Beautiful Byzantines

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by furryfrog02, Dec 28, 2019.

  1. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I received these 2 coins in the mail today from @Caesar_Augustus in the Great White North. I have lately become more interested in Byzantine rulers and coins after listening to "The History of Byzantium" podcast. He had these 2 coins for sale, along with many other beautiful coins (seriously, check out his site!) and they called to me and were in my price range!

    I was hoping to receive them after the New Year so they could be my "First Coins of 2020" but alas, the Canadian and US Postal system was just too efficient for once.

    I am wondering how many different Byzantine rulers the collective CT Ancients folks can post in this thread. I will start with the 2 that I received today. :)

    John I, Tzimisces
    969-976 AD
    Class A1 Anonymous Follis
    Obverse: +EMMANOVHA IX-XC, Bust of Christ facing with nimbus cross with two dots in each limb of the cross, holding book of Gospels decorated with a border of dots and dot in center
    Reverse: IhSUS XRISTUS bASILEU bASILE in four lines, sometimes with adornments above and/or below.

    Constantine VII
    AE Follis
    913-959 AD
    Constantinople mint
    Obverse: CONST bASIL ROM, crowned bust of Constantine facing, with short beard and wearing vertical loros, holding akakia and cross on globe
    Reverse: CONST-EN QEO bA-SILEVS R-OMEON, legend in four lines
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  3. dougsmit

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    I just posted my most recent Byzantine to another thread here:
    Dot top between h and S - 5.5g 20x23mm

    It would be good to give weight and measurements for an A1. I believe there is also a thread here discussing overstrikes on these coins. Yours seems messy at the reverse top so it might be worth investigating.
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  4. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    @dougsmit the coin in question is 6.75g by my scale and approximately 23/24mm.
  5. Suarez

    Suarez Well-Known Member

    Byzantines are.... an acquired taste.

    Alright furryfrog, challenge accepted. I just got this one today; Basil II I think.

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  6. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    Ooooo gold. I like that we are upping the game! haha. Beautiful coin

    Ok, we have John I, Tzimisces and Basil II in a row, Constantine VIII should be easy. I would love to see if we could make an unbroken line from at least Constantine VII to Constantine VIII. Of course, I will accept any other Byzantine rulers as well :) Come on people, don't let me down!
  7. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Well-Known Member

    OK, here are 3 emperors on one coin: Heraclius, Heraclius Constantine, & Heraclonas :D.

    NGC 4790075-008 Slab Info.jpg Sear 766, Obv. 4790075-008.JPG Sear 766, Rev. 4790075-008.JPG
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  8. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

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  9. arnoldoe

    arnoldoe Well-Known Member

    + here is Constantine viii (also on the right side of your coin)
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  10. Caesar_Augustus

    Caesar_Augustus Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the mention @furryfrog02, and I'm glad your coins arrived safely. :)

    I find quite a beautiful charm in overstruck coins from the Byzantine era because it is clear evidence of the turmoil facing the Romans at the time those coins were struck.

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  11. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Well-Known Member

    Lets throw a Phocus solidus into the mix :).

    Phocus Solidus, NGC insert.jpg Phocus Solidus, obv. (2).jpg Phocus Solidus, rev. (2).jpg
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  12. Suarez

    Suarez Well-Known Member

    Furry this could have been an epic thread if you started off with Arcadius (or maybe Constantine XI going backwards!) and asking for readers to post in sequence.

    Hell, why not :- )
    Let's do this!


    Now who's down for Eudoxia??

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  13. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    I didn't even think of that.
    Ok, hows about we do that?! We have Arcadius! Let's go!
  14. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    I will pitch in with some of mine... 2cbfeb901ad8b139950cc8a0cb2a9aba.jpg 19b7eda3ceffab8e2a5782c55b2f5b33.jpg 89968a225ab72e5cc99a4f00b91fe3c7.jpg lf (51).jpg lf (52).jpg lf (6).jpg ffb6bff87c18776267b70c320089bd2f.jpg 01545Q00.jpg 4001.216.15_1.jpg e6441986d851cb9fd273c5eaee06f06f.jpg
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  15. furryfrog02

    furryfrog02 Well-Known Member

    How I imagine @panzerman

    Beautiful coins though. I can only make out a few of the names though :(
  16. panzerman

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  17. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    I Wish!
    anyhoo/ here are the emperors
    1/ Constans III
    2/ Constans III
    3/ Basil II/ Constantine VIII
    4=5/ Andronicus II
    6/ Maurice Tiberius (Carthage Mint)
    7/ Constantine IV
    8/ Arcadius (Sirmium Mint)
    9/ Arcadius (Thessalonika Mint)
    10/ Constantine VII and Christopher
  18. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Next six/
    Nicephorus I / Stuaricus
    Justinian I
    Justin II
    Leo III/ Constantine V

    I am off to grab something to eat....
  19. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Well-Known Member

    furryfrog02, You are right, the longest beard belongs to the senior emperor Heraclius ;).
  20. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member


    and a thousand plus years later

    John VIII

    No, I do not have a Costantine XI.
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  21. BenSi

    BenSi Well-Known Member

    Byzantine, Leo V and Constantine 813-820 AD, AE Follis, SBCV - 1635
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