Numismatics

The Glacier Rams Collections

Assembled by an avid Montana collector, whose love of the great outdoors, especially Glacier National Park and the Montana Big Horn Sheep, inspired the name of his latest collections. A lifelong collector with varied interests, the bug hit in 1955 when our collector inherited from his aunt the classic “penny boards.” From there he began to notice the Mint State silver dollars being released into circulation that had been held in U.S. Treasury vaults. Over the decades, the collector has built and sold a number of impressive collections. During grad school at Penn State, he was enchanted by gold types and 3 cent nickels, which were sold in Bowers and Ruddy’s Winthrop sale in 1975. Classic commemorative halves were sold in Kagin’s 1986 ANA sale. Throughout, he collected silver dollars, forming the featured “Montana Collection” in Bowers’ Brooks sale in 1989. When 3rd-party grading arose, he moved, during 1990-2006, to Canadian Dollars, British Types spanning 9 centuries, and Latin Monetary Union 20-Franc gold. In 2017 he offered Glacier Rams Gold Types with Kagin’s, and in August 2020 he offered the “Glacier Rams Roman-Byzantine Solidi” with Stack’s - Bowers.

Legend and CAC helped draw our collector back to US coinage, learning to accept coins in PCGS slabs, so long as most were from Legend, with a bonus CAC sticker! He had the pleasure of meeting the Legend staff at the ANA New Orleans show, and was thrilled to hold a BM Proof CC Dollar awhile. He wishes to especially thank Laura Sperber, Julie Abrams, Greg Cohen and Jose Compos whom he acknowledges guided him to the finest in U.S. Coinage, and the pleasure of the past 8 years doing business with Legend. As our Regency Auctions matured, our collector consigned duplicates to sales 3, 5, 6, 7, 30 & 39.

We have been honored to sell portions of this collection, beginning in Regency Auction 22 in July 2017. The coins offered then made up the bulk of a basic typeset, which together with this final offering, ranked 3rd for the PCGS Basic US Coin Designs 1792- present. Two additional offerings are the 1884 Brilliant Proof Set and the Half-Eagle Circ. Type Set 1795-1929, both ranking 2nd in the PCGS Registry. Rankings do NOT include CAC, which distinguishes every coin in this sale.

As our collector retires from collecting, the staff at LRCA want every bidder to know that the proceeds from his collections are being directed to fund an endowed professorship at the Montana University System, where he is Montana’s first Dual- Enrollment Chemistry Teacher.

By Greg Cohen – Legend Rare Coin Auctions, and Craig Pierson – Consignor October 2020

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The Glacier Rams Solidi Collection

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Dedicated by Constantine I “the Great” in May of A.D. 330, Constantinople was a rebranding and rebuilding of the ancient city known formerly as Byzantium. From this time forward, it would supplant Rome as the capital city of the Roman Empire, as Constantine thought its access to various waterways provided an optimal location from which to rule. The empire’s vast expanse, however, meant governing was a massive task. Under Theodosius I in A.D. 395, the mighty realm was divided into eastern and western halves, with Arcadius and Honorius ruling each respectively. It was also during the reign of Theodosius that Christianity was made the official state religion, with other pagan forms of worship completely abolished. The eastern half of the empire continued for a millennium, ultimately falling to the Ottoman Empire in 1453. However, the western half was sacked multiple times in the fifth century A.D. before eventually falling to barbarian hands ca. A.D. 476.

Given the somewhat seamless transition from the Eastern Roman Empire to the Byzantine Empire—with the latter traditionally treated in numismatics as beginning under Anastasius I in A.D. 491—it is easy to see that the overall style and fabric of the coinage remained rather constant. This is especially true for the solidus, with its familiar “helmeted and slightly profile bust with spear and shield” offering a consistent bridge between the two. Throughout these later Roman and Byzantine issues, Christianity took on a larger role in the iconography, an aspect first created under Constantine I following a victory which he ascribed to Christ.

This period is well presented in the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection, a carefully cultivated collection of gold issues. It begins with Constantius II, one of the sons of Constantine I, and continues through the fall of the west and the “traditional” beginnings of the Byzantine Empire, ultimately ending with an issue of Basil I in the ninth century. With their excellent eye appeal and dis- tinct lack of handling, the coins in this impressive collection surely have much to offer, both to veteran collectors seeking to add select rarities, or to novices looking to begin with some exceptional examples. We hope that you enjoy what this important collection has to offer.

Roman Empire
Constantius II, A.D. 337-361    

Very Rare Solidus of Constantius II

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20156 CONSTANTIUS II, A.D. 337-361. AV Solidus (4.46 gms), Cyzicus
Mint, 1st Officina, ca. A.D. 347-350. NGC MS, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5. Edge Bumps. RIC-Unlisted. Obverse: FL IVL CONSTANTIVS PERP AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; Reverse: VICTORIA AVGVSTORVM, Victory advancing left, holding trophy, palm frond, and wreath enclosing XXV; to left, kneeling Persian captive looking up and raising both hands; SMKA. An incredibly RARE type, this reverse is known for Constantinople, Nicomedia, and Antioch, but not for Cyzicus. Struck from elegantly engraved dies and featuring an appealing golden-orange hue, this stands out as an great opportunity for an unseen issue.    $3,000-$4,500
From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.
 

Valens, A.D. 364-378    

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20157 VALENS, A.D. 364-378. AV Solidus (4.48 gms), Antioch Mint, 9th Officina, A.D. 372. NGC MS, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5. RIC-16d; Depeyrot-38/3. Obverse: D N VALENS PERF AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; Reverse: GLORIA ROMANORVM, Roma and Constantinopolis, with foot upon prow and holding scepter, seated facing on throne, holding between them a shield inscribed VOT / X / MVL / XX in four lines; Christogram above; ANOBΘ. Incredibly bold and with a razor sharp strike, this brilliantly lustrous specimen does not display any evidence of being handled and stands as a an excellent representation of the type.
$1,500-$2,000  From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

Gratian, A.D. 367-383    

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20158 GRATIAN, A.D. 367-383. AV Solidus (4.46 gms), Antioch Mint, 8th Officina, A.D. 372. NGC MS, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 3/5. Marks. RIC-21a.1 var. (unlisted officina); Depeyrot-38/7. Obverse: D N GRATIANVS P F AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; Reverse: VICTORIA AVGVSTORVM, Victory seated right on shield and cuirass, inscribing shield VOT / V / MVL / X in four lines; christogram to right; ANOBH. Exhibiting a razor sharp strike and stunning detail, this gorgeous Mint State example also features an intense array of luster radiating throughout. $1,500-$2,000  From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

 

Valentinian II, A.D. 375-392    

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20159 VALENTINIAN II, A.D. 375-392. AV Solidus (4.44 gms),
Mediolanum Mint, ca. A.D. 380-382. NGC AU, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5. RIC-5e & 8a.1; Depeyrot-1/2 (North Italian mint). Obverse: D N VAL- ENTINIANVS P F AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; Reverse: VICTORIA AVGG, Two emperors seated facing on double throne, holding globus between them; behind and between, Victory standing front with outspread wings, palm frond below; COM. A fairly SCARCE issue, this piece presents problem free and lightly handled surfaces with a good deal of lustrous brilliance remaining. $1,000-$1,500 From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

Theodosius I, A.D. 379-395    

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20160 THEODOSIUS I, A.D. 379-395. AV Solidus (4.45 gms), Uncertain military mint, 1st Officina, ca. 393-395. NGC MS, Strike: 5/5 Sur- face: 4/5. RIC-14a (Sirmium); Depeyrot-35/5 (Theodosius II; Sirmi- um). Obverse: D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; Reverse: VICTORIA AVGGG, Theodosius standing right, with foot on bound captive, holding labarum and victoriola; S-M/A//COMOB. Incredibly lustrous and brilliant, this boldly struck specimen features a very well centered strike. $1,200-$1,600 
From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

 

Arcadius, A.D. 383-408    

20161 ARCADIUS, A.D. 383-408. AV Solidus (4.34 gms), Mediolanum Mint, A.D. 397-402. NGC MS, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 3/5. RIC-1205b; Depeyrot-16/1. Obverse: D N ARCADIVS P F AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; Reverse: VICTORIA AVGGG, Arca- dius standing right, with foot on bound captive, holding labarum and victoriola; M-D//COMOB. Highly lustrous and vibrant, with a razor sharp strike and charming eye appeal. $1,500-$2,000 From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

 

Honorius, A.D. 393-423    

20162 HONORIUS, A.D. 393-423. AV Solidus (4.47 gms), Mediolanum Mint, A.D. 397-402. NGC Ch AU, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5. RIC- 1206c; Depeyrot-16/2. Obverse: D N HONORIVS P F AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; Reverse: VICTORIA AVGGG, Hon- orius standing right, holding vexillum and victoriola, and with foot on bound captive to right; M-D//COMOB. Well centered and struck, this alluring example presents some deeper burnished hints of toning near the peripheries and around the devices. $1,000-$1,300
From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

 

Theodosius II, A.D. 402-450    

20163 THEODOSIUS II, A.D. 402-450.
AV Solidus (4.47 gms), Constantinople Mint, A.D. 443-450. NGC MS, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5. RIC-292; Depeyrot-84/1. Obverse: D N THEODOSIVS P F AVG, diademed, helmeted, and cuirassed bust facing slightly right, holding spear and shield; Reverse: IMP XXXXII COS XVII P P, Constantinopolis seated left, holding globus cruciger and scepter, foot on prow; shield to right; star to left; COMOB. Lustrous and vibrant, with a well centered strike, this charming specimen shimmers throughout. $600-$900
From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

 

Valentinian III, A.D. 425-455  

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20164 VALENTINIAN III, A.D. 425-455. AV Solidus (4.41 gms), Ravenna Mint, ca. A.D. 430-445. NGC Ch AU, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5. RIC-2018-9; Depeyrot-17/1. Obverse: D N P L VALENTINIANVS PF AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; Reverse: VICTO- RIA AVGGG, Valentinian standing facing, with foot set upon serpentine human head, holding long cross and victoriola; R-V//COMOB. A glistening, well centered, and well struck example, presenting just a hint of light handling. $1,000-$1,300 From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

 

Marcian, A.D. 450-457    

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20165 MARCIAN, A.D. 450-457. AV Solidus (4.48 gms), Constantinople Mint, 7th Officina. NGC MS, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5. RIC-510; De- peyrot-87/1. Obverse: D N MARCIANVS P F AVG, diademed, helmeted, and cuirassed bust facing slightly right, holding spear over shoulder and shield; Reverse: VICTORIA AVGGG, Victory standing left, holding long jeweled cross; star to right; Z//CONOB. Incredibly bold and sharply struck, this exceptional example presents tremendous luster as well. $1,000-$1,500  From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

 

Leo I, A.D. 457-474    

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20166 LEO I, A.D. 457-474. AV Solidus (4.50 gms), Constantinople Mint, 2nd Officina, 462 or 466. NGC MS, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5. RIC- 605; Depeyrot-93/1. Obverse: D N LEO PERPET AVG, diademed, helmeted, and cuirassed bust facing slightly right, holding spear and shield; Reverse: VICTORIA AVGGG, Victory standing left, holding long jeweled cross; star to right; B//CONOB. Exceptionally lustrous and brilliant, this attractive specimen features a razor sharp strike as well.   $1,200-$1,600  From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

 

Zeno, A.D. 474-475 & 476-491    

20167 ZENO, A.D. 474-475 & 476-491. AV Solidus (4.50 gms), Constantinople Mint, 7th Officina, 477-491. NGC MS, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 5/5. RIC-910 & 929; Depeyrot-108/1. Obverse: D N ZENO PERP AVG, diademed, helmeted, and cuirassed bust facing slightly right, holding spear and shield; Reverse: VICTORIA AVGGG, Victory standing left, holding long jeweled cross; star to right; Z//CONOB. Some minor die rust is noted on the obverse, but an otherwise well struck and lustrous Mint State example of the type.  $700-$1,000
From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

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Anastasius I, 491-518    

20168 ANASTASIUS I, 491-518. AV Solidus (4.47 gms), Constantinople Mint, 10th Officina, 492-507. NGC AU, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 5/5. S-3. Obverse: D N ANASTASIVS P P AVG, diademed, helmeted, and cuirassed bust facing slightly right, holding spear and shield; Reverse: VICTORIA AVGGG, Victory standing left, holding long jeweled cross; star to right; I//CONOB. Quite boldly struck and well centered at that, this example—exhibiting just the slightest hint of gentle handling—serves as an excellent representation of the type with a pleasing golden-orange hue. $600-$900  From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

 

Justin I, 518-527    

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20169 JUSTIN I, 518-527. AV Solidus (4.43 gms), Constantinople Mint, 3rd Officina, 519-527. NGC Ch MS, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 5/5. S-56. Obverse: D N IVSTINVS P P AVG, diademed, helmeted, and cuirassed bust facing slightly right, holding spear and shield; Reverse: VICTORIA AVGGG, angel standing facing, holding long cross and globus cruciger; Γ//CONOB. Stunning quality for the type, this choice piece presents tremendous luster and radiating brilliance, as well as offering a solid, well centered strike on a pleasing flan.   $1,000-$1,500
From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

 

Justinian I, 527-565    

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20170 JUSTINIAN I, 527-565. AV Solidus (4.42 gms), Constantinople Mint, 4th Officina, 537-542. NGC MS, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5. S-139. Obverse: D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding globus cruciger and shield; Reverse: VICTORIA AVGGG, angel standing facing, holding long cross and globus cruciger; star to right; Δ//CONOB. Fairly well centered and struck, with a charming golden-orange hue and some alluring brilliance shimmering throughout.  $600-$900  From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

 

Athalaric, 526-534

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20171 ATHALARIC, 526-534. AV Solidus (4.42 gms), Rome Mint, Ostrogothic issue struck in the name of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, ca. 527-530. NGC AU, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5. Crimped, Edge Marks. Mettlich-34; cf. MEC-1, 122. Obverse: D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, diademed, helmeted, and cuirassed bust facing slightly right, holding spear and shield; Reverse: VICTORIA AVGGG, Vic- tory standing left, holding long jeweled cross; star to left; A//COMOB. Struck from well produced dies closely imitating the official Byzantine type, this lustrous example exhibits little evidence of handling, though some scattered light marks and deposits in the fields are noted, as well as some minor crimping to the flan.  $1,000-$1,300  From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

 

Justin II, 565-578    

20172 JUSTIN II, 565-578. AV Solidus (4.46 gms), Constantinople Mint, 5th Officina, 567-578. NGC MS, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 5/5. S-345. Obverse: D N IVSTINVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding shield and globus surmounted by Victory / VICTORIA AVGGG, Constantinopolis seated facing on throne, head right, hold- ing spear and globus cruciger; Є//CONOB. This alluring Mint State specimen features exceptional, problem free surfaces that are full of luster and also boasts a well centered strike aspects that are difficult to encounter in a series oft plagued by striking issues and post-production problems. $600-$900
From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

 

Maurice Tiberius, 582-602          

20173 MAURICE TIBERIUS, 582-602. AV Solidus (4.47 gms), Constanti- nople Mint, 5th Officina, 583/4-602. NGC MS, Strike: 4/5 Surface: 4/5. S-478. Obverse: O N MAVRC TIЬ P P AVG, helmeted, draped, and cuirassed bust facing, holding globus cruciger; Reverse: VICTO- RIA AVGG, angel standing facing, holding globus cruciger and long staff terminating in staurogram; Є//CONOB. A few areas of minor striking weakness, but an otherwise well centered and lustrous ex- ample of the type.  $400-$600  From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

Phocas, 602-610    

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20174 PHOCAS, 602-610. AV Solidus (4.39 gms), Constantinople Mint, 6th Officina, 604-607. NGC AU, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5. S-618. Ob- verse: O N FOCAS PЄR AVG, draped and cuirassed bust facing, holding globus cruciger; Reverse: VICTORIA AVGG, angel standing facing, holding globus cruciger and long staff surmounted by staurogram; ς//CONOB. With a sharp portrait and a well centered overall strike on a somewhat broad flan, this example does exhibit a slight multiple strike, but near the top of the obverse, but nevertheless boasts a good deal of brilliance as well.  $400-$600   From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

 

Heraclius, 610-641    

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20175 HERACLIUS WITH HERACLIUS CONSTANTINE AND HERA-CLONAS, 610-641. AV Solidus (4.41 gms), Constantinople Mint, 5th Officina, 638/9-641. NGC Ch AU★, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 5/5. S-769. Obverse: Heraclonas, Heraclius, and Heraclius Constantine standing facing, each wearing crown and chlamys and holding globus cruciger; Reverse: VICTORIA AVGЧ, cross potent set upon three steps; monogram to left; Є//CONOB. Well deserving of its star for stunning eye appeal, this razor sharp example offers a well centered strike with radiant luster and problem free surfaces. $700-$1,000  From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

 

Constans II, 641-668    

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20176 CONSTANS II, 641-668. AV Solidus (4.43 gms), Constantinople Mint, 3rd Officina, 641-646/7. NGC MS, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5. S-936. Obverse: ∂ N CONSTANTINЧS P P AVG, crowned and draped bust facing, holding globus cruciger; Reverse: VICTORIA AVGЧ, cross potent set upon three steps; I//CONOB. A great early issue for Constans, this charming specimen exhibits tremendous brilliance and a sharp, well centered strike.
$600-$900  From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

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20177 CONSTANS II WITH CONSTANTINE IV, 641-668. AV Solidus (4.41 gms), Constantinople Mint, 3rd Officina, 654-659. NGC MS, Strike: 4/5 Surface: 4/5. S-959. Obverse: Crowned and draped fac- ing busts of Constans, wearing long beard, and Constantine; cross be- tween; Reverse: VICTORIA AVGЧ, cross potent set upon three steps; Г//CONOB. This later type for Constans features the emperor with an older appearance and a very long beard, along with an appearance by his son. Incredibly lustrous and vibrant, with a fairly sharp strike.  $600-$900  From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

 

Justinian II, first reign, 685-695     

20178 JUSTINIAN II, FIRST REIGN, 685-695. AV Solidus (4.47 gms), Constantinople Mint, 1st Officina(?), 687-692. NGC Ch MS, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 5/5. S-1246. Obverse: D IЧSTINIANЧS P P AVG, crowned and draped bust facing, holding globus cruciger; Reverse: VICTORIA AVGЧ, cross potent set on three steps; A//CONOB. An elite piece as is evident by its choice designation, this shimmering ex- ample offers tremendous brilliance and a razor sharp strike. Quality that is SCARCELY encountered. $1,500-$2,000  From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

 

Leontius, 695-698    

20179 LEONTIUS, 695-698. AV Solidus (4.47 gms), Constantinople Mint, 1st Officina. NGC MS, Strike: 4/5 Surface: 4/5. S-1330. Obverse: D LЄOҺ PЄ AV, crowned facing bust, wearing loros and holding map- pa and globus cruciger; Reverse: VICTORIA AVGЧ, cross potent set upon three steps; A//CONOB. Some light off centering is noted, but an otherwise sharply struck example with incredibly blazing luster and a charming golden-orange allure.  $1,200-$1,600  From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

 

Leo III & Constantine V, 717-741    

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20180 LEO III & CONSTANTINE V, 717-741. AV Solidus (3.93 gms), Constantinople Mint, 731-733. NGC MS, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5. S-1504. Obverse: ∂ N D LЄON PA MЧL, crowned and draped bust of Leo facing, holding globus cruciger and akakia; Reverse: ∂ N CONSTANTINЧ M, crowned and draped bust of Constantine facing, holding globus cruciger and akakia. A pleasingly struck and toned example not often encountered in higher grades. For completeness, however, the lower weight indicates that some edge clipping is likely to have occurred. $1,500-$2,000  From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

 

Constantine V, 741-775    

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20181 CONSTANTINE V WITH LEO III, 741-775. AV Solidus (4.43 gms), Constantinople Mint, 740/1-742. NGC MS, Strike: 4/5 Surface: 5/5. S-1550. Obverse: Crowned facing bust of Constantine, wearing chlamys and holding cross potent and akakia; Reverse: Crowned facing bust of Leo, wearing chlamys holding cross potent and akakia. This issue parallels a previous issue, with father Leo instead on the obverse and son Constantine on the reverse. Here, the deceased Leo is honored by his son, now the emperor. Quite lustrous and brilliant throughout. $1,200-$1,600  From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

 

Nicephorus I, 802-811    

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20182 NICEPHORUS I WITH STAURACIUS, 802-811. AV Solidus (4.45 gms), Constantinople Mint, 803-811. NGC MS 60, Strike: 4/5 Surface: 4/5. S-1604. Obverse: ҺICI FOROS ЬASILЄ, crowned and draped facing bust of Nicephorus, holding cross potent and akakia; Reverse: STAVRACIS ∂ЄSPO Θ, crowned and draped facing bust of Stauracius, holding globus cruciger and akakia. Lustrous and brilliant, with a rather sharp strike and solid centering for the issue.  $1,200-$1,600  From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

 

Theophilus, 829-842    

20183 THEOPHILUS, 829-842. AV Solidus (3.63 gms), Syracuse Mint, 830-831. NGC MS, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5. S-1670. Obverse: ΘЄOFILOS, crowned facing bust of Theophilus, wearing loros and holding cross potent; Reverse: ΘЄOFILOS, crowned facing bust of Theophilus, wearing chlamys and holding globus cruciger. A charming type struck on a smaller, more compact flan with more abstract style, this example exhibits a sharp strike with golden-orange toning and no evidence of handling. $700-$1,000  From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

 

Basil I, 867-886    

20184 BASIL I WITH CONSTANTINE, 867-886. AV Solidus (4.40 gms), Constantinople Mint, 871-886. NGC Ch AU, Strike: 5/5 Surface: 4/5. S-1704. Obverse: + IҺS XPS RЄX RЄGNANTIЧM, Christ seated facing on throne, raising hand in benediction; Reverse:bASILIOS ЄT CONSTANT AЧςς Ь, crowned facing busts of Basil, wearing loros, and Constantine, wearing chlamys, holding between them a patriarchal cross. An excellent strike with satiny surfaces and solid centering, the present specimen also offers a good deal of lustrous brilliance remaining.  $1,250-$1,750  From the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection.

 

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