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Byzantine Empire, Andronicus II and Michael IX, 21 May 1295 - 12 October 1320 A.D

|Andronicus| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Andronicus| |II| |and| |Michael| |IX,| |21| |May| |1295| |-| |12| |October| |1320| |A.D|,
"There are two main variants of this type - those with six groups of towers and those with four groups of towers in the city walls. The change comes approximately mid-way in the reign and both varieties are equally common. Rare varieties are those with the figures of Andronicus and Michael transposed and those with the legend AVTOKPTOPEC PWMAIWN." - D. Sear.
SH94418. Gold hyperpyron, DOC V-2, class 2b, sigla 186; Bendall PCPC 128, sigla 186, Sommer 80.2.1, Grierson 1293, SBCV 2396, VF, typical crude strike, weight 3.379 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1305 - 1320 A.D.; obverse bust of the virgin orans within city walls, four groups of towers on the walls, six-pointed star over K left and six-pointed star over N right (sigla); reverse A/N/∆/P - X / M / ∆/E/Π (or similar, columnar), Andronicus II bearded on left and Michael IX unbearded on right, both kneeling facing, both with beard and mustache (?, Michael is usually described as beardless), nimbate Christ stands between them with hands over their heads in benediction, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Ihsos Xrists - Jesus Christ) flanking nimbus; $500.00 SALE |PRICE| $450.00


Constantine IX Monomachus, 12 June 1042 - 11 January 1055

|Constantine| |IX|, |Constantine| |IX| |Monomachus,| |12| |June| |1042| |-| |11| |January| |1055|,
In 1047, Constantine's nephew, general Leo Tornikios rebelled and besieged Constantinople from 25 to 28 September. Two assaults on the walls were turned back by the defenders under the personal leadership of Constantine. Despite suffering from gout and having no military experience, he showed courage and energy. Tornikios was forced to withdraw. After a failed attack on Rhaidestos, his followers abandoned him. He found refuge in a church, but was lured out, captured, and on Christmas day, he was blinded at Constantinople. Nothing thereafter is known about him.
SH94417. Gold histamenon nomisma, DOC III-2 1a, Wroth BMC 8 - 11, Morrisson BnF 1, Ratto 1987, Sommer 48.1, SBCV 1828, Choice aEF, weight 4.375 g, maximum diameter 28.9 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 12 Jun 1042 - 11 Jan 1055; obverse +Ihs XIS REX REGNANTInm, Christ enthroned facing on lyre-backed throne, wearing nimbus cruciger (halo with cross), tunic and himation, gospels in left, triple border; reverse +CWNSTAnTn BASILEWS Rm, bearded bust of Constantine XI facing, crown with cross and pendilia, jeweled chlamys, cruciform scepter in right, globe surmounted by patriarchal cross in left, triple border; from the Robert Watcher Collection; $1000.00 SALE |PRICE| $900.00


Byzantine Empire, Alexius I Comnenus, 4 April 1081 - 15 August 1118 A.D.

|Alexius| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Alexius| |I| |Comnenus,| |4| |April| |1081| |-| |15| |August| |1118| |A.D.|,
Although he was not the founder of the Comnenian dynasty, it was during his reign that the Comnenus family came to full power. Inheriting a collapsing empire and faced with constant warfare during his reign against both the Seljuq Turks in Asia Minor and the Normans in the western Balkans, Alexius was able to curb the Byzantine decline and begin the military, financial, and territorial recovery known as the Comnenian restoration.
BZ95146. Bronze tetarteron, CLBC 2.4.1; DOC IV-1 33; Grierson 1042; Hendy pl. 7, 10-11; SBCV 1920; Sommer 59.19, gVF, well centered on a tight flan, reverse right struck a little weak, weight 4.382 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople mint, 1092 - 1093 A.D.; obverse bust of Christ facing, cross behind head, wearing pallium and kolobion, blesses with right hand, book of Gospels in left hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Ihsos Xrists - Jesus Christ) flanking across field; reverse + AΛE / ZIW ∆EC (or similar), Alexius bust facing, wearing crown and loros, jeweled (5 globules) scepter in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand; from the S. Lindner Collection; scarce; $150.00 SALE |PRICE| $135.00


Islamic, Umayyad Caliphate, Arab Pseudo-Byzantine Coinage, Caliph 'Abd al Malik, c. 685 - 705 A.D.

|Islamic|, |Islamic,| |Umayyad| |Caliphate,| |Arab| |Pseudo-Byzantine| |Coinage,| |Caliph| |'Abd| |al| |Malik,| |c.| |685| |-| |705| |A.D.|,
The first Islamic coins were imitations of Byzantine and Sasanian types. Abd al-Malik removed the transverse bar of the cross and introduced the Muslim profession of faith: "There is no god but God alone; Muhammad is the Messenger of God." The Byzantine emperor Justinian II expressed his disapproval and then put the image of Jesus on the obverse of his coins. This standing caliph obverse type was likely struck in a tit for tat response to Justinian's change.
IS92102. Bronze fals, cf. Walker BMC p. 38 and pl VIII, 126; SIC Ashmolean 718; Khalili Collection 60; Goodwin -; DOCAB -; Mitchiner WOI -, aVF, flatly struck, earthen deposits, weight 2.911 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, die axis 0o, Amman mint, c. 74 - 77 AH, 693 - 697 A.D.; obverse Arabic inscription: for the servant of God, Abd al-Malik, commander of the believers, caliph standing facing, wearing Arab headdress and long robes, right hand on pommel of sword hanging on left side; reverse Arabic inscription: there is no deity but God, He is alone, Muhammad is the messenger of God, transformed cross resembling Φ on four steps, eight pointed star left, Arabic mint name downward on right: Amman; ex John Jencek; scarce; $85.00 SALE |PRICE| $76.50


Roman Republic, Q. Pomponius Musa, 66 B.C.

|99-50| |B.C.|, |Roman| |Republic,| |Q.| |Pomponius| |Musa,| |66| |B.C.|,
Many of the Roman moneyers had a solid sense of humor and word play with homonyms was very popular. Pomponius Musa, playing on his name, issued ten types each depicting Hercules Musagetes (Conductor of the Muses) or one of nine different Muses, creating one of the most interesting and sought after series of the Republican coinage. This coin depicts Urania, the Muse of Astronomy.
RR94286. Silver denarius, Crawford 410/8, Sydenham 823, RSC I Pomponia 22, RBW Collection 1488, SRCV I 359, gF, banker's marks, a little off center, weight 3.683 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 66 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right, star behind; reverse MVSA on left, Q POMPONI on right, Urania, Muse of Astronomy standing left, pointing with rod in right hand at globe on tripod-stand; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 77 (5 May 2019), lot 601; $280.00 SALE |PRICE| $252.00


Plautilla, Augusta 202 - 22 January 205 A.D., Wife of Caracalla

|Plautilla|, |Plautilla,| |Augusta| |202| |-| |22| |January| |205| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Caracalla|,
In Roman religion, Concordia was the goddess of agreement, understanding, and marital harmony. The cult of Concordia Augusta ("Majestic Harmony") was of special importance to the imperial household. She is usually depicted wearing a long cloak and holding a patera (sacrificial bowl), a cornucopia (symbol of prosperity), or a caduceus (symbol of peace).
GS94289. Silver denarius, RIC IV 370 (S); RSC III 7; BMCRE V p. 300, 734; SRCV II 7067; Hunter III -, gVF, mint luster, flow lines, mild die wear, small edge crack, weight 3.309 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Laodicea ad Mare (Latakia, Syria) mint, under Severus, c. 202 A.D.; obverse PLAVTILLAE AVGVSTAE, draped bust right; reverse CONCORDIAE (harmony), Concordia seated left, patera in extended right hand, double cornucopia in left hand; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 76 (7 Apr 2019), lot 461; $225.00 SALE |PRICE| $202.50


Empire of Trebizond, Manuel I Comnenus, 1238 - 1263 A.D.

|Empire| |of| |Trebizond|, |Empire| |of| |Trebizond,| |Manuel| |I| |Comnenus,| |1238| |-| |1263| |A.D.|,
Saint Eugenius of Carthage was elected Bishop of Carthage in 480 but, caught up in the disputes of his day between Arianism and mainstream Christianity, he was exiled by the Vandal king Huneric. Gunthamund, who succeeded Huneric, allowed Eugenius to return to Carthage and permitted him to reopen the churches. After eight years of peace Thrasamund succeeded to the throne, arrested Eugenius and condemned him to death, but commuted the sentence into exile at Vienne, near Albi (Languedoc). Eugenius built there a monastery over the tomb of St. Amaranthus the martyr, and led a penitential life till his death on 13 July, 505.
BZ94298. Silver asper, Retowski 81, Sommer T3.10.4 var. (sigla), SBCV 2601, VF, light tone, tight flan, weight 2.858 g, maximum diameter 22.5 mm, die axis 180o, Trebizond (Trabzon, Turkey) mint, 1238 - 1263 A.D.; obverse O/A/Γ/I - I/EV/ΓE/NI, Saint Eugenius standing facing, nimbate, long cross in right hand; reverse MH/N/IΛ - O/K/M/N, Manuel standing facing, standard in right, akakia in left, Manus Dei (the hand of God) upper right, two pellets on and two pellets flanking labarum shaft (sigla), four pellets on band falling from right hand (sigla); These coins have special control marks on them called sigla. You have them in the description - pellets on shafts and in fields. Your description (and probably refs, esp. Retowski) do not match. No pellets on obverse shaft or inner left. Reverse two pellets on shaft and two flanking, the four in a diamond shape.; $130.00 SALE |PRICE| $117.00


Byzantine Empire, Alexius I Comnenus, 4 April 1081 - 15 August 1118 A.D.

|Alexius| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Alexius| |I| |Comnenus,| |4| |April| |1081| |-| |15| |August| |1118| |A.D.|,
Although he was not the founder of the Comnenian dynasty, it was during his reign that the Comnenus family came to full power. Inheriting a collapsing empire and faced with constant warfare during his reign against both the Seljuq Turks in Asia Minor and the Normans in the western Balkans, Alexius was able to curb the Byzantine decline and begin the military, financial, and territorial recovery known as the Comnenian restoration.
SH94415. Gold hyperpyron, DO IV 20g; Hendy pl. 4, 3-5; CLBC 2.1.2; Morrisson BnF 59/Cp/Av/3; Wroth BMC 7; Ratto 2059; SBCV 1913, Choice gVF, beautiful luster, weight 4.348 g, maximum diameter 31.0 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1092 - 1118 A.D.; obverse KE RO-HΘEI (Lord, help [Alexius]), Christ Pantokrator enthroned facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium, and colobium, raising right in benediction, gospels in left hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ) high across field, double border; reverse A/ΛE/ΞI/W / ∆EC/ΠO/TH - Tw / KO/MNH/Nw, Alexius standing facing, wearing chlamys, five jewels on collar, labarum scepter in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, manus Dei (hand of God) above right, six pellets in loros end; from the Robert Watcher Collection; ex New York Sale XLII auction (9 Jan 2018), lot 483; $700.00 SALE |PRICE| $630.00


Byzantine Empire, Anastasius I, 11 April 491 - 1 July 518 A.D.

|Anastasius| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Anastasius| |I,| |11| |April| |491| |-| |1| |July| |518| |A.D.|,
Only officina E issued this variant.

Anastasius I came to the throne at the age of 61 after being chosen by the wife of his predecessor, Zeno. His religious tendencies caused tensions throughout his reign. Because his name is distinctly and unmistakably Christian (Anastasius means 'resurrection' in Greek), it indicates that he was born and raised a Christian, in contrast to previous Christian Emperors, most notably Constantine I, who were converts.
BZ92838. Bronze follis, DOC I 23m.2, Wroth BMC 17, Morrisson BnF I 1/Cp/AE/85, Hahn MIB I 29, SBCV 22, Sommer -, Tolstoi -, Ratto -, aVF, well centered, large flan, dark patina, weight 19.007 g, maximum diameter 36.0 mm, die axis 195o, 5th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 507 - 512 A.D.; obverse D N ANASTASIVS P P AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, star left with pellets above and below, crescent right with pellet above, below and within, E (5th officina) below, CON (Constantinople) in exergue; rare; $160.00 SALE |PRICE| $144.00


Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D., Antiocheia, Pisidia

|Pisidia|, |Gordian| |III,| |29| |July| |238| |-| |25| |February| |244| |A.D.,| |Antiocheia,| |Pisidia|,
Paul the Apostle and Barnabas, as recounted in the Acts of the Apostles. Paul's sermon in the Jewish synagogue there caused a great stir among the citizens, but the ensuing conflict with the Jews led to the expulsion of the two Christian missionaries from the city. They returned later and appointed elders for the Christian community there. Paul also visited the region in both his second and his third journeys. Paul's "persecutions and sufferings" at Antioch are spoken of in 2 Timothy 3:11. One of the most important building complexes of Antioch is the Great Basilica identified as the "Church of St. Paul" by an altar which was found in Yalvac market place. The foundations at the south side of the basilica are thought to belong to the synagogue where St. Paul first preached to the Gentiles. The altar is dated to the 6th century and the inscription reads AΓIOΣ ΠAYΛOΣ. It is not clear if the basilica was used for another purpose in its earlier levels. Conservation and lifting of the mosaics will shed further light on this important building.St Pauls of Antioch

RP94284. Bronze AE 34, Kryzanowska XII/61; SNG PfPs 93; SNG BnF 1194; SNG Cop 71; SNGvA 4954; BMC Lycia p. 190, 80, Choice VF, nice dark green patina, broad flan, parts of legends weak, small central depressions, weight 24.360 g, maximum diameter 33.7 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch in Pisidia (Yalvac, Turkey) mint, 29 Jul 238 - 25 Feb 244 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CAE ANTIOCH COL, Gordian, as priest-founder, plowing with team of oxen to right, two sigla standards in background, S R (Senatus Romanus) in exergue; $220.00 SALE |PRICE| $198.00




  







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