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Late Byzantine. 

World coins.

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    Most are in chronological order (Exceptions are the new ones at the top).  Skip down to
Anastasius, Justin, Justinian, Vandal and OstrogothicJustin II, Maurice, Heraclius, Constans II, Constantine IV, late Byzantine (anonymous and later)
Most recent: Oct. 4: Turkoman at the top. A few prices reduced.
Sept. 28: Leo V.
August 14: Rearranged to be in chronological order except for the very most-recent pieces. Sold coins removed.

A special coin:  an electrum Theodore I of Nicaea




Turkoman Figural Bronze
28-25 mm. 7.75 grams.
Artuqids of Mardin (Mardin is a city in eastern Turkey very close to the border with Syria)
Nasir al-din Artuq-Arslan, as vassal of the Ayyubid al-'Abil Abu Bakr AH 592-615 with Caliph al-Nasir AH 575-622.
Centaur-archer running right, human trunk turned 3/4 to rear stretching bow with arrow aimed at the wide-open jaws of a dragon(?) emerging from the centaur's tail.
This represents the zodiac "day house" of Sagittarius.
The reverse has a 4-line legend with four short lines in the quadrants.
Most Arabic coins do not have figural types, but around 1200 AD there are close to 100 types that do. This collecting category of "figural bronze" was struck by various groups who were foes of the crusaders and enemies of the Byzantine empire. The coin below was stuck while the Ayyubids were involved in civil wars between the successors of Saladin. The legends identify the date and the issuer and whom he was vassal to and who he regarded as Caliph, so they can be used to help plot the changing power structures in various cities. Only a few years later the crusaders of the Fourth Crusade would conquer Constantinople.
   Spengler/Sayles 38. Wilkes 1212v (his has centaur left). Sayles thinks many Turkoman coin types have astrological references. He illustrates artifacts with the whole zodiac which have precisely this representation (including the dragon tail) of Sagittarius, so this one is certainly Sagittarius.

Constantine V, 741-775
16 mm. 1.85 grams
Sear 1569
Deep green patina.
Compare to the ones on vcoins, all (as I write) of which are much more expensive. 



Justinian, 527-565
Large 33 mm. Year 21 at Nicomedia
Sear 201. 
Nice even wear and clear legend.  [$39]



Manuel I, 1143-1180
20 mm. 3.84 grams.
Cross with X in the middle
Manuel standing with his name 
MAN ... from 7:00 
Often no part of is name is legible [$28]




Chronological order begins here:

Anastasius, 491-518


Anastasis, 491-518.
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]



Anastasis, 491-518.
Nummis. Tiny at 11-10 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. Ragged flan (they needed the coin reform!) [$15, reduced to $13]




Justinian, 527-565


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


Vandal and Ostrogoths, time of Justinian

Vandal, King Gelimer (his monogram on the reverse) AD 530-534
Rare.  9-7 mm. Tiny!
Wroth 4, page 16, plate 2.21
Lousy, but they usually are and this monogram is clear enough. [$29, reduced to $25]
(As I write, none on vcoins under $396!)



Ostrogoths, Athaleric, 516-534.
Grandson of Theodoric.
23 mm. 7.03 grams.
Helmeted head of Roma right
Wolf and twins, two stars above, XX below.
Metlich 84a. MEC I 97. Demo 55 "Ravenna" mint
This type rarely comes at all nice.
On this coin the left twin is facing to the left.
On vcoins one example, much worse, is $175 and one, very crowded and worse, is $265. One, with a large hole through it, is $395 and also has the left twin facing left. (I thought it was supposed to be facing right.) Some smoothing and tooling.  I'm sorry, but if you want this Ostrogothic type you will have to settle for one with problems. [$119, reduced to $95]



Justin II and Sophia, 565-578


Justin II
31-11 mm. 1.80 grams.
Sear 364  
[$8, reduced to $4]



Justin II and Sophia, 565-578
23-21 mm.
Sear 361, year 11.



Justin II and Sophia, 565-578
Large. 31 mm.
Sear 369, year 6
Very nice condition [$25]



Justin II and Sophia, 565-578
19-18 mm. 5.05 grams.

Nicomedia mint.
Sear 370   [$21]




Tiberius II, 578-582




Maurice, 582-602

Maurice, 582-602

Sear 534. DO 178
Year U = 5, struck 586/7.
Good bust with mappa and eagle-tipped scepter [$19, reduced to $16]



Maurice, 582-602
Sear 533, year 20

[$19, reduced to $17]



Maurice, 582-602
21-20 mm.
Sear 497 year 4



Phocas, 602-610


Phocas, 602-210
ANNO horizontal above
XXXX  (40-nummia)
Sear 640, year 4
[$37, reduced to $33]






Heraclius, 610-614

Heraclius, 610-641
23-19 mm.
Struck year 16
ANNO above (not to the left) of a large M
CONstantinople mint
Heraclius, his son, and his wife
Sear 808 Good surfaces [$25]




Heraclius with countermark, 610-641
26-21 mm.
Sear 810 with Heraclius and son
/M and year XXV (?)
Countermark, probably from Syria, at the top of the M.
, reduced to $21]




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]




Constans II, 641-668

Constans II, 641-668
23-19 mm. Arab imitation (see its exergue for Arabic style lettering)
Main type is Sear 1000

[$12, reduced to $9]




Constantine IV, 668-685

[$39] Constantine IV, 668-685
24-19 mm. 3.37 grams.

Decanummia. K to right of I, CON below.

Sear 1183, no photo. DO 2.2 39, plate XXXIV

None on vcoins as I write.

The ticket that comes with it says "Bomar 10-84, lot 85."



Constantine IV, 668-685
24-22 mm.
Facing bust
Large M

Sear 1207   [$17, reduced to $13]



Justinian II, first reign, 685-695



Constantine V, 741-775


Constantine V and Leo IV 741-755
17-16 mm.

Sear 1569, Syracuse mint. [$19]



[$29] Constantine V and Leo IV
17 mm. 1.89 grams.

Sear 1569
Lovely green patina. All three heads on the flan.





Leo V, 813-820

[$13] Leo V, 813-820
20 mm. 5.40 grams.
Sear 1635.  Lambda for Leo and K for Constantine.
, reduced to $17]




Michael II, 820-829

Michael II, 820-829
Small. 18 mm.
Sear 1652. Please compare to the Sear plate coin. This one is better!




Theophilus, 829-842


Leo VI, 886-912


Leo VI, 886-912
26 mm.
Leo by the grace of God King of the Romans

Sear 1729
Well-centered. How can a 26 mm coin be so inexpensive? Well, it is common. [$32]



Leo VI, 886-912
27 mm.
Leo by the grace of God King of the Romans

Sear 1729
Well-centered. Fully legible.  [$27]



Constantine VII, 913-959

Constantine VII, 913-959
25 mm.
Sear 1761   
Good portrait detail. Nice color.  [$25
, reduced to $22 SOLD]



Romanus I, 920-944

Romanus I, 920-944 (in the middle of the reign of Constantine VII)
26 mm. 
Better portrait than most.

[$29] Sear 1760





Nicephorus II, 963-969




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

[All sold]


Late Byzantine
Anonymous Folles (Anonymous Bronze)

anonymous follis, Class B
Attributed to 

Sear: Romanus III, 1028-1034

Grierson in DOC: Michael IV,
29-26 mm. The big flan shows the outside edge of the obverse die 4:00-6:00, 4 mm outside the circle. That is rarely seen on coins. 
Sear 1823.
[$27, reduced to $25]




Nicephorus III, 1071-1081
25 mm.
Anonymous bronze Class I
Sear 1889 [$35, reduced to $25]




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. [$25, reduced to $19]




John II, 1118-1143
16 mm. Half tetarteron
full-length Christ
half-length figure of John II
Sear 1954  [$17]  Compare to vcoins!






Alexius I. 1081-1118
Pre-reform before 1092
Follis. 26 mm. 

Sear 1911. Scarce. [$29, reduced to $25]



Manuel I, 1143-1180
Virgin Mary
emperor standing
His name up the left side

Sear 1964  




Manuel I, 1143-1180
Christ seated
Virgin crowning emperor

DO 13
Sear 1966
Old surfaces, not cleaned. [$9, but shipping $3 because it is cup-shaped, thick, and needs special packing]





Isaac II (1185-1195)

Isaac II, 1185-1195
25  mm.
Sear 2003.
Seated Christ
Isaac II standing 

[$4 plus $4 shipping if ordered alone (it is thick) or $1 extra if combined with others (i.e. add $5 to the other order)]



Alexius III, 1195-1203
Christ facing
Alexius and St. Constantine

Sear 2012  Nice surfaces [$17]



Isaac II, 1185-1195
Trachy. (cup-shaped) 26.23 mm.
Hendy 23.1
These are hard to identify, but I think I got this one. I have Hendy and this one matches Isaac II.
Sear 2003.
[$9, reduced to $8]



Bulgarian Imitative of Manuel I (1195-1215), type A
c. 1195-1200

D.O. 4.2 plate XXVI.1, page 435
[$5 + $4 shipping because it is cup-shaped and too thick for a letter. You can add in something else and not increase the shipping cost.]



Latin imitative from the time when the crusaders of the 4th crusade controled Constantinople. 1204-1261.
23-19 mm. Shallow cup-shaped trachy.

Nimbate figure of Christ/standing figure. 
[$19, reduced to $16] Good for type. It is in the Byzantine coin books, but is a crusader issue.
Sear 2046. 





Late Byzantine trachy
"cup-shaped" 27-25 mm.
Alexius III,

Dumbarton Oaks 3, volume 4.2 plate XXIII
Sear 2012
The second reverse strike is tilted with respect to the first one. The two figures should be parallel, not leaning toward one another. You can see the lower part of the right figure twice, with the lower part parallel as it should be but the whole figure is also to the right and up a bit for the second strike.  [$11 + $4 shipping, it is too thick to send in a regular envelope. Consider combining it with other coins and shipping might not go up.]




Michael VIII, 1261-1282

Michael VIII, Palaeologus, 1261-1282
Struck at Constantinople
23-21 mm. 1.39 grams
St. Demetrius standng
emperor blessed by Virgin
Sear 2265, page 442. "30 pounds in F, 60 in VF"
Grierson 1344, plate 84.
PCPC 26.1 is Sear's plate coin.
None on vcoins. Very good for type. [$39]




Michael VIII, 1258-1282
24-22 mm. 1.82 grams.
Christ enthroned, large "K" to left

Three figures on the reverse:
Michael kneeling right before Christ in halo, supported by St Michael behind in halo.

Sear 2259 glossy black patina, None for sale on vcoins. [$29, reduced to $27]



Michael VIII, 1259-1282. Very late!
25-21 mm.
Bust of Christ
Three figures. Michael VIII kneeling before seated Christ,
supported by St, Michael.
Sear 2259. [$25
, reduced to $19]



Andronicus II, 1282-1328

Andronicus II, 1282-1328. Late!
20 mm (not large) Slightly cup-shaped, but not far from flat. 
DO Class IX, 677
Bendall 168. Lianta 793
Andronicus II and Michael VIII on either side of Christ who crowns them.
Sear 2435 
Three figures on one side!  [$35
, reduced to $29]



Byzantine. Andronicus II and Michael IX, 1295-1320.
Cup-shaped, but not a deep cup.

20-19 mm. 2.00 grams.
Half length figures of emperor and co-emperor Michael IX on either side Christ who crowns them
Sear Byzantine 2435. (40 pounds in Fine.)
Bust of winged archangel Michael.
Three figures!  [$29]




Andronicus II, 1282-1328.
19-14 mm. Small. Clipped. 1.14 grams.
Struck at Thessalonica "class EE"
large six-pointed star
full-length figure of emperor, B to right, reversed B to left
(a Paleologid symbol)
Grierson 1454. Sear 2393.
LPC page 224 #32.
[$22, reduced to $17]


Theodore I, Empire of Nicaea
22-17 mm. Small.
Sear 2061. Scarce. 

As I write this, the only example on vcoins is not better but $125. Here [$35, reduced to $29].


[$225+$8] Theodore I, Empire of Nicaea 1208-1222
(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. The picture reproduces the color well on my screen. It is electrum, but pale. 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 (Theirs is about to break in half)  and even so it is priced over $700. Get this bargain coin! [$225 + $8 (I will ship it safely-packed!)]



Theodore II, Empire of Nicaea, 1254-1258
29-27 mm. Large
St. Tryphon,  fleur-de-lis-like stybol, , either side
Emperor standing with labarum-headed scepter and globus cruciger, cloak spead very wide. 
Sear 2142. "38 pounds in F, 85 in VF"
DO IV.II plate XXXVI, (10b)
No coins of Theodore II at all on vcoins as I write. Rare
Look at the DO plate coin (not in their collection, which is what the parentheses around the ID number mean) to see this is good "for type" [$59, reduced to $39]




Arabic and Arab-Byzantine



Arab-Byzantine  all sold




[all sold]


World Coins

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 + $4 shipping in the US--it is too thick for a normal envelope]



  Mexico. 1972. 5 pesos. KM 472  [$3]





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