A circa 742 to 743 gold solidus of Artavasdus struck at the
Constantinople Mint leads all offerings among nearly 600 lots of a
special selection of Byzantine gold coinage in an Oct. 25 auction.
After conspiring to depose one ruler, and following the death of
Leo III, Artavasdus attacked his brother-in-law Constantinus V,
eventually triumphantly entering Constantinople “to much acclaim,”
according to the firm. The deposed ruler soon ousted Artavasdus and
his sons, whom he apprehended and publicly blinded.
The coin, which is “one of the finest known,” according to the
auction firm, also depicts Nicephorus. “Virtually as struck,” in
Brilliant Uncirculated condition, the coin has an estimate of 50,000
Swiss francs (about $55,410 U.S.).
The auction, the third from Sincona Swiss International Coin
Auction AG, is among three scheduled across one week by the Swiss firm.
All the auctions will be held in the Hotel Savoy in Zurich, Switzerland.
A 15 percent buyer’s fee applies to all successful lots, with an
additional applicable fee varying depending on bidding method.
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Byzantine, Justinus I and Justinianus I, 527 gold solidus,
Constantinople Mint, 4.48 grams, Lot 3044, Extremely Fine.
Byzantine, Mauricius Tiberius, 586 to 587 gold solidus,
regnal year P, Rome Mint, 4.43 grams, Lot 3160, “a bit
rough in the strike but otherwise About Uncirculated.”
Byzantine, Heraclius Constantinus, March 11 to July 641
gold solidus, Oficina I, 4.51 grams, “cabinet piece,” Lot
Byzantine, Constantinus IV Pogonatus, with Heraclius and
Tiberius, 668 to 674 gold solidus, Syracuse Mint, 4.55 grams, Lot
3355, Good EF.
Byzantine, Anastasius II Artemius, 711 to 713 gold
solidus, 3.99 grams, Lot 3409, EF.
Byzantine, Theodosius III of Adramytium, 715 to 717 gold
solidus, Constantinople Mint, Oficina A, 4.39 grams, Lot 3417,
Byzantine, Theodosius III of Adramytium, 715 to 717
debased gold solidus, 4 grams, Lot 3419, Good VF, “some
scratches on rev[erse].”
Byzantine, Constantinus VI and Irene, 790 to 792 gold
solidus, Constantinople Mint, 4.49 grams, “beautifully struck, all
five portraits clear and sharp, small roughness on obv[erse] due to
gold impurity,” Lot 3456, BU.
Byzantine, Michael I Rhangabe, with Theophylactus, 811 to
813 gold solidus, Constantinople Mint, 4.39 grams, Lot
Byzantine, Michael III the Drunkard, 842 to 843 gold
solidus, Constantinople Mint, 4.45 grams, Lot 3494, Good VF.
Byzantine, Alexander, 912 to 913 gold solidus,
Constantinople Mint, 4.36 grams, Lot 3503, Good VF. ■