Byzantine Empire: Gold, Silver & Bronze Coins for Sale



Byzantine Empire. Constantine V with Leo IV, 751-775 AD. Gold Solidus, Constantinople mint. Crowned facing bust of Leo III, wearing loros and holding cross potent, G LE ON PA MU or MUL / Crowned facing busts of Constantine, with short beard, on left and Leo IV, unbearded, on right; each wearing crown and chlamys; dot between heads, cross above, CONSTANTINOS S LEON O NEOS. 21 mm, 4.41 g. ref: DOC III 2c; BN 6-10; SB 1551. VF with strong portraits, exceptional detail, light scratches on obverse. ex-Frank S. Robinson, Albany, NY. MUCH better in-hand! #NAV048: $950


Byxantine Empire. Nicephorus II Phocas. 963-969 AD. Silver Miliaresion, Constantinople mint. Cross-crosslet set on globus above two steps; in central medallion, crowned bust of Nicephorus facing, + IhSVS XRISTVS nICA / + nICHF´/ En X·W AVTO/CRAT´ EVSEb´/ bASILEVS / RWmAIW in five lines; – + – above and below. 23mm, 2.70 g. ref: DOC 6; SB 1781. Good VF, toned, a few old scratches under tone. From the Prue Morgan Fitts Collection. #CB2128: $499

Byzantine Empire. Constantine VII with Romanus I, 920-944 AD. Bronze coin, Cherson mint. Facing bust of Constantine VII wearing crown and chlamys / Large K/W monogram. 17 mm, 2.2 g. ref: Sear 1771. Olive-green patina. #CB2013: $45



Byzantine Empire. Alexius III Angelus-Comnenus, April 8 1195-July 17 1203 AD. Billon aspron trachy. "Scyphate" (cup-shaped) coin. Facing bust of Christ, wearing nimbus, pallium and colobrium, holding scroll and raising hand in benediction / Alexius (on left) and St. Constantine (on rt) holding cross and labarum. 12 mm, 2.96 g. Nice detail. #5050: $85 SOLD


Byzantine Empire. Manual I Comnenus, April 8 1143-Sept 1180 AD. Billon aspron trachy. "Scyphate" (cup-shaped) coin. Christ standing facing, one hand raised in benediction, IC-XC to sides / The Virgin Mary (on right) crowning Manuel (on left), who holds labarum and globus cruciger, MANWHL DECPOTH around. 30 mm, 3.20 g. Nice detail, dark gray tone, traces of original silvering remains in the details. #CB2181: $125


Byzantine Empire. Alexius III Angelus-Comnenus, April 8 1195-July 17 1203 AD. Billon aspron trachy. "Scyphate" (cup-shaped) coin. Facing bust of Christ, wearing nimbus, pallium and colobrium, holding scroll and raising hand in benediction, KE ROHQEI around, IC-XC to left and right / Alexius (on left) and St. Constantine (on rt) holding cross and labarum, ALEZIW DECP O KWNTANTI. ref: SB 2012. 25.5 mm, 3.73 g. Incredible detail! Lovely coppery tone. Exceptionally nice for these. #CB2182: $175

Byzantine bronze cup-shaped trachy coins, or "scyphates." 9th - 12th century AD. Measure between 24 and 32 mm diameter. Interesting types, depicting the Emperor, Christ, and the Virgin Mary. Low-grade and worn coins (only some nicer examples shown) $25 each / 5 for $100.
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Byzantine Empire. Romanus III, Argyrus. 1028-1034 AD. Large Gold Histamenon, Constantinople mint. +IhS XIS REX REGNANTINM, Christ enthroned facing, wearing nimbus, pallium and colobrium, raising right hand in benediction, holding Book of Gospels in left / THCE BOHTH RWMANW, Virgin Mary (nimbate) crowning emperor Romanus. 25 mm, 4.40 g. Coin is in near perfect condition; no cracks but 2 small edge die flaws on back. ref: Sear BCV #1819, DOC III 1. Ex-Heritage Galleries. #0319x2: $1450 SOLD

Byzantine Empire. Manual I Comnenus, April 8 1143-Sept 1180 AD. Billon aspron trachy. "Scyphate" (cup-shaped) coin. Christ seated facing, upon throne, wearing nimbus, pallium and colobrium, one hand raised in benediction and holding Gospels. IC-XC to sides / The Virgin Mary (on right) crowning Manuel (on left), who holds labarum and globus cruciger, MANWHL DECPOTH around. 30 mm, 3.37 g. Brilliant golden patina! #5009: $125 SOLD

Byzantine Empire. Alexius I, April 4, 1081-August 1118 AD. Billon aspron trachy. "Scyphate" (cup-shaped) coin. Virgin Mary seated facing, upon throne, holding infant Jesus in her lap. / Manuel standing, wearing crown, holding labarum and globus cruciger, ALEXIOC DECP TW KR. Excellent detail! 25 mm, 2.75 g. #5027: $95 SOLD

Byzantine Empire. Justin I. Gold solidus struck 519-527 AD. Constantinople mint. D N IVSTI-NVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing three-quarters to right, holding spear over shoulder and shield decorated with horseman spearing a fallen enemy / VICTORI-A AVGGG and officina letter, angel standing facing, holding jewelled cross and cross on globe; star in right field; mintmark CONOB. ref: DOC I 2b; MIB I 3; BN 6; SB 56. Ex-Frank S. Robinson collection. 21 mm, 4.36 g. Excellent detail! Nice lustre., good surfaces. Terrible photo. #fsr19822x2: $975
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Byzantine Empire. Manual I Comnenus, April 8 1143-Sept 1180 AD. Billon aspron trachy. "Scyphate" (cup-shaped) coin. Virgin Mary seated facing, upon throne, holding infant Jesus in her lap. / Manuel standing, wearing crown, holding labarum and globus cruciger, MANWHL DECPOTHC around. 32 mm, 4.14 g. Very nice detail, soft olive-green patina. #CB2014: $65 SOLD

Byzantine Empire. Manual I Comnenus, April 8 1143-Sept 1180 AD. Billon aspron trachy. "Scyphate" (cup-shaped) coin. Christ seated facing, upon throne, wearing nimbus, pallium and colobrium, one hand raised in benediction and holding Gospels. IC-XC to sides / The Virgin Mary (on right) crowning Manuel (on left), who holds labarum and globus cruciger, MANWHL DECPOTH around. 28 mm, 4.59 g. Excellent grey patina (not blue like this photo suggests). #CB2012: $75 SOLD


Byzantine Empire. Constantine VI and Irene, 780-797 AD.
Excellent silver miliaresion, Constantinople mint.
Large cross on three steps, IhSUS XRISTUS NICA / Legend in five lines: CONSTANTINO SS IRINI EC THEU BASILIS. 21 mm, 2.18 g. ref: Sear 1595. ex-Guildcraft 1992. RARE! #MLV030: $425
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Byzantine Empire. Manuel I Comnenus, 1143-1180 AD. Billon trachy, Constantinople mint. "Scyphate" (cup-shaped) coin. The Virgin Mary, enthroned facing, nimbate and wearing pallium and maphorium. She holds nimbate head of infant Christ before her, MP-THV / Manuel standing facing, wearing crown, chlamys and divitision, holding labarum and patriarchal cross on globe, MANOVHL DECPOTHC. 29.9 mm, 4.28 g. ref: SBV 1964; DOC 12. VF. #CB2040: $99 SOLD

Byzantine Empire. Isaac II Angelus. 1185-1195 AD. Billon trachy, Constantinople mint. "Scyphate" (cup-shaped) coin. The Virgin Mary, enthroned facing, nimbate and wearing pallium and maphorium. She holds nimbate head of infant Christ before her, MP-THV / Isaac, standing facing, wearing crown, divitision, loros and sagion , and holding cruciform scepter and akakia, crowned by hand of God in upper right field, ICAAKIOC, DECPOTHC. 26.9 mm, 3.66 g. ref: SBV 2003; DOC 3. aVF. #CB2041: $99 SOLD

Byzantine Empire. Alexius III Angelus-Comnenus, April 8 1195-July 17 1203 AD. Billon aspron trachy. "Scyphate" (cup-shaped) coin. Facing bust of Christ, wearing nimbus, pallium and colobrium, holding scroll and raising hand in benediction, KE ROHQEI around, IC-XC to left and right / Alexius (on left) and St. Constantine (on rt) holding cross and labarum, ALEZIW DECP O KWNTANTI. 27 mm, 2.29 g. ref: SB 2012. Incredible detail for these. Gorgeous patina! #CB2042: $125 SOLD


Basil II and Constantine VIII, 976-1925 AD. Gold histamenon nomisma, Constantinople mint. Bust of Christ facing, nimbate, holding Book of Gospels, +IHS XIS REX REGNATINUM / Basil (L) and Constantine (R) holding between them a tall cross, +BASILE CONSTANT BR. ref: Sear BCV #1800. 26.5 mm, 4.42 g. A magnificent coin! #0461: $1275 SOLD

Byzantine Empire. Isaac II Angelus, Sept 12, 1185-April 1195 AD. Billon-silver aspron trachy. "Scyphate" (cup-shaped) coin. Virgin Mary seated facing, upon throne, holding infant Jesus in her lap. / Isaac standing, wearing crown, holding cruciform sceptre and akakia, crowned by Manus Dei (hand of God), ICAAKIOC DECPOTH around. 28 mm, 3.63 g. Rare coin! Nice silvering remains in details. #5017: $115 SOLD

Byzantine Empire. Manual I Comnenus, April 8 1143-Sept 1180 AD. Billon aspron trachy. "Scyphate" (cup-shaped) coin. Christ seated facing, upon throne, wearing nimbus, pallium and colobrium, one hand raised in benediction and holding Gospels. IC-XC to sides / The Virgin Mary (on right) crowning Manuel (on left), who holds labarum and globus cruciger, MANWHL DECPOTH around. 28 mm, 3.58 g. Nice example. #5057: $80 SOLD

Byzantine Empire. Manual I Comnenus, April 8 1143-Sept 1180 AD. Billon aspron trachy. "Scyphate" (cup-shaped) coin. Virgin Mary seated facing, upon throne, holding infant Jesus in her lap. / Manuel standing, wearing crown, holding labarum and globus cruciger, MANWHL DECPOTHC around. 30 mm, 4.14 g. Sharp detail! #5041: $90 SOLD

Byzantine Empire. Manual I Comnenus, April 8 1143-Sept 1180 AD. Billon-silver aspron trachy. "Scyphate" (cup-shaped) coin. Christ seated facing, upon throne, wearing nimbus, pallium and colobrium, one hand raised in benediction and holding Gospels. IC-XC to sides / The Virgin Mary (on right) crowning Manuel (on left), who holds labarum and globus cruciger, MANWHL DECPOTH around. 30 mm, 4.38 g. Nice silver tone. #5003: $95 SOLD

Crusader Kings of Constantinople, 1204-1261 AD. Copper trachy. "Scyphate" (cup-shaped) coin. Facing bust of Christ, wearing nimbus, pallium and colobrium / King (on left) with St. Constantine (on right). Nice rugged little coin with great green patina and much eye-appeal! 24 mm diameter. #5034x2: $90 SOLD


Byzantine Empire. Justin II, 565-578 AD. Gold solidus, Constantinople mint, 6th officina. Struck 567-578 AD. Helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding Victory on globe and shield, ND IVSTINVS PP AVG / Constantinopolis seated facing, head right, holding spear and globus cruciger, VICTORIA AVGGG-E; CONOB. 21mm, 4.48 g. ref: DOC 4e; MIBE 5; SB 345. EF. Lustrous. Excellent for the type! ex-CNG. #NAV022: $950 SOLD

+ IhSVS XRISTVS nICA / +hICHF/ Єh X’ω AVτO/CRAτ, ЄVSЄЬ’/ ЬASILЄVS/ RωMAIω’ in five line