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 Posted 06/07/2021  6:36 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add augustus1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I am announcing my website on Byzantine coin legends:
http://augustuscoins.com/ed/Byz/legends.html

It is possible to collect Byzantine coins by emperor and type without knowing what their legends say. The site is intended to enable collectors to understand and translate the legends.

It has typical examples at the beginning like this one:

Sear 1729. Leo VI, "The Wise" 886-912. 27 mm. 7.96 grams. Very common.



Obverse, clockwise from 8:00:
+L#1028;O#1210; bAS-IL#1028;VS ROM'
Leo, emperor of the Romans [Byzantines]

Reverse in four lines:
+L#1028;O#1210; Leo
#1028;#1210; Θ#1028;O BA "by the grace of God" ["in God']
SIL#1028;VS R emperor of the Romans [Byzantines]
OM#1028;O#1210; (the "#1210;" is an "N")

It has sections on numerals/numbers, the Greek alphabet, abbreviations and words, emperor's names, mints, monograms, and many examples in order of Sear number.

I intend the page to be easy to navigate. There are very many internal links and most legends are linked to images of coins with those legends. It is primarily aimed at copper coins. Unusual legends on rare gold and silver coins have been omitted.

This is the first announced version of the web site. Web sites are easy to correct and supplement. If you have suggestions for corrections or supplements, please contact me at the email address on the site. Again, the URL is:

http://augustuscoins.com/ed/Byz/legends.html br /
My educational sites: http://augustuscoins.com/ed/
My coins for sale: http://augustuscoins.com/
My ancient-coin literature for sale: http://augustuscoins.com/numislit.html
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 Posted 06/07/2021  6:47 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Excellent site.
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 Posted 06/09/2021  11:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add augustus1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Oops! I see that in my post above the Greek letters do not show up properly. However, they do on the site itself.
http://augustuscoins.com/ed/Byz/legends.html
My educational sites: http://augustuscoins.com/ed/
My coins for sale: http://augustuscoins.com/
My ancient-coin literature for sale: http://augustuscoins.com/numislit.html
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 Posted 06/09/2021  11:53 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Oops! I see that in my post above the Greek letters do not show up properly.
In the future you can use the "Add Greek Letters" link above the text entry window. Hopefully that helps.
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 Posted 06/09/2021  12:09 pm  Show Profile   Check louisvillekyshop's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add louisvillekyshop to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Augustus;

I certainly admire your Numbers section and how you make sense of it all... I guess in reality it was just hit and miss how they actually used the Greek and Roman characters as they certainly seem to have not been playing by a standard handbook with any strict rules, so pages like this will come in handy!
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