Byzantine Coins For Sale

The beginning of the Byzantine Empire was the establishment of Constantinople in 330 AD, when Constantine the Great founded the city as the center of the Christian world. He and subsequent emperors made Constantinople into one of the most elaborate and civilized cities in the world. Until the Fourth Crusade, Constantinople enjoyed 874 years of growth and stability. Few cities in history have lasted as long without being overrun by an invading army. The word "Byzantine" was not used until well in the 15th century to describe the eastern part of the Roman empire. The monetary history was probably the most important aspect of the success of the empire. Constantine the Great introduced several monetary reforms with one of them being the creation of the gold Solidus at 72 to the Roman pound. This standard lasted throughout with only periodic debasement in economically stressed parts of the empire or during periods of extremely weak leadership.

The Byzantine Empire is the conventional name used to describe the Roman Empire during the Middle Ages. Its emperors continued the unbroken succession of Roman Emperors, preserving Greco-Roman legal and cultural traditions. The Eastern Roman Empire's evolution from the ancient Roman Empire can be seen as a process beginning when the Emperor Constantine I transferred the capital from Nicomedia in Anatolia to the city of Byzantium, which was renamed New Rome or Constantinople.



Anastasius I 'Large M' AE Follis 025257

Anastasius I 'Large M' AE Follis
Bronze, 17.11 grams, 33.84 mm. Constantinople. Circa 512-517 AD. Obverse: DN ANASTASIVS P P AVG, pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: large M, star to left, cross above, star to right, officina letter B below, mintmark CON. DOC I 23i; MIB I 27; Sear Byz. 19. Good very fine.
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Anastasius I 'Large M' AE Follis 025257
Maurice Tiberius 'Large M' Follis 025258

Maurice Tiberius 'Large M' Follis
Bronze, 12.08 grams, 31.44 mm. Nicomedia. 582-602 AD. Obverse: DN MAVRIC TIbER PP A (or abbreviated), crowned, cuirassed bust facing, holding cross on globe and shield. Reverse: Large M, ANNO to left, cross above, regnal year GII to right, A below. Mintmark NIKO in exergue. Sear Byz. 512, MIB 75D-76D. Good fine/good very fine.
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Maurice Tiberius 'Large M' Follis 025258
Justin II and Sophia 'Large K' Half Follis 025252

Justin II and Sophia 'Large K' Half Follis
Bronze, 6.02 grams, 21.30 mm. Thessalonica. 565-578 AD. Obverse: DN IVSTINVS PP AV, Justin on the left and Sophia on the right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding cross on globe, Sophia holding sceptre. Reverse: large K, ANNO to left, theta-cross-C above, officina letter epsilon to right, mintmark TES below. Sear Byz. 366; MIB 70. Very fine.
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Justin II and Sophia 'Large K' Half Follis 025252
Justin II and Sophia 'Large K' Half Follis 025254

Justin II and Sophia 'Large K' Half Follis
Bronze, 6.70 grams, 25.00 mm. Thessalonica. 565-578 AD. Thessalonica. Obverse: DN IVSTINVS PP AVG, Justin on the left and Sophia on the right, seated facing on double-throne, both nimbate, Justin holding cross on globe, Sophia holding sceptre. Reverse: large K, ANNO to left, cross above, regnal year III to right, officina letter A below. Sear Byz. 361; MIB 44. Good very fine.
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Justin II and Sophia 'Large K' Half Follis 025254
Roman Byzantine Heraclius 'Cross Potent' Gold Solidus 024533

Roman Byzantine Heraclius 'Cross Potent' Gold Solidus
Gold, 4.22 grams, 22.27 mm. 610-641 AD. AV Solidus, Constantinople. Obverse: dN hERACLIVS PP AC, draped and cuirassed bust facing, wearing plumed helmet and holding cross. Reverse: VICTORIA AVGU and officina letter epsilon, cross potent on three steps; mintmark CONOB. DOC II 3b; MIB III 5; Sear Byz. 731. Slightly not struck up, otherwise extremely fine.

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Roman Byzantine Heraclius 'Cross Potent' Gold Solidus 024533
Roman Byzantine Heraclius 'Cross Potent' Gold Semissis 023787

Roman Byzantine Heraclius 'Cross Potent' Gold Semissis
Gold, 2.18 grams, 19.47 mm. 610-613 AD, Constantinople. Obv: DN hRACLIUS PP AVI, pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right. Rev: VICTORIA AVGU, cross potent on globe. DOC 51b; MIB 70; Sear Byzantine 784. Extremely fine, about as struck, with a softer reverse.

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Roman Byzantine Heraclius 'Cross Potent' Gold Semissis 023787
Isaac II 'Mary and Isaac' Trachy 021203

Isaac II 'Mary and Isaac' Trachy
Billon Aspron, 4.79 grams, 29.64 mm. Constantinople. 1185-1195 AD. Obverse: MP-theta V to left and right, Mary, nimbate, seated facing, holding before her the nimbate head of infant Christ facing left. Reverse: ICAAKIOC DECPOTHC, Isaac, crowned, wearing loros, divitision and sagion decorated with star, standing facing, holding cross-tipped sceptre and akakia, crowned by hand of God in upper right field. SB 2003, BMC 19-31. Good very fine.
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Isaac II 'Mary and Isaac' Trachy 021203
Manuel I 'Emperor Crowned by Mary' Trachy 021208

Manuel I 'Emperor Crowned by Mary' Trachy
Billon Aspron, 4.80 grams, 30.50 mm, Christ, nimbate, seated facing on throne with back, holding book of gospels, right hand raised in benediction, star to left and right. Reverse: MANVHL DECPOT, Manuel, wearing loros and divitision, on left, holding labarum and cross on globe, being crowned by Mary, nimbate, on right, MP-theta V at top centre and right. SB 1966, BMC 40-51. Very fine.
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Manuel I 'Emperor Crowned by Mary' Trachy 021208
Isaac II 'Mary and Isaac' Trachy 021206

Isaac II 'Mary and Isaac' Trachy
Billon Aspron, 5.67 grams, 29.97 mm. Constantinople. 1185-1195 AD. Obverse: MP-theta V to left and right, Mary, nimbate, seated facing, holding before her the nimbate head of infant Christ facing left. Reverse: ICAAKIOC DECPOTHC in several lines across fields, Isaac, crowned, wearing loros, divitision and sagion, standing facing, holding cross-tipped sceptre and akakia, crowned by hand of God in upper right field. SB 2003, BMC 19-31. Very fine and better.
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Isaac II 'Mary and Isaac' Trachy 021206
Manuel I 'Emperor crowned by Mary' Trachy 021212

Manuel I 'Emperor crowned by Mary' Trachy
Billon Aspron, 4.44 grams, 29.52 mm, Christ, nimbate, seated facing on throne with back, holding book of gospels, right hand raised in benediction, star to left and right. Reverse: MANVHL DECPOT, Manuel, wearing loros and divitision, on left, holding labarum and cross on globe, being crowned by Mary, nimbate, on right, MP-theta V at top centre and right. SB 1966, BMC 40-51. Good very fine.
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Manuel I 'Emperor crowned by Mary' Trachy 021212
Manuel I 'Mary and Emperor' Trachy 021207

Manuel I 'Mary and Emperor' Trachy
Billon Aspron, 3.40 grams, 28.44 mm. Constantinople. 1143-1180 AD. Obverse: MP-theta V to left and right, Mary, nimbate, seated, holding before her the nimbate head of infant Christ facing left. Reverse: [MANVHL DECPOTHC], Manuel, crowned, wearing chlamys and divitision, standing facing, holding labarum and patriarchal cross on globe. SB 1964; BMC 56. Very fine.
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Manuel I 'Mary and Emperor' Trachy 021207
Manuel I 'Mary and Emperor' Trachy 021210

Manuel I 'Mary and Emperor' Trachy
Billon Aspron, 4.07 grams, 31.64 mm. Constantinople. 1143-1180 AD. Obverse: MP-theta V to left and right, Mary, nimbate, seated, holding before her the nimbate head of infant Christ facing left. Reverse: MANVHL DECPOTHC, Manuel, crowned, wearing chlamys and divitision, standing facing, holding labarum and patriarchal cross on globe. SB 1964; BMC 56. Good very fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
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Manuel I 'Mary and Emperor' Trachy 021210
Manuel I 'Mary and Emperor' Trachy 021213

Manuel I 'Mary and Emperor' Trachy
Billon Aspron, 2.82 grams, 27.14 mm. Constantinople. 1143-1180 AD. Obverse: MP-theta V to left and right, Mary, nimbate, seated, holding before her the nimbate head of infant Christ facing left. Reverse: MANVHL DECPOTHC, Manuel, crowned, wearing chlamys and divitision, standing facing, holding labarum and patriarchal cross on globe. SB 1964; BMC 56. Good very fine.
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Manuel I 'Mary and Emperor' Trachy 021213
Phocas 'Angel' Solidus 019657

Phocas 'Angel' Solidus
Gold, 4.45 grams, 17.01 mm. Constantinople. 602-603 AD. Obverse: dN FOCAS PERP AVG, draped and cuirassed facing bust, in crown with pendilia, holding cross on globe. Reverse: VICTORIA AVGU I, Angel standing facing holding long staff surmounted by P, and cross on globe. CONOB in exergue. Sear 616; DOC 1. Extremely fine, part not struck up.

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Phocas 'Angel' Solidus 019657


Main Roman Coin Book and Other References:

RIC = Mattingly, Harold    The Roman Imperial Coinage
BMC = Coins of the Roman Empire in the British Museum
RSC = Seaby, H A    Roman Silver Coinage
RCV = Sear, David R    Roman Coins and Their Values
Cr = Crawford, Michael    The Roman Republican Coinage
SB = Sear, David R    Byzantine Coins and Their Values
S = Coins of England and the United Kingdom
WW = Wildwinds.com (reference & attribution site)



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