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« Reply #200 on: December 22, 2006, 05:42:07 am »

This Heraclius and Heraclius Constantine has just been sold on eBay a few days ago. The lucky winner paid a quite handsome sum for this beauty. I would have placed a bid myself but the price got too high for my involvement in the age of Heraclius. I would pay more that 100$ just for a Maurice. This follis of Heraclius is splendid for its appeal. The full legend and the faces of the emperors are rarely seen on this type, otherwise very common. The year III is the most common for Heraclius but in this grade you will find one in hundreds.
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« Reply #201 on: December 22, 2006, 07:09:51 am »

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Yes, that is an extreme beauty for the type!
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« Reply #202 on: December 22, 2006, 08:43:49 am »

The year III is the most common for Heraclius but in this grade you will find one in hundreds.

Year III is common, but only for Sear 839, not for this one.
And it is such an incredibly beautiful coin for this issue, I simply had to lay my hand on it for my personal collection Smiley Smiley

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« Reply #203 on: December 22, 2006, 10:19:10 am »

These types are not necessarily badly struck, the problem is that they are most of the time overstruck. This example here is also overstruck but with a strong fresh die.
Well done Wolfgang (although my intuition pointed me in your direction from the beginning... Wink). The seller has beautiful byzantine but little knowledge. Lucky for us!
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« Reply #204 on: December 23, 2006, 07:14:07 am »

That is a beauty, Wolfgang! Thank`s for posting it, vercingetorix. I have never seen one like this. That is why I really like this thread; it is a great way to learn about and understand Byzantine coins.

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« Reply #205 on: December 23, 2006, 07:43:33 am »

thanks for the flowers  Smiley
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« Reply #206 on: December 25, 2006, 01:21:20 pm »

here is a nice condition item....
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« Reply #207 on: December 26, 2006, 01:53:48 am »

I hove one nice justin II myself. Unfortunatelly not such a good picture but still you can see details. Often I find many of this coins with perfect reverse but the obverse is disappointing.
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« Reply #208 on: December 28, 2006, 06:39:10 am »

And here is the next emperor (also non-Heraclian) after Leontius:

Emperor:  Tiberius III (Apsimar) (r. 698-705 AD)
Date:  698-705 AD
Condition:  aVF
DenominationFollis

Obverse:  No legend
Emperor standing, facing, wearing crown with cross and long tunic.  In right hand, long cross; in left, globus cruciger.

Reverse:  Large "M"; Above,
To left and right, cross.  Beneath, star.
Exergue:  SCL

Syracuse mint
DO 33; BMC 18; Sear 1396
4.077g; 22.4mm; 180°

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« Reply #209 on: December 29, 2006, 02:56:39 am »

Today's COTD is actually a .. seal. It is currently on sale on the Forum's catalog under number 14678. Most of the postal seals are poorly preserved and flatened, being made of lead. What is interesting about these seals is that they were often employed to seal bags of coins carried by the official post service to the garrizons on the frontier on on differents fronts where campaigns were on progress.
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« Reply #210 on: December 29, 2006, 04:32:16 am »

wow what a nice seal you got there... i would like to own a specimen like that... where did  you get it? or would you sell?
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« Reply #211 on: December 29, 2006, 06:11:54 am »

The seal is on sale, here, in the Forum's catalogue, no. 14678. Joe owns it right know until a lucky collector will purchase it for, I must say, a quite decent price for the quality of this piece.
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« Reply #212 on: January 04, 2007, 01:32:43 am »

Here´s another beauty of beasty Phocas:

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« Reply #213 on: January 04, 2007, 03:37:37 am »

A not overstruck follis of Phocas is a rarity in itself. If we add a noble patina and a VF-EF grade we do have a beauty Wink
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« Reply #214 on: January 04, 2007, 05:44:45 pm »

All I can say, Wolfgang, is WOW! Thanks for posting it.

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« Reply #215 on: January 05, 2007, 11:24:18 am »

Today´s coin of the day:

ANASTASIUS I ( 491-518 ) Rare Small module AE Half Follis without stars - Off. E - Not in SEAR ( S. 24 Var. )
obv. bust right - rv. large K between long cross and off. letter E - no stars above and beneath large K as in Sear 24
countermark type a between large K and Off. letter E
Sear 24 Var, DOC --, MIB N32, B.N. 43

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« Reply #216 on: January 06, 2007, 05:20:55 pm »

OK, that's enough of the early stuff for awhile.  Now for all you Latin trachy fans out there, here's a scarcer example.  Obverse:  St. Peter standing.  Reverse: Virgin Orans, with hands to right.  15 x 22 mm.  Sear 2039.
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« Reply #217 on: January 07, 2007, 06:22:59 am »

ok, that was the Latin traitors´ part, now we come back to ByzantinesWink

BASIL II Bulgaroktonos ( 976-1025 ) Anonymous Follis with Bust of Christ ( ornament variety A2.24 ) - SEAR 1813/ 1818
Obverse Bust of Jesus Christ with 2 pellets in the limbs of the nimbus cross and 2 pellets on the book of Gospels
Reverse IhSUS / XRISTUS / BASILEU / BASILE ( JESUS CHRIST KING OF KINGS ) in 4 lines -
Ornaments both above and below
nice coin with all facial details clearly present - dark chocolate brown patina

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« Reply #218 on: January 07, 2007, 07:49:15 pm »

Sorry Val, I don't have a second 2039.  Nor do I have any of the other ones you mentioned.  I am still looking for them!
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« Reply #219 on: January 08, 2007, 04:43:03 am »

Since I do not collect the Latins all I could share is a
Large module Billon Aspron Trachy - SEAR 2021
Obverse showing The Virgin enthroned
Rev. "Emperor" standing, holding labarum
References: Sear 2021, Hendy, pl. 25.6-10, DOC IV, pl.XLVIII, 1

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« Reply #220 on: January 09, 2007, 02:36:12 pm »

so today let´s have a look at a "Russian" coin:

BYZANTIUM / RUSSIA - Principality of Tmutarakan, 11th century AR Imitation of a Byzantine Miliaresion of Basil II Bulgaroktonos and Constantine VIII ( 976-1025 )
The Tmutarakan Pricipality was located on the Taman Peninsula ( opposite the Crimea, present day Ukraina )

These coins are described in an article of Alexander Basok in the
Journal of the Russian Numismatic Society, no. 66 of summer 1998 and
also in the The Celator, Volume 12, Number 11, pp. 6-15, 1998.

Cross-crosslet with central cross and crescent on shaft, flanked by crowned busts
Legends around as well as reverse inscription are blundered

Early imitation in good silver and comparatively good style ( 1,65 gr. )

Ref. ( cf. SEAR 1810 ), DOC III, p. 611-612,

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« Reply #221 on: January 09, 2007, 09:37:50 pm »

Very interesting coin. Thanks for posting it....bob
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« Reply #222 on: January 11, 2007, 04:57:47 pm »

And now I would like to end my presentation on the Heraclian Dynasty with a coin of Justinian II during his second reign:

Emperor:  Justinian II (Second Reign:  705-711 AD)
Date:  705-711 AD
Condition:  Fair
DenominationFollis

Obverse:  No legend
Busts of Justinian and Tiberius, facing, each wearing chlamys and crown with cross on circlet, and holding between them long cross potent on base.

Reverse:  Large "M"; Above,
To left and right, cross.
Exergue:  SCL

Syracuse mint
DO 20 bis; Sear 1437
2.303g; 21.5mm; 150°

Of course I'll be showing more coins in the future but I hope that you have enjoyed my initial exploration into the Heraclian Dynasty.  Hopefully I'll have a Mezezius someday to help truly complete the list Grin

I also dedicate the current PepToon to my new focus:

http://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=15477.msg218574#msg218574

Thank you,

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« Reply #223 on: January 12, 2007, 07:48:04 am »

Hi Pep,

I found it both interesting & informative. I like your peptoons, too. I do not have any Byzantines minted at Syracuse, so I find this mint interesting, also.

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« Reply #224 on: January 13, 2007, 06:10:25 am »

NICEPHORUS BASILACIUS ( 1078 ) AE Follis ( Anonymous Follis Class N ) - SEAR 1903A

When Philipp Grierson started publishing the Dumbarton Oaks collection in 1973,
of the only two specimens known of this type, none showed a readable legend,
thus the coin was treated as "Anonymous Follis" Class N
So when David Sear wrote the revision of his book, he listed it as no. 1903A,
still as an "Anonymous Follis", but already mentioning the possibility, that it may in fact
have been struck by one of the pretenders.

Later on 2 coins have been published with parts of legend, that made an attribution to Nicephorus Basiliacius very likely.
( Philipp Grierson, "Nicephorus Bryennius or Nicephorus Basilacius in Numismatic Circular January 1976, pp 2-3
and Roger Bland, "A Follis of Nicephorus Basilacius?" in Numismatic Chronicle 1992, pp. 175-176 )

Another specimen showed up when the William J. Conte Collection was sold by Baldwin´s in 1994
and two more have been auctioned by CNG in the last 10 years.
All known specimens are overstruck on earlier coins and thus they are very crude and of course in poor condition.
The coin here isn´t really a beauty either, but it shows parts of the legend that confirm the attribution to Nicephorus Basilacius.
To the left of the obverse the beginning of the legend is clearly visible:

+NIK (HFW) ... and to the right the most important part ...(RO) C bAC... is also visible.
Ref. SEAR 1903A, D.O. pp. 705-6,

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