A circa A.D. 286 to 305 bronze medallion of the Roman emperor
Maximianus highlights Nomos AG auction No. 5, the firm’s first fall auction.
The auction, which is scheduled for Oct. 25 in Zurich,
Switzerland, features 269 lots of European medals, and Greek, Roman
and Byzantine coins.
The 34-millimeter medal “undoubtedly was struck to commemorate the
supposedly victorious nature of the emperor’s rule,” according to the
cataloger. The medal is the finest example known and “probably the
finest surviving base metal medallion from the period of the Tetrarchy.”
In Good Extremely Fine condition, the medal has traces of
silvering or billon. It has an estimate of 125,000 Swiss francs
A buyer’s fee of 18 percent applies to all winning bids, with an
additional 3 percent fee for successful live Internet bids.
The auction catalog is posted online both at the firm’s website at
www.nomosag.com and at www.sixbid.com.
For more information, email the company at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to it at
Nomos AG, Postfach 2664, CH 8022 Zürich, Switzerland.
Holy Roman Empire, Maximilian I, circa 1508 to 1519 silver
medal, on the pardon of Franz von Sickingen, “actual maker of the
medal is unknown, but the design was probably that of Hans Burgkmair
the Elder,” Lot 3, “unevenly toned, otherwise” Extremely Fine.
Spain/Italy, Charles V, circa 1549 silver medal, diameter
of 75 millimeters, in honor of Isabella of Portugal (wife of Charles
V), by Leone Leoni, “a very fine contemporary cast,” Lot
23, Nearly EF.
Italy, circa mid-1550s gold medal, 34.5 millimeters, in
honor of Faustina II, “an original struck example,” by Giovanni de
Cavino, Padua, “designed to pass as an ancient medallion,”
“references refer to the bronze or silver versions,” Lot
32, “possible traces of mounting and of wear probably
artificially induced to suggest great age, otherwise” Very Fine.
Italy, Milan (?), Charles V, circa 1551 to 1556 silver
medal, 97.4 millimeters, cast and chased, possibly by Leoni “but
this is debated,” “probably the only known example in silver,” Lot
33, “very minor bangs and, on the edge, possible traces of
having been inset into a holder, otherwise” EF.
Greece, Bruttium, Kroton, circa 500 B.C. silver stater,
“an alliance issue with Temesa,” Lot 108, Good VF.
Greece, Bruttium, Rhegion, circa 445 to 435 B.C. silver
tetradrachm, Lot 109, “some minor traces of overstriking on
the reverse, otherwise” EF.
Greece, Sicily, Morgantina, circa 214 to 213 B.C. gold 25
litrai, the Sikeliotes, “apparently unknown and unique,” Lot
119, “a few very minor marks, otherwise virtually as struck.”
Greece, Boeotia, federal coinage, circa 287 B.C. silver
tetradrachm, Thebes, Lot 158, “minor areas of striking
flatness on the beard, otherwise” Nearly EF.
Greece, Arkadia, circa 500 to 495 B.C. silver hemidrachm,
Lot 169, EF.
Greece, Mysia, Lampsakos, circa 394 to 350 B.C. gold
stater, “formerly in the Cabinet des Medailles in Paris,” Lot
178, “struck from worn dies with some very slight die rust on
the obverse, otherwise” Nearly EF. ■