obolos 20
3 October 2021
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Lot 1416
Starting Price: 200 CHF
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
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Nicephorus Basilacius, usurper, 1078. Follis (Bronze, 23 mm, 6.72 g, 12 h). IC - XC Nimbate facing bust of Christ Pantokrator. Rev. C - B / (NH) - KΦ Jeweled cross set upon base. DOC -. SB -, but cf. 1902 and 1903A (both under Alexius I). Unique and unpublished. Brown patina. Crudely struck, otherwise, very fine.

From a collection in North Germany.

This coin appears to be a new type of the anonymous folles attributed by Sear and others to Alexius I (classes J through N), but is most likely an issue of the usurper, Nicephorus Basilacius. The obverse is identical to both SB 1902 and SB 1903A, but differs in its reverse design. SB 1902 shows a cross pattée, an illustration of which can be found in Hendy (pl. 2, 22) and which is quite different from the cross on our coin. SB 1903A is described as a patriarchal cross. Our coin shows a simple cross with each arm terminating in a globe or large pellet, and with a vine-like design along all its arms. Thus, it is an unpublished and probably unique piece.
Current Status
Online bidding closes:
04 Oct 2021 02:48:00 CEST
Current Date & Time:
24 Oct 2021 19:40:04 CEST
Remaining Time:
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Hammer Price:
1000 CHF by MailBidder2339 (Bids: 10)

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Lot 1416
Starting Price: 200 CHF
Nicephorus Basilacius, usurper, 1078. Follis (Bronze, 23 mm, 6.72 g, 12 h). IC - XC Nimbate facing bust of Christ Pantokrator. Rev. C - B / (NH) - KΦ Jeweled cross set upon base. DOC -. SB -, but cf. 1902 and 1903A (both under Alexius I). Unique and unpublished. Brown patina. Crudely struck, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Lot 1417
Starting Price: 200 CHF
Nicephorus III Botaniates, 1078-1081. Histamenon (Electrum, 23 mm, 4.37 g, 6 h), Constantinople. IC-XC Christ Pantokrator seated facing on throne with square back, raising his right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in his left. Rev. +NIKHΦ ΔEC Tω BOTANIAT' Constantine standing facing, holding labarum in right hand and globus cruciger in left. DOC 2 var (obverse legend arrangement). SB 1882. A scarcer variety with IC XC next to the throne rather than next to the nimbus. Flan crack, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 200 CHF
Lot 1418
Starting Price: 100 CHF
Nicephorus III Botaniates, 1078-1081. Histamenon (Electrum, 29 mm, 4.35 g, 6 h), Constantinople. IC - XC Bust of Christ Pantokrator facing, raising right hand in benediction and holding Gospels with left. Rev. +NIKHΦP ΔECΠT Crowned facing bust of Nicephorus Botaniates, wearing collar piece and loros, and holding a cross-tipped scepter in his right hand and a globus cruciger in his left. DOC 1. SB 1883. Lightly toned. Small flan flaw on obverse, a flan crack on 5h and hairline cleaning scratches, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 210 CHF
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