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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, Justinian I, 1 August 527 - 14 November 565 A.D., minted at Rome by Belisaurius

|Justinian| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Justinian| |I,| |1| |August| |527| |-| |14| |November| |565| |A.D.,| |minted| |at| |Rome| |by| |Belisaurius||solidus|
Tradition tells us that the Roman Empire ended in 476 A.D. when Romulus Augustus was deposed and the barbarian Odovacar became king in Italy. This coin, however, was minted in Rome for the emperor of the Romans about 75 years after the "fall of the Roman Empire." Between 536 and 540 Belisaurius recaptured Rome for the Empire. A closer look at history sometime complicates rather than clarifies.

The figure on the reverse is an Angel, not Victory as on the reverse of many Roman and Byzantine coins. The difference - Victory is female but angels are male.
SH06196. Gold solidus, SBCV 291 variant, DOC I 320c1, Hahn MIB I 34/4, Berk -, aEF, weight 4.42 g, maximum diameter 20.6 mm, die axis 185o, 1st officina, Rome mint, 542 - 546 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINIANVS PP AG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, globus cruciger in right, shield decorated with horseman on left shoulder; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG A (victory of the three emperors, 1st officina), Angel standing facing holding long cross in right and globus cruciger in left, star right, COMOB exergue; from the Woolslayer Collection, ex Edward J. Waddell; rare; SOLD

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, eagle-tipped scepter in left; reverse XXXX (40 nummi), ANNO above, II right, NIKOA in exergue; from the Woolslayer Collection; unpublished year two; SOLD

Byzantine Empire, Constantine VIII, 15 December 1025 - 11 November 1028 A.D.

|Constantine| |VIII|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Constantine| |VIII,| |15| |December| |1025| |-| |11| |November| |1028| |A.D.||histamenon| |nomisma|
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.
SH18994. Gold histamenon nomisma, SBCV 1815; DOC III-2 2, gVF, weight 4.380 g, maximum diameter 25.0 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse IhS XPS REX REGNANTINM, Christ Pantocrator with gospels; reverse CWNSTANTIN BASILEWS ROM, bust facing, wearing crown and loros, labarum in right, akakia in left; from the Woolslayer Collection; very scarce; SOLD

Constantine IX Monomachus, 12 June 1042 - 11 January 1055

|Constantine| |IX|, |Constantine| |IX| |Monomachus,| |12| |June| |1042| |-| |11| |January| |1055||tetarteron|
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


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