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Lot of 15 Islamic Silver Coins, c. 1100 - 1400 A.D.
Includes nine sun and lion types. The source and meaning of this sun and lion design is uncertain but there is a popular (although unlikely) explanation. The sultan was madly in love with his beautiful Georgian wife and wanted to put her portrait on his coins. His advisors disapproved, however, so he put his wife's horoscope on his coins instead - the Sun in Leo. LT88852. Silver Lot, Lot of 15 silver Islamic dirhem, aVF, nice coins!, weight c. 2.96 g, c. 1100 - 1400 A.D.; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 72, lot 1072; the actual coins in the photograph, no flips or tags, bulk lot, as-is, no returns; $870.00 (Ä739.50)
Lot of 9 Silver Trams, Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia, Levon I the Magnificent, 1198 - 1219 A.D.
LT89471. Silver Lot, 9 silver trams, c. 21.7 - 25.2mm, some with star, VF, unattributed, no tags or flips, actual coins in the photographs, as-is, no returns; $380.00 (Ä323.00)
Lot of 20 Venetian Silver Grossi, 1193 - 1471, F - VF, Clipped
When the Venetian grosso (plural Grossi) was first introduced under doge Enrico Dandolo in 1193, it weighed 2.18 grams of 98.5% silver, and was valued at 26 dinarii. Its name is from the same root as groschen and the English groat, all derived from the denaro grosso. Its value was allowed to float relative to other Venetian coins until it was pegged to 4 soldini in 1332. In 1332, 1 grosso was the equivalent of 4 soldini, or 48 dinarii. From 1340 to 1370, the increased price of silver forced most doges to stop issuing grossi, and the others to issue only a few. When Doge Andrea Contarini resumed production of grossi their weight began to fall and continued falling until Cristoforo Moro struck the last Venetian grossi with a weight of 0.45 grams.LT79656. Silver Lot, Lot of 20 Venice, Italy, silver grosso, F - VF, clipped, possibly some imitatives, unattributed, no flips or tags, bulk lot; as-is, no returns; SOLD