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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


Anglo-Gallic, Henry VI de Lancastre, King of France and England, 1422 - 1453, The Annunciation

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The obverse depicts the Annunciation, the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would be the mother of Jesus, the Son of God, marking his Incarnation.

This coin was struck at Dijon, a rare mint for the issue, which was minted in nine cities across France.

In 1422, the year old king of England inherited the French throne through his mad grandfather Charles VI of France; the iconography of this type represents the unification of the two nations. Ten years later Joan of Arc would make an appearance which would eventually loosen the English grip on France until by 1436 only Normandy and part of Maine remained in Henry's control.
SH79998. Gold Salut D'or, Schneider 102, Elias 268c, Duplessy 443, Lafaurie 447, gVF, weight 3.468 g, maximum diameter 27.4 mm, die axis 0o, Dijon mint, 2nd issue, 6 Sep 1423 - 1436; obverse vernicle, hENRICVS: DEI: GRA: FRACORV: AGLI: REX (Henry, by the grace of God, King of the Franks and English), double saltire stops, Virgin Mary, behind Arms of France, facing Angel Gabriel in profile left behind quartered Arms of France and England, light of God above AVE downward on scroll between them, within beaded circle; reverse vernicle, XPC'*VIHCIT'*XPC'*REGNAT'*XPC'*ImPERAT'* (Christ conquers, Christ reigns, Christ commands), mullet stops, central Latin cross, fleur de lis to left, lion to right, h below, all within tressure of ten arcs, fleur de lis on cusps, all within linear and beaded circle; this is a legend variety where Z is absent after FRACORV; very rare; SOLD


France, Charles V the Wise, 1364 - 1380

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As a young prince, Charles V the Wise received the province of Dauphin to rule; thereafter, all heirs apparent of France bore the title of Dauphin until coronation. Charles became regent of France when his father John II was captured by the English at the Battle of Poitiers. The nobility rebelled after he raised taxes to pay the ransom. Charles overcame the rebellions, but to liberate his father, he had to conclude the Treaty of Brtigny in 1360, in which he abandoned large portions of south-western France to England and promised a huge ransom. After Charles became king, his skillful management allowed him to replenish the treasury and restore the prestige of the House of Valois. He established the first permanent army paid with regular wages, which liberated the French populace from the companies of routiers who plundered the country when not employed. The French Army turned the tide of the Hundred Years' War, reconquering almost all the territories ceded to the English in 1360. He was succeeded by his son Charles VI the Mad, whose disastrous reign allowed the English to regain control of large parts of France.

On April 20, 1365, it was decreed in the name of the king Charles V the manufacture of the new gold francs known as francs pied (franc on foot) with the value of twenty sols tournois (one livre tournois). This coin, lighter than the franc cheval (franc on horseback), weighed 3.824 grams and was struck to the standard of 64 pieces to the gold mark.
SH84617. Gold franc pied, Duplessy 360, Ciani 457, Lafaurie 371, Friedberg 284, aEF, excellent centering, die wear, bumps and scratches, weight 3.823 g, maximum diameter 28.9 mm, die axis 270o, no date, after 20 April 1365; obverse + KAROLVS x DI x GR - FRAnCORV x REX (Charles, by the grace of God, king of the Franks), crowned king standing facing under Gothic dais, wearing a coat of arms fleur-de-lis over coat of mail, sword in right hand, hand of justice scepter in left hand, pattern of small fleurs-de-lis in fields; reverse + XPC * VInCIT * XPC * REGnAT * XPC * IMPERAT (Christ conquers, Christ reigns, Christ commands), cross fleure quatrilobe at center, fleur-de-lis in 1st and 4th quarters, crown in 2nd and 3rd quarters, all within quadrilobe, fleurs-de-lis in spandrels; SOLD


France, Louis XVI, 10 May 1774 - 4 September 1791 A.D.

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Louis XVI, born Louis-Auguste, was the last King of France and Navarre before the French Revolution; during which he was also known as Louis Capet. In 1765, at the death of his father, Louis, Dauphin of France, son and heir apparent of Louis XV of France, Louis-Auguste became the new Dauphin. Upon his grandfather's death on 10 May 1774, he became King of France and Navarre, which he remained until 4 September 1791, when he received the title of King of the French until his suspension on 10 August 1792. Louis XVI was guillotined on 21 January 1793.

The Louis d'or (20 francs) under Louis XVI was minted between 1785 and 1792 and had a dimension of 23 mm, and a weight of 7.6490 g, a fineness of 0.917, and gold content of 0.2255 troy oz.
SH84615. Gold louis d'or, Duplessy 1707, Ciani 2183, Gadoury 361, Krause KM 591.5, Friedberg 475, Choice EF, mint luster, light marks, weight 7.663 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, die axis 180o, Lyon mint, 1786, 1st issue; obverse LUD. XVI. D. G. FR. - ET NAV. REX (LVDOVICVS XIII DEI GRATIA FRANCIAE ET NAVARRAE REX "Louis XIII by the grace of God king of France and of Navarre"), head of Louis XVI left, DUVIV (engraver B. Duvivier) on truncation, bee (sign of the mintmaster Jean-Claude Gabet) below; reverse CHRS. REGN. VINC. IMPER 1786 (CHRISTVS REGNAT VINCIT IMPERAT "Christ reigns, conquers and commands"), crowned arms of France and Navarre, D (Lyon mintmark) below, eagle head left (symbol of engraver Jean Humbert Bernavon) before date; SOLD


France, Louis XVI, 10 May 1774 - 4 September 1791 A.D.

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Louis XVI, born Louis-Auguste, was the last King of France and Navarre before the French Revolution; during which he was also known as Louis Capet. In 1765, at the death of his father, Louis, Dauphin of France, son and heir apparent of Louis XV of France, Louis-Auguste became the new Dauphin. Upon his grandfather's death on 10 May 1774, he became King of France and Navarre, which he remained until 4 September 1791, when he received the title of King of the French until his suspension on 10 August 1792. Louis XVI was guillotined on 21 January 1793.

The Louis d'or (20 francs) under Louis XVI was minted between 1785 and 1792 and had a dimension of 23 mm, and a weight of 7.6490 g, a fineness of 0.917, and gold content of 0.2255 troy oz.
SH85376. Gold louis d'or, Duplessy 1707, Ciani 2183, Gadoury 361, Krause KM 591.1, Friedberg 475, gVF, luster, light marks and scratches, flan adjustment marks on reverse, weight 7.564 g, maximum diameter 23.6 mm, die axis 180o, Paris mint, 1786; obverse LUD. XVI. D. G. FR. - ET NAV. REX (LVDOVICVS XIII DEI GRATIA FRANCIAE ET NAVARRAE REX - Louis XIII by the grace of God king of France and of Navarre), head of Louis XVI left, DUVIV (engraver B. Duvivier) on truncation, heron standing left (sign of the mintmaster Jean Dupeyron de la Cosre) below; reverse CHRS. REGN. VINC. IMPER 1786 (CHRISTVS REGNAT VINCIT IMPERAT - Christ reigns, conquers and commands), crowned arms of France and Navarre, A (Paris mintmark) below, lyre (symbol of mint official F. Bernier) before date; SOLD


Gold $20 St. Gaudens Double Eagle, 1923, PCGS MS63

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SL27651. Gold U.S. $20 St. Gaudens Double Eagle, PCGS MS63, 1923; 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


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, cf. 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


England, James I, 1603 - 1625

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James was King of Scots as James VI from 24 July 1567 and King of England and Ireland as James I from the union of the English and Scottish crowns on 24 March 1603. He became King 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 King 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 North 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 King James Version.
SH56286. Gold halfcrown, Schneider 67, North 2093, SCBC 2629; im: rose, aVF, a few scratches, weight 1.211 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 0o, London mint, second coinage, 1605 - 1606; obverse I D G ROSA SINE SPINA, crowned bust right; reverse TVEATVR VNITA DEVS (God upholds the united), crowned coat-of-arms, I - R across upper field; ex CNG, ex Deyo Collection, old round tag marked 3, 11/50; 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


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




  




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