Money Talks | Reading Byzantine Coins

Reading Byzantine Coins
Independent Researcher, Collector, and ANS Life Member, Donald Squires
March 9, 2019 | 1:00 – 4:00 pm
$30 for members, $50 for non-members

Reading Byzantine coins can pose a problem to those used to the Latin inscriptions on Roman coins or the Greek inscriptions on Greek coins. The inscription on a Byzantine coin can be in Latin, written in the Roman alphabet, in Greek, written in the Roman alphabet, in Greek, written in the Greek alphabet, or in a combination of Greek and Latin written in a mixture of alphabets. And, to make things even more interesting, words on Byzantine coins are often abbreviated or expressed in shorthand symbols. With a view to providing a guide to the interpretation of Byzantine coin inscriptions, this talk will analyze the inscriptions on a variety of Byzantine coins dating from the beginning of Byzantine coinage during the reign of the emperor Anastasius I (491-518) to the end of the empire in 1453. No prior knowledge of Latin or Greek is required.

All talks will be limited to 15 attendants. Please RSVP to Emma Pratte at to reserve a spot.


Money Talks: Numismatic Conversations is supported by an ANS endowment fund generously given in honor of Mr. Vladimir Clain-Stefanelli and Mrs. Elvira Clain-Stefanelli.