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21 October 2014
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
Anastasius I, 491-518. Solidus (Gold, 21mm, 4.47 g 6), Constantinople, 6th officina (S), 507-518. DN ANASTASIVS PP AVC Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Anastasius 3/4 facing to right, holding spear in his right hand and with shield over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORIA AVCCCS / CONOB Victory standing left, holding long, rho-topped cross; to left, star. DOC 7f. MIBE 7. SB 5. Lustrous and well struck with an outstanding reverse. Good extremely fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Estimate: 750 CHF
Justinian I, 527-565. Half-Siliqua (Silver, 11mm, 0.89 g 6), Ravenna, c. 546-565. [DN IVST]INI-ANVS PP A[V] Diademed bust of Justinian to right. Rev. Cross on globe; around, wreath. DOC 337. MIBE 80. SB 318. Nicely toned and well struck. Extremely fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Estimate: 350 CHF
Justin II, 565-578. Solidus (Gold, 20mm, 4.49 g 6), Constantinople, 8th officina (H), 567-578. D N IVSTINVS PP AVI Diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Justin facing, holding Victory on globe in his upraised right hand and with a shield bearing a horseman over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORIA AVCCCH / CONOB Constantinopolis seated facing, head turned to right, holding spear in her right hand and globus cruciger in her left. DOC 4g. MIBE 5. SB 345. Attractive and well struck. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Tiberius II Constantine, 578-582. Follis (Bronze, 40mm, 16.33 g 6), Nicomedia, Year 6 = 579-580. D m TIb CONSTANT P P AVG Facing bust of Tiberius II, wearing consular robes, diademed crown with cross on circlet and pendilia, and holding a mappa and an eagle-tipped sceptre surmounted by a cross. Rev. ANNO – U / NIKOB Large m surmounted by a cross. DO 29b. MIBE 35. SB 441. A well struck and well preserved coin with an attractive green patina . Minor areas of weakness otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 340 CHF
Estimate: 425 CHF
Maurice Tiberius, 582-602. Light-weight Solidus of 22 Siliquae (Gold, 19mm, 4.10 g 7), Constantinople, 582/3. d N TIBER mAVRIC PP AV Draped and cuirassed bust of Maurice facing, wearing plumed helmet with diadem and pendillia, and holding globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. VICTORIA AVCCΘS / OB+* Angel standing facing, holding rho-topped cross in his right hand and globus cruciger in his left. DOC -. MIBE V12. SB -. Extremely rare, only four other pieces known. A splendid well-struck and well-centered example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1900 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Phocas, 602-610. Solidus (Gold, 20mm, 4.51 g 7), Constantinople, 10th officina (I), 609-610. dNN FOCAS PERP AVC Draped and cuirassed bust of Phocas facing, wearing crown and holding a globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. VICTORIA AVGU I / CONOB Angel standing facing, holding globus cruciger in his left hand and long, christogram-topped cross in his right. DOC 10j. MIBE 11. SB 620. A splendid lustrous example. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Heraclius, with Heraclius Constantine, 610-641. Solidus (Gold, 20mm, 4.50 g 6), Uncertain mint in the East, perhaps Alexandria, Jerusalem or Cyprus, c. 619-620. dd NN hERACLIUS ET hERA CONST PP AV Crowned, draped and cuirassed facing busts of Heraclius, on the left larger and bearded, and Heraclius Constantine, on the right much smaller and beardless; between them above, cross. Rev. VICTORIA AVႺႯ H / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 8 var. MIB -. SB -. See Triton V, 2002, 2274 for another solidus of Heraclius struck from an obverse die nearly identical to the one here. An extremely rare variety. Perfectly struck and centered, an unusually fine piece. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 2600 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Heraclius, 610-641. Quarter Siliqua (Silver, 10mm, 0.41 g 5), Ravenna. DN HЄRACLI P P AVG Pearl-diademed and draped bust of Heraclius to right. Rev. Cross potent in wreath. MIB 156. Morrisson 5. Ranieri 587 var. Rare. An outstanding example in extraordinary condition. Attractively toned and perfectly centered on a broad flan. Among the best pieces known for this type. Good extremely fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Estimate: 750 CHF
Constans II, with Constantine IV, Heraclius, and Tiberius, 641-668. Hexagram (Silver, 20mm, 6.60 g 7), Constantinople , 666-668. ...]AVgU Bust of Constans II facing with long beard, wearing crown with plume and holding a globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. Three figures standing facing, from left Tiberius, Constantine IV and Heraclius, each wears a crown bearing a cross and a chlamys, and each holds a globus cruciger in his right hand; to right, S. DOC -. MIB -. SB -. Of the greatest rarity, one of apparently two known examples, and unpublished. A coin of the greatest historic interest, toned and well struck. Struck on a ragged flan and uncleaned as found, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Estimate: 12500 CHF
Constantine IV Pogonatus, with Heraclius and Tiberius, 668-685. Solidus (Gold, 10mm, 4.37 g 6), Carthage, c. 674-675. DON STPCC Bearded and draped bust of Constantine IV facing, wearing cross-topped crown and holding globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. Cross potent on base and three steps, flanked by crowned and draped facing busts of Heraclius and Tiberius, each holding globus cruciger. DOC 42.1. MIB 18. SB 1187. Well struck. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 950 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Tiberius III (Apsimar), 698-705. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.41 g, 6 h), Constantinople. d TIbERIႷ S 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 AVႺႷ B / CONOB‧ Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 1b. MIB 1. SB 1360. An excellent, well struck example. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Irene, 797-802. Solidus (Gold, 20mm, 4.51 g 6), Constantinople. ϵIRInH bASILISSH Bust of Irene facing, wearing loros and crown with cross, pinnacles and pendilia, holding a globus cruciger in her right hand and a cross tipped scepter in her left. Rev. ϵIRInH bASILISSHΧ Bust of Irene facing, wearing loros and crown with cross, pinnacles and pendilia, holding a globus cruciger in her right hand and a cross tipped scepter in her left. DOC 1c. Füeg 1.B. SB 1599. Very rare. Attractive and well struck. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 12500 CHF
Estimate: 12500 CHF
Leo V the Armenian, 813-820. Solidus (Gold, 21mm, 4.44 g 6), Constantinople, 813. .LϵOn bASILϵu’ Facing bust of Leo V with short beard, wearing chlamys and crown with cross, holding cross potent in his right hand and akakia in his left. Rev. LϵOn dϵSPOtIS✶X Facing bust of Leo V with short beard, wearing loros and crown with cross, holding globus cruciger in his right hand. DOC 1. Füeg 1.A. SB 1626. Extremely rare, perhaps the finest piece known of the less than ten recorded examples. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 44000 CHF
Estimate: 45000 CHF
A splendid example
Michael II the Amorian, with Theophilus, 820-829. Follis (Copper, 29mm, 7.68 g 6), Constantinople, 821-829. ΜΙΧΑΗL S Θ ϵΟFΙLΟS Two facing busts; on the left, Michael, bearded and wearing chlamys and crown with cross; on the right, Theophilos, beardless and wearing loros and crown with cross; between them, cross and pellet. Rev. M; to left, X/X/X; to right, N/N/N; above, cross; below, Θ. DOC 10. SB 1642. A splendid example, very well preserved with a dark green patina overlaid with earthen highlights; very rare thus. Extremely fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Estimate: 800 CHF
Basil I the Macedonian, with Constantine and Leo VI, 867-886. Follis (Copper, 25 mm, 6.56 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 870-879. +LEOn bASIL COnST AUGG’ Three half figures facing; at the center, Basil I, bearded and holding out his left hand, wearing modified loros and cross-topped crown; to left and right, Constantine and Leo, wearing chlamys and cross-topped crowns. Rev. +bASIL / COnSTAn / T S LEOnEn / ΘO bASILS / ROMEOn / *. DOC 11. SB 1712. A superb example, beautifully struck, perfectly centered and with a fine green patina with earthen highlights, very rare thus. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 960 CHF
Estimate: 1200 CHF
Leo VI the Wise, 886-912. Solidus (Gold, 19 mm, 4.31 g, 7 h), ca. 900-912. +MARIA+ Veiled bust of the Virgin facing, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion; to left and right, ΜΗR and Θu. Rev. LEOn En Χ.ω bASILEu S ROmωn Elaborate facing bust of Leo VI with long beard, and wearing a crown with a cross composed of four pellets, and a chlamys with tablion; holding globe surmounted by a patriarchal cross in his right hand. DOC 1a. S 1723. Extremely rare. An attractive and clear example. Some minor marks and edge bangs, otherwise. Nearly extremely fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Estimate: 40000 CHF
Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus, with Romanus I and Christopher, 913-959. Solidus (Gold, 20mm, 4.45 g 6), c. 930. +IhS XPS REX REg NANTIu M Christ, nimbate, seated facing on throne, raising right hand in benediction and, with his left hand, holding book of Gospels on his left knee. Rev. ROmAN’CONST’ET XRISTOF’b’R’ At the center, crowned and bearded figure of Romanus standing facing,wearing loros and holding scepter and akakia; on the left, half length figure of Constantine VII; on the right, half length figure of Chistopher, both crowned and wearing chlamys with tablion. DOC 8. SB 1742. Extremely rare. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 14400 CHF
Estimate: 18000 CHF
Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus, with Romanus II, 913-959. Solidus (Gold, 18mm, 4.41 g 6), Constantinople, 945-959. +IhS XPS REX REႺ NANTIႷ M 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 CE ROmAn AUgg bR’ Crowned facing busts of Constantine VII, bearded and wearing loros on the left, and Romanus I, beardless and wearing chlamys on the right; both holding, between them with their right hands, a long patriarchal cross. DOC 15. SB 1751. Attractive and well struck, but with a minor edge fault. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 700 CHF
John I Zimisces, 969-976. Histamenon (Gold, 22mm, 4.34 g 6), Constantinople, 969-976. +IhS XIS REX REgNANTIhm Draped bust of Christ Pantocrator, bearded and with a cross nimbus, raising his right hand in benediction and holding book of gospels with his left. Rev. ΘEOTOC bOHΘ’IW dESP On the left, crowned facing bust of John I wearing loros and holding a patriarchal cross with his left hand; to right, nimbate, draped facing bust of the Virgin, touching the John’s crown with her right hand; above, hand of God; above the Virgin’s head, ΜΘ. DOC 3. SB 1785. Rare. A nice clear piece. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Basil II Bulgaroktonos, with Constantine VIII, 976-1025. Histamenon (Gold, 24mm, 4.42 g 6), Constantinople , c. 1001-1005. +IhS XPS REX REႺNANTIhM Facing bust of Christ Pantocrator, wearing tunic, himation and a cross nimbus, raising right hand in benediction and holding Gospel book in his left. Rev. +bASIL C CONSTANTI b RM Crowned facing busts of Basil II, on the left in loros, and Constantine VIII, on the right in chlamys, both holding a long patriarchal cross crosslet between them with their right hands. DOC 4a. SB 1798. An attractive well-centered example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Michael VI Stratioticus, 1056-1057. Tetarteron nomisma (Gold, 18mm, 4.08 g 6), Constantinople. Nimbate bust of the Virgin Orans facing between monograms of ΜΗΡ and ΘV (= Μήτηρ Θεοῦ). Rev. +mΙΧΑΗΛ ΑVΓΟC RΑΛ Michael standing facing on cushion, wearing crown and loros and holding a long cross in his right hand and an akakia in his left. DOC 2. SB 1841. Very rare. A beautiful and sharp example. A few very minor marks, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7500 CHF
Estimate: 6000 CHF
Constantine IX Monomachus, 1042-1055. Histamenon (Gold, 26mm, 4.44 g 6), Constantinople. +IhC XIC RCX RCSnΛnTIhM Bust of Christ Pantokrator facing, with cross nimbus with crescent in each upper quarter, right hand raised in benediction and left hand holding book. Rev. +CωnSTAnT bASILEuS RM Crowned facing bust of Constantine IX, wearing collar piece and loros, and holding a cross-tipped scepter in his right hand and a globus cruciger in his left. DOC 3. Attractive but with some very slight flatness. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 675 CHF
Constantine IX Monomachus, 1042-1055. Tetarteron (Gold, 17mm, 4.08 g 6), Constantinople. +IhC XIC RCX RCGNΛNTIhm Bust of Christ Pantokrator facing, with cross nimbus having a pellet in each arms, his right hand raised in benediction within his cloak and, with his open left hand, holding book of Gospels. Rev. +CωnSTAnT bASILEuS RM Crowned facing bust of Constantine IX, wearing jeweled chlamys, and holding a trefoil-tipped scepter in his right hand and a globus cruciger in his left. DOC 5b.1. A very uncommon variety. Nicely struck and centered. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
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