A gold Byzantine coin led all bidding during Numismatik Lanz’s Dec.
12 auction of Numismatic Rarities in Munich.
A histamenon of the Byzantine empresses Zoe and Theodora from
their short joint reign from April to June 1042, in Extremely Fine
condition, realized €57,500 ($76,938 in U.S. funds), including the 15
percent buyer’s fee.
Other highlights include a circa 214 to 212 B.C. gold diobol from
the Sicilian city of Syracuse struck during the so-called Fifth
Republic, before the city was conquered by the Romans and consequently
lost its political autonomy. In EF, the coin realized €41,400 ($55,395 U.S.).
Another standout of the auction was from the Italian offerings,
where every lot was sold.
The extremely rare, undated testone of Carlo Giovanni Amadeo, who
as duke ruled over Savoy from 1490 to 1496, realized €20,700 ($27,698
U.S.). The coin, in Very Fine, was possibly struck at Turin.
The auction, the firm’s 153rd, realized the equivalent of about
$950,000 U.S., including the buyer’s fee, according to Lanz. A total
of 694 lots from 906 offered (three were withdrawn before the sale),
or 76.6 percent, were sold in the auction.
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