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Other and Uncertain Byzantine Mints

At least 15 Byzantine mints were operational during Justinian's long reign and re-conquests of Italy, Spain and North Africa, including new mints at Constantine in Numidia, Perugia in Umbria, Salona in Dalmatia, and Carthagena in Spain. Alexandretta (Iskenderun, Turkey today) was used as a mint by Heraclius during his revolt against Phocas (609 - 610) but was closed once he controlled Constantinople. Jerusalem opened briefly about 609 - 615. Heraclius also opened Seleucia, Isaura and Constantia in Cyprus. Constans II (641 - 668) opened a mint at Naples. Carthagena fell to the Visagoths about 620 and although some new mints opened in the following centuries the tide had turned against the empire. Later mints included Sardina, Magnesia, and possibly Philippopolis, and Corinth.


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.

Ex Harlan Berk and Ex Woolslayer collection.
BZ06204. Bronze follis, apparently unpublished variant similar to DOC 180a, Hahn MIB 192, Wroth BMC 274a, Morrisson BnF 2, Tolstoi 275, SBCV 844, gVF, weight 10.45 g, maximum diameter 29.0 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Seleucia Isauria mint, 617 - 618 A.D.; obverse ...] hERA ST RR A (blundered legend), facing busts of Heraclius, on left, and Heraclius Constantine, smaller, on right, each wearing crown with cross and chlamys, cross between their heads; reverse large mark of value M between A/N/N/O and ςI, cross above, officina letter A below, mint mark SELISU in ex; possibly unique; SOLD


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.

Ex Harlan Berk, ex Woolslayer collection.
SH06212. Bronze follis, DOC II part 1, 183; Hahn MIB 196; BMC 267; BN 1; Tolstoi 277; H 196; SBCV 848, VF, weight 11.86 g, maximum diameter 30.0 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Isaura mint, 617 - 618 A.D.; obverse J J N hERACL E hRA, facing busts of Heraclius, on left, and Heraclius Constantine, smaller, on right, each wearing crown with cross and chlamys, cross between their heads; reverse large mark of value M between A / N / N / [O] and stigma [II], cross above, officina letter A below, and mint mark [ISAYR] in exergue; overstrike, reverse struck a little off-center and date and mint mark off flan, nice brown patina; very rare; SOLD


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.

Ex Harlan Berk, ex Woolslayer collection.
SH38444. Bronze follis, DOC II part 1, 183; Hahn MIB 196; BMC 267; BN 1; Tolstoi 277; H 196; SBCV 848, VF, weight 10.729 g, maximum diameter 30.0 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Isaura mint, 617 - 618 A.D.; obverse J J N hERACL E hRA, facing busts of Heraclius, on left, and Heraclius Constantine, smaller, on right, each wearing crown with cross and chlamys, cross between their heads; reverse large mark of value M between A / N / N / [O] and ς [II], cross above, officina letter A below, and mint mark [ISAYR] in exergue; overstrike, reverse struck a little off-center and date and mint mark off flan, nice brown patina; very rare; SOLD


Normans in Calabria, Italy, Anonymous Issue, 1060 - 1080

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"The obverse on this type represents an icon to which the Empress Zoe was particularly devoted, and a similar representation appears on a pattern histamenon of Zoe's brief sole reign in December, 1041." -- David Sear's Byzantine Coins and Their Values
BZ43069. Bronze follaro, MIR 10 489 (R), MEC Italy III 61 - 62 var. (obverse symbols), CNI -, Biaggi -; imitative of Byzantine Anonymous Class C folles, VF, holed, weight 5.503 g, maximum diameter 28.6 mm, die axis 180o, Calabria, uncertain mint, 1060 - 1080 A.D.; obverse three-quarter length figure of Christ standing facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium, and colobium, raising right in benediction, Gospels in left, IC - XC flanking across fields; reverse jeweled cross with pellet at each extremity, in the angles IC - XC / NI-KA (Jesus Christ Conquers); rare; SOLD


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

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A successful soldier from a military family, John was chosen in about 1216 by Emperor Theodore I Laskaris as the second husband for his daughter Irene Laskarina and as heir to the throne. This arrangement excluded members of the Laskarid family from the succession, and when he became emperor in 1221, following Theodore I's death, he had to suppress opposition to his rule. John was a very successful ruler who greatly increased the size, influence, and prosperity of the Nicaean Empire. He prepared the way for his descendants to successfully restore Greek rule to Constantinople and to rule the restored Byzantine Empire.
SH87503. Gold hyperpyron, DOC IV-2 6c, Sommer 70.1.6 var. (no pellet left), Hendy pl. 32, 3 var. (same), SBCV 2073, Ratto -, VF, uneven strike with flat areas, obverse off center, weight 4.350 g, maximum diameter 25.1 mm, die axis 180o, Lydia, Magnesia ad Sipylum (Manisa, Turkey) mint, 2nd coinage, c. 1232 - 1254; obverse 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) across field, pellet to left and right (sigla) above throne; reverse IW DECΠOTH TΩ ΠOPΦVPOΓ (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; from the Robert Watcher Collection; rare sigla variety; SOLD


Byzantine Anonymous Follis of Christ, Class A3, Basil II & Constantine VIII, c. 1023 - 11 November 1028 A.D.

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This ornamention on the Gospels is not listed by Grierson or Metcalf. This is the first example of this variation known to Forum.
SH58729. Bronze anonymous follis, Anonymous follis of Christ, class A3; SBCV 1818; Grierson-NumisWiki ornaments -, VF, weight 8.160 g, maximum diameter 27.9 mm, die axis 180o, provincial mint, c. 1023 - 11 Nov 1028 A.D.; obverse + EMMANOVHΛ (Latinized Hebrew: Emmanuel - "God with us"), facing nimbate bust of Christ, wears pallium and colobium, Gospels in both hands, to left IC, to right XC; two pellets in each limb of the nimbus, Gospels ornamented with cross with a pellet in each quarter; reverse + IhSuS / XRISTuS / bASILEu / bASILE (Greek: Jesus Christ King of Kings), ornamentation above and below inscription; rare variation; SOLD


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.

BZ06201. Bronze follis, DOC II part 1, 181b; Hahn MIB 193; BN 4 variant; Tolstoi 274, F/gVF, weight 11.86 g, maximum diameter 31.5 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Seleucia Isauria mint, 616 - 617 A.D.; obverse legend blundered and illegible, Heraclius, on left, and Heraclius Constantine, smaller, on right, both standing facing, wearing crown with cross and chlamys, and holding a globus cruciger in right, cross between their heads; reverse large mark of value M between A/N/N/O and stigma I, Chi-Rho monogram above, officina letter B below; mint mark SELISU in exergue; ex Woolslayer collection; very rare; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Alexius I and John II, Autumn 1092 - 15 August 1118 A.D., John II Coronation Issue

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Issued for celebrations throughout the Empire to honor the coronation of John II as co-emperor in 1092. This scarce type and two rare types issued for the coronation, are traditionally identified as the earliest tetarteron. They may actually be sphragidia that were distributed only to a select group of people who participated in the celebrations, or for charitable purposes.
BZ53323. Lead tetarteron, DOC IV part 1, 42.2 ff.; Grierson 1046 (Constantinople, half tetarteron), SBCV -, aF, weight 3.474 g, maximum diameter 16.4 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain mint, c. 1092 - 1093 A.D.; obverse IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ), bust of Christ facing, nimbate, bearded, wearing tunic and colobium, open Gospels in left; reverse AΛCE ∆EC, bust of Alexius facing, wearing stemma, divitision, and jeweled loros, cruciform scepter in right, globus cruciger in left; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Basil I the Macedonian & Constantine, 10 February 868 - 3 September 879 A.D.

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Basil's favorite son, Constantine, depicted on this coin died 3 September 879. His death embittered Basil's last years.
BZ71843. Bronze follis, Morrisson BnF 34/X/AE/1; DOC III part 2, 8a (Constantinople); Wroth BMC 11 (Constantinople); Ratto 1861; SBCV 1721; Sommer 33.15, Tolstoi -, VF, well centered, uneven strike, some inscription weak, weight 7.396 g, maximum diameter 28.5 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain provincial mint, 868 - 870 A.D.; obverse + bASILIOS CONST AUGG (or similar), Basil (on left) and Constantine half length busts facing, each wears crown with cross and chlamys, both holding labarum between them; reverse + bASIL/S ET COnSTAn/TINOS ENΘO / bASILEIS R/OMAIOn in five lines; very scarce; SOLD


Empire of Trebizond, Alexius IV, 1417 - c. 1447 A.D.

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ME03134. Silver half asper, SBCV 2641 variation, Retowski 24, VF, weight 0.8 g, maximum diameter 13.8 mm, die axis 135o, obverse St Eugenius seated on horse walking right star below, monograms left and right; reverse Alexius IV seated on horse right, star below, monograms left and right; ex Wayne Sayles, ex Woolslayer collection; rare; SOLD




  




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