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Angels on Coins

Anglo-Gallic, Henry VI de Lancastre, King of France and England, 1422 - 1453, The Annunciation

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The obverse depicts the Annunciation, the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary that she would be the mother of Jesus, the Son of God, marking his Incarnation.

This coin was struck at Dijon, a rare mint for the issue, which was minted in nine cities across France.

In 1422, the year old king of England inherited the French throne through his mad grandfather Charles VI of France; the iconography of this type represents the unification of the two nations. Ten years later Joan of Arc would make an appearance which would eventually loosen the English grip on France until by 1436 only Normandy and part of Maine remained in Henry's control.
SH79998. Gold Salut D'or, Schneider 102, Elias 268c, Duplessy 443, Lafaurie 447, gVF, weight 3.468 g, maximum diameter 27.4 mm, die axis 0o, Dijon mint, 2nd issue, 6 Sep 1423 - 1436; obverse vernicle, hENRICVS: DEI: GRA: FRACORV: AGLI: REX (Henry, by the grace of God, King of the Franks and English), double saltire stops, Virgin Mary, behind Arms of France, facing Angel Gabriel in profile left behind quartered Arms of France and England, light of God above AVE downward on scroll between them, within beaded circle; reverse vernicle, XPC'*VIHCIT'*XPC'*REGNAT'*XPC'*ImPERAT'* (Christ conquers, Christ reigns, Christ commands), mullet stops, central Latin cross, fleur de lis to left, lion to right, h below, all within tressure of ten arcs, fleur de lis on cusps, all within linear and beaded circle; this is a legend variety where Z is absent after FRACORV; very rare; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Focas, 23 November 602 - 5 October 610 A.D.

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Hahn and Berk attribute this style variation to Thessalonica. Other reference fail to distinguish the type from similar Constantinople issues. Hahn identifies the Greek number following the reverse legend as the regnal year.
SH86280. Gold solidus, MIBEC p. 181 and pl. 31, N3; Berk Gold 109; other references do not distinguish this type from Constantinople issues, Choice EF, well centered and struck, graffiti on reverse, weight 4.362 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica(?) mint, c. 607 A.D.(?); obverse o N FOCAS PERP AVC, bust facing, bearded, wearing cuirass, paludamentum, and crown with cross on circlet and without pendilia, globus cruciger in right hand; reverse VICTORIA AVCC E (victory of the two emperors, 5th officina? or regnal year 5?), angel standing facing, staurogram staff in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, CONOB in exergue; graffiti reading ƆMΘ (retrograde, Greek additive number 249?) or less likely ΘEC (Thessalonica?); ex Numismatik Naumann auction 58, lot 626; very rare; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Maurice Tiberius, 13 August 582 - 22 November 602 A.D.

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An early transitional issue.
SH08862. Gold solidus, SBCV 476, DOC I 3, Berk 81, aUNC, weight 4.41 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 583 - 602 A.D.; obverse o N TIbER m-AVRC P P AV, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, globus cruciger in right hand, shield in left hand; reverse VICTORIA AVGG I (victory of the two emperors, 10th officina), angel standing front, staff topped with Christogram in right, globus cruciger in left; nicely struck, among the most lustrous Byzantine gold coins FORVM has handled; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Justinian I, 4 April 527 - 14 November 565 A.D.

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

SH42152. Gold solidus, DOC I 3h, Hahn MIB I 7, Wroth BMC 5, Tolstoi 8, Ratto 443, SBCV 137, EF, slightly bent flan, weight 4.455 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 527 - 537 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust 3/4 facing holding spear over shoulder in left hand and shield in right; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG Θ (victory of the three emperors, 9th officina), angel standing facing, long cross in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, star right CONOB in exergue; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Focas, 23 November 602 - 5 October 610 A.D.

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Focas is usually spelled Phocas in English; however, we see no reason to change the "F" used by the emperor and his mint into "PH."
SH56784. Gold solidus, DOC II part 1, 10j.1; Morrisson BnF 8/Cp/AV/23; Wroth BMC 23; Tolstoi 19; Ratto 1186; Sommer 9.8; Hahn MIB II 9; SBCV 620, EF, uneven strike, weight 4.467 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 195o, 10th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 607 - 609 A.D.; obverse d N FOCAS PERP AVG, bust facing, bearded, wearing cuirass, paludamentum, and crown with cross on circlet and without pendilia, globus cruciger in right hand; reverse VICTORIA AVGu I (victory of the Emperor, 10th officina), angel standing facing, staurogram staff in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, CONOB in exergue; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Focas, 23 November 602 - 5 October 610 A.D.

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The Column of Phocas at Rome was erected before the Rostra and dedicated to the Emperor on 1 August 608. It was the last addition made to the Forum Romanum. The Corinthian column has a height of 13.6 m (44 ft). Both the column and the marble socle were recycled from earlier use. It still stands in its original location, but the statue that was once on top was probably taken down soon after Phocus' death. An English translation of the inscription follows: To the best, most clement and pious ruler, our lord Phocas the perpetual emperor, crowned by God, the forever august triumphator, did Smaragdus, former praepositus sacri palatii and patricius and Exarch of Italy, devoted to His Clemency for the innumerable benefactions of His Piousness and for the peace acquired for Italy and its freedom preserved, this statue of His Majesty, blinking from the splendor of gold here on this tallest column for his eternal glory erect and dedicate, on the first day of the month of August, in the eleventh indiction in the fifth year after the consulate of His Piousness.Column of Phocas
SH81675. Gold solidus, DOC II part 1, 10e.1; Morrisson BnF 8/Cp/AV/12; Wroth BMC 10; Tolstoi 8; Ratto 1181; Hahn MIB II 9; Sommer 9.8; SBCV 620, EF, weight 4.486 g, maximum diameter 22.4 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 607 - 609 A.D.; obverse d N FOCAS PERP AVC, bust facing, bearded, wearing cuirass, paludamentum, and crown with cross on circlet and without pendilia, globus cruciger in right hand; reverse VICTORIA AVGY E (victory of the Emperor, 5th officina), angel standing facing, staurogram staff in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, CONOB in exergue; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Focas, 23 November 602 - 5 October 610 A.D.

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In 610, Gundemar succeeded Witteric as king of the Visigoths and the Avars tried to invade Italy.
SH56782. Gold solidus, DOC II part 1, 10e.6; Wroth BMC 6; Morrisson BnF 8/Cp/AV/15; Tolstoi 9; Sommer 9.10; Hahn MIB II 11; SBCV 620; Ratto -, VF, graffiti, marks, weight 4.375 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 609 - 5 Oct 610 A.D.; obverse d N N FOCAS PERP AVC, bust facing, bearded, wearing cuirass, paludamentum, and crown with cross on circlet and without pendilia, globus cruciger in right hand; reverse VICTORIA AVGY E (victory of the Emperor, 5th officina), angel standing facing, staurogram staff in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, CONOB in exergue; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Focas, 23 November 602 - 5 October 610 A.D.

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In 609, Edessa, Mesopotamia was taken by the Sassanids.
SH56796. Gold solidus, DOC II part 1, 11c.1; Morrisson BnF 8/Cp/AV/29; Tolstoi 22; Sommer 9.9; Hahn MIB II 10b; SBCV 621; Wroth BMC -; Ratto -, VF, graffiti, weight 4.316 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 180o, 10th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 607 - 610 A.D.; obverse d N FOCAS PERP AVG, bust facing, bearded, wearing cuirass, paludamentum, and crown with cross on circlet and without pendilia, globus cruciger in right hand; reverse VICTORIA AVGu I (victory of the Emperor, 10th officina), angel standing facing, staurogram staff in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, CONOB in exergue; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Focas, 23 November 602 - 5 October 610 A.D.

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Focas changed the traditional plural legend VICTORIA AVGG or AVGVSTORVM to a singular form, VICTORIA AVGU (AVGU = AVGVSTI). His intent may have been to discourage a popular movement to make his son-in-law co-emperor. The N in the reverse field has been interpreted to represent indictional year 13, however Sear notes the symbol is also found on earlier varieties.
SL55829. Gold solidus, DOC II part 1, 11a (not in the collection, refs BMC); Wroth BMC 13; Ratto 1182; Hahn MIB II 10a; Morrisson BnF 8/Cp/AV/28; Sommer 9.9; SBCV 621, NGC AU, weight 4.40 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 190o, 5th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 607 - 609 A.D.; obverse D N FOCAS PERP AVC, crowned, draped and cuirassed bust of Focas, facing, bearded, the crown without pendilia, holding globus cruciger in right; reverse VICTORIA AVGU E (victory of the Emperor, 5th officina), angel standing facing, holding long staff surmounted by Chi-Rho monogram in right hand and globus cruciger in left hand, N in right field CONOB in exergue; NGC certified (slabbed) about Uncirculated, Strike: 3/5, NGC Surface 2/5, wavy; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Maurice Tiberius, 13 August 582 - 22 November 602 A.D.

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This is the first example of this type handled by Forum.
SH76244. Gold light weight solidus, 22 siliquae; DOC I 151, Adelson 94, Morrisson BnF - (p. 194), Hahn MIB 13a (Constantinople), Tolstoi 35, SBCV 529, Wroth BMC -, Ratto -, Sommer -, aEF, luster, light marks, some die wear, small ding on reverse, weight 4.012 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 195o, 6th officina, Theoupolis-Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 583 - 22 Nov 602 A.D.; obverse D N MAVRIC - TIb P P AVG, helmeted, draped, and cuirassed bust facing, globus cruciger in right hand, fold of paludamentum over left shoulder, helmet with arc ornament in front and plume; reverse VICTORI-A AVCC Θς, angel standing facing, staff topped with staurogram (rho-cross) in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, OB+* in exergue; from the Robert Watcher Collection; very rare; SOLD




  




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