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30 November 2021 14:00 CET
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
An exceptional coin celebrating the conferment of the title of 'Augustus'
Lot 209
Augustus, 27 BC-AD 14. Aureus (Gold, 21 mm, 7.96 g, 11 h), Italian mint, probably Rome, 27 BC. CAESAR · COS · VII - CIVIBVS · SERVATEIS Bare head of Augustus to right. Rev. AVGVSTVS / S C Eagle standing facing, with spread wings and head turned to left, atop a corona civica; behind, two laurel branches. Bahrfeldt 113. BMC 656. BN 911 (Ephesus). Calicó 173. Cohen 30. RIC 277. Very rare, of exceptional quality and most attractive. Some very minor marks, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 160000 CHF
Estimate: 90000 CHF
Lot 210
Augustus, 27 BC-AD 14. Cistophorus (Silver, 28 mm, 12.04 g, 1 h), Ephesos, circa 25-20 BC. IMP• CAE-SAR Bare head of Augustus to right. Rev. AVGVSTVS Capricorn to right, his head turned back to left; all within a laurel wreath tied below. RIC 480. RPC 2213. Sutherland Group VI, 227 (O23/R31). Beautifully toned, well-centered and nicely struck. Minor marks, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Lot 211
Divus Augustus, died AD 14. As (Copper, 30 mm, 11.17 g, 5 h), struck under Tiberius, Rome, 22/3-30. DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER Radiate head of Augustus to left. Rev. S - C / PROVIDENT Altar. BMC 146 (Tiberius). BN 132 (Tiberius). Cohen 228. RIC² 81 (Tiberius). Well-centered, and with a reddish-brown patina. Light porosity, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Mint State Tribute Penny Aureus!!
Lot 212
Tiberius, 14-37. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 8.03 g, 12 h), Lugdunum, 15-18. TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS "Youthful" laureate head of Tiberius to right. Rev. PONTIF MAXIM Livia, wearing robes and holding a branch in her right hand and a long scepter in her left, seated to right on a simple, undecorated throne above a double line. Biaggi 169. BMC 30. BN 13. Calicó 305e. Lyon 143. RIC 25. Well-centered and lustrous, and with a portrait of fine style. A few minor marks, otherwise, virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 35000 CHF
Estimate: 30000 CHF
Attractive and rare issue from the Year of the Four Emperors
Lot 215
Civil Wars, 68-69. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.24 g, 7 h), Gaul, March-May 68. Helmeted, bearded and draped bust of Mars to right. Rev. [P] - R /SIGNA Legionary eagle to right next to flaming altar; to left and right, standard. BMC 42 (Galba). BN 12. Cohen 407 (Galba). Martin 61. RIC 39. Rare. Attractive and lightly toned. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5000 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Lot 216
Vitellius, 69. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 7.19 g, 6 h), Rome. A VITELLIVS GERM IMP AVG TR P Laureate head of Vitellius to right. Rev. PONT MAXIM Vesta, veiled and draped, seated right on throne, holding patera in right hand and scepter in left. BMC 33. BN 70. Calicó 571. Cohen 71. RIC 106. Clear and with a characteristic portrait. A few light marks, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 16000 CHF
Estimate: 15000 CHF
An impressive sestertius celebrating the Victory over the Jews
Lot 217
Titus, as Caesar, 69-79. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 33 mm, 26.66 g, 6 h), celebrating the conquest of Judaea, Rome, 72-73. T CAESAR VESPASIAN IMP IIII PON TR POT II COS II Laureate head of Titus to right. Rev. S C Titus standing in slow quadriga to right, holding scepter with his left hand and the reins and a laurel branch with his right; on the side of the chariot, Victory advancing to right, holding wreath with her extended right hand and palm branch over her left shoulder with her left, placed over her far shoulder. BMC -. BN -. Cohen -. Hendin 1536. RIC² (Vespasian) 498. An extraordinary example in superb condition, very rare thus. Very well-struck and with a lovely green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 110000 CHF
Estimate: 50000 CHF
One of the finest known Aurei of Titus
Lot 218
Titus, as Caesar, 69-79. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 7.36 g, 5 h), struck under Vespasian, Rome, 79. T CAESAR IMP VESPASIANVS Laureate head of Titus to right. Rev. TR POT VIII COS VII Venus standing right with her back to the viewer, partially draped, resting her left elbow on a low column beside her, holding crested helmet in her right hand and transverse spear in left. BMC 255, note. Calicó 790. Cohen 331. RIC 1077. A flawless example, sharply struck and lustrous; one of the finest aureus of Titus known! Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 120000 CHF
Estimate: 80000 CHF
Particularly fine portrait of this art-loving emperor
Lot 220
Hadrian, 117-138. Aureus (Gold, 21 mm, 6.92 g, 6 h), Rome, circa late 128. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS P P Bare head of Hadrian to right. Rev. COS III Hadrian, raising right hand in salute and holding reins with left, on horse walking right. BMC 502. Calicó 1219. Cohen 408. RIC 348a. RIC² 929 (this coin referenced together with the BMC example). With a particularly fine portrait of Hadrian, struck in high relief. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 36000 CHF
Estimate: 30000 CHF
Engraved in the best late Hadrianic style and struck in high relief
Lot 221
Antoninus Pius, as Caesar, 28 February - 11 July, 138. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 7.27 g, 5 h), struck under Hadrian, Rome. IMP T AEL CAES ANTONINVS Bare head of Antoninus Pius to right. Rev. TRIB POT CO-S / PIE-TAS Pietas, veiled, standing right, holding box of incense over altar. BMC 1017a. Calicó 1596 (same dies). Cohen 597. RIC 454a. Rare, and with an exceptionally fine portrait, engraved in the best late Hadrianic style and struck in high relief. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 30000 CHF
Estimate: 30000 CHF
Lot 222
Antoninus Pius, 138-161. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 31 mm, 24.65 g, 11 h), Rome, 159-160. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXIII Laureate head of Antoninus Pius to right. Rev. PIETATI AVG COS IIII / S - C Pietas standing front, her head turned to left, holding a globe in her outstretched right hand and a child with her left; to left and right, a small girl standing right, each raising her right arm. Banti 287. BMC 2088. Cohen 621. RIC 1031. Strack 1192δ. Sharply struck with a fine portrait of the emperor, and with a lovely natural apple-green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
The elephant drawn shrine of Faustina
Lot 223
Diva Faustina Senior, died 140/1. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 6.96 g, 6 h), Rome, c. 150-154. DIVA FAVSTINA Draped bust of Faustina to right. Rev. AETERNITAS Diva Faustina seated left in a portable shrine drawn by two elephants to left; each elephant ridden by a driver. Beckmann EC5/df15 a & b (this coin, listed twice in error). Calicó 1753 (same obverse die). Cohen 54. RIC (A. Pius) 352. Nicely toned. Slightly bent and with some marks, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 20000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Extremely rare medal of the Capitoline Triad
Lot 224
Marcus Aurelius with Lucius Verus, 161-169. Medallion (Bronze, 40 mm, 51.20 g, 11 h), circa 161-165. IMP ANTONINVS AVG COS III IMP VERVS COS II Confronted busts of Marcus Aurelius to right, bareheaded and with slight drapery over his shoulder, and Lucius Verus to left, bareheaded and with slight drapery over his right shoulder. Rev. Jupiter, half-nude and draped to the waist, seated facing on a high-backed throne, holding a thunderbolt in his right hand and a long scepter with his left; on his right, Minerva seated facing, holding scepter with her left hand and raising her right to adjust her helmet; on Jupiter's left, Juno seated facing holding short scepter with her left hand and offering a patera to Jupiter with her right. Gnecchi 6 & pl. 71.6. Extremely rare. An impressive medal showing the Capitoline Triad. With a dark brown-green patina. Slightly rough surfaces, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 9500 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Lot 225
Faustina Junior, Augusta, 147-175. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 7.31 g, 5 h), struck under Marcus Aurelius, Rome, 161-164. FAVSTINA AVGVSTA Draped bust of Faustina Junior to right, her hair pulled back in waved bands and fastened in a low bun at the back of her head. Rev. HILARITAS Hilaritas standing left, holding long palm branch with her right hand and cornucopia with her left. Biaggi 929. BMC 98. Calicó 2057. MIR 18, 15-2(b). RIC 684. Sharp, attractive and with a fine portrait. Minor deposit on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 21000 CHF
Estimate: 17500 CHF
Lot 226
Faustina Junior, Augusta, 147-175. Aureus (Gold, 22 mm, 6.84 g, 12 h), struck under Marcus Aurelius, Rome, 161-164. FAVSTINA AVGVSTA Draped bust of Faustina Junior to right, her hair pulled back in waved bands and fastened in a low bun at the back of her head. Rev. SALVTI AVGVSTAE Salus seated left, feeding from patera held in her right hand serpent entwined around altar. Biaggi 935. BMC 151. Calicó 2075a. Cohen 198. MIR 18, 30-2b. RIC 716. With a pleasing portrait of the empress. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7500 CHF
Estimate: 8000 CHF
The finest example known!
Lot 228
Crispina, Augusta, 178-182. Aureus (Gold, 20.5 mm, 7.19 g, 12 h), Rome, 177-178. CRISPINA AVG Draped bust of Crispina to right, her hair pulled back and rolled into a bun at the back of her head. Rev. DIS / CONIVGALIBVS Lighted altar adorned with a garland. Biaggi 1030. BMC 30. Calicó 2372. Cohen 2. RIC 280a. Sear II 5990 (this coin illustrated). Very rare. A superb specimen, of fine style and with carefully engraved types. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 110000 CHF
Estimate: 80000 CHF
Spectacular portrait of this short-lived emperor
Lot 229
Pescennius Niger, 193-194. Denarius (Silver, 18 mm, 2.89 g, 12 h), Antioch, 194. IMP CAES C PESC NIGER IVS AVG COS II Laureate head of Pescennius Niger to right. Rev. VICTOR IVST AVG Victory advancing to left, holding wreath with her extended right hand and palm frond with her right. BMC p. 74, ‡ note. Cohen 76. RIC 81f. Very rare. With a spectacular portrait of Niger, well-struck in high relief; attractively toned and lustrous. One of the finest of all known denarii of Pescennius Niger. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 10000 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Lot 230
Pescennius Niger, 193-194. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 2.99 g, 11 h), Antioch. IMP CAES C PESC NIGER IVST AVG Laureate head of Pescennius Niger to right. Rev. FORTVNAE REDVCI Fortuna standing left, holding rudder on right hand and cornucopiae in left. Cf. BMC p. 76, || (legends). Cf. Cohen 26 (legends). Cf. RIC 24 (legends). Well-centered and with an attractive portrait of Niger. Light porosity and a few hairline scratches, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Beautifully toned and interesting depiction of the Circus Maximus
Lot 231
Septimius Severus, 193-211. Denarius (Silver, 20 mm, 3.38 g, 6 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. Lightly toned and attractive. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3000 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
One of them will kill the other
Lot 232
Caracalla, with Geta as Caesar, 198-217. Denarius (Silver, 20.5 mm, 3.32 g, 1 h), Rome, c. 201. ANTONINVS AVGVSTVS Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Caracalla to right. Rev. P SEPT GETA CAES PONT Bareheaded, draped and cuirassed bust of Geta to right. BMC 162. C. 2. RIC 38. Rare. Attractive and clear. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 234
Geta, with Septimius Severus and Caracalla, as Caesar, 198-209. Denarius (Silver, 20 mm, 3.04 g, 6 h), Rome, 200-202. P SEPT GETA CAES PONT Bareheaded and draped bust of Geta Caesar to right. Rev. AET-ERNIT IMPERI Laureate and cuirassed busts of Septimius Severus, on the left, and Caracalla, on the right, facing each other. BMC 215. Cohen 1 var. RIC 5. Rare. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 237
Early Severan, Circa 200-220. Relief Bezel (Bronze, 12 x 11 mm, 1.05 g), an oblong ring bezel with two portraits shown vis-à-vis, perhaps originally gilt or silvered. On the left, draped female bust to right, in the style of Julia Domna with a 'melon' hair style of five ridges and a bun at the back, facing, on the right, a youthful draped male bust, in the style of a Caracalla or Geta, to left, beardless and with his head bare. Rev. Blank. Most ancient ring bezels were made from gem stones carved in intaglio so that they could be set into metal rings and used as seals. The metal ring itself, whether gold, silver or bronze, could have the seal design engraved directly into its surface, obviating a need for a separate insert. Rings could also have bezels made in relief for purely decorative purposes: cameos are a perfect example, but relief portraits, made from metal, as this one, were also used. What we have here, with two portraits shown vis-à-vis, could have been made for a marriage ring, or, equally, could depict a mother and her son. In addition, it could show imperial portraits as a sign of honour or partisanship. Since the portraits do look very Severan, it is tempting to ascribe them to Domna and Caracalla (or Geta), but it should be remembered that ordinary people would adapt their own portrait styles to those of the imperial family. In addition, neither portrait shows any signs of imperial status, such as a diadem or a laurel wreath, which probably means that we have the portraits of two relatively important private people. Clear and very skilfully made with excellent portraits. Somewhat corroded surfaces, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
A magnificent Aureus from the Jameson Collection
Lot 238
Macrinus, 217-218. Aureus (Gold, 21 mm, 7.22 g, 1 h), Rome, 217. IMP C M OPEL SEV MACRINVS AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Macrinus to right. Rev. PONTIF MAX TR P II COS II P P Felicitas standing left, holding long caduceus in right hand and cornucopiae in left. BMC 56. Calicó 2965. Cohen 92. Jameson 204 (this coin). RIC 41. Very rare. A magnificent example, sharp, perfectly centered and lustrous. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 140000 CHF
Estimate: 125000 CHF
Lot 241
Orbiana, Augusta, 225-227, wife of Severus Alexander. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 31 mm, 20.55 g, 12 h), celebrating the marriage of Severus Alexander and Orbiana, Rome, 225. SALL BARBIA ORBIANA AVG Draped bust of Orbiana to right, wearing stephane. Rev. CONCORDIA AVGVSTORVM / S C Emperor standing to right, holding scroll and clasping hands with Empress standing to left. BMC 299. Cohen 6. RIC 657. Sharply struck and well-centered with a lovely portrait. Minor roughness, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1500 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 242
Gordian III, 238-244. As (Copper, 29 mm, 15.15 g, 12 h), Rome, 238. IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian III to right. Rev. IOVI CONSERVATORI / S C Jupiter standing facing, head to left, holding scepter with his left hand and thunderbolt over Gordian standing to left, with his right. Cohen 107. RIC 255b. An impressive piece struck on a very large flan, with wide borders. Light roughness and an area of deposits on the reverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 243
Gordian III, 238-244. Aureus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.86 g, 6 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. In an NGC holder #4238633-001 graded Ch AU strike 5/5 Surface 3/5 (slightly undergraded). Tiny graffito on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4400 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Lustrous
Lot 244
Gordian III, 238-244. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.66 g, 6 h), Rome, 240-243. IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Gordian III to right. Rev. AETER-N-ITATI AVG Radiate Sol, naked but for cloak over his shoulders, standing left, raising his right hand and holding globe in his left. Calicó 3186a. Cohen 37. RIC 97. Lustrous. extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4600 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Impressive Sestertius of Philip II with Goat
Lot 247
Philip II, 247-249. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 28.5 mm, 17.27 g, 11 h), Rome, 248. IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Philip II to right. Rev. SAECVLARES AVGG / S C Goat walking to left. Cohen 73. RIC 264a. Sharply detailed, and with a fine portrait of the emperor. Dark green patina. Minor deposits, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2400 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Extremely rare Usurper
Lot 248
Jotapian, usurper, circa 248-249. Antoninianus (Billon, 21 mm, 3.91 g, 12 h), Nicopolis in Seleucia. IM C M F R IOTAPIANVS A Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Jotapian to right, with full beard. Rev. VICT-OR-IA AVG Victory advancing to left, holding wreath in right hand and palm branch in left. Bland 12 (dies uncertain). Cohen 1. RIC IV 2)a, note. RSC -. Extremely rare. Some rough areas, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 249
Volusian, 251-253. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 27.5 mm, 16.82 g, 12 h), Rome, 252. IMP CAE C VIB VOLVSIANO AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Volusian to right. Rev. IVNONI MARTIALI / S - C Juno seated facing with distyle round temple ornamented with garlands. Banti 11. RIC 253a . With a fine portrait and an attractive reddish-brown patina. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Crisply struck portrait
Lot 251
Gallienus, 253-268. Aureus (Gold, 22 mm, 3.63 g, 6 h), Mediolanum, 262. GALLIENVS P F AVG Radiate head of Gallienus to right. Rev. VOT / X / ET / XX within laurel wreath. Calicó 3668 (this coin). Cohen 1354. MIR 36, 1066. RIC 95. Very rare. A superb coin, lustrous, and with a crisply struck portrait of Gallienus. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 12000 CHF
Estimate: 12500 CHF
Pleasing portrait of Salonia
Lot 252
Salonina, Augusta, 254-268. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 29 mm, 20.33 g, 6 h), Rome, 2nd - 4th emission, 254-260. CORNELIA SAL - ONINA AVG Diademed and draped bust of Salonina to right. Rev. PIETAS AVGG / S C Pietas seated to left on throne, extending her right hand to two small figures walking to right before her (Saloninus and Valerian II?). Banti 16. MIR 230d. RIC 47. With an unusually fine portrait of the empress and a most attractive green patina. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 253
Probus, 276-282. Antoninianus (Billon, 21.5 mm, 5.42 g, 5 h), Rome, E = 5th officina, 276. IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG Radiate and cuirassed bust of Probus to right. Rev. P M TR P COS P P / XXIE Probus, raising hand and holding spear in left, standing left between two standards. S. Estiot and P. Gysen, "L'atelier de Rome au début du règne de Probus (276-277): corpus et documents inédits", RN 2006, p. 250 and pl. 35. Pink VI/1 p. 55. RIC 607 (Siscia). Excellent centering and well-struck. Minor porosity, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 220 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
Lot 254
Constantius I Chlorus, as Caesar, 293-305. Aureus (Gold, 18 mm, 5.37 g, 12 h), Rome, 294. D N CONSTA-NTIO NOB C Laureate head of Constantius to right. Rev. PRINCI-PI IV-VENTVTIS / PROM Constantius wearing short tunica and cloak, standing facing with his head turned to left, holding long scepter with his left hand and standard with his right. Biaggi 1838 = Calicó 4865 (this coin). Cohen 233 var (obverse legend). Depeyrot 9/12. RIC -. Very rare. Clear and well-centered. Lightly struck, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 10000 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
The sacrificing Tetrarchs
Lot 255
Constantius I, as Caesar, 293-305. Argenteus (Silver, 20 mm, 2.24 g, 12 h), Rome, Γ = 3rd officina, 295-297. CONSTAN-TIVS CAES Laureate head of Constantius to right. Rev. PROVIDE-NTIA AVGG / Γ The four Tetrarchs sacrificing before the gate of a camp with six turrets. Cohen 241. RIC 35a. Sharply struck and nicely toned. Minor die rust on Constantius' eye, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 700 CHF
From the von Schulthess and Jameson Collections, and from the Arras hoard of 1922
Lot 256
Constantius I, 305-306. Aureus (Gold, 18 mm, 5.32 g, 5 h), Treveri. CONSTAN-TIVS P F AVG Laureate head of Constantius I to right. Rev. CONCORDIA AVGG ET CAESS NN / TR Concordia seated left on high-backed throne, holding patera in her right hand and double cornucopiae in her left. Bastien, Donativa p.69. Beaurains 396 (this coin). Calicó 4813. Depeyrot 11A/1 (this coin cited). Jameson 529 (this coin). Kent-Hirmer 598 (this coin). RIC 618a (this coin cited). A flawless example with wonderful toning. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 100000 CHF
Estimate: 50000 CHF
Lot 257
Galerius, 305-311. Aureus (Gold, 19.5 mm, 5.42 g, 12 h), Serdica, 305-306. IMP MAXIMI - ANVS PF AVG Laureate head of Galerius to right. Rev. CONSVL AVGG NN / Ξ / SM.SD Emperor, laureate and togate, standing left, holding globe in his right hand and short scepter in his left. Calicó 4894. Cohen 76 (as Maximianus). Depeyrot 2/2. RIC VI, 5b and 76 (as Maximianus). Very rare. Well-centered and clear. Some minor marks and flatness of strike, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 10000 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Virtually as struck and with remarkable details
Lot 258
Maximinus II, as Caesar, 305-309. Aureus (Gold, 19.5 mm, 5.33 g, 12 h), Antioch, 305-308. MAXIMI-NVS NOB CAES Laureate head of Maximinus II to right. Rev. IOVI CON-S CAES / (crescent)SMAΞ* Jupiter, nude but for cloak over his shoulder, standing facing, his head to left, holding thunderbolt in his right hand and long scepter with his left; to left, at his feet, eagle standing left, head turned back to right. Calicó 5013. Cohen 107. Depeyrot 20/4. RIC 68. Extremely rare and quite exceptional, very well-struck and with remarkable details. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 24000 CHF
Estimate: 20000 CHF
Lot 259
Maximinus II, 310-313. Aureus (Gold, 19.5 mm, 5.33 g, 11 h), Antioch, 311. MAXIMI-NVS P F AVG Laureate head of Maximinus to right. Rev. VOTIS / X / SIC ET / XX /SMA In five lines within laurel wreath tied above and below. Calicó 5048. Depeyrot 28/1. RIC 130. Struck from the same dies as the piece in the British Museum (1867,1222.5), which was acquired from George Eastwood in 1867. Extremely rare. Clear and well-struck. Very minor marks, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 16000 CHF
Estimate: 12500 CHF
The finest existing example
Lot 260
Severus II, as Caesar, 305-306. Argenteus (Silver, 21 mm, 3.33 g, 12 h), Serdica, A = 1st officina, c. 305-306. SEVERV-S NOB C Laureate head of Severus II to right. Rev. VIRTVS MILITVM / .SM.SDA. Camp gate with open door and three turrets. Gautier 24. RIC - (but cf. 11). Very rare. Lightly toned and sharply struck. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Probably unpublished with this obverse bust
Lot 261
Licinius I, 308-324. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 5.33 g, 11 h), Siscia, 316. LICINI-VS P F AVG Laureate and draped bust of Licinius I to right. Rev. IOVI CONSERVATORI AVG / SIS Jupiter standing to left, nude but for cloak over his left arm, holding victory on globe in his extended right hand and scepter in his left; at his feet to left, eagle standing left, looking back at Jupiter and holding wreath in his beak; in field to right, X. Depeyrot 16/1. RIC VI 212 var. and RIC VII 18 var. Struck from the same reverse die as Wien KHM RÖ 47357, but that coin has a normal undraped bust. Extremely rare, and probably unpublished with this obverse bust. A superb piece with a powerful obverse portrait. Some very faint marks, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 13000 CHF
Estimate: 12500 CHF
Unrecorded in the RIC
Lot 262
Constantine I, 307/10-337. Follis (Bronze, 23 mm, 4.73 g, 12 h), Heraclea, Γ = 3rd officina, late 312 or early 313. IMP C FL VAL CONSTANTINO P F INV AVG Laureate head of Constantine I to right. Rev. IOVI CONSERVATORI/(wreath)/SMHTΓ Jupiter standing facing, head left, chlamys draped over left shoulder, holding globe in right hand and scepter in left. RIC -, but cf. 71 with mintmark (wreath)-Δ/SMHT. Very rare and not in the RIC. Black patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 440 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 263
Constantine I, 307/10-337. Follis (Bronze, 19 mm, 2.97 g, 12 h), Lugdunum, P = 1st officina, 324/5. CONSTAN-TINVS AVG Laureate head of Constantine I to right. Rev. PROVIDEN-TIAE AVGG / PLC Camp gate with two turrets and no doors; above, star. RIC 225. Attractive coppery-brown patina with subdued silvering. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 120 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
Intriguing depiction of the fateful Milvian Bridge
Lot 264
Commemorative Series, 330-354. Follis (Bronze, 15 mm, 1.26 g, 11 h), Constantinople, H = 8th officina, circa 330. POP ROMANVS Laureate and draped bust of the Genius of the Roman People to left, with cornucopia over his left shoulder. Rev. CONS/H The Milvian Bridge with tower at each end, with the River Tiber flowing below. LRBC 1066. RIC 21. Attractive and finely detailed. Light deposits on the reverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 340 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 265
Constantius II, 337-361. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.43 g, 6 h), Nicomedia, B = 2nd officina, 351-355. FL IVL CONSTANTIVS PERP AVG Diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Constantius II facing, head turned slightly to the right, holding spear over his right shoulder with his right hand, and with a shield, ornamented with a charging horseman, on his left arm. Rev. GLORIA REIPVBLICAE / SMNB Roma, seated facing on left, and Constantinopolis, seated left on the right, supporting round shield inscribed VOT / XXX / MVLT / XXXX in four lines between them. Biaggi 2140. Cohen 112. Depeyrot 5/2. RIC 74. Scarce. Sharply struck and wonderfully fresh. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 15000 CHF
Estimate: 6000 CHF
Constantius' visit to Rome in 357
Lot 266
Constantius II, 337-361. Solidus (Gold, 21.5 mm, 4.49 g, 6 h), Rome, P = 1st officina, 357. FL IVL CONST-ANTIVS P F AVG Diademed bust of Constantius II to left, wearing consular robes, holding mappa in his right hand and scepter in his left. Rev. FELICITAS RO-MANORVM / RSMP (palm) Roma seated facing, holding spear in her left hand, and supporting wreath inscribed VOT / XXXV / MVLT / XXXX in four lines with her right; on right, Constantinopolis seated left, holding scepter in her left hand, and supporting the wreath with her right. RIC 297. Depeyrot 15/2. Very rare. Lustrous and well-struck, and with a wonderfully detailed consular bust of Constantius. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
The two co-rulers peacefully sharing the globe
Lot 267
Gratian, 367-383. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.43 g, 12 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 seated facing on throne, together holding globe in their right hands; behind and between them, Victory with outspread wings; between their feet, palm branch. Cohn 38. Depeyrot 34/1. RIC 34a. Perfectly centered and sharply struck. Minor planchet faults on the back of Gratian's head and on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3000 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 268
Honorius, 393-423. Solidus (Gold, 20.5 mm, 4.46 g, 6 h), Constantinople, Γ = 3rd officina, 397-402. D N HONORI - VS P F AVG Helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Honorius facing, holding spear over his right shoulder and with shield, ornamented with a horseman spearing a fallen foe, over his left. Rev. CONCORDI-A AVGG / Γ/CONOB Constantinopolis seated facing on throne, her head 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. Depeyrot 55/2. RIC 8. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 269
Honorius, 393-423. Miliarense (Silver, 23 mm, 4.28 g, 12 h), Constantinople, 408-420. DN HONORI-VS P F AVG Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Honorius 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. DOC 782. MIRB 62. RIC X, 369. Rare. Lustrous and sharp. Flan faults, especially on the obverse, and minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 270
Aelia Eudoxia, Augusta, 400-404. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.44 g, 6 h), Constantinople, E = 5th officina, c. 402-403. AEL EVDOXIA AVG Diademed and draped bust of Eudoxia to right, her hair richly ornamented with jewels; above, Manus Dei with crown. Rev. SALVS REIPVBLICAE / E/CONOB Victory seated right on cuirass, inscribing a Christogram on a shield set on short column. Depeyrot 55/5. RIC 14. Well-centered and attractive. A few light scratches in obverse field, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Lot 271
Theodosius II, 402-450. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.49 g, 6 h), Constantinople, Z = 7th officina, 430-440. D N THEODO-SIVS P F AVG Pearl-diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Theodosius facing 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. VOT XXX MVLT XXXX Z / CONOB Constantinopolis seated left on throne, her left foot on prow, holding globus cruciger in her right hand, long scepter with her left, and leaning her left elbow on a shield at her side; in field to right, star. Depeyrot 81/1. RIC 257. A most attractive, sharply struck coin. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1500 CHF
Estimate: 800 CHF
Superbe luster but mind the human-headed serpent!
Lot 272
Valentinian III, 425-455. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.43 g, 6 h), Ravenna, 430-445. D N PLA VALENTI-NIANVS P F AVG Rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Valentinian III to right. Rev. VICTORI-A AVGGG / R - V / COMOB Valentinian III standing facing, his right foot set on a human-headed serpent, holding a long cross in his right hand and Victory on globe with his left. Cohen 19. Depeyrot 17/1. Ranieri 95. RIC 2018. Well-centered and with underlying luster. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 273
Marcian, 450-457. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.48 g, 6 h), Constantinople, Γ = 3rd officina. D N MARCIA-NVS P F AVG Helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Marcian facing, holding spear over his right shoulder and with shield, over his left, ornamented with a horseman spearing a fallen foe. Rev. VICTORIA AVGGG / CONOB Victory standing to left, holding long jeweled cross with her right hand; in field to right, star. Depeyrot 87/1. MIRB 5b. RIC 510. Lustrous, sharp and attractive. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 550 CHF
Interesting dynastic issue
Lot 274
Leo II, with Zeno, 474. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.48 g, 7 h), Constantinople. 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 / 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, note. Well-centered and boldly struck; extremely rare without an officina letter. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2300 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 275
Leo II, with Zeno, 474. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.49 g, 6 h), Constantinople, H = 8th 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 / H/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. With a very well-struck obverse and a handsome bust. Some flatness on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
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