This page:  Byzantine, Medieval, and Arabic coins for sale

Go to: Newest, Byzantine in chronological order,
Arabic, and Medieval (including Armenian).
Byzantine coins from the Cherson mint.
Late Byzantine. 
World coins.


TERMS:  Prices are in brackets: [$xx]. I accept PayPal. Postage in the US is $2 for orders up to $25, 3 for orders up to $50, $4 for orders up to $100, and an additional $1 for each hundred thereafter. Usually an additional $3 to other countries--ask.)  More-detailed terms of sale are here. 
After we have agreed by e-mail that you have gotten the coin, you can pay by logging into your account and sending PayPal payment to my e-mail address.
To order, or to ask any questions, e-mail me, Warren, at:  e-mail
Purple marks items that have sold and are no longer available.

   The best coin on the page is an extremely rare Maurice-era 20-numia of Cherson, missing in most major collections.
    Most are in chronological order (except sometimes at the very top).  Skip down to
Anastasius, Justin, Justinian, Justin II, Maurice, Heraclius, Constans II, Constantine IV, late Byzantine (anonymous and later)
 
Most recent: 

Nov. 7:  Scarcer Sear numbers at the top. Very nice Turkoman bronze.
Oct. 23: Large Anastasius Sear 21 at the top.
Oct. 1:  Two Justinian AE4s (at the top).
Sept. 26:  I+B Heraclius from Alexandria. 16-nummia of Justinian from Thessalonica. Excellent grosso of Venice.
Sept. 22. Turkoman figural at the top, with clear Arabic.
Sept. 20:  Vandal, at the top.
Sept. 19: Vandal, Gelimer, at the top.
August 30: Coins added throughout. Almost all old coins have had their prices reduced, many to far below what you coud find the offered for elsewhere. Some of the low-grade examples are super-cheap and there are many nicer coins offered at baargain prices. There are several high-qualty coins.
 

Some special coins:  Maurice "H" from Cherson, a great rarity "K" from Cherson, an electrum Theodore I of Nicaea, a 30-nummia of Heraclius.

Newest: (Last time, I just integrated them in chronologially. Most prices are newly lowered, so you might wish to look at them again.)

Byzantine. Heraclius 610-641. AE17-16. Thick. 5.35 grams.
Sear 874.
Carthage mint. Very good detail for type. [$45 SOLD]

 

 

Heraclius, rare 30-nummia denomination (a big Λ for "30") CON mint
Two standing figures facing, reverse with Gamma officina
Sear Byzantine 812 [$29]

 

 

Qutb ad-Din MawDud AH 544-565, AD1149-1170
Large 29-27 mm.
Male bust facing slightly left, two winged creatures above
Legend in four large lines and two smaller lines above and below.

Spengler/Sayles 59  [$89]

 

 

Justinian, 527-565
Large.  32-30 mm.
Note the globe below the cross on the right of the M,
which makes for a different type than usual.
Sear 161. MIBE 85
Lovely natural tan highlights.  [$35 SOLD]
(As usual, please compare prices elsewhere and come back here when you see how well-priced these are.)

 

 
Justinian, 527-565
28-22 mm. Interesting flan!
Antioch mint, as Theopolis
Sear 217
Mintmark:  θYΠOΛS (the line over the θY indicates an abbreviation)

Lovely natural black and tan patina. [$35 SOLD]

 

Anastasius, 491-518
Large reformed follis. 
To right of the M is • * • 
which is a little unusual.
Sear 21. Big, nice coin. [$35]

compare eto this recent eBay coin:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/LANZ-BYZANTINE-EMPIRE-ANASTASIUS-FOLLIS-STAR-PELLET-CONSTANTINOPLE-AE-TEG2092/302494194338?hash=item466e0f1aa2:g:Kv0AAOSw8UZZ6OMm
 

 

 

[$135]  Justinian, 527-565.
Rare denomination: 4-nummia, Delta. Large Δ
14-12 mm.
Delta. A and P either side.
Sear 194-5.
This one is better than the one which sold Nov. 14, 2017 here:
http://www.vauctions.com/APViewItem.asp?ID=38393
for over $350. 

 

 

 

Justinian, 527-565. AE4.
VOT XIII
Sear Byzantine 278
Carthage
Better than most.  Only one on vcoins, at $235, as I write. In my experience this type is rarer than the VOT XIIII
[$65]

 

 

 

Justinian, 527-565. AE4.
VOT XIIII
Sear Byzantine 283
Carthage
[$55]
 

 

 

A very nice grosso of Venice, not clipped (as so many are):
2.15 grams -- full weight. 20 mm.
Jacopo Tieoplo, 1229-1249
Christ seated facing
The Doge and St. Mark
Tarnish across reverse at 10:00-12:00.
Pay attention to the date (early) and the weight (many are 0.2 grams or more light, indicating clipping) and the surface (good metal) and the condition (high grade). Compare prices elsewhere. 

[$85 SOLD+$4 in the US] 

 

 

Heraclius, 610-641
Alexandria mint
Three figures standing
I B either side of M with + above
Sear Byzantine 861
Rough surface.  [All $50 or more on vcoins. This one $17]

 
 

[$35 SOLD]  BYZANTINE
23 mm. Justinian (AD 527-565) usual 16-nummia denomination, only at Thessalonia (TES, in exerge)
Reverse much nicer and clearer than typical.
Sear Byzantine Coins 175

 

 
Turkoman figure bronze.
Zengids of Allepo
Nur al-Din Mahmud (1146-1174)
26 mm
Type of Constantine X (1059-1067) with Christ standing/two figures (Sear 1853)
The Arabic between the figures is quite bold
Spengler/Sayles 73
Much nicer than the vcoins one at $161.
[$75 SOLD]
 
Vandal. Municipal of Carthage
N (with bar above)/IIII
Bust left, holding palm branch
AE11-10. 
MEC 51.
[$75]

 

 

 



By emperor, in chronological order:
 

[$15] Vandal, Gelimer, 530-533
9 mm
His monogram (somewhat like CR, slightly tilted in the photo. It is clearer on the coin)
weak other side
Wroth 4, page 16, plate 2.21
[#G102, $15 SOLD]

 

 

 

Anastasisus, 491-518
 


AA

[$6] Anastasius Sear 29 5-nummia. 12 mm. 2.05 grams. DO 26. [$15, reduced to $6]

 

 


5353

[$4] Anastasius 5 nummia. Not in DOC. Sear Byz 53. AE13.  AAN vertically in front of epsilon.
Ugly (if you collect Byzantine coins, you are used to this) but rare. [$19, reduced to $4]

 

 

 



Justin I, 518-527



112112

[$10] Sear 112 (has no photo). MIBE 68. 16-15 mm. 4.05 grams. 12-nummia. I+B/ Alexandria mint. very scarce. [$19, reduced to $12, reduced to $10]

 

 



JJ
[$2] Justin I, 518-527
chipped 13-1 mm. 1.77 grams.
Unlisted officina. MIBE 66 plate 9.
5-nummia, E with NBA upwards to right 
(should be ABN with AN for Antioch and B for the officina. B is not listed.)
Antioch mint. Sear 110.  [$12, reduced to $5
, reduced to $2]
 


6363

[$5]  Justin, 518-527
Sear 63 variety with star on shoulder.
Star to left of M, cross to right. [$23, reduced to $5 SOLD]

 

 


 

[$25] Justin I, 518-527
12 mm. 2.49 grams.
5 nummia.
Large chi-rho, N  E
two dots low
Nicomedia mint
Sear 93, MIBE 47
[$25]

 

 

 

Justin I and Justinian, Joint Reign:
 

 

[$69 SOLD]  Justin and Justinian, joint reign, 4 April 527 - 1 August 527
* left, cross right
Constantinople
rare 
Sear Byzantine Coins 125
A good example of the joint reign and priced far below elsewhere. Every Byzantine AE collector wants a join reign piece and you won't find one better priced than this one. 

 

 

 



J&J

Justin I and Justinian, their short joint reign. Rare. Sear 125.
Too bad all the letters of "JVSTIN" are missing, but the spacing of the rest makes it clear the type had them.  [$69, reduced to $45, reduced to $37]

 

 

 

 



Justinian, 527-565
 


JJ

[$19] Justinian, 527-565, at Carthage.
Sear 283, no photo.
Tiny coin. 9 mm. 0.39 grams.  [$29, reduced to $19]

 




 

JJ

Justinian, Follis, 30 mm. 15.97 grams.
Nicomedia mint. Officina A.
Sear 198. Star to left, cross to right.
Nice surfaces and solid coin. [$25, reduced to $21 SOLD]

 

 


342342
[$35] Justinian 1-nummis, small   0.36 grams.
AE nummis.
Sear 342.  Close to the end of this denomination.
Rare, Carthage mint according to Hahn
Please compare on vcoins [$89, reduced to $59, reduced to $49, reduced to $35]
Note that the obverse has nose and eye detail andis well-centered.

 

 


J

Byzantine empire. Justinian (527-565). Struck the first year only.  Mintmark ANTIX, at Antioch before the earthquake of 528.
Sear 213. Scarce mintmark and very expensive in higher grade. [$37, a rare mintmark for Justinian
, reduced to $33]
For the story of this mint period, see my page:  http://esty.ancients.info/interesting/Justinian.html

 

 



Justinian, 527-565, pre-reform follis.
Large. AE 29. 15.61 grams.
NIKM, officina B.
Sear 199. DO 110  Nice solid coin.  [$29
, reduced to $23 SOLD]

 

 

 
217217
Justinian, 40 nummia, Antioch as Theoupolis. Mint mark spelled out in Greek.  Sear Byz 217  [$35, reduced to $27, reduced to $23

 

 


326326

Justinian at Ravenna. Rare mint. Sear 326. 10-nummia. 16 mm. 3.20 grams. Struck year 20-28. DO 347-349. Sear 326. [$21, reduced to $16]

 

 

217217


Justinian I, 527-565 AD. Neat Greek mintmark for Theopolis = Antioch. Sear Byz 217 [$19
, reduced to $12]

 

 

283283

[$29] Justinian 1-nummis, small, 0.94 grams. 10 mm.
Sear 283
Rare, Carthage mint. Chi-rho in double circle.
Not any on vcoins as I write this  [$55, reduced to $33, reduced to $29]

 



J
[$7] Justinian, 527-565.  16-nummia denomination only at Thessalonica:  AISP
Sear 178. 23 mm.  [$18, reduced to $7]

 

 

J
Justinian, 527-565, at Antioch.
Bust right, 20-nummia. Cross left of large K, cross flanked by
T H
E U
   O
   P
with Gamma to right.  Sear 226 [$29, reduced to $9 SOLD] Unusual creative mintmark.

 

 


A
31 mm. Justinian. The rare early mintmark from Antioch: ANTIX. This made a one-year type.
Blundered obverse legend (probably due to the disruption caused by the giant earthquake). [$45, reduced to $12] Bumpy obverse with thick patina. (This type is almost always over $100 if the mintmark is legible.

 

 
 


Justin II, 565-578



J
Justin II, 565-578. 18-14 mm.
Sear 385. Lovely green patina. Excellent for type [$29, reduced to $16, reduced to $12]

 

 


J2J2

Justin II and Sophia, 565-578. Sear 372. Cyzicus, year 10.
Very nice surfaces. Bold KYZ mintmark. Very pleasing.  [$45, reduced to $39]


382
Justin II, 565-578. AE18.  Ten nummia. ANNO/ I /* I *
Rare (35 pounds in Fine in Sear!) but terrible shape. Sear 382. Year 1. A rarity for [$12, reduced to $4
, reduced to $3]

 

 


J2J2

Justin II and Sophia, 565-578.
Year 7, CONstantinople.
Sear 360. Nice surfaces with green patina. [$19, reduced to $15]

 

 

363363

Justin II, 565-578
15-12 mm
Sear 363  Gamma. [$12, reduced to $5]

 

 



363363

Justin II, 565-578
16-12 mm. Deep green patina.
Sear 363 Alpha.  [$15, reduced to $6]

 


 

 


Tiberius II, 578-582
 

Tiberius II, 578-582
Struck year 5 at Antioch
X  
Sear 455  [$15, reduced to $5 SOLD]

 

 

 

 

 


439439

date not in Dumbarton Oaks. Tiberius II, 20 nummia, DO(26) Sear Byz 439. Tiberius and Anastasia. poor obverse, but not in DO! scarce [$15, reduced to $6, reduced to $3]
 

 

 

Tiberius II, 578-582
29 mm.
Struck year 7
at Constantinople
Tiberius holding mappa and eagle-tipped scepter.
Sear 430. DO 13c, plate LXI

ex S&S Feb. 1983, list 44, lot 227.
[$33, reduced to $23]



 

 

 



Maurice, 582-602

Sear 499

Maurice (582-602). Decanummia. 18-17 mm. 3.23 grams.
Facing bust/Large I (for 10) between star and Epsilon.  CO below.
Sear 499. Scarce. [$29
, reduced to $14]

 

 



608608
"Cherson" A great rarity!
Sometimes attributed to Maurice (as did Sear, 608, and Grierson, which I agree with) and sometimes to Justin II (for which only the two-figure obverse provides support, and I don't think that is enough.)
Extremely rare. 
6.94 grams.
DO -- (numbered (298), but the parentheses mean they knew of its existence, but didn't have one themselves.) 
Compare to the one in the "The Golden Horn Collection" (Stack's, Jan. 2009) at $4,300 (that coin, ex Sternberg 18).  [$895
, reduced to $695 SOLD]  (I personally know of one other sold in a private sale at $1800.)
Not on vcoins or MA-Shops, and not in Berk/England, not in Hunt collection (either Byzantine part), not in BN, not in any catalog sale I could find (and I keep track) except for that Stack's catalog.
Maybe you don't come to my site to buy a super rare coin, quite distinctive and missing from most major collections, but you could leave it with one!


Cherson
30-28 mm. 10.70 grams. Probably struck during the time of Maurice.
A Byzantine coin of  the unusual Cherson mint, denomination "H" ("8", for 8 pentanumia = 40 = M),  extremely similar to those in the name of Maurice. This one has the legend "of Cherson" = "XEPCONOC" and the reverse figure not nimbate, instead of nimbate. It would be Sear 605/606 (because the reverse figure is not nimbate). It is almost Anokhim 317 but a variety because the reverse figure is not nimbate. Sokolova has it as V.3. Hahn in NCirc 1978 has four examples, all nimbate.
    It is the "plate coin" on my main educational page of Byzantine Coins of Cherson.

http://esty.ancients.info/Cherson/
A rare denomination from a scarce mint. [$455, reduced to $245 SOLD]

Please compare prices elsewhere!

See more from Cherson below.

 


Phocas, 602-610

 

Phocas, 602-610
XX nummia, struck at Nicomedia
Sear 663  [$19, reduced to $12]

 

 

 

 

 



Heraclius, 610-614



30Rare denomination.

[$45] Heraclius (610-641) 30-nummia30!
26-23 mm. 7.35 grams.
The unusual 30-nummia with a big Lambda for 30. Sear  812. Dumbarton Oaks has three photos, all comparable coins. [$69
, reduced to $45] You may prefer a nicer one, but look around and you will see this is nice (for type)!
Please compare prices elsewhere!

 

 

 

 



Constans II, 641-668

[$22] Constans II, 641-668
Struck in Sicily (Syracuse)
M with figures either side, monogram above
SCL below.

Sear 1110
Cute figure of Constans II with his very large mustache.  [$22]

 

 

 

 


10041004

[$9] Constans II, 641-668. Sear 1004. 22 x 18 mm. A nice rectangle! This type is year 3 only. DO thought is was of Heraclonas (DO II.II.5), but later scholars reassigned it to Constans II. [$15, reduced to $9]

 

 


10571057

[$9] Constans II at Carthage

Sear Byz 1057. Large and thick at 21 mm. The mint mark appears again at 1:00, it was clearly struck twice. The obverse figure is slightly rotated in the photo, the top is at 11:30.  [$19, reduced to $9]

 




S 1011
[$3] Constans II , 641-668.  21 mm. Standing with long beard (high on flan)/three figures.  Very scarce. Sear 1011. [$13, reduced to $3]

 

 

 

S 1108
[$10] Constans II , 641-668.  Sicily.  24 mm. Sear 1108.  [$23, reduced to $10]
The coin is less green than the image. Clear mustache!

 

 

 



Constantine IV, 668-685



C4

[$15] Constantine IV (668-685) Sruck 668-673. 23-20 mm. 4.65 grams.
Very off-center, clearly over a Constans II (note the long beard with the top of the head at 6:30).
Decanummia. Sear 1182 overstruck on Sear 1014. (Note the small M at the bottom of the I with top towards 5:00) 
High grade, very off-center. Nice surfaces. [$39, reduced to $15] Interesting overstrike.

 

 

 



Constantine V, 741-775


16591659

  [$14] Constantine V and Leo IV 771-775, /Leo III  Sear Byz 1569  [$29, reduced to $24, reduced to $14]

 

 

 



Leo V, 813-820


L5L
[$13] Leo V, 813-820
20 mm. 5.40 grams.
Sear 1635.  Lambda for Leo and K for Constantine.
[$22
, reduced to $19, reduced to $13]

 

 

 



Michael II, 820-829



M2M2

[$15] Michael II, the Amorian. 820-829.
AE 18-15. 2.37 grams.
Two busts facing, M with cross above, theta below
Sear 1652. DO 21, page 404, plate XXI  [$29, reduced to $21, Reduced to $15]

 

 


16811681

[$16] Theophilus 829-842
Sear 1681.
Note that this type comes in various sizes. This one is 21 mm by 18 mm, larger than some and smaller than some.  Nice surfaces. [$25
, reduced to $19, reduced to $16]. Cute! Good surfaces.

 

 

 


 


17611761

[$14] Constantine VII, 913-959.  overstrike. Overstruck letters clear on obverse. Sear Byz 1761. ex 7 Seas, Oct. 1980 [$25
, reduced to $17, reduced to $14]

 

 

 



Byzantine Mint of Cherson, was in Ukraine, now annexed by Russia.


RR
Romanus I, 920-944.
Mint of Cherson, in the Crimea.  Cast. Untouched nice reddish and earthen patina.
AE18. 2.29 grams.
Sear Byz 1775
Monogram of Romanus.  Esty type 28.  [$37
, reduced to $35] Nothing like it below $88 elsewhere as I write.
 

 

 


MMMichael III, the Drunkard. 842-867 AD.
AE15-10, a small coin.
MB / ΠX  (Polis Cherson)  Cherson mint.
Sear Byzantine 1699 (no photo), Berk 903. DO III.I  15
Esty type E7. Scarce. 
Michael III is a tough empeor to get. None in AE on vcoins or MA-Shops as I write. [$35, reduced to $23]

 

 

 


Late Byzantine

Several coins with overstrikes.

 The chronological sequences of Byzantine anonymous bronze types is determined by overstrikes. Often a Byzantine coin type (the "overtype") is struck on a flan that was a coin of a another type (the "undertype"), the undertype must have been earlier. Not only anonymous bronzes, but many other Byzantine types are put in order this way. Usually, the undertype is not clear, but sometimes it is and then the coin is special. I have a number of these I am offering here. The upper-left photo of the next group is the first of several above the first horizontal line.


CXCX

Constantine X, 1059-1067. 29 mm. large. Overstruck bust of Christ facing, largely obscured by Constantine X and Eudocia reverse of Sear 1853 (quite clear) with undertype at 8:00 die axis. / bust of Constantine X facing, obverse of Sear 1853 slightly visible below it. Sear 1854 on Sear 1853. Why did they overstrike coins from almost the same time?  [$19, reduced to $12 SOLD]

 

 

XB
Constantine X and Eudocia, overstruck on a Class B anonymous bronze.
Coins with overstrikes lie this were used to put the anonymous bronzes in relative order.

A remarkable overstrike.  Large 30 mm. Constantine X and Eudocia (upside down in this direction) 1059-1067, over a class B anonymous bronze (facing bust of Christ/cross and inscription)  attributed to Romanus III  (right-side up in this direction) 1028-1034. Byzantine coins usually have die-axis at 180 degrees, so if the undertype is clear on one side, you can find the other side of the undertype by flipping it over top-to-bottom.  Sear 1853 over Sear 1823 [$35, reduced to $12]

 

 

i
i


Left:  possibly Bulgarian imitative. cf. Hendy plate 25:1-5.  24-20 mm. Bold faces. [$3]
Right:  unidentified cup-shaped. 26-23 mm. [$3]
  The pair:  [$4]

 

 

 


 


AA
Alexius I, 1081-1118
20-19 mm. 2.75 grams.
bust facing/jeweled cross, C Phi M Delta in angles
Sear 1931. DO 40 Thessalonica. [$18
, reduced to $14]

 

 

 

MM

Manuel I, 1143-1180
17 mm. half-tetarteron
Half length figure of Manuel facing, Cross on steps, IC XC
Sear 1982. DO Manuel I 25.
Better than most. [$12,
 reduced to $10]

 

 

 

J2J2
John II, 1118-1143
30-28 mm.
Sear 1944. Even black with nice imperial portrait.  [$25
, reduced to $17]

 

 

 

19661966

Manuel I, 1143-1180
30-29 mm.
Sear 1966  [$18
, reduced to $15]

 




AA3

 

Alexius III, 1195-1203. Byzantine emperor.
cup-shaped scyphate. 28-25 mm.
Sear 2011-2013.  Some of Christ's face is clear, which makes it better than many. [$19, reduced to $11, reduced to $8 SOLD]

 

[$245 + $8 (I will ship it well-packed!), reduced to $225+$8] Theodore I, Empire of Nicaea (in Sear's Byzantine Coins as 2064)
Electrum 35-30 mm. Chipped. 3.65 grams.
Christ seated facing
Emperor on left and St. Theodore on the right. 
Sear 2064. DO IV.II Theodore I 2.
I bought it already chipped. Apparently someone in the past was not careful with it. The picture reproduces the color well on my screen. It is electrum, but pale like silver. Christ seated/Full-length figure of emperor on left an St. Theodore on the right. A gorgeous strike. Fortunately the chip does not affect any of the design. [There is nothing remotely like it on vcoins and the one on MA-Shops as I write is very badly flan-cracked (It is about to break in half)  and even so it is priced over $700. Get this bargain coin! [$245 + $8 (I will ship it well-packed!), reduced to $225+$8]

 

 

 


Arabic and Arab-Byzantine
SS
Muzaffarid. Shah Shuja
1358-1384 (AH 772 = 1370/71 AD)
Shiraz mint
2.78 grams.
bought in Jerusalem in 1972 
Album checklist 2282.7 [$59, reduced to $33
, reduced to $29 SOLD]

 

 


SS
Muzaffarid. Shah Shuja
1358-1384
Struck AH 77x, a type of 775-6
Shiraz mint
bought in Jerusalem in 1972 
AR22. 2.45 grams. Album checklist 2282.8  [$59, reduced to $33
, reduced to $29 SOLD]

 

 


AA


Turkoman Figural bronze. Foes of the Crusaders
Left: Zangids. Qutb-al-Din Mawdud, 544-564 AH 1149-1169 AD. S/S 59. Bought in Israel in 1972. 29 mm. [$35, reduced to $23
, reduced to $21]

 

 

 

 




Arab-Byzantine  all sold

 


 
Medieval


__________

The next few are Armenian medieval coins, attributed according to ACM = Armenian Coins and their Values

 

 

OO
Armenia, Oshin (?) 1308-1320
ACV 448-9
15 mm. AE Pogh. [$8
, reduced to $3]

 

 

HH
Hetoum II, 1289-1306
ACV 404
20-19 mm. AE. [$14
, reduced to $6]

 

 

LL
Levon III, 1301-3107
ACV 433v
AE 21. Kardez. [$14
, reduced to $5]

 

 

GG
Gosdantin IV, 1365-1373
ACV 491-494
21-18 mm. Silver. [$32, reduced to $17
, reduced to $11 SOLD]

 

 

 

LL
Levon IV, 1320-3142, AE pogh. 17 mm
ACV 462
King seated facing/cross  [$19, reduced to $16
, reduced to $12] Please compare to the $55 examples on vcoins.

 

 

 



Armenian

Armenian. AE28. Hetom I, Plant 104c.  Seated king/cross with Vs in quadrants.
Rare. LARGE. 28 mm. Not in Armenian Coins and Their Values. (A minor variety) Cf. 351-8 because of the Vs in the quadrants. [$15, reduced to $9 (for an unlisted variety!)]

 

 

 



England
all sold
 



World Coins



Mexico!
M
Mexico. 1972. 5 pesos. KM 472  [$3]

 

 

 


 

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