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  1. These odd types copying the John III hyperpyron Sear 2073 first appeared on the market not too many years ago, along with numerous examples from the same or similar dies with a variety of quite different patinas. As far as I know there are no examples of these types in museums, so draw your own conclusions. Ross G.
  2. This is Sear 2149 Uncertain of Nicaea, DOC IV Uncertain B.2 (Pl. XXXVII, B.2). It is one of the rare “Christ Chalkites” types, along with S.2148, S.2150 & S.2153. See below for two more examples of S.2149 posted on Forum Byzantine on (or about) 13/12/2012. The top (neatly clipped) coin was from Orthodox Coins and the second from a private collection. Ross G.
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    Latin Tetartera?

    As I understand it the post 1204 section of Sear 2nd edition was largely the work of Simon Bendall and Michael O'Hara, advised by Hendy. George Bates was the author of the report on the 1234 Byzantine coins found during the second series of archaeological explorations of Sardis by Harvard College from 1958 to 1968. Ross G.
  4. Here is the Labarum online catalog arranged by Sear (SB) type: https://labarum.info/lbr/?sf_refsear=&sf_main_search=&sf_submit=Search&sf_state=&sf_ruler=Michael+II+Angelus+(Epirus)&sf_mint=&sf_denom= Ross G.
  5. Yes, this guy looks like a good candidate. If so, this would put the Gandufus weight a century after Charlemagne's (possible) weights. Ross G.
  6. Interesting - there are saints on coins, but I don't know about weights. I'm guessing Gandulfus is some early medieval ruler - there are similar weights labelled CAROLI PONDVS, possibly meaning Charlemagne. Ross G.
  7. Attached is a Frankish(?) weight (208 gm) in the Bologna museum with the legend +GANDULFUS. So who was Gandulfus? Ross G.
  8. The weights of the earlier Umayyad dinars were tightly controlled, but in later times this was abandoned and these coins presumably traded by weight (so there would be no point in clipping). Ross G.
  9. I I doubt it - on the coin in question Christ seems to be enthroned. I wasn't proposing S.2096, just showing some examples for comparison. Ross G.
  10. The top two coins below are examples of S.2096. The bottom coin is a similar variant - it is not in Sear but is listed as Uncertain Type Z in DOC IV. Ross G. Ross G.
  11. Good value for a 1 ounce Roman barrel weight. Bendall 23 is actually a set of such weights - Bendall 33 is a more specific attribution. The tied OV stands for Ounkia and A is 1, so (oddly) the bronze Roman barrel weights were mostly marked in Greek. For more examples of such weights see the Pondera online database here: https://pondera.uclouvain.be/ Ross G.
  12. Yes, Theodosius II Ae4 nummus, uncertain mint. Ross G.
  13. Hi Simon, The problem with S.1932/DOC45 of Alexius I is that divides into (at least) three different subtypes, as listed in my table. DOC45a is the full weight half-tet, while 45b & 45c-d are lighter and perhaps later issues. On the other hand the 203 examples from Thessalonica quoted by Lianta are not distinguished by subtype – all we have is a gross figure for "DOC45" as a whole. So what were Lianta’s Thessalonican coins? Were they all DOC45a? Quite possibly, but we don’t really know. Ross G.
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