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Coins of Sicily

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

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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


Normans, Kingdom of Sicily, Roger II, 1105 - 1154 A.D.

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Roger II was King of Sicily, son of Roger I of Sicily and successor to his brother Simon. He began his rule as Count of Sicily in 1105, became Duke of Apulia and Calabria in 1127, and then King of Sicily in 1130. Roger II is remembered for having united all of the Norman conquests in Italy under one strong central government. He was also the grandfather of Frederick II.
ME66989. Bronze follaro, MIR 10 135 (R2), MEC Italy III 227, VF, weight 1.634 g, maximum diameter 15.1 mm, die axis 45o, Messina mint, 1150 - 1151 A.D.; obverse MP − ΘY (Greek abbreviation: Mother of God), half-length bust of the Virgin Orans facing; reverse Arabic inscription arranged as a cross: umila five hundred forty five (struck in 545), four dots arranged in a square in each corner; very rare; SOLD


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

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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.
SH71138. Billon quarter tercenario, MEC Italy III 423, Biaggi 1777 (R), MIR Sicily 442 (R2), Spahr 115, VF, frosty surfaces, weight 0.412 g, maximum diameter 12.0 mm, die axis 0o, Palermo mint, second silver coinage; obverse Kufic Arabic legend: duriba bi-madinat Siquilliyyah hama-ha Allah (struck at Palermo, may God protect her), small cross pommée within a linear circle; reverse qVART/A TERCE/NARII• in three lines within linear circle border; very rare; SOLD


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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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BZ47783. Bronze follis, Anastasi 357, cf. DOC II-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.

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BZ47778. Bronze follis, Anastasi 362, DOC II-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

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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




  




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REFERENCES

Anastasi, M. Monete Bizantine di Sicilia. (NP, 2009).
Bellinger, A. & P. Grierson, eds. Catalogue of the Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection. (1966 - 1999).
Biaggi, E. Monete e Zecche medievali Italiane dal Sec. VIII al Sec. XV. (Torino, 1992).
Calciati, R. Monete Bizantine di Bronzo della Sicilia. (Cairo, 2000).
Chimiernti, M. & F. Rapposelli. Monete Italiane Regionali: Italia meridionale continentale: zecche minori. (Pavia, 2010).
Erslev, K. Medieval Coins in the Christian J. Thomsen Collection. (South Salem, NY, 1992).
Fabrizi, D. Monete Italiane Regionali: Napoli. (Pavie, 2010).
Grierson, P. & L. Travaini. Medieval European Coinage, Vol. 14: Italy III: South Italy, Sicily, Sardinia. (Cambridge, 1998).
Hahn, W. Moneta Imperii Byzantini. (Vienna, 1973 - 1981).
Hahn, W. Money of the Incipient Byzantine Empire (Anastasius I - Justinian I, 491 - 565). (Wien, 2000).
Hahn, W. & M. Metlich. Money of the Incipient Byzantine Empire Continued (Justin II - Revolt of the Heraclii, 565 - 610). (Vienna, 2009).
Morrisson, C. Catalogue des Monnaies Byzantines de la Bibliothèque Nationale. (Paris, 1970).
Ratto, R. Monnaies Byzantines et d'autre Pays contemporaines à l'époque byzantine. (Lugano, 1930).
Sambon, A. Les monnaies antiques de l'Italie. (Paris, 1903).
Sear, D. Byzantine Coins and Their Values. (London, 1987).
Sommer, A. Die Münzen des Byzantinischen Reiches 491-1453. Mit einem Anhang: Die Münzen des Kaiserreichs von Trapezunt. (Regenstauf, 2010).
Spahr, R. Le Monete Siciliane, dai Bizantini a Carlo I d' Angio (582 - 1282). (Graz, 1976).
Spahr, R. Le Monete Siciliane, dagli Aragonesi ai Borboni (1282 - 1836). (Basel/Graz, 1982).
Trivero, A. La monetazione di rame della Sicilia bizantina (testo e archivio fotografico allegato). (Achao, 2006).
Tolstoi, I. Monnaies byzantines. (St. Petersburg, 1913 - 1914).
Travaini, L. "Hohenstaufen and Angevin denari of Sicily and Southern Italy: their mint attributions" in NC 1993.
Varesi, A. Monete Italiane Regionali - Sicilia. (Florence, 2001).
Wroth, W. Catalogue of the Imperial Byzantine Coins in the British Museum. (London, 1908).

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