This page:  Byzantine, Medieval, and Arabic coins for sale (and a very few "world" coins)

Go to: Newest, Byzantine in chronological order, Anonymous follesVandal and Ostrogothic
Arabic Turkoman figural bronze, Crusader, and Medieval (including Armenian).
Byzantine coins from the Cherson mint.
Late Byzantine. 

World coins.

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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 OstrogothicJustin II, Maurice, Heraclius, Constans II, Constantine IV, late Byzantine (anonymous and later)
Most recent: 2021, Oct. 12:  Justin I, rare Sear 79.
Sept. 18: On this page almost every price has been reduced. (Also on the main and Greek pages.)
2021, Oct. 4:  Leo IV and Constantine VI.
August 9: Rare Justin and Justinian, joint reign of only 4 months. Other Justinian. Turkoman figural bronze. Most of the coins moved to chronological order.
July 30:  Saladin!  
July 23: Anastasius small module, Nicephorus II, Tiberius II XXX.  Jluy 27: Removed sold coins.
June 27:  Alexius III, at the top.
June 9: Anonymous Class A1, John I, 969-976. 
May 30:  Vandal, King Gelimer. Anonymous Class G. Justinian 10-nummi at Antioch. Constantine IV from Sicily.
May 26:  Heraclius and two of Constans II, at the top.
May 13:  Class D anonymous follis (at the top).
May 12:  Nice Heraclius from Cyprus (at the top).
May 7: Leo VI, Justinian, and Byzantine coins from the anonymous period at the top. Many sold coins removed entirely. 
April 15: Justinian "16" from Thessalonica (at the top)
April 10:  Turkoman figural bronze, at the top.
March 7: A rare Kashmir Smast coin (at the top). Far from Byzantine but I'm putting it on this page anyway!
March 6: Kashmir Smast 4th C. 
March 4: A number of Arabic coins, at the top. 

Most recent: 

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". 



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. [$27]

Medieval Hungary. Stephan II. 1114-1131
Tiny! Silver. 11 mm. 0.33 grams.

The denomination is called a "denar"" It is sometimes called a "penny."
Rethy-Probszt 66, plate V, Stephan II 1114-1131
Excellent centering on a small silver coin  [$27]

Medieval Hungary. Anonymous. 
Tiny! 13 mm. Silver. 0.33 grams.

The denomination is called a "denar"" It is sometimes called a "penny."
Time of Beles III, Emmerichs, and Andreas II" c. 1173-1235
according to Rethy-Probszt X-146 group D, plate IX page 64 and page 62.
Wonderful multiple crosses. Very well struck and centered. Rare. Have you ever seen a coin with this many crosses? [$79, reduced to $69]


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.
Large, but surface corrosion. [$39]



Leo IV (775-780) and Constantine VI.
Leo III  (717-741)and Constantine V (720-741-775) above M with X N either side
A milimeter or two larger than most at 25-24 mm and 5.37 grams.
Four rulers on one coin!

Sear 1586. Compare with the Sear plate coin.
[$65 SOLD]



Justinian, 527-565, year 30
Large. 35-33 mm. 18.35 grams.
XXX down the right for year 30 = 557/8
Sear 163
DOC 54
Nice big coin.  [$49, reduced to $45 SOLD]


Justinian, 527-565
Small. 14 mm. 1.33 grams.
Large epsilon for 5, cross to right
Sear 172
MIBE 103b
DOC 97e
[$19, reduced to $17]



Nicephorus II, 963-969
23 mm. 6.97 grams.
Facing bust of Nicephorus II
Four-line reverse legend:

Sear 1783. 
Natural earthen highlights.  [$49, reduced to $45 SOLD]

Tiberius II, 578-582
32 mm. 11.23 grams. Large

XXX, 30-nummi

Scarce denomination.
Sear 432. DO Tiberius II 15a
ex Aegis Nov. 1980 (I don't have the lot number.)



Many more Byzantine coins below, after some litearture.

Byzantine reference literature for sale:

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 $3]
    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:

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, reduced to $8]



Justin I, 518-527

Justin 1, 518-527
Small. 5-nummia. 12 mm.
Tyche of Antioch seated left.
Retrograde Є
Sear 111. DO 57.
[$23, reduced to $19]

Justin and Justinian, joint reign, 527

Justin I and Justinian, joint reign. Their joint reign lasted less than 4 months, making this type rare.
29 mm. 15.57 grams.
with much missing.
Sear 125.
Much light cover. Maybe it can be removed, but I didn't try to. 

Justinian, 527-565


Justinian, 527-565
year 32?
Sear 205
[$12, reduced to $9]

Justinian, 527-565
23 mm.
Bust right
Sear 175ff. 
Thesaloncia mint and its unusual denomination "16"! [$29, reduced to $27]

283283Justinian 1-nummis, small, 9 mm. 0.84 grams. AE nummis.
Chi-rho reverse. 
Close to the end of this denomination.
Sear 283
Rare, Carthage mint.
Remarkably good detail and even some obverse legend, which is not common.
Cute! [$79, reduced to $65]



Justinian 1-nummis, small, 0.94 grams. 10 mm.
Sear 283.
bust right
Rare, Carthage mint. Chi-rho in double circle.
 [$35, reduced to $29]

Justinian, 527-565
9 mm. Very small.
Bust right
Sear 278 from Carthage, year 13
This one is clear "for type"  [$39, reduced to $35]


Vandals and Ostrogoths, time of Justinian

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 or ask me for it via e-mail (It is 1.7 mb).

King Gelimer, 530-534
Bust right, very weak.
Monogram of Gelimer, off-center but certain.
Wroth WPBC, plate II, 21.
page 16.1.
Rare.  [$35, reduced to $29]



Vandal, 5th - 6th C.
9-8 mm.
This coin was found with coins of Gelimer.
Facing bust, square cross with pellets in the quadrants. 
Wroth WPBC plate iv -- cf. 44 with two dots "Vandalic period"
Rare. [$45]

Compare to this $350 example on vcoins:


Justin II and Sophia, 565-578


Tiberius II, 578-582



Maurice, 582-602

Maurice, 582-602
29-27 mm. 11.79 grams.
Name of Maurice spelled out (not just "Cherson")

Two nimbate figures standing on a dias
Sear 607. Cherson mint!
Good obverse lettering. Old corrosion, but type largely undamaged. Slight reddish tinge to the surfaces.
Unusual denomination. [$145]



Maurice, 582-602
Good bust with mappa and eagle-tipped scepter
Sear 534. DO 178
Year U = 5, struck 586/7.
Good facial details. [$19, reduced to $16]


Maurice, 582-602
21-20 mm.
Sear 497 year 4
[$24] A half follis of Cyzicus.



Phocas, 602-610

Phocas, 602-610
31-26 mm. 10.86 grams.
XXXX, year 6
Sear 665, Cyzicus
[$25, reduced to $21]






Heraclius, 610-614 

Heraclius, 610-641
25-17 mm. 3.48 grams. This type is usually on a flan like this.
Heraclius, Heraclius Constantine and Martina
ANNO   M   Γ 
Sear 849
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 $43]

Constans II, 641-668


Constantine IV, 668-685


Justinian II, first reign, 685-695


Constantine V, 741-775

[$33] 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.

Sear 1569
Lovely green patina. All three heads on the flan. Please compare this one to the Sear plate coin.



Constantine V and Leo IV, 741-775
17 mm.  Small.
Two facing busts, Constantine and Leo IV
Facing bust of Leo III on the reverse.
Sear 1569.  Please compare this one to his plate coin.

[$35]  The previous coin shows longer bodies; this one has larger faces. Take your pick.


Leo V, 813-820

[$13] Leo V, 813-820
20 mm. 5.40 grams.
Sear 1635.  Lambda for Leo and K for Constantine.
[$22, reduced to $16]


Coins from Byzantine Cherson, a scarce mint:

Justinian, 527-565
15 mm. 5-nummia
Mint of Cherson
Bust right/monogram of Cherson
Sear 197. MIBE 253
[$85, reduced to $69] Excellent example. Bold monogram.
Cherson mint, anonymous from the time of Maurice (some say Justin II, but I don't agree)
25 mm. 9.00 grams. Large for type.
Two figures standing
Large Δ, figure standing to left with long cross-rho.
Sear 610, page 138, no photo--only a line drawing.
Hahn II Justin II 161b plate 10
Anokhin 318 plate XXII
DO I Maruice 301 plate LXXX
Grierson 163 plate 10.
Berk-England sale type of lot 79 which went for $4250 + fees in 1989!
Boldly struck. Good faces--even the eyes. Not tooled. Look on acsearch for comparable example and there has not ever been an example as nice for less. [$445]  This coin is worthy of a top auction where it would probably sell for much more or very much more. 


Esty Type E3
Theophilus, 829-842
Extremely rare. Not in any western reference catalogs. Known from Russian publications.
Very small.  AE 12. 12:00. 0.97 gram.

 Sear -- (would follow 1685),  DO --.  A major rarity! 
 Anokhin 330. Sokolova VI.12  (i.e. It was knwn to the Russians before it was known in the west.)
[$395, reduced to $375]



Michael III, 842-867
12-13 mm.  Small. 1.56 grams. Fairly thick.
Cast type from Cherson
MB  (Michael and Basil) distinct letters (often ligate, see the next coin)
ΠX   (small o above Π) for "polis" = city, X = Cherson
Sear 1699
Bold for a cast type. Nice surfaces. [$79, reduced to $69]

Michael III, 842-867
12 mm.  Small. 1.44 grams. Fairly thick.
Cast type from Cherson
MB  (Michael and Basil) ligate letters
ΠX   (small o above Π) for "polis" = city, X = Cherson
Sear 1699
Bold for a cast type.  [$79, reduced to $69]

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  [$39] 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.

Basil I, 867-886
18 mm. 4.82 grams.
Stylized B (for Basil) with dots either side
Cross on three steps, dots either side
Sear 1719 (second variety) Mint of Cherson
Nice even surfaces [$45, reduced to $37]

Romanus I, 920-944
(Romanus II, according to Sear, but I follow Anokhin, #419)
18 mm. 3.35 grams.
Monogram of Romanus, Cross on steps with pellets either side
Sear 1775  Mint of Cherson
Sometimes the "P" in the monogram is retrograde. This one is normal.
Even dark color, nearly black. Bold monogram. [$79, reduced to $69]

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] 



Michael II, 820-829



Theophilus, 829-842

[sold, except for one rarity from the Cherson mint, above]

Basil I, 867-886



Leo VI, 886-912

[One near the top]


Anonymous folles and later, 970ff

Anonymous follis, Class A1, John I, 969-976
26-25 mm. 5.99 grams.
Sear 1793
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. [$35]


Anonymous follis, Class D
Attributed to Constantine IX, 1042-1055
Christ seated facing on throne
(with back, unlike Class F)
3-line legend with "- + -" above and "- crescent -" below
ISXS   (JesuS ChristuS)
bASILE  (king of)
bASIL    (kings)
Sear 1836
Nice light earthen cover. 
[$33, reduced to $29]


Anonymous follis, Class A2
28 mm. 
Basil II and Constantine VIII, 976-1025
DO 32, ornament type 24

ex Dan Clark in 2005
Sear 1813
Nice patina. Clear reverse legend. [$45, reduced to $39]

Anonymous follis, Class A2
29-27 mm. 
Basil II and Constantine VIII, 976-1025
DO 32, ornament type 18

ex Dan Clark in 2005
Sear 1813
Nice head details. [$39, reduced to $35]

Anonymous follis, Class A2
Basil II and Constantine VIII, 976-1025
30-29 mm. 12.02 grams.
My favorite ornament design: crosses everywhere!
Sear 1813
[$37, reduced to $29]



Anonymous follis, Class K
Alexius I, 1081-1118
Emperor during the First Crusade
25-24 mm. 5.17 grams.
But of Christ
Virgin Mary, orans

Sear 1901. Nice black and tan surfaces
[$39, reduced to $34]

Constantine X, 1059-1067
28-27 mm. 8.99 grams.
Christ standing
Constantine X and Eudocia standing
either side of standard
Sear 1853
Good obverse legend. 
Sear 1853  [$19, reduced to $17]


Copy of a type of Constantine X, Sear 1853
27 mm. Thin. 5.00 grams. (Lighter than the regular isses.)
Lovely tan Syrian cover. 
Attributed to the Zengid ruler
Nur al-Din Mahmud b. Zengi (1146-1174)
of Aleppo
Spengler and Sayles type 73
[$29, reduced to $26]


Anonymous follis, Class I
Nicephorus III, 1071-1081
26 mm. 6.09 grams.
Bust of Christ
Floral cross, X across center
Sear 1889
Lovely rust toning  [$32, reduced to $29]


Alexius I, 1081-1118

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


Sear 1911. Scarce. Old surfaces. [$29, reduced to $27]


John II, 1118-1143

John II, 1118-1143
17-15 mm. 1.55 grams.  Small. Tetarteron.
Christ standing (photo on the right)
emperor facing with globus cruciger (photo on the left)

Sear 1954. DOC 16.
Attractive light earthen cover. [$19]

Manuel I, 1143-1180


Isaac II (1185-1195)


Alexius III, 1195-1203
Alexius III, 1195-1203
trachy. 26-23 mm. 
Bust of Christ
Alexius and St. Constantine
Sear 2012  [$19, reduced to $16]



Latin (Crusader) 


Roger of Salerno, Prince of Antioch, 1112-1119
23 mm. 
St. George, spearing  snake-like dragon (not really visible)

PIΓKΠ   (Prince)
CANT     (Antioch)

Schlumberger II.12
CCS Antioch 9
Metcalf CCLE 95, plate 6, page 25 type 9, the third type of Roger.
[$45, reduced to $35]



Michael VIII, 1261-1282

Michael VIII, Palaeologus, 1261-1282
Struck at Constantinople
23-21 mm. 1.39 grams. Thin.
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.
As I write, none on vcoins. Very good "for type." [$39, reduced to $34 SOLD]




Andronicus II, 1282-1328

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 $16 SOLD]


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!  [$33, reduced to $27 SOLD]



Andronicus III, 1328-1341

Andronicus III, 1328-1341 (very late!)
19-17 mm. Very thin. 0.65 grams.
Flat, not cup-shaped.
Struck at Thessalonica
DOC V.II plate 51.941 (Their example is 0.73 grams, worn and corroded)
Sear 2487. Rare and apparently good for type. [$29, reduced to $23 SOLD]


Arabic and Arab-Byzantine

Arabic/Islamic coins. 

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
trainangular shild with convex middles to the sides
Legends in and around.
Album 859.1
Ballog Ayyubids 848
SSS Ayyubid 8
[$45, reduced to $39]
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.

Turkoman figural bronze
Al-Ashraf Muzaffar al-din Musa
AH 607-617    AD 1210-1220

26 mm. 10.44 grams.
Seated ruler holding globe
citing calif Al Nasir
Album 859.2
Balog 853-4, XLIII
Wilkes 943
Whelan Type II, 275-6
SSS Ayyubid 9
[$37, reduced to $33]

Kashmir Smast
18 mm. 4.65 grams,
Shiva and bull/Brahmi akkharas  "300-400 AD"
north of Pakistan from the Kashmir Smast
Mitchner ACW 3666 "Kidarite prinicpality of the Kota Kala in the Punjab"
"c. 360/380-460"
Mitchner listed it as worth 45 pounds in 1978.
High grade. [$55, reduced to $45]

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]
ex. Jim Lovette (author of Biblical Related Coins) in 2007 

Umayyid fals
23 mm. 4.42 grams.
c. 700-740 AD (undated)
Wasit mint
Plant p. 39 for mint, p. 41 for obverse legend
Generally like Mitchner 91 (different mint)
Album p. 45 #9 for type
Well-centered and legends clearer than most
Bought by me in Jerusalem in 1972
[$35, reduced to $27]


Moghal (Mughal) Empire of India
20 mm in diameter and very thick at 7 mm. 20.10 grams.
1 dam (denomination)
Akbar mint
A very thick and chunky coin!  [$49, reduced to $39]
ex. Jim Lovette (author of Biblical Related Coins) in 2007 

Mamluk silver
15 mm. 1.78 grams. Small.
Al Zahir Sayf al-din Jaqmaq
Mitchner WoI reverse of 1183
ex. Jim Lovette (author of Biblical Related Coins) in 2007 
[$29, reduced to $26]


15 mm. 2.36 grams.
Base dirham, small. 427-484 AH, 1035-1094 AD.
ex. Jim Lovette (author of Biblical Related Coins) in 2007 
who attributed it to Abu Taman Mazdd al-Mustansim
[$23, reduced to $17]


Mamluk dirhem
Baybars I, 1260-1277 (658-676 AH)
23 mm. 2.94 grams.
Mitchner WoI p. 196 cf. 1160 similar, with lion
Compare to CNG's aution 409, lot 790:

at $290. 

Lion low on the obverse. [$85, reduced to $65 SOLD]

Silver dirham. 20 mm. 2.95 grams.

Al Zahir Ghazi, 1186-1216 (AH 582-613)
Balog 619 "AH 609" "overlord al-Adil I"
ex. Jim Lovette (author of Biblical Related Coins) in 2007 
where he had it as "Saladin, Halad mint" but I cannot say that.
[$37, reduced to $29]


Arabic. Nur al-din Mahmud, 1146-174
Overlord of Saladin
Plant, page 83
Better than the only one on vcoins which is at $108 as I write.
[$49, reduced to $39] Bought by me in Jerusalem in 1972.


Arabic. Abu Bakr 1196-1218
22 mm. 6.02 grams.
Time of the Crusaders.
Bought by me in Jerusalem in 1972
[$19, reduced to $15]



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, reduced to $7 + $4 shipping in the US--it is too thick for a normal envelope]



  Mexico. 1972. 5 pesos. KM 472  [$3]




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