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Gold coins of Anastasius Byzantine Emperor

April 11 491 through July 1 518

Selected after the death of Zeno by Empress Ariadne, Anastasius was an elderly court official.  He is credited with major changes in the financial policy and coinage of his predecessors and by the time of his death left the treasury with probably more gold than any other emperor to follow.  Many have stated, that if it had not been for Anastasius's financial abilities, the empire would not have been able to survive much less expand in the coming centuries. Anastasius is also used as the beginning point of the "Byzantine Empire" due to the total occupation of Italy to the Ostrogoths and Vandals by his accession. When he died he had not assigned a successor.



Aureus

Constantinople

W-1    DO-1    Sear-1     Berk-NA    MIB-1

 

Solidus

Constantinople

W-1    DO-2    Sear-2     Berk-NA    MIB-2
W-2    DO-3    Sear-3     Berk-NA    MIB-3a
W-3    DO-NA   Sear-3     Berk-30    MIB-3b
W-4    DO-NA   Sear-3     Berk-29    MIB-NA
W-5    DO-3b   Sear-3     Berk-NA    MIB-4

Byzant gold coinByzant gold coin
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Constantinople
Reference Information - W5, S-3, DOC-3b, Berk-NA, MIB-4, R-312, BMC-NA, BN-1
Weight in Grams - 4.46g
Diameter - 21.6 mm
Die Axis - 182°
Accepted Striking Period - 492-507
Officinae - R
Obverse Image - 3/4 facing Anastasius wearing helmet and diadem, holding spear and shield with horseman
Obverse Legend - DNANASTA-SIVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Angel of Victory facing left holding cross made of dots with star in right field
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVGGGR, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Fine to Superior
Strike - Almost completely full, slight weakness on nose and mouth
Flan Quality - Good, 95% centered
Wear - Minimal, if at all
Overall Condition Rating - Near Mint State (XF+)
This Coin's Uniqueness - Tear drop ears (die variety)
Desirability - Medium
Rarity - Common (More than 250 known)
Provenance - Purchased from CNG Auction 51, Lot 1561 - September 1999
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $600.00 - $750.00

 


W-6    DO-NA   Sear-3     Berk-NA    MIB-5
W-7    DO-4a   Sear-3     Berk-31    MIB-019

Byzant gold coin Byzant gold coin

 
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Constantinople, Hahn says this piece is Ostrogothic, but all others feel it is imperial
Reference Information - W7, S-3, DOC-4b, Berk-31, MIB-019, R-NA, BMC-NA, BN-NA
Weight in Grams - 4.45g
Diameter - 20.5 mm
Die Axis - 175°
Accepted Striking Period - 492-498
Officinae - I
Obverse Image - 3/4 facing Anastasius wearing helmet with cross and diadem, holding spear and shield with horseman
Obverse Legend - DNANASTA-SIVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Angel of Victory facing left holding cross made of dots with star in right field
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVGGGI, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Fine to Superior, Polished
Strike - Almost completely full, slight weakness on nose and mouth
Flan Quality - Good, 95% centered
Wear - Minimal, if at all
Overall Condition Rating - Near Mint State (XF+)
This Coin's Uniqueness - Stain on Obverse around neck, die crack on Obverse running through the top of SPPAVG
Desirability - Medium
Rarity - Scarce to Rare (20 to 50 known)
Provenance - Purchased from Jonathan Kern during TACC show Fort Worth, TX - May 1993
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $750.00 - $1000.00




W-8    DO-4c   Sear-3     Berk-NA    MIB-NA
W-9    DO-5    Sear-3     Berk-NA    MIB-NA
W-10   DO-6    Sear-4     Berk-NA    MIB-6

Byzant gold coin  

 
Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Constantinople
Reference Information - W10, S-4, DOC-6, Berk-NA, MIB-6, R-NA, BMC-8, BN-8
Weight in Grams - 4.49g
Diameter - 20.1 mm
Die Axis - 190°
Accepted Striking Period - 507-518
Officinae - I (Unlisted)
Obverse Image - 3/4 facing Anastasius wearing helmet and diadem, holding spear and shield with horseman
Obverse Legend - DNANASTA-SIVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Angel of Victory facing left holding staff with an inverted Christogram at top with an 'X' at base of Christogram
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVGGGI, CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Superior
Strike - Almost completely full, slight weakness on nose and mouth
Flan Quality - Good, 95% centered
Wear - Minimal, if at all
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (FDC)
This Coin's Uniqueness - Stain on Reverse at 5 o'clock
Desirability - Medium
Rarity - Scarce (50 to 250 known)
Provenance - Ex. CNG Triton I Sale 12/97, Lot 1755, Purchased from Freeman & Sear Mail Bid Sale #5 - May 1999
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $1000.00 - $1250.00

 

 


W-11   DO-7    Sear-5     Berk-32    MIB-7

Byzant gold coinByzant gold coin

Denomination - Solidus
Minted At - Constantinople
Reference Information - W11, S-5, DOC-7, Berk-32, MIB-7, R-315, BMC-2, BN-9
Weight in Grams - 4.45g
Diameter - 20.1 mm
Die Axis - 170°
Accepted Striking Period - 507-518 (generally accepted that these were produced in the later part of specified the period)
Officinae - Delta
Obverse Image - 3/4 facing Anastasius wearing helmet and diadem, holding spear and shield with horseman
Obverse Legend - DNANASTA-SIVSPPAVG
Reverse Image - Angel of Victory facing left holding staff with an inverted Christogram at top, staff made of dots
Reverse Legend - VICTORI-AAVGGG(Delta), CONOB in exergue
Die Quality - Fine
Strike - Completely full, with some slight die clashing on obverse
Flan Quality - Good, 95% centered
Wear - Minimal, if at all
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (MS)
This Coin's Uniqueness - Small dig above spear head on obverse
Desirability - Medium
Rarity - Common (more than 250 known)
Provenance - Purchased from Ed Waddell On-Line Coin Auction #1 - March 2000
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $750.00 - $1000.00

 

 

W-12   DO-NA   Sear-5a    Berk-NA    MIB-N2

 

Thessalonica

W-13   DO-NA   Sear-30    Berk-NA    MIB-14
W-14   DO-27   Sear-30    Berk-NA    MIB-15

 

Semissis

Constantinople

W-1    DO-NA   Sear-6     Berk-NA    MIB-8
W-2    DO-8    Sear-6     Berk-NA    MIB-9
W-3    DO-9    Sear-7     Berk-33    MIB-10

 

Tremissis

Constantinople

W-1    DO-10a  Sear-8     Berk-34    MIB-12

Byzant gold coin

Denomination - Tremissis
Minted At - Constantinople
Reference Information - W1, S-8, DOC-10a, Berk-34, MIB-12, R-765, BMC-10, BN-11
Weight in Grams - 1.54g
Diameter - 15.0 mm
Die Axis - 180°
Accepted Striking Period - 492-518
Officinae - NA
Obverse Image - Image of Anastasius I facing right, diademed, draped and cuirassed
Obverse Legend - DNANASTA-SIVSPPAVG22
Reverse Image - Victory holding wreath on left and globus with cross on right, star in right field
Reverse Legend - VICTORIAAVGSTORVH, CONOB in exergue (This particular specimen replaces the 'M' with an 'H', not very uncommon)
Die Quality - Superb, polished
Strike - Almost complete, with slight weakness at top of reverse legend
Flan Quality - Excellant, 100% centered
Wear - None
Overall Condition Rating - Mint State (FDC)
This Coin's Uniqueness - A few small stains on the reverse legends from 3 to 5 o'clock
Desirability - Medium
Rarity - Common (More than 250 known)
Provenance - Purchased from Artkeepers - June 2000
1999 Approximate Value (US $) - $450 - $600

 

 

W-2    DO-10b  Sear-8     Berk-NA    MIB-11
W-3    DO-NA   Sear-8     Berk-35    MIB-13