Welcome to our latest auction, Nomos 16. This is a sale that is small in size, but large in quality: the estimates run from CHF 100, for a denarius of Carcalla (lot 197) and an antoninianus of Tacitus (lot 209), all the way up to a stratospheric 250 000, for the immensely rare and beautiful tetradrachm of the First District of Macedonia with the head of Zeus (lot 76). The coins come from collections in Europe and in the USA, and many have interesting pedigrees, sometimes even going back into the 19th century.
The sale begins with a number of Celtic pieces, including a ‘Kroisbach’ tetradrachm (lot 6, est. 6 750) that was first in the collection of Count Dessewffy (1854-1918). Greek coins range from the finest known example of a 10 As piece from Populonia (lot 8, est. 9 500) to a beautiful tetradrachm of Kyrene (lot 154, est. 27,500). Some other highlights are: the tetradrachm of Katane by Herakleidas (lot 34, est. 75 000); the magnificent early Leontinoi tetradrachm from Hunt (lot 35, est. 200 000); one of the finest known tetradrachms from Messana, ex Sartiges (lot 42, est. 40 000); the enchanting Syracusan tetradrachm signed by K (lot 48, est. 150 000); the prototype Tenedos tetradrachm ex Nomos 11 (lot 117, est. 70 000); and, on a less elevated level, a rare obol of Gordium (lot 135, est. 450).
Lots 155-231 are Roman, and 232-237 are of the Byzantines and their contemporaries. Lot 167 (est. 2 000) is an extremely rare As of Vitellius from the Stoecklin collection – one of the earliest of all Judaea Capta issues; another Stoecklin coin (lot 183, est. 750) was previously in the Mazzini, Ryan and Vierordt collections; lot 216 (est. 50 000) is a very rare aureus of Julian of Pannonia, from the same dies as the Ponton d’Amécourt example; an intriguing coin is the silver 1/3 siliqua of 330 bearing a head of Constantino-polis, probably the finest known (lot 223, est. 1 000); even more intriguing is the unique bronze pattern of Valens minted in Sirmium c. 364 (lot 230, est. 1 000); the last lot in the sale, 237 (est. 750), is a remarkably sharp trachy of Manuel Comnenus-Ducas of Thessalonica, the finest we have ever seen.
And these are just a few of the highlights, there are many others waiting to be seen!
Dr. Alan S. Walker Dimitrios G. Gerothanasis MA
Sicily. Katane. Circa 405-403/2 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 17.01 g, 2 h), signed by the engraver Herakleidas on the obverse.
Macedon (Roman Protectorate). Republican period. First Meris. Circa 167-149 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 29.5 mm, 16.82 g, 12 h), Amphipolis.
Kings of Pontos. Mithradates VI Eupator, circa 120-63 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 34 mm, 16.66 g, 12 h), year 224 = 74/73 BC, twelfth month (= September).
Baktria. Greco-Baktrian Kingdom. Eukratides I, circa 170-145 BC. Stater (Gold, 20 mm, 8.46 g, 12 h), Circa later 160s BC.
Theodosius II, 402-450. Solidus (Gold, 21 mm, 4.48 g), Constantinople, 441-450.