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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     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), Cherson Mint coins 
Most recent:  2023, Sept. 26:  Maurice monogram 5-nummia.
2023, Sept. 25:  See the main page for a crusader coin of Tancred annd a Heraclius and son from the rare Seleucia mint.
2023, Aug. 29:  Class I follis.

2023, July 29: Tiberius II, monogram.
2023, July 28: Justin I pentanummium from Nicomedia with large chi-rho. 
2023, July 11. Constans II with two undertypes. Maurice K from Antioch.
2023, July 6: Maurice follis. Turkoman figural bronze: Seljuq. Kay Khusraw I
2023, July 4: Justin decanummia.
2023, July 2:  Constantine IV from Carthage
2023, June 28: Turkoman, Salduqid.
2023, June 26:  5-nummia of Justin. Many sold coins removed entirely.
2023, June 20: A rare type of Constantine VII and a rare type of Constans II.
2023, June 15: Coin of the First Crusade, Tancred.
2023, June 4: Crusader of Tancred, two late Byzantine tetartera. Sold coins removed entirely,
2023, June 2:  Class F anonymous follis.
2023, May 21. Rare Constans II with "V  V" from Carthage, Justinian with unusual mintmark from Theopolis.
2023, May 15: Three rare monogram pentanummia of Maurice from Antioch.
2023, May 13: Scarce Justinian from Antioch with Greek mint name, Rare Heralcius from the Rome mint. 
2023, May 10:  Scarce Justinian at Theopolis with unusual mint signature. Rare pentanummium of Justin I with Π. ALL Byzantine-coin prices reduced except for those added in the last few days. Please look again!
2023, May 7: Numerous Byzantine coins and one Seljuq figural bronze (at the top). 
2023, April 22: Justinian K at the top.
2023, April 17: Crusader Baldwin II. Three large Justinian (at the top). A few prices reduced.
2023, April 6: Many sold coins removed entirely.


Most recent:  

Maurice, 582-602
15 mm. Small.
Monogram of Maurice
U, an epigraphic form of V, for 5 nummia.
Sear 539.  65 pounds in VF.  Formerly very rare. Temporarily (I think) available. 
[$37]  I love the rusty surfaces, 
Only one on vcoins, and that one at $195!

Anonymous follis, Class I
Attributed to Nicephorus III, 1078-1081
23-21 mm. 3.87 grams.
Bought from Dan Clark, Clark's Ancient Coins, Nov. 27, 2005
at $29.
Reddish surfaces. Nice cross on the reverse.
Sear 1889. Now, here, [$25]

Tiberius II, 578-582
13 mm. 1.43 grams.
Theoupolis (Antioch).
Monogram of Tiberius II Constantine.
Large U; above, cross.
Sear 459. (65 pounds in VF) [$55]

Justin, 518-527
13 mm. 2.08 grams.
Large chi-rho, N to left and Є to right, two dots low in fields
Sear 93, attributed to Nicomedia because of the "N".

None on vcoins as I write. [$27]



An unusal triple strike with two undertypes!

Constans II, 641-668
26-22 mm. 4.15 grams.
At Syracuse with two undertypes. The next two photos show the undertypes uperight
Sear 1109
Two standing figures/M with SCL below and monogram above. Note the monogram is clear. There is a cross above it from an undertype.


  From this angle an undertype head is clear at 12:00.

  From this angle the 

   SCL of the reverse
   of some undertype is clear at 6:00.
   lots of detail on the overtrike Sear 1109.
   [$45 SOLD]
  Bought from Dan Clark in 2006 and previously sold by
  Lepczyk June 1981with code "40-271". The Clark envelope, with his notes, as is my ticket.


Maurice, 582-602
at Antioch
22-20 mm. 5.27 grams.
Sear 535
Interesting date with 16 written "UIX"
When the numeral system is additive, you don't need to put the units after the tens.
The P-like symbol below is a mintmark for Theopolis = Antioch.
Lovely light cover. [$20]



Turkoman figural bronze
Seljuq. Kay Khusraw I
First reign, 1192-1196
19 mm. 2.36 grams
Byzantine-emperor-style facing 3/4 length bust
4-line Arabic legend.
An Arabic figural coin with a Byzantine bust!
ex NBS auction 14. It cost me $26.
[$26 SOLD]


Maurice, 582-602
27-25 mm. Struck year 15 = 596/7
at Nicomedia
Sear 512, page 123.
ex Wolf at Chicago ANA, August 15, 2013. No ticket
Clear reverse.  [$17] with my collection ticket.


Justin I, 518-527
Antioch mint. ANTX
18 mm. 4.20 grams.
I (for 10) with CON-CORDI around (few Byzantine coins have a reverse legend). The significance of "CONCORDIA" is unknown, according to Grierson, BC, page 60.
None on vcoins and none on MA-Shops as I write
Sear 107. DO 53, their example is worse, W --. T--, R--. [$35 SOLD]
Bought by me privately from a collector in Florida in 1995. With my ticket. 



Constantine IV, 668-85
Carthage mint
26-23 mm. 6.63 grams,
Bust facing spear over his left shoulder, T in right field
M with figurs standing on either side and monogram above
(not as clear as we'd like, but it is from Carthage!)
Sear 1195 overstruck, possibly on Constans II DO 1477 also from Carthage.
Good surfaces, but strike as seen in the photo.
Bought in 2009 from a man who bought it from "The Time Machine Company". With their ticket. [$45 SOLD]


Turkoman. Salduqid dynasty.
Muhammad b. Saluq
at Erzurm, 1168-1191 (AH 563-587)
22.8-20.3 mm. 5.89 grams.
Bowman riding left shooting back at animal, deer upwards, bird (at 21:30) above flying left 
Legend with legend around.
Reference: SSS Salduqid 7
Mitchner WoI 1014
Album 4th Ed. 1891 page 285 "an especially rare variety"
[$33 SOLD]


Justin I, 518-527
Struck at Antioch.
14 mm. 1.90 grams.
5 nummia. Small coin.

Backwards epsilon (for "5") and Tyche in shrine with river-god below. Why the epsilon remained backwards for all the dies in this large issue is unknown to me.
Remarkably clear obverse legend. Good portrait for the type. Flan flaw causing a hole all the way through the coin in the back of his head. Better details than almost all of this type, but with the flan flaw.  
Sear 111. [$21]

Maurice, 582-602
23-20 mm. 5.27 grams.
Facing bust
K, + above, A below, ANNO X, year 10
Sear 514, extremely similar to Sear 497.
Hahn (MIBEC) 80 of Nicomedia, page 154, plate 24.

Crusader. First Crusade.
Tancred, regent at Antioch, 1101-1103 and 1104-112
21 mm. 2.72 grams
St. Peter, standing, with right hand extended in blessing and left holding a long cross.
Square cross with
D  S
F   T  in the quadrants, for
"Domine Salvum Fac Tancredum"
"Lord, save Tancred"
Coins of the Crusader States Antioch 6, Tancred's fourth type.
Lovely black-and-tan Syrian patina. The DSFT is very well-centered and much better than most. [$55] 



Class F anonymous follis
Constantine X, 1059-1067
26 mm. 8.66 grams
In DOC, dated "c. 1060 - c. 1065.")
Obverse:  Christ seated facing on throne without back, holding gospels in left and raising his right hand out in benediction
Reverse:  Three-line legend with "- + -" above and wide cross below.
Sear 1856
Compare to
at $188 plus fees. Of this one at 300 euros:
  None on vcoins as I write. Nice green patina  [$45] 


Constans II (641-6689) at Carthage
Small. 14-13 mm. 2.58 grams.
Facing bust

V  V either side of cross. Pellets above.
Sear 1064. Sear has a photo of the reverse only and that coin is not quite as nice as this one.
DOC 2.2 Constans II 142 (only one example)
High grade. Clear portrait. Outstanding reverse. [$95 SOLD]


Justinian, 527-565
Profile bust
Half-follis. 20 nummi.
Antioch mint under the name Theopolis
spelled in Greek aross the cross to the left of the K
Λ  S  [The cross may serve as the "I"] 
Sear 227, scarce. 
ex Dan Clark, March 8, 2007, with his crude ticket. 
ex Esty collection with my ticket. 
Only one on vcoins as I write, at $116. [$29]

A rarity: A pentanummus of Maurice not in Sear. Two examples!

Maurice, 582-602
Small. Pentanummium. 15 mm. 1.44 grams.
Not in Sear
Monogram much like his monogram 16 on page 32, but quite different at the right end where what is a "K" on 16 is a and E or square C (lunate S) with bits of the K or maybe E.
Є+ on the reverse.
Unlisted in Sear. cf. Sear 540 which is different. 
MIBEC Maurice V105 where the monogram is not as clear as this one. ("V" numbers were not known in time for the first edition.)
Maybe it would be Sear 542A in a new edition, were one to appear (It won't).
Theoupolis (Antioch).  Rev. Large Є with cross. SB 540 var (monogram, Ч) . Good fine. Rare.
Extremely rare.  [$55]

Maurice, 582-682
Pentanummium, 15 mm. 1.76 grams.
Sear --. This monogram has much in common with monogram 16, but that one has "K" on the right and this one has "E" or "C" in addition with an augmented middle bar containing the "K".
Sear's 540 has the closet mongoram, monogram 16, with U, and 542 has the U but a much different monogram. So, I'd put this one as Sear 542A (for the next edition). DOC --. 
MIBEC Maurice V105 (only one listed, from the Bendall collection)
Extremely rare. Very nice obverse monogram.  [$85, reduced to $75]

Maurice, 882-602
Theoupolis (Antioch) Decanummium Æ
18mm, 2.8 g.
Crowned facing bust, holding mappa in right and eagle-tipped scepter in left hand / Large X; cross above, R below; ANNO II across field.
Cute!  Lettering very clear with lovely light cover.
Sear 536   [$19]



Justinian, 527-565
Profile bust
Half-follis. 20 nummi.
24 mm. 8.9 grams. 
   P   (for "Theopolis")
around cross to the left of a large "K" 
Struck 529-531/2.
Antioch mint
Sear 226
Justinian I. 527-565. Æ Half Follis (24mm, 8.9 g). Theoupolis (Antioch) mint, 3rd officina. Struck 533-537. Diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Large K; to left, mint signature around cross; Γ to right. Unusual mintmark! [$32]

Justin I, 518-527
Rare. 15-14 mm. 1.25 grams
Bust right
Є inside large Π
Sear 113
Very rare but corroded and worn. [$27]
There is only one on vcoins as I write, much better, but it is $495!
There are none on MA-Shops as I write. 



Byzantine emperor
Leo VI and his brother Alexander
27-24 mm.
Sear 1730
DOC 3.2 Leo VI 6 
A lot of the obverse legend is visible and legible.
The reverse is all legible. Better than most.

[$49, reduced to $39]


Leo VI the Wise. AD 886-912.
Constantinople Follis
Æ (26mm, 7.3 g). +
LEON bASILEVS ROM', Leo facing, 
 + LEON EN ThEO BASILEVS ROMEON legend in four lines.
Sear 1729. [$23]

Phocas, with Leontia AD 602-610.
Dated RY 5 (AD 606/7).
Theoupolis (Antioch)
Decanummium Æ (15mm, 2.2 g)
Phocas and Leontia standing facing, holding globus cruciger and cruciform scepter, respectively; cross above
Large X; cross above, date across field, rho below.
Small for the denomiantion. This is the size of some 5-nummis coins.
Sear 675. Cute!  [$23]

Justinian I. 527-565.
Æ Pentanummium (20mm, 3.2 g).
Constantinople mint. Struck 538-542.
Diademed and draped bust right
Large E; A to right. 
Sear 170.  Large for the denomination. [$22]



Anonymous Class G,
Attributed to Romanus IV (1068-1071 AD)
Constantinople AE Follis (25mm, 8.9 g)
Obv: MHP - ΘV. Facing bust of the Virgin Mary, orans.
Rev: IC - XC. Facing bust of Christ Pantokrator.
Sear 1867  [$15, reduced to $12]

Attributed to Nicephorus III Botaniates (1078-1081 AD).
AE, Follis. (25mm, 8.3 g)
Obv: IC - XC. Facing bust of Christ Pantokrator.
Rev: Latin cross, with saltire cross at centre and globus and two pellets at the end of each extremity; crescent to upper left and right, floral scroll below.
Sear 1889. [$24, reduced to $19 SOLD]

Anonymous follis. Class B.
Time of Romanus III Argyrus. 1028-1034.
Æ follis (anonymous). (28mm, 11.6 g)
Bust of Christ
Legend, cross on three steps, IS XS | BAS - ILE | BAS - ILE in three lines (Jesus Christ, King of Kings). 
Sear 1823  Nice reverse:  [$27, reduced to $25]

Anonymous Folles. Class B.
Emp. Romanus III, 1028-1034.
Æ Follis (28mm, 9.2 g).
Constantinople mint.
Facing bust of Christ Pantokrator
Large cross pommée set upon three steps; IS XS above crossbar; BASILЄ/ BASILЄ in two lines below.
Sear 1823. Hair details and nice earthen cover. [$33, reduced to $27]

Nicephorus III Botaniates, AD 1078-1081
Æ Follis. (22mm, 7.4 g) Constantinople mint. Three-quarter length standing figure of Christ Pantokrator facing between two stars; IC-XC across upper fields Cross with pellets at extremities and eight-pointed star within circle at centre;
C - Φ N - Δ in angles.
Sear 1888  [$18, reduced to $16]
C  Φ     (The "C" is a lunate "S" (sigma))   ΣΤAYΡЄ  ΦΥΛATTЄ   "O Cross, Protect" 
N  Δ     (Sear 1888)  "Nicephorus [III] Despot/emperor"  NIKHΦωPON  ΔЄCΠOTH

Phocas, with Leontia AD 602-610.
26mm, 9.5 g. 
Regnal year 6 = AD 607-608
Theoupolis (Antioch) Follis
ON FOCA NEP ЄAV, Phocas and Leontia standing facing, the emperor holding globus cruciger, the empress a long scepter surmounted by cross, above, cross
Large m, cross above, date across field, ANNO ЧI, in exergue, THЄUP. Sear 671. Antioch. Year 5.  [$33, reduced to $29]


Constantine X Ducas (1059-1067 AD)
27mm, 6.2 g
Constantinople AE Follis.

Obv: bust of Christ facing
Rev: crowned facing bust of Constantine, wearing loros, holding cross and akakia.
Sear 1854. Much better bust of Christ than usual. [$24, reduced to $22]


Justinian I, 527 - 565 AD
16mm, 1.9 g
AE Pentanummium, Theoupolis (Antioch) Mint,
Obverse: D N IVSTINIANVS P P AVC, Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust of Justinian right. Reverse: Large E with cross at center. 
Sear 242. Antioch. Full obverse legend. [$27, reduced to $23]


Maurice, 582-602
21mm, 6.7 g
Æ Half Follis of Antioch
Bust facing, wearing crown with trefoil ornament and consular robes, holding mappa and eagle-tipped scepter / Large XX, ANNO to left, cross above.
Sear 534. Antioch.  [$21, reduced to $19]

Compare to this auction piece:



Justinian, 527-565
25-23 mm. 8.68 grams.
Large K, XX to right (year 20)
Γ officina
Facing 20-nummia pieces are less common than facing 40-nummia coins.
Sear 165. 
A nice coin.  [$36, reduced to $32]


Anonymous bronze. 
29-26 mm. 7.61 grams.
Class G. Sear 1867.
Attributed to emperor Romanus IV, 1068-1071
(who lost the critical Battle of Manzikert to the Seljuq Turks).
Obverse: Facing bust of Christ, holding a scroll in his left hand and rasing his right hand in benediction.
IC to left, XC to right.
Reverse:  The Virgin Mary orans (that is, holding out both hands as shown) 
MP to left, ΘV to right (Mother of God)
[$23, reduced to $18]


Nicephorus III, 1078-1081
25 mm. 3.87 grams.
Anonymous follis, Class I
"Anonymous bronze"

Sear 1889
Good features on Christ
Floral cross
Good surfaces [$29, reduced to $23]


Constans II, 641-668.
23-19 mm. 6.76 grams.
Constans II, 641-668.
ЄN TɣTo NIKA  "In this [sign], conquer"
with reference to Constantine's vision at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge (in 312).  The Greek equivalent of the Roman "HOC SIGNO VICTOR ERIS".
Normally much of the legend is obscure. 

ANA NEO (either side of the M) for ANANEOSIS = "renewal" [Of good times, much like FEL TEMP REPARATIO is in the 4th century]
[$19, reduced to $15] 

Justin II, 565-578
1.75 grams. 15.6 - 13 mm.
Complicated monogram 
Epsilon (for 5) Γ
Sear 363 from Constantinople (we can tell by the officina number)
[$17, reduced to $15]  I bought this in 2004 for $17. (Not a good dollar investment!)
I hope you don't think ancient coins are a monetary investment. They are an investment in your mind and pleasure, not your wallet!


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 $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:

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 $4]



Justin I, 518-527 


Justin 1, 518-527
Small. 5-nummia. 12 mm.
Tyche of Antioch seated left.
Retrograde Є  (Why did these have "5" retrograde?)
Sear 111. DO 57.
[$23, reduced to $14]

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. 
[$69, reduced to $47]

Justinian, 527-565


Justinian, 527-565
19-17 mm. 3.02 grams.
*I*  (for 10-nummi)
Sear 166
DOC 34, page 82, plate XIV

Unusual with stars either side of the I.  
[$22, reduced to $17]


Justinian, 527-565
14-13 mm. 2.22 grams.
Year 35 (late in his reign and therefore small)
Sear 205, Nicomedia
DOC 159
[$12, reduced to $8]


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 $14]

Justinian, 527-565
year 32?
Sear 205
[$12, reduced to $8]

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

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 $49]

Justinian, 527-565
9 mm. Very small.
Bust right
XIII   (very late for a vota coin)
Sear 278 from Carthage, year 13
This one is clear "for type"  [$39, reduced to $27]


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).


Justin II and Sophia, 565-578


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". 
[$21, reduced to $18]


Tiberius II, 578-582



Maurice, 582-602

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 $14]



Phocas, 602-610 


Heraclius, 610-614


Constans II, 641-668

Constans II, 641-668
23-19 mm. 6.77 grams.
NEO down right
Sear 1005
Nice for type (which is always pretty bad)
[$12, reduced to $10]



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.
[$14, reduced to $12]

Constans II, 641-668
20-17 mm. 3.98 grams.
Facing bust
Three busts above a small M. (The left two busts are almost gone.)
Ex James Lovette in 2006.
With his ticket, I think from Dan Clark's ancient coins, which notes he bought it in Feb. 1980.
Sear 1014. DOC 89 page 459f struck "666-668" 
[$17, reduced to $10] Compare to the $85 and $95 examples on vcoins.
Constans II, 641-668
Struck 652/3
29-24 mm (Pretty large for the era). 4.89 grams.
Emperor standing facing, I A to right (indiction year 11, which dates the coin)
M over SCL for the mint in Sicily at Syracuse.
Overstruck. At 5:00 on the reverse part of SB1107 (DOC 178) is visible.
You can see below the M the chest part of a facing bust. 
Why would they overstrike a coin of the same ruler? I don't know, but they did.
ex James Lovette in 2006. Ex Joseph Lepczyk 40 (June 1981), lot 269, with his ticket for $27.50.
[$39, reduced to $23]

Constantine IV, 668-685 

Constantine IV, 668-695
Ragged 24-22 mm. 3.65 grams.
No legend. Bust facing, beardless, holding globus cruciger
M with monogram above and standing figures with long crosses on either side.
SCL in exergue for Sicily and its mint, Syracuse.
Sear 1207. Hahn III MIB 104 
[$59, reduced to $37]

Justinian II, first reign, 685-695


Constantine V, 741-775

[$33, reduced to $26] 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, reduced to $29]  The previous coin shows longer bodies; this one has larger faces. Take your pick.


Leo V, 813-820

Leo V, 813-820
20 mm. 5.40 grams.
Sear 1635.  Lambda for Leo and K for Constantine.
[$22, reduced to $14]


Coins from Byzantine Cherson, a scarce mint:

Esty Type E3

Theophilus, 829-842. 
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 $369] Ugly, but super rare. Do not buy a modern fake (from Ukraine). 


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, reduced to $45] 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. Also, be aware that many fakes are on eBay are from known fakesellers who are selling coins that look carved (especially the "B"). If the edges of the design look sharp, it is fake!


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]


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 $59]

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


Constantine VII, 913-959



Anonymous folles and later, 970ff

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. Full reverse design with much better strike than usual. [$32]

Anonymous follis, Class H
with patriachal cross (two crossbars)
with large pellets at the ends
Attributed to Michael VII, 1071-1078.
One of the scarcest anonymous follis classes.
Sear 1880
Surfaces not great. Rarely (never?) comes nice.


Alexius I, 1081-1118


John II, 1118-1143

Manuel I, 1143-1180


Isaac II (1185-1195)

Alexius III, 1195-1203

Latin (Crusader) 


Michael VIII, 1261-1282



Andronicus II, 1282-1328


 Andronicus III, 1328-1341


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
triangular shild with convex middles to the sides
Legends in and around.
Album 859.1
Ballog Ayyubids 848
SSS Ayyubid 8
[$45, reduced to $25, reduced to $19 SOLD]
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.


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 $29]

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 $29]
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 $19]


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 $26]
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, reduced to $29]

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  [$31, reduced to $29]

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 $59]


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 $6 + $4 shipping in the US--it is too thick for a normal envelope]





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