ROMAN GOLD

Antoninus Pius, 138-161 A.D.
Antoninus Pius, 138-161 A.D.

AV Aureus, 7.40g. 20mm. Rome, 148-149 A.D. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XII. Bare head of Pius to right. Rev. COS IIII. Aequitas standing to left holding scales and cornucopia. RIC 177a. BMC 646. Calico 1498. Hess-Leu, Lucerne, Auction 49, 1971, lot 370(dies). Elegant portrait struck in high relief; the reverse is also of fine style and in high relief; lovely surfaces with full luster.

Provenance/Pedigrees

Ex: Phoibos collection, Munich, c.1960-1980.

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Mint State $22,500.
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180 A.D. ex: Bally-Herzog
Marcus Aurelius, 161-180 A.D. ex: Bally-Herzog

AV Aureus, 7.28g. 20mm. Struck in 168 A.D. M ANTONINVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX. Laureate head of Aurelius to right.  Rev.  TR P XXII IMP V COS III.  Aequitas seated to left holding cornucopia and scales. RIC 228, 189. BMC 450, 462. Szaivert 112, 165.  Exceptional qualtiy with luster under light toning.

Provenance/Pedigrees
Ex: Arthur Bally-Herzog (1849-1912) collection, Münzen und Medaillen, Basel, Auction 93, December 16, 2003, lot 178 and acquired from the firm of Brüder Egger in Vienna on March 4, 1902. (for bio see: https://www.coin.com/indexes/?find=2339

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Extremely Fine $22,000.
Lucius Verus, 161-169 A.D.
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Lucius Verus, 161-169 A.D.

AV Aureus, 7.34g. 19mm. Rome, 165 A.D.  L VERVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX.   Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Verus to right.   Rev. TRP V IMP III COS II.  Emperor on horseback to right spearing a fallen enemy.   RIC 544.  BMC 391.  Calico 2184.

Provenance/Pedigree:
Ex: Münzen und Medaillen, Basel, Auction 64, 1984, lot 260.

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about Extremely Fine $15,000.
Commodus, 177-192 A.D.
Commodus, 177-192 A.D.

AV Aureus, 7.27g. 21mm. Rome, 178 A.D. L AVREL COMMODVS AVG. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Commodus to right. Rev. TR P III IMP II COS P P. Castor is standing to left holding horse by bridle with his right hand and holding a spear in his left hand. RIC 648(Aurelius). BMC 774(Aurelius). Calico 2337b(dies). Exceptional quality; struck from fresh dies on both sides and with full luster

Provenance/Pedigrees

Ex: Numismatica Genevensis SA, Geneve, Auction 5, December 2, 2008, lot 250.

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Mint State $35,000.
Constantine I, 307-337 A.D.
Constantine I, 307-337 A.D.
AV Solidus, 4.57g.  20mm.    Thessalonica, 326 A.D.  CONSTAN – TINVS AVG Laureate head r. Rev. VIRTVS CONSTANTINI AVG.  SMTS in exergue.   The Emperor, in military attire, standing l. and holding trophy and shield; at his feet, two captives.–. RIC –. Depeyrot cf. 12/1 (diademed head, no legend on obverse). Bastien, Donativa p. 78, a.   Fully lustrous and struck from fresh dies on both sides.
 
Provenance/Pedigree:

Ex: Gorny and Mosch, Munich,  Auction 207, 2012, lot 701
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Mint State $29,500.
Constans, 337-350 A. D. Trier mint, 2nd known
Constans, 337-350 A. D. Trier mint, 2nd known

AV Solidus, 4.52g. 21.5mm. Trier mint, 343-344 A.D. FL IVL CONSTANS F F AVG. Laureate and rosette diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust of Constans to right. Rev. VICTORIA DD NN AVGG; TR in exergue. Victory standing to left holding palm and trophy. RIC VIII, 123. Depeyrot_(See 4/4 for obv. type and 4/3 for rev. type)

Extremely rare; the reverse is the usual type for Constantius II, but here used for Constans and of elegant style.  This is possibly the second known example.   

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Extremely Fine $6,500.
Constantius II, 337-361 A.D.  RR
Constantius II, 337-361 A.D. RR

AV Solidus, 4.56g. Trier mint, 353 A.D. D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG. Cuirassed and draped bust of Constantius to right wearing jeweled diadem. Rev. VICTORIA AVG NOSTRI; TR in exergue. The emperor standing to left wearing cuirass and holding globe and spear; Victory with spread wings advancing to left holding palm and wreath. RIC 331. Depeyrot 14/2(2 examples listed). Very rare with only two examples listed in Depeyrot. Lustrous mint state with some light die corrosion on the obverse

This very rare type was struck during the final days of Magnentius when the city of Trier had revolted in favor of Constantius II.

The solidi of this rare issue are heavier than usual with this one weighing 4.56 rather than the usual 4.45g.; some examples are at an even higher weight. Kent notes in RIC that these may have been issued to contrast with the light weight solidi of Magnentius at this time and to show the stability of the legitimate ruler.

 

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Mint State $28,000.
Constantius II, 337-361 A.D. ex:Pierre Bastien
Constantius II, 337-361 A.D. ex:Pierre Bastien

AV Solidus, 4.46g. 20mm. Thessalonika, c.340-350 A.D. CONSTANTIVS AVGVSTVS. Draped and cuirassed bust of Constantius to right wearing pearl diadem; wreathed border. Rev. D D N N AVGG. Two Victories holding wreath inscribed VOT XX MVLT XXX; TES in exergue; wreathed border. RIC VIII, 408,63. Depeyrot 6/2. Some small marks on obverse, but as struck. Rare and with the portrait in high relief.

 

Provenaance/Pedigrees:
Ex: Münzen und Medaillen, Basel, List 159, 1959, lot 388
Ex: Pierre Bastien collection.

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Mint State $9,750.
Theodosius II, 402-450 A.D.  Thessalonica
Theodosius II, 402-450 A.D. Thessalonica

AV Solidus, 4.43g. 21mm.  Thessalonica mint, c.408-420 A.D. D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG.  Bust of Theodosius facing slightly to the right; he wears pearl-diademed helmet and cuirass; he holds spear and shield emblazoned with horeseman spearing fallen enemy scene.   Rev. CONCORDIA AVGG; TESOB in exergue. Constantinopolis enthrroned and facing; she holds Victory on globe and scepter; her right foot rests on the prow of a ship; eight-pointed star in field to left.   RIC X, 358. Hahn 54b.   Depeyrot 49/4. Rare variety.    This die is unusually well engraved; note the fine detail in the emperor's fingers and shield as well as on the garb of the personification on the reverse.  Fully lusrous and struck on an unusually thick and sligtly wavy flan.

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Mint State $7,500.
Zeno, 2nd Reign, 476-491 A.D. Thessalonica
Zeno, 2nd Reign, 476-491 A.D. Thessalonica

AV Solidus, 4.44g. 20mm. Thessalonica mint. D N ZENO PERP AVG. Facing bust of Zeno with head turned slightly to the right wearing crested helmet and cuirass divided into two panels; he holds spear over right shoulder and carries a shield emblazoned with a horseman device on his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORIA AVGGG; CONOB in exergue. Victory standing to left holding a long jeweled cross with "X" at cross-bar; stars in fields to left and right. RIC X, 941. MIRB 19. DO, LRC 666. Metcalf 228. Scarce mint and fully lustrous.

Provenance/Pedigree:
Ex: Sincona, Zurich, Auction 37, 2017, lot 62.

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Mint State $5,000.
Basiliscus and Marcus, 475-476 A.D.
Basiliscus and Marcus, 475-476 A.D.

AV Soiidus, 4.48g. 20mm.  Constantinople.  Three-quarter facing and helmeted bust of Basiliscus wearing cuirass and holding spear and shield. Rev. SALVS REIPVBLICAE H; CONOB in exergue.    Basiliscus and Marcus, as Caesar, enthroned and facing; they hold a globe between them; cross and star behind; insignificant flan defect below globe.  RIC X, 1022. Depeyrot 1041.  Excellent quality for this scarce issue and fully lustrous.

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Extremely Fine $5,500.

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