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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Most are in chronological order (Exceptions are the new ones at the top). Skip down to
Anastasius, Justin, Justinian, Justin II, Maurice, Heraclius, Constans II, Constantine IV, late Byzantine (anonymous and later)
Most recent: May 8. Anonymous follis Class F, which is scarce.
May 7, 2019. Numerous AE at the top.
Some special coins: an electrum Theodore I of Nicaea, 30-nummia of Heraclius, Justinian II, Tiberius III.
Byzantine anonymous follis, Class F
Constantine X, 1059-1067
Christ seated, rasing right hand in blessing
None on vcoins or MA-Shops as I write. This type is very hard to find in nicer shape and often the hand raised in blessing is weak. [$19 SOLD]
Isaac II, 1185-1195
Trachy. (cup-shaped) 26.23 mm.
These are hard to identify, but I think I got this one. I have Hendy and this one matches Isaac II.
Bulgarian Imitative of Manuel I (1195-1215), type A
D.O. 4.2 plate XXVI.1, page 435
[$6 + $3.50 shipping because it is cup-shaped and too thick for a letter. You can add in something else and not increase the shipping cost.]
Alexius I, 1081-1118
21-20 mm. Tetarteron. (A new denomination he introduced)
D.O. 4.2 38 plate VI, minted at Thessalonica
Sear 1929 [$19 SOLD]
Alexius I, 1081-1118
14 mm. 0.86 grams. Tetarteron or half-tetarteron.
Facing bust/patriarchal cross on two steps, Φ to right.
Black. Crowded, as usual, but little wear. [$15 SOLD]
Michael II, 820-829, with Theophilus
Please look at the Sear plate coin on page 316. This one is better!
[$39] One of the pleasures of collecting Byzantine coppers is you can find some, that while not excellent in an absolute sense, are very good in a relative sense. They can be good "for type" and you can know you have a coin as good as those in most major collections and museums. Neat!
Romanus I, 920-944.
His facing bust/four-line legend.
Sear 1760 [$19 SOLD] The reverse is obscrure, but it has a good portrait and legible obverse legend.
Latin imitative from the time when the crusaders of the 4th crusade controled Constantinople. 1204-1261.
23-19 mm. Shallow cup-shaped trachy.
Nimbate figure of Christ/standing figure.
[$19] Good for type. It is in the Byzantine coin books, but is a crusader issue.
25 mm. 7.68 grams.
Romanus IV, 1067-1071
according to my site
but given to Romanus I in Sear. Sear 1764 variety 1, which is now thought to be incorrect from recent Russian research.
A large cast coin from the time when Cherson was issuing cast coins and nowhere else was.
Large rho-omega for ROmanus (but whichof the four?)
and a cross on steps with dots either side (always very weak, since it was cast and the top part of the mold does not fill well.)
Rare and unsual. There is nothing like it except from the obscure Cherson mint. [$35 SOLD]
Manuel I, 1143-1180.
71-16 mm. Tetarteron.
His 3/4-lenght figure
Monogram of Manuel.
When you get this type, you want a nice monogram. This one is much nicer than most and only much-more expensive coins would have a better one.
Sear 1979. [$19 SOLD] Nice for type.
Nummis. Tiny at 11-10 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. Ragged flan (they needed the coin reform!) [$15]
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! [$29]
Vandal, King Gelimer (his monogram on the reverse) AD 530-534
Rare. 9-7 mm. Tiny!
Wroth 4, page 16, plate 2.21
Lousy, but they usually are and this monogram is clear enough. [$29]
(As I write, none on vcoins under $396!)
Ostrogoths, Athaleric, 516-534.
anonymous follis, Class B
Sear: Romanus III, 1028-1034
Grierson in DOC: Michael IV,
29-26 mm. The big flan shows the outside edge of the obverse die 4:00-6:00, 4 mm outside the circle. That is rarely seen on coins.
Michael VIII, 1259-1282. Very late!
Bust of Christ
Three figures. Michael VIII kneeling before seated Christ,
supported by St, Michael.
Sear 2259. [$25]
Andronicus II, 1282-1328.
20 mm (not large) Slightly cup-shaped, but not far from flat.
DO Class IX, 677
Bendall 168. Lianta 793
Andronicus II and Michael VIII on either side of Christ who crowns them.
Three figures on one side! [$35]
Justinian, 40 nummia, Antioch as Theoupolis. Mint mark spelled out in Greek.
Sear Byz 217 [$35, reduced to $27] Look at the mintmark!
Justinian I, 527-565 AD. Neat Greek mintmark for Theopolis = Antioch. Sear Byz 217 [$19, reduced to $12]
[$29] Justinian 1-nummis, small, 0.94 grams. 10 mm.
Rare, Carthage mint. Chi-rho in double circle.
Not any on vcoins as I write this [$55, reduced to $33, reduced to $29]
Justin II, 565-578
31-11 mm. 1.80 grams.
[$8, reduced to $5]
Tiberius II, 578-582
Tiberius II, 578-582
20 mm. 6.05 grams.
Sear 434 with officina in Sear but not in DOC.
[$23] Compare to the ones over $80 on vcoins.
Sear 534. DO 178
ANNO XX U
Year U = 5, struck 586/7.
Good bust with mappa and eagle-tipped scepter [$19, reduced to $17]
Heraclius with countermark, 610-641
Sear 810 with Heraclius and son
/M and year XXV (?)
Countermark, probably from Syria, at the top of the M.
Three figures standing
I B either side of M with + above
Sear Byzantine 861
Rough surface. [All $50 or more on vcoins. This one $19]
Constans II, 641-668
Constantine IV, 668-685
[none at this time]
Justinian II, first reign, 685-695
Tiberius III Apimar 698-705
Small. 20-19 mm.
ex CNG with ticket [$125]
Rare. None on vcoins as I write.
Constantine V, 741-775
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 $18]
Michael II, 820-829
Michael II, 820-829
Small. 18 mm.
Sear 1652. Please compare to the Sear plate coin. This one is better!
Leo VI, The Wise. 886-912
All there. [$25]
Constantine VII, 913-959
Good portrait detail. Nice color. [$25]
Nicephorus II, 963-969
Nicephorus II, Phocas 963-969
Overstruck, possibly on Sear 1760 of Romanus I
There is a lot of the undertype to read, and yet the
main type has details such as the eyes.
Byzantine Mint of Cherson, was in Ukraine, now annexed by Russia.
Anonymous Folles (Anonymous Bronze)
Nicephorus III, 1071-1081
Anonymous bronze Class I
Sear 1889 [$35]
Alexius I, 1081-1118
cross with letters in quadrants.
One Byzantine collector told me this was a modern fake. I looked at it and don't agree. The cross is crude and the lettering different. I think it was made in Byzantine times.
Sear 1931 [$19, reduced to $12]
Alexius I, 1081-1118
20-19 mm. 2.75 grams.
bust facing/jeweled cross, C Phi M Delta in angles
Sear 1931. DO 40 Thessalonica. [$25]
John II, 1118-1143
16 mm. Half tetarteron
half-length figure of John II
Sear 1954 [$17] Compare to vcoins!
Alexius I. 1081-1118
Pre-reform before 1092
Follis. 26 mm.
Sear 1911. [$29]
Manuel I, 1143-1180
29-28 mm. 6:00. 3.52 grams.
Trachy. Deep cup-shaped.
Virgin crowning Manuel
[$25 SOLD] Please compare to those on vcoins.
Alexius III, 1195-1203
Bust of Christ facing, good details!
Alexius on left and St Constantine.
Hendy plate 22.8
[$27, reduced to $25 SOLD]
Michael VIII, Palaeologus, 1261-1282
Struck at Constantinople
23-21 mm. 1.39 grams
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.
None on vcoins. [$39]
Michael VIII, 1258-1282
24-22 mm. 1.82 grams.
Christ enthroned, large "K" to left
Three figures on the reverse:
Michael kneeling right before Christ in halo, supported by St Michael behind in halo.
Sear 2259 glossy black patina, None for sale on vcoins. [$29]
Theodore I, Empire of Nicaea
22-17 mm. Small.
Sear 2061. Scarce.
As I write this, the only example on vcoins is not better but $125. Here [$35].
[$225+$8] Theodore I, Empire of Nicaea 1208-1222
(in Sear's Byzantine Coins as 2064)
Electrum 35-30 mm. Chipped. 3.65 grams.
Christ seated facing
Emperor on left and St. Theodore on the right.
Sear 2064. DO IV.II Theodore I 2.
I bought it already chipped. The picture reproduces the color well on my screen. It is electrum, but pale. Christ seated/Full-length figure of emperor on left an St. Theodore on the right. A gorgeous strike. Fortunately the chip does not affect any of the design. [There is nothing remotely like it on vcoins and the one on MA-Shops as I write is very badly flan-cracked (Theirs is about to break in half) and even so it is priced over $700. Get this bargain coin! [$225 + $8 (I will ship it well-packed!)]
Theodore II, Empire of Nicaea, 1254-1258
29-27 mm. Large
St. Tryphon, fleur-de-lis-like stybol, , either side
Emperor standing with labarum-headed scepter and globus cruciger, cloak spead very wide.
Sear 2142. "38 pounds in F, 85 in VF"
DO IV.II plate XXXVI, (10b)
No coins of Theodore II at all on vcoins. Rare
Look at the DO plate coin (not in their collection, which is what the parentheses around the ID number mean) to see this is good "for type" [$59, reduced to $49]
Arabic and Arab-Byzantine
Turkoman Figural bronze. Foes of the Crusaders
Left: Zangids. Qutb-al-Din Mawdud, 544-564 AH 1149-1169 AD. S/S 59. Bought in Israel in 1972. 29 mm. [$35, reduced to $23, reduced to $21]
Here is a lovely Turkoman bronze:
Qutb al-Din Mawdud
Zengid Atabeg of Mosul, 1149-1170
Large. 29-28 mm.
Male bust facing slightly left, two winged figures above, legend in Kufic either side
legend in four lines with smaller lines above and either side.
Spengler and Sayles II type 59
Excellent condition and surfaces. Very clear reverse legend. Worthy of a fine collection. [$119]
Arab-Byzantine all sold
I don't know what this is.
Lead. 20 mm. 4.58 grams.
horseman right with long cross
line through a circle? A phi?
Some letters (Greek?) on the horseman side.
A nice puzzle. [$25, reduced to $19]
The next few are Armenian medieval coins, attributed according to ACM = Armenian Coins and their Values
Hetoum II, 1289-1306
20-19 mm. AE. [$14, reduced to $7]
Levon III, 1301-3107
AE 21. Kardez. [$14, reduced to $5]
Levon IV, 1320-3142, AE pogh. 17 mm
King seated facing/cross [$19, reduced to $16, reduced to $12] Please compare to the $55 examples on vcoins.
Armenian. AE28. Hetom I, Plant 104c. Seated king/cross with Vs in quadrants.
Rare. LARGE. 28 mm. Not in Armenian Coins and Their Values. (A minor variety) Cf. 351-8 because of the Vs in the quadrants. [$15, reduced to $9 (for an unlisted variety!)]
Bundi, Indian Princely State, 1 Paisa, 1872 (not ancient)
17-16 mm and very thick at 6 mm. 17.42 grams.
Odd-shaped coin! [$10 + $4 shipping in the US--it is too thick for a normal envelope]
Mexico. 1972. 5 pesos. KM 472 [$3]
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