, 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
, VI de Lancastre, of France and England, 1422 - 1453, The Annunciation
The depicts the Annunciation, the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the that she would be the mother of Jesus, the Son of God, marking his Incarnation.
This coin was struck at Dijon, a mint for the issue, which was minted in nine cities across France.
In 1422, the year old of England inherited the French throne through his mad grandfather Charles VI of France; the iconography of this 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 of Maine remained in Henry's control.SH79998. Gold Salut D'or,
102, 268c, 443, 447, gVF, 3.468 g, maximum 27.4 mm, 0o, Dijon mint, 2nd issue, 6 Sep 1423 - 1436; , hENRICVS: DEI: GRA: FRACORV: AGLI: REX ( , by the grace of God, of the Franks and English), double saltire stops, , 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 ; , XPC'*VIHCIT'*XPC'*REGNAT'*XPC'*ImPERAT'* (Christ conquers, Christ reigns, Christ commands), mullet stops, central Latin , fleur de lis to left, to right, h below, all within of ten arcs, fleur de lis on cusps, all within linear and beaded ; this is a variety where Z is absent after FRACORV; very ; SOLD
France, Charles V the , 1364 - 1380
As a young prince, Charles V the received the province of Dauphiné 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 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 Brétigny in 1360, in which he abandoned large portions of south-western France to England and promised a huge ransom. After Charles became , 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 Charles V the manufacture of the new gold francs known as francs à pied (franc on foot) with the value of twenty sols tournois (one livre tournois). This coin, lighter than the franc à cheval (franc on horseback), weighed 3.824 grams and was struck to the of 64 pieces to the gold mark.SH84617. Gold franc à pied,
360, 457, 371, 284, aEF, excellent centering, die wear, bumps and scratches, 3.823 g, maximum 28.9 mm, 270o, no date, after 20 April 1365; + KAROLVS x DI x GR - FRAnCORV x REX (Charles, by the grace of God, of the Franks), crowned standing facing under dais, wearing a coat of arms fleur-de-lis over coat of mail, sword in right hand, hand of justice in left hand, pattern of small fleurs-de-lis in fields; + XPC * VInCIT * XPC * REGnAT * XPC * IMPERAT (Christ conquers, Christ reigns, Christ commands), fleurée 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.
Louis XVI, born Louis-Auguste, was the last 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 of France and Navarre, which he remained until 4 September 1791, when he received the title of 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 of 7.6490 g, a of 0.917, and gold content of 0.2255 troy oz.SH84615. Gold louis d'or, ON LAYAWAY
1707, 2183, 361, KM 591.5, 475, EF, mint luster, light marks, 7.663 g, maximum 24.3 mm, 180o, mint, 1786, 1st issue; LUD. XVI. D. G. FR. - ET NAV. REX (LVDOVICVS XIII DEI GRATIA FRANCIAE ET NAVARRAE REX "Louis XIII by the grace of God of France and of Navarre"), of Louis XVI left, DUVIV (engraver B. Duvivier) on truncation, bee (sign of the mintmaster Jean-Claude Gabet) below; CHRS. . VINC. IMPER 1786 (CHRISTVS REGNAT VINCIT IMPERAT "Christ reigns, conquers and commands"), crowned arms of France and Navarre, D ( ) below, left (symbol of engraver Jean Humbert Bernavon) before date;
Gold $20 St. Gaudens Double , 1923, MS63
SL27651. Gold U.S. $20 St. Gaudens Double
, MS63, 1923; 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
, Principality of Achaea, 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 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, cf.
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
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
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 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
Gold $2.50 Indian Quarter , 1915, ICG MS61
SL27650. Gold U.S. $2.50 Indian Quarter
, ICG MS61, 1915; 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
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.SH28941. Gold unit,
71, JJ 65; 304, aVF, 1.527 g, maximum 16.6 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+CCB+ΛNΛ (blundered Greek, Ebana), draped half-length of right between two wheat stalks, wearing cloth, fly-whisk in right; SOLD
$10 Gold Coronet , 1899-O
0.48375 troy oz. pure gold net.SH26877. U.S. $10 Coronet
, 1899-O, VF35, some bag marks, bullion priced, sales final, ; SOLD
, Samanid, Nuh bin Nasr, 331 - 343 AH, 943-954 A.D., Citing the Abbasid Caliph al Mustakfi
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 margin , in the Qur'an verse "The Romans," Allah tells the believers that the Romans are defeated but they will gain a 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 of the Holy Sepulcher and seized the "True ." In 622, Heraclius gained a number of victories over the Persians and conquered .SH65410. Gold dinar,
353Pj, 1454, gVF, 4.293 g, maximum 22.9 mm, 180o, mint, 340 AH; margin: Qur, : No God but Allah only and nobody is his partner in deity; margin: Qur, : 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, of lot 11859; ; SOLD
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