Coins of the Romaion [Byzantine] Empire



The term Byzantine was unkown until coined by Montesquieu and other French writers in the eighteenth century. The citizens of the Eastern Roman Empire always considered themselves Romans; thus, Romaion is becoming the preferred term for this empire.

A chronological listing of Romaion emperors is available at Dave Suber's Wildwinds site.


Justin I 518-527 CE ∆ Follis
Obv: bust right.
Rx: Large M between 2 stars; Labrum below.
Constantinople mint.


Justinian I, 527-565 AD; ∆ 5 nummi
Obv: Diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rx: Large E with cross at center, star to right.
Antioch (Theoupolis) mint.
Sear 244.



Justinian I 527-565 CE ∆ Follis
Obv: D. N. IVSTINIAN VS PP. AVG. Diademed, draped & cuirassed bust rt.
Rx: Large M between star and cross; above, cross.
Constantinople mint.
Sear 158


Justinian I 527-565 CE ∆ Half Follis (6.40 gms)
Obv: D N IVSTINI-ANVS P P AVI, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing, holding globus cruciger and carrying shield decorated with horseman spearing a fallen enemy; cross in right field
Rx: Large K; cross above, ANNO VII.
Thessalonica mint.
Sear 165.


Justin II 565-578 CE ∆ Follis Struck year 4
Obv: D N IVSTI NVS P P AVI, Justin, on left, holding globus cruciger, and Sophia, on right, holding cruciform scepter. .
Rx: Large M between Large M, cross above; A/NIKO.
Nicomedia mint.
Sear 0369

Justin II 565-578 CE ∆ half-Follis
Obv: D N IVSTI NVS P P AVI, Justin, on left, holding globus cruciger, and Sophia, on right, holding scepter; cross above.
Rx: Large K; ANNO left, E in rt field; TES below.
Thessalonica mint.


Justin II 565-578 CE ∆ half-Follis
Obv: D N IVSTI NVS P P AVI, Justin, on left, holding globus cruciger, and Sophia, on right, holding scepter; cross above.
Rx: Large K; ANNO left, XI in rt field; Cross above; TES below - Thessalonica mint.
Sear 366.


Tiberius II Constantine 578-582 CE ∆Follis
Obv: Emperor facing wearing crown and consular robes.
Rev: Large M; cross above ; Anno left.
Theocipolis mint.

Constans II. 641-668 AD. ∆ Follis
Obv: Emperor standing, facing holding globe w/ cross.
Rev: Large M.
EH in exergue

LEO VI 886-912 CE (THE WISE) ∆ Follis
Obv: Leo seated lt Alexander rt on double throne facing. .
Rev: Letters in four lines.
(5.2 grams, 26.44 mm).
Reference: Sear 1730

Anonymous. 969-976 AD. ∆ Follis
Obv: Bust of Christ facing wearing nimbus crucige.
Rev: ihSUS / XRISTUS / BASILEU / bASILE in four lines.
Class A


Anonymous. 969-976 AD. ∆ Follis, 27 mm
Attributed to the reign of Constantine VIII
Obv: Bust of Christ facing wearing nimbus and holding book with Gospels.
Rev: ihSUS / XRISTUS / BASILEU / bASILE in four lines.
Class A3
Sear 1818.


Anonymous. 1028-1034 AD. ∆ Follis, Class B, 9 grams. (Sear1823)
Obv: Nimbate Bust of Christ facing holding Book of Gospels.
Rx: IS XS bASILE bASILE divided by large cross.


Anonymous. 1028-1034 AD. ∆ Follis, Class B, 9.79 grams. (Sear1823)
Obv: Nimbate Bust of Christ facing holding Book of Gospels.
Rx: IS XS bASILE bASILE divided by large cross.
Sear1823


Manuel I Aspron AR trachy 1143-1180 AD
28mm
Obv: Virgin crowning Emperor Manuel I
Christ on the reverse.


Manuel I ∆ Tetarteron, 1143-1180 AD
4.19 gms
Obv: MANVHL (∆C)PHOTH on either side of Manuel standing facing, holding labarum and globe with cross
Rx: Cross with X in middle, IC XC on either side.
Sear 1976

Two unknowns. Assistance appreciated.



Unidentified scyphates - cup coins

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