Nerosmyfavorite68 Posted August 20, 2022 · Member Share Posted August 20, 2022 I started collecting for real in about 1993, and started collecting Byzantines soon after that. And thus began my on again, off again Byzantine collecting journey. There would be phases where I would heavily be into Byzantine and years where I'd completely collect Roman or Hellenistic coins. My mom began to call Byzantine AE, 'slag heaps'. While she's right in a sense, virtually none of them were as artistic as the best-done Roman or Hellenistic coins, these slag heaps are endearing. Some of them exude a dignity or even majesty. My favorite periods are from 539-630, 668-c.720 and 1092-1204. My favorite mints are Rome and Ravenna, but since I don't have Bill Gates' type money, I only have a few of these, and no AV from these mints. Ravenna made my favorite gold issues, but alas, I can only gaze at those in references. It's a bucket list goal to obtain a Ravenna Solidus with an annular border. Who knows? I never thought I would get a Heraclius 'Jerusalem', but one popped up at a coin show. A finder's gash, thankfully only affecting a couple letters of the beginning of the obverse legend, made it affordable. At the same show, I also remember looking at a tray of 7th century Pegasi Ravenna AE and my eyes popping out when I saw $700 price tags. More than my 'Jerusalem' cost. After a collecting lull from 2014-2022 (I was still interested in coins throughout), I jumped back in, and with a bigger budget than before. Maybe 70% of my purchases this year have been Byzantine. The 'History of Byzantium' podcast was the main culprit in reviving my interest. Byzantine coins are also one of the most 'affordable' realm of gold coins. I can at least afford to slowly pick off a few of the emperors that way. It's the most satisfying way to get a Leo or Zeno (I know, they're not 'Byzantine.'). My favorite affordable type; the large post-reform facing 40 nummi of Justinian I (although I also like collecting Justinian II). Oh, and I'd like to find a nice VF example of the two bust Heraclius Seleucia 40 nummi. And perhaps a first-reign bearded Christ Justinian II Solidus. I find the beardless second reign version kind of weird-looking. My frustrating incompetence with coin photography has prevented me from photographing anything which doesn't have a dealer's picture. I can only share pics of coins which you've mostly witnessed previously. I know, this one is ad nauseum, but it's my favorite buy of the year. A lucky shopping accident and Dr. Haymann's patience enabled me to buy this Tiberius Apsimar (another bucket list emperor). While the picture doesn't show it, it's by far my most lustrous gold coin. The event also helped me trust DHL Express more. It's my second most expensive coin ever, although I feel I got a good deal on it. While the AE and billon of the post 1092 reform don't do much for me, I rather love the scyphate gold. And since gold has largely become too expensive for me, there's the electrum Trikephalon. Easily my second favorite buy of this year, a John II electrum Trikephalon: While I find some of the immediate post-1204 history interesting, I find the late, late period much too personally depressing to collect (not meant as an insult, just a personal preference). There's many people here with magnificent late collections. Oh, it also didn't hurt that noted Byzantine collector Mike Braunlin was my college librarian. That really helped fuel my Byzantine kick. My collecting goes in phases. I'll probably soon return to Roman, but Byzantine will always have a place in my collection. Please feel free to post Byzantine, especially coins from Rome or Ravenna, the huge Constantine IV folles, nice pre-1204 Hyperpyra, or Heraclius from Seleucia. 18 1 1 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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