nomos 19
17 November 2019
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Lot 273
Estimate: 4500 CHF
Current Bid:
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Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 33 mm, 28.91 g, 12 h), Rome, 161. IMP CAES M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG P M Bare-headed and cuirassed bust of Marcus Aurelius to right, seen from behind. Rev. CONCORD AVGVSTOR TR P XV / COS III / S - C Marcus Aurelius, togate on the left, and Lucius Verus, togate on the right, facing each other and clasping their right hands; in his left hand, Marcus holds a scroll. Banti 24. BMC 847 var. Cohen 45. RIC 796. A superb example, with a splendid, sharply struck portrait and a fine dark green patina. Very carefully and professionally cleaned after its last auction appearance, with spectacular results. Extremely fine.

From a Swiss collection, ex Goldberg 106, 4 September 2018, 1551 and Naumann 66, 3 June 2018, 505 .

This is one of those wonderful coins that show just how much proper cleaning, not tooling (!), can improve a coin's appearance. When this coin appeared on sale in Long Beach and Munich in 2018 it was presented more or less as found, with considerable traces of corrosion and encrustations; it was then cleaned properly. By properly, I do not mean the way so many 1000s of bronze coins have been marred and defaced by cleaners in certain Balkan countries who tool the portraits and legends, smooth the fields and then change the color. The respect and care with which this coin has been treated makes it a prize for any serious collector.
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Lot 273
Estimate: 4500 CHF
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 33 mm, 28.91 g, 12 h), Rome, 161. IMP CAES M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG P M Bare-headed and cuirassed bust of Marcus Aurelius to right, seen from behind. Rev. CONCORD AVGVSTOR TR P XV / COS III / S - C Marcus Aurelius, togate on the left, and Lucius Verus, togate on the right, facing each other and clasping their right hands; in his left hand, Marcus holds a scroll. Banti 24. BMC 847 var. Cohen 45. RIC 796. A superb example, with a splendid, sharply struck portrait and a fine dark green patina. Very carefully and professionally cleaned after its last auction appearance, with spectacular results. Extremely fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Lot 274
Estimate: 250 CHF
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.27 g), Rome, 166. M ANTONINVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX Laureate head of Marcus Aurelius to right. Rev. TR P XX IMP IIII COS III Victory standing facing and slightly to left, turning her head to right, holding palm with her right hand and setting on a palm-tree a shield inscribed VIC/PAR. BMC 406. Cohen 878. RIC 163. Clear and very well struck. Very minor striking crack, otherwise, virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Lot 275
Estimate: 650 CHF
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180. Dupondius (Orichalcum, 25 mm, 8.47 g, 6 h), Rome, 178. M AVREL• ANTONIN-VS AVG TR P XXXII Radiate head of Marcus Aurelius to right. Rev. IMP VIIII COS III P P / S-C Aequitas standing facing with her head turned to left, holding scales with her extended right hand and cornucopia with her left. BMC 1682. Cohen 376. RIC 1232. An attractive piece with a fine portrait and a lovely green patina. Minor traces of cleaning, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
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