Archive – Byzantium

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Gold for the coronation

Albert M. Beck will receive a gold numismatic crowning gift for his 80th birthday on 15 April 2017. Andreas Urs Sommer introduces the only known hyperpyron from the coronation issue of Alexios I Komnenos for John II Komnenos. more ]

Medieval Sicily Part 1: The Byzantines

Since ancient times, Sicily has been a cultural melting pot, a junction of Africa and Europe, of West and East. The Byzantines even temporarily moved their capital there. more ]

Medieval Sicily Part 4: The Normans are coming

Around AD 1000, Sicily was ruled and shaped by the Arabs, Lower Italy by the Byzantines and the Lombards. Then the Normans came and created a new empire in the South ... more ]

Medieval Sicily Part 3: Arab Influence

The Arabs didn’t just rule Sicily. They had such an impact on its art and culture that this influence continued to have an effect long after the expulsion of the Muslim masters. This episode tells of what Europe owes to them. more ]

Diary of a numismatist travelling Turkey (2009)

In the summer 2009 Ursula Kampmann travelled through Turkey – of course searching for numismatic traces as she always does. She condensed her impressions in a diary whose single parts we have gathered here. more ]

Numismatic diary of a journey throughout Greece (2011)

In summer 2011 Ursula Kampmann travelled Greece writing about her numismatic – and other – experiences a vivid diary. Here are all part gathered. more ]

The Corpus of the Nomismata, 976-1067

Franz Füeg certainly is no stranger to experts in Byzantine numismatics. He has published a new Corpus. It deals with the nomismata from 976 to 1067. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at it. more ]

The Beginner's Guide to Identifying Byzantine Coins

Spink has published a precious helper for all those who are not yet specialized in Byzantine Coins. The Beginner’s Guide shows how to describe and identify these interesting series. more ]

Byzantine new releases

In the previous days, we have been sent two books on Byzantine numismatics at once. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the new work written by Cécile Morrisson and the proceedings of a colloquium that was held at Geneva and focused on “Aniconism in the religious art of Byzantium”. more ]

Books on Frankish coins in Greece and Byzantine numismatics

Demetrius Siatras is an independent publisher based in Athens, Greece. He has recently published two books: one about coins of the Frankish occupation of Greece 1184-1566 and a reprint of six studies of Jean Svoronos on Byzantine numismatics. more ]

Byzantine seals from the Zakos Collection in Geneva

The Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Genève has published a new book. It is a comprehensive catalog of nearly 480 Byzantine seals from the Zakos Collection which are now housed in Geneva. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the book. more ]

Game over for the Ephesus excavation?

After more than 120 years, the Austrian Archaeological Institute has lost its excavating licence. The Turkish government thus strikes back against Austrian attitudes towards Turkey. more ]

3rd Edition of Coinage in South-Eastern Europe 820-1396 released

Covering more than five centuries, the third edition of D.M. Metcalf’s “Coinage in South-Eastern Europe 820-1396” has been published. It explores the evidence of archaeological excavation and of several hundred coin-hoards. more ]

Byzantine Coinage in the Carpathian-Nistrian Regions

Two years ago Sergiu Musteata, historian from Republic of Moldova, published a monograph on the Byzantine coinage in the Carpathian-Nistrian regions – but only in Romanian and in few copies. Now an international edition aims at a wider readership. more ]

Coin Hoard Discovered in Pilgrims’ Hostel in Israel

A hoard of coins from the Byzantine epoch was revealed in Israel beneath the ruins of a building that was part of a large complex. Apparently it served Christian pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem and the coins give clues to its story. more ]

Gems, rings and seal boxes from Caesarea Maritima

In 2016, a content-rich book on a private collection of gems, finger rings and seal boxes was written in Tel Aviv. The objects of the collection all have one common trait: they were all found in Caesarea Maritima. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look. more ]

International Symposium “Byzantine Gold Coins in the World of Late Antiquity”

In Changchun (China) an International Symposium on “Byzantine Gold Coins in the World of Late Antiquity” will take place from 23 to 25 June 2017. Central questions deal with globalisation and cultural exchange between East and West. more ]

New Online Resource For Byzantine Coins

A free online resource that enables data on a large collection of Early Byzantine copper coins, many previously unpublished, to be available to scholars and collectors has recently been launched. more ]

Princeton University Acquires Donald Collection of Byzantine Coins

The Princeton University Numismatic Collection has acquired Peter Donald’s huge collection of rare Byzantine coins. Comprising 5,280 coins, the collection of the English numismatic scholar constitutes one of the world’s most comprehensive private collections. more ]

Words and Coins

A completely different exhibition concept was the basis of a 2012 exhibition held in Cologny, a suburb of Geneva, the catalog of which we present here. It focused on words and images, on books and coins. Ursula Kampmann took a look at the catalog. more ]

Medieval Sicily

Since ancient times, Sicily has been a cultural melting pot, a junction of Africa and Europe, of West and East. The Byzantines even temporarily moved their capital there. All parts of the series you may find here. more ]

Simon Bendall Collection of Byzantine coins stolen

Last week, burglars stole the collection of Byzantine coins owned by renowned scholar Simon Bendall. His comprehensive collection had served him for decades as source for his many publications. more ]

The coins of the Byzantine Palaiologos dynasty in the Kingdom of Bulgaria

Konstantin Dochev has written a comprehensive study on the coins of the Byzantine ruling family, the House of Palaiologos, which were minted between 1259 and 1396 and circulated in the Bulgarian kingdom. Ursula Kampmann has taken a look at the study. more ]

Byzantine Emperors in Finland

In 2017, a Finnish metal detectorist found several dozens of silver coins in Sysmä. They are now on display at the National Museum of Finland providing insight into the far-reaching relations of medieval Finland. more ]

The Most Expensive Byzantine Coin

Two unalike sisters jointly ruled over the Byzantine Empire for a few weeks. A gold histamenon from that time can probably be added to the CoinsWeekly Coin Records as the most expensive Byzantine coin ever sold in a public auction. more ]

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