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Byzantine coins from the Cherson mint.
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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 Ostrogothic, Justin II, Maurice, Heraclius, Constans II, Constantine IV, late Byzantine (anonymous and later), Cherson Mint coins
Most recent: 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.
2022, Sept. 18: Very rare (not in Sear) Maurice monogram pentanummia. SOLD
2022, Sept. 15: Anonymous follis, Class D. [Moved down to anonymous folles]
[Coins below here moved to be listed by emperor in chronological order]
2022, Sept. 2: Anonymous follis, Class H. Scarcer type.
2022, Aug. 27, Constans II
2022, August 15: Seljuq figural bronze.
2022, August 2: Two types for Heraclius from Sicily (Syracuse) consisting of two-die counterstamps on older coins of Heraclius.
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
19-17 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.
20-18 mm. 3.70 grams.
Sear 168, Constantinople, officina "A" unlisted
Bust right with quite a bit of legend
DOC 87 unlisted officina with "A" (only "E" listed on DOC)
Justin I, 518-527
31 mm. 13.18
with cross above head (see it just after the "N" in Justin)
DOC Justin 48
MIBE 58, plate 9 obverse
This was not in the Dan Clark collection of coins with cross-above-head:
which means it is very unusual.
ex Bargainbin Ancients, June 2009.
This coin would not be worth much without the cross, but with it
18 mm. 4.25 grams.
Struck year 16 = 542/3
Sear 230, Antioch mint.
Half-follis. 20 nummi.
25 mm. 9.80 grams.
Year 26 (552/3)
Mintmark for Antioch:
Π with a slash and o above. (For "Polis" for "Theopolis")
This issue used the reverse dies of the correct size for the flan, but obverse dies for folles, making the obverse very crowded.
ex Amphora list 16, Sept. 1980, lot 558.
Please compare to prices elsewhere.
[$19, reduced to $17]
36-34 mm. 18.66 grams.
Nicomedia, year 17
Outstanding details. Outstanding surfaces!
For once someone decided to leave a great surface alone and not scrape it or strip it.
You can see the horseman on the shield. You can read the whole legend. The entire rim-circle is on the flan on both sides.
I love the tan cover. This is a wonderful coin!
Large 33-32 for a 20-nummia
Mintmark KYZ with a clever use of the "K" for both "20" and the "K" in "KYZ".
Many more Byzantine coins below, after some litearture.
HAHN, Wolfgang and METCALF, William E.-1988 (ANS) "Studies in Early Byzantine Gold Coinage"-144pp, 24pls, hardbound in red cloth, gilt, 4to. [$15]
Money of the Incipient Byzantine Empire, Anastasius I to Justinian, by Wolfgang Hahn. 2000. HC. Very many inked notes throughout. Cover shows significant damage from damp but the 171 interior pages and 35 comprehensive plates do not show damage. 10 pull-out plates outlining the sequence of issues and dates with minor water damage. A comprehenisive list of all the types, with photos of all and dates. This was intended to be the one-stop-shop for Byzantine coin identifications.
None on Amazon. $633.70 on ABE. The cheapest used on AddAll is $522 + shipping from Europe. This is a major book, but not worth that much! How about if I offer it, all there, with flaws I described, for much less than half price? [$185 + $5 shipping]
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]
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).
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".
29-27 mm. 11.79 grams.
DN MAVR - AVS PP AV
Name of Maurice spelled out (not just "Cherson")
Two nimbate figures standing on a dias
H (for 8 pentanummi = 40 nummi = a follis)
Sear 607. Cherson mint!
Good obverse lettering. Old corrosion, but type largely undamaged. Reddish tinge to the surfaces.
Unusual denomination. [$145]
Sear 497 year 4
[$24] A half follis of Cyzicus.
30-27 mm. Large.
Counterstruck with two heads (over an M) and
SCL (over an earlier Heraclius and son) at Syracuse, Sicily.
It is hard to understand why Syracuse overstruck older coins of the same emperor, and why they did it with such small punches.
Sear 883 [$25]
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
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.
[Others sold, except for one rarity from the Cherson mint, above]
Anonymous follis, Class A1, John I, 969-976
26-25 mm. 5.99 grams.
Undertype partially visible
See next photo
The obverse of the undertype is up on the left, with the cross at the top of the crown on the bust clear. Legend at 8:00-10:00.
The bottom line of he reverse undertype is
with much of it visible here.
Glossy. Very dark. (This photo is shot with bright light.) Excellent bust of Christ with good facial details. All or almost all Class A1 folles are overstruck. Here you can make out the undertype. [$39 SOLD]
This is a very nice Class A1 with clear evidence of its position in the series of classes. It's first!
Anonymous follis, Class A2
Basil II and Constantine VIII, 976-1025
DO 32, ornament type 24
ex Dan Clark in 2005
Nice patina. Clear reverse legend. [$45, reduced to $35]
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]