Byzantine Empire, Philippicus Bardanes, 4 November 711 - June 713 A.D.
BZ83088. Bronze follis, Anastasi 374, SBCV 1460A, Hahn MIB 24, DOC II -, Tolstoi -, Ratto -, BN -, aVF, overstruck on older coin, weight 2.017 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, obverse Philippicus standing facing, wearing helmet and military attire, eagle-tipped scepter in left, globus cruciger in right; reverse large M flanked by two stars, monogram above, SCL in ex; very rare; SOLD
Kingdom of Sicily, Frederick II as Holy Roman Emperor, 1220 - 1245
Frederick II, an enlightened king, ahead of its time, is numismaticly famous for striking a wonderful gold coin named "augustalis" with style and fabric drawn from both Severan aurei and Constantinian solidi. This small and rare silver fraction is, however, true to its time.
ME82088. Billon mezzo denaro, aEF, weight 0.723 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 315o, Messina mint, 1221 A.D.; obverse •F•IPERATOR +, cross pattée; reverse •REX SICIL•, crowned imperial eagle facing, head left; toned; very rare; SOLD
Norman Sicily, Roger I, Count of Sicily, 1085 - 1101 A.D.
ME48272. Bronze trifollaro, Thomsen 2445 ff., Sambon 876, aVF, weight 7.683 g, maximum diameter 26.6 mm, die axis 0o, Apulia mint, obverse ROQERIVS COME+S, Roger on horseback riding left, spear in right over shoulder; reverseMARIA MATER DNI, Madonna seated right, infant Jesus in arms; SOLD
Carthage, Zeugitania, NorthAfrica, 300 - 264 B.C.
In 278 B.C., envoys from the Sicilian cities of Agrigentum, Syracuse, and Leontini asked Pyrrhus for military aid to remove the Carthaginian dominance over that island. With an army of 20,000 infantry, 3,000 cavalry, 20 War Elephants, and some 200 ships, Pyrrhus defeated the Carthaginian forces and captured the city-fortress of Eryx. Carthage sued for peace, but Pyrrhus demanded Carthage renounce its claims on Sicily entirely. Pyrrhus set his sights on conquering Carthage itself, and began outfitting an expedition. However, his ruthless treatment of the Sicilian cities and his execution of two Sicilian rulers led to such animosity that he was forced out of Sicily and abandoned his plan.
SH60454. Bronze AE 15, SNG Cop 169, VF, weight 5.321 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 270o, Sardinian mint, obverse head of Tanit left wearing wreath of grain, earring and necklace; reverse horse's head right, pellet before; SOLD
Byzantine Empire, Justinian II, 10 July 685 - Late 695 and Summer 705 - 4 November 711 A.D.
BZ47783. Bronze follis, Anastasi 357; cf. DOC II 55 var (no star on rev, 1st reign); MIB 68 var (same), VF, weight 2.619 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 2nd reign, 708 - 709 A.D.; obverse facing bust of Justinian, with short beard, globus cruciger in right, and akakia in left before torso, palm branch left, star above palm branch right; reverse large M, monogram above, star below, SCL in ex; nice green patina; scarce; SOLD