Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by catadc, Jun 29, 2019.
I could really use your help with some links and references to relevant information on the matter.
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Here are some useful links:
Dumbarton Oaks online
A version of Sear Byzantine online
Tiberius II Constantine (578-582)
As for books, I love Philip D. Whitting's Byzantine Coins - it is from the 1970s, but it gives a great overview of types, with some history. My local library has it, so I don't own a copy - I see there are lots of copies for sale on eBay and elsewhere (though not cheap).
Here's a not so special Justinian I follis - but even the cruddy ones have their charm:
The most widely used reference book is Sear's Byzantine Coins and their Values. You can probably find a used copy for pretty cheap on ebay. For a decent, if aging, online database this one's probably the easiest to use for a beginner: http://dirtyoldbooks.com/gandinga/index.htm
@Severus Alexander - good opportunity to practice my French. It was actually my first foreign language, but got rusty meanwhile. English was the second. I regret not showing any talent for German. Second site - love it.
@Suarez - thank you for the link, great work there. First coin has XXG on reverse, so I believe Justinian I rather than Maurice?
I can't give you references over and above what has already been recommended, but I would say - you can't really go wrong. As far as ancients/medievals go, they are so accessible and affordable, you can do whatever you like!
ANCIENT COIN COLLECTING V, The Romaion / Byzantine Culture, by Wayne Sayles. His book helped me understand a coinage I thought was just crude & ugly. I gained a clearer vision after going through his book.
Maurice only reigned twenty years, so yes, it is Justinian I. For recommendations, wildwinds.com. Everything else has already been said.
I can't believe why they, Dumberton Oaks, are publishing it for free.
I left Roman Imperial coins ( For the most part) almost 20 years ago. I found one Byzantine coin that really attracted me to collecting all of the coins of that denomination, a tetarteron, since then I have completed the worlds first privately owned complete set of tetartera from Alexius I to Alexius III ( I am missing one coin from Alexius III)
Deciding what to collect will sharpen your knowledge of that denomination or ruler.
I agree with
This Book by Wayne Sayles will easily put the 1000 years of coins in to perspective and give you an idea of where to go with your collection. Btw , many people separate the empire of Rome and Byzantine for various reasons, I do not, nor did the people who lived in the Byzantine Empire, they called themselves Roman until the end.
Here is a link to my tetartera collection.
I am now completing the rulers with their trachea and Hyperpyrons, hopefully someday I will complete the Comnenus family.
BenSi, I agree with TIF, your collection of tetartera is outstanding & a valuable reference source for Byzantine enthusiasts . The presentation is informative & the photos of the highest quality. Thanks for sharing .
And at the end of the Excel files there is a sheet called "Links" with more sources of information. I believe I have enough reading for a few months.
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