nomos 22
22 June 2021 16:00 CET
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Lot 365
Estimate: 15000 CHF
Hammer Price:
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Valerius Valens, 316-317. Follis (Bronze, 21.5 mm, 3.91 g, 6 h), Alexandria, 2nd officina. IMP C AVR VAL VALENS P F AVG Laureate head of Valens to right. Rev. IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG / ALE Jupiter, nude but for cloak over his shoulders, standing left, holding Victory on globe in his right hand and long scepter in his left; at his feet to left, eagle standing left with wreath in his beak, turning his head back to right; in field to left, K; in field to right, wreath over X over A (but mistakenly rendered as an R by the ancient die engraver - see below). RIC VII 19. Extremely rare. Sharply struck and clear. Scuff and remains of die rust on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.



When RIC VII was published in 1966 the only Alexandrine folles known to its author, P. Bruun, were those from officina A. As is well-known, forgeries were made of that type from officina A; they are among what are known as The Geneva Forgeries (see R. A. G. Carson in NC 1958). Subsequently, perfectly genuine Alexandrian issues of Valerius Valens from officina B turned up. The officina letter on this piece seems to be a corrected die engraver's mistake: he apparently started to make a die for officina B but then was ordered not to do so and modified his B into the required A!
After Licinius was defeated by Constantine in 316 at the battle of Cibalae (in present-day Croatia) Licinius elevated Valens, his general responsible for the Dacian frontier, to the position of Augustus. This so enraged Constantine that, after the subsequent peace treaty, which resulted in the elevation of Licinius 's son and two sons of Constantine to the Caesarship, Licinius was forced to both depose and execute his "co-emperor" Valens. Valens’ coinage, which was not very abundant to begin with (it is only known from the mints of Cyzicus and Alexandria), must have then been recalled and melted down, thus explaining its great rarity today.
Current Status
Online bidding closes:
22 Jun 2021 10:00:00 CEST
Current Date & Time:
01 Aug 2021 21:24:39 CEST
Remaining Time:
Closed
Hammer Price:
16000 CHF

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Lot 365
Estimate: 15000 CHF
Valerius Valens, 316-317. Follis (Bronze, 21.5 mm, 3.91 g, 6 h), Alexandria, 2nd officina. IMP C AVR VAL VALENS P F AVG Laureate head of Valens to right. Rev. IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG / ALE Jupiter, nude but for cloak over his shoulders, standing left, holding Victory on globe in his right hand and long scepter in his left; at his feet to left, eagle standing left with wreath in his beak, turning his head back to right; in field to left, K; in field to right, wreath over X over A (but mistakenly rendered as an R by the ancient die engraver - see below). RIC VII 19. Extremely rare. Sharply struck and clear. Scuff and remains of die rust on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 16000 CHF
Lot 366
Estimate: 150 CHF
Licinius II, Caesar, 317-324. Follis (Bronze, 19 mm, 2.66 g, 6 h), Ticinum, T = 3rd officina , 319-320. LICINIVS IVN NOB C Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Licinius II to left, with aegis on his breastplate, holding Victory on globe in his right hand and the hilt of a short sword or dagger in a scabbard of curved form in his left, its bottom extending beyond his left shoulder and ending in a small globe. Rev. VIRTVS EXERCIT / (Chi-Rho)/TT Two captives seated at base of an upright spear bearing a banner inscribed VOT / XX; in field to left, monogram of ΧΡ monogram. Cf. RIC 119 (draped, not cuirassed, and holding mappa). Of great rarity and interest, with an unpublished bust variety. With an unusually attractive and detailed bust on the obverse. Some smoothing in the fields, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 170 CHF
Lot 367
Estimate: 30000 CHF
Constantine I, 307/310-337. Medallion (Bronze, but silvered, 39 mm, 29.66 g, 5 h), Rome, circa 327-333. CONSTANTINVS MAX AVG Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Constantine I to right. Rev. SECVRITAS AVGVSTI N Securitas standing facing, leaning on short column with her left arm, head turned to the right, placing right hand on top of her head and holding scepter in left; at her feet to left, mourning female captive seated to left, her right hand touching her face in an attitude of mourning; at her feet to right, male captive seated to right, his head turned back to face her. Cohen 493. Gnecchi II, 9, pl. 130, 7. Well-struck with a dark green patina and some remaining original silvering. Some minor deposits, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 28000 CHF
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