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Sale: Nomos 1, Lot: 180. Estimate CHF9500. 
Closing Date: Tuesday, 5 May 2009. 
Sold For CHF22000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BURGUNDIANS. Sigismund. 516-524. Solidus (4.43 g 7), Lugdunum. D N IVSTINVS P P AVG Facing bust of emperor wearing helmet and cuirass, holding spear in his right hand and with shield ornamented with horseman over his left shoulder Rev. VICTORIA AVGGG IS / CONOB Victory standing left, holding P topped cross; to left, six-pointed star. Belfort 5154.MEC 340. Lacam Byzance pl. CVII, 2b (this coin). Very rare. Good extremely fine.

From the collection of a Gentleman, purchased privately from Tradart SA, and from the collection of G. Lacam, Dürr/Michel, 8 November 1999, 342.

Almost all the known solidi of Sigismund (the S on the reverse makes the identification sure) come from the Gourdon hoard of 1846 (Chalon-sur-Saône); most of those pieces are now in museums. Sigismund was ultimately captured and killed by the Franks in 524; his brother Gondomar was able to maintain the kingdom until his own defeat in 534.