Ancient Coinage of Thrace, Byzantium


Thrace, Byzantion or Byzantium, later Constantinople and modern Istanbul

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CITY AND SEMI-AUTONOMOUS COINAGE
BMC 32Byzantion, Thrace. Ca 240-220 BC. AE 22mm, 5.23 gr. Magistrate Dioskour(ios?). Diademed head of Poseidon right / Filleted trident; ΠY monogram and EΠI in right field, ΔIOΣKOYΡ in left field. Schoenert-Geiss, Byzantion 1044ff; BMC Thrace 32; SNG BM Black Sea 63; SNG Copenhagen 490.TextImage
BMC 40Byzantion, Thrace. AE. Bust of Artemis right, quiver behind shoulder, hair combed wreath-like around head / BYZANTIΩN, crescent and eight-rayed star. BMC 40; Schönert-Geiss 1960.TextImage
BMC 50Byzantion, Thrace; 2nd- 3rd cent. AD; AE 17mm, 3,21gr. Bearded male head right in border of dots / BYZAN-TIΩN, trident downwards, around the shaft of which is entwined a dolphin. Border of dots. BMC 50.TextImage
BMC 51Byzantion, Thrace. AE18 Pseudo-autonomous issue. 1st c. BC - 1st c. AD. Draped bust of Hermes right, wearing winged diadem / BYZANTIΩN, winged caduceus. SNG Cop. 504; BMC 51.TextImage
Moushmov 3201Thrace, Byzantium AR Tetradrachm. ca 240–220 BC. Veiled head of Demeter right, wreathed with grain / BY, Poseidon seated right on rock, holding aphlaston in extended right hand & trident over shoulder, "turtle" monogram in left field, EΠI AΘANAIΩNOY in ex. Schonert-Geiss 1021.3. TextImage
Moushmov 3210Thrace, Byzantion AR Siglos or Drachm. ca 340-320 BC. Heifer standing left on dolphin; monogram above / incuse square of mill-sail pattern. Schonert-Geiss 1–235; SNGBMC 21-33; SNG Ashmolean 3569–3571; SNG Copenhagen 476. TextImage
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Moushmov 3211Thrace, Byzantion AR Drachm. Circa 340-320 BC. Bull standing left on dolphin / Quadripartite millsail incuse. SNG BM Black Sea 31, Schoenert-Geiss 79. TextImage
Moushmov 3215Thrace, Byzantion. c340-320 BC. AR Tenth (1.20 gm). Bull standing left on dolphin, monogram above / Incuse mill-sail pattern. SNGBMC 42ff. TextImage
Moushmov 3217Thrace, Byzantion AR Hemidrachm. Rhodian standard, ca 387-340 BC. Forepart of bull on dolphin left, ΠY above / trident. SNG BM Black Sea 12. TextImage
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Moushmov 3218Byzantion AR Hemidrachm. Forepart of bull on dolphin left, monogram before / trident. Schoenert-Geiss-830-832. TextImage
Moushmov 3220vThrace, Byzantium AE 23mm. Time of Marcus Aurelius. 161-180 AD. BYZAΣ, helmeted & bearded head of Byzas right / EΠ AI ΠONTIKOY, horse-headed prow of war galley left; waves & dolphin below; HP monogram behind. SNG Cop 508, BMC 57v. TextImage
Moushmov 3222Byzantium, Thrace, Autonomous; 3rd Cent. AD; 3,37gr. BYZAN, head of Byzas right wearing crested Corinthian helmet / EΠI ΔΩHMHTΡOC TO B around prow right. Moushmov 3222.TextImage
Moushmov 3233Thrace. Byzantion. Circa 1st Century BC. AE 20mm. Draped bust of Artemis right; quiver, bow behind / BYZANTIΩN, six-rayed star above crescent. SNG Cop 498. TextImage
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Moushmov 3234Thrace, Byzantion AE22. ca 1st Century BC. Head of Dionysus right, wreathed with vine leaves, thyrsus (?) at shoulder / BYZANTIΩN, bunch of grapes on stem. SNG Cop 501. TextImage
Moushmov 3239Byzantion Civic Coinage AE13. 3rd Century AD. Head of Hermes right in tania / BYZANTIΩN, winged caduceus. TextImage
Schoenert-Geiss 688Byzantion, Thrace, AR Tetradrachm. 21mm. 387-339 BC. YΠY (partially ligate) above bull walking left on dolphin; CPR-like monogram beneath raised leg / Granular quadripartite incuse square. Schoenert-Geiss 688.TextImage
Schoenert-Geiss 755Byzantium, Thrace. AR hemidrachm, 11-12 mm. 353-340 BC. YΠY (ΠY ligate) above forepart of bull right / Ornamented trident head. Schönert-Geiss 755-761.TextImage
Schoenert-Geiss 801Byzantion, Thrace, AR hemidrachm (Rhodian standard), ca 416-357 BC. 9-12 mm, 1.82 gr. Forepart of bull left, vA monogram and dolphin swimming left below / Ornamented trident head. Schoenert-Geiss 801; Babelon Traite 1538.TextImage
Schoenert-Geiss 914Byzantium, Thrace, AE13, civic issue. 5th-4th centuries BC. 2.21 g. ΠY above bull's head left / Ornamented trident head. Schönert-Geiss, Byzantion 914-916; Weber 2558.TextImage
Schoenert-Geiss 1105Byzantion, Thrace, AE22, 7.5 g. 3rd c. BC. Head of Dionysos right, wreathed with ivy, countermark: Corinthian helmet within Π behind head / BYZANTI downwards to right, EΠI AΣΩΠIOY downwards to left of Poseidon standing left, holding Nike and trident. ΓV at bottom right. Circular countermark: Corn-ear on a stalk. Schönert-Geiss 1105; Paris 351; Istanbul 343; Macdonald 394; Warsaw 55790.TextImage
SNG BMC 57Thrace, Byzantion. Circa 240-230 BC. AR Tetradrachm. Ptolemaic issue countermarked at Byzantion. Head of Ptolemy II right; c/m: monogram & SI / Eagle standing left on thunderbolt. TextImage
SNGCop 479ffThrace, Byzantion. Circa 340-320 BC. AR 1/5 Siglos (2.59 gm). Heifer surmounting dolphin left / Quadripartite incuse square with granular texture. TextImage
Schoenert_386ffThrace, Byzantion. ca 340-320 BC. AR 1/5 Siglos or Hemidrachm. Bull standing left on dolphin, monogram above / Quadripartite granulated incuse square, of mill sail pattern, partially punched, resembling a cross. SNG BMC Black Sea 36. TextImage
Schoenert 2073 varByzantion, Thrace, AD 202-205. Magistrate M. Av. Antoneinos. BYZAΣ, helmeted and bearded head of Byzas right / EΠ M AY ANTΩNI BYZANTIΩN, eagle standing front on a low base, head left, wings spread. Schönert-Geiss 2073-2074 var (form of magistrate's name).TextImage
Sear 1579Byzantion, Thrace, AR Drachm. 416-357 BC, Cow standing left, on dolphin, ΠY above / Quadripartite incuse mill-sail pattern with granulated surface. SNGCop 476.
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Sear 1581Thrace, Byzantion. 357-340 B.C. AR Hemidrachm. Cow standing left on dolphin / Incuse square with granulated surface.
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Sear 1582Thrace, Byzantium, 357-340 BC. AR tetrobol. Cow standing left on dolphin, foreleg raised / Incuse square.
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Sear 1583Thrace, Byzantium AR Hemidrachm. Forepart of bull left, YΠY above / trident.Text( 4 entries)
CALIGULA
RPC 1780Caligula AE21 of Byzantium, Thrace. AD 37-41. ΓAIOY KAIΣAΡOΣ ΓEΡMANIKOY, bare head left / BYZANTION, two fishes. Varbanov 1621; Moushmov 3271; Schönert-Geiss 1311; RPC I 1780.TextImage
RPC 1781Caligula AE20 of Byzantium, Thrace. ΓAIOY KAIΣAΡOΣ ΓEΡMANIKOY, bare head left, two countermarks: male head right and dolphin / BYZANTION, prow left. Varbanov 1622; Schönert-Geiss 1312-1313; RPC 1781.TextImage
ANTONINUS PIUS
Varbanov 1663 varAntoninus Pius. AE29 of Byzantium, Thrace. AYT KAICAΡ ANTΩNINOC, laureate and draped bust right / EΠI TYXHC ΠOΛEΩC BYZANTIΩN (from top right), conical torch. Schönert-Geiss, Byzantion 1382 var. (bust type); Varbanov 1663 var. (ditto).TextImage
SABINA
Moushmov 3289Sabina AE25 of Byzantion, Thrace. CEBACTHN CABEINAN, draped bust right / BYZANTIΩN EΠI ΔHMHTΡOC TO B, two tunny fish.TextImage
Varbanov 1659Sabina, AE26 of Byzantium, Thrace. CEBACTHN CABEINAN, diademed and draped bust right / EΠI ΔHMHTΡOC BYZANTIΩN, two tunny fish left, TO B in centre. Mionnet suppl. II 261; Varbanov 1659; Pick Byzantion 3b.TextImage
TRAJAN
Varbanov 1634Trajan, AE26 of Byzantium, Thrace. Laureate head right / BYZANTIΩN EΠI TΡAIANOY KAY TO Γ, crested Corinthian helmet right. Schoenert-Geiss 1333; Varbanov 1634.TextImage
Varbanov 1635Trajan, AE23 of Byzantium, Thrace. 98-117 AD. AY TO NEΡ TΡAIANOC KAI CEB ΓEΡM ΔAKI, laureate head right / EΠI TΡAIANOY KAI TO Γ BYZANTIΩN, prow of galley right. Varbanov 1635; BMC Thrace, 62.TextImage
Varbanov 1638Trajan AE22 of Byzantium, Thrace. 98-117 AD. AYT NEΡ TΡAIANOC KAICAΡ ΓEΡM ΔAKI, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust left / EΠI NEIKHC TO Δ BYZANTIΩN, crescent and star. Schönert-Geiss, Byzantion 1356; Varbanov 1638.TextImage
Varbanov 1641Trajan, AE26 of Byzantium, Thrace. AYT NEΡ TΡAIANOC KAICAΡ CB ΓM ΔAKI, Laureate head right / EΠI NEIKHC TO Δ BYZANTIΩN, crested Corinthian helmet left. Schoenert-Geiss 1345; Varbanov 1641.TextImage
COMMODUS
Moushmov 3304Commodus and Crispina AE28 of Byzantion, Thrace. BΡ KΡICΠINA CEB AYT KΛ AYΡH KOMOΔOC, draped bust of Crispina facing bare-headed, draped & cuirassed bust of Commodus / BYZANTIΩN EΠI ΠONTIKOY, crested Corinthian helmet with cheek pieces. SGI 2069.TextImage
Moushmov 3304Commodus and Crispina, AE 28mm of Byzantium, Thrace. BΡ KΡICΠINA CEB AYT KΛ AYΡH KOMOΔOC, draped bust of Crispina right, facing bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Commodus left / BYZANTIΩN EΠI ΠONTIKOY, crested Corinthian helmet with cheek pieces. Moushmov 3304, Sear GIC 2069.TextImage
Schoenert 1445Commodus. AE 30mm of Byzantium, Thrace. AYT K Λ KOMOΔOC AYΡ, Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / EΠI AI ΠONTIKOY BYZANTIΩN, Wicker torch. Schönert-Geiss 1445; Moushmov 3300.TextImage
Varbanov 1714 corr.Commodus, AE29 of Byzantium, Thrace. Demosthenes, magistrate. Λ AYΡH KOMOΔOC K, youthful, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / BYZANTIΩN EΠI ΔHMOCΘENOYC, crested Corinthian helmet right, with cheek guards. Varbanov 1714 corr. (this coin); Pick Byzantion 11-2.TextImage
CRISPINA
Moushmov 3303Crispina and Commodus, AE of Byzantium, Thrace. 178 AD. BΡ KΡICΠINA CEB AVT K Λ AYΡH KOMOΔOC, confronted busts of Crispina, draped, right, and Commodus, laureate and draped, left. BYZANTIΩN EΠ AI ΠONTIKOY H, Demeter advancng left, holding two torches. Varbanov 1719; Moushmov 3303; Schoenert-Geiss 1445.TextImage
Moushmov 3305Crispina, AE26 of Byzantium, Thrace. CEB ΠOY T KΡICΠEINA, draped bust right / EΠI AI ΠONTIKOY H BYZANTIΩN, dolphin between two tunny fish. BMC 70; Moushmov 3305; Varbanov 1727; Pick 12-5.TextImage
Varbanov 1722Crispina and Commodus, AE of Byzantium, Thrace. 178 AD. BΠ KΡICΠINA CEB AVT K Λ AYΡH KOMOΔOC, confronted busts of Crispina, draped, right, and Commodus, laureate and draped, left / EΠI AI ΠONTIKOY HΠ BYZANTIΩN, Corinthian helmet right. Pick 12-4; RPC IV 3771; BMC 67-68; Varbanov 1722; Mionnet I, 108; Sear GIC 2069; Schoenert-Geiss 1450.TextImage
JULIA DOMNA
Varbanov 1746Julia Domna AE17 of Byzantium, Thrace. IOYΛIA AYΓOYCT, draped bust right / BYZANTIΩN, crescent and one star. Schönert-Geiss 1482; Varbanov 1746.TextImage
CARACALLA
BMC 81Caracalla, AE30 of Byzantium, Thrace. Aelius Ponticus, magistrate. ANTΩNINOC AYΓOYCTOC, laureate, cuirassed bust right, aegis on chest, holding spear over shoulder / EΠ AI ΠONTIKOY BYZANTIΩN, two torches with a modius with grain ears and poppy between them. BMC Thrace 81; Mionnet I, 117; Pick Byzantion 16-1.TextImage
Moushmov 3322Caracalla AE 20 of Byzantion, Thrace. ANTΩNINOC AYΓOYCTOC, laureate cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / BYZANTIΩN, bunch of grapes on stem. Schoenert-Geiss 1593.TextImage
Moushmov 3342Caracalla, AE22 of Byzantium, Thrace. ANTΩNINOC AYΓOYCTOC, laureate cuirassed bust right / BYZANTIΩN, Hygeia standing right, feeding serpent held in arms. Moushmov 3342.TextImage
Varbanov 1769Caracalla AE 21 of Byzantion, Thrace. ANTΩNINOC AYΓOYCTOC, laureate, draped cuirassed bust right / BYZANTIΩN, bunch of grapes on a stem. Varbanov 1769 (this coin).TextImage
Varbanov 1794 varCaracalla, AE34 of Byzantion, Thrace. Laureate and cuirassed bust right, holding spear over left shoulder / BYZANTIΩN, Demeter, holding grain ears and torch, seated left between two basket-shaped torches. Varbanov 1794 var (Demeter "standing left" and different rev. legend); Schönert-Geiss 1553 var (ditto).TextImage
Varbanov 1799Caracalla, AE35 of Byzantion, Thrace. AYT K AYΡHΛ ANTΩNINOC CEB, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right / EΠ Γ CAΛΛ AΡICTAINETOY BYZANTΩN, Europa seated on bull galloping left, holding inflated veil with both hands. Moushmov 3327; Varbanov 1799 (this coin).TextImage
Varbanov 1809Caracalla, AE39 of Byzantium, Thrace. 40.55 gr. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust of Caracalla right / EΠ TIT AIΛ KAΠITΩΛENOY BYZANTIΩN, Emperor with flying cloak, on horseback right, bound captive below right, seated facing left. Schonert-Geiss, 1533; Varbanov 1809 (this coin).TextImage
Varbanov 1811Caracalla and Geta, AE34 medallion of Byzantium, Thrace. C. Sall., Aristaenetes and Aelius Herais, archons. AY KM AYΡ ANTΩNINOC KΠ CEΠ ΓETAC K, Laureate and cuirassed bust of Caracalla right with slight drapery on left shoulder, facing bare-headed and draped bust of Geta left / EΠ AΡX Γ CAΛΛ AΡICTAINETOY K AIΛ HΡAIΛOC BYZANTIΩN, two torches. Varbanov 1811 (this coin).TextImage
GETA
Varbanov 1830Geta, AE28 of Byzantium, Thrace. 17.02 gm. AYT K Π CEΠ ΓETAC AYΓ, laureate head right / BYZANTIΩN, Dolphin right in centre, with a tunny fish swimming left and right above and below. Schoenert-Geiss 1627; Varbanov 1830.TextImage
MACRINUS
Schoenert 1638Macrinus, AE31 of Byzantium, Thrace. 217-218 AD. AYT K M OΠEΛ CEOYΡ MAKΡEINOC AYΓ, laureate and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind / EΠI NEIKHC TO Z BYZANTIΩN, Demeter walking left, holding one short and one long torch. Schoenert-Geiss 1638, otherwise unpublished.TextImage
DIADUMENIAN
Moushmov 3362Diadumenian, As Caesar, AE 23mm of Byzantium, Thrace. M OΠ ΔIAΔOYMENIANOC C, bare-headed & cuirassed bust right / BYZANTIΩN, Galley sailing left. BMC 90, Varbanov 1443.TextImage
ELAGABALUS
Varbanov 1861Elagabalus, AE32, of Byzantium, Thrace. AYT K M AYΡ ANTΩNEINOC AYΓ, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right / ANTΩNINEIA BYZANTIΩN CEBACTA, agonistic urn containing palm branch. Schoenert-Geiss 1662; Varbanov 1861.TextImage
SEVERUS ALEXANDER
Moushmov 3390Thrace, Byzantium. Severus Alexander. AD 222-235. AE 31mm (23.00 g, 1h). M. Aurelius Frontonus and Aelius Festus, archons. Laureate head right / EΠI M AYΡ ΦΡONTΩNOC KAI AIΛ ΦHCTOY around, BYZANTIΩN between two wicker torches. Schoenert-Geiss, Byzantion 1758 (V217/R407); Moushmov 3390. TextImage
Moushmov 3394Severus Alexander AE30 of Byzantion, Thrace. M Aurelius Fronto & Aelius Festa, magistrates. AYT K M AYΡ CEY AΛEXANΔΡOC AYΓ, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust left, holding spear and shield / EΠI M AYΡ ΦΡONTΩNOC KAI AIΛ ΦHCTHC, BYZANTI-ΩN below, Alexander on horseback right, holding spear & raising hand.TextImage
Varbanov 1899Severus Alexander, AE31 of Byzantium, Thrace. M AYΡ CEYH AΛEXANΔΡOC AYΓ, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right / EΠI AIMI CEYHΡOC KAI IOVA CEYHΡAC BYZANTIΩN, conical wicker basket, pointed at both ends. Schoenert-Geiss 1727; Varbanov 1899.TextImage
Varbanov 1912Severus Alexander AE33 of Byzantium, Thrace. AYT K M AYΡ CEYH AΛEXANΔΡOC AYΓ, laureate draped bust right / EΠ ΦΡONTΩNOC KAI ΦIΛ ΦECTHC, three athletes, naked, prize urn at feet, BYZANTIΩN in ex.TextImage
JULIA MAMAEA
Moushmov 3411Julia Mamaea AE27 of Byzantium, Thrace. IOYΛIA MAMAIA AYΓ, draped bust right / EΠI ΦΡONTΩNOC BYZANTIΩN, dolphin between two tunny fish.TextImage
Moushmov 3415Julia Mamaea, AE22 of Byzantion, Thrace. IOYΛIA MAMAIA AYΓ, draped bust right / BYZANTIΩN, Herakles standing facing, resting on club set on rock, lionskin over left arm, right hand on hip. Moushmov 3415; Varbanov 1943 (this coin).TextImage
Varbanov 1946Julia Mamaea, AE27 of Byzantium, Thrace. IOYΛIA MAMAIA AYΓ, draped bust right / EΠI AI CEYHΡOY BYZANTIΩN, dolphin swimming right; tunny fish swimming left and right above and below. Schönert-Geiss, Byzantion 1773; Varbanov 1946.TextImage
GORDIAN III
Lowe 1484Gordian III, AE23 of Byzantion, Thrace. M ANT ΓOΡΔIANOC AYΓ, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / BYZANTIΩN, Athena standing left, holding patera and spear, shield at foot left. Apparently unpublished (Reverse known for Ant Pius, Julia Domna, Elagabalus and Diadumenian). Lowe 1484.TextImage
Varbanov 1961Gordian III, AE of Byzantium, Thrace. 23.34 g. AYT K M ANT ΓOΡΔIANOC AYΓ, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right, aegis on chest / EΠI M A ΔIONYCIOY B K AΛEXANΔΡAC, B-Y-ZANTIΩN, Four torches with a small altar between the middle two. Varbanov 1961; Pick Byzantion 23a.TextImage
Varbanov 1965Gordian III, AE29 of Byzantium, Thrace. AD 238-244. Magistrate Aurelius Dionysius. 14.86 g. M ANT ΓOΡΔIANOC AYΓ, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / EΠ M AΡ ΔIONYCIOY O B K Π AΛEZANΔΡAC around, B-YZ-AN-TI-Ω-N across fields, Poseidon standing left, foot on rocks, holding dolphin and trident. Schönert-Geiss, Byzantion 1805; Varbanov 1965.TextImage
Varbanov 1967Gordian III AE30 of Byzantium, Thrace. AD 238-244. 15.68 g. M ANT ΓOΡΔIANOC AYΓ, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right / EΠ M AΡ ΔIONVCIOV O B K Π AΛEZANΔΡAC around, B-YZ-AN-TI-Ω-N across fields, Nike walking left, holding wreath and palm branch. Varbanov 1967 corr (obv. legend); Schönert-Geiss 1804.TextImage
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