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

|Focas|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Focas,| |23| |November| |602| |-| |5| |October| |610| |A.D.||follis|
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

Superb example of the return to portraiture. There is no mistaking this portrait for any other ruler. Unpublished year II consular type with mappa and eagle-scepter. Possibly unique.
SH15637. Bronze follis, cf. Hahn 69a (only years 3 and 4 noted); DOC II-1 56 - 60 (lists only years 3 - 7); and SBCV 658 (only years 3 and 4), gVF for the type, fantastic portrait, weight 11.498 g, maximum diameter 32.2 mm, die axis 45o, 1st officina, Nicomedia mint, 603 - 604 A.D.; obverse d N FOCAS PERP AVG, bust facing wearing consular robes and crown with cross on circlet, mappa in right hand, eagle-tipped scepter in left hand; reverse XXXX (40 nummi), ANNO above, II right, NIKOA in exergue; from the Woolslayer Collection; unpublished year two; SOLD


Constantine IX Monomachus, 12 June 1042 - 11 January 1055

|Constantine| |IX|, |Constantine| |IX| |Monomachus,| |12| |June| |1042| |-| |11| |January| |1055||tetarteron|
"CONSTANTINOPOLIS (Istanbul, Turkey - 41į02'N, 28į57'E), founded as Byzantium about 660 BC by Greeks from Megara, is located on the European side of the southern end of the Bosporus. It became a Roman ally in the second century BC, and maintained independent status until at least the first century AD. It was destroyed by Septimius Severus for aiding Pescennius Niger, but rebuilt within the same reign. Constantine I re-founded it as his capital, gave it his name, and opened a mint which struck for over 1,100 years under the Romans and Byzantines. It became the capital of the Byzantine Empire."- from Moneta Historical Research by Tom Schroer
SH06227. Gold tetarteron, DOC III-2 6; Wroth BMC 4 - 5; Morrisson BnF 16-21; Ratto 1986; SBCV 1833; Berk 307, weight 4.04 g, maximum diameter 18.6 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse + Ihs XPS REX REGNANTINM (partially blundered), bust of Christ Pantocrator facing, wearing nimbus cruciger (halo with cross), tunic and himation, right raised in blessing, holding gospels in left, single border; reverse CWNSAnTn BASILEWS Rm (very blundered), bearded bust of Constantine XI facing wearing crown with cross and pendilia, jewels around neck, and jeweled chlamys, and holding labarum in right and globe surmounted by pellet cross in left; from the Woolslayer Collection; scarce; SOLD


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

|Constantine| |IV|, |Constantine| |IV| |Pogonatus,| |15| |July| |668| |-| |10| |July| |685| |A.D.||solidus|
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.
SH19039. Gold solidus, cf. SBCV 1154, DOC II 8, Hahn MIB 7, gEF, weight 4.308 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse d N I-A-NUS P (sic), cuirassed bust facing, holds spear and shield; reverse VICTOA AVGU CONOB, cross potent on three steps between Heraclius (left) and Tiberius, each wears crown and chlamys and holds globus cruciger; from the Woolslayer Collection; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Tiberius II Constantine, 26 September 578 - 14 August 582 A.D.

|Tiberius| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Tiberius| |II| |Constantine,| |26| |September| |578| |-| |14| |August| |582| |A.D.||light| |weight| |solidus|
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.
SH17792. Gold light weight solidus, SBCV 446; DOC I 38, gVF, weight 4.060 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 180o, Theoupolis (Antioch) mint, c. 579 - 582 A.D.; obverse dM Tib COS-TANT PP AVI, crowned and cuirassed bust facing, globus cruciger in left, shield in right; reverse VICTORI-A AVCC ΘS, cross potent on four steps, [O]B†* in exergue; from the Woolslayer Collection; rare; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Tiberius II Constantine, 26 September 578 - 14 August 582 A.D.

|Tiberius| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Tiberius| |II| |Constantine,| |26| |September| |578| |-| |14| |August| |582| |A.D.||solidus|
 
SH18997. Gold solidus, SBCV 422, DOC I 4i, Berk 76, gVF, weight 4.381 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse D M Tib CONS-TANT PP AVI, crowned and cuirassed bust facing, globus cruciger in left, shield in right; reverse VICTORI-A AVCC Θ CONOB, cross potent atop four steps; from the Woolslayer Collection; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, John I Tzimisces, 11 December 969 - 10 January 976 A.D.

|John| |I| |Tzimisces|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |John| |I| |Tzimisces,| |11| |December| |969| |-| |10| |January| |976| |A.D.||miliaresion|
John I Tzimisces was the lover of Empress Theophano, which led to the murder of Emperor Nicephorus II and John's elevation to the throne. John introduced a follis that depicted a bust of Christ on the obverse and a religious inscription on the reverse. These types, referred to as anonymous folles because they do not identify the issuing emperor, would become the norm for bronze coinage during the following century.
SH06232. Silver miliaresion, DOC III-2 7a, Wroth BMC 5, Morrisson BnF 1, Ratto 1919, SBCV 1792, aEF, weight 3.53 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 969 - 976 A.D.; obverse + IhSUS XRISTUS nICA * (Jesus Christ Conquers), cross crosslet on globus above two steps, circular medallion at center containing crowned bust of John facing wearing loros, dividing the inscription I/W - A/n, triple border ornamented with eight equally spaced globules; reverse + Iwann'/ En Xw AVTO CRATEVSEb / bASILEVS / RWMAIW in five lines across field, decorative ornaments above and below, border as on obverse; from the Woolslayer Collection, ex Edward J. Waddell; scarce; SOLD


Leo I, 7 February 457 - 18 January 474 A.D.

|Leo| |I|, |Leo| |I,| |7| |February| |457| |-| |18| |January| |474| |A.D.||solidus|
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

Mr. Sear grades this coin as brilliant, Mint State.
SH19001. Gold solidus, DOCLR 528, Hunter V 9, Tolstoi 12, Ratto 249, RIC X 605 (S), Depeyrot 93/1, SRCV V 21404, brilliant MS, great strike, great coin, weight 4.507 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 180o, 9th officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, early phase, 457 - 468 A.D.; obverse D N LEO PERPET AVC, pearl-diademed, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, spear in right over shoulder, shield on left decorated with horseman; reverse VICTORI-A AVCCC Θ, Victory stands facing, head left, supporting long jeweled cross, star right, CONOB in exergue; from the Woolslayer Collection; scarce; SOLD







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