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    Rare Gold Fraction

    Julian II, as Caesar (AD 355-360). AV semissis (17mm, 2.27 gm, 6h).  Antioch, AD 355-361. IVLIAN-VS CAES, bareheaded, draped and cuirassed bust of Julian right, with close-cropped hair, seen from front / VICTORIA AVGVSTORVM, Victory seated right on cuirass, shield behind, supporting and inscribing shield with eight-rayed star, Cupid standing before supporting shield, •SMAN• in exergue. RIC --, cf. 176 (no dots in mintmark). Depeyrot 13/2. Cohen 56. Extremely rare denomination! NGC (photo-certificate) Choice VF 5/5 - 4/5.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection. Ex Dreesman Collection (Spink London, 13 April 2000), lot 211; J. Vinchon (Monte Carlo, 23 April 1976), lot 275. 

    The semissis, or half-gold solidus, is a rare and seldom-issued denomination that is often confused with another coin of roughly similar weight, the gold 1.5 scripulum or 9 siliqua piece. They were likely struck and issued only for special occasions, like the British Maundy Money of more recent centuries. 

    All Roman gold coins from the Dimitriadis Collection have been issued a photo-certificate by NGC. These may be sent in for encapsulation after the auction at the request of the buyer, free of charge. Please e-mail SamS@HA.com if you would like to utilize this option.


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    April, 2014
    10th-16th Thursday-Wednesday
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