This site aims to inform collectors and students of Byzantine base metal coins issued in the period between the monetary reform of Anastasius I (491-518) and that of Alexius I Comnenus (1081-1118).

The collection described was formed between 1982 and 2015 and is ongoing in certain specific areas.

“Early Byzantine Copper Coins” will be published in book form later in 2016. The first printing (of 100) comprises presentation copies only.


About the Book

Byzantine Copper Coins

“Early Byzantine Copper Coins” comprises a number of sections.

The Foreword(s) describe the circumstances of the formation of the collection and the fascination of this series.  There is a lengthy Introduction to the catalogue itself which includes some observations on collecting and studying Byzantine copper, a guide to understanding the catalogue entries, and a short bibliography.

There are 38 chapters which, in a largely conventional way, attribute the coins either by reign (there are two chapters each on the coinage of Justinian I and that of Maurice, and three on that of Heraclius) or by issuing authority. Much of the latter is necessarily speculative, encompassing military issues and emergency and necessity issues from the attempted recovery of parts of Western Europe under Justinian I and his immediate successors, the 20 year conflict with Persia (610-630), and the conquest of large parts of the Eastern Empire by the Arabs.

Two short chapters describe coins in the collection struck by the Germanic Kingdoms and by the Umayyad rulers of Bilad al-Sham and North Africa.

Chapters 39 to 42 inclusive incorporate a number of both published and unpublished papers.


Early Byzantine Copper Coins (EBCC): The Online Catalogues

Two different online versions of the collection catalogue are now available. What follows below is an updated 2019 edition (chapters 1 through 35) incorporating some 400-500 additional coins not included in the 2016 published/online version.

The Foreword (2019) explains in more detail the differences between the two online catalogues.

Selection of the “2016” button provides the digital version of the 2016 publication – identical except for the correction of errors.

The publication in book form of an updated, simplified, catalogue is under consideration.

Select Edition:

2019 Edition
1Anastasius I
2Justin I
3Justin I and Justinian I
4Justinian I: Eastern mints
5aJustinian I: Western mints
5bJustinian I: Carthage and Constantina
6Emergency coinage in Antioch
7Coin groups
8Justin II
9Justin II – Anomalous Coinage
10Tiberius II
11Maurice: Constantinople
12Maurice: Nicomedia and Cyzicus
13Maurice: Antioch, Alexandria and Cherson
14Maurice: Imperial mints in the West
14aMilitary issues: circa 580-600
16Revolt of Heraclius
17Heraclius: Constantinople
18Heraclius: Propontine & minor Eastern mints
19Heraclius: Thessalonica & Western mints
20aSyrian mint: Classes I-IV
20bSyrian mint: Classes V-VI & related issues
21Constans II
22The Year 20 mint
23The Pseudo-Byzantine Coinage
24The Umayyad Imperial Image coinage
25The Early Islamic coinage
26Constantine IV
27Justinian II (1st reign)
28Leontius – Theodosius III
29Leo III, Artavasdus and Constantine V
30Leo IV – Irene
31Nicephorus I – Michael III
32Basil I – Constantine VII & Anonymous coins
33The Comneni and Angeli and the rulers of Cyprus & Trebizond
34Historical counterfeits
35The coinage of the Germanic Kingdoms

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