More than 900 lots of ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins are
offered in Munich-based auction firm Numismatik Lanz’s auction No. 153
of “Numismatic Rarities.”
One of the auction highlights is the circa 214 to 212 B.C. gold
diobol (20 silver litrai) from Syracuse, made during the fifth
republic. The coin shows Athena and Artemis, two goddesses of the
In Extremely Fine condition, the coin has an estimate of €45,000
More than three-fourths of the catalog is devoted to ancient
coins, from the early electrum from the sixth century. B.C. until the
end of the Byzantine Empire, with every collecting field represented.
The broad offer of Greek coins has large sections of coins of
north Italy and Sicily. The Roman and Byzantine Empires are
represented by coins of many emperors, including some pieces that are
sought-after rarities. Rounding out the auction are some 200 coins
from the European Middle Ages and modern times, an offering that
includes Russian coin rarities issued before the Russian Empire.
Catalogs are available for viewing through the firm’s website, www.lanz.com, or at www.sixbid.com. For more information,
telephone the firm at (011) 49 89 29 90 70 or email it at email@example.com.
Some additional highlights:
Greece, Etruria, Populonia, circa 4 B.C. gold 50 asses, Lot 17,
Greece, Ionia, Kyzikos, circa 610 B.C. electrum stater, Lot 256, EF.
Greece, Ionia, Kyzikos, circa 460 B.C. electrum stater, Lot 238,
Roman Republic, Tressis, circa 217 to 213 B.C. bronze aes grave,
Second Punic War, Lot 332, Very Fine.
Roman Republic, circa 46 to 45 B.C. gold aureus, Aulus Hirtius and
Julius Caesar, Rome Mint, Lot 368, EF.
Roman Empire, circa A.D. 50 to 54 silver sestertius, Agrippina the
Younger (wife of Emperor Claudius and mother of Nero), unknown mint
possibly in Thrace, Lot 398, EF.
Roman Empire, circa A.D. 82 to 83 silver denarius, Domitilla the
Younger, Lot 428, About EF.
Roman Empire, Caracalla, A.D. 201 gold aureus, Lot 492, EF.
Byzantine Empire, Justinus II, circa 565 to 578 gold solidus, Lot
662, Brilliant Uncirculated, “perfectly centered.”
Byzantine Empire, Empress Irene, circa 797 to 802 gold solidus,
Lot 701, BU.
Byzantine Empire, Zoe and Thedora, circa April to June 1042 gold
histamenon, Constantinople, “of the utmost rarity, Lot 706, EF.
German Empire, William II, Wuerttemberg, 1913-F gold 20-mark coin,
Lot 790, VF to EF.
Germany, 1932-F silver 5-mark coin, Stuttgart, Goethe death
centennial, Lot 791, Proof, “perfect piece.”
Germany, Frankish kingdom, Charles Martell (mayor of the palace),
circa 717 to 741 silver denarius, possibly from Metz, “extremely
rare,” Lot 800, VF.
Italy, Genoa, doge, 1554 silver testone, Lot 813, VF/EF.
Italy, Savoy, Carlo Giovanni Amadeo, circa 1490 to 1496 silver
testone, possibly from Turin, “extremely rare,” Lot 818, VF. ■