nomos 13
7 October 2016
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
Lot 311
Estimate: 350 CHF
Hammer Price:
Leo I, 457-474. Siliqua Weight (?) (Bronze, 12x12x2mm, 1.85 g 6), a square coin-weight on the reduced standard, Thessalonica. Diademed and draped imperial, beardless bust to right. Rev. Square monogram of LEONIS. A. Mazarakis, “A Byzantine check-weight of Leo I (457-474)” NomXhron 30, 2012, pp. 39-43 (this piece, illustrated on p. 39), Roma 10, 2015, 913 (same dies). A weight of great rarity and interest. Nicely patinated. Good very fine.

From the Eparch Collection, ex Helios 6, 9 March 2011, 1073.

This fascinating piece forms part of a very small series of weights known to have been produced in Thessalonica, albeit primarily for solidi (as Bendall 16 and Lanz, 159, 2014, 653 - 4.23 g). We can be sure that this weight and the two known solidus weights were struck at the same time because the monogram on their reverses was definitely cut by the same engraver. A further weight, ostensibly of this type but weighing 2.02 g (Helios 8, 2012, 546) and supposedly of billon (!) is so stylistically peculiar that one wonders what it is supposed to be! In any case, our piece here is one of the very rare weights that can be ascribed to a specific Roman or Byzantine emperor. Do note that two other examples of the present type have since appeared with Roma in London: 9, 2015, lot 866 (1.46 g) and the above mentioned piece from auction 10 (2.18 g). The weights of the two recent examples diverge so much from that of the present piece, which Mazarakis identified as a reduced siliqua weight, that it is possible that it might, after all, be a semissis weight!
Current Status
Pre-Bidding closes:
07 Oct 2016 11:00:00 CEST
Current Date & Time:
28 Jan 2022 12:57:41 CET
Remaining Time:
Hammer Price:
1200 CHF
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Lot 311
Estimate: 350 CHF
Leo I, 457-474. Siliqua Weight (?) (Bronze, 12x12x2mm, 1.85 g 6), a square coin-weight on the reduced standard, Thessalonica. Diademed and draped imperial, beardless bust to right. Rev. Square monogram of LEONIS. A. Mazarakis, “A Byzantine check-weight of Leo I (457-474)” NomXhron 30, 2012, pp. 39-43 (this piece, illustrated on p. 39), Roma 10, 2015, 913 (same dies). A weight of great rarity and interest. Nicely patinated. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Lot 312
Estimate: 1750 CHF
Circa 4th-6th century. Weight of 1 libra or 72 solidi (Brass (’orichalcum’), inlaid with silver and copper, 51x51x13mm, 320.44 g), a thick, square coin-weight with plain edges (as MAH B1), solidus of 4.45 g. Engraved on the top with inscription three lines, <ΛΡ>-Α / SOL / LXXII, within curved arch highlighted in silver; above to left and right, cross filled in silver; all within square frame of engraved lines enclosing a copper border. Rev. Plain. Bendall 152 var. An impressive and rare piece with gold-brown surfaces. Very fine or better.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Lot 313
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Circa 4th-6th centuries. Weight of 3 Ounces or 18 Solidi (Brass, inlaid with silver, 33x33x7mm, 79.67 g 6), a thick, square coin-weight with a flat top and bottom, and a grooved edge (as MAH B6), ounce of 26.55 g and solidus of 4.42 g. Portico of three arches supported by columns, the center arch larger and curved, the two on the sides pointed; all designs engraved and inlaid with copper; within the left side arch, Γ°; and within the right arch, Γ; both inlaid with silver; within the central arch, Greek cross (inlaid with silver) and square monogram of Ioannou...; above the pointed arches to left and right, ΘΥ - ΧΑ (Θεου Χαρις = God’s Grace). Rev. SOL / XϚII engraved, but with no signs of any inlay; all within shallow linear square. Cf. Bendall 63 (closely similar). Cf. Bendall 55 = MAH 26, and Bendall 66. A particularly attractive and well made weight. Slightly rough surfaces but clear, with a fine golden-brown patina. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF