nomos 23
30 November 2021 14:00 CET
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Lot 142
IONIA. Smyrna. Time of Severus Alexander, 222-235. (Bronze, 32 mm, 15.84 g, 6 h), struck under the strategos M. Vinicius Polites. EΠ C Μ ΟΥΙΝΙ ΠΟΛEΙΤΟΥ Veiled and draped bust of Demeter Horia/Asia to left, holding three corn ears in her right hand and cornucopia with her left. Rev. CΜΥΡΝΑΙΩΝ ΠΡ ΑCΙΑC Γ ΝE ΤΩ-Ν CEΒ The amazon Smyrna standing facing, head to left, holding bipennis, pelta and chlamys with her left hand, and phiale with her right; at her feet to left, prow. BMC 244. Klose XVII, 1 (VD1/R1). RPC VI Online temp. 4681. SNG Leypold 718. Weber 6160. With a surprisingly well-engraved obverse of fine style. Slightly rough surfaces, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 148
LYDIA. Magnesia ad Sipylum. Gordian III, 238-244. (Bronze, 27 mm, 7.33 g, 6 h), struck under the magistrate Aur. Theodotos II. ΙEΡΑ CΥΝΚΛΗΤΟC Draped bust of the Senate to right. Rev. EΠ CΤ ΑΥ ΘEΟΔΟΤΟΥ ΜΑΓΝΗΤΩΝ CΙΠΥΛ Distyle temple containing statue of Cybele standing front, head to left, holding tympanum in her right hand and patera in her left, standing between two lions. GRPC Lydia 61. RPC VII.1 291. SNG von Aulock 2999. SNG Copenhagen 249. Well-struck and well-centered, and with a very dark olive-black patina and earthen highlights. Some pitting, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 500 CHF
Estimate: 225 CHF
Of remarkably fine Hadrianic/Antonine style
Lot 153
PISIDIA. Termessus Major. Time of the Antonines, 138-192. (Bronze, 24 mm, 8.89 g, 12 h), circa 138-150. TEP.Γ.ΜΕΙ-ΖΩ Bearded and cuirassed bust of the hero Solymos to left, wearing crested Corinthian helmet, aegis on breastplate. Rev. CΟΛΥ-ΜΟC The hero Solymos, helmeted and in military dress, seated on high throne to left, raising his right hand before his face. Kosmetatou 41 (O20/R36). RPC IV.3, 8647 (temporary). SNG Paris 2159-60. A lovely and attractive piece of remarkably fine Hadrianic/Antonine style, with a dark patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 154
PISIDIA. Termessus Major. Pseudo-autonomous issue, 3rd century. (Bronze, 25 mm, 11.55 g, 1 h). TEPMHCCEΩN Bareheaded and draped bust of Hermes to right, his kerykeion at his shoulder. Rev. TΩN MEI-ZONΩN Apollo standing facing, his head turned to left, holding laurel branch with his right hand. SNG Paris 2181. SNG von Aulock 5347-8. Dark brown surfaces. Some minor pitting and striking flatness, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Extremely rare bronze struck in the time of Julius Caesar
Lot 202
MYSIA. Parium. Julius Caesar, 49-44 BC. (Bronze, 10 mm, 1.04 g, 10 h), P. Mucius, circa 45 BC (?). C - G / P - I Plough to left; beneath, grain ear. Rev. MVC / PIC・IIII ・I / ・D・D D in three lines. RPC Online 2254A (same dies). The second and finer of two known examples. Boldly struck and with an attractive dark patina with earthen highlights. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 3400 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 213
IONIA. Smyrna. Britannicus, struck under his father, the Emperor Claudius, 41-55. Hemiassarion (Bronze, 17 mm, 3.56 g, 1 h), struck under the magistrates Philistos and Eikadios, circa 50-54. ZMY Bareheaded and draped bust of Britannicus to right. Rev. EΠI ΦIΛIΣTOY EIKAΔI/OΣ Nike advancing to right, holding a trophy over her right shoulder with her right hand. RPC 2476. SNG Copenhagen 1351. SNG von Aulock 7995. Dark green patina. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 214
THRACE. Perinthus. Poppaea, Augusta, 62-65. Diassarion (Bronze, 25 mm, 7.40 g, 7 h), struck under Nero, 62. ΠΟΠΠΑΙΑ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΗ Diademed and draped bust of Poppaea to right. Rev. Π-E Headdress of Isis; all within laurel wreath. RPC I 1756. Schönert-Geiss, Perinthos 277. Varbanov 27. Rare. With an elegant portrait of Poppaea, and a dark green patina. Slightly rough surfaces and with a few minor scratches, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Beautiful patina
Lot 219
THRACE. Perinthus. Domitian, 81-96. Diassarion (Bronze, 26.5 mm, 10.87 g, 7 h). ΑΥΤΟΚ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ ΔΟΜΙΤ-IΑΝΟΣ ΣΕΒ ΓΕΡ Laureate head of Domitian to right. Rev. ΠΕΡΙΝ-ΘΙΩΝ Dionysos standing facing, head to left, holding kantharos with his extended right hand and long filleted thyrsos in his left; at his feet to left, lighted altar. RPC II 363. Varbanov 29. Well-struck from beautifully engraved dies, and with an attractive tan patina; one of the finest examples of this type known. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Second and finest known!
Lot 227
LYDIA. Thyateira. Commodus, 177-192. Medallion of 8-12 Assaria (Bronze, 45 mm, 46.11 g, 6 h), struck under Marcus Aurelius, by the strategos L. Aurelius Demostratos, circa 178-179. ΑVΤΟ ΚΑΙ Λ ΑVΡΗ ΚΟΜΟΔΟC Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Commodus to right. Rev. ΕΠΙ CΤΡΑ Λ ΑYΡΗ ΔΗΜΟ-CΤΡΑΤΟY / ΘYΑΤΕΙΡΗ/ΝΩΝ Marcus Aurelius on horseback to right; to left, Nike advancing right to crown the emperor; to right, trophy with bound captive at its feet. GRPC - Lydia -. RPC IV Online, 11379 = SNG Paris 2167 (but misattributed to Pergamum). With a refined portrait of Commodus, the work of a very skillful engraver who, at that time, was active in the area - he almost certainly also worked at Pergamon, among other places. Some uncleaned deposits as found, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 4200 CHF
Estimate: 3000 CHF
Lot 233
CILICIA. Tarsus. Caracalla, 198-217. (Bronze, 36 mm, 18.19 g, 1 h). AYT KAI M AYP CEYHPOC ANTΩNEINOC CEB / Π - Π Bust of Caracalla to left, wearing the crown and robes of a demiourgos priest; below bust, star. Rev. ANTωNEINIANHC CEYHR AΔPIANH / TAPCOY / MHT / A / M - K / ΓB Elephant walking right, carrying two sacks upon its back, each marked XP. McClean 9116 (same obverse die). Cf. BMC 196, SNG Copenhagen 364, SNG Levante 1047-1048 and SNG Paris 1541. An extraordinary piece with an especially interesting reverse. With a fine apple-green patina. Some roughness on the reverse edge, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Fascinating reverse type
Lot 235
PONTUS. Neocaesarea. Geta, as Caesar, 198-209. Triassarion (Bronze, 31 mm, 16.34 g, 12 h), dated year PMB = 142 = 205/6. Λ Π CEΠ - ΓETAC KAI Draped and cuirassed bust of Geta to right, seen from behind. Rev. KOIN ΠONT NEOKAI MHTPO / ET PMB At the center, the Tyche of Neocaesarea seated to left, turreted and draped, holding a cornucopia with her left hand and extending her right; to the left, three Tychai standing right, and to the right, two Tychai standing left, all turreted and draped. BNF FG 410A (9-40-41) = RG 27. Çizmeli - (D6/R -, unlisted reverse die). Extremely rare, the best, by far, of the three known examples. With a splendid and noble portrait of Geta and a fascinating reverse type. Some surface roughness, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2700 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Possibly the best known
Lot 236
THRACE. Philippopolis. Geta, 209-211. Pentassarion (Bronze, 30 mm, 14.85 g, 12 h). AYT K Π CEΠTI-MIOC ΓETAC Laureate bust of Geta to right, his bare chest shown in a heroic manner and with slight drapery over his far shoulder. Rev. MHTP ΦΙΛIΠΠOΠOΛEΩC Bunardzhik, one of the six hills in Philippopolis, surmounted by a statue of Hercules standing to left, holding his club with his right hand, and apples and a lion's skin with his left. Moushmov 440. Varbanov 1615 corr (bust type, but same dies as illustration). Attractive green patina highlighting a wonderfully preserved heroic portrait of Geta. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Apparently unique and of great interest
Lot 239
MACEDON. Koinon of Macedon. Time of Caracalla to Severus Alexander, Circa 212-235/244. Medallion (Gold, 13.5 mm, 3.50 g, 12 h), in the weight of a half aureus or a hemistater, perhaps minted in Beroia. Diademed head of Alexander the Great to right, some locks of his hair flowing over his diadem in the manner of a ram's horn, the hair at the back of his head streaming off behind his head. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝ/ΔΡΟΥ Athena seated to left on throne, leaning her left elbow on her shield and holding Nike in her right hand; behind, transverse spear with point below left. Unpublished save for its previous auction appearance. Apparently unique, a coin of great interest, struck with the types of Lysimachos. A few light scratches in the reverse field, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 12000 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
The strong mother and her emperor son
Lot 240
CILICIA. Ninica-Claudiopolis. Severus Alexander with Julia Mamaea, 222-235. (Bronze, 32 mm, 16.43 g, 6 h). IMP C M AVR SEVER ALEXANDER / AVΓ Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Severus Alexander to right. Rev. IVL MAMEA AVG NINI CO CLAV Draped bust of Julia Mamaea to right. SNG Levante 617. SNG Levante Supplement 166 (same dies). Ziegler, Sammlungen 336. With good portraits and a dark patina with earthen highlights. Some minor scratches on the reverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Outstanding Medallion of Gordian
Lot 245
LYDIA. Germe. Gordian III, 238-244. Medallion of 8-12 Assaria (Bronze, 44 mm, 42.73 g, 12 h), struck under the first Archon, C. Aurelius Apollonides, 239-244. ΑΥΤ Κ Μ ΑΝΤ ΓΟΡΔΙΑΝΟC ΑΥΓ Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian III seen from behind. Rev. EΠI AYP ΑΠΟΛΛΩΝΙΔΟΥ /A/P/X/ ΓEΡΜΗΝΩ/N Emperor, in military dress, standing facing, his head to left, clasping, with his right hand, the left hand of Tyche, standing before him to left, and being crowned by Nike standing behind him to right. Ehling 203 (V1/R1) = RPC VII, 99 = SNG Righetti 716 (same dies). Voegtli 1j (same obverse die). Very rare, the better of two known examples. An impressive piece. Very slight double-striking and marks, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 7000 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Reverse scene probably taken from a painting
Lot 246
LYDIA. Daldis. Gordian III, 238-244. Medallion (Bronze, 48.5 mm, 43.64 g, 12 h), struck when L. Aurelius Hephaistion was first Archon for the second time. ΑΥΤ Κ Μ ΑΝΤ ΓΟΡΔΙΑΝΟΣ Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian to right. Rev. ΕΠ Λ ΑΥΡ ΗΦΑΙΣΤΙΩΝΟΣ ΑΡΧ / Α Τ Β / ΔΑΛΔΙΑΝ/ΩΝ On the right, Perseus stealthily advancing to left, towards the three sleeping Gorgons, lying to right beneath a tree; in field to right, above Perseus, winged figure of Hypnos; above left, in the field, temple of Apollo; in field to left, horse walking to left, its head turned back to right. GRPC Lydia 50. Kraft pl 45, 57. Mionnet IV, 34, 178. RPC VII.1, 200 = Online VII.1, 200.6 (this coin). Very rare. Dark, reddish-green patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 12000 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Lot 250
CILICIA. Augusta. Valerian I, 253-260. (Bronze, 30.5 mm, 14.32 g, 5 h), year 234 = 253-254. AY KAI ΠOY ΛIK OYAΛEPIANOC CB Radiate and cuirassed bust of Valerian I to right. Rev. AYΓOYCTANΩN E ΔΛC Athena standing left, resting her right hand on a shield beside her to left and holding a spear in her left. Karbach, Augusta 124 (same dies). SNG BN 1911 (same dies). SNG Levante -. Nicely struck, with a bellicose military portrait of Valerian, and with an attractive light brown patina. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 380 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF