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 on: Yesterday at 09:42:24 am 
Started by Joe Sermarini - Last post by Joe Sermarini
There is a new publication on Early Byzantine Copper Coins that I just came across online.  It is an excellent new resource and the entire book can be downloaded in PDF format at - You can contact the author via a contact form at the bottom of the home page (he would like to hear from visitors).

From the website...


This site aims to inform collectors and students of Byzantine base metal coins issued in the period between the monetary reform of Anastasius I (491-518) and that of Alexius I Comnenus (1081-1118).

The collection described was formed between 1982 and 2015 and is ongoing in certain specific areas.

Early Byzantine Copper Coins will be published in book form later in 2016. The first printing (of 100) comprises presentation copies only.

Contents include the following:

The Foreword(s) describe the circumstances of the formation of the collection and the fascination of this series.  There is a lengthy Introduction to the catalogue itself which includes some observations on collecting and studying Byzantine copper, a guide to understanding the catalogue entries, and a short bibliography.

There are 38 chapters which, in a largely conventional way, attribute the coins either by reign (there are two chapters each on the coinage of Justinian I and that of Maurice, and three on that of Heraclius) or by issuing authority. Much of the latter is necessarily speculative, encompassing military issues and emergency and necessity issues from the attempted recovery of parts of Western Europe under Justinian I and his immediate successors, the 20 year conflict with Persia (610-630), and the conquest of large parts of the Eastern Empire by the Arabs.

Two short chapters describe coins in the collection struck by the Germanic Kingdoms and by the Umayyad rulers of Bilad al-Sham and North Africa.

Chapters 39 to 42 inclusive incorporate a number of both published and unpublished papers.

 on: Yesterday at 09:25:14 am 
Started by tomy j - Last post by tomy j
hi all

ID help please

 on: Yesterday at 08:12:03 am 
Started by ozkan d - Last post by singig
this one should be a gold copy of yours :
Germanic copy of a Roman gold medal of Emperor Valens, made after 378 AD. Part of the treasure of Szilgysomly (Şimleu Silvaniei), c. 525-550 AD.
Obv: Portrait of Valens (r. 364378)
(412, 47 g)   98 mm

 on: Yesterday at 02:02:56 am 
Started by ozkan d - Last post by ozkan d
about 280-300 gram weight and 9 cm size... Valens?  Reverse is corosion...

 on: Yesterday at 02:02:13 am 
Started by kitov - Last post by kitov
Bethlen Gabor
16131629 king of Transilvania
16201621 king of Hungary

 on: Yesterday at 12:17:49 am 
Started by quadrans - Last post by quadrans
Nice new addition :

145 Constantinus-II. (316-337 A.D. Caesar, 337-340 A.D. Augustus), Ticinum, RIC VII 095, AE-3 Follis, VOT/PR/C//PT, GLORIA EXERCITVS, Two Victories standing facing, R4!


 on: July 25, 2016, 11:24:08 pm 
Started by quadrans - Last post by quadrans
Hi Steve,

 Thank you very much your nice words and remarks.... Thumbs Up


 on: July 25, 2016, 09:19:53 pm 
Started by singig - Last post by singig
Last month I bought a 10 uncleanead roman coins lot. I would like to share with you my cleaning results.
For the moment I finished to clean only two coins , but I will continue with the others...

I used: lemon juice , water , bamboo sticks for bbq , small plastic brush , wax at the end

Antoninus Pius Dupondius, RIC 658
Macrinus, Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum , Varbanov 3487

 on: July 25, 2016, 08:47:09 pm 
Started by quadrans - Last post by gallienus1
A very nice coin quadrans, I like the casual pose of Jupiter, much more classical in appearance than the typical late imperial style that the rigid head of the young Licinius shows. A good example of a cross over in artistic styles that was taking place at the time.

Best regards,

 on: July 25, 2016, 08:38:14 pm 
Started by maridvnvm - Last post by gallienus1
A really nice example Martin. You do not often see them preserved with so much of the original silvering still intact. The silvering on your coin in particular produces a ghostly aesthetic for me that gives it terrific eye appeal.

Best regards,

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