My First Ever Byzantines

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Mat, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    I recently decided to jump into the world of Byzantines. I saw a small lot for sale at a reasonable price and decided to purchase them. All had minor attribution but 1 so thanks to wildwinds I think I have been able to attribute these correctly.

    Only one I cant figure out is the last one.

    If I am wrong on any then please let me know!

    Constantine X (1059 - 1067 A.D.)
    O: +EMMA_NOVHA Christ standing facing on footstool, raising hand in benediction and holding Gospels. IC XC across field
    R: EVDKARO +KWNTAK On left, Eudocia standing facing, wearing modified loros with kite-shaped lower panel and crown with cross and pendilia; on right, Constantine standing facing, wearing modified loros and crown with cross and pendilia, both holding labarum with cross-piece on shaft between them, standing on base and three steps, and each places one hand on heart
    DOC 8; SB 1853

    CONSTANTINE V (741 - 775 A.D.)
    AE Follis
    O: Two half-length figures facing, Constantine V on left, bearded, Leo IV on right, beardless, each wearing chlamys and crown with cross, holding in right hand akakia. Between heads, cross. To left, ; To right, ///
    R: Half-length figure of Leo III facing, bearded, wearing chlamys and crown with cross, holding in right hand, cross potent on base. To left, ///; To right, ///

    Alexius I (1081 - 1118 A.D.)
    AE Tetarteron
    O: Patriarchal cross on two steps, A-D, K-F to left and right, above and below.
    R: ALEZI, crowned bust of Alexius facing, wearing loros, holding jewelled sceptre and cross on globe.
    SB1932 BMC 61*but*with a 'mirror image' reverse

    JUSTINIAN I (527 - 565) A.D.
    Obv.*DNIVSTINI ANVSPPAVC;*Helmetted and cuirassed bust facing, holding globus cruciger and shield; to right, cross.
    Rev.*Large I surmounted by cross, to left, A/N/N/O; to right, X / X / U; in ex., thЄΠ/.
    Sear 327

    R: Large K
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  3. Ripley

    Ripley Senior Member

    A new frontier Mat. Now you are in for it; a 1000 years of more coins to figure out. I know you will have fun with this. I am still learning Romans 500 BC to 400 AD.:eek:
  4. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter Dealer

    It's a nice set indeed. On the last one I'm going to venture Anastasius I, half follis, or 20 nummus, but I'm probably wrong with a capital W. I'm not sure there's enough detail left on the coin to make an accurate attribution.
  5. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    I have never been able to get into these (Byzantine, that is), but these look like decent enough coins for the era. :thumb:
  6. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    I think your right that it is Anastasius I but not sure the denomination, whats throwing me off is my coins weight with others with the same K. Some are large and some are reduced. The hazy obverse matches some of the busts I see.
  7. Windchild

    Windchild Punic YN, Shahanshah

    K is the Greek Numeral for 20...

    Hope that helps!
  8. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

  9. medoraman

    medoraman Supporter! Supporter

    Yes, the K has to be a half follis. The first 150 years or so are pretty easy for denominations for these, and after that they are all Follis for a couple of hundred more years. :)

    I love the Syracuse coin. I love how they are always distinctive.
  10. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Neat lot Mat, congrtas. I like that Constantine X allot. I've neglected my Byzantine collection, and just havent felt the urge to add anymore
  11. rasiel

    rasiel New Member

    The K makes it a half follis regardless of weight but I agree that under two grams is very low for Anastasius, so probably Justinian I?

    Byzantine AEs can be a tough, tough nut to crack. Ugly as all **** and with nonsense legends but still weirdly addictive :)

  12. medoraman

    medoraman Supporter! Supporter

    Me too. Last Byzantine type of things I have added were a large group of Arab Byzantine and some silver Bulgarian imitatives. For some reason I haven't been on a Byzantine kick lately.
  13. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I have no idea about that last one but see no possibility that it is as early as Anastasius or Justinian and be only 10mm. Mat's suggestion is a 17mm coin which strikes me as small enough for that period. My Justinian K coins are 20mm, 8.1g and 8.7g which seems right considering the size of the M folles. To get down to 10mm and 1.7 g I'd start looking in ther era of Constans II. I'm no Byzantine expert so the above is just my guess.
  14. ValiantKnight

    ValiantKnight I AM the Senate! Supporter

    Cool lot. A nice start to a Byzantine set!
  15. Eng

    Eng Senior Eng

    Very nice Mat, love the Byzantine coins...well done...:thumb:
  16. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    I'm sorry, but I've been waiting for someone else to post one of their Byz-coins, but apparently I'm gonna have to make a pig of myself!! (I only have a couple)

    byzantine khusro a.jpg byzantine khusro b.jpg byza.jpg byzb.jpg

    .... ooooowwwwww ... thanks, that feels better!! (*phew*)

  17. Windchild

    Windchild Punic YN, Shahanshah

    First is an Arab-Byzantine (Great Coin, but not Byzantine... an Arab-Copy)...

    Second is a great Justinian!
  18. rasiel

    rasiel New Member

    Hey that top one looks like it came from Attack of The Killer Ants

  19. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter Dealer

  20. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    Byzantine Empire,
    Sassanian occupation of Egypt Æ 12 Nummi / Khusro II
    Date: Circa 618-628 AD
    Measure: 19.66 mm

    Weight: 8.26 grams
    Obverse: Cuirassed bust of Khusro facing, wearing crown with simple cross, star to left, C to right

    Reverse: Cross on globe between I-B, AΛEΣ in exergue
    Attribution: DOC 191; SB 855
    Grade: Extremely Fine
    Notes: A very nice example of this scarcer type

    byzantine khusro a.jpg byzantine khusro b.jpg
  21. stevex6

    stevex6 Random Mayhem

    ERIC-III that, ...

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