nomos 24
22 May 2022 14:00 CEST
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Wonderful Judaea Capta sestertius
Vespasian, 69-79. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 34.5 mm, 30.40 g, 7 h), Judaea Capta issue, Rome, 71. IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG P M TR P P P COS III Laureate head of Vespasian to right. Rev. IVDAEA CAPTA / S C On the right, mourning Jewess seated to right at the base of a palm tree; to left, the emperor standing right, holding spear in right hand and parazonium in left, and with his left foot resting on a helmet set on the ground. BMC 546. BN 497-8. Cohen 239. Hendin 6th edition, 6534a. RIC II.1, 167. A marvelous portrait of Vespasian, and with an olive-green patina. Some very minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
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Estimate: 75000 CHF
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Vespasian, 69-79. Dupondius (Orichalcum, 27.5 mm, 12.98 g, 6 h), Rome, 72-73. IMP CAES VESPASIAN AVG COS IIII Radiate head of Vespasian to right. Rev. PAX AVGVSTA / S - C Pax standing to left, holding an olive branch in her right hand and a caduceus in her left. BMC-. BN -. Cohen -. RIC² 393. With a wonderfully powerful and noble portrait of Vespasian and a very attractive glossy, dark green patina. Edges struck flat on the obverse at 5°-8° and from 9°-1°on the reverse; the head of Pax struck flat, otherwise, extremely fine.
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Estimate: 1500 CHF
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Titus, 79-81. Aureus (Gold, 19 mm, 7.30 g, 12 h), Rome, 1 January - 30 June, 80. IMP TITVS CΛES VESPΛSIΛN ΛVG P M Laureate head of Titus to right. Rev. TR P IX IMP XV - COS VIII P P Dolphin coiled around anchor. BMC 71. BN 57-9. Calicó 779. Cohen 308. RIC 110. Attractive, clear and lightly toned. Good very fine.
Current Bid: 6500 CHF
Estimate: 6000 CHF
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Julia Titi, Augusta, 79-90/1. Denarius (Silver, 21 mm, 3.40 g, 7 h), Rome, 80-81. IVLIA AVGVSTA T AVG F. Diademed and draped bust of Julia Titi to right, her hair in a plait down the back of her neck. Rev. VENVS AVG Venus standing right, half draped, nude to the hips and leaning on a column to her left, holding a helmet in her right hand and a long transverse scepter in her left. BMC 140. Cohen 14. RIC 387. A lovely coin, sharply struck and lightly toned. Good extremely fine.
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Estimate: 8000 CHF
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Fascinating "Provincial" Portrait of Domitian
Domitian, as Caesar, 69-81. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 35 mm, 26.12 g, 6 h), uncertain mint in Thrace. CAES DIVI AVG VESP F DOMITIANVS COS VII Laureate head of Domitian to right. Rev. S - C Spes walking to left, holding flower in her right hand and raising the hem of her dress with her left. RIC 511. RPC 506. Very rare, one of only six known, including this one. With an excellent portrait and a fine dark green patina. Minor flatness on the reverse and traces of careful cleaning, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Current Bid: 2080 CHF
Estimate: 2600 CHF
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Domitian, 81-96. Aureus (Gold, 19 mm, 7.41 g, 12 h), Rome, 13 September - 31 December, 81. IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M Laureate head of Domitian to right. Rev. TR P COS VII - DES VIII P P Dolphin entwined around anchor. BN 24. Calicó 923. Cohen 567. RIC 53. Attractively toned and well-struck. Good very fine.
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Estimate: 6500 CHF
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SYRIA. Laodiceia ad Mare. Domitian, 81-96. Dupondius (Bronze, 25 mm, 12.54 g, 12 h), year ΒΛΡ = 132 = 84/5. [ΔΟΜΕΤ]ΙΑΝΩ ΚΑΙCΑΡΙ CΕΒΑCΤΩ ΓΕΡ[ΜΑΝΙΚΩ] Laureate head of Domitian to right; to left, ΒΛΡ. Rev. [ΙΟΥΛΙΕΩΝ ΤΩΝ] ΚΑΙ ΛΑΟΔΙΚΕΩΝ Turreted, veiled and draped bust of Tyche to right, between ΧΑ and monogram of ΠΑ. RPC II, 2029. A bold and attractive coin with a glossy black-green patina with earthen highlights, and a powerful albeit imaginative portrait of Domitian. Struck on a short flan, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
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Estimate: 375 CHF
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Domitian, 81-96. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 7.62 g, 7 h), Rome, 88. DOMITIANVS AVGVSTVS Laureate head of Domitian to right. Rev. GERMANICVS COS XIIII Germania, in attitude of mourning with her torso bare, seated on shield to right; below, broken spear. BMC 143. BN 133. Calicó 838. Cohen 148. Kent - Hirmer 243 (same dies). RIC 560. A lustrous, beautiful coin, lightly toned. Old scratch on Domitian's neck, otherwise, good extremely fine.
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Estimate: 25000 CHF
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Trajan, 98-117. Dupondius (Orichalcum, 25 mm, 9.46 g, 6 h), Rome, for circulation in Syria, 116. IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GERM Radiate and draped bust of Trajan to right. Rev. DAC PARTHICO P M TR POT XX COS VI P P Wreath containing large S C. BMC 1093-4. Cohen 123. McAlee 509. RIC 647. RPC III 3673. Woytek 937v. Dark brown patina. Scratch on the obverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Current Bid: 220 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
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Trajan's Wife and Niece
Plotina and Matidia, Augustae, 105-123 and 112-119. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 7.41 g, 7 h), Rome, 117-118. PLOTIN-AE AVG Draped bust of Plotina to right, wearing a double stephane made of precious metal, and with her hair tied into a plait that falls down the back of her neck. Rev. MATIDI-AE AVG Draped bust of Matidia to right, wearing an elaborate stephane made of precious metal and with her hair bound up into a decorative bun at the back. BMC (Hadrian) 53 and pl. 47, 15 (same dies). Calicó 1150. Cohen 1. RIC Hadrian 34 = RIC II, 2450. Extremely rare, one of the finest of all the known specimens. With both refined and realistic portraits of the late emperor Trajan's wife, Plotina, and niece, Matidia, who was, in addition, Hadrian's mother-in-law. Beautifully struck in high relief. Extremely fine.
Current Bid: 64000 CHF
Estimate: 80000 CHF
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Sabina, Augusta, 128-136/7. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 7.29 g, 6 h), Rome, circa 130-133. SABINA AVGVSTA - HADRIANI AVG P P Diademed and draped bust of Sabina to left, her hair in a stephane and with a long plait falling down the back of her neck. Rev. CONCOR - DIA AVG Concordia seated to left on a high-backed throne, holding a patera in her extended right hand and resting her left elbow on a statue of Spes; below throne, cornucopiae. Biaggi 676 (this coin). BMC Hadrian 901. Calicó 1430 (this coin illustrated). Cohen 13. RIC² 2499. Vagi 1390. Rare. A beautiful, toned example, one of the finest aurei of Sabina known. With a lovely portrait, perfectly struck in high relief. Good extremely fine.
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Estimate: 40000 CHF
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For Use in the Mines of Dalmatia
Time of Hadrian and Antoninus Pius, circa 117-161. Quadrans (Bronze, 13 mm, 1.97 g), Rome (?). Diademed and draped bust of Diana to right, with quiver over her far shoulder. Rev. META-L DELM Stag walking to left. BMC (Hadrian) 1854. RIC (Hadrian) 1013 (but forthcoming in the new edition of RIC III). Rare. Very clear and well-struck with a dark patina. Extremely fine.
Current Bid: 850 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
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Antoninus Pius, 138-161. As (Copper, 27 mm, 11.01 g, 6 h), Rome, 147. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS IIII Laureate head of Antoninus Pius to right. Rev. S P Q R / OPTIMO / PRINCIPI / S C within a laurel wreath with ties below and a medallion joint the ends. BMC 1762. Cohen 791. Hill 742. RIC 827a. A pleasing coin, with a good portrait of Antoninus Pius and an olive-green patina. Minor marks, otherwise, good very fine.
Current Bid: 850 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
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Antoninus Pius, 138-161. Medallion (Bronze, 40 mm, 56.02 g, 1 h), Rome, 160-161. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXIII Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Antoninus Pius to right. Rev. The Emperor, togate and holding a stylus in his right hand and a scroll in his left, standing left, inscribing a shield, held by Victory standing right on a pillar; to right, Fecunditas standing left, crowning the emperor with a wreath held in her right hand and holding an infant on her left arm; at her feet to right, another young child standing left; at the emperor's feet to left, two girls, standing to right or facing, their right hands raised. Cohen 1181. Gnecchi 110 and pl. 55, 5 (this piece cited). Extremely rare. An impressive piece with a dark green patina. Encrustations on the reverse, otherwise, good very fine.
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Estimate: 8000 CHF
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Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Denarius (Silver, 18 mm, 3.27 g, 6 h), Rome, 177. M ANTONINVS AVG GERM SARM Laureate head of Marcus Aurelius to right. Rev. TR P XXXI IMP VIII COS III P P Pile of captured Sarmatian arms; in exergue, DE SARM. BMC 740. Cohen 157. RIC 367. Attractive light toning, sharply struck and well centered. Good extremely fine.
Current Bid: 600 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
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Faustina Junior, Augusta, 147-175. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 7.30 g, 6 h), from uncertain mint in the Balkans, perhaps in the area of present day Romania. DIA FAVSTINΛ AVGVSTA RIII 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. COS IIII Youthful emperor, togate, sacrificing over tripod altar to left. Biaggi -. BMC -. Cf. Calicó 2098a (a coin, wrongly questioned by Calicó, that is struck from what is apparently the same obverse die - Bachofen von Echt 1460 in Vienna, originally published in 1903). MIR -. RIC -. Unpublished but from the same dies as Triton XXI, 2018, 775 CNG 108, 2018, 644- both described as plated, but this piece has been tested and is certainly gold. Of a curious close-to but not-quite Roman style. Extremely fine.
Current Bid: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
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Lucius Verus, 161-169. Denarius (Silver, 18 mm, 3.31 g, 6 h), Rome, 163. L VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS Bare head of Lucius Verus to right. Rev. TR P III IMP II COS II / ARMEN Armenia, wearing cloak and breeches to ankles, and pointed cap, seated left, on ground, in attitude of mourning, propping head on her right hand, her right elbow bent and resting on right knee, her left hand resting on ground; to left, behind her, vexillum, and to left and right, behind her, shields. BMC 239. Cohen 6. RIC 501. About extremely fine.
Current Bid: 240 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
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Lucius Verus, 161-169. Medallion (Bronze, 38 mm, 46.18 g, 11 h), Rome , 165. L AVREL VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS IMP II TR P V COS II, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Lucius Virus to left. Rev. Victory standing facing, her body turned slightly to left but with her head turned to right, holding a long palm branch with her right hand and stretching out her left hand to right to touch a military trophy; on the left of the trophy's base. Parthian captive seated to right; to the right of the trophy, captive child standing to left. Banti 199 var. = Cohen 346 var. (TR P IIII). Gnecchi 30 and pl. 75, 3 (same dies). MIR 18, 1026-11/47. Very rare. A powerful and attractive coin with a fine, dark green patina, a noble portrait of the emperor and an evocative reverse. Some smoothing in the fields, otherwise, good very fine.
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Estimate: 20000 CHF
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Commodus, 177-192. Denarius (Silver, 17 mm, 2.80 g, 12 h), struck shortly before his assassination, Rome, 192. L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL Laureate head of Commodus to right. Rev. P M TR P XVII IMP VIII COS VII P P Pietas seated left on draped throne, extending her right hand to a child who clutches her knees, and holding a transverse scepter with her left; in the field to left, star. BMCRE 325. RIC 236. With a remarkably fine and unusually well-struck portrait of the increasingly mad emperor. Lightly toned. Two flan cracks, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
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Estimate: 200 CHF
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Pescennius Niger, 193-194. Denarius (Silver, 18 mm, 2.73 g, 11 h), Antioch. IMP CAES C PESC NIGER IVST AVG Laureate head of Pescennius Niger to right. Rev. SALVTI - A-VG Salus standing right, feeding serpent held in arms from patera held in left hand; at feet to right, lighted altar. BMC p. 80, note. Cohen 66. RIC 75b. A lovely portrait of Niger. Minor surface granularity, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Current Bid: 1500 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
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From the Brand Collection and the Cologne Getrudenstrasse Hoard of 1909
Septimius Severus, with Julia Domna, 193-211. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 7.57 g, 6 h), Rome, 201. SEVERVS AVG – PART MAX Laureate bust of Septimius Severus to right, his shoulders heroically bare. Rev. IVLIA – AVGVSTA Draped bust of Julia Domna to right, her hair arranged in six waves and with a bun at the back. Biaggi 1122 (same dies). BMC 192 note. Calicó 2588 (this coin). Cohen -. RIC 161a. Very rare. Nicely toned and with splendid portraits of fine style. Virtually as struck.
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Estimate: 75000 CHF
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Julia Domna, Augusta, 193-217. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 29 mm, 21.18 g, 6 h), struck under Caracalla, Rome, 211-215. IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG Draped bust of Julia Domna to right, wearing stephane. Rev. IVNONEM / S C Juno standing left, holding patera and scepter; at feet to left, peacock. Banti 22. BMC 208 (Caracalla). Cohen 90. RIC 585a (Caracalla). With a noble and extremely elegant portrait of Domna and a fine brown and green patina. Good very fine.
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Estimate: 1200 CHF
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Caracalla, 198-217. As (Copper, 26 mm, 13.30 g, 1 h), Rome, 217. ANTONINVS PIVS AVG GERM Laureate head of Caracalla to right. Rev. P M TR P XX COS IIII P P / SC Jupiter seated to left, holding Victory in his right hand and long scepter with his left; at his feet, eagle standing left, his head turned back to right. BMC 307 var (bust laureate, draped and cuirassed). Cohen 379. RIC 568b. With a powerful portrait of Caracalla and a red-green patina. Somewhat rough surfaces with traces of cleaning, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
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Estimate: 400 CHF
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PHOENICIA. Tyre. Geta, 209-211. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 14.75 g, 1 h). ΑVΤ ΚΑΙ - ΓΕΤΑC CΕΒ Laureate, bearded, draped and cuirassed bust of Geta to right, seen from the front. Rev. ΔΗΜΑΡΧ ΕΞ ΥΠΑΤΟC ΤΟ B Eagle, with spread wings and his head to left, standing facing on club; holding wreath in his beak; between legs, murex shell. Bellinger 301. Prieur 1540. A sharply struck, beautifully centered coin. Extremely fine.
Current Bid: 600 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
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Elagabalus, 218-222. Aureus (Gold, 21 mm, 7.40 g, 12 h), Rome , 218-219. IMP CAES M AVR ANTONINVS AVG, Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Elagabalus to right. Rev. FIDES MILITVM Elagabalus standing to right, laureate and in military dress, holding a transverse spear in his right hand and a standard in his left; to left, soldier standing right and holding a standard topped by a hand; to right, a soldier standing right, his head turned back towards the emperor, holding a standard and a shield. BMC 16 note. Calicó 2994. Cohen 42. RIC 76. Extremely rare. Beautifully toned, lustrous and most attractive. Virtually as struck.
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Estimate: 60000 CHF
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Severus Alexander, 222-235. Aureus (Gold, 20 mm, 6.45 g, 6 h), Rome, 227. IMP C M AVR SEV ALEXAND AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Severus Alexander to right. Rev. P M TR P VI COS II P P Mars advancing to right, holding transverse spear in his right hand and a trophy in his left. BMC 407-8. Calicó 3112 (same reverse die). Cohen 304. RIC 60. Clear and attractive. Some minor marks, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
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Estimate: 7500 CHF
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Gordian III, 238-244. Sestertius (Bronze, 31 mm, 20.30 g, 12 h), Rome, 243-244. IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind. Rev. FELICIT TEMPOR /S-C Felicitas standing left, holding long caduceus and cornucopia. Cohen 73. RIC 328a. A very attractive piece: well-struck and with a fine green-brown patina. Extremely fine.
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Estimate: 750 CHF
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Trajan Decius, 249-251. Double Sestertius (Orichalcum, 40 mm, 37.55 g, 12 h), Rome, 250. IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG Radiate and cuirassed bust of Decius to right, with his paludamentum on his far shoulder. Rev. FELICITAS SAECVLI / S - C Felicitas standing left, holding long caduceus in her right hand and cornucopia with her left. Banti 9. Cohen 39. RIC 115a. A particularly nice example with a green patina. Struck from dies with slightly rough surfaces and with a minor edge break, otherwise, extremely fine.
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Estimate: 3500 CHF
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Herennia Etruscilla, Augusta, 249-251. Double Sestertius (Orichalcum, 36 mm, 35.46 g, 1 h), struck under her husband Trajan Decius, Rome, 250. HERENNIA ETRVSCILLA AVG Draped bust, resting on a crescent, of Herennia Etruscilla wearing stephane to right. Rev. PVDICITIA AVG / S C Pudicitia seated left, drawing veil over head and holding scepter. Cohen 21. RIC 136a. Very rare. Clear and with a good portrait and fine brown patina. Fields smoothed but still most attractive, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Current Bid: 2400 CHF
Estimate: 3000 CHF
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Unpublished Omonoia issue between Perge and Delphoi
PAMPHYLIA. Perge. Valerian II, as Caesar, 256-257. 10 Assaria (Bronze, 32 mm, 19.01 g, 7 h), in alliance with Delphi. ΠΟ ΛΙ ΟΥΑΛΕΡΙΑΝΟΝ Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Valerian to right; in the field to right, I (= 10 assaria). Rev. ΠYΘΙΑ / APTEMIΔOC / AΠΟΛΛΩΝΟC / ΠΕΡΓΑΙΩΝ / palm branch Α palm branch/ΔΕΛΦΩΝ (= The Pythia of the People of Perge, in honour of the sister and brother, Artemis and Apollo) in six lines within a laurel wreath with ties below. Franke-Nollé -. SNG Paris -. SNG von Aulock -. Apparently unpublished. Very well-struck and clear with greyish-green-brown patina. Nearly extremely fine.
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Estimate: 1500 CHF
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Maximinus II, 310-313. Aureus (Gold, 19 mm, 5.32 g, 12 h), Antioch, 311. MAXIMI-NVS P F AVG Laureate head of Maximinus to right. Rev. SOLE IN-VICTO / (crescent) SMAΞ* Sol, radiate, standing left, raising right hand and holding Victory in left. Calicó 5032. Depeyrot 29/3. RIC 160. Very rare. Sharply struck and attractive. Some minor flan faults, otherwise, extremely fine.
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Estimate: 10000 CHF
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Constantius II, as Caesar, 324-337. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.38 g, 1 h), Constantinople, 335-336. FL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB CAES Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Constantius to left. Rev. CONSTANT-IVS CAESAR / CONS Victory walking to left, holding wreath in her right hand and palm branch in her left. RIC 96. A coin with a remarkably elegant, even noble, portrait of Constantius II Caesar. Minor scratches, scuffs and marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
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Estimate: 3500 CHF
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Vetranio, 350. Centenionalis (Bronze, 24 mm, 4.67 g, 12 h), Thessalonika, Δ = 4th officina. D N VETRAN-IO P F AVG Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Vetranio to right. Rev. CONCORDIA MILITVM / A - B / •TSΔ• Vetranio, in military attire, standing front, head to left, holding a labarum bearing a Christogram in each hand; above his head, star. RIC 135. Strong portrait. Exergue weakly struck and some very minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
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Estimate: 250 CHF
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Jovian, 363-364. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.43 g, 6 h), Antioch, Γ = 3rd officina, 363. D N IOVIAN - VS PEP AVG Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Jovian to right. Rev. SECVRITA - S REI - PVBLICAE / ANTΓ Roma and Constantinople enthroned, the former facing, the latter turned to left; between them they support a shield inscribed VOT / V / MVL / X; Roma holding spear in her left hand; Constantinople holding scepter in her left hand and resting her right foot on a prow. Cohen 8. Depeyrot 18/2. RIC VIII 223. Rare. Splendid, lustrous, sharply struck and perfectly centered. Slight die-shift on the obverse and some minor striking flatness on the reverse, otherwise, good extremely fine.
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Estimate: 4500 CHF
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Valens, 364-378. Solidus (Gold, 22 mm, 4.55 g, 10 h), Thessalonika, 364. D N VALEN-S P F AVG Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Valens to right. Rev. VICTOR-IA AVGG / SM TES Valentinian and Valens seated facing on a throne with a back, jointly holding globe. Behind and between them the upper portion of a Victory with outspread wings, blessing the emperors. Cohen 53. Depeyrot 25/2. RIC 4b1. Nicely struck, sharp and well-centered. Virtually as struck.
Current Bid: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
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Unique Semissis or Heavy Siliqua Pattern
Valens, 364-378. (Bronze, 19 mm, 2.60 g, 12 h), pattern for a gold semissis or a heavy siliqua, Sirmium, c. 364. D N VALEN-S P F AVG Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Valens to right. Rev. GAVD-IVM R P/ SIRM On the left, Valentinian, taller, standing facing, his head turned to right, in military dress and holding spear in his right hand and globe in his left; on the right, Valens, shorter, in military dress and holding spear in his right hand and globe in his left. Unpublished, save for a note dated August 2000 on Wildwinds (http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/ric/valens/uncat.txt). Of the greatest rarity, apparently unique. Remains of deposits and with some cleaning marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Current Bid: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
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Theodosius I, 379-395. Medallion of 2 Solidi (Gold, 27 mm, 8.93 g, 12 h), Aquileia, c. 379. DN THEODO - SIVS P F AVG Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Theodosius I to right. Rev. GLORIA - RO - MANORVM / AQOB Roma and Constantinopolis seated; Roma facing, helmeted, holding Victory on globe with her right hand and scepter with her left; Constantinopolis to left, turreted, holding Victory on globe in her right hand and a cornucopia with her left, her right foot on a galley prow . Gnecchi - but cf. the comparable piece of Gratian, now in Vienna and found in the Banat (now Romania) in 1865, Cohen 19 = Gnecchi 6 and pl. 19, 1 = RIC IX, p. 98, 19. Apparently unique. A coin of the greatest importance, surely struck at the start of the then joint reign of Theodosius I with Gratian and Valentinian II. A few minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
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Estimate: 125000 CHF
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Arcadius, 383-408. Follis (Bronze, 15 mm, 2.29 g, 11 h), Antioch, Γ = 3rd officina, 401-403. D N ARCADI-VS P F AVG Diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust of Arcadius facing, his torso turned slightly to his right, holding, in his right hand, a spear over his right shoulder, and with a shield decorated with a cross over his left. Rev. CONCORDI-A AVGG / ANTΓ Constantinopolis, helmeted, draped and enthroned facing, her head to right, holding a long scepter with her right hand and Victory on a globe in her left; beneath her right foot, prow. LRBC 2797. RIC 97. Boldly struck, and with a dark, reddish-brown patina. About extremely fine.
Current Bid: 190 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
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Honorius, 393-423. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.47 g, 6 h), Constantinople, Γ = 3rd officina, 395-402. 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; to left, star. Depeyrot 55/2. RIC 8. Lustrous and sharp, perfectly centered. Extremely fine.
Current Bid: 600 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
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Theodosius II, 402-450. Tremissis (Gold, 15 mm, 1.54 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 408-420. D N THEODO-SIVS P F AVG Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust of Theodosius to right. Rev. VICTORIA AVGVSTORVM / CONOB Victory walking right, her head turned to left, holding wreath in her right hand and globus cruciger in her left; in field to right, star. Depeyrot 70/1. RIC X, 213. Sharp and well-centered. Graffito X on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Current Bid: 220 CHF
Estimate: 175 CHF
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Theodosius II, 402-450. Solidus (Gold, 22 mm, 4.46 g, 6 h), Constantinople, Θ = 9th officina, circa 408-430. 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. CONCORDI-A AVGG Θ/CONOB Constantinopolis seated facing on throne, her head turned to right, wearing helmet, holding a spear in 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. Well-centered and with underlying luster. Extremely fine.
Current Bid: 600 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
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Theodosius II, 402-450. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.49 g, 6 h), Constantinople, B = 2nd officina, 423-424. 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. VOT XX - MVLT XXX B/CONOB Victory standing left, holding long jeweled cross; in upper left field, eight-rayed star. Depeyrot 75/1. RIC 225. Perfectly centered and sharply struck. Some faint hairlines in the obverse field, otherwise, extremely fine.
Current Bid: 600 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
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Theodosius II, 402-450. Solidus (Gold, 22 mm, 4.49 g, 6 h), Constantinople, S = 6th 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 S/CONOB Theodosius II, on the left, and Valentinian III, on right, both nimbate, seated facing on double throne, wearing consular robes and holding a mappa in their right hands and a cross in their left. Depeyrot 79/1. RIC 237. Light scratch in obverse field, otherwise, extremely fine.
Current Bid: 700 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
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Theodosius II, 402-450. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.51 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 430-440. D N THEODOSI – VS 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. IMP XXXXII COS – XVII PP / CONOB Constantinopolis seated left, holding spear and globus cruciger, right foot set on prow, shield at her side; in left field, star. Depeyrot 84/1. RIC 285. Virtually as struck.
Current Bid: No Bids
Estimate: 750 CHF
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Theodosius II, 402-450. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.49 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 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 / 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 lustrous example, well-centered and sharply struck. Extremely fine.
Current Bid: 800 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
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Aelia Pulcheria, Augusta, 414-453. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.49 g, 6 h), struck under her brother, Theodosius II, Constantinople, 423-425. AEL PVLCH-ERIA AVG Draped and diademed bust of Pulcheria to right, crowned by Hand of God above, wearing pearl necklace, earrings and with a cross on her shoulder. Rev. VOT XX - MVLT XXX / CONOB Angel standing left, holding long, jeweled cross in her right hand. Depeyrot 75/3. DOC 438. MIRB 19a. RIC 226. Perfectly centered and with a bold, sharp strike. Extremely fine.
Current Bid: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
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Aelia Eudocia, Augusta, 423-460. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.46 g, 6 h), struck under her husband, Theodosius II, Constantinople, I = 10th officina, 423-425. AEL EVDO-CIA AVG Pearl-diademed and draped bust of Aelia Eudocia to right, crowned by manus Dei. Rev. VOT XX - MVLT XXX I/CONOB Victory standing left, holding long cross in right hand; to upper left, star. Depeyrot 75/2. RIC 228. Perfectly centered and with underlying luster. Nearly extremely fine.
Current Bid: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
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Bold Siliqua of Constantine III
Constantine III, 407-411. Siliqua (Silver, 16.5 mm, 1.39 g, 6 h), Treveri, 408-411. D N CONSTAN-TINVS P F AVG Draped and cuirassed bust of Constantine to right, wearing pearl diadem. Rev. VICTORI-A AAVGGG / TRMS Roma seated left on cuirass, holding Victory on globe in her outstretched right hand and reversed spear in her left. Lafaurie 11. RIC 1534. Rare. Nicely toned and well-struck on an unusually full flan. Extremely fine.
Current Bid: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
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Valentinian III, 425-455. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.29 g, 6 h), Constantinople, Δ = 4th officina, 425-429. D N VALENTIN-IANVS P F AVG Pearl-diademed, helmeted, and cuirassed bust of Valentinian III facing slightly right, holding spear over his right shoulder and shield decorated with horseman motif. Rev. SALVS REI PVBLICAE Δ / CONOB Theodosius II (larger) and Valentinian III (smaller) enthroned facing, holding mappa and cruciform scepter; above, the head of Theodosius, star. Depeyrot 79/2. RIC X 242. Dent on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Current Bid: 600 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
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Anastasius I, 491-518. Solidus (Gold, 20.5 mm, 4.47 g, 7 h), Constantinople, I =10th officina, 498. D N ANASTA-SIVS P P AVC Helmeted and cuirassed bust of Anastasius I facing, holding spear with his right hand over his right shoulder and with a shield, embellished with horseman attacking a fallen foe, over his left. Rev. VICTORI-A AVGGG I / CONOB Victory standing left, holding in right hand a long staff surmounted by reversed Chi-Rho; in field to left, star. DOC 6 var. (officina not listed). MIBE 6. SB 4. Nicely centered. Considerable striking flatness and some edge faults, otherwise, extremely fine.
Current Bid: 440 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
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A Syracusan Tremissis of Heraclius
Heraclius, 610-641. Tremissis (Gold, 15 mm, 1.46 g, 6 h), Syracuse, 610-613. D N N HERAC-LIVS P P AVG Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Heraclius to right, wearing short beard. Rev. VICTORIA AVGЧ E / CONOB Cross potent. DOC 53a (Constantinople). MIB 99. SB 881G. About extremely fine.
Current Bid: 300 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
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A Splendid Syracusan Tremissis of Constans II
Constans II, 641-668. Tremissis (Gold, 14 mm, 1.38 g, 6 h), Syracuse, c. 659-662. D N CONSTAN-TINЧ P P AV Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constans II to right. Rev. VICTORIA AVSЧ CIK / CONOB Cross potent on base; in field to right, Ч. DOC 175. MIB 111. SB 1102. Struck from the same reverse die as Bertolami 29, 2017, 675. With a very bold, Picasso-like "portrait", amusingly attractive . Some minor edge flatness, otherwise, extremely fine.
Current Bid: 300 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
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Constantine IV Pogonatus, 668-685. Solidus (Gold, 18 mm, 4.36 g, 6 h), Constantinople, B = 2nd officina, 681-685. P CONST-A-NUS P P A Helmeted, diademed and cuirassed bust of Constantine IV facing, turned slightly to right, holding spear in his right hand and with shield over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORA AVGV B / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 12(b). MIB 10. SB 1157. Elegant and well-struck. Very minor striking flatness on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Current Bid: 600 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
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Justinian II, first reign, 685-695. Solidus (Gold, 19 mm, 4.46 g, 7 h), Constantinople, Θ = 9th officina, 692-695. IhS CRISTOS REX REGNANTIVM Draped bust of Christ facing, with long hair and full beard, raising right hand in benediction and holding Book of Gospels in his left; behind head, cross. Rev. D IЧSTINIANЧS SERЧ ChRISTI Θ / CONOP Justinian II, crowned, bearded and wearing loros, standing facing, holding cross potent on base and two steps in his right hand and akakia in his left. DOC 7g. MIB 8a. SB 1248. A highly attractive example. Small scratch in reverse field, otherwise, extremely fine.
Current Bid: 1600 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
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Justinian II, first reign, 685-695. Tremissis (Gold, 16 mm, 1.39 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 692-695. IhS ChS REX REGNANTIЧM Draped bust of Jesus Christ facing, with long hair and full beard, raising right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in his left; behind head, cross. Rev. D IЧSTINIANЧS SERЧ CRISTI Justinian II, crowned, bearded and wearing loros, standing facing, holding cross potent on base and two steps in his right hand and akakia in his left. DOC 14. MIB 16. SB 1256. Weakly struck on the obverse and light die rust, otherwise, good very fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Estimate: 650 CHF
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Leontius, 695-698. Solidus (Gold, 19.50 mm, 4.32 g, 6 h), Constantinople, Γ = 3rd officina. D LEO-N PE AV Crowned bust of Leontius facing, holding akakia in his upraised right hand and globus cruciger in his left. Rev. VICTORIA AVSЧ Γ /CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 1c. MIB 1. SB 1330. With a sharp portrait. Considerable striking flatness, otherwise, extremely fine.
Current Bid: 650 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
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Leontius, 695-698. Tremissis (Gold, 16 mm, 1.35 g, 6 h), Constantinople. D LEON PP AV Crowned bust of Leontius facing, wearing loros, holding globus cruciger in his right hand. Rev. VICTORIA AVSЧ S /CONOB Cross potent on base. DOC 4. MIB 5. SB 1333. Well-centered. Some striking weakness in the legends, otherwise, extremely fine.
Current Bid: 600 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
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Justinian II, second reign, 705-711. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.44 g, 7 h), Constantinople, 705. d N IhS ChS REX REGNANTIUM Large draped bust of Christ facing, with cross behind his head and with curly hair and a short beard; he holds a Book of Gospels in his left hand and raises his right in benediction. Rev. d N IUSTINI-ANUS MULTUS AN Crowned facing bust of Justinian II, wearing loros and holding cross potent on three steps in his right hand and a patriarchal cross on a globe inscribed PAX in his left. DOC 1. MIB 1. SB 1413. Very minor striking weakness, otherwise, extremely fine.
Current Bid: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
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Rare second reign tremissis of Justinian II
Justinian II, second reign, 705-711. Tremissis (Gold, 15.50 mm, 1.44 g, 6 h), Constantinople. d N IҺS CҺS REX REGNANTIЧM Draped bust of Christ facing, cross behind his head, raising right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in left. Rev. d N IЧSTINIANЧS MЧLTЧS AN Crowned bust of Justinian II facing, wearing loros, holding cross potent in right hand and patriarchal cross on globe inscribed PAX in left. DOC 5. MIB 5. SB 1419. Rare. Minor striking weakness in the legends, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Current Bid: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
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Leo III the "Isaurian", with Constantine V, 717-741. Tremissis (Gold, 16 mm, 1.42 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 732-c.737. [d N] D LEO-N P A MЧ[..] Crowned and bearded bust of Leo facing, wearing chlamys, holding cross on globe in his right hand and akakia with his left. Rev. [..]CON - STANTIN[...] Crowned beardless bust of Constantine facing, wearing chlamys, holding cross on base in his right hand and akakia with his left. DOC 18a. SB 1508. Attractive and well-centered. Minor die fault on the obverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Current Bid: 240 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
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Irene, 797-802. Solidus (Gold, 19.5 mm, 3.77 g, 7 h), Syracuse, circa 797/8. IRIEN AΓOVST Bust of Irene facing, wearing chlamys and crown with pendilia and a cross on a semicircle between two pinnacles, holding an akakia in her left hand; behind her shoulders, the two curved lines of a throne-back. Rev. AΓOVSTI Bust of Irene facing, wearing loros and crown with pendilia and a cross on a triangle between two pinnacles, holding a cross potent on base in her right hand. Anastasi 452. DOC 3. SB 1601. Spahr 340. Reverse struck from a rusted die, otherwise, virtually as struck.
Current Bid: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
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Irene, 797-802. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 3.65 g, 5 h), Syracuse, 798-802. EIRIh bASILISSII Crowned bust of Irene facing, wearing loros and holding a globus cruciger in her right hand and a cross-tipped scepter in her left. Rev. EIRIh bASILI Crowned bust of Irene facing, wearing loros and holding a globus cruciger in her right hand and a cross-tipped scepter in her left; in field to left, C; in field to right, I. Anastasi - (cf.455). DOC -. SB - (cf.1602). Same dies as Nomos 15, 311. A few earthen deposits, otherwise, virtually as struck.
Current Bid: 3600 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
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Nicephorus I, 802-811. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 3.78 g, 12 h), uncertain Sicilian mint, probably Syracuse, 802-803. hI-FOROS bAS Bearded and facing bust of Nicephorus I, wearing crown with a cross on circlet, a chlamys, and holding a cross potent in his right hand and an anexikakia in his left. Rev. IhSUS XRIS - TUS hICA X Cross potent on base and three steps; to left and right, C I. Anastasi -. DOC -. Roma 5, 2013, 945 (same dies). SB -. Spahr -. Very sharp and well centered on a broad flan. Virtually as struck.
Current Bid: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
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Theophilus, 829-842. Solidus (Gold, 20 mm, 4.41 g, 5 h), Constantinople, c. 831-842. * ΘEOFI-LOS bASILE Θ Crowned facing bust of Theophilus, wearing chlamys, holding patriarchal cross in right hand and akakia in left. Rev. + mIXAHL S COnSTAnTIn' Crowned facing bust of Michael, bearded, on left, and Constantine, beardless and much smaller, on right, each wearing chlamys; above, cross; between them, pellet. DOC 3d. Füeg, Nomismata 3.H.1.y. SB 1653. Lustrous and well-centered. Small scrapes on edge, otherwise, extremely fine.
Current Bid: 440 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
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Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus, 913-959. Solidus (Gold, 19 mm, 4.24 g, 6 h), Constantinople, circa 945. +IhS XPS ReX ReGNANTIYM Nimbate bust of Christ facing, wearing pallium and columbium, raising his right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in his left. Rev. + COhSTAh - T,AVTCRATIOho Crowned bust of Constantine VII facing, with long beard and wearing a loros, holding, in his right hand, a patriarchal cross on a globus. DOC 13a.1 (same dies). SB 1747. Extremely rare. Clear and well-centered. Minor marks and traces of die rust, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Estimate: 12500 CHF
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Rare and Unusual Byzantine Tessera
Sisinnios, magistros, Circa 10th century. Tessera (Bronze, 21 mm, 4.41 g, 12 h), a. CICI-NNIΩ / ΜΑΓΙ/CTPΩ around cruciform invocation monogram = Κ - ΥΡ - ΕΙ - Β (Lord help the Magistrate Sisinnios). Rev. CICI-NNIΩ / ΜΑΓΙ/CTPΩ around cruciform invocation monogram = Κ - ΥΡ - ΕΙ - Β. BZS.1951.31.5.2964 (same dies). Extremely rare and unusual, and the best known example. Very fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Estimate: 450 CHF
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John III Ducas (Vatatzes), emperor of Nicaea, 1222-1254. Hyperpyron (Gold, 28 mm, 4.34 g, 6 h), Magnesia, 1232-1254. IC - XC Christ, nimbate, seated facing on a backless throne, raising his right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in his left. Rev. Ιω /ΔC / Π - Τ / Ο / Π / Ο /Φ / Υ (but fragmentary) John, on the left, standing facing, wearing divitision and loros, holding anexikakia in his left hand and labarum in his right, crowned by the Virgin, nimbate and standing facing on the right; at sides of the Virgin's head, MHP - ΘV. DOC 6b. SB 2073. Nicely toned and clearly struck. About extremely fine.
Current Bid: 280 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
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An extremely rare Aspron Trachy of Theodore Comnenus-Ducas
Theodore Comnenus-Ducas, as emperor of Thessalonica, 1225/7-1230. Aspron Trachy (Silver, 29 mm, 2.55 g, 5 h), circa 1225/6. MHP - ΘY The Virgin Mary seated facing on a jewelled throne with a back, holding before her the nimbate bust of the infant Jesus; above the arms of the throne, crescents with points upwards (signal). Rev. ΘΕΟΔ ΔOYKAC On the left, standing figure of Theodore facing, wearing divination, jeweled loros and sagion and holding sheathed sword and akakia; at his right, standing figure of the nimbate Christ facing, crowning the emperor with his right hand and holding book of Gospels with his left. DOC 3 var. (unrecorded with the crescent sigla) = SB 2160. Extremely rare, if not unique with these sigla. Some striking weakness, otherwise, good very fine.
Current Bid: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
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Seal of the Patriarch Photios
BYZANTINE SEALS. Constantinople. Photios, Patriarch of Constantinople, 858-867, 877-886. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 30 mm, 17.29 g, 12 h). ΥΠΕΡΑΓΙΑ ΘΕ / OTOKE BOH (=Most Holy Theotokos, help) The Virgin Hodegetria, nimbate and wearing a chiton and a metaphorion, the hem of which hangs down from her left arm, standing three quarters facing and holding, on her left arm with the support of her right hand, the infant Christ, with cross nimbus, chiton and himation, his right hand extended in benediction; double dotted border. Rev. + ΦΩΤΙΩ / ΑΡΧΙΕΠΙCΚΟΠ /KΩΝCTANTINΟΥ / ΠΟΛΕΩC ΝΕΑC / PΩΜΗC + (= Photios Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome) in five lines, within double dotted border. Laurent, Vatican, 152. Oinonomides, Dated Lead Seals, 54. Zacos II, 7. Very rare. An exciting and tremendously important seal belonging to the great Iconodule Patriarch of the 9th century. With an attractive brown-grey patina. Some roughness, otherwise, good very fine.
Current Bid: 700 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
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BYZANTINE SEALS. Theodora, 1055-1056. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 40 mm, 50.20 g, 12 h), Constantinople. + ЄMMA-NOYHΛ / IC - XC Draped bust of Christ Pantokrator facing, wearing nimbus decorated with five pellets in each arm, holding Book of Gospels with his left hand and raising his right hand in benediction. Rev. [+ ΘЄOΔΩP' ΑΥΓOΥ]-CTΑ H ПOPΦΥΡ,ΓΕΝ,Τ Bust of Theodora Porphyrogenite facing, wearing ornate jewelled crown with pendilia and jewelled loros, holding staff surmounted by cross set on tendrils in her right hand, and raising her left hand in supplication. Seibt 19. Zacos I 82 var. (different boulloterion). Clear and with fine grey patina with light earthen deposits. Some scratches on the obverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Estimate: 2000 CHF
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BYZANTINE SEALS. Michael VII Ducas, 1071-1078. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 38 mm, 31.96 g, 12 h), an imperial bulla, used for official documents. IC XC Christ Pantokrator, seated facing on a square-backed throne, bearded, nimbate, and wearing a tunic and himation, raising his right hand in benediction and holding book of gospels in his left; border of dots. Rev. +ΜΙΧΑΗ ΑYΤΟ-ΚΡΑΤ ΡΩΜ Ο ΔΟΥΚΑC Bearded figure of Michael standing facing, wearing crown with cross and pendilia, divitision, and loros, and holding labarum in his right hand and globus cruciger in his left. DOCBS 84. Seibt I, 25. Zacos 95c-d (but from a different bulloterion). Untouched fine brown-grey surfaces. A few bangs and marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Estimate: 1500 CHF
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BYZANTINE SEALS. Michael, Choregetes of the Emperor, circa 11th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 26 mm, 11.21 g, 12 h), Imperial palace of Constantinople. MHP - ΘΥ Facing bust of the Virgin Mary, wearing chiton and maphorion and with her hands turned upward before her. Rev. -+- / ΜΙΧΑΗ' / ΧΟΡΗΓΗ/T, TOY BA/CIΛΕΟ' / -+- = Michael choregetes of the emperor in six lines within dotted circle. Apparently unpublished, and with the title of Choregetes also unattested. Fine chocolate patina, and of particularly elegant style, the work of a very capable engraver, steeped in the finest traditions of Comnenian style. Graffito on obverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Current Bid: 400 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
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BYZANTINE SEALS. Constantine Rhadenos, late 12th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 34.0 mm, 22.74 g, 12 h). MHP - ΘY Facing half length bust of the Virgin Mary, orans, wearing chiton and maphorion; in front of her, facing bust of the infant Jesus Christ. Rev. + / CΦΡΑΓΙC / ΡΑΔΗΝΟΥ / TΩΝ ΓΡΑΦΩΝ /KΩNCΤΑΝΤΙ / NOY ([I am the] seal of the writings of Radenos Constantinos) in six metric lines, within round dotted border. Konstantopoulos Athens 685a = Stavrakos 217. Extremely rare seal, known from a single example in the Numismatic Museum of Athens. Scarce depiction of Jesus Christ not in a medallion held by Virgin Mary. Good very fine.
Current Bid: 420 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
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BYZANTINE SEALS. Niketas Anzas, patrikios and dikaspolos of the theme of Boleron, circa 2nd half of the 12th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 26 mm, 18.56 g, 12 h), Didymoteichon?. MHP - ΘY Nimbate and draped half length bust of the Virgin Mary, facing slightly to right, presenting the youthful Christ on her left, nimbate, holding an akakia and rising his right hand in benediction. Rev. ΦΡΟΥΡ, / ΤΟΝ ΑΝΖΑΝ ΠPI NIKHTA / TON TOY ΘΕΜΑ/TOC BOΛΕΡ, / ΔΙΚΑCΠO/ΛΟΝ = <Mother of God>, guard Niketas Anzas, patrikios and dikaspolos of the Boleron theme in seven lines within a border of dots. Apparently unpublished and unknown, but cf. Nesbitt-Seibt, Anzas 18.13 a-c for seals of Niketas Anzas as Chartoularios of the West. A beautiful and very unusual depiction of the Virgin Mary with the young, rather than the infant, Jesus by her side. A well-made seal of great historical interest. Good very fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Estimate: 750 CHF
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A Westerner Byzantine Service
BYZANTINE SEALS. John Barbantinos, sebastos, circa 12th - 13th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 31 mm, 16.58 g, 12 h). O /Γ/I/O/S - Θ/E/O/Δ/Ω/P Nimbate and bearded bust of St. Theodore facing, holding a spear over his right shoulder with his right hand and holding a shield with his left. Rev. + IΩ / CEBACTÒC / BΑPBAN/THNÒC in four lines within a plain dotted border. Apparently unpublished. A rare seal. The Barbantenoi family is not documented in sigillography. Their name implies a western origin: there is an area known as Barbantes in Galicia, northern Spain, and it would be interesting if there were a connection. Very fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Estimate: 500 CHF
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A scarce seal with an Old Testament theme
BYZANTINE SEALS. Daniel Liberos, sebastos, circa 13th century. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 38 mm, 46.35 g, 12 h), a seal possibly of a member of the imperial court. O/ΠP/OΦI/TH/C - Δ/A/NI/HΛ The Prophet Daniel standing facing, nimbate and raising both hands in prayer; to left and right, lion. Rev. + / [K]PITHC ΔA/[NI]HΛ KAI ΓP/[A]ΦωN NYN Π/[POC]TATHC TEΛEI/[CE]BACTOY ΛIBEPOY/ΠPAΞEIC KPI/NΩN (most Ns retrograde and with a number of ligatures in the legend) = Oh, Judge Daniel, now guardian even of writings, give judgment and execute the deeds of the revered Liberos in eight lines, within simple dotted border. DO BZS.1951.31.5.2. Laurent, Orghidan 312. Laurent, Vatican 130. Wassiliou-Seibt, Corpus I, 1150. Pressed from the same bulloterion as the piece once in the Hecht collection, Triton XI, 2008, 1212. A very attractive, sharply "struck" example, nicely toned. Ancient flan fault on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Estimate: 2000 CHF
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An Armenian princess becomes Augusta..
BYZANTINE SEALS. Maria Doukaina Palaiologina, empress, 1294-1320. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 41 mm, 31.86 g, 12 h), in use during the reign of her husband, Michael IX Palaiologos, Constantinople. ΜΗΡ ΘΥ The Virgin Platytera or Theotokos, nimbate, wearing maphorion and holding with both her hands the facing and nimbate Christ child on her lap, seated facing on elaborate thokos. Rev. +/MAPI/A EYC/EBECT/ATH A/YΓOY/CTA - ΔOY/KAIN/A H ΠA/ΛAIO/ΛOΓH/NA The empress, standing facing, wearing ornate jewelled crown with pendilia and jewelled loros, and holding a jewelled scepter with her right hand. Zacos 126a (same boulloterion). An extremely rare late imperial seal. Flan faults on the reverse, and minor scuffs and marks, otherwise, very fine.
Current Bid: 800 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
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BYZANTINE SEALS, Ecumenical patriarchs of Constantinople. Jeremias III, 1716-1726 or 1732-1733. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 58 mm, 160.00 g, 12 h), from a Patriarchal Sigillion. MHP-ΘΥ /ΙC XC Nimbate and draped half-length bust of the Mother of God, her right hand raised in blessing and holding the nimbate and draped infant Christ, seated within the crook of her left arm, holding the Gospels with his left hand, and stretching out his right towards his mother; in the fields to left and right, flowers and tendrils. Rev. IEPEMIAC EΛΕΩ ΘΥ/ ΑΡΧΙΕΠΙCΚΟΠΟC : ΚΩ/ΝCΤΑΝΤΙΝΟΥΠΟΛΕΩC : ΝΕΑC / ΡΩΜΗC Κ ΟΙΚΟΥΜΕΝΙ/ΚΟC ΠΑΤΡΙΑΡΧΗC / [AΨ??] = Jeremias by the Will of God, Archbishop of Constantinople the New Rome, and Ecumenical Patriarch in six lines; above, branch flanked by flowers. Extremely rare. An impressive piece with a rough, brown-grey patina. Minor rough area on reverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Estimate: 7500 CHF
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A Rare Seal of Amalric, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem
CRUSADERS. Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. Amalric, Patriarch of Jerusalem, 1158-1180. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 41 mm, 46.29 g, 12 h). Η / ΑΝΑ - CΤ / ΑCΙC Scene of the Resurrection; at the center, Christ, nimbate, standing facing, holding a patriarchal cross with his left hand and drawing up the kneeling figure of Eve with his right; to left, Adam standing right with his arms extended in prayer; to left, two kneeling figures (kings David and Solomon). Rev. ✻☩✻ / AMALRICVS / SCERESURREC / TIONISECCLESI / ÆPATRIAR / [CHA] (= Amalricus S(an)c(ta)e Resurrectionis ecclesiae patriarcha) in five lines. DO Seals 5, 19.3. MAH Zacos 412. Rare. An attractive and historic seal with a lovely brown patina. The usual marks and edge faults, otherwise, good very fine.
Current Bid: 1600 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
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CRUSADERS. Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. Amaury, 1163-1174. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 31 mm, 18.02 g, 12 h). SIGILLVM AMALRICE Amaury, seated facing on a backless throne, wearing a crown, holding scepter surmounted with cross in his right hand, and globus surmounted by a trefoil ornament in his left. Rev. REGIS IERVSALEM The city of Jerusalem, represented by a crenelated wall with a central gate. Behind the wall on the left, the Holy Sepulchre; in the middle, the Tower of David; and on the right, the Temple. DO Seals 5, 19.2. H. E. Mayer, "Ein unbekanntes Kreuzfahrersiegel," 210. An exciting and rare bulla with an evocative reverse. With uncleaned deposits and old damages, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Current Bid: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
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Bohemond, Lord of Botron
CRUSADERS, County of Tripolis. Lordship of Botron (Batroun). Uncertain Bohemond (IV-VII), circa 1189-1287. Seal or Bulla (Lead, 40 mm, 65.05 g, 12 h). BOAMVN-DVS⋮DNS⋮BOTRONIS Armored knight, holding sword in his right hand and with a shield over his left shoulder, charging right on horseback. Rev. ✠CASTELLVM⋮BOTRONI⋮ Castle facade with three towers. Cf. Archives nationales de France, AE/III/141, a bulla dated to 1216. A very rare and well-preserved bulla struck by a Count of Tripoli as Lord as Botron. Some scuffs and marks, otherwise, good very fine.
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Estimate: 800 CHF
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Rare year 107 Dinar
ISLAMIC, Umayyad Caliphate. temp. Hisham ibn 'Abd al-Malik, AH 105-125 / AD 724-743. Dinar (Gold, 19 mm, 4.27 g, 6 h), no mint stated, but probably struck in Damascus, dated AH 107 = 725/6 AD. Arabic inscription with Kalima. Rev. Arabic inscription including date written out in words; two dots on lower field. Album 136. ICV 201. Walker 227. One of the rarest of all the dates of the Umayyad gold series. Good very fine.
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Estimate: 10000 CHF
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ISLAMIC, Anatolia & al-Jazira (Post-Seljuk). Artuqids (Mardin). Husam al-Din Yuluq Arslan, AH 580-597 / AD 1184-1200. Dirham (Bronze, 30 mm, 14.56 g, 7 h), giving the Abbasid caliph al-Nasir as overlord, unlisted mint, possibly Mardin, AH 589 = AD 1193. Three fully draped, figures, probably female, two of whom raise their hands in mourning, one standing facing and the second turned to left, with another, on the right, standing fully facing with her left arm lowered, to left, right and behind a draped and veiled woman seated to left, holding her head in her hands. Rev. Name and titles of Abbasid caliph al-Nasir in three lines; in the outer margin, name and titles of Husam al-Din Yuluq Arslan and date. Album 1829.3. S&S Type 35.1. Whelan Type III, 54-6. Undoubtedly one of the finest known examples of this extraordinary type, sharply struck from fresh dies and beautifully centered. Extremely fine.
Current Bid: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
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A Rare Merovingian Tremissis from Switzerland
MEROVINGIANS. Acaunum - St. Maurice d'Agaune. After 630/635. Tremissis of 7 Siliquae (Gold, 15 mm, 1.73 g, 12 h), Romanus. ΛCΛVΝΟ FΙΤ Male head to right. Rev. ROMANVS MO Latin cross pattée, within wreath with ties below and closing medallion above, between V - II. Cf. Belfort 20; Depeyrot II 10-A1, 1; HMZ I, 93; Geiger 32; and Prou 1298, (but with a differing bust, the term MO for MVN, and with an A with a crossbar in the moneyer's name. For a similar example see Roma XX, 2020, 720). Very rare. Well-struck, toned and clear. Minor marks and some die rust, otherwise, about extremely fine.
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Estimate: 8000 CHF
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SERBIA. Stefan Radoslav, king, 1228-1234. Trachy (Billon, 29 mm, 3.12 g, 6 h), Ras (= Stari Ras, near modern Novi Pazar). IC XC Christ Pantocrator seated facing, wearing a cross nimbus and raising his right hand in benediction. Rev. C[TЄΦANOC PIZ] - OΔ [KONCTANTH] Stefan, holding an akakia in his right hand and St. Konstantin, holding a small patriarchal cross-tipped sceptre in his left, standing facing, holding long patriarchal cross between them. D&D 1.2.3. Ivanisevic 1.4. Jovanovic 4. Very rare. Clear and well-struck. Good very fine.
Current Bid: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
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LOW COUNTRIES. Flanders. Louis II de Male, 1346-1384. Chaise d’Or (Gold, 30 mm, 4.38 g, 11 h). + LVDOVICVS DЄI GRΛ COm’ Z DnS FLΛnD’ (saltire and double saltire stops) Louis seated facing on Gothic throne, holding sword and resting hand on coat-of-arms; all within tressure of eight arcs, trefoils in spandrels. Rev. + XPC VIИCIT XPC RЄGИAT XPC IИPЄRΛT (double saltire stops) ornate cross, with trefoils at ends, in quadrilobe; rosettes in quarters. Delmonte, Or 466. De Mey, Flanders 205. Elsen 38. Friedberg 163. Martiny 48. An attractive, clear piece, well-struck and nicely toned. Some minor flatness as usual, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
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Estimate: 1750 CHF
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ITALY. Papal States. Nicolas V (Tommaso Parentucelli), 1447-1455. Ducato (Gold, 22 mm, 3.53 g, 2 h), Rome. •+ NICOLAVS • - • P P QVINTVS• Papal tiara above shield bearing the Parentucelli arms; all within quatrefoil. Rev. •+• S PETRVS • - • ALMA ROMA• St. Peter standing facing in quatrefoil. Berman 326. CNI 3. Muntoni 4. Clear and nicely toned. Nearly extremely fine.
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Estimate: 1000 CHF
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ITALY. Papal States. Calistus III (Alfonso Borgia), 1455-1458. Grosso (Silver, 26.5 mm, 3.77 g, 7 h), Rome. º+ºCALISTVS✿º - ºP Pº TERTIVSº Tiara and crossed keys over shield bearing the Borgia arms; all within quatrefoil. Rev. ºS ºPETRVS ºS º PAVLVSº ºALII-Aº ROIIA Sts. Peter and Paul standing facing. Berman 351. Muntoni 10. Rare. Attractively toned and well-struck. Minor die fault on the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
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Estimate: 1500 CHF
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ITALY. Papal States. Paul II (Pietro Barbo), 1464-1471. Ducato (Gold, 21 mm, 2.99 g, 4 h), Rome. º•PAVLVS• P P• - •SECVNDVS•º Tiara and crossed keys over shield bearing the Barbo arms. Rev. ºº•ALMA✿• •✿ROMA•ºº St. Veronica facing, displaying the sudario. Berman 395. Muntoni 7. Rare. Attractive and with an unusual reverse type. Slightly clipped, otherwise, good very fine.
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Estimate: 1250 CHF
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One of the finest known
ITALY. Papal States. Paul II (Pietro Barbo), 1464-1471. Ducato (Gold, 24 mm, 3.52 g, 2 h), Spoleto. ·PAVLV'· II· PO - NT· MAX· AN· I· Tiara and crossed keys above shield with the Barbo arms; all within quadrilobe. Rev. ·S· PETRVS· IN· - ·'PVIN· DVCAT'· St. Peter standing facing, head turned slightly right, holding key in right hand and Gospels in left; all within quadrilobe. Berman 433. Friedberg 425. Muntoni 75. Extremely rare and one of the finest known. Extremely fine.
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Estimate: 25000 CHF
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ITALY. Papal States. Sixtus IV (Francesco della Rovere), 1471-1484. Grosso (Silver, 28.5 mm, 3.80 g, 10 h), Rome. •º SIXTVS • PP ❉ • - • ❉ QVARTVS º• Tiara and crossed keys over shield bearing the della Rovere arms; all within quatrefoil. Rev. º•S•º - ºPETRVSº:• - •ºROMAº• - ºS• PAVLVSº Sts. Peter and Paul standing facing; at their feet between them, ❉. Berman 452. Muntoni 18. Attractive, lightly toned and clearly struck. Nearly extremely fine.
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Estimate: 350 CHF
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ITALY. Papal States. Innocent VIII (Giovanni Battista Cybo), 1484-1492. Fiorino di camera (Gold, 22 mm, 3.39 g, 3 h), Rome. °INNOCEN-TIVS° P P° VIII° Tiara and crossed keys above shield with the Cybo arms; all within quatrefoil . Rev. SANCTVS° PETRVS° °ALMA° ROMA° St. Peter, standing to left and drawing up his nets, in boat moving to right. Berman 497. Muntoni 3. Sharply struck, toned, and most attractive. Extremely fine.
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Estimate: 1500 CHF
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ITALY. Papal States. Alexander VI (Rodrigo Borgia), 1492-1503. Grosso (Silver, 26.5 mm, 3.21 g, 6 h), Rome. ºALEXANDERº - ºVIº PONTº MAXº Tiara and crossed keys over shield bearing the Borgia arms; all within quatrefoil. Rev. ºS ºPAVLVSº - º•S•º - ºPETRVSº /✿/ ºROMAº Sts. Paul and Peter standing facing. Berman 532. CNI 49. Muntoni 16. Very attractively toned, an unusually nice example. Nearly extremely fine.
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Estimate: 425 CHF
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ITALY. Papal States. Julius II (Giuliano Della Rovere), 1503-1513. Doppio fiorino di camera (Gold, 26 mm, 6.61 g, 9 h), Rome. ·IVLIVS· II· LIGVR· - ·P· M· Bust of Julis II to right, wearing ornate robes decorated with two figures and closed by a buckle decorated with the facing head of Christ. Rev. °NAVIS· AETERNAE· SALVTIS Saints Peter and Andrew within a boat to left, fishing. Berman 556. Friedberg 36. Muntoni 4. With a powerful and realistic portrait of this energetic and aggressive Pope. Good very fine.
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Estimate: 15000 CHF
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ITALY. Papal States. Julius II (Giuliano Della Rovere), 1503-1513. Medallion (Copper, 30 mm, 11.38 g, 5 h), a struck original commemorating the fortification of Civitavecchia, undated, but c. 1508. ▴IVLII▴II▴ARCIS▴FVN-DAT▴ Draped bust of Pope Julius II to left. Rev. CIVITA VECHIA The walls of fort Michelangelo in Civitavecchia as seen from the harbour. Pollard 204. Spink 437. Brown patina. Rare! Nearly extremely fine.
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Estimate: 3000 CHF
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ITALY. Papal States. Julius II (Giuliano Della Rovere), 1503-1513. Giulio (Silver, 28 mm, 3.80 g, 3 h), Ancona. ✿IVLIVSº II✿ ✿PONTº MAX ✿ Tiara and crossed keys above shield bearing the della Rovere arms; all within a quadrilobe. Rev. ºSº PAVLVSº - ºSº - ºPETRVSº / ºMARCº Sts. Paul and Peter standing facing; between them, at their feet, mint master's mark. Muntoni 59. Attractively toned and very pleasing. Nearly extremely fine.
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Estimate: 450 CHF
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ITALY. Papal States. Leo X (Giovanni de' Medici), 1513-1521. Giulio (Silver, 28 mm, 3.68 g, 12 h), Ancona. LEO DECIMVS PONTº MAXº / MA-RC View of the Basilica of St. Peter in Rome; below, lion crouching to left, holding a globe between his forepaws. Rev. PETRE - •ECCE• - TEMPLVM• •TVVM• (= Behold, Peter, here is your temple) On the left, Pope Leo X kneeling to right, presenting a model of St. Peter's to St. Peter, on the right, seated facing but turned slightly to the left; below, arms of Cardinal Armellini. Berman 671. CNI 43. Muntoni 73. Very rare. Toned and clear. Flatness at 12', otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Current Bid: 950 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
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ITALY. Papal States. Sede Vacante, 1523. Fiorino di Camera (Gold, 24 mm, 3.38 g, 12 h), Rome. °SEDE° VA-CANTE° Arms of the Cardinal Camerlengo Francesco Armellini surmounted by two crossed keys beneath an umbrella. Rev. (trident) SANCTVS· PETRVS· ALMA· ROMA° St. Peter seated in a boat to left, drawing up his nets. Berman 815. Friedberg 51a. Muntoni 1. Extremely rare. Extremely fine.
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Estimate: 20000 CHF
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TUDOR. Henry VIII, 1509-1547. Medal (Bronze, 32 mm, 10.94 g, 12 h), a later, perhaps 18th century, cast of an original by Hans Schwarz, undated but c. 1524, and certainly prior to 1541. HENRICVS VIII DEI GRA REX ANG: FRANC DOM HYB Bust of Henry VIII to left, wearing broad-brimmed hat and elaborate drapery. Rev. ODOR / EIVS VT LIBANI // DEFENSOR / FIDEI (= His smell [shall be] as Lebanon - Hosea, xiv, 7 - Defender of the Faith A Tudor Rose. Habich I/1, 270 and pl. XXXVII, 1. MI 30/15 (but casts in silver). Very rare. An interesting piece with an early portrait of Henry VIII. A slightly coarse cast with some marks, otherwise, good very fine.
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Estimate: 300 CHF
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