GREECE/Seleucid; Antiochus VII BCE 139-129

AE 10 mm, 1.35 g, Antioch mint

SC 2069, HSC 1106 (R1)

O: Ships ram left.

R: [ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ] ANTIOXOY, Pilei surmounted by stars.

Ex: MNL Collection

GREECE/Seleucid; Alexander I Balas BCE 152-145

AE 14 mm, 3.48 g 12h  Antioch mint

SC 1791.1  

O: hd of Dionysus r. dotted border

R: BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ above AΛΕΞANΔPOY below, elephant, monograms.

Ex: MNL Collection


SPAIN; Alfonso X el Sabio CE 1252-1284

Bi Noven or Dinero Burgales, 18 mm, 0.86 g, 5h Sevilla mint, c. CE 1252-1258

Cayon 1152

O (on the right): MONETA CASTELLE, castle depicted with S mintmark beneath

R (on the left): ET LEGIONIS lion left.


SPAIN; Alfonso I de Aragon el Batallador CE 1104-1134

Bi. Dinero, 1.02 g, 17 mm, Toledo mint

Cayon 937

O: ANFVS REX bust left.
R: TOLETA with large + in center and stars in the second and fourth quarters (photo depicts coin off by about 90 degrees)


ISLAMIC/Arab-Sasanian; 'Ubaidullah bin Ziyad ( عبيدالله بن زياد) CE 673-683/AH 54-64

AR Dirham, 32 mm, 3.93 g, 3h, BCRA (Basra) mint AH 60/CE 679-680

Album 12
SICA I, 66-75

O: portrait of Khusro II with typical Pahlavi inscription behind head, but two lines in front of face indicate "Ubaidullah bin Ziyad" also in Pahlavi. In lower right quadrant appears the only Arabic
بسم الله

R: fire altar with attendants. Pahlavi inscription on right is the mint BCRA for Basra and on the left is "Shast" for "sixty" which is the Hijri year equivalent to CE 679-680 early in the reign of the Umayyad Caliph Yazid I (CE 680-683) or at the tail end of the reign of Mu'awiya (CE 661-680).

This coin was minted about a year from the famous Battle of Karbala in late CE 680 (AH 61) where Husayn was killed and the date is still marked by Shi'ites during Ashura (10 Muharram). 'Ubaidullah bin Ziyad is an accursed figure in Shi'ite history. He is described by Hugh Kennedy in his "The Prophet and the Age of the Caliphates" (London; Longman Group, 1986) as "...more hasty and given to the use of force than his father, but a man whose devotion to the Umayyad cause could not have been doubted." (p. 86)

ex: FSR Auction 106 lot 414

BYZANTINE; Leo VI CE 886-912

AE Follis, 28 mm, 7.54 g, 5h, Constantinople mint.

Sear 1729

O: +LEOn bAS-ILEVSROm' facing portrait of the emperor.

ex: Palladium Numismatics (CA) c. 1991-1999
ex: FSR Auction 106 lot 411 (23 Oct 2018)


GREECE/Seleucid; Seleucus III BCE 226-223

AE 15 mm, 3.78 g, 12h, Antioch mint

SC 923 with unrecorded anchor cm on obs. this cm is also unrecorded in WSM

O: Hd of Seleucus r. dotted border, anchor cm in oval

R: ΒAΣIΛEΩΣ on r, ΣEΛEYKOY on l., control not visible on outer l, Apollo l on omphalos.

ex: MNL Collection


GREECE/Seleucid; Antiochos VII Sidetes BCE 138-129

AE 15 mm, 2.74 g, 9 h, Antioch mint, SE 175/BCE 138-137

SC 2068.3a  (S)

O: lion hd r. dotted border.

R: ΒAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY in two lines on r, EYEPГETOY on l. vertical club. control on outer left above aphlaston symbol below it. Date across lower field EOP

Ex: MNL Collection

GREECE/Seleucid: Alexander I Balas BCE 152-145

AE 22 mm, 7.85 g, 1h, Antioch mint c. BCE 147/6

SC 1793.3b (R1-2)

O: Alexander I r. dotted border serrated flan.


ΒAΣIΛEΩΣ on r,  AΛEΞANΔPOY on l., Athena stg l., primary and secondary controls on inner left

defects on obs & rev indicative of tong marks from the minting process.

ex: MNL Collection

GREECE/Seleucid; Antiochos IX Philopator BCE 114/3-95

AE 18 mm, 6.31 g, 12h, probably a mint in N. Syria, Phoenicia or Coele Syria

SC 2379 (R2)

O: laur hd of Apollo r dotted border

R: ΒAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY in two lines on r, ΦΙΛΟΠATOPOΣ on l. Artemis stg facing holding spear in r hand and bow in left hand. control on outer left is unclear.  
ex: MNL Collection


ISLAMIC/Spain; Al-Murabitun المرابطون‎, (al-Moravides); Ishaq ibn ‘Ali اسحاق ابن علي AH 540-541/CE 1145-1146

AR Qirat (11mm, 0.95gm, 3h), Qurtuba (Cordoba, Spain), undated.

Vives 1894;

Hazard 1052;

Album 475A (RR).

و ناصر الدين اسحاق
بن علي


   لا اله الا الله
محمد رسول الله

ex: David Tranbarger


IBERIA; Sekaisa c. BCE 100-50

AE Unit, 23 mm, 8.17 g, 9 h.

ACIP 1564 var.

O: bare male hd r, flanked by dolphins

R: warrior holding spear on horseback r, Iberian inscription in ex indicating Sekaisa (in Zaragossa region) as the mint.

Prototype for the obverse of this coin issued by the Franco dictatorship in 1940.


ISLAMIC/Umayyad Spain; al-Hakam II CE 961-976/AH 350-366

AR Dirham 22mm, 3.25g, Madinat az-Zahra (Cordoba) mint, AH 354/CE 965 (citing 'Abdar-Rahman on reverse) 
Album 352.2

O: (center)

لا اله الا
 الله وحده
لا شريك له

بسم الله ضرب هذا الدرهم بمدينة الزهراء سنة اربع و خمسين و ثلثماءة

R: (center)
الامام الحكم
امير الممنين
المستنصر بالله


محمد رسول الله ارسله بالهدي ودين الحق ليظره على الدين كله


SPAIN; Felipe VI 2014-date

1 Euro, 2018 Madrid mint
Leuchtturm 2018 Catalogue Euro #LV-K7.4 (no mintage figures noted)

obtained in change during a trip to Barcelona and environs in August 2018.

While in Catalunya, we encountered Euro coins from nine different issuing countries; Belgium, Germany, Spain of course being the majority content usually, Ireland, France, Greece, Italy, Austria, and Portugal. France, Germany and Italy came in next in the quantity of types and denominations available.

The following list is an unscientific list of available values that we encountered in BCN:

Belgium: 50c and 2 euro
Germany: 5c to 2 euro
Spain: 1c to 2 euro
Ireland: 20c to 1 euro
France: 1c to 2 euro
Greece: 20c and 2 euro
Italy: 1c to 2 euro
Austria: 20 c and 2 euro
Portugal: 5c, 20c, and 1 euro

Spain was available 45-60% of the time, with the rest being French, German or Italian and a smattering of the other countries named. I would say the latter three were available in equal measure most of the time. We found it strange that when we traveled to Girona about 60km from France we noticed a greater availability of Spanish euro coins in our change than in other locations we had traveled to. One would think that there would be a greater availability of French euro coins that close to France but there wasn't in our unscientific observations.

We noted a number of 2 euro commemorative coins available in our change such as the proclamation of Felipe VI as king in 2014 which is a dual portrait coin with Juan Carlos (LV-G275). The other was an Italian 2 euro commemorating the 200th anniversary of the birth of Verdi in 2013 (LS-G112).

A favorite of ours by design was the Italian 2 euro depicting Dante. Of all the euro designs this coin in our opinion is a masterpiece and likely the stand alone stand out of the circulating euro coins. It is indeed a beautiful coin in our opinion.

SPAIN/Catalunya; Jaume I of Aragon CE 1213-1276

Billon Dinero (Diner) 0.68g. 18mm. Barcelona mint


O: Crowned bust, l., +BARQINO

R: Long cross quartered with pellets and annulets. IA/CO/BR/EX

Purchased at the regular Sunday Stamp and Coin Bourse at the Plaça Reial in Barcelona's Barri Gotic
on 26 August 2018. The bourse runs from around 9 am until 2 pm. There are maybe a dozen or more dealers and it appears to be an active well attended event. I found everything I was looking for and for very reasonable prices as well.
Every Sunday Stamp and Coin Bourse on 26 August 2018 at Plaça Reial  in the Barri Gotic off of La Rambla in Barcelona.


GREEK/Seleucid; Antiochos III BCE 223-187

AE 23 mm, ---g, Ecbatana mint, c. BCE 220-187
SC 1252

HSC 481 (R2)

ESM 600-601

O: diad. hd of Antiochus III r.
R: BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ on r., ANTIOXOY on l., Tripod ornamented with horse foreparts, control to left.


Great Britain/Hanover; Victoria 1837-1901

AR Crown; 38 mm, 28.23g, Jubilee bust

SCBC 3921

O: Jubilee bust l.

R: Pistrucci St. George & Dragon with date in ex. 1889

a number of dings along the rim.


ANNAM/Vietnam; Rebel Coin; Cam Giang Vuong 1509

AE Cash 1.33 g, 20 mm

Toda 166
Schj. 89

O: Dai/Binh/Thanh/Bao