This page: Byzantine, Medieval, and Arabic coins for sale (and a very few "world" coins)
Go to: Newest, Byzantine in chronological order, Anonymous folles, Vandal and Ostrogothic,
Arabic Turkoman figural bronze, Crusader, and Medieval (including Armenian).
Byzantine coins from the Cherson mint.
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Purple marks items that have sold and are no longer available.
Most are in chronological order (Exceptions are the new ones at the top). Skip down to
Anastasius, Justin, Justinian, Vandal and Ostrogothic, Justin II, Maurice, Heraclius, Constans II, Constantine IV, late Byzantine (anonymous and later), Cherson Mint coins
Most recent: 2022, Nov. 15: Nice Class B anonymous follis. Turkoman figural bronze of the first Seljuq to issue them.
2022, Nov. 20: Sold coins removed entirely.
Nov. 11: Justin II pentamummia
2022, Nov. 2: Heraclius.
2022, Oct. 25: Rare Maurice pentanummium.
2022, Oct. 14: Justinian, year 35.
2022, Sept. 29: Most prices on this page reduced, some substantially. Most coins now rearranged to be by emperor, so look down to emperors of interest. Six new coins, mostly Justinian, added at the top. One, rarer, is a Justin with cross-above-head.
2022, Sept. 21: Three coins of Justinian.
Justin II, 565-578
1.75 grams. 15.6 - 13 mm.
Epsilon (for 5) Γ
Sear 363 from Constantinople (we can tell by the officina number)
[$18] I bought this in 2004 for $17. (Not a good dollar investment!)
I hope you don't think ancient coins are a monetary investment. They are an investment in your mind and pleasure, not your wallet!
HAHN, Wolfgang and METCALF, William E.-1988 (ANS) "Studies in Early Byzantine Gold Coinage"-144pp, 24pls, hardbound in red cloth, gilt, 4to. [$15]
Sternberg catalog 8 (11/78) MV, HQP. 1015 ancients. 339 G, 41 Aksum, 374 R, 238 Byz including AE, 18 Arab-Byz, on 50 ppl + 2E [$8, reduced to $6]
Aksumite (41), Byzantine AE (among 238)
Catalog: Baldwin's 5 (11 Oct. 1995) "Byzantine Gold Coins from the P. J. Donald Collection" 285 Byz gold on 12 large ppl. Photos okay but worse than most. [$5, reduced to $3]
Byzantine gold (285)
Catalog: Gemini VII (2011, Jan. 9) (Berk, Kreindler, and Amphora) HV. HQP. 1074 ancients plus unpictured large lots. 652 G, 56 Jewish related, 17 RR, 125 RI, 29 Holy Land city coins "Patrick Tan collection", 19 DA, 165 Byz including many rarer AE. "SAVE" in bold on the cover. [$9, reduced to $4]
Byzantine AE (among 165)
Elsen 125 (2015, June 13) 1085 ancients among 1982. 120 G, 157 Celtic, 25 RR, 130 RI, 16 RP, 544 Byz gold and silver "Collection Henri Potteir", 32 Carolingian [$7]
544 Byzantine gold and silver
Chronological order begins here:
Nummis. Tiny at 10 mm. These we so bad they had a coin reform (actually, two) to bring in the big "M" pieces.
His head right/his monogram.
Sear 13. [$12, reduced to $8]
Justin I, 518-527
29 mm. 13.95 grams.
THESSOB mintmark, Є below M
Sear 79. DOC I Justin (24). i.e. DO did not have one of Sear 79 (it has Sear 78) when it was published.
Most coins of Thessalonica are of the "K" denomiantion. Finding an "M" is quite unusual. This is the only type with the THESSOB mintmark.
Large and scarce, but surface corrosion. [$37]
Justin 1, 518-527
Small. 5-nummia. 12 mm.
Tyche of Antioch seated left.
Sear 111. DO 57.
[$23, reduced to $17]
19-17 mm. 3.02 grams.
*I* (for 10-nummi)
DOC 34, page 82, plate XIV
Unusual with stars either side of the I.
14-13 mm. 2.22 grams.
Year 35 (late in his reign and therefore small)
Sear 205, Nicomedia
13-12 mm. 2.04 grams. Small!
Sear 167, Constantinople
MIBE Justinian 99, plate 21
ex Savoca London 2nd Blue auction (May 2019) lot 1813.
18 mm. 4.25 grams.
Struck year 16 = 542/3
Large 33-32 for a 20-nummia
Mintmark KYZ with a clever use of the "K" for both "20" and the "K" in "KYZ".
Justinian 1-nummis, small, 9 mm. 0.84 grams. AE nummis.
Chi-rho reverse. Close to the end of this denomination.
Rare, Carthage mint.
Remarkably good detail and even some obverse legend, which is not common.
Cute! [$79, reduced to $59]
Justinian 1-nummis, small, 0.94 grams. 10 mm.
Rare, Carthage mint. Chi-rho in double circle.
[$35, reduced to $29]
Note: An up-to-date reference for many of the small Vandalic AR4's is Bijovsky, INR6.3 "From Carthage to the Holy Land: The ‘Palm Tree’ Nummus" which you can get on Academia.edu or ask me for it via e-mail (It is 1.7 mb).
Justin II and Sophia, 565-578
25 mm. 6.26 grams.
Unusual with year 5 as five strokes
Year 5 is the first year of issue
[$19, reduced to $15]
Byzantine emperor Justin II and Sophia, 565-578
23-22 mm. 6.75 grams.
20-nummi piece struck at Nicomedia
Sear 370 year 11 (575/6)
40-nummi pieces (with "M") are common from Nicomedia. The "K" pieces are less so.
Full flan. Reverse clear with "NI" for Nicomedia below the "K".
Sear 497 year 4
[$24] A half follis of Cyzicus.
25-17 mm. 3.48 grams. This type is usually on a flan like this.
Heraclius, Heraclius Constantine and Martina
ANNO M Γ
Spink NCirc Oct 1984 "strongly suggests the whole series was issued after the Arab occupation was complete in 640."
Lovely color and facial detail. Look at his beard! [$49, reduced to $39]
Constans II, 641-668
23-19 mm. 6.77 grams.
NEO down right
Nice for type (which is always pretty bad)
Constans II, 641-668
21-19 mm. 5.21 grams.
His bust with long beard, facing, K for Constans to the right
Three facing figures, Constantine IV in the middle, Heraclius and Tiberius to l. and rt.
Sear 1014 or similar.
[$33, reduced to $29] Constantine V and Leo IV
17 mm. 1.89 grams.
Two facing busts, Constantine and Leo IV
Facing bust of Leo III on the reverse.
Lovely green patina. All three heads on the flan. Please compare this one to the Sear plate coin.
[$35, reduced to $31] The previous coin shows longer bodies; this one has larger faces. Take your pick.
Esty Type E3
Extremely rare. Not in any western reference catalogs. Known from Russian publications.
Very small. AE 12. Tiny! 12:00. 0.97 gram.
Sear -- (would follow 1685), DO --. A major rarity!
Anokhin 330. Sokolova VI.12 (i.e. It was known to the Russians before it was known in the west.)
[$395, reduced to $375]
Basil I, 867-886
Mint of Cherson
B for Basil
Patriarchal cross on steps
dots either side.
This is a cast type. Often casts are weak, but this one is remarkably bold.
Sear 1719 [$49] A really nice example.
Be careful with a comparison on vcoins where the seller says "The coin you receive may not be the actual coin photographed, but will be very similar for quality of strike and patina." Mine is the coin you will get and it is outstanding for the type.
Leo VI, 886-912
17 mm. 2.43 grams.
Cross on steps with pellets either side
Sear 1731. Mint of Cherson.
Lead patina, uneven. [$39, reduced to $35]
[Others sold, except for one rarity from the Cherson mint, above]
Anonymous follis, Class A2
Basil II and Constantine VIII, 976-1025
DO 32, ornament type 18
ex Dan Clark in 2005
Nice head details. [$39, reduced to $31]
Alexius I, 1081-1118
Byzantine Emperor Alexius I, 1081-1118
25 mm. 6.42 grams.
Pre-reform follis, struck 1081-1087(?) according to DOC.
NI KA in arms of a cross
DOC 4.1 Alexius 19
This type is very rarely in nice condition. See the Sear and DOC examples to see what I mean.
Reddish patina [$37, reduced to $33]
John II, 1118-1143
Turkoman figural bronze
Al-Ashraf Muzaffar al-din Musa
AH 607-617 AD 1210-1220
Large. 31 mm. 14.00 grams.
Crouching ruler holding globe
triangular shild with convex middles to the sides
Legends in and around.
Ballog Ayyubids 848
SSS Ayyubid 8
[$45, reduced to $33]
The man I bought it from bought it from the firm "Coins and Such" in Feb. 1977. He lived in Pensacola, Florida, and I have no idea where Coins and Such was.
Nasir al-din Muhammad, 1249-1260
Jital. 16-15 mm. 3.50 grams.
ibn Hasan Qarlagh, Shah of Kurraman (NE Pakistan)
stylized horse right
Mitchner WoI 951
Remarkably nice horse depicted in just a few strokes [$39, reduced to $35]
ex. Jim Lovette (author of Biblical Related Coins) in 2007
Arab-Byzantine all sold
Coins from Medieval Hungary:
Medieval Hungary. Anonymous. 12th C. 1141-1161
Tiny! Silver 12 mm. 0.33 grams.
The denomination is called a "denar"" It is sometimes called a "penny."
Cross and crescents/cross in circles
Huszar 92. Rethy-Probszt 88, plate V group V p. 57, between 1141 and 1161.
Small, well-struck, and cute. [$33]
Bundi, Indian Princely State, 1 Paisa, 1872 (not ancient)
17-16 mm and very thick at 6 mm. 17.42 grams.
Odd-shaped coin! [$9, reduced to $7 + $4 shipping in the US--it is too thick for a normal envelope]
Mexico. 1972. 5 pesos. KM 472 [$3]