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Byzantine Empire, Justin II, 15 November 565 - 5 October 578 A.D.

|Justin| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Justin| |II,| |15| |November| |565| |-| |5| |October| |578| |A.D.||tremissis|
Justin I and Justin II both issued this type. The two issues are distinguished by style. The style of the Justin II coins is more schematic and cartoon like.
SH112685. Gold tremissis, DOC I 14, Wroth BMC 24, Tolstoi 22, Ratto 765, Sommer 5.7.1, Hahn MIB II 11a, SBCV 353, Morrisson BnF 5/Cp/AV/12, Choice aEF, broad flan with full borders, scratches, weight 1.475 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 15 Nov 565 - 5 Oct 578 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINVS P P AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVGVSTORI (the victory of the Emperor), Victory standing facing, wreath in right hand and globus cruciger in left hand, star right, CONOB in exergue; ex Savoca Coins auction 93 (17 Jan 2021), lot 609 (listed as Justin I); $500.00 SALE PRICE $450.00 ON RESERVE


Byzantine Empire, Justin I, 10 July 518 - 1 August 527 A.D.

|Justin| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Justin| |I,| |10| |July| |518| |-| |1| |August| |527| |A.D.||tremissis|
Of Macedonian peasant origin, Justin I rose through the ranks of the military and was proclaimed emperor by the army on 10 July 518 A.D. He was uneducated, but intelligent enough to rely upon the policy advice of his brilliant nephew, Justinian I.
SH112686. Gold tremissis, Morrisson BnF I 2/Cp/AV/17 (also M resembling H), DOC I 4, Wroth BMC 11-12, Tolstoi 19-20, Ratto 388, Hahn MIB I 5, SBCV 58, Sommer 2.4, VF, centered on a small flan, trace deposits, light scratches, weight 0.986 g, maximum diameter 14.0 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 491 - 518 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTI-NVS P P AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, A graffito in right field; reverse VICTORIA AVGVSTORH (the victory of the Emperor), Victory advancing right, head left, holding wreath and globus cruciger, star right, CONOB in exergue; ex Obolos auction 20 (3 Oct. 2021), lot 1352; $500.00 SALE PRICE $450.00


Anastasius, 11 April 491 - 1 July 518 A.D.

|Anastasius| |I|, |Anastasius,| |11| |April| |491| |-| |1| |July| |518| |A.D.||semissis|
After Zeno died, Empress Ariadne selected an obscure successful finance civil servant, Anastasius to be her husband and emperor. He ruled for 27 years, restructured the currency system and accumulated of 320,000 pounds of gold! His dramatic change in coinage was the beginning of a uniquely Byzantine coinage.
SH112689. Gold semissis, DOC 1 9, Wroth BMC 8, Tolstoi 10, Ratto 324, Morrisson BnF 1/Cp/AV/19, Hahn MIB III 10, SBCV 7, Sommer 1.6, aVF, broad flan, flow lines, scratches, edge bend, small encrustations, graffiti on obv., weight 2.003 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 498/507 - 518 A.D.; obverse D N ANASTASIVS P P AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG (victory of the three emperors), Victory seated right on shield and cuirass, inscribing XXXX on shield set on knee, star left, P (staurogram) right, CONOB in exergue; ex Obolos auction 20 (3 Oct 2021), lot 1341; scarce; $500.00 SALE PRICE $450.00


Leu Numismatic LTD, Auction Catalog. Zurich, Auction 55 1992

|Auction| |Catalogs|, |Leu| |Numismatic| |LTD,| |Auction| |Catalog.| |Zurich,| |Auction| |55| |1992|
Auction 55, 19 Oct. 1992, The Gold Coinage of Portugal.
BL23069. Leu Numismatic LTD, Auction Catalog. Zurich, Auction 55 1992, in English, softcover, 92 pages 192 lots international shipping at the actual cost of postage; $10.00 SALE PRICE $9.00


Russia, Nicholas II, 1894 - 1917

|Gold| |Coins|, |Russia,| |Nicholas| |II,| |1894| |-| |1917||10| |Rubles|
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, SCWC 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


Unstruck Ancient Gold Stater Flan

|Gold| |Coins|, |Unstruck| |Ancient| |Gold| |Stater| |Flan||unstruck| |flan|
We cannot say for which issue this gold blank was prepared but some possibilities include: Persian daric; Persic stater of Cypriot or Asia Minor mint; Mithradates VI era staters of Istros, Tomis and Kallatis; any of the light Attic staters of the time of Mithradates VI; Koson stater; or Danube Celtic stater.
SH72615. Gold unstruck flan, blank, pinged rims, many small scratches, weight 8.317 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, SOLD


Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Ptolemy IV Philopator, 221 - 204 B.C.

|Ptolemaic| |Egypt|, |Ptolemaic| |Kingdom| |of| |Egypt,| |Ptolemy| |IV| |Philopator,| |221| |-| |204| |B.C.||oktodrachm|
With this beautiful and rare type Ptolemy IV honored his deceased father with the symbols of divinity. He wears the aegis of Zeus, the radiate crown of Helios, and carries the trident of Neptune.
SH26630. Gold oktodrachm, Svoronos 1117, SNG Cop 196, gVF, weight 27.788 g, maximum diameter 26.9 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, obverse radiate and diademed bust of the deified Ptolemy III; reverse ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, radiate cornucopia bound with royal diadem, ΔI below; high relief obverse, without the die rust typical for the type; rare; SOLD


Augustus, 16 January 27 B.C. - 19 August 14 A.D.

|Augustus|, |Augustus,| |16| |January| |27| |B.C.| |-| |19| |August| |14| |A.D.||aureus|
The Sphinx was one of Augustus' symbols and was used on his personal seal (Suetonius).
SH30615. Gold aureus, RIC I 512 corr. (head left), BMCRE 682, Calico 156, Cohen 333, gVF, weight 7.998 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 0o, Pergamon (Bergama, Turkey) mint, c. 19 - 18 B.C.; obverse AVGVSTVS, bare head right; reverse sphinx seated right; attractive reddish toning; rare; SOLD


Severus Alexander, 13 March 222 - March 235 A.D.

|Severus| |Alexander|, |Severus| |Alexander,| |13| |March| |222| |-| |March| |235| |A.D.||aureus|
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

This coin is a near perfect specimen, cut from fresh dies which were equisitly engraved. When rotating the coin under a light, Severus' hair and laurel wreath literally sparkle as if a diamond. One of the finest coins ever handled by Forum, this coin has no equal.
SH21939. Gold aureus, RIC IV 103, BMCRE VI 620, brilliant Mint State, weight 5.922 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, 230 A.D.; obverse IMP SEV ALEXAND AVG, laureate bust right with drapery on left shoulder; reverse P M TR P VIII COS III P P, emperor advancing right, spear in right hand, trophy over shoulder in left; "brilliant mint state" grade by Sear and on certificate, ex Gemini III, 430; SOLD


Aurelian, August 270 - October or November 275 A.D.

|Aurelian|, |Aurelian,| |August| |270| |-| |October| |or| |November| |275| |A.D.||aureus|
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.
SH24849. Gold aureus, MER-RIC 1584, Gbl MIR 127q, pl. 74 (O96/R298); BnF XII 424, pl. 13 (same dies); Estiot 1999-I 58 (same dies); RIC V 15, aEF, edge bump at 10 o'clock, weight 4.459 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 180o, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, issue 3, mid 272 - end 272; obverse IMP CL DOM AVRELIANVS P F AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right, wearing aegis across chest with small Medusa head in center; reverse VIRTVS AVG (the valor of the Emperor), Virtus, helmeted, cloaked, holding spear in right and trophy across left shoulder, walking right, captive before; ex Harlan Berk; SOLD




  



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