Roma Numismatics Ltd > Auction XXVAuction date: 22 September 2022
Lot number: 1117

Price realized: 3,000 GBP   (Approx. 3,380 USD / 3,443 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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Lot description:


Julius Nepos AV Solidus. In the name of Zeno. Uncertain mint (Milan?), AD 474-475. D N ZENO PERP AVG, helmeted, pearl-diademed and cuirassed bust facing, holding spear and shield decorated with horseman and fallen enemy motif / VICTORA AVGGG S, Victory standing facing, head to left, holding long jewelled cross; pellet in left field, star in right field, COMOB in exergue. Lacam pl. 44, 134 (Nepos in the name of Zeno, Arles Mint) = Vedrin Hoard 55. 4.32g, 21mm, 6h.

Good Extremely Fine; flan crack 12/6h.

This coin published in I. Vecchi, R. Beale and S. Parkin, The Mare Nostrum Hoard (forthcoming);
From the Mare Nostrum Hoard (1954).

There is a strong stylistic similarity between this coin and a group of coins recorded by Lacam struck in both the name of Nepos and Zeno (cf. pls. CLXXVII-III). Lacam found the coins so uniform in style that he argued they were the product of the same mint despite the fact they bear mintmarks for Milan and Ravenna in the reverse fields. For this reason, Lacam tentatively attributes this group of coins to the mint of Salona, the capital of Dalmatia where Nepos spent his period of exile, and assumes them to be copies of official issues.

Lacam followed the attribution of Ulrich-Bansa of the Vedrin Hoard specimen to the mint of Arles however it is noted in the catalogue that it was more likely to have been minted in Milan and modelled on the solidi of Nepos (p. 676-8, cf. pl. CLXIII).

Estimate: 2000 GBP