New Stock 2024 (Medieval Coins)

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Almohamad Square Dirhem Fine_obv

Almohamad Square Dirhem Fine

These curiously shaped square silver dirhams were struck by the Almohad Caliphate, founded by Ibn Tumart, a member of the Masmuda, a Berber tribe that controlled much of Northern Africa and Spain at the time. They were struck between 1121-1269 AD making them around 800-900 years old and have Arabic script on both sides showing mint marks and declarations of faith but are undated and anonymous, meaning that they are not attributable to any single ruler. The square shape was probably symbolic and linked to the emergence of the Square Kufi c script that emerged in the 12th century, influenced by Iranian architecture. They certainly weren’t the first to strike square coins as the Indo-Greeks had done this over 1000 years before but since these dirhams are also quite thin, one practical reason for their shape would be to make it easier to cut them from a larger flat piece of metal.
Antonio Venier Billon Tornesello_obv

Antonio Venier Billon Tornesello

Antonio Venier was Doge of Venice from 1382-1400. During the 18 years of his rule in Venice there were extraordinarily high waters, two plagues, numerous fires and disasters of various kinds, but through it all he showed great strength of character. These coins are small billon 1 Tornesello which were minted in Venice but designated for use in Crete. The obverse shows the winged lion of St. Mark with nimbus to the left, holding a book of Gospels with the legend VEXILIFER VENETIA. The reverse has a cross within a circle and the legend +ANTO’ VENERIO DVX. They grade Very Fine
Armenia, Levon I, Silver Tram 1198-1219 Very Fine_obv

Armenia, Levon I, Silver Tram 1198-1219 Very Fine

On 6 January 1198, the Armenian Kingdom was formed when the then Prince Levon (The Lion) II was crowned as King Levon I, King of Cilician Armenia. He became known as ‘Levon the Magnificent’ due to his numerous contributions to political, military, and economic influence. His growing power made him a particularly important ally for the neighbouring crusader state of Antioch. The coinage of King Levon I set the standard for that of following Cilician rulers, comprising coins struck in silver, copper, and bronze and the odd, very rare, gold issue. On these silver Trams, he is shown seated facing on an ornamented throne, holding a cross and fl eur-de-lis with the legend ‘Levon King of the Armenians’ around. The reverse depicts a pair of lions standing back to back flanking a tall cross with the legend ‘By the Will of God’ in Armenian around it. It is in Very Fine condition and is now over 800 years old from a once influential but now long-forgotten kingdom.
Bulgaria, Gros of Ivan Sracimir_obv

Bulgaria, Gros of Ivan Sracimir

Ivan Sračimir was the second son of Ivan Aleksander and was appointed co-emperor by his father in 1356. At this or some later point, he was given control of Vidin, a port city on the southern bank of the Danube in north-western Bulgaria. It is close to the borders with Romania and Serbia, which he held for the rest of his reign. These small silver coins show Ivan Sračimir enthroned facing, holding a sceptre and mace and the reverse shows a half-length facing bust of Christ, they grade Very Fine but we have very limited numbers available.
£47.50 £37.50
Constans II 40 Nummi Constantinople VG-Fine_obv

Constans II 40 Nummi Constantinople VG-Fine

Born in 630 A.D., Constans II became the Byzantine Emperor at the tender age of 11, reigning from 641 to 668 A.D. Despite his youth, he confronted a myriad of challenges, including conflicts with the Arab Caliphate and internal strife within the empire. In an endeavour to evade persistent threats from the Arab Caliphate, Constans II made the significant decision to relocate the capital from Constantinople to Syracuse. Notable for his initiatives to fortify the Byzantine military and his contributions to architecture, Constans II’s reign came to a tragic end in 668 A.D. when he was assassinated during a rebellion orchestrated by his chamberlain. We are offering these 40 Nummi struck in Constantinople on irregular shaped flans showing a beardless Constans on the obverse and a large M on the reverse, all have a sandy/earth patina, and they come in VG-Fine grade and are very reasonably priced.
Crusader Coin from Antioch_obv

Crusader Coin from Antioch

We have available a number of these small copper follis coins issued under the rule of Tancred, an Italian born nobleman who took part in the First Crusade. After the crusade he became Prince of Galilee and Regent of the Principality of Antioch from 1100 until his death in 1112. The coins themselves date from between 1104 until 1112. On the obverse is a bust of St Peter holding a cross with the Greek inscription “God help your servant Tancred” on the reverse. They are crudely struck but grade Fine.
Edward I, Farthing VG_obv

Edward I, Farthing VG

The farthing marked the start of a revolutionary coinage reform by Edward I. Until this time, the penny was the smallest denomination. Low value transactions could be conducted using pennies cut into halves or quarters. The act of cutting pennies into quarters or fourths was how the word Farthing or “fourthing” came about. These silver farthings were introduced by Edward I during the recoinage of 1279. They brought about the end of the practice of cutting coins into halves and quarters. The old coinage and the use of pennies cut into farthings remained legal tender until they were demonitised in August 1280. These coins were the smallest silver coins of the early medieval period and were well circulated and are now over 700 years old, and they are much scarcer than the Pennies.
Edward I_Penny_Bristol_Fine_Obv

Edward I, Penny (Bristol Mint) Fine

In the reign of Edward I, the Silver Penny was the largest denomination made for circulation. Here we offer examples of the Edward I Silver Penny from the Bristol Mint in Fine condition.
Edward II, Long Cross Penny London/Canterbury Fine_obv

Edward II, Penny (Long Cross) London/Canterbury Fine

Edward II also called Edward of Caernarfon, was King of England from 1307 until he was deposed in January 1327. Following the death of his father Edward “Longshanks”, Edward succeeded to the throne in 1307. The “Long Cross Penny” was the largest coin of the period and those of Edward II closely resemble those of his father. He adopted the same bust and legend. It takes a trained eye to spot differences in the lettering and the King's crown to spot a genuine Edward II. The pennies on offer here come in “Fine”. They are from London or Canterbury Mints, depending on availability. You have the crowned bust of the King on one side, under the name of Edward I. On the reverse you have CIVI TAS LONDON or CIVI TAS CANTOR, meaning “City of London (or Canterbury)”. This is the first time we have accumulated enough Edward II Pennies to offer you in almost three years, so get one while you can.