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Byzantine Empire, Levante or Alexandria, c. 5th - 6th Century A.D., Jewish Menorah Lead Token

|Holy| |Land| |Antiquities|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Levante| |or| |Alexandria,| |c.| |5th| |-| |6th| |Century| |A.D.,| |Jewish| |Menorah| |Lead| |Token||token|
The purpose of Byzantine era lead tokens is unknown. Many appear closely related to seals differing only by the absence of a cord or channel for attachment to a container or document. Many late Roman and early Byzantine seals have a figural type on one side and a legend in two lines in Latin or Greek on the other side. Seals with a menorah are known, usually with a blank globular reverse, but some also have a name on the other side.
JD98657. Lead token, personal token of Rodanos(?); Roma e-sale 53 (7 Feb 2019), lot 504 (same dies), VF, highlighting earthen deposit desert patina, weight 3.077 g, maximum diameter 14.1 mm, die axis 180o, c. 5th - 6th century A.D.; obverse Menorah of seven branches, flanked by lulav on left and etrog on right; reverse POΔA/NOY in two lines across field, palm frond above; ex CNG e-auction 435 (2 Jan 2019), lot 401; extremely rare; $1440.00 SALE PRICE $1296.00


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

|Anastasius| |I|, |Anastasius,| |11| |April| |491| |-| |1| |July| |518| |A.D.||solidus|NEW
Anastasius I came to the throne at the age of 61 after being chosen by the wife of his predecessor, Zeno. He is noted for leaving the imperial government with a sizeable budget surplus of 23,000,000 solidi by reducing government corruption, reforming the tax code, and currency reform. He is venerated as a saint by the Syriac Orthodox Church. His improvements to the government, economy, and bureaucracy of the Eastern Roman empire were so dramatic that he is often described as the first Byzantine emperor.
SH112531. Gold solidus, DOC I 7b, Ratto 315, Hahn MIBE 7, Sommer 1.4, SBCV 5, Morrisson BnF -, Wroth BMC -, Tolstoi -, VF, well centered, flow lines, die wear, die break in ex., weight 4.471 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 507 - 518 A.D.; obverse D N ANASTA-SIVS P P AVC, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing slightly right, helmet with plume, trefoil ornament and diadem, pellets on cuirass, spear in right hand and behind head, shield on left arm ornamented with mounted cavalryman right spearing prostrate enemy; reverse VICTORI-A AVCCC B, Victory standing half left, head left, long staff topped with (inverted staurogram) in right hand, star left, CONOB in exergue; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 129 (4 Jun 2023), lot 704; $1100.00 SALE PRICE $990.00


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.||tremissis|NEW
Justin I and Justin II both issued this type. The two issues are distinguished by style. The style of the Justin II coins is more schematic and cartoon like.
SH112685. Gold tremissis, DOC I 14, Wroth BMC 24, Tolstoi 22, Ratto 765, Sommer 5.7.1, Hahn MIB II 11a, SBCV 353, Morrisson BnF 5/Cp/AV/12, Choice aEF, broad flan with full borders, scratches, weight 1.475 g, maximum diameter 16.7 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 15 Nov 565 - 5 Oct 578 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTINVS P P AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVGVSTORI (the victory of the Emperor), Victory standing facing, wreath in right hand and globus cruciger in left hand, star right, CONOB in exergue; ex Savoca Coins auction 93 (17 Jan 2021), lot 609 (listed as Justin I); $500.00 SALE PRICE $450.00


Byzantine Empire, Justin I, 10 July 518 - 1 August 527 A.D.

|Justin| |I|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Justin| |I,| |10| |July| |518| |-| |1| |August| |527| |A.D.||tremissis|NEW
Of Macedonian peasant origin, Justin I rose through the ranks of the military and was proclaimed emperor by the army on 10 July 518 A.D. He was uneducated, but intelligent enough to rely upon the policy advice of his brilliant nephew, Justinian I.
SH112686. Gold tremissis, Morrisson BnF I 2/Cp/AV/17 (also M resembling H), DOC I 4, Wroth BMC 11-12, Tolstoi 19-20, Ratto 388, Hahn MIB I 5, SBCV 58, Sommer 2.4, VF, centered on a small flan, trace deposits, light scratches, weight 0.986 g, maximum diameter 14.0 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 491 - 518 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTI-NVS P P AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, A graffito in right field; reverse VICTORIA AVGVSTORH (the victory of the Emperor), Victory advancing right, head left, holding wreath and globus cruciger, star right, CONOB in exergue; ex Obolos auction 20 (3 Oct. 2021), lot 1352; $500.00 SALE PRICE $450.00


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

|Anastasius| |I|, |Anastasius,| |11| |April| |491| |-| |1| |July| |518| |A.D.||semissis|NEW
After Zeno died, Empress Ariadne selected an obscure successful finance civil servant, Anastasius to be her husband and emperor. He ruled for 27 years, restructured the currency system and accumulated of 320,000 pounds of gold! His dramatic change in coinage was the beginning of a uniquely Byzantine coinage.
SH112689. Gold semissis, DOC 1 9, Wroth BMC 8, Tolstoi 10, Ratto 324, Morrisson BnF 1/Cp/AV/19, Hahn MIB III 10, SBCV 7, Sommer 1.6, aVF, broad flan, flow lines, scratches, edge bend, small encrustations, graffiti on obv., weight 2.003 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 498/507 - 518 A.D.; obverse D N ANASTASIVS P P AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVGGG (victory of the three emperors), Victory seated right on shield and cuirass, inscribing XXXX on shield set on knee, star left, P (staurogram) right, CONOB in exergue; ex Obolos auction 20 (3 Oct 2021), lot 1341; scarce; $500.00 SALE PRICE $450.00


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

|Basil| |II|, |Byzantine| |Anonymous| |Follis| |of| |Christ,| |Class| |A3,| |Basil| |II| |&| |Constantine| |VIII,| |c.| |1023| |-| |11| |November| |1028| |A.D.||anonymous| |follis|NEW
The emperor's name and portrait are not part of the design on the Byzantine types referred to as anonymous folles. Instead of the earthly king, these coins depict Jesus Christ, King of Kings.
BZ112683. Bronze anonymous follis, Anonymous follis of Christ class A3; Grierson-NumisWiki ornaments 24; DOC III-2 A2.24, Wroth BMC 11 (Romanus III), Sommer 40.3.4, SBCV 1818, gem EF, very attractive, well centered, dark patina, highlighting deposits, tight flan, weight 10.262 g, maximum diameter 26.6 mm, die axis 90o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 1023 - 11 Nov 1028 A.D.; obverse + EMMANOVHΛ (romanized Hebrew - God is with us), facing bust of Christ, wearing nimbus cruciger with two pellets in each limb of cross, pallium, and colobium, holding gospels with both hands, gospels ornamented with two pellets within a jeweled border, to left IC, to right XC; reverse + IhSuS / XRISTuS / bASILEu / bASILE (Greek: Jesus Christ King of Kings), ornamentation above and below inscription; $400.00 SALE PRICE $360.00


Lot of 100 Bronze Ancient Trilobate Arrowheads, Hellenistic - Byzantine, c. 300 B.C. - 1000 A.D.

|Metal| |Arrowheads|, |Lot| |of| |100| |Bronze| |Ancient| |Trilobate| |Arrowheads,| |Hellenistic| |-| |Byzantine,| |c.| |300| |B.C.| |-| |1000| |A.D.|
 
LT96894. Lot of 100 bronze trilobate arrowheads, mostly or all Hellenistic - Byzantine, c. 300 B.C. - 1000 A.D., c. 12 - 28 mm, some complete and intact, some with chips or bends, unattributed to type, no tags, from the same larger lot as the arrowheads in the photograph, as-is, no returns; $380.00 SALE PRICE $342.00


Lot of 100 Bronze Ancient Trilobate Arrowheads, Hellenistic - Byzantine, c. 300 B.C. - 1000 A.D.

|Metal| |Arrowheads|, |Lot| |of| |100| |Bronze| |Ancient| |Trilobate| |Arrowheads,| |Hellenistic| |-| |Byzantine,| |c.| |300| |B.C.| |-| |1000| |A.D.|
LT96895. Lot of 100 bronze trilobate arrowheads, mostly or all Hellenistic - Byzantine, c. 300 B.C. - 1000 A.D., c. 12 - 28 mm, some complete and intact, some with chips or bends, unattributed to type, no tags, from the same larger lot as the arrowheads in the photograph, as-is, no returns; $380.00 SALE PRICE $342.00


Byzantine, Holyland (Syria Palaestina), Large "Candlestick" Oil Lamp, c. 480 - 800 A.D.

|Oil| |Lamps|, |Byzantine,| |Holyland| |(Syria| |Palaestina),| |Large| |"Candlestick"| |Oil| |Lamp,| |c.| |480| |-| |800| |A.D.|
The pattern on the nozzle, branches issuing from a central ridge, is often called a "candlestick," meaning it is a representation of the menorah. This is the most menorah-like variation with the "candlestick" on a "tripod" base. Some authorities believe it is a palm branch and it is sometimes indecisively called a a palm-menorah. The strongest evidence that the palm-menorah actually is a menorah is a variation of this lamp with a cross on the nozzle. This suggests that Jews and Christians used the same type of lamp, differentiated only by their respective religious symbol, a phenomenon also encountered on North African Red-Slip Lamps. The type is found across Israel but most commonly in Jerusalem and within 50 kilometers of Jerusalem. See our |Candlestick |Lamps page in NumisWiki.
AL78085. Large "Candlestick" Oil Lamp with "tripod" base; Adler type BYZ.2, cf. Adler 924; Sussman Late 1632; Bailey BMC II Q2332; Qedem 8 48, Superb, light deposits, soot on the nozzle, 10.0cm (4") long, 6.4cm (2 1/2") wide, 3.4cm (1 3/8") tall, c. 480 - 800 A.D.; pink-buff light clay, chalk inclusions, tear drop shape from above, no handle, double rim around filling hole, decorative radiating pattern around shoulder, nozzle ornamented with six branches curving upward and two downward from a central ridge (menorah with a tripod base?), ring base; ex Amphora Coins (David Hendin) with his photo-authenticity receipt (2 Feb 2018), noting, "A local oil lamp found in Israel, purchase by me in Jerusalem more than 20 years ago from a licensed dealer."; $350.00 SALE PRICE $315.00


Lot of 26 Byzantine Bronze Coins and 2 Byzantine Coin Weights, c. 500 - 1300 A.D.

|Byzantine| |Bulk| |Lots|, |Lot| |of| |26| |Byzantine| |Bronze| |Coins| |and| |2| |Byzantine| |Coin| |Weights,| |c.| |500| |-| |1300| |A.D.||Lot|
The following list was provided by the consignor and has not been verified by FORVM:
1) Seleukid bronze (4.32g) converted into a Byzantine era nomisma weight.
2) Roman centenionalis (4.37g) converted into a serrated Byzantine era nomisma weight.
3) Michael VII, follis.
4) Anastatius, AE 20 nummii, SBCV 25.
5) Heraclius, with Heraclius Constantine, 610-641, follis (7g) Constantinople, 1st officina, year 20 (629/30), DOC 105a.4, SBCV 810; rare PH monogram countermark from Cyprus on the reverse.
6) Justinian I, AE 16 nummi, Thessalonika, SBCV 175, ex Moneta Numismatic Services.
7) Latin Kingdom, cf. SB 2044, AE trachy, brockage.
8 - 28) Justin I, Justin II, and others.
LT110954. Bronze Lot, 26 Byzantine bronze coins and 2 Byzantine coin weights (made from older Roman and Greek coins), mostly F to aVF, c. 500 - 1300 A.D.; unattributed, no flips or Forum tags (several dealer tags included), a good variety of rulers and denominations, the actual coins in the photographs, as-is, no returns; $300.00 SALE PRICE $270.00




  






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