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NUMISMATIC NUGGETS: FEBRUARY 5, 2017

The E-Sylum (2/5/2017)


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Here's a selection of other interesting or unusual items I came across in the marketplace this week. Tell us what you think of some of these. -Editor

Roman Silver Antoninianus of Trajan Decius

Roman Silver Antoninianus of Trajan Decius obverse Roman Silver Antoninianus of Trajan Decius reverse

Roman Empire - Trajan Decius (249-251 A.D) silver antoninianus ( 22mm, 4,23 g). Rome mint. 250 A.D. 3rd. emission, 4th officina. ADVENTVS AVG. IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG. Radiated, draped and cuirassed bust right.

ADVENTVS AVG – The emperor on horseback left, in the attitude of adlocutio, raising his right hand and holding a scepter in left one. RIC 11 b ; C 4 (R1)

Nice, well-centered coin. This caught my eye because that crown looks about to fall off his head. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
65. Roman Empire - Trajan Decius (249-251 A.D) silver antoninianus ( 22 mm 4,23 g). Rome mint. 250 A.D. 3rd. emission, 4th officina. ADVENTVS AVG. (https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/10005891-roman-empire-trajan-decius-249-251-a-d-silver-antoninianus-22-mm-4-23-g-rome-mint-250-a-d-3rd-emission-4th-officina-adventvs-avg)

India Kushan Empire Gold Dinar

India Kushan Empire obverse India Kushan Empire reverse

India Kushan Empire. Main mint in Gandhara. AV Dinar. Circa AD 240-250. Mint I (A). 13th emission.

Obv: ÞAO(retrograde h)A(retrograde h)OÞAO BAZhKO KÞA[ ], Vasishka, nimbate, helmeted, and diademed, standing facing, head left, holding filleted standard, sacrificing over altar to left; filleted trident to left, nya in Brahmi to right of altar, tha in Brahmi between feet, and vi in Brahmi to right of scepter

Rev: APΔOXÞO to right, Ardoxsho, nimbate, seated facing on throne, feet on mat, holding filleted investiture garland in right hand and cradling cornucopia in left arm; tamgha to upper left; tha in Brahmi to upper right. Ref: MK 556; Donum Burns 672 ; Sunrise 553 (rare)

Weight : 7.65 g

The Kushan Empire was a syncretic empire, formed by Yuezhi, in the Bactrian territories in the early 1st century. It spread to encompass much of Afghanistan, and then the northern parts of the Indian subcontinent at least as far as Saketa and Sarnath near Varanasi (Benares), where inscriptions have been found dating to the era of the Kushan emperor Kanishka the Great.

QUICK QUIZ: what does "nimbate" mean here? -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
19. India - Kushan Empire. Gold Dinar of Vasishka. Circa AD 240-250 Main mint in Gandhara ( Important Ancient City ) (https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/9997417-india-kushan-empire-gold-dinar-of-vasishka-circa-ad-240-250-main-mint-in-gandhara-important-ancient-city)

1800 Utrecht Silver Ducat

1800 Utrecht Silver Ducat obverse 1800 Utrecht Silver Ducat reverse

Utrecht, the Batavian Republic - Ducat 1800 - silver

Nice, attractive coin. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
22. Utrecht, the Batavian Republic - silver ducat 1800 (https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/10006101-utrecht-the-batavian-republic-silver-ducat-1800)

French North African Prison Camp Scrip

French North African Prison Camp Scrip face

Campbell 2340

This note type was used in several French labor camps in North-Africa (a.o. Algeria and Tunisia).

A colorful prison scrip note, which makes me wonder - what is being used for money in the refugee camps of today? Actual currency, or are there scrip systems in place? -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
21. France - POW camps North Africa, 10 Francs - Campbell 2340 (https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/9594495-france-pow-camps-north-africa-10-francs-campbell-2340)

1924 Hugo Eckener Airship Flight Medal

1924 Hugo Eckener Airship Flight Medal obverse 1924 Hugo Eckener Airship Flight Medal reverse

Weimar Republic. Silver medal 1924 by L. Chr. Lauer, Nuremberg commemorating to the American Flight of the airship "LZ 126" Dr. Hugo Eckener. 33,5 mm, 14,8 gr.

Gotta love zeppelin medals. I wasn't aware of this flight. The portrait looks creepy and the reverse is busy with text enumerating the stops, but it's a great example of the "Roaring 20s" attitude. This is the souvenir concert tour T-shirt of the day. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
48. Weimar Republic - Silver Medal 1924 by L. Chr. Lauer, Nuremberg commemorating to the American Flight of the airship "LZ 126" Dr. Hugo Eckener (https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/9792929-weimar-republic-silver-medal-1924-by-l-chr-lauer-nuremberg-commemorating-to-the-american-flight-of-the-airship-lz-126-dr-hugo-eckener)

1941 Estonia Port Kunda WWII Note

1941 Estonia Port Kunda WWII 5 Rubles note

Estonia - Port Kunda Zementfabrik - WW II - 5 and 25 rubles 1941 - Schwan/Boling 1103b and 1105b on page 801

Nice WWII note. The lot includes both 5 and 25 ruble examples. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
10. Estonia - Port Kunda Zementfabrik - WW II - 5 and 25 rubles 1941 - Schwan/Boling 1103b and 1105b (https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/10014517-estonia-port-kunda-zementfabrik-ww-ii-5-and-25-rubles-1941-schwan-boling-1103b-and-1105b)

1960 Egypt Nefertiti and the Pyramids Medal

1960 Egypt Nefertiti and the Pyramids Medal obverse 1960 Egypt Nefertiti and the Pyramids Medal reverse

Egyptian Nefertiti and the pyramids medal. 1960.
Material: Gold 0.900. Weight: 5.80 g. Diameter: 22 mm.

Nice gold medal. Why and for whom was it made? Is it just an expensive souvenir trinket? -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
22. Egypt - 1960 Medal "Egyptioan from the pyramids with Nefertiti - Gold (https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/9986605-egypt-1960-medal-egyptioan-from-the-pyramids-with-nefertiti-gold)

1989 Sisyphus Medal By Jane McAdam Freud

1989 Sisyphus Medal obverse 1989 Sisyphus Medal reverse

British Art Medal Society, 'Sisyphus', a limited edition cast bronze medal by Jane McAdam Freud, 1989, designed for 'The Medal', issue no.16, cast in the round as the exhausted figure of Sisyphus to the front, gold lettering above, and the struggle of Sisyphus verso, signed to the edge, 9 x 8.4cm

To read the complete lot description, see:
British Art Medal Society, 'Sisyphus', a limited edition (/www.easyliveauction.com/catalogue/lot/
4ab4b33b541c74f398eeb7e20e8a39e8/0af8d24542e81eb9357e7ef448a6646f/
jewellery-silver-asian-arts-and-watches-lot-299/)

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