Islamic, Seljuqs of Nihawand, Sanjar, Mahmud II and Sa`d al-Dawla Yurunqush, AH 524, 1129 A.D.
From the City of Noah. According to local lore, Nihawand was founded by Noah. On this the city name is spelled Nuhavand (city of Noah).
Sa`d al-Dawla Yurunqush was a local ruler, mentioned in both Bundari and Ibn al-Athir, though neither gives him the title of Atabeg. He was Shahnah (governor) of Baghdad from 1124 - 1126 (AH 518 - 520) and was made Lord of Isfahan, c. 1141 (AH 536). He died 1145 or 1146 (AH 540 or 541). IS48927. Gold 1/3 dinar,
1688B; , 19 (or similar), aVF, , 1.288 g, maximum 21.3 mm, 75o, Nihawand mint, AH 524; Arabic inscriptions, mint and date in margin; Arabic inscriptions, Qur. ix 33 in margin; battle axe left, cruciform sword right; off center; ; SOLD
India, Tribal Issue, Sarabhapuriyas of Mahakosala (Chhattisgarh), Prasannamatra, c. 525 - 550 A.D.
(a of coin, not a ) were also minted in medieval Europe. They were made with very thin metal and were apparently made using a single die with the placed on a leather covered block, thus giving an .SH12098. Gold
12 rattis, 5207; cf. Baldwin 37 (4 May 2004), lot 1344; -, VF, 1.222 g, maximum 17.6 mm, uniface coin with Garuda bird flanked by discus and conch, Brahmi and jar below; extremely ; SOLD
$20 Gold Double , 1894-S
0.9675 troy oz. pure gold net.SH26882. U.S. $20 Double
, 1894-S, VF35, bullion priced, sales final, ; SOLD
$20 Gold Double , 1877-S
0.9675 troy oz. pure gold net.SH26883. U.S. $20 Double
, 1877-S, VF30, bullion priced, sales final, ; SOLD
, Principality of Achaea, Robert d'Anjou (de Taranto), 1333 - 1364, Imitative Andrea Dandolo, Doge of Venezia
Venetian imitative ducati copying the types of Andrea Dandolo and other doges are traditionally attributed to Robert d'Anjou (de Taranto) as Prince of Achaea. Widespread circulation and numerous varieties indicate some possibility they may have also been struck elsewhere, such as under Genoa or Mytilene under the Gattilusi.ME45452. Gold ducato, c.f
p. XIII; p. 21 and pl. XXI, 19 - 22; 344; and 38a var.(K on obv), EF, 3.479 g, maximum 21.8 mm, 0o, uncertain mint, 1443 - 1454; S/N / V/E/N/E/T/I D/V/X ANDR DANDVO (S and third N sideways), St. Mark standing right, receiving banner from Doge kneeling left; SIT T XPE DAT Q TV RIZ IZTE DVCATT (S retrograde), Christ standing facing, raising right hand in , Gospels in left, surrounded by mandorla containing nine stars; ex CNG; SOLD
France, Louis XII, 8 April 1498 - 31 December 1514
To marry Anne of Brittany and absorb Brittany into France, Louis claimed his wife Joan of France was physically malformed and unable to consummate the marriage. Joan produced witnesses to Louis' boast of having "mounted my wife three or four times during the night." In a decision predetermined by politics, the marriage was annulled. After Anne died, Louis married Mary Tudor, the sister of Henry , of England. Louis had no living sons; he was desperate to produce an heir. He died less than three months after he married Mary, reputedly worn out by bedchamber exertions.SL54549. Gold Ecu,
647, NGC XF 40, Saint Lô mint, crown, LVDOVICVS : DEI : GRA : FRANCORVM : REX, crowned arms of France, sun above, pellet mint mark at 19th position on inner ; crown, XPS : VINCIT : XPS : REGNAT : XPS : IMPERAT, fleurée (arms ending in lis) with pellet inside quatrafoil in the center, pellet mint mark at 19th position on inner ; SOLD
Russia, Nicholas II, 1894 - 1917
There have been a number of fake 1899 10 rubles on the market the past few years. The fakes are light, about 8.4 grams. Also, the mintmaster mark on the edge of the is (AP), which was not a valid mark until 1904.SH57813. Gold 10 Rubles,
KM 64; mint master AΓ (Apollon Grasgof, 1883 - 1899), VF, 8.555 g, maximum 22.6 mm, 0o, St. Petersburg mint, 1899; bearded of Nicholas II left; 10 Rubles, imperial Russia coat of arms, date 1899 lower right; SOLD
Nuremberg, German States, 1700
Attractive and popular "lamb ducat".
The coin is dated using a chronogram. Four letters from the were larger than the others, giving the year MDCC (1700).
The denominations of the series range from 1/32 to 4 ducats!SH31262. Gold klippe ducat, KM 258, EF,
3.477 g, Nuremberg mint, TEMPORA NOSTRA DONATA PACE CORONA, pascal standing left on globe, banner inscribed PAX across shoulder; SECVLVM NOVVM CELEBRAT RESP NORIBENGENS, ornate cartouche bearing three shields of arms, dove above, signature IMF below; c. 20 mm square; SOLD
, Justinian II, 10 July 685 - Late 695 and Summer 705 - 4 November 711 A.D.
The portrait on this coin was based on an icon believed by the people of the time to bear a miraculous resemblance to Christ's actual appearance.SH73340. Gold
, , 2, 2nd reign, 6b; 4; 16; 7; 1708; 6b; 17.5; 1421, EF, lustrous, , holed, 1.292 g, maximum 16.7 mm, 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 2nd reign, with , 705 - 711 A.D.; D N REX REGNANTIYM, of Christ facing, short curly hair, short beard, wearing and , Gospels in left, behind ; dN IYSTINIAN ET TIbERIYS (Tiberius' name blundered), Justinian on left and on right, half-length facing, each wearing crown, and , holding in center; for this extraordinary , since 2000 only 8 auction sales are recorded on Coin Archives Pro; ; SOLD
, Theophilus, 12 May 821 - 20 January 842 A.D.
In 832, Theophilus banned the usage of icons, establishing strict punishments.SH73351. Gold
, , 1, 24; 530; 31; 10; 31.8; 32/Sy/Av/1 ff.; 1670; -, NGC certified VF, strike 4/5, surface 3/5 (3763498-018), 3.38 g, maximum 13.9 mm, 180o, mint, c. 830 - 831 A.D.; ΘEO-FILOS, bearded facing, wearing crown and , in right; ΘE-OFILOS, bearded facing, wearing crown and , in right; ; SOLD
England, James I, 1603 - 1625
James was of Scots as James VI from 24 July 1567 and of England and Ireland as James I from the union of the English and Scottish crowns on 24 March 1603. He became of Scotland at the age of thirteen months, succeeding his mother Mary, Queen of Scots, who had been compelled to abdicate in his favor. He succeeded the last Tudor monarch of England and Ireland, Elizabeth I, who died without issue. He reigned in all three kingdoms for 22 years, often using the title of Great Britain and Ireland, until his death in 1625 at the age of 58. He based himself in England (the largest of the three realms) from 1603. James began the Plantation of Ulster and of America. Under James, the "Golden Age" of Elizabethan literature and drama continued, with writers such as William Shakespeare contributing to a flourishing literary culture. He sponsored the translation of the Bible that was named after him: the Authorized James Version.SH56286. Gold halfcrown,
67, 2093, 2629; im: rose, aVF, a few scratches, 1.211 g, maximum 18.2 mm, 0o, mint, second coinage, 1605 - 1606; I D G ROSA SINE SPINA, crowned right; TVEATVR VNITA DEVS (God upholds the united), crowned coat-of-arms, I - R across upper ; ex CNG, ex Deyo Collection, old round tag marked £3, 11/50; SOLD
Republic of Venice, Doge Tomaso Mocenigo, 1414 - 1423
Tomaso Mocenigo was the fleet commander during the Crusade of Nicopolis. Struck in near pure gold, the design of the Venetian gold ducat, or zecchino, remained unchanged for more than 500 years, from its introduction in 1284 to the conquest of Venice by Napoleon's troops in 1797. The expands to Sit tibi, Christe, datus, quem tu regis, iste ducatus which translates "To thee, O'Christ, Duchy, which thou rulest, be dedicated."SH39381. Gold ducato,
1, 2865, gVF, 3.152 g, maximum 19.5 mm, 180o, TOM MOCENIGO DVX S M VENETI, S. Marco and Doge kneeling, together holding banner; SIT T XPE DAT Q TV REGIS ISTE DVCAT, Christ standing facing with halo, surrounded by nine stars; SOLD
Republic of Venice, Doge Domenico Contarini, 1659 - 1675, Imitative Issue
SH53631. Gold ducato,
105.1, gVF, 3.439 g, maximum 20.4 mm, 90o, uncertain Mediterranean mint, 1659 - 1675; DOIMN GOENT · S · M · VENET · (S retrograde), St. standing right, receiving banner from Doge kneeling left; SIT T XPE DAT O TV REGIS ISTE · DVIA (S's retrograde), Christ standing facing, raising right hand in , Gospels in left, surrounded by mandorla containing eighteen stars; SOLD
$25 American Gold , 1994,
SH35244. $25 Gold
, 1994, ; SOLD
Gold $2.50 Indian Quarter , 1915, ICG MS61
SL27650. Gold U.S. $2.50 Indian Quarter
, ICG MS61, 1915; SOLD
Aksumite Kingdom (Axum), Ebana, c. 5th Century A.D.
lists two types for Ebana, one with the reading Ebana ( 71) and the other reading Ezana ( 72). Three variants are listed for 72. 72ii is described as, "a further variant, reads 'Ezana', with the letter Z in the form of a crooked N." The on this coin starts after the at 3:00 and ends CN/\H/\.
Monro-Hay al-Madhariba p. 94, notes all Ezana examples in the hoard were from a single die.SH28942. Gold unit,
72ii; al-Madhariba p. 94, describes Ezana with bar on wheat stalk (al-M. 2); -, F, defect, rough cleaning, 1.583 g, maximum 15.7 mm, 0o, +CIN+CΛX+ΛCΛ+CΛC (reversed, blundered Greek, interpretation uncertain), crowned and draped half-length of right between two wheat stalks, wheat stalk with cross-bar or wheat stalk with short cruciform in right; +CΛC+ΛCΛ+CCN+ΛHΛ (blundered Greek, Ezana), draped half-length of right between two wheat stalks, wearing cloth, wheat stalk and fly-whisk? in right; cleaning scratches; ; SOLD
$25 American Gold , 1994,
SH35243. $25 Gold
, 1994, ; SOLD
Republic of Venice, Doge Francesco Foscari, 1423 - 1457 A.D.
Struck in near pure gold, the design of the Venetian gold ducat, or zecchino, remained unchanged for more than 500 years, from its introduction in 1284 to the conquest of Venice by Napoleon's troops in 1797. The expands to Sit tibi, Christe, datus, quem tu regis, iste ducatus which translates "To thee, O'Christ, Duchy, which thou rulest, be dedicated."SH48273. Gold ducato,
1232, 18, 2872, EF, 3.513 g, maximum 21.1 mm, 270o, FRAC FOSCARI DVX S M VENETI, S. Marco and Doge kneeling, together holding banner; SIT T XPE DAT Q TV REGIS ISTE DVCAT, Christ standing facing, raising right hand in , Gospels in left, surrounded by mandorla containing nine stars; SOLD
Gold $2.50 Indian Quarter , 1925 D, NGS MS61
SL27653. Gold U.S. $2.50 Indian Quarter
, NGS MS61, 1925 D; SOLD
Aksumite Kingdom (Axum), Ebana, c. 5th Century A.D.
The gold coins of Ebana are probably "tremisses" based on .
The legends of Ebana's coins are debased Greek, with a random starting point, often reversed or upside down and with Λ for A, H for N, and C for B and E.SH28939. Gold unit,
71, JJ 65; 306, aVF, 1.573 g, maximum 17.4 mm, 0o, +CIN+CΛX+ΛCΛ+CΛC (blundered Greek, interpretation uncertain), crowned and draped half-length of right between two wheat stalks, short in right; +BΛC+ΛCΛ+CCC+ΛNΛ (blundered Greek, Ebana), draped half-length of right between two wheat stalks, wearing cloth, fly-whisk in right; SOLD
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