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Byzantine Gold Coins

Byzantine gold coins are still remarkably affordable. Types with the bust of Christ are very popular. FORVM trys to keep gold coins of Christ in stock, but sometimes demand exceeds supply.


Byzantine Empire, Constans II, September 641 - 15 July 668 A.D.
Click for a larger photo From the 650's the Muslims took to the sea. The entire Mediterranean Sea became a battleground, with raids and counter-raids being launched against islands and the coastal settlements. In 652, an Arab fleet under Abdullah ibn Sa'ad defeated the Byzantine fleet of 500 ships off the coast of Alexandria. Muslim raids reached a peak in the 9th and early 10th centuries, after their conquest of Crete, Malta and Sicily, with their fleets reaching the coasts of France, Dalmatia and even the suburbs of Constantinople.
SH70072. Gold solidus, Tolstoi 50; DOC II part 2, 21b (not in the collection, refs Tolstoi); Hahn MIB 24; Sommer 12.17; SBCV 958; Wroth BMC -; Morrisson BnF -, gVF, well centered, weight 4.352 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 651 - 654 A.D.; obverse d N CONSTANTINUS PP AV, crowned bust facing, long beard and mustache, wears chlamys, globus cruciger in right; reverse VICTORIA AVGY E, cross potent on three steps, CONOB+ in ex; scarce; $600.00 (€450.00)

Byzantine Empire, Heraclius Constantine, 11 January - 20 April 641 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Most references attribute this type to Heraclius; however, Hahn (MIB) convincingly argues that the K in the reverse right field refers to Heraclius Constantine. During his very short reign, he may have thought it prudent to maintain the same type struck by his father.
SH70074. Gold solidus, Wroth BMC 66; Tolstoi 395; DOC II, part 1, 45a (not in the collection, refs BMC); SBCV 771; Sommer 11.36; Hahn MIB 52 (Heraclius Constantine), gVF, some luster, graffiti on reverse, weight 4.429 g, maximum diameter 20.4 mm, die axis 225o, 5th officina, Constantinople mint, c. 11 Jan - 20 Apr 641; obverse Heraclius in center taller with mustache, long beard; standing with Heraclius Constantine on right, Heraclonas on left, sons beardless and equal height, all wear crown and chlamys, and hold globus cruciger in right; reverse VICTORIA AVGu E, cross potent on three steps, Heraclian monogram left, K right, CONOB in ex; scarce; $600.00 (€450.00)

Byzantine Empire, John V Palaeologus and Anna of Savoy (Mother, Regent), 15 June 1341 - 13 May 1347
Click for a larger photo On 15 June 1341, Andronikos III died. He was succeeded by his son John V who was three days short of his ninth birthday. Anna of Savoy was appointed regent for her son. Andronikos III had entrusted the administration to his advisor John Kantakouzenos. While Kantakouzenos was fighting the Serbs in Northern Thrace, ambitious advisors in Constantinople convinced Anna to declare him an enemy of the state. On 26 October 1341, rather than face execution, Kantakouzenos proclaimed himself emperor. Civil war ended with Anna's defeat in 1347. On 3 February 1347, John VI was accepted as senior emperor with John V as his junior co-ruler. John V married Helena Kantakouzene, a daughter of John VI. John VI entered Constantinople and took effective control of the city. In 1351, Anna left Constantinople for Thessaloniki. She held her own court in the city, issuing decrees in her name and even controlling a mint. Around 1365, when her health was failing, she became a nun, and died under the name Anastasia.
SH70967. Gold hyperpyron, Bendall PCPC 190.2 (sigla 4); DOC V 942 - 943 var (sigla); Lianta 845 var (same); Sommer 83.1 var (sigla), SBCV 2466 (Andronicus III), aVF, striking split, flat areas, graffiti on both sides, weight 3.460 g, maximum diameter 24.6 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, regency of Anna, 15 Jun 1341 - 13 May 1347; obverse Anna of Savoy (on left) and her son John V, on right, both crowned and stand facing, empress holds trefoil scepter, emperor holds akakia and cruciform scepter, sigla K in left field; reverse the deceased Andronicus III, on left, kneeling before Christ standing facing, who extends his right hand over the emperor in benediction, Gospels in left, blundered ANIHK (or similar) downward on left, IX / XC on right; ex Ira and Larry Goldberg auction 53 (24 May 2009), lot 2401, ex Christov Family Collection; very rare; $600.00 (€450.00)

Byzantine Empire, Basil II Bulgaroktonos and Constantine VIII, 10 January 976 - 15 December 1025 A.D.
Click for a larger photo The side with Christ's bust facing is slightly incuse and should probably be considered the reverse (it is described that way by Wroth).
SH70975. Gold histamenon nomisma, DOC III, part 2, 6a.1 (same rev die, also holed); Morrisson BnF 15 (same obv die); Wroth BMC 13; Ratto 1944; Sommer 41.3; SBCV 1800, VF, holed, edge hammered, weight 4.362 g, maximum diameter 26.2 mm, die axis 225o, Constantinople mint, 1005 - 15 Dec 1025; obverse + IhS XPS REX REGNANTIhM, bust of Christ facing, nimbus cruciger with seriffed ends to arms of cross and crescents in upper quarters, wearing pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left, triple dot border; reverse + bASIL C CONSTANT, facing crowned busts of Basil (on left) wearing square pattern loros, manus Dei (hand of God) above, and Constantine wearing jewelled chlamys, both hold long plain cross between them, triple border; ex La Galerie Numismatique (London); $600.00 (€450.00)

Byzantine Empire, Constans II and Constantine IV, 13 April 654 - 15 July 668 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Grierson notes, in the Dumbarton Oaks catalog, "the inscriptions [on this type] are very variable, since it was difficult to get so much on the coin."
SH70043. Gold solidus, Wroth BMC 45; DOC II part 2, 25e (not in the collection, refs BMC); Tolstoi 244; Sommer 12.18; Hahn MIB 26; SBCV 959; Ratto -; Morrisson BnF -, aEF, weight 4.393 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Constantinople mint, 654 - 659 A.D.; obverse d N CONSTANTINVS C CONSTA, facing busts of Constans & Constantine IV (beardless) each wearing crown and chlamys, cross between their heads; reverse VICTORIA AVGY E, cross potent on three steps, CONOB in exergue; $590.00 (€442.50)

Byzantine Empire, Constans II and Constantine IV, 13 April 654 - 15 July 668 A.D.
Click for a larger photo Grierson notes, in the Dumbarton Oaks catalog, "the inscriptions [on this type] are very variable, since it was difficult to get so much on the coin."
SH69982. Gold solidus, DOC II part 2, 25h; Wroth BMC 49; Morrisson BnF 49; Tolstoi 249; Ratto 1590; Sommer 12.18; Hahn MIB 26; SBCV 959, aEF, light graffiti + on reverse right, weight 4.361 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 180o, 8th officina, Constantinople mint, 654 - 659 A.D.; obverse d N CONSTANTINVS C CONSTANINV (or similar), facing busts of Constans & Constantine IV (beardless) each wearing crown and chlamys, cross between their heads; reverse VICTORIA AVGy H, cross potent on three steps, CONOB in exergue; $580.00 (€435.00)

Byzantine Empire, Constans II and Constantine IV, 13 April 654 - 15 July 668 A.D.
Click for a larger photo During Constans' reign the Islamic State expanded very quickly, in no small part because Christians and Jews often aided the Islamic take over of their lands. The Byzantine and Persian Empires both had imposed heavy taxes to finance the Byzantine-Sassanid Wars. In new territories, the Islamic State maintained the existing Byzantine or Persian tax collection systems, but the taxes were lowered and free trade encouraged commerce. Jews and the Christians were also allowed to use their own laws and have their own judges.
SH69988. Gold solidus, Wroth BMC 51 - 52, DOC II part 2, 25j (not in the collection, refs BMC); Tolstoi 253; Hahn MIB 26; Sommer 12.18; SBCV 959, EF, graffiti, weight 4.425 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, 10th officina, Constantinople mint, 654 - 659 A.D.; obverse d N CONSTANTINVS C CONSTAN, facing busts of Constans & Constantine IV (beardless) each wearing crown and chlamys, cross between their heads; reverse VICTORIA AVGY I, cross potent on three steps, CONOB in exergue; $580.00 (€435.00)

Byzantine Empire, Constans II, September 641 - 15 July 668 A.D.
Click for a larger photo On 17 September 654, Constans had Pope Martin I brough to Constantinople where he was publicly humiliated. Pope Martin had condemned Monothelitism, and Constans II for supporting it. Martin was eventually deposed and succeeded by Eugene I as the 75th pope of the Catholic Church.
SH70006. Gold solidus, DOC II part 2, 19j (not in the collection, refs BMC); Wroth BMC 36; Tolstoi 57; Morrisson BnF 41; Sommer 12.15; Hahn MIB 23; SBCV 956, gVF, well centered, weight 4.403 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 180o, 10th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 651 - 654 A.D.; obverse d N CONSTANTINUS PP AV, crowned bust facing, long beard and mustache, wears chlamys, globus cruciger in right; reverse VICTORIA AVGY I, cross potent on three steps, CONOB in ex; $580.00 (€435.00)

Byzantine Empire, Constans II and Constantine IV, 13 April 654 - 15 July 668 A.D.
Click for a larger photo In 656, the First Fitna (Islamic civil war) erupted in Egypt. The martial energies of the Islamic forces were directed inwards until 661, temporarily halting Muslim expansion.
SH70011. Gold solidus, Wroth BMC 51 - 52, DOC II part 2, 25j (not in the collection, refs BMC); Tolstoi 253; Hahn MIB 26; Sommer 12.18; SBCV 959, EF, tight flan, small scratch on reverse, weight 4.334 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 180o, 10th officina, Constantinople mint, 654 - 659 A.D.; obverse d N CONSTANTINuS C CONSTAN, facing busts of Constans & Constantine IV (beardless) each wearing crown and chlamys, cross between their heads; reverse VICTORIA AVGy I, cross potent on three steps, CONOB in exergue; $580.00 (€435.00)

Byzantine Empire, Heraclius & Heraclius Constantine, 23 January 613 - 11 January 641 A.D.
Click for a larger photo In 626, Constantinople was under siege by horde of about 80,000 Avars, Slavs, Bulgars, and other "barbarians" and a small Persian army allied with them. On 31 July, the barbarian and Persian allies launched an attack along the entire 5.7 kilometer length of the Theodosian Walls using the most current trebuchets, mobile armored shelters, and siege towers. On the walls, 12,000 well-trained Byzantine troops fought fiercely, holding off assault after assault. On 7 August the Persian fleet was destroyed while ferrying reinforcements. The Avars, having suffered terrible losses, and short of food and supplies, burned their siege engines and retreated to the Balkan Peninsula. Constantinople was saved.
SH70018. Gold solidus, DOC II part 1, 13d; Sommer 11.9.2; Tolstoi 138; Morrisson BnF 16; Hahn MIB 11; SBCV 738; Ratto -; Wroth BMC -, aEF, well centered, part of obverse legend unstruck, weight 4.337 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Constantinople mint, c. 613 - 625 A.D.; obverse dd NN hERACLIUS ET hERA CONST PP AVG, facing busts of Heraclius, on left with short beard, and his son Heraclius Constantine, beardless and smaller, each wearing a simple crown with cross on circlet, cross between them above; reverse VICTORIA AVGu E, cross potent on three steps, CONOB in ex, graffiti in fields; $580.00 (€435.00)



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