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Byzantine Constantinople (326 - 1453)

When Anastasius became emperor the once vast number of Roman mints had been reduced to only two: Constantinople and Thessalonica.

Byzantine Anonymous Follis of Christ, Class I, Nicephorus III, 7 January 1078 - 1 April 1081

|Anonymous| |Folles|, |Byzantine| |Anonymous| |Follis| |of| |Christ,| |Class| |I,| |Nicephorus| |III,| |7| |January| |1078| |-| |1| |April| |1081||anonymous| |follis|
The inept rule of Michael VII led to several revolts. Nicephorus seized the capital, was crowned and married Michael's wife, Empress Maria of Alania. To ensure the succession of her son Constantine, Empress Maria conspired with Alexius Comnenus to dispose of Nicephorus. Just as Nicephorus had banished Michael to a monastery, Alexius Comnenus banished Nicephorus to a monastery.
BZ93551. Bronze anonymous follis, Anonymous follis of Christ, DOC III-2, class I; SBCV 1889; Sommer 40.11, VF, overstruck on earlier follis, weight 4.542 g, maximum diameter 26.9 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 7 Jan 1078 - 1 Apr 1081; obverse bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium, and colobium, raising right in benediction, gospels in left, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Ihsos Xrists - Jesus Christ) across field; reverse Latin cross with X at center, globule and two pellets at each extremity, floral ornaments in lower fields, crescents in upper fields; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $120.00 SALE PRICE $108.00


Byzantine Empire, Leo VI the Wise, 6 January 870 - 11 May 912 A.D.

|Leo| |VI|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Leo| |VI| |the| |Wise,| |6| |January| |870| |-| |11| |May| |912| |A.D.||follis|
Leo VI was a scholar who had little time for foreign affairs, as a result the empire declined. The Bulgars and Arabs became problematic. He completed the legal system started by Basil. He married four times in the quest for a male heir, putting him in conflict with the church. He was eventually barred from attending St. Sophia.
BZ93541. Bronze follis, DOC III-2 8, Morrisson BnF 35/Cp/AE/14, Wroth BMC 8, Ratto 1873, Sommer 34.5, SBCV 1729, gVF, well centered, dark patina, heavy earthen deposits, weight 9.380 g, maximum diameter 26.8 mm, die axis 150o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 886 - 912 AD; obverse + LEOn bASILVS ROm', bust facing, with short beard, wearing crown with cross and chlamys, holding akakia in left hand; reverse + LEOn / EnΘEO bA/SILEVS R/OMEOn, inscription in four lines; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


Byzantine Empire, Constantine VII and Romanus I Lecapenus, 17 December 920 - 16 December 944 A.D.

|Constantine| |VII|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constantine| |VII| |and| |Romanus| |I| |Lecapenus,| |17| |December| |920| |-| |16| |December| |944| |A.D.||follis|
Constantine VII became sole emperor while he was a minor. He was dominated by his regents and was not allowed to take part in government. His regent Romanus I was made co-emperor in 920. In 945 Romanus I was deposed by his sons who wanted the throne. Instead Constantine VII took control. Finally, when he was 40 years old, he had sole rule and real power.
BZ93544. Bronze follis, DOC III-2 25, Sommer 36.16, Morrisson BnF 37/Cp/AE/31, Wroth BMC 14, Ratto 1886, SBCV 1760; undertype: SBCV 1729 (Leo VI), VF, dark green patina with earthen highlights, strong undertype effects, weight 9.370 g, maximum diameter 28.8 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 931 - 944 A.D.; obverse + RWmAn' bASILEVS RWM' (or similar), Romanus I facing, bearded, wearing jeweled chlamys and crown with cross, globus cruciger in left, transverse labarum in right; reverse + RWMA/n' En ΘEW bA/SILEVS RW/mAIWn in four lines; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


Byzantine Anonymous Follis of Christ, Class A2, Basil II & Constantine VIII, 976 - 1025 A.D.

|Anonymous| |Folles|, |Byzantine| |Anonymous| |Follis| |of| |Christ,| |Class| |A2,| |Basil| |II| |&| |Constantine| |VIII,| |976| |-| |1025| |A.D.||anonymous| |follis|
The class A2 anonymous follis is identified by Wayne Sayles in "Ancient Coin Collecting V" as one of the masterpieces of Romaion coinage.
BZ99209. Bronze anonymous follis, Anonymous follis of Christ class A2; Grierson-NumisWiki ornaments 20; DOC III-2 A2.3; Sommer 40.2; SBCV 1813, aVF, very broad flan, porosity, weight 17.881 g, maximum diameter 34.0 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 10 Jan 976 - 15 Dec 1025 A.D.; obverse EMMANOVHΛ (Latinized Hebrew: Emmanuel - "God with us"), facing nimbate bust of Christ, two pellets in each limb of cross, pallium, and colobium, Gospels in both hands ornamented with two pellets in a frame of pellets, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Ihsos Xrists - Jesus Christ) across field; reverse + IhSuS / XRISTuS / bASILEu / bASILE' (Jesus Christ King of Kings), inscription in four lines, nothing above, pellet below; big 34 mm bronze!; $100.00 SALE PRICE $90.00


Byzantine Empire, Constans II with Constantine IV, Heraclius and Tiberius (his sons), 2 June 659 - 15 July 668 A.D.

|Constans| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constans| |II| |with| |Constantine| |IV,| |Heraclius| |and| |Tiberius| |(his| |sons),| |2| |June| |659| |-| |15| |July| |668| |A.D.||follis|
In 660, Constans II, paranoid about the ambitions of his younger brother, Theodosius, had him murdered. Hated by the citizens of Constantinople, Constans decided to move the capital to Syracuse, Sicily. Although the date is mostly off the flan, the I left can only be year 19 (IT). Curiously, this type sometimes includes the officina number on both the obverse and reverse and the numbers do not always match.
BZ93531. Bronze follis, DOC II-2 86d, Morrisson BnF 13/Cp/AE/29, Wroth BMC 199, Tolstoi 349, Hahn MIB III 175, Sommer 12.55, SBCV 1011, Ratto -, aVF/F, ragged tight flan, weak reverse strike, marks, light deposits, weight 4.432 g, maximum diameter 22.8 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 659 - 665 A.D.; obverse Constans standing facing, with long beard, wearing helmet, long cross in right, left hand on hip, I/Θ (year 19) in left field, cross above M (40 nummi) over officina letter (off flan) in right field; reverse Constantine IV, Heraclius and Tiberius standing facing, each wearing crown with cross and chlamys, each holding globus cruciger in right hand; from the Errett Bishop Collection; scarce; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00


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

|Anastasius| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Anastasius| |I,| |11| |April| |491| |-| |1| |July| |518| |A.D.||follis|
Coins of this type can be dated before or after 512 A.D. because a larger flan was introduced that year. This coin is the large module type dated after 512 A.D.
BZ94904. Bronze follis, DOC I 23, Sommer 1.15, Hahn MIB I 27, SBCV 19, F, well centered on a large flan, red-brown patina, light earthen deposits, edge a bit ragged, weight 16.559 g, maximum diameter 33.9 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 512 - 1 Jul 518 A.D.; obverse D N ANASTA-SIVS P P AVG (S to the right of his forehead is horizontal), diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, star left and right, obscure officina letter below (perhaps deliberately erased), CON (Constantinople) in exergue; from the Ray Nouri Collection; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00


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

|Justin| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Justin| |II,| |15| |November| |565| |-| |5| |October| |578| |A.D.||follis|
Justin, unable to handle the burden of his failures, fell into madness. He ordered an organ be played continuously to soothe his frenzied mind. He was pulled through the palace on a wheeled throne, biting attendants as he passed, and there were rumors that he had devoured a number of them. In 574, General Tiberius was adopted as his caesar, regent and heir. Tiberius received the diadem on his knees before the assembly. Justin, in a moment of sanity, addressed the new monarch saying: "If you consent, I live; if you command, I die: may the God of heaven and earth infuse into your heart whatever I have neglected or forgotten." The assembly applauded with sympathy, silence, and in tears for their prince. Sophia and Tiberius ruled as joint regents for four years, while Justin sank into growing insanity.
BZ97793. Bronze follis, DOC I 32b.I, Hahn MIB 43a, Ratto 803, SBCV 360, Sommer 5.9, Wroth BMC 56 var. (Christogram vice cross), Tolstoi -, Morrisson BnF -, aVF, broad flan, partial green patina and colorful deposits, weight 12.997 g, maximum diameter 31.5 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 571 - 572 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTI-NVS P P AV, Justin II (on left) and Sophia seated facing on double throne, both are nimbate, he holds a globus cruciger, she holds a cruciform scepter; reverse large M (40 nummi) between ANNO and ςI (year 6), cross above, B (2nd officina) below, CON (Constantinople) in exergue; $70.00 SALE PRICE $63.00


Byzantine Empire, Constantine VII, 6 June 913 9 November 959 AD

|Constantine| |VII|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constantine| |VII,| |6| |June| |913| || |9| |November| |959| |AD||follis|
In 945 Romanus I was deposed by his sons who wanted the throne. Instead Constantine VII took control. Finally, when he was 39 years old, he finally had sole rule and real power. Later that year he made Romanus II, his son and grandson of Romanus I, his co-emperor.
BZ93543. Bronze follis, DOC III-2 26, Morrisson BnF 37/Cp/AE/55, Wroth BMC 45, Ratto 1900, SBCV 1761, Sommer 36.17, F, struck on a small flan, earthen deposits, weight 5.339 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 945 - c. 950 AD; obverse + COnST bASIL ROM' (Constantine King of the Romans), half-length bust of Constantine VII facing, bearded, wearing modified loros and crown with cross, akakia in right hand, globus cruciger in left; reverse + COnSt/EnΘEO bA/SILEVS R/OmEOn (Constantine King of the Romans) in four lines; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00


Byzantine Empire, Isaac II Angelus, 12 September 1185 - 8 April 1195 A.D.

|Isaac| |II| |Angelus|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Isaac| |II| |Angelus,| |12| |September| |1185| |-| |8| |April| |1195| |A.D.||aspron| |trachy|
The pallium was an open vestment used by the Greeks, Romans, and Byzantines as a cloak, or exterior garment. Some writers say it was of a round, others of a semi-circular form. It was so worn (and much nicety was displayed in its proper adjustment) as to be capable of covering the other habiliments, and even to envelop the whole person. On coins the figures of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary, saints, emperors and gods, sometimes appear clothed in the pallium.
BZ93557. Billon aspron trachy, DOC IV-1 3; CLBC I 7.3.1; Grierson 1130; SBCV 2003; Sommer 65.5; Morrison BnF 64/Cp/(B)/01; Wroth BMC 19 ff.; Ratto 2184 ff., F, not fully struck, scyphate, weight 2.956 g, maximum diameter 25.6 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 12 Sep 1185 - 8 Apr 1195 A.D.; obverse MP-ΘV, the Virgin enthroned facing, nimbate, wears pallium and maphorium, holds before Her nimbate head of infant Christ; reverse I/CAA/KI/OC - ∆εC/ΠO/TH/C, Isaac standing facing facing, wearing crown, divitision, loros, and sagion, cruciform scepter in left, akakia in right, crowned by hand of God above right; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00


Byzantine Empire, Alexius III Angelus-Comnenus, 8 April 1195 - 17 July 1203

|Alexius| |III|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Alexius| |III| |Angelus-Comnenus,| |8| |April| |1195| |-| |17| |July| |1203||aspron| |trachy| |nomisma|
Saint Constantine was Roman emperor from 306 until his death in 337. Best known for being the first Christian Roman emperor, Constantine reversed the persecutions of his predecessor, Diocletian, and issued (with his co-emperor Licinius) the Edict of Milan in 313, which proclaimed religious toleration throughout the empire. The Byzantine liturgical calendar, observed by the Eastern Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholic Churches of Byzantine rite, lists both Constantine and his mother Helena as saints. Although he is not included in the Latin Church's list of saints, which does recognize several other Constantines as saints, he is revered under the title "The Great" for his contributions to Christianity.
BZ93556. Billon aspron trachy nomisma, CLBC I 8.3.1.B; Hendy p. 151 & pl. 22, 8 - 12; DOC IV-1 3; Grierson 1136; SBCV 2012; Morrison BnF 65/Cp/(B)/01; Sommer 66.4, gF, rough reverse, scyphate, weight 2.859 g, maximum diameter 29.1 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1197 - 1203; obverse KERO HΘEI, beardless nimbate bust of Christ facing, wearing pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, scroll in left hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Ihsos Xrists - Jesus Christ) flanking across field above shoulders; reverse AΛEΣIW ∆EC Θ KWNCTANTI (or similar), Alexius on left, St. Constantine bearded and nimbate on right, standing facing, each wears crown, divitision and loros; each holding labarum in outer hand, together holding globus cruciger between them; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $45.00 SALE PRICE $40.50




  



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