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NUMISMATIC NUGGETS: APRIL 2, 2017

The E-Sylum (4/2/2017)


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

Roman Empire - Alexandria - Grazing Horse

Roman Empire - Alexandria - Grazing Horse coin obverse Roman Empire - Alexandria - Grazing Horse coin reverse

Alexandria, pseudo-autonomous minting under GALLIENUS (253-268)
AE, 5.41g, 21mm
Mint: Troas, Alexandria

Obverse: COL - TROAD, bust of Tyche with mural crown, Vexillum is behind
RV: COL AV / TRO, grazing horse towards right

It was the horse that caught my eye on this one. Crude, but still a pleasant image. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
63. Roman Empire - Alexandria, pseudo-autonomous minting under GALLIENUS (253-268) AE, Troas, Tyche, grazing horse (https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/10963083-roman-empire-alexandria-pseudo-autonomous-minting-under-gallienus-253-268-ae-troas-tyche-grazing-horse)

Islamic Half Dirham Square in Silver

Islamic Half Dirham Square in Silver

Al-Andalus – Nazari period of Granada (1250-1492), 1/2 dirham square in silver (0.52 g, 11 mm), Islamic, medieval, anonymous, no date and mint of Granada.

Good preservation, beautiful silver tone. Scarce coin, minted in Granada (perfectly readable). Very nice piece in hand.

Islamic silver coins like this are simple and enigmatic to the Western eye. Pleasantly crude. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
27. Al-Andalus – Nazari period of Granada (1250-1492), 1/2 dirham square in silver (0.52 g, 11 mm), Islamic, medieval, anonymous, no date and mint of Granada. (https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/11021593-al-andalus-nazari-period-of-granada-1250-1492-1-2-dirham-square-in-silver-0-52-g-11-mm-islamic-medieval-anonymous-no-date-and-mint-of-granada)

1820 Miles Distant from London Medal

1820 Miles Distant from London Medal obverse 1820 Miles Distant from London Medal reverse

Description: One 1820 Miles Distant from London Medal.

Interesting class of medal. There are many calendar medals, but I think this is the first I've seen where the main theme is distance. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
Lot 458A: 1820 Miles Distant from London Medal (http://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/-1-c-10443B3AF6)

1846 Free Trade Anti-Corn Law Medal

1846 Free Trade Anti-Corn Law Medal obverse 1846 Free Trade Anti-Corn Law Medal reverse

Description: One 1846 Free Trade Anti-Corn Law League Medal.

Not a beautiful medal by any stretch, but interesting for the historical context and today's debates on free trade and protectionism in the U.S. -Editor

From Wikipedia:

The Anti-Corn Law League was a successful political movement in Great Britain aimed at the abolition of the unpopular Corn Laws, which protected landowners’ interests by levying taxes on imported wheat, thus raising the price of bread at a time when factory-owners were trying to cut wages.

To read the complete lot description, see:
Lot 482A: 1846 Free Trade Anti-Corn Law League Medal (www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/-1-c-E7B4DB0868)

1856 Pope Pio IX Medal

1856 Pope Pio IX Medal

Papal, Pio IX (1846-1878). Æ Medal 1856 (44mm, 40.46g, 12h), opus G. Bianchi. PIVS IX PONT MAX ANNO XI, Bust l. R/ VI ID DEC AN CHR MDCCCLIV SINE LABE CONCEPTA, The Pope seated l., reading out the dogma. Bartolotti E 856. Minor scratches on obv., small edge nick, about EF; ;

Papal medals are a wonderful series. A richly detailed scene on the reverse, even if it's too busy for my taste. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
777 Papal, Pio IX (1846-1878). Æ Medal 1856 (44mm, 40.46g, (https://auctions.bertolamifinearts.com/en/lot/13161/papal-pio-ix-1846-1878-medal-1856-/)

French Agriculture Medal

French Agriculture Medal obverse French Agriculture Medal reverse

Obverse : bust of nude woman figuring agriculture, above a sentence by Sully, signed by french medallist THENOT

Reverse : plowman at work on field with draft horses, cow and bulls

Diameter : 68 mm or 2,67 inches

Weight : 170 grams or 6 ounces

Metal : bronze

Edge marks : "bronze" with cornucopia Paris Mint foundry mark

I'm speechless on this one, other than to admire the planning of placing the highest-relief area of the obverse opposite the lowest-relief area of the reverse. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
RARE FRENCH AGRICULTURE ART MEDAL by MAURICE THENOT (www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-FRENCH-AGRICULTURE-ART-MEDAL-by-MAURICE-THENOT/311828356439)

1934 NSDAP Hall of Honour Medal

1934 NSDAP Hall of Honour Medal obverse 1934 NSDAP Hall of Honour Medal reverse

Third Reich. Medal 1934 NSDAP Hall of Honour Inauguration at Buchholz Adolf Hitler. Silvered bronze, 35,5 mm. Rare. 100 % original.

NSDAP is the abbreviation for the Nazi party. Knowing what happened next, these prewar Nazi items always give me the chills. -Editor

To read the complete lot description, see:
95. Third Reich - Medal 1934 NSDAP Hall of Honour Inauguration at Buchholz Adolf Hitler (https://auction.catawiki.com/kavels/10959941-third-reich-medal-1934-nsdap-hall-of-honour-inauguration-at-buchholz-adolf-hitler) Archives International sale 40 cover front

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