Turkoman - Ancient coin books and auction catalogs
   Arabic Figural Bronze, Zengid (Zangid), Artuqid (Urtuki, Urtuki Turkuman), Ayyubid, Danishmendid, Seljuqs (Seljuks) of Rum
     Coins mostly struck c. AD 1150-1250.

Books


Spengler, William F. and Wayne G. Sayles. Turkoman Figure Bronze Coins and their Iconography. Volume I:  The Artuqids.  1996.  HC
Spengler, William F. and Wayne G. Sayles. Turkoman Figure Bronze Coins and their Iconography. Volume II:  The Zengids.  1996.  HC 
    These volumes are complete and well-illustrated for the series they cover. Unfortunately, Spengler took ill and then died and was unable to work on the missing volume III, which was to include the Danishmendids, Seljuqs of Rum, Ayyubids, Mongols, and lesser dynasties.

Islamic Coins and Their Values, volume 1, by Tim Wilkes. 2015. 66 types (which is all, or just about all, the types) illustrated in color with excellent examples. There is almost no commentary.

Balog, Paul. The Coinage of the Ayyubids. 1980. HC. RNS Special Publication 12. An inexpensive (c. $42) and very well done 334 page book on the entire Ayyubid series with lines drawings throughout and 50 page plates, with each of the Ayyubid figural bronze types illustrated with several examples.  

Poole, Stanley Lane.  Coins of the Urtuki Turkomans. PB. 1875.  A large-format, thin, scholarly (but old), pamphlet. 45 pages and 6 plates. 

Album, Stephen.  Marsden's Numismata Orientalia Illustrata.  1977. HC. An old price guide about all Arabic coins. Many of the Turkoman types are illustrated with line drawings.  


Articles

Whelen, Estelle.  "A contribution to Danishmendid history:  The figual copper coins," in ANSMN 25 (1980) pages 133-166 and plates 16-17 with 12 coins illustrated, 8 figural.

Kolbas, Judith G. "Developments in the JazÄĞran pictorial coinage. A review of W.F. Spengler and W.G. Sayles, Turkoman Figural Bronze Coins and their Iconography, Vols. I and II," Numismatic Chronicle 1998, 259-285, with 20 figures.

 


 
Sale Catalogs

    Catalogs listed more or less in order of importance of the selections.

The Spengler and Sayles (S/S) collection was sold in several CNG catalogs:

28  (12/93)  699 ancients among 759. 212 G including 32 Athens new style, 31 RR, 78 RI, 14 RP, 289 Byz, 75 Turkoman bronze (Spengler/Sayles I)
    Athens new style (32), Byzantine (289), Turkoman (Artuqid, 75)
29  (3/94)  mbs. 1395 ancients among 1753 (+ numis literature). 404 G, 107 RR, 399 RI, 146 RP, 264 Byz, 4 DA, 69 Turkoman (Spengler/Sayles II, Artuqid) 17 Celtic England, 18 England
    Byzantine (264, including AE), Turkoman (Spengler/Sayles II, Artuqid, 69)
31  (9/94)  1613 ancients among 1925. 586 G, 268 RR, 355 RI, 239 RP, 101 Byz, 5 Aksum, 49 Turkoman (Spengler/Sayles III, Artuqids), 6 DA, 8 Celtic England, 2 Saxon, 16 lead seals
    Roman Republican (268 including Aes grave), Augustus (25), Turkoman (Spengler/Sayles III, Artuqids, 49)
38  (6/96)  1468 ancients among 1843.  646 G, 60 RP, 146 RR, 351 RI, 6 DA, 61 Byz, 126 Turkoman (S/S II, Zengids), 16 AE of Salamis, 10 Hephtalites, 9 Celtic England, 19 English
    Turkoman (126) (S/S II, Zengids)

Also, CNG had good selections in

97 (2014, Sept. 17)  952 ancients among 1053 lots.  387 G, 63 Jewish, 12 Philistia, 104 RP, 44 RR, 132 RI, 67 Byz, 78 Turkoman, 50 British and Anglo Saxon.
  Turkoman bronze "Warden Collection" (78)
37  (3/96) mbs. 2153 ancients among 2801. 902 G, 93 Jewish and related, 230 RP, 163 RR, 635 RI, 12 DA, 118 Byz (mostly AE), 14 medieval Bulgarian, 38 Turkoman, 12 Celtic England, 5 English DA, 21 lead seals.  (7 Septimius Severus legionary)
    Turkoman (38)     [very nice coins, not identifed as S/S coins]
73  (2006, Sept. 13) 1130 ancients among 1311, all in color with some enlargements, plus 460 book lots. facing heads collection of David Herman, 541 G (including "Boeotia [sic], Further Selections from the BCD Collection," 58 pieces), 45 Oriental Greek, 98 ships on coins (G, R, RP, Alexandre Barros collection), 79 RP, 53 RR, 214 RI, 40 Byz, 5 Aksum, 2 Crusader, 41 high grade Turkoman bronze, 9 English
    facing heads (many), ships on coins (98), Turkoman bronze (41), "Boeotia [sic], Further Selections from the BCD Collection," (58
12 (9/90) mbs. MQP. 1340 ancients maong 1523. 307 Roman Egypt (Wetterstrom part I), 255 G, 89 RP, 106 RR, 275 RI, 152 Byz (many AE), 30 Turkoman, 17 English
    Roman Egypt (307), Turkoman (30) [not high grade]


M&M Deutschland 
13  (2003, Oct. 9)  889 ancients among 1237 on 42 ppl among 60, plus 1E.  "Sammlung Righetti, part III" 515 RP (including 51 of the Kingdom of the Bosporus), 64 G, 11 RR, 205 RI, 5 contorniates, 5 Byz, 48 Turkoman figural bronze
    Roman Provincial (515, including 51 of the Kingdom of the Bosporus)  Turkoman bronze (48)  [very nice examples]
16  (2005, May 19-20) MLV. MQP. "Sammlung Righetti part 5, Roman Provincial Coins."  1298 ancients among 1636. 852 Roman Provincial AE (a few are Greek and few are of high quality) AE, 145 G silver, 39 "Paeonian hoard, 1968," G silver, 17 silver RP, 1 RR, 95 RI, 2 Celtic, 96 Byz AE, 88 Arabic Turkoman bronze.
    Roman Provincial AE (852),  Arabic Turkoman bronze (88)  [examples mostly not in high grades] 

Peus 
369  (2001, 31 Oct.) One volume. 1754 ancients and Arabic on 83 ppl.  274 G, 656 R, 88 Byz, 6 DA, 406 Roman Provincial + 15 ppl of Arabic and Turkoman (42 pieces of Turkoman).
    Turkoman AE (42)

Sternberg
13  (11/83)  MV. MQP.  1175 ancients on 46 ppl + 8 of cut stones and antiquities.  320 G, 652 R, 96 Byz, 53 Arab, 6 Arab-Byz, 48 Turkoman AE
    Turkoman AE (48) 

Vecchi
5  (3/97)  1198 ancients on 69 ppl + 4 E among 92 ppl. 358 G, 618 R, 75 DA, 62 Byz, 9 Papal-Byzantine, also Arabic, Crusader, 22 Roman imitations
    sestertii, Papal-Byzantine AR, late Roman AE, Dark Ages, imitations, Turkoman AE (38)   [excellent examples]

Gorny 
38  (11/87)  563 ancients + 3 E.  318 G, 191 R, 16 Byz, 25 Turkoman [excellent examples]
   Turkoman AE (25)

Sotheby's
1997, March 6-7. (London)  "The John J. Slocum Collection of Coins of the Crusades" 985 lots on 31 page plates. Includes 20 excellent Turkoman bronze
    Crusader (985),  Turkoman bronze (20)

Malloy LVII 5/2000 lots 869-945  3 1/4 pages of pretty nice ones

NFA fixed price list large format 5.2, Summer 1976, 23 pieces

Hirsch 160 (1988 Nov. 23-25) 30 ppl of ancients among 74 ppl. 45 nice Turkoman bronze
Hirsch 167 (1990, Sept. 26-29) 54 ppl of ancients among 131 ppl. 42 nice Tirkoman bronze.


Elsen fixed-price list  212, 16 pieces

 


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