LOMBARDS, Beneventum. Gisulf II.
|Triton XIV, Lot: 1189. Estimate $5000.
Sold for $5500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
742-751. AV Solidus (20mm, 4.03 g, 5h). DN I - ··· - INVG PP, crowned and draped bust facing, holding mappa and globus cruciger / VICTOR AGVSTO, cross potent on glove and four steps; hand to left; below, CONOB. CNI XVIII (Interregno) 1 (same dies); BMC Vandals (Uncertain) 5 = Oddy 413 (same dies); MEC 1, -. EF, toned. Very rare.
Duplicate from the collection of the American Numismatic Society (acc. #1947.3.28, from the H. W. Bell Collection).
Wroth (BMC Vandals) attributes this type to the reign of Gisulf II and is later corroborated by Oddly. However, the fact that the traditional initials were removed from the reverse field in favor of a hand suggests that this coin was issued by an uncertain, non-regal authority.
All known specimens of this issue appear to be struck from the same dies. Most of these likely originated from a hoard discovered in Benevento around 1878 (BMC Vandals, p. 191 note).
Duplicates from the American Numismatic Society
The American Numismatic Society is an organization dedicated to the study of coins, currency, medals, tokens, and related objects from all cultures, past and present. The Society's headquarters in New York City has the foremost research collection and library specialized in numismatics in the United States. These resources are used to support research and education in numismatics, for the benefit of academic specialists, serious collectors, professional numismatists, and the interested public.
The numismatic collection, estimated at approximately 800,000 coins and related objects, is of international caliber, rivaled only by the largest state collections of Europe. Abounding in both large study collections and great rarities, the Society‘s cabinets are particularly strong in Ancient Greek coinage, where the Hellenistic section is particularly notable; Roman Republican period issues; Islamic, of exceptional breadth and depth; Far Eastern, particularly the Chinese material; Latin American, developed over the past 40 years; and United States, both the Colonial series and Federal issues, as well as private coinages.
Periodically the American Numismatic Society places duplicates into various sales to raise revenue for the acquisition of new items not represented in the collection or provide funding for various projects. Classical Numismatic Group is pleased to offer a selection of duplicates from the American Numismatic Society in this sale, comprising of the following lots: 1189, 1383, 1393, 1399-1403, 1412, and 1437-9.
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