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The Lawrence M Woolslayer Collection of
Eastern Roman and Byzantine Coins


FORVM is pleased to offer the exceptional Eastern Roman and Byzantine coins of the Lawrence M Woolslayer collection. Mr. Woolslayer's collection includes extraordinarily beautiful, very rare and museum quality coins. We hope you enjoy examining these fine coins and are able to add a few to your collection. Click on the images to see enlargements. Most of the coins in Mr. Woolslayer's collection have been authenticated by the renowned classical numismatist and author David R. Sear. His works include the most popular Byzantine coin reference, Byzantine Coins and Their Values. A detailed Certificate of Authenticy by the Ancient Coin Certification Service (A.C.C.S.) personally signed by Mr. Sear (for which Mr. Sear charges $40.00) will be provided when the individual coin listing includes, "Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear." For the A.C.C.S. certified coins below, our source for the attributions, grades, and most of the biographical and numismatic information in our descriptions below is the certificates issued by Mr. Sear.


Byzantine Empire, Heraclius & Heraclius Constantine, 23 January 613 - 11 January 641 A.D.

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.
SH17796. Gold solidus, SBCV 743; DOC II part 1, 20 var. (unrecorded officina), Hahn MIB 21, EF, minor flat areas, weight 4.449 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 626 - 629 A.D.; obverse dd NN hERACLIUS ET hERA CONSt PP AV/, 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 Θ (victory of the Emperor, 9th officina), cross potent on three steps, CoNoB in exergue; from the Woolslayer Collection; scarce officina; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Constantine IV Pogonatus, 15 July 668 - 10 July 685 A.D.

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During this period, the cross used on the reverse of gold coinage often indicated the denomination: a cross on steps for the solidus, a cross on a globe for the semissis and a simple cross for the tremissis. Ex Woolslayer collection.
SH06215. Gold tremissis, DOC II 73, SBCV 1224, Hahn 59, EF, weight 1.43 g, maximum diameter 14.3 mm, die axis 180o, Ravenna mint, 15 Jul 668 - 10 Jul 68; obverse d N CONSTANTI PP, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AYGYST (victory of the Emperor), cross potent, Q right, CONOB in exergue; from the Woolslayer Collection; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Theophilus, 12 May 821 - 20 January 842 A.D.

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After Leo III, 717-741 A.D., the semissis and tremissis were issued only in small quantities and normally only on particular occasions for ceremonial distribution.
BZ06186. Gold semissis, DOC III part 1, 19; Wroth BMC 34; Tolstoi 14; Ratto -; Morrisson BnF 6-7; SBCV 1676, gem EF, a near perfect example of this scarce issue - bold, sharp, fantastic centering and mint luster, weight 1.800 g, maximum diameter 12.8 mm, die axis 180o, Syracuse Sicily mint, 829 - 830 A.D.; obverse * ΘEOFILOS b A, crowned bust of Theophilus facing with short beard, wearing chlamys and holding globus cruciger; reverse similar to obverse, but emperor wears loros instead of chlamys and without star preceding legend; from the Woolslayer Collection; scarce; SOLD


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

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.
SH14415. Gold solidus, DOC II part 2, 30d; Wroth BMC 55; Tolstoi 293; Hahn MIB 31; Sommer 12.23; SBCV 964; Morrisson BnF - (officina not listed), Ratto -, EF, weight 4.136 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, 4th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 651 - 654 A.D.; obverse [legend blundered and fragmentary], facing busts of Constans & Constantine IV, Constans wears plumed helmet, Constantine a helmet with cross, small cross between heads; reverse VICTORIA AVGU ∆ (victory of the Emperor, 4th officina), cross potent on three steps between facing standing figures of Heraclius left and Tiberius right, each wearing crown and chlamys and holding globus cruciger in right hand; CONOB in exergue; from the Woolslayer Collection; SOLD


Anastasius, 11 April 491 - 1 July 518 A.D.

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SH17770. Gold solidus, SBCV 3, DOC I 3f, nice VF, weight 4.423 g, maximum diameter 20.0 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 491 - 498 A.D.; obverse D N ANASTA-SIVS P P AVC, helmeted and cuirassed facing bust, cross on helmet, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left; reverse VICTORI-A AVCCC S, Victoria standing left, long jeweled cross in right resting on ground; star right, CONOB in exergue; from the Woolslayer Collection; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Focas, 23 November 602 - 5 October 610 A.D.

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Focas changed the traditional plural legend VICTORIA AVGG or AVGVSTORVM to a singular form, VICTORIA AVGU (AVGU = AVGVSTI). His intent may have been to discourage a popular movement to make his son-in-law co-emperor. The N in the reverse field has been interpreted to represent indictional year 13, however Sear notes the symbol is also found on earlier varieties.
SH15442. Gold solidus, DOC II part 1, 11c.3; SBCV 621, nice VF, weight 4.389 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 607 - 609 A.D.; obverse D NN FOCAS PERP AVC, crowned, draped and cuirassed bust facing, bearded, crown without pendilia, globus cruciger in right; reverse VICTORIA AVGU I (victory of the Emperor, 10th officina), angel standing facing, staurogram staff in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, N right, CONOB in exergue; from the Woolslayer Collection; very scarce variety; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Justin II, 15 November 565 - 5 October 578 A.D.

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Very unusual CONO9Z in exergue.
SH17776. Gold solidus, DOC I 8b, SBCV 350, aEF, bold portrait, weight 4.475 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse D N I-VSTI-NVS PP AV, facing helmeted and cuirassed bust, Victory on globe in right, shield in left; reverse VICTORI-A AVCCC I, Constantinopolis enthroned facing, long scepter in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, CONO9Z in exergue; from the Woolslayer Collection; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Heraclius, 5 October 610 - 11 January 641 A.D.

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

The most likely occasion for this issue would have been Martina's coronation in 614 A.D. Based on the number of surviving specimens, production may have continued for several years. Martina was extensively featured on the copper coinage of Heraclius from c. 615 to c. 629 A.D. Rynearson identifies this type as scarce.
SH06184. Silver half siliqua, SBCV 871; DOC II part 1, 233; Hahn MIB 149; Wroth BMC 343-6; Tolstoi 319-20; Ratto 1460-64; Morrisson BnF 3-11, Choice gVF, weight 0.66 g, maximum diameter 11.6 mm, die axis 100o, Carthage (near Tunis, Tunisia) mint, 614 - 618 A.D.; obverse D N ERACLIO PP AV, bust of Heraclius facing, beardless, wearing cuirass, paludamentum, and crown with pendilia and cross; reverse on left bust of Heraclius Constantine wearing chlamys, tablion, crown with pendilia & cross, on right bust of Martina wearing robes & crown with long pendilia & cross, cross between; from the Woolslayer Collection, ex Edward J. Waddell; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Focas, 23 November 602 - 5 October 610 A.D.

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In 608, A.D., Heraclius the Elder, exarch of Africa, and his son (also named Heraclius) revolted against Phocas, whose regime in Constantinople had become unpopular and violent. Syria and Palaestina Prima joined the revolt. On 4 October 610, Heraclius arrived at Constantinople with his fleet. Phocas was killed by a mob on the following day.
SH16826. Gold solidus, DOC II part 1, 10e.6; Wroth BMC 6; Morrisson BnF 8/Cp/AV/15; Tolstoi 9; Sommer 9.10; Hahn MIB 11; SBCV 620; Ratto -, EF, weight 4.421 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 180o, 5th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 609 - 5 Oct 610 A.D.; obverse d N N FOCAS PERP AVC, bust facing, bearded, wearing cuirass, paludamentum, and crown with cross on circlet and without pendilia, globus cruciger in right hand; reverse VICTORIA AVGY E (victory of the Emperor, 5th officina), angel standing facing, staurogram staff in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, CONOB in exergue; from the Woolslayer Collection; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Focas, 23 November 602 - 5 October 610 A.D.

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.
SH15633. Gold tremissis, SBCV 634; DOC II part 1 19; Hahn MIB 27; Wroth BMC 30; Ratto 1206; Morrisson BnF 8/Cp/AV/40, EF, weight 1.517 g, maximum diameter 18.18 mm, die axis 225o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 607 - 610 A.D.; obverse d N FOCAS PER AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORI FOCAS AVG, cross potent, CONOB beneath; from the Woolslayer Collection; SOLD




    




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