 119 (draped, not cuirassed, and holding mappa). Of great rarity and interest, with an unpublished bust variety. With an unusually attractive and detailed bust on the obverse. Some smoothing in the fields, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 170 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
Lot 367
Constantine I, 307/310-337. Medallion (Bronze, but silvered, 39 mm, 29.66 g, 5 h), Rome, circa 327-333. CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constantine I to right. Rev. SECVRITAS AVGVSTI N Securitas standing facing, leaning on short column with her left arm, head turned to the right, placing right hand on top of her head and holding scepter in left; at her feet to left, mourning female captive seated to left, her right hand touching her face in an attitude of mourning; at her feet to right, male captive seated to right, his head turned back to face her. Cohen 493. Gnecchi II, 9, pl. 130, 7. Well-struck with a dark green patina and some remaining original silvering. Some minor deposits, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 28000 CHF
Estimate: 30000 CHF
Unpublished miliarense of Valens
Lot 368
Valens, 364-378. Miliarense (Silver, 24 mm, 4.46 g, 6 h), Constantinople, A = 1st officina, 364-375. D N VALENS P F AVG Draped and cuirassed bust of Valens to right, wearing pearl diadem. Rev. VIRTVS EXERCITI / (palm)CONSA(wreath) Valens, in military dress, standing facing, but turned slightly to the right, holding a spear in his right hand and a globe in his left. At his feet to right, bound captive kneeling to right. Cohen -. Cf. RIC IX 33 (Valentinian I). Unpublished, although two or three examples seem to be known. Clear, well-struck and attractive. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3400 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 369
Gratian, 367-383. Solidus (Gold, 22 mm, 4.38 g, 11 h), Thessalonica, 378-383. D N GRATIA-NVS P F AVG Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Gratian to right. Rev. VICTOR-IA AVGG / TESOB Two emperors enthroned facing, each with his right hand on a globe held between them; above, Victory facing with wings spread; at their feet between them, palm branch. Depeyrot 34/1. RIC 34b.1. Well-struck and lustrous. Small scuff on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 4500 CHF
Lot 370
Theodosius I, with Arcadius and Honorius, 379-395. Solidus weight or Exagium (Bronze, 19.5 mm, 4.27 g, 12 h), Constantinople, 393-395. DDD NNN AAAVVVGGG Diademed, draped and cuirassed facing busts of Honorius, Theodosius and Arcadius; cross in upper field. Rev. EXAG SOL SVB V INL IOhANNI COm S L / CONS Moneta standing facing, head left, holding scales in right hand and cornucopia in left; in right field, star. Bendall, Byzantine Weights 10. Sabatier 8. Dark olive-green patina with light earthen deposits. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 371
Honorius, 393-423. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.47 g, 6 h), Ravenna, 402-406. D N HONORIVS P F AVG Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust of Honorius to right. Rev. VICTORIA AVGGG / R-V/COMOB Honorius standing right, with his left foot set on captive, holding labarum in his right hand and, in his left, a globe topped by Victory holding a wreath to crown the emperor. Depeyrot 7/1. Ranieri 13. RIC 1287. Excellent centering and well-struck. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 372
Theodosius II, 402-450. Solidus (Gold, 21.5 mm, 4.48 g, 6 h), Constantinople, E = 5th officina, circa 408-420. D N THEODO-SIVS P F AVG Helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Theodosius facing, his head turned slightly to right, holding a spear over his right shoulder and with a shield, ornamented with a horseman spearing a fallen foe, over his left. Rev. CONCORDIA AVGG E / CONOB Constantinopolis seated facing on throne, her head turned to right, wearing helmet, holding a spear with her right hand, Victory on a globus in her left, and with her right foot on a prow; in field to left, star. Depeyrot 73/2. RIC 202. Lustrous and particularly sharp. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 373
Theodosius II, 402-450. Miliarense (Silver, 23 mm, 4.35 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 408-420. D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Theodosius to left. Rev. GLORIA ROMANORVM / CON Nimbate and armored emperor standing facing, his head turned to left, holding globus in his left hand and raising his right in salute; to left, star. MIRB 61a. RIC X 370. Vagi 3747. Same obverse die as Obolos 3, 2015, 381. Well-preserved and attractive. Minor marks and usual die break on obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 374
Theodosius II, 402-450. Solidus (Gold, 22 mm, 4.49 g, 6 h), Constantinople, Δ = 4th officina, 425-429. D N THEODO - SIVS P F AVG Helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Theodosius facing, holding spear over his right shoulder and with shield, ornamented with a horseman spearing a fallen foe, over his left. Rev. SALVS REI - PVBLICAE Δ/CONOB Two nimbate emperors seated facing on double throne, the larger on the left Theodosius II and the smaller on the right Valentinian III, both wearing consular robes and holding a mappa in their right hands and a cross in their left. Depeyrot 79/1. RIC 237. Light scratches, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 375
Theodosius II, 402-450. Solidus (Gold, 20.5 mm, 4.52 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 441. D N THEODO-SIVS P F AVG Helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Theodosius II facing, turned slightly to the right, holding spear in his right hand and with a shield, ornamented with a cavalryman spearing a fallen foe, over his left shoulder. Rev. VIRT EX-ERC ROM / CONOB Theodosius, helmeted and armored moving to right, holding a trophy over his left shoulder with his left hand and looking back at a captive that he is dragging to right with his right; star on the right field. Depeyrot 83/1. RIC 284. A scarce type. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Extremely rare solidus of Leo I and Leo II
Lot 376
Leo I, with Leo II, 473-474. Solidus (Gold, 22 mm, 4.50 g, 6 h), Constantinople, October 473 - January 474. DN LEO PERPET AVG Helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Leo I facing, holding a spear in his right hand and with a shield, decorated with horseman attacking a fallen foe, over his left shoulder. Rev. SALVS REI-RVBLICAE (sic) C / CONOB Leo I, larger and on the left, and Leo II, smaller and on the right, seated facing on a lyre type throne with a back, each holding mappa; star above cross on the upper field. Depeyrot 92/1. RIC 638. An extremely rare issue of Leo I and Leo II. Minor die breaks and striking (?) flaw on the obverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2400 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 377
Leo II, with Zeno, 474. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.52 g, 6 h), Constantinople, A = 1st officina. DN LEO ET Z-ENO P P AVG Helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of an emperor facing, holding a spear in his right hand and with a shield, decorated with horseman attacking a fallen foe, over his left shoulder. Rev. SALVS REI-PVBLICAE / A/CONOB Leo II, smaller and on the left, and Zeno, larger and on the right, seated facing on a double throne with a back, each holding mappa; star above cross on the upper field. Depeyrot 98/1. LRC 600. MIRB 1a. RIC 803. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4600 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
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