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Coins of Sicily
Byzantine Empire, Constans II and Constantine IV, 13 April 654 - 15 July 668 A.D.

|Constans| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constans| |II| |and| |Constantine| |IV,| |13| |April| |654| |-| |15| |July| |668| |A.D.||follis|
In 663, Constans II invaded southern Italy.
SH68095. Bronze follis, Anastasi 204; SBCV 1110; DOC II part 2, 181; Hahn MIB 210; Morrisson BnF 9; Wroth BMC 362; Tolstoi 374; Ratto 1638, Choice aEF, well centered and struck, nice green patina, weight 5.242 g, maximum diameter 24.9 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 659 - 663; obverse Constans (left) in military attire with long cross in right, and Constantine in chlamys with globus cruciger in right, both crowned and stand facing; reverse large M flanked by Heraclius (left) and Tiberius, both stand facing in crown and chlamys, each holds globus cruciger in right, monogram above, SCL in exergue; overstruck on a trimmed older coin, no indication of undertype; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Constans II and Constantine IV, 13 April 654 - 15 July 668 A.D.

|Constans| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constans| |II| |and| |Constantine| |IV,| |13| |April| |654| |-| |15| |July| |668| |A.D.||follis|
In DOC II, Grierson notes this type is "unusually varied in weight, some of them being struck on very light and irregularly shaped flans."
SH65609. Bronze follis, Anastasi 204; SBCV 1110; DOC II part 2, 181; Hahn MIB 210; Morrisson BnF 9; Wroth BMC 362; Tolstoi 374; Ratto 1638, EF, superb for the type, weight 4.429 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 659 - 663; obverse Constans (left) in military attire with long cross in right, and Constantine in chlamys with globus cruciger in right, both crowned and stand facing; reverse large M flanked by Heraclius (left) and Tiberius, both stand facing in crown and chlamys, each holds globus cruciger in right, monogram above, SCL in exergue; SOLD


Kingdom of Sicily, Frederick II (HRE), 1197 - 1250

|Sicily|, |Kingdom| |of| |Sicily,| |Frederick| |II| |(HRE),| |1197| |-| |1250||mezzo| |denaro|
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, MEC Italy III 536, Biaggi 1254 (R), Spahr 107, aEF, toned, 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; very rare; SOLD


Kingdom of Sicily, Henry VI and Frederick II (HRE), 1196 - 1197 A.D.

|Sicily|, |Kingdom| |of| |Sicily,| |Henry| |VI| |and| |Frederick| |II| |(HRE),| |1196| |-| |1197| |A.D.||denaro|
In 1196, Frederick, the infant son of Henry VI, was elected King of the Romans (Germans). This coinage was struck soon after, probably at Messina, in the hope that he would eventually succeed his father as King of Sicily. His father died in 1197 and he was crowned King Frederick I of Sicily on 17 May 1198, at only two years of age.
ME71147. Billon denaro, MEC Italy III 488 - 490 (Palermo or Messina), Biaggi 436 (R2, Brindisi), MIR Sicily 58 (R, Messina), VF, weight 0.744 g, maximum diameter 16.2 mm, die axis 225o, Messina(?) mint, 1196 - 1197 A.D.; obverse + E INPERATOR, eagle facing, head left, wings open; reverse FREDERIC' REX, crowned head of Frederic II facing, crown with cross and pendilia; very rare; SOLD


Norman Sicily, Roger I, Count of Sicily, 1085 - 1101 A.D.

|Sicily|, |Norman| |Sicily,| |Roger| |I,| |Count| |of| |Sicily,| |1085| |-| |1101| |A.D.||trifollaro|
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; reverse MARIA MATER DNI, Madonna seated right, infant Jesus in arms; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Justinian II, 10 July 685 - Late 695 and Summer 705 - 4 November 711 A.D.

|Justinian| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Justinian| |II,| |10| |July| |685| |-| |Late| |695| |and| |Summer| |705| |-| |4| |November| |711| |A.D.||follis|
BZ47783. Bronze follis, Anastasi 357, cf. DOC II part 2, 55 var. (no star on rev, 1st reign), Hahn 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 (40 nummi), monogram above, star below, SCL in exergue; nice green patina; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Justinian II and Tiberius, 705 - 4 November 711 A.D.

|Justinian| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Justinian| |II| |and| |Tiberius,| |705| |-| |4| |November| |711| |A.D.||follis|
BZ47778. Bronze follis, Anastasi 362, DOC II part 2, 20, Spahr 277, Hahn MIB 51, aEF, nice green patina, undertype effects, weight 2.747 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 710 - 711 A.D.; obverse Justinian and Tiberius standing facing, each wearing crown and chlamys, and holding between them long cross potent on base; reverse large M (40 nummi), monogram above, flanked by crosses, SCL in exergue; rare; SOLD


Kingdom of Sicily, Frederick II (HRE), 1197 - 1250

|Sicily|, |Kingdom| |of| |Sicily,| |Frederick| |II| |(HRE),| |1197| |-| |1250||mezzo| |denaro|
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.
ME82087. Billon mezzo denaro, MEC Italy III 536, Biaggi 1254 (R), Spahr 107, VF, weight 0.720 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 0o, Messina mint, 1221 A.D.; obverse •F•IPERATOR +, cross pattée; reverse •R•EX SICIL•, crowned imperial eagle facing, head left; very rare; SOLD


Normans, Kingdom of Sicily, William II, 1166 - 1189 A.D.

|Sicily|, |Normans,| |Kingdom| |of| |Sicily,| |William| |II,| |1166| |-| |1189| |A.D.||3| |follaro|
This countermark is reputedly found in the middle east and may indicate a revaluation to 3 falus.
ME65246. Bronze 3 follaro, MEC Italy III 425 ff., Travaini 166 ff., Biaggi 1231, F, countermark: VF, weight 10.614 g, maximum diameter 25.9 mm, die axis 0o, Messina mint, second copper coinage; obverse facing lion head mask, countermark: three pellets in rectangular punch; reverse palm tree with dates; SOLD


Kingdom of Naples and Sicily, Charles I of Anjou, 1266 - 1285 A.D.

|Italy|, |Kingdom| |of| |Naples| |and| |Sicily,| |Charles| |I| |of| |Anjou,| |1266| |-| |1285| |A.D.||denaro|
Charles I of Anjou was the King of Sicily by conquest from 1266, though he had received it as a papal grant in 1262. He was expelled from the island in the aftermath of the Sicilian Vespers of 1282.
ME73117. Billon denaro, MIR 10 354 (R4), Biaggi 1297 (NC), MEC Italy III -, F, green patina, legends weak and partially off flan, weight 0.500 g, maximum diameter 15.8 mm, die axis 0o, Brindisi mint, 1266 - 1278 A.D.; obverse + AROL•DEI•GRACIA, K with cross pattée to right; reverse + REX SICILIE, cross pattée, pellet in each quarter; very rare; SOLD




  




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Bellinger, A. & P. Grierson, eds. Catalogue of the Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection. (1966 - 1999).
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Hahn, W. Moneta Imperii Byzantini. (Vienna, 1973 - 1981).
Hahn, W. Money of the Incipient Byzantine Empire (Anastasius I - Justinian I, 491 - 565). (Wien, 2000).
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Sear, D. Byzantine Coins and Their Values. (London, 1987).
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