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Arabic Turkoman figural bronze, Crusader, and Medieval (including Armenian).
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: 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.
Coin of the First Crusade.
20-19 mm. 3.41 grams.
Tancred of Antioch, 1104-1112.
Bust of Tancred facing, holding up sword.
NI KA in the quadrants of a cross, much like Byzantine issues, especially Class C anonymous folles.
CCS Antioch 4
Metcalf Ashmolean 63 (The second type of Tancred)
Easy to see with its nice light cover. [$23 SOLD]
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.
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.
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]
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]
Half-follis. 20 nummi.
24 mm. 8.9 grams.
P (for "Theopolis")
around cross to the left of a large "K"
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]
Leo VI and his brother Alexander
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.
Æ (26mm, 7.3 g). +
LEON bASILEVS ROM', Leo facing,
+ LEON EN ThEO BASILEVS ROMEON legend in four lines.
Sear 1729. [$23]
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]
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]
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]
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: https://nomosag.com/nomos-26-27-28/1334
25-23 mm. 8.68 grams.
Large K, XX to right (year 20)
Facing 20-nummia pieces are less common than facing 40-nummia coins.
A nice coin. [$36, reduced to $32]
Nicephorus III, 1078-1081
25 mm. 3.87 grams.
Anonymous follis, Class I
Good features on Christ
Good surfaces [$29, reduced to $23]
Justin II, 565-578
1.75 grams. 15.6 - 13 mm.
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!
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:
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 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]
19-17 mm. 3.02 grams.
*I* (for 10-nummi)
DOC 34, page 82, plate XIV
Unusual with stars either side of the I.
[$22, reduced to $17]
14-13 mm. 2.22 grams.
Year 35 (late in his reign and therefore small)
Sear 205, Nicomedia
[$12, reduced to $8]
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 $49]
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).
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]
Good bust with mappa and eagle-tipped scepter
Sear 534. DO 178
ANNO XX U
Year U = 5, struck 586/7.
Good facial details. [$19, reduced to $14]
Constans II, 641-668
23-19 mm. 6.77 grams.
NEO down right
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]
Justinian II, first reign, 685-695
[$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.
Lovely green patina. All three heads on the flan. Please compare this one to the Sear 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]
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 $369]
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 $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.
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 $33]
Michael II, 820-829
[Sold, except for one rarity from the Cherson mint, above]
Anonymous folles and later, 970ff
John II, 1118-1143
Arabic and Arab-Byzantine
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 $25, reduced to $19]
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 $29]
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]
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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