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Medieval Gold Coin

Islamic, Seljuqs of Nihawand, Sanjar, Mahmud II and Sa`d al-Dawla Yurunqush, AH 524, 1129 A.D.

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From the City of Noah. According to local lore, Nihawand was founded by Noah. On this type 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, Album 1688B; Lowick NC 1970, 19 (or similar), aVF, irregular flan, weight 1.288 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 75o, Nihawand mint, AH 524; obverse Arabic inscriptions, mint and date in margin; reverse Arabic inscriptions, Qur. ix 33 in margin; battle axe left, cruciform sword right; reverse off center; rare; SOLD


India, Tribal Issue, Sarabhapuriyas of Mahakosala (Chhattisgarh), Prasannamatra, c. 525 - 550 A.D.

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Bracteates (a type of coin, not a denomination) were also minted in medieval Europe. They were made with very thin metal and were apparently made using a single die with the flan placed on a leather covered block, thus giving an intaglio reverse.
SH12098. Gold bracteate 12 rattis, Mitchiner ATEC 5207; cf. Baldwin 37 (4 May 2004), lot 1344; Mitchiner NI -, VF, weight 1.222 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, obverse uniface coin with Garuda bird flanked by discus and conch, Brahmi legend and jar below; extremely rare; SOLD


$20 Gold Double Eagle, 1894-S

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0.9675 troy oz. pure gold net.
SH26882. U.S. $20 Double Eagle, 1894-S, VF35, bullion priced, sales final, no returns; SOLD


$20 Gold Double Eagle, 1877-S

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0.9675 troy oz. pure gold net.
SH26883. U.S. $20 Double Eagle, 1877-S, VF30, bullion priced, sales final, no returns; SOLD


Crusaders, Principality of Achaea, Robert d'Anjou (de Taranto), 1333 - 1364, Imitative Andrea Dandolo, Doge of Venezia

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Venetian style 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 Chios under Genoa or Mytilene under the Gattilusi.
ME45452. Gold ducato, c.f Ives p. XIII; Schlumberger p. 21 and pl. XXI, 19 - 22; Gamberini 344; and Friedberg 38a var (K on obv), Superb EF, weight 3.479 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 0o, uncertain mint, 1443 - 1454; obverse 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; reverse SIT T XPE DAT Q TV RIZ IZTE DVCATT (S retrograde), Christ standing facing, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left, surrounded by mandorla containing nine stars; ex CNG; SOLD


Russia, Nicholas II, 1894 - 1917

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There have been a number of very good 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 fake coins is (AP), which was not a valid mark until 1904.
SH57813. Gold 10 Rubles, Krause KM 64; mint master AΓ (Apollon Grasgof, 1883 - 1899), VF, weight 8.555 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 0o, St. Petersburg mint, 1899; obverse bearded bare head of Nicholas II left; reverse 10 Rubles, imperial Russia coat of arms, date 1899 lower right; SOLD


Nuremberg, German States, 1700

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Attractive and popular "lamb ducat".

The coin is dated using a chronogram. Four letters from the obverse legend were engraved 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, weight 3.477 g, Nuremberg mint, obverse TEMPORA NOSTRA PATER DONATA PACE CORONA, pascal lamb standing left on globe, banner inscribed PAX across shoulder; reverse SECVLVM NOVVM CELEBRAT RESP NORIBENGENS, ornate cartouche bearing three shields of arms, dove above, signature IMF below; c. 20 mm square; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Justinian II, 10 July 685 - Late 695 and Summer 705 - 4 November 711 A.D.

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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 tremissis, DOC II, part 2, 2nd reign, 6b; Wroth BMC 4; Morrisson BnF 16; Tolstoi 7; Ratto 1708; Hahn MIB 6b; Sommer 17.5; SBCV 1421, EF, lustrous, crowded flan, holed, weight 1.292 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 2nd reign, with Tiberius, 705 - 711 A.D.; obverse D N IhS ChS REX REGNANTIYM, bust of Christ facing, short curly hair, short beard, wearing pallium and colobium, Gospels in left, cross behind head; reverse dN IYSTINIAN ET TIbERIYS P P A (Tiberius' name blundered), Justinian on left and Tiberius on right, half-length facing, each wearing crown, divitision and chlamys, holding cross potent in center; for this extraordinary type, since 2000 only 8 auction sales are recorded on Coin Archives Pro; rare; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Theophilus, 12 May 821 - 20 January 842 A.D.

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In 832, Theophilus banned the usage of icons, establishing strict punishments.
SH73351. Gold solidus, DOC III, part 1, 24; Anastasi 530; Wroth BMC 31; Tolstoi 10; Sommer 31.8; Morrisson BnF 32/Sy/Av/1 ff.; SBCV 1670; Ratto -, NGC certified VF, strike 4/5, surface 3/5 (3763498-018), weight 3.38 g, maximum diameter 13.9 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, c. 830 - 831 A.D.; obverse ΘEO-FILOS, bearded bust facing, wearing crown and chlamys, cross potent in right; reverse ΘE-OFILOS, bearded bust facing, wearing crown and loros, globus cruciger in right; scarce; SOLD


Republic of Venice, Doge Tomaso Mocenigo, 1414 - 1423

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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 reverse legend 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, Papadopoli 1, Biaggi 2865, gVF, weight 3.152 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, obverse TOM MOCENIGO DVX S M VENETI, S. Marco and Doge kneeling, together holding banner; reverse 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

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SH53631. Gold ducato, Paolucci Type 105.1, gVF, weight 3.439 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 90o, uncertain Mediterranean mint, 1659 - 1675; obverse DOIMN GOENT ∑ S ∑ M ∑ VENET ∑ (S retrograde), St. Peter standing right, receiving banner from Doge kneeling left; reverse SIT T XPE DAT O TV REGIS ISTE ∑ DVIA (S's retrograde), Christ standing facing, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left, surrounded by mandorla containing eighteen stars; SOLD


$25 American Gold Eagle, 1994, Mint State

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SH35244. $25 Gold Eagle, 1994, Mint State; SOLD


Gold $2.50 Indian Quarter Eagle, 1915, ICG MS61

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SL27650. Gold U.S. $2.50 Indian Quarter Eagle, ICG MS61, 1915; SOLD


$25 American Gold Eagle, 1994, Mint State

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SH35243. $25 Gold Eagle, 1994, Mint State; SOLD


Republic of Venice, Doge Francesco Foscari, 1423 - 1457 A.D.

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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 reverse legend 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, Friedberg 1232, Nomisma 18, Biaggi 2872, EF, weight 3.513 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 270o, obverse FRAC FOSCARI DVX S M VENETI, S. Marco and Doge kneeling, together holding banner; reverse SIT T XPE DAT Q TV REGIS ISTE DVCAT, Christ standing facing, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left, surrounded by mandorla containing nine stars; SOLD


Gold $2.50 Indian Quarter Eagle, 1925 D, NGS MS61

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SL27653. Gold U.S. $2.50 Indian Quarter Eagle, NGS MS61, 1925 D; SOLD


Aksumite Kingdom (Axum), Ebana, c. 5th Century A.D.

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The gold coins of Ebana are probably "tremisses" based on weight.

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, Munro-Hay type 71, JJ 65; BMC Aksumite 306, aVF, weight 1.573 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, die axis 0o, obverse +CIN+CΛX+ΛCΛ+CΛC (blundered Greek, interpretation uncertain), crowned and draped half-length bust of king right between two wheat stalks, short scepter in right; reverse +BΛC+ΛCΛ+CCC+ΛNΛ (blundered Greek, King Ebana), draped half-length bust of king right between two wheat stalks, wearing head cloth, fly-whisk in right; SOLD


Aksumite Kingdom (Axum), Ebana, c. 5th Century A.D.

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The gold coins of Ebana are probably "tremisses" based on weight.

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.
SH28941. Gold unit, Munro-Hay type 71, JJ 65; BMC Aksumite 304, aVF, weight 1.527 g, maximum diameter 16.6 mm, die axis 0o, obverse +CIN+CΛX+ΛCΛ+CΛC (blundered Greek, interpretation uncertain), crowned and draped half-length bust of king right between two wheat stalks, short scepter in right; reverse +BΛC+ΛCΛ+CCB+ΛNΛ (blundered Greek, King Ebana), draped half-length bust of king right between two wheat stalks, wearing head cloth, fly-whisk in right; SOLD


$10 Gold Coronet Eagle, 1899-O

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0.48375 troy oz. pure gold net.
SH26877. U.S. $10 Coronet Eagle, 1899-O, VF35, some bag marks, bullion priced, sales final, no returns; SOLD


Islamic, Samanid, Nuh bin Nasr, 331 - 343 AH, 943-954 A.D., Citing the Abbasid Caliph al Mustakfi

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Nuh came to power after preventing a revolt against his father, Nasr. Several army officers, unhappy over Nasr's support of Ismaili missionaries, met to plot his assassination. Nuh learned of the meeting, arrived in surprise and killed the leader. To placate the others, he promised to put an end to the activities of the Ismailis, and convinced his father to abdicate in his favor.

A faithful supporter of the Abbasid caliph al-Mustakfi, Nuh struck coins in the caliph's name before he was elected, after he was deposed in 338H, and even after his death.

In the obverse margin legend, in the Qur'an verse "The Romans," Allah tells the believers that the Romans are defeated but they will gain a victory against Persians: "Within a few years. The command lies with Allah in the past instance as well as in the future. On that day the believers will rejoice." The prophecy is said to date shortly after the Byzantines (Romans) lost Jerusalem in 614 when Persians destroyed the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and seized the "True Cross." In 622, Heraclius gained a number of victories over the Persians and conquered Armenia.
SH65410. Gold dinar, Bernardi 353Pj, Album 1454, gVF, weight 4.293 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 180o, Nishapur mint, 340 AH; obverse margin: Qur, field: No God but Allah only and nobody is his partner in deity; reverse margin: Qur, field: For Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, al-Mustakfi billah caliph, amir Nuh, son of Nasr; ex Stack's Bowers and Ponterio sale 172, part of lot 11859; scarce; SOLD




  




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