Nomos, Auction 10

Greek, Roman and Byzantine Coins

Mo, 18.05.2015, from 4:00 PM CEST
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ROMAN AND BYZANTINE COINS Carinus, as Caesar, 282-283. Aureus (Gold, 19mm, 4.49g 6), Siscia, 282. M AVR CARINVS NOB CAES Laure­ate and cuirassed bust of Carinus to right. Rev. VICTORIA AVG Victory standing left on globe, holding wreath in her outstretched right hand and palm branch (?, a trophy?) in her left. Calicó 4372 ( same dies ). Cohen 139. RIC 190. An excellent, sharply struck piece. Some minor marks, other­wise , good extremely fine. The figure of Victory on the reverse of this coin is rather curious. In the first place she apparently has no wings; secondly, while usually described as carrying a trophy, what she seems to have in her left hand is quite odd: apparently a long straight palm branch with some sort of banner attached. This last could be some kind of odd trophy, but it also could just be a curious branch with a very peculiar wing behind. Yet that would mean that Vic­tory’s wings were shown in very strange way. If this is meant to be a wingless Victory it would imply that she was meant to be a permanent companion to Carinus (i.e., she could not fly away).

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Price realized 29'000 CHF
Starting price 8'000 CHF
Estimate 10'000 CHF
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