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The Lawrence M Woolslayer Collection of
Eastern Roman and Byzantine Coins


FORVM is pleased to offer the exceptional Eastern Roman and Byzantine coins of the Lawrence M Woolslayer collection. Mr. Woolslayer's collection includes extraordinarily beautiful, very rare and museum quality coins. We hope you enjoy examining these fine coins and are able to add a few to your collection. Click on the images to see enlargements. Most of the coins in Mr. Woolslayer's collection have been authenticated by the renowned classical numismatist and author David R. Sear. His works include the most popular Byzantine coin reference, Byzantine Coins and Their Values. A detailed Certificate of Authenticy by the Ancient Coin Certification Service (A.C.C.S.) personally signed by Mr. Sear (for which Mr. Sear charges $40.00) will be provided when the individual coin listing includes, "Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear." For the A.C.C.S. certified coins below, our source for the attributions, grades, and most of the biographical and numismatic information in our descriptions below is the certificates issued by Mr. Sear.


Byzantine Empire, Focas, 23 November 602 - 5 October 610 A.D.

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

Superb example of the return to portraiture. There is no mistaking this portrait for any other ruler. Unpublished year II consular type with mappa and eagle-scepter. Possibly unique.
SH15637. Bronze follis, cf. Hahn 69a (only years 3 and 4 noted); DOC II part 1, 56 - 60 (lists only years 3 - 7); and SBCV 658 (only years 3 and 4), gVF for the type, fantastic portrait, weight 11.498 g, maximum diameter 32.2 mm, die axis 45o, 1st officina, Nicomedia mint, 603 - 604 A.D.; obverse d N FOCAS PERP AVG, bust facing wearing consular robes and crown with cross on circlet, mappa in right, eagle-tipped scepter in left; reverse XXXX (40 nummi), ANNO above, II right, NIKOA in exergue; from the Woolslayer Collection; unpublished year two; SOLD


Tremissis of Byzantine Empire, Maurice Tiberius minted by the Lombards, 583-602 A.D.

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The Lombards did not mint coins in the name of their king until the reign of Cunincpert, 688-700 A.D. Grierson notes examples of this tremissis type may be Lombard imitations, stating, "There is no firm line between such imitations and the imperial originals." The large thin flan and style of this coin are strong evidence this example is a Lombardic imitation.
SH06195. Gold tremissis, Hahn MIB 50, DOC I 287, Wroth BMC 277-280, Tolstoi 57-58, Ratto 1029, SBCV 592, FDC, weight 1.46 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 180o, Ravenna mint, 583 - 602 A.D.; obverse D N mAVRC Tib PP AVC, diademed bust right wearing cuirass and paludamentum; reverse VICTORIA AVGVSTORVN (the victory of the Emperor), angel standing facing, head left, wreath in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, Christogram lower right, CONOB in exergue; from the Woolslayer Collection, ex Harlan J. Berk; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Basil II Bulgaroktonos and Constantine VIII, 10 January 976 - 15 December 1025 A.D.

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The manus Dei (the hand of God) is above Basil's head.
SH17756. Gold histamenon nomisma, SBCV 1800; DOC III part 2, 6a, Choice gVF, weight 4.296 g, maximum diameter 25.3 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse IhS XPS REX REGNANTIhM, bust of Christ facing wearing nimbus cruciger with crescents in upper quarters, pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left hand, triple border; reverse bASIL C CONSTANT, facing crowned busts of Basil (on left) wearing square pattern loros, manus Dei above, and Constantine wearing jeweled chlamys, both hold long plain cross, triple border; from the Woolslayer Collection; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Constantine VIII, 15 December 1025 - 11 November 1028 A.D.

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.
SH18994. Gold histamenon nomisma, SBCV 1815; DOC III part 2, 2, gVF, weight 4.380 g, maximum diameter 25.0 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse IhS XPS REX REGNANTINM, Christ Pantocrator with gospels; reverse CWNSTANTIN BASILEWS ROM, bust facing, wearing crown and loros, labarum in right, akakia in left; from the Woolslayer Collection; very scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Focas, 23 November 602 - 5 October 610 A.D.

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

Of greatest rarity in this condition.
SH15451. Bronze SBCV 666v; DOC II part 1, 77 note (Longuet collection); Hahn MIB 77 (citing two specimens -- Birmingham and Longuet collection), EF, beautiful patina, excellent portrait, some flatness, weight 10.10 g, maximum diameter 26.3 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Cyzicus (Kapu Dagh, Turkey) mint, 609 - 610 A.D.; obverse [D N FOCAS] PERP AVG, bust facing wearing cuirass, paludamentum, and crown with pendilia and cross on circlet; reverse large XXX (30 nummi), cross above, ςII (year 8) right, KYZA (Cyzicus, 1st officina) in exergue; from the Woolslayer collection, ex Harlan Berk; very rare; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Constans II and Constantine IV, 13 April 654 - 15 July 668 A.D.

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.
SH19040. Gold solidus, SBCV 963; Hahn MIB 30; DOC II part 2, 29 (officina not listed), EF, some double-striking on obverse, surface flaw in reverse field to left of cross, weight 4.466 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 225o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 659 - 661 A.D.; obverse d N CONSTANΓINo (sic), facing busts of Constans & Constantine IV, Constans wears plumed helmet, Constantine a helmet with cross, small cross between heads; reverse VICTORI-A A-VGU ∆ + CoNoB, cross on globus between facing figures of Heraclius (left) and Tiberius, each wears crown and chlamys and holds globus cruciger; from the Woolslayer Collection; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Focas, 23 November 602 - 5 October 610 A.D.

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

SH15444. Gold semissis, DOC II part 1, 16; Hahn MIB 25; Wroth BMC 28-9; Tolstoi 29-31; Ratto 1205; Morrisson BnF 8/Cp/AV/32, SBCV 631, EF, weight 2.110 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 195o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 602 - 610 A.D.; obverse d N FOCAS PER AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVGU (victory of the Emperor), Victory advancing right, head left, wreath in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, CONOB in exergue; from the Woolslayer Collection; scarce; SOLD


Constantine IV Pogonatus, 15 July 668 - 10 July 685 A.D.

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.
SH19039. Gold solidus, cf. SBCV 1154, DOC II 8, Hahn MIB 7, gEF, weight 4.308 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse d N I-A-NUS P (sic), cuirassed bust facing, holds spear and shield; reverse VICTOA AVGU CONOB, cross potent on three steps between Heraclius (left) and Tiberius, each wears crown and chlamys and holds globus cruciger; from the Woolslayer Collection; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Constans II and Constantine IV, 13 April 654 - 15 July 668 A.D.

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

SH18999. Gold solidus, DOC II part 2, 30g; SBCV 964, EF, weight 4.493 g, maximum diameter 20.1 mm, die axis 225o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 661 - 663 A.D.; obverse [legend fragmentary], facing busts of Constans & Constantine IV, Constans wears plumed helmet, Constantine a helmet with cross, small cross between heads; reverse VICTORIA AVGU H (victory of the Emperor, 8th officina), cross potent on three steps between Heraclius (left) and Tiberius, each wears crown and chlamys and holds globus cruciger, CONOB in exergue; from the Woolslayer Collection; scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Heraclius & Heraclius Constantine, 23 January 613 - 11 January 641 A.D.

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.
BZ06204. Bronze follis, apparently unpublished variant similar to DOC 180a, Hahn MIB 192, Wroth BMC 274a, Morrisson BnF 2, Tolstoi 275, SBCV 844, gVF, weight 10.45 g, maximum diameter 29.0 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Seleucia Isauria (Silifke, Turkey) mint, 617 - 618 A.D.; obverse ...] hERA ST RR A (blundered legend), facing busts of Heraclius, on left, and Heraclius Constantine, smaller, on right, each wearing crown with cross and chlamys, cross between their heads; reverse large mark of value M between A/N/N/O and ςI, cross above, officina letter A below, mint mark SELISU in exergue; from the Woolslayer Collection, ex Harlan J. Berk; possibly unique; SOLD




  




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