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Scyphate - "Cup Shaped Coins"

Scyphate coins are sometimes described as cup-shaped or saucer-shaped, perhaps they would be better described as bowl shaped. The obverse of a scyphate coin is convex and the reverse is concave. Scyphate coins were struck in all metals and by many cultures including Celtic tribes, The Himyarites of Arabia, the Byzantine Empire and their successor medieval kingdoms. A photograph of a beautiful Byzantine gold scyphate histamenon nomisma can be seen above. Read more...

Byzantine Empire, John II Comnenus, 15 August 1118 - 8 April 1143 A.D.

|John| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |John| |II| |Comnenus,| |15| |August| |1118| |-| |8| |April| |1143| |A.D.||aspron| |trachy|
John II was the oldest son of Alexius I and succeeded to the throne in 1118. He was a good and capable ruler and did much to further the Byzantine Empire. He recaptured lost territory and added territory to the Empire. He attempted to curtail the trading privileges given to the Venetians but was forced to give up this idea. His reign was brought to an early end when he died in a hunting accident. His youngest son, Manuel I, succeeded him.
BZ95160. Billon aspron trachy, DOC IV-I 10; CLBC 3.3.2; Morrisson BnF 60/Cp/B/02; Hendy pl. 10, 9; Wroth BMC 53; SBCV 1944; Grierson 1070; Sommer 60.7; Ratto -, VF, well centered and struck, porous, scyphate, weight 4.221 g, maximum diameter 29.0 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 15 Aug 1118 - 8 Apr 1143 A.D.; obverse IC-XC (Greek abbr.: Ihsoús Xristós - Jesus Christ), Bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium, and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, gospels in left hand; reverse + Iω ∆εC-ΠOT ΠΦVPOΓNHT (or similar), bust of John facing, wearing crown and loros, and holding cruciform scepter and globus cruciger; from the S. Lindner Collection; $160.00 SALE |PRICE| $144.00
 


Empire of Nicaea, John III Ducas-Vatatzes, c. 15 December 1221 - 3 November 1254

|John| |III|, |Empire| |of| || |Nicaea,| |John| |III| |Ducas-Vatatzes,| |c.| |15| |December| |1221| |-| |3| |November| |1254||hyperpyron|
SH10987. Gold hyperpyron, DOC IV-2 12 (not in the DO collection, lists two known specimens: (1) Apostolo Zeno II Sale, lot 2558; (2) Archaeological Museum Istanbul), VF+, scyphate, weight 4.466 g, maximum diameter 29.4 mm, die axis 0o, Lydia, Magnesia ad Sipylum (Manisa, Turkey) mint, 1222 - 1254; obverse IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ), Christ seated facing on throne without back, nimbate, wears tunic and kolobion, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ) divided across field, symbol (siglon) above throne on right; reverse IW DECΠOTH TΩ ΠOPΦ (or similar, blundered, mostly not struck), John on left, standing facing, wears stemma, divitision, collar-piece and loros, holding labarum in right hand, anexikakia in left; crowned by Virgin Mary on right, standing left, nimbate, wears tunic and maphorion, MP - ΘV (Greek abbreviation: Mother of God) flanking her; ex Colosseum Coin Exchange; ex. rare sigla variety; SOLD


Himyarites, South Arabia, Amdan Bayyin, c. 50 - 150 A.D.

|Arabia|, |Himyarites,| |South| |Arabia,| |Amdan| |Bayyin,| |c.| |50| |-| |150| |A.D.||Scyphate| |quinarius|
GS22693. Silver Scyphate quinarius, BMC Arabia p. 71, 5 var. (obverse head right), SNG ANS -, gVF, scyphate, weight 1.443 g, maximum diameter 14.6 mm, die axis 180o, Raidan mint, obverse head left, hair in ringlets, surrounded by torc, Sabaean monogram (HNR?) left; reverse Sabaean script ('MDN BYN RYDN), small head right, hair in ringlets, monogram or symbol left, branch symbol right; rare; SOLD







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REFERENCES|

Bendall, S. "Sigla on Palaeologan Hyperpyra" in Revue Numismatique 26 (1984), pp. 161 - 192. (Figures 1 - 5 are from this article). Available online


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