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Roma Numismatics E-Sale 79

Roma Numismatics’ E-Sale 79 is now online and open for bidding. It features 1,436 lots of Celtic, Greek, Judaean, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic and World coins.

Lot 151: Thrace, Abdera. Tetrobol, c. 395-360 BC. Molpagores magistrate. About Extremely Fine, attractively toned. Estimate: £500.

The Greek section includes some fantastic coins with excellent pedigrees: an attractive Thracian tetrobol from Abdera was originally sold at the New York Sale in 1998, a very rare Seleukos I Nikator obol from the Nick Collins Collection was offered at Jean Elsen in 2011 and a Sicilian bronze from Hybla Megala from the collection of a scientist was offered at Inasta in 2008.

Lot 543: Thrace, Philippopolis. Commodus AE, 177-192. Extremely Rare. Very Fine. Estimate: £125.

Roma offers a number of rarities in the Roman provincial section such as an extremely rare bronze of Antoninus Pius from Aegae in Cilicia, an equally rare bronze of Marcus Aurelius, as Caesar, from Palaeopolis in Pisidia and a Commodus bronze from Philippopolis in Thrace of which only one example is known to RPC online. These bronzes are joined by a very rare tetradrachm of Caracalla from Zeugma in Commagene.

Lot 697: Tiberius. Aureus, 14-37, Lugdunum mint. Near Mint State. From the Shackleford Collection. Estimate: £3,800.

Following an attractive offering of Republican coins, our Imperial category showcases a wonderful selection of sestertii, with high grade coins from emperors such as Nero, Domitian and Balbinus. These are joined by a number of Carausius radiates, many of extreme rarity and one possibly unique and unpublished type. Other highlights from this section include an exceptionally rare Nero contorniate and a high grade Tiberius aureus from the Shackleford Collection.

Lot 1097: Armenia, Cilician Armenia. Levon I. Tram, 1198, Sis mint, Coronation issue. Near Extremely fine. Estimate: £100.

The world section in this sale offers some historically important commemorative coins; two Armenian coronation issues of Levon I and Oshin join a medal of François-André Isambert the founder of the French anti-slavery society and a “United Nations Decade for Women” commemorative gold lira from Turkey. The sale concludes with the ever popular large lot category which is perfect for new collectors or seasoned buyers looking to boost their existing collection.

Lots will begin closing from 1pm (local UK time) on Thursday 14th January 2021 with one lot closing every 15 seconds. There will be no subsequent live session and when the lot closes at the end of the countdown, there will be no further bidding accepted. A 20% buyer’s premium will apply to this sale. VAT is applicable to the Buyer’s Premium only (not the hammer value of the lots) for UK and EU customers.

All lots of the E-Sale can be viewed on the website of Roma Numismatics.

E-Sale 78 Results & Highlights

The auction house would like to express their sincere thanks to all wonderful and valued bidders who helped to make Roma Numismatics Ltd.’s E-Sale 78 a huge success. 2,191 lots went under the hammer, resulting in total sales of £502,291,843 (excluding buyers’ premiums) being achieved on behalf of our consignors.


Some notable results:

  • Lot 694 – An extremely rare tetradrachm of the elusive Plato from the Greco-Baktrian kingdom sold for £18,000.
  • Lot 682 – A high grade and extremely rare Baktrian tetradrachm of Sophytes sold for £12,000.
  • Lot 1921 – An attractive and rare solidus of Phocas from Ravenna sold for £4,800.


Honourable mentions:

  • Lot 799 – A bronze diobol of Claudius I from Alexandria in Egypt sold for £650 from a starting price of £30.
  • Lot 819 – A Hadrian bronze from Tripolis in Phoenicia from the Z.P. Collection sold for £750 from a starting price of £45.
  • Lot 2012 – A Bulgarian trachy of Konstantin I Asen sold for £260 from a starting price of £18.

The full list of results can be viewed on Roma Numismatics’ website.