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. 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 $1 for each hundred thereafter. Usually an additional $3 to other countries--ask.)  More-detailed terms of sale are here. 
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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, Justin II, Maurice, Heraclius, Constans II, Constantine IV, late Byzantine (anonymous and later)
 
Most recent: Jan 23. quarter-siliqua of Theodoric (at the top)
Jan. 18:  Five interesting AE (at the top)

2019, Jan. 15: Michael VIII (at the top).
Jan 7:  A very large Justinian (at the top).
Jan. 2, 2019.  Happy New Year!  Constantine VII at the top. Andronicus II. Site cleaned of many sold coins. Somewhat rearranged. A few prices revised.



Some special coins:  an electrum Theodore I of Nicaea, 30-nummia of Heraclius, Justinian II, Tiberius III, Justinian ANTIX mintmarkVandal N/IIII.

 

Newest:

AR13-11-7 mm. 0.40 grams.
quarter-siliqua in the name of Anastasius
Usually attributed to Theodoric (493-526)
Metlich The Coinage of Ostrogothic Italy 51c
Demo Ostrogothic Coinage 71 
Sometimes offered as "Gepid". 
Alain Gennari "The “Sirmium group”: about the so-called Gepids siliquae" (I have the pdf and if you ask for it I can e-mail it to you.)
Broken, as these thin coins ofter are [$55 SOLD]. Pleasse compare to the "Gepid" or "Gepids" or "Theodoric" coins on vcoins.  (MA-Shops has a broken one, worse, at 500 euros.)

 

 

 



Overstrike. Constantine X over Class D
Large 28-26 mm and heavy at 8.57 grams.
The upper photo has the Constantine X, Sear 1853, upright.
The lower photo has the undertype, Class D, upright.

Overstrikes like this one are used to attribute and put the anonymous folles in chronological order. 

[$15 SOLD]

 

 

Anonymous Class G
Christ / Mary orans (with hands up)
28-25 mm. 8.14 grams.
Sear 1867. 
Good even surfaces, dark gray. Some eye detail. 
[$25 SOLD] 

 

 

Basil I. 867-886
17-16 mm.

Cherons mint. Cast.
This one quite bold.
B (for Basil) 
Cross on steps with dots either side
Sear 1719 (25 pounds in F, 65 in VF)
[$29]  (As nice as those $75-$80 on vcoins)


 

 

anonymous follis, Class B
Attributed to 

Sear: Romanus III, 1028-1034

Grierson in DOC: Michael IV,
1034-1041
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. 
Sear 1823.
[$27]

 

 

Constantine VII, 913-959
27 mm.
elaborate loros with big dots
Very clear 4-line legend
Nearly black even patina.
Lots of obverse legend (most don't)
Sear 1761.
[$29 SOLD]  (As always, I want you to compare with prices elsewhere and then buy here when you know what a deal you are getting!)

 

 

 

 


Michael VIII, 1259-1282. Very late!
25-21 mm.
Bust of Christ
Three figures. Michael VIII kneeling before seated Christ,
supported by St, Michael.
Sear 2259. [$25]

 

 




Justinian, 527-565.
Massive 40-38 mm. 21.24 grams.
Year 13 at Constantinople.

Sear 163 year 13
A very large coin. Full size for the reform. Coins became smaller after year 15, so "Sear 163" can be much smaller than this big one [$79 SOLD]

 

 

 

 

Constantine VII, 913-959

Sear 1761Some facial detial and good reverse light cover hightlighting the letters.
[$32]

[As always, compare with prices on vcoins.]

 

 

 


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.
Sear 2435 
Three figures on one side!  [$35]


 

 

 

 


Vandal, time of Justinian
 
Vandal. Municipal of Carthage
N (with bar above)/IIII
Bust left, holding palm branch
AE11-10. 
MEC 51.
[$89]  Compares favorably to the $170 and $375 coins on vcoins. 

 

 

Ostrogothic. Baduila

Ostrogothic. Baduila, 541-552 at Ticinum
11-10 mm. (small)
Facing bust in Ostrogothic helmet
lion (with long vertical neck) standing left with one foreleg raised, in wreath.

MEC I -- but mentioned on page 38
Wroth WPBC Baduila 51, page 94, plate XII.5
Metlich COI 99  "Totila-Baduila, minimus, 2 or 2 1/2 nummia"
[$85]

 

 

 

 


By emperor, in chronological order:

Anastasius, 491-518

 

Anastasius, 491-518
Large reformed follis. 
To right of the M is • * • 
which is  unusual.
Sear 21. Big, nice coin, with unusual • * •  [$35, reduced to $29 SOLD]

compare to this recent eBay coin:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/LANZ-BYZANTINE-EMPIRE-ANASTASIUS-FOLLIS-STAR-PELLET-CONSTANTINOPLE-AE-TEG2092/302494194338?hash=item466e0f1aa2:g:Kv0AAOSw8UZZ6OMm

 

 

 

 



Justin I, 518-527

[see the "inexpensive" page]

 


 

Justin I and Justinian, Joint Reign:


J&J

Justin I and Justinian, their short joint reign. Rare. Sear 125.
Too bad all the letters of "JVSTIN" are missing, but the spacing of the rest makes it clear the type had them.  [$69, reduced to $45]
Could be cleaned of dirt, but I don't clean coins.]

[Be careful. Some coins attributed to "Justin and Justinian" are actually just Justinian alone and reading the legend would tell the seller that.]

 

 

Justin and Justinian, joint reign, 4 April 527 - 1 August 527 (four months!)
32-28 mm. 17.05 grams.
Unfortunately, the legend is missing the "IVSTIN" part but it is long enough and positioned to show it was there.
Sear 125  [$55]

 

 

 

 



Justinian, 527-565

 


Justinian, 527-565. AE4. Tiny!
VOT XIII
Sear Byzantine 278
Carthage
Better than most.  Only one on vcoins, at $235, as I write.
In my experience this type is rarer than the VOT XIIII
[$65, reduced to $45]

 


Justinian, 527-565
Decanummia from Nicomedia
Year 32, 559/60

Sear 205   [$12]

 

 
 

Justinian 527-565
10 nummia. 21-18 mm. 4.55 grams
Year 17 = 543/4
Sear 167  [$15 SOLD]

 

 

Justinian 527-565

5-nummia. 16 mm. 1.93 grams.

Sear 243 from Antioch.
Remarkably nice epsilon and officina mark.  [$29]
Comes with very old Pegasi ticket for $40. 

 

 

Justinian, 527-565
16-nummia piece from Thessalonica
23-21 mm.

Sear 175ff

An unusual denomination. AISP

[$25]

 

 

 

 
Justinian at Antioch. Pentanummia
13 mm. 1.98 grams
Monogram on reverse
Sear 245
Nice earthen cover.
MIBE 163.  Compare on vcoins.  [$35, reduced to $29 SOLD]

 

 


[$129]  Justinian, 527-565.
Rare denomination: 4-nummia, Delta. Large Δ
14-12 mm.
Delta. A and P either side.
Sear 194-5.
This one is better than the one which sold Nov. 14, 2017 here:
http://www.vauctions.com/APViewItem.asp?ID=38393
for over $350. 

 

 
 


JJ

[$19 SOLD] Justinian, 527-565, at Carthage.
Sear 283, no photo.
Tiny coin. 9 mm. 0.39 grams.  Good head. Good chi-rho. [$29, reduced to $19 SOLD]




 

 


342342
[$33] Justinian 1-nummis, small   0.36 grams.
AE nummis.
Sear 342.  Close to the end of this denomination.
Rare, Carthage mint according to Hahn
Please compare on vcoins [$59, reduced to $49, reduced to $33]
Facing bust. Note that the obverse has nose and eye detail and is well-centered.

 

 


J

Byzantine empire. Justinian (527-565). Struck the first year only.  Mintmark ANTIX, at Antioch before the earthquake of 528.
Sear 213. Scarce mintmark and very expensive in higher grade. [$37, a rare one year mintmark for Justinian
, reduced to $33]
For the story of this mint period, see my page:  http://esty.ancients.info/interesting/Justinian.html

 

 

 
217217
Justinian, 40 nummia, Antioch as Theoupolis. Mint mark spelled out in Greek
Sear Byz 217  [$35
, reduced to $27] Look at the mintmark!

 

 


326326

Justinian at Ravenna. Rare mint. Sear 326. 10-nummia. 16 mm. 3.20 grams. Struck year 20-28. DO 347-349. Sear 326. [$21, reduced to $16 SOLD]

 

 

217217


Justinian I, 527-565 AD. Neat Greek mintmark for Theopolis = Antioch. Sear Byz 217 [$19
, reduced to $12]

 

 

283283

[$29] Justinian 1-nummis, small, 0.94 grams. 10 mm.
Sear 283.
Facing bust
Rare, Carthage mint. Chi-rho in double circle.
Not any on vcoins as I write this  [$55, reduced to $33, reduced to $29]

 

 


J
[$9 SOLD] Justinian, 527-565.  16-nummia denomination only at Thessalonica:  AISP
Sear 178. 23 mm.  [$18, reduced to $9 SOLD]

 

 

 

 
 


Justin II, 565-578

 

  
Justin II and Sophia
19-16 mm. 4.25 grams.
Facing busts
VITA below
N I M
Struck at Carthage
Sear 400
DO 200 (the one I am offering here is better on both sides except for clarity of "VITA")
[$79, reduced to $69]

 

 

Justin II
5-nummia
31-11 mm. 1.80 grams.
monogram/E+
Sear 364  
[$8, reduced to $5]

 

 

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.

 

 

 


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 $17]

 

 
 


Maurice, 582-602
29 mm. 11.47 grams.
Year 7, officina E
Sear 494. 

Lots of detail with an especially lovely reverse. [$29]

 

 

 

 


Phocas, 602-610

 

Phocas, 602-610
XX nummia, struck at Nicomedia
Sear 663  [$19, reduced to $9 SOLD]

 

 

 

 



Heraclius, 610-614

 

Heraclius with countermark, 610-641
26-21 mm.
Sear 810 with Heraclius and son
/M and year XXV (?)
Countermark, probably from Syria, at the top of the M.
[$27]

 

 

 

Rare denomination.
Heraclius, rare 30-nummia denomination (a big Λ for "30") CON mint
Two standing figures facing, reverse with Gamma officina
Sear Byzantine 812 [$29, reduced to $22]

 

 

 

Heraclius, 610-641
Alexandria mint
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]

 

 


30Rare denomination.

[$45] Heraclius (610-641) 30-nummia30!
26-23 mm. 7.35 grams.
The unusual 30-nummia with a big Lambda for 30. Sear  812. Dumbarton Oaks has three photos, all comparable coins. [$69, reduced to $45
] You may think you want a nicer one, but look around and you will see this is nice for type!
Please compare prices elsewhere!

 

 

 

 


Constans II, 641-668

 

 


Constantine IV, 668-685

[none at this time]

Justinian II, first reign, 685-695

Justinian II, first reign, 685-695
28-18 mm. Struck on a quartered large follis
Sear 1262 
[$95, reduced to $85 SOLD]

 

 

 

Tiberius III Apimar 698-705
Small. 20-19 mm.
Sear 1395
ex CNG  with ticket  [$125]
Rare. None on vcoins as I write.

 

 

 



Constantine V, 741-775

 


16591659

[$19] Constantine V and Leo IV 741-775, /Leo III  Sear Byz 1569 
[$29, reduced to $24, reduced to $19]

 

 

 



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 $18]

 

 

 



Michael II, 820-829
 


Michael II, 820-829
Small. 18 mm.
Sear 1652
[$45, reduced to $39]

 

 

 


Theophilus, 829-842


Theophilus 829-842
gilt imitation solidus. 19 mm. 2.21 grams (very light)
Sear 1653 prototype
ex CNG on-line auction 179 (2008) lot 298 (part) with ticket
Most gold intact. [$135 SOLD]

 

 

 
 
 
 
Leo VI, 886-912

 

Leo VI, The Wise. 886-912
Sear 1729

All there. [$25]

 

 

Constantine VII, 913-959

Constantine VII, 913-959
25 mm.
Sear 1761   Good portrait detail  [$25]

 

 

 


 

Nicephorus II, 963-969


 

Nicephorus II, Phocas 963-969
Overstruck, possibly on Sear 1760 of Romanus I
Sear 1783
There is a lot of the undertype to read, and yet the 
main type has details such as the eyes. 
[$22]

 

 

 

 



Byzantine Mint of Cherson, was in Ukraine, now annexed by Russia.

[All sold]

 

Late Byzantine
Anonymous Folles (Anonymous Bronze)

 

Michael IV, 1034-1041
28-26 mm.
Anonymous Class C
Well-centered. Sear 1825
[$29 SOLD]

 

 

 

Nicephorus III, 1071-1081
25 mm.
Anonymous bronze Class I
Sear 1889 [$35]

 

 

Anonymous bronze, Class G
27-25 mm. 
Romanus IV, 1068-1071

Christ  IC XC
/Virgin Mary orans  MP  ΘV

Sear 1867   [$27]

 

 

Anonymous follis, Class G
27-25 mm. 
Romanus IV, 1068-1071

 

Christ/Virgin Mary orans

Sear 1867  Lots of facial details [$33 SOLD]

 

 

 

Byzantine anonymous Class I
Nicephorus III, 1078-1081

Sear 1889
 

Nice highlighting  [$16 SOLD]

 

 

 

Constantine X, 1059-1067
24-22 mm.
5.80 grams.
Lovely natural earthen cover
Sear 1853  [$18 SOLD]

 

 

Alexius I, 1081-1118
19-16 mm.
bust facing

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]

 

 
 

AA
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
full-length Christ
half-length figure of John II
Sear 1954  [$17]  Compare to vcoins!

 

 

 

MM

Manuel I, 1143-1180
17 mm. half-tetarteron
Half length figure of Manuel facing, Cross on steps, IC XC
Sear 1982. DO Manuel I 25.
Better than most. [$15 SOLD]

 

 
 

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.
Christ entroned
Virgin crowning Manuel

Sear 1966
Hendy 16.6
[$25]  Please compare to those on vcoins.

 

 

 


Alexius III, 1195-1203
27-21 mm. 
Bust of Christ facing, good details!
Alexius on left and St Constantine.
Sear 2012
Hendy plate 22.8
[$27, reduced to $25]

 

 
 

Latin imitative, 1204-1261, during the Crusader occupation of Constantinople
20 mm. (small)
Hendy plate 29
Pretty nice for the type.  [$18 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
1208-1222
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]

 

 

 


Andronicus III, 1328-1341
asserion (flat type, not a trachy) 24-19 mm.
Cross fleury
emperor standing, name legible to left

None on vcoins.  Nice dark green. Some earth might be removeable.

None on vcoins.  [$33]
Look at the Sear plate coin which is listed at 45 pounds in fine. This one is as good and in some ways better. 

 

 

 

 


Arabic and Arab-Byzantine


AA


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

 


 
Medieval

 

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 $21]

 

 



__________

The next few are Armenian medieval coins, attributed according to ACM = Armenian Coins and their Values

 

HH
Hetoum II, 1289-1306
ACV 404
20-19 mm. AE. [$14
, reduced to $7]

 

 

LL
Levon III, 1301-3107
ACV 433v
AE 21. Kardez. [$14
, reduced to $5]

 

 
 

LL
Levon IV, 1320-3142, AE pogh. 17 mm
ACV 462
King seated facing/cross  [$19, reduced to $16
, reduced to $12] Please compare to the $55 examples on vcoins.

 

 



Armenian

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!)]

 

 

 



England
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! [$10 + $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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