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Empires in Exile: Coins of the Byzantine Successor States. Michael I Angelus. Silver Aspron Trachy (3.54 g), ca. 1204. Mint of Arta. Image: New York Sale I / CoinWeek.

Empires in Exile: Coins of the Byzantine Successor States

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   ON APRIL 12, 1204, THE army of the Fourth Crusade sacked and looted the great city of Constantinople. The...
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First Read: 100 Greatest Ancient Coins, Third Edition

Review by Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   With nearly six decades of experience in the business, Chicago coin dealer Harlan J. Berk is a well...
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Coins of Justinian the Great

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   THE COURTROOM OF the United States Supreme Court is adorned with marble relief panels depicting great lawgivers of history....
The image of Jesus as it appeared on a gold coin from the Byzantine empire.

Jesus Christ on Ancient Coins

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz .....   As with politicians, nothing is more important to gods than image ... Perhaps this is the secret...
The Coins of Justinian II

Coins of Justinian II: The Emperor Who Lost His Nose

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek .....   Constantine IV was barely seventeen when his wife Anastasia had given birth to their son. It was a mistake...

Heritage Spotlights Byzantine Coins in August 20 Auction

Open for bidding now is the August 20 Heritage Auction Spotlight: Byzantine Empire Showcase Auction, featuring nearly all stylistic periods of Byzantine coinage, beginning...
Halos on ancient coins

Haloes on Ancient Coins

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ..... In various forms, the halo is a ubiquitous religious symbol. While most commonly seen in religious contexts such as...
Possibly Unique 10th Cent. Byzantine Bulla at Stack's Bowers

Possibly Unique 10th Cent. Byzantine Bulla at Stack’s Bowers

By Jeremy Bostwick - Senior Numismatist & Cataloger, Stack's Bowers ...... The upcoming August Global Showcase auction from Stack’s Bowers Galleries will feature rarities across...
Good Dad, Bad Son: Disappointing Heirs of Great Rulers and Their Coins

Good Dad, Bad Son: Disappointing Heirs of Great Rulers

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ..... HISTORY IS LITTERED with great and wise rulers who fathered heirs who were monsters or idiots: sons...
Born Into the Purple: The Coinage of Constantine VII

Born Into the Purple: The Coinage of Constantine VII

CoinWeek Ancient Coin Series by Mike Markowitz ..... His constitution was sickly and he was indeed invalid throughout his life. His father’s birth was doubtful;...

Emergency Money: A Short History of Siege Coins

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ..... The issue of siege money is recorded on various occasions in antiquity and the Middle Ages, but its history...
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Bulgar Slayer: The Coinage of Basil II

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ..... No lonelier man ever occupied the Byzantine throne - or any other, for that matter. Basil was ugly, dirty,...
The Coins of Viking Age Scandinavia

The Coins of Viking Age Scandinavia

By Tyler Rossi for CoinWeek ..... Nearly everything we know about Viking Age coins comes from hoards. Whether buried as votive offerings or as simple...
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Coins of the Iconoclasts, Part II

By Michael T. Shutterly for CoinWeek .....   Part I | Part II * * * Iconoclasm (“image smashing”) was very popular within the Byzantine military during the...
Last of His Line: Medieval Coins of Defunct Dynasties

Last of His Line: Medieval Coins of Defunct Dynasties

By Mike Markowitz for CoinWeek ..... History is an account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and...

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