Nomos AG, CH-Zurich

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08-10-2015 – 01-01-1970

Auction 11

Nomos Auction 11 with splendid pedigreed ancient coins

On 9 October 2015, 10.00-13.00h Nomos will hold their Auction 11 at the Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Limmatquai 54, 8001 Zurich.

One intriguing coin of the sale is the potin piece of Zurich type that appears as lot 3: it is the first true coin of Zurich, and is best known from a hoard found in 1890 under the old stock exchange building in Zürich.

Lot 33: SICILY, Syracuse. Dionysios I, 405-367 BC. Dekadrachm, unsigned but by Kimon, c. 404-400. Gulbenkian 309. Jongkees 12. Rizzo pl. LVI, 6. Extremely rare. Extremely fine. Estimate: 200’000 CHF.

Of course, there are more normal pieces, like two splendid pedigreed dekadrachms from Syracuse (lots 33 and 34), a most unusual portrait tetradrachm of Nikomedes II (101) and the truly fabulous and exciting prototype tetradrachm of Tenedos (108).

Lot 129: SYRIA, Seleukis and Pieria. 151/150 BC. Weight of 1 Mina E. Seyrig, Scripta Varia, BAH 125 (Paris, 1985), p. 377, 12 and pl. 111, 12. M. Rostovtzeff, The Social and Economic History of the Hellenistic World (Oxford 1941), pl. LV, 2. Very rare. Estimate: 6’500 CHF.

Something new in this sale is the presence of a number of attractive and intriguing lead weights and seals: the 1 Mina (129) from Seleukeia of 151/150 BC that belonged to the famous Chandon de Briailles collection and was published by Michael Rostovtzeff in 1941.

Lot 158: Julius Caesar, late February 44 BC. Denarius. G. Alföldi Type III, (Obv. 2 / Rev. 4, this coin). Babelon (Julia) 33, (Mettia) 5. Cohen 35. CRI 101. Crawford 480/17. Sydenham 1055. Good extremely fine. Estimate: 75’000 CHF.

Among the Roman coins are a wonderful denarius of Caesar with an equally wonderful pedigree (158) and a surprising as of Claudius with one of the few unidealized and truly accurate portraits we have of him (165). The sestertius of Trajan showing his arch (172) is perhaps the best known example of the type. The Roman series finishes with an extensive and attractive series of solidi going on into Byzantine times and including a lovely series of Imperial, Patriarchal and private lead seals.

Lot 310: Italy, Savoy. Filiberto II, Duke. 1497-1504. Testone, Turin, mintmaster Giacomo Cassino (1500/1503-1506). CNI I, p. 129, 22. MIR 301. RM 5. Extremely rare. Nearly extremely fine. Estimate: 50’000 CHF.

The sale ends with a very fine and very attractive group of Italian Renaissance portrait coins in silver.

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