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 bronze, 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)
Most recent: 2021, 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.
Saladin. (Yes, the famous foe of the Crusaders)
Issued by him, not the common type sometimes called "The mourning of Saladin".
29-28 mm. Large. 11.17 grams.
Date 586 = 1190, when Isaac II was Byzantine emperor.
Not in the two volumes of Spenger and Sayles; it would have been in the third volume which did not appear. See here for the supplement I wrote:
Album 791.4. Balog 182, X
Mitchner, World of Islam 824.
This one was $780 including fees:
Tiberius II, 578-582
32 mm. 11.23 grams. Large
Sear 432. DO Tiberius II 15a
ex Aegis Nov. 1980 (I don't have the lot number.)
Roger of Salerno, Prince of Antioch, 1112-1119
St. George, spearing snake-like dragon (not really visible)
ROTSEP (i.e. ROGER)
CCS Antioch 9
Metcalf CCLE 95, plate 6, page 25 type 9, the third type of Roger.
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. [$35]
King Gelimer, 530-534
Bust right, very weak.
Monogram of Gelimer, off-center but certain.
Wroth WPBC, plate II, 21.
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. [$49]
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)
Nice light earthen cover.
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]
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]
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
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:
Lion low on the obverse. [$85]
Esty Type E3
Extremely rare. Not in any western catalogs. Known from Russian publications.
Small. AE 12. 12:00. 0.97 gram.
Sear -- (would follow 1685), DO --. A major rarity!
Anokhin 330. Sokolova VI.12
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.,
This is the coin you will receive, unlike the least expensive one 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."
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
Good obverse lettering. Old corrosion, but type largely undamaged. Very slight reddish tinge to the surfaces. [$145]
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:
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 $9]
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 $69]
Justinian 1-nummis, small, 0.94 grams. 10 mm.
Rare, Carthage mint. Chi-rho in double circle.
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).
Vandal, 5th - 6th C.
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"
Sear 534. DO 178
ANNO XX U
Year U = 5, struck 586/7.
Good bust with mappa and eagle-tipped scepter [$19, reduced to $15]
Sear 497 year 4
[$24] A half follis of Cyzicus.
[$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.
Lovely green patina. All three heads on the flan. Please compare this one to his plate coin.
[$35] The previous coin shows longer bodies; this one has larger faces. Take your pick.
[sold, except for one rarity from the Cherson mint, above]
[One near the top]
Alexius I. 1081-1118
Pre-reform before 1092
Follis. 26 mm.
Sear 1911. Scarce. Old surfaces. [$29]
Alexius III, 1195-1203
Alexius and St. Constantine
Unusually deep cup.
Sear 2012 Nice surfaces [$17]
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]
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]
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 $29]
Andronicus III, 1328-1341
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] 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 $17]
Arab-Byzantine all sold
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]