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Medieval Coins of Sicily


Byzantine Empire, Constans II, September 641 - 15 July 668 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Grierson notes, "These coins are struck on irregular flans and often badly worn and corroded. Usually only a few letters of the reverse inscription are legible..."
BZ67009. Bronze follis, Anastasi 75; DOC II, part 2, p. 399, 9d (Heraclonas); Wroth BMC 345; Tolstoi 137; Hahn MIB 204b; SBCV 1103, F, overstruck with strong undertype effects, corrosion, ragged flan, weight 4.990 g, maximum diameter 25.7 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, 641 - 644 A.D.; obverse IMPER CONST (or similar), bust of Constans II facing, beardless, wearing crown and chlamys, globus cruciger in right, traces of undertype (standing figure on right); reverse large M (40 nummi), A/N/A left, N/E/O/ς right, small cross before large S C below; $95.00 (€71.25)

Byzantine Empire, Heraclius & Heraclius Constantine, 23 January 613 - 11 January 641 A.D., Countermarked in Sicily
Click for a larger photo Heraclius came to power through revolt against Phocas. He defeated the Sassanids, but this only facilitated the Arab conquests. The Byzantines lost Syria and Palestine before Heraclius died and Egypt fell soon after. Heraclius Constantine was made joint emperor at 8 months old. He was in poor health when his father died and lived only about 100 days as senior emperor.
BZ65617. Bronze follis, Anastasi 65a, DOC II 242, SBCV 883; Sicilian countermarks applied on Heraclius follis, Constantinople, year 21, 630 A.D. (DOC II 106a, SBCV 810), VF, obscure due to undertype effects and the crude nature of the type, weight 10.057 g, maximum diameter 28.6 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain Sicilian mint, 630 - 638 A.D.; obverse SCL within oval punch, over lower part undertype: standing figures on original coin; reverse facing crowned and draped busts of Heraclius (on left) and Heraclius Constantine, cross between their heads all within oval punch; over undertype: large M (40 nummi), ANNO left, XXI right, A (1st officina) below, CON (Constantinople) in exergue; scarce; $90.00 (€67.50)

Kingdom of Sicily, Manfred von Hohenstaufen, 1258 - 1266
Click for a larger photo Manfred was frequently in conflict with the Papacy and was excommunicated by three different popes. In the Divine Comedy, Dante meets Manfred outside the gates of Purgatory, where the spirit explains that, although he repented of his sins in the moment of death, he must atone by waiting 30 years for each year he lived as an excommunicate, before being admitted to Purgatory proper. Queen Elizabeth is a descendant of King Manfred.
ME66632. Billon denaro, MEC Italy III 610, Biaggi (NC) 1278, MIR Sicily 480 (R), VF, well centered, weight 0.702 g, maximum diameter 14.9 mm, die axis 45o, Brindisi or Manfredonia mint, 1258 - 1266; obverse + NFRIDVS REX, MA / Y in center, crescent above; reverse SICILIE +, long cross; scarce; $90.00 (€67.50)

Byzantine Empire, Constans II and Constantine IV, 13 April 654 - 15 July 668 A.D.
Click for a larger photo In 654, Constans II appointed his two-year old son Constantine IV as co-emperor (Augustus). In 659. Constans II also elevated Constantine IV's younger brothers, Heraclius and Tiberius, as co-emperors.
SH69722. Bronze follis, Anastasi 157; DOC II, part 2, 180; Wroth BMC 358; Morrisson BnF 6; Tolstoi 278; Ratto 1604; Hahn MIB 209; Berk 696; Sommer 12.91; SBCV 1109, F+, overstruck, ragged flan, weight 5.629 g, maximum diameter 27.0 mm, die axis 135o, Syracuse mint, 654 - 659; obverse Constans (left) in military attire with long staff in right, and Constantine in chlamys with globus cruciger in right, both crowned and stand facing; reverse large M (40 nummi), monogram above, SCL (Sicily) in exergue; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; $90.00 (€67.50)

Kingdom of Sicily, Manfred von Hohenstaufen, 1258 - 1266
Click for a larger photo Manfred was frequently in conflict with the Papacy and was excommunicated by three different popes. In the Divine Comedy, Dante meets Manfred outside the gates of Purgatory, where the spirit explains that, although he repented of his sins in the moment of death, he must atone by waiting 30 years for each year he lived as an excommunicate, before being admitted to Purgatory proper. Queen Elizabeth is a descendant of King Manfred.
ME54803. Billon denaro, MEC Italy III 603, Biaggi 1276, F, weight 0.543 g, maximum diameter 14.1 mm, die axis 90o, Brindisi or Manfredonia mint, obverse + MAYNFRIDVS •, crowned eagle facing, wings open, head left; reverse + • REX • SICILIE •, cross pattιe; rare; $80.00 (€60.00)

Byzantine Empire, Constantine V and Leo IV, 6 June 751 - 14 September 775 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Constantine V was a successful military commander, defeating Bulgarians and Umayyad Muslims. Unfortunately his iconoclast policies diminished Byzantine influence in the West and he lost Ravenna to the Lombards in 751 A.D.
BZ65613. Bronze follis, Anastasi 421; SBCV 1568; DOC III, part 1, 18, gVF, earthen encrustation, weight 1.752 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse mint, obverse K/W/N/S - ∆/E/C/Π, Constantine V, bearded, standing facing, wears crown and chlamys, akakia in r.; reverse Λ/E/O/N - N/E/O/V, Leo IV, beardless, standing facing, wears crown and chlamys, akakia in right; very scarce; $80.00 (€60.00)

Kingdom of Sicily, Manfred von Hohenstaufen, 1258 - 1266
Click for a larger photo Manfred was frequently in conflict with the Papacy and was excommunicated by three different popes. In the Divine Comedy, Dante meets Manfred outside the gates of Purgatory, where the spirit explains that, although he repented of his sins in the moment of death, he must atone by waiting 30 years for each year he lived as an excommunicate, before being admitted to Purgatory proper. Queen Elizabeth is a descendant of King Manfred.
ME66336. Billon denaro, MEC Italy III 603, Biaggi 1276 (R), MIR Sicily 486, Fair, tight flan, weight 0.579 g, maximum diameter 12.8 mm, Brindisi or Manfredonia mint, 1258 - 1266; obverse + MAYNFRIDVS •, crowned eagle facing, wings open, head left; reverse + • REX • SICILIE •, cross pattιe; rare; $80.00 (€60.00)

Normans, Kingdom of Sicily, William II, 1166 - 1189 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Secluded and pleasure-loving, William II, the Good, seldom emerged from his palace life at Palermo. Yet his reign was marked by an ambitious foreign policy and vigorous diplomacy. Champion of the papacy and in secret league with the Lombard cities he was able to defy the common enemy, Frederick I Barbarossa.
ME68451. Bronze follaro, MEC Italy III 401 ff., Biaggi 1233, VF, weight 0.762 g, maximum diameter 14.3 mm, die axis 180o, Messina mint, 1166 - 1189; obverse + OPERATAT IN VRBE MESSANE, o / REX W / SCOVS in center (OV ligate); reverse Arabic legend "al-malik / Ghulyalim / al-thani" (King William 2nd) in center, "bi-amr al-malik al-mu'azzam al-musta'izz" around edge; $80.00 (€60.00)

Kingdom of Sicily, Charles of Anjou, 1266 - 1285
Click for a larger photo Charles received the Kingdom of Sicily as a papal grant but had to take it by force from the Hohenstaufen. In 1282, he was expelled from Sicily by rebellion. He continued to claim the island, but ruled only the peninsula from his capital at Naples. By conquest he became King of Albania in 1272, by purchase King of Jerusalem in 1277, and he inherited the Principality of Achaea in 1278.
ME58629. Bronze denaro, MEC Italy III 652 - 653, Biaggi 500, VF, weight 0.774 g, maximum diameter 15.9 mm, Messina mint, 1266 - 1278; obverse + AROL' DEI GRA, K left, lis right; reverse + REX SICILIE, cross with pellet at each end; rare; $60.00 (€45.00)

Byzantine Empire, Tiberius II Constantine, 26 September 578 - 14 August 582 A.D.
Click for a larger photo This type was traditionally attributed entirely to Ravenna. Hahn suggested a Sicilian attribution in The Numismatic Circular, 1979, p. 553. Anastasi, differentiates between Ravenna and Sicilian issues; Sicilian issues having a different style of crown, a higher globus cruciger, and a longer face with a strong similarity to portraits of Maurice Tiberius on decanummi from Catania. Anastasi also notes the style he identifies as Sicilian is frequently found on the island. This example appears to have the style of Sicily.
BZ69556. Bronze decanummium, Anastasi 3A (Sicily), DOC I 66 (Ravenna), Ranieri 451 (Ravenna), Sommer 6.41 (Ravenna), Hahn MIB II 67 (Ravenna), SBCV 472 (Ravenna), aF, rough, weight 3.471 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, Sicily (or Ravenna?) mint, 578 - 582 A.D.; obverse D m TIb CON-TAN PP AV (or similar), crowned and cuirassed facing bust, large crown, globus cruciger in right; reverse large I (10 nummi) between two crosses, all within wreath; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; scarce; $60.00 (€45.00)



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