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 bronze, and Medieval (including Armenian).
Byzantine coins from the Cherson mint.
Late Byzantine. 

World coins.

TERMS:  Prices are in brackets: [$xx]. I accept PayPal and Zelle (which I prefer in the US--here is why) and checks and cash. 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 $2 for each hundred thereafter.
     Usually an additional $3 to other countries. From other countries I prefer TransferWise. Here is why:  http://augustuscoins.com/TW.html . More-detailed
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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.

    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, 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. 






Newest: 

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:
http://augustuscoins.com/ed/Turkoman/Turkoman.html#SSSAy3
Album 791.4. Balog 182, X
Mitchner, World of Islam 824.

This one was $780 including fees:
https://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=266414
This one


https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=7393685  was over $300 and not as nice!  Good facial details. Surfaces slightly glossier and harder green patina than the photo shows. A really nice coin for type. [$225]

 






Anastasius 491-518
First refom follis, small module
23 mm. 8.88 grams.
Sear 16. DO I 20Δ
Reverse "beading" almost like a wreath.
Fully legible. 
Ex Amphora Coins Sept. 1980, lot 554
Ex John Brown Collection.
Ex Esty Collection.
[$95 SOLD]

This type can cost $700 plus fees! 
 https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=207143
 


Nicephorus II, 963-969
23 mm. 6.97 grams.
Facing bust of Nicephorus II
Four-line reverse legend:
+ҺICHF
ЄNЄWbA
SILЄVS RW
MAIWҺ

Sear 1783. 
Natural earthen highlights.  [$49]


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

XXX, 30-nummi
CONB

Scarce denomination.
Sear 432. DO Tiberius II 15a
ex Aegis Nov. 1980 (I don't have the lot number.)
[$79]

 

 
 
 


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

ROTSEP  (i.e. ROGER)
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]




Alexius III, 1195-1203
26 mm.  3.20 grams
Sear 2012. Hendy plate 22.8
Cup-shaped. Better than usual bust of Christ. [$23 + $3 shipping--it is not flat!]
 




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
ROMЄOҺ

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]


 

 



Vandal
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]


 
 


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
Cyprus
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)
bASIL    (kings)
Sear 1836
Nice light earthen cover. 
[$33]

 

 


 

Leo VI

 


Justinian, 527-565
15 mm. 5-nummia
Mint of Cherson
Bust right/monogram of Cherson
Sear 197. MIBE 253
[$85] Excellent example. Bold monogram.


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]



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]

 



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]

 


Anonymous follis, Class B
Romanus III, 1028-1034
IS XS
bAS ILE
bAS ILE
Bust of Christ, 
Cross
IS  XS
bAS  ILE
bAS  ILE
Sear 1823  
[$27]


 

 


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]


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]

 


Arab-Byzantine
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]


 


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]



 

 



Arabic/Islamic coins. (Byzantine coins are further down the page.)


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]
 




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]

 
 


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]
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]

 


Fatamid
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]

 


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:
https://cngcoins.com/Search.aspx?IS_ADVANCED=1&ITEM_IS_SOLD=1&ITEM_LOT_NUMBER=790&ITEM_LOT_NUMBER_FROM=790&ITEM_DESC=&SEARCH_IN_CONTAINER_TYPE_ID_1=1&SEARCH_IN_CONTAINER_TYPE_ID_2=1&SEARCH_IN_CONTAINER_TYPE_ID_3=1&SEARCH_IN_CONTAINER_TYPE_ID_4=1&TABS_TYPE=2&CONTAINER_NAME=409&CONTAINER_TYPE_ID=2&VIEW_TYPE=0&MAX_COUNT=10000&PAGE=1

at $290. 

Lion low on the obverse. [$85]



Ayyubid
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]

 
 
 
 
  See more Arabic coins below.
 

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Coins from Byzantine Cherson, a scarce mint:

Cherson mint, anonymous from the time of Maurice (some say Justin II, but I don't agree)
25 mm. 9.00 grams. Large.
XEP CONOC
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 palte 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]

 

Esty Type E3
Theophilus, 829-842
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
[$395]

 

 

Byzantine
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."



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]


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]


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)
Nice even surfaces [$45]


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
Sometimes the "P" in the monogram is retrograde. This one is normal.
Even dark color, nearly black. Bold monogram. [$79]


Leo VI, 886-912
17 mm. 2.43 grams.
ΛЄ  

Cross on steps with pellets either side
Sear 1731. Lead patina, uneven.  [$39] 
 


Maurice, 582-602
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
Sear 607.
Good obverse lettering. Old corrosion, but type largely undamaged. Very slight reddish tinge to the surfaces. [$145]




 


 

Many more Byzantine coins below.
 

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 $9]

 

 


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]


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.
DN IVSTINVS ET IVSTINIANVS PP AV
with much missing.
Sear 125.
Much light cover. Maybe it can be removed, but I didn't try to. 
[$69]
 

Justinian, 527-565

 

Justinian, 527-565
10-nummi
year 32?
Nicomedia 
Sear 205
[$12]
 

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


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 $69]

 

 

283283
Justinian 1-nummis, small, 0.94 grams. 10 mm.
Sear 283.
bust right
Rare, Carthage mint. Chi-rho in double circle.
 [$35]





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

 

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

 

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:https://www.vcoins.com/en/stores/shick_coins/202/product/vandals_in_africa_nummus_circa_5th6th_century_ad_carthage_fdc__exrare/672755/Default.asp
 

 



Justin II and Sophia, 565-578

[Sold]


Tiberius II, 578-582

[Sold]

 


Maurice, 582-602

 

Maurice, 582-602
20-nummia

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]




Maurice, 582-602
Sear 533, year 20

[$19, reduced to $17]

 

 


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
KYZA
Sear 665, Cyzicus
[$25]


 

 

 

 

 


Heraclius, 610-614 

[Sold] 
 


Constans II, 641-668

 [sold]

  


Constantine IV, 668-685

 [sold]

 

Justinian II, first reign, 685-695

[sold]
 



Constantine V, 741-775

  


[$33] Constantine V and Leo IV
741-775
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 his 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


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

 

 
 


Michael II, 820-829

[Sold] 

 


Theophilus, 829-842
 

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


Basil I, 867-886

[sold]

 


Leo VI, 886-912

[One near the top]

 



Alexius I, 1081-1118
 

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

IC  XC
NI  KA

Sear 1911. Scarce. Old surfaces. [$29]

 

 
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
 
[Sold]

 

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]
 
 

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

Sear 2012  Nice surfaces [$17]

 

 

 

Latin (Crusader) occupation of Constantinople, 1204-1261 

 

[SOLD]

 
 

 

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]


  

 


 

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 $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


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]
 

 


Arabic and Arab-Byzantine

 


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.
Ayyubid
Time of the Crusaders.
Bought by me in Jerusalem in 1972
[$19, reduced to $17]

 

 




Arab-Byzantine  all sold

 


 
Medieval
 

[all sold]

 


World Coins

Bundi, Indian Princely State, 1 Paisa, 1872 (not ancient)
VICTORI
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!
M
  Mexico. 1972. 5 pesos. KM 472  [$3]

 

 

 


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