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ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL COINS


WIDOW'S MITE FROM THE TIME OF CHRIST 

Typical ancient Judean Widow's MitesThe story of the Widow's Mite can be found in the Bible in Mark 12:41-44.  For Jesus, the widow's small offering of her only two small coins was worth far more than the large contributions of the rich who gave only a small portion of what they had.  The mite, also known as the lepton, was the smallest denomination struck in ancient Judea.  The coin was first struck during the reign of Alexander Janeaus, and continued to be used during the time of Christ.  Most display an ancient anchor on one side and a wheel on the other, though other designs were used as well. Minters were paid by how many pieces they produced, not how well they produced them.  As a result the coins tend to be crude or off center, and every coin is different.   This historic coin of the Bible is over 2000 years old and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.
Item MITE ANCIENT JUDEAN WIDOW'S MITE FROM TIME OF CHRIST VG-CRUDE  $29.95


ROMAN COIN OF CONSTANTINE THE GREAT 

Constantine the Great Bronze coinConstantine the Great was the first Christian Emperor of Rome.  In his quest to reunite the divided Roman Empire he married the stepdaughter of the Emperor, then proceeded to kill his  father-in-law.  He converted to Christianity after receiving "a sign from God" which gave him a victory in a battle against his brother-in-law in the Battle of Milvian Bridge.  Though a Christian, he continued to honor the Roman sun god Sol. He made Sunday, the day of Sol, the official day of rest for the Roman Empire; a practice that continues today in much of the world.  Constantine called and presided over the First Council of Nicaea which established many of the tenants of Christianity.  He founded Constantinople (now Istanbul) as the new capital for the reunited Roman Empire.  The city remained the capital of the Roman and Byzantine Empires for the next 1100 years.  This 16mm to 21mm bronze coin shows a clear bust of Constantine. It was struck between 310 and 337AD and  grades Fine or better.
Item ROME-CONST BRONZE COIN OF CONSTANTINE THE GREAT 310-337AD F-VF $29.95



ANCIENT ROMAN COIN OF CONSTANTIUS II

Ancient Roman bronze coin of Constantius II 337-361ADUpon the death of Constantine the Great in 337AD, his three surviving sons Constantius II, Constantine II and Constans divided the Roman Empire between them, then killed nearly every relative that might assert a claim to the throne.  They soon began warring with themselves.  Constantine II was killed by the forces of Constans in 340AD, and Constans was killed by one of his generals in 350AD, leaving Constantius II as sole ruler.  He was successful in defeating the Germanic tribes and various usurpers to the throne.  In 351AD, he elevated his cousin Constantius Gallus to the subordinate rank of Caesar, but had him executed three years later. In 355, Constantius promoted his last surviving cousin, Julian, to the Rank of Caesar.  In 360AD Julian proclaimed himself Augustus, leading to a potential war between Constantius and Julian, however Constantius died of illness in 361AD.  This bronze coin is between 16mm and 20mm in diameter and features the bust of Constantius II.
Item ROME-CON2 BRONZE COIN OF CONSTANTIUS II, 337-361AD F-VF $10.00



HIGH-GRADE ANCIENT BYZANTINE COIN OF MANUEL I

Byzantine Empire Aspron Trachy Scyphate of Manuel I 1143-1150ADManuel I ruled the Byzantine Empire from 1143 to 1150AD.   He attempted to restore the boundaries of Roman Empire and reunite the Eastern and Western Christian churches. Though he expanded the boundaries and influence of the Byzantine Empire he also suffered major defeats at the hands of the Normans and Seljuq Turks. His aggressive foreign policy overextended the resources of the Empire, causing it to collapse in the years following his death.  This billon Aspron Trachy coin of Manuel I was probably made early in his reign. The high-grade coin still shows silvering.  The Aspron Trachy is an unusual “cup-shaped” coin called a scyphate.  The convex side of the coin depicts the Virgin Mary.  The concave side pictures Manuel. The coin is approximately 31mm in diameter.  Though the coin is crudely struck, the details are sharp and there is little evidence of wear.
Item BYZ-MANI BYZANTINE ASPRON TRACHY, MANUEL I 1143-1150AD XF $75.00


SILVER COINS OF RICHARD THE LION-HEART

Silver Denier of Richard the Lionheart, 1172-1199ADSilver 1/2 Denier of Richard the Lion heart 1172-1199AD
Richard the Lionheart was the King of England, Duke of Aquitaine, Count of Poitou, and Duke of Normandy and had many other titles as well.  His knightly prowess made him a popular king and the subject of legends. By age of 16, Richard had taken command of his own army, putting down rebellions in Poitou against his father, Henry II.  He helped lead the Third Crusade to recapture Jerusalem from Saladin, however ineptness and in-fighting between the various Crusader forces prevented them from obtaining their goal.  On his return from the Holy Land he was captured by Henry VI, the Holy Roman Emperor and held for a huge ransom, most of which was paid by England.  He disliked England and spent less than six months there throughout his entire reign!  He died in 1199 after being wounded while laying siege to a castle in an effort to get a hoard of gold that had been found by a peasant.  Richard’s coins from England are very scarce, expensive and do not have his name on the coin.  His coins from what is now France are much more reasonable and bear his name, though not his portrait. This silver Denier of Richard the Lionheart is from Poitou (Poitiers) in western France.  The coins have a simple design.  One side of the 18mm silver coin features a cross and the legend in a crude script "+RICARDVS REX".  The other side has the legend  "PICTAVIENSIS" (Latin for Poitou) in three lines. The coin is crudely engraved, weakly struck and has seen considerable circulation in the last 800 years.  It is an historic coin from an extraordinary monarch.
Item RICH-DEN RICHARD THE LIONHEART 1189-1199 SILVER DENIER VG $99.75
Item RICH-OBOL RICHARD THE LIONHEART 1189-1199 SILVER OBOL AG-Crude $75.00


SILVER TRAM OF MEDIEVAL ARMENIA

Armenia, silver Tram of Levon I, 1198-1219About 1198 Levon I (Leo II) was crowned as the first king of Cilcian Armenia, located along what is now south-east Turkey.  He issued the first Armenian coins since ancient times.  He established a powerful Christian state and was a strong supporter of the Third Crusade.  He joined Richard the Lion Heart in the conquest of Cyprus and was actively involved in the numerous political plots and intrigues of the Crusader kingdoms and neighboring kingdoms.  These crude silver Trams are approximately 22mm in diameter.  One side pictures picture King Levon seated upon his throne.  The reverse shows a lion and leopard with a cross.  It is an historic Armenian coin with a connection to the Crusades. 
Item AM-LEVON ARMENIA SILVER TRAM OF LEVON I 1198-1219 F-crude $65.00




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