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    Extremely Rare Johannes Gold

    Johannes, Western Roman Empire (AD 423-425). AV semissis (17mm, 2.22 gm, 6h). NGC Choice VF 5/5 - 3/5, lt. scratch. Ravenna. D N IOHAN-NES P F AVG, rosette-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Johannes right, seen from front / VICTORIA AVGVSTORVM, Victory seated right on cuirass, supporting on low column a shield inscribed with a Christogram; a small winged Genius also supports the shield from the other side; R-V across fields, COMOB in exergue. RIC X 1903. Depeyrot 12/2.

    Ex Helios Numismatic, Auction 1 (17 April 2008), lot 625; Classical Numismatic Group, Triton VI (14 January 2003), lot 1141.

    For 300 years, the only known semissis of Johannes was the Farnese specimen (Cohen 5), which had been first published in 1694, when it was in the Farnese Museum in Parma. Its present location is unknown. A second specimen was sold by Numismatica Ars Classica, Auction 11 (29 April 1998), lot 561, for SF17,000. The NAC piece now resides in a private collection and is unavailable to the market. The present example is the third known specimen of this great rarity.

    Estimate: $6,000 - $8,000.

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