Talk:Byzantine coinage

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How widely circulated was this coinage, was in used in the West or the East? It was issued in the East of the Roman Empire and its wide circulation depends on the Period, sometimes from india, the Ukrain, scandinavia, North Africa and Britan. Enlil Ninlil 05:14, 9 June 2006 (UTC)

Cup-shaped coinage[edit]

The increasingly concave shape of Byz. coins from the 11th C, onwards was not for "easier stacking."
As the coinage was debased, there was a tendency to spread the same amount of metal over a larger area (in numismatic jargon a "thinner flan of larger module,") to make a more impressive show. At the same time, the debased alloys became harder and more brittle (compared with pure gold or silver). The purpose of the thin curved shell was to resist bending and cracking. Grierson (Byzantine Coins, 1982) was probably the first to point this out: “By that time [c. 1100] the coins were also concave, which rendered them less liable to bending or crumpling.” (talk) 18:15, 6 July 2008 (UTC)

As a metallurgist, I see this as an excellent point - thanks for pointing out the reference!John M Brear (talk) 21:05, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

Byzantine coins in China[edit]

Western Turks and Byzantine gold coins found in China. We should look more into this. Komitsuki (talk) 12:25, 9 September 2011 (UTC)


I have added a sentence under 'denominations' and a link in 'see also' to the term 'bezant'. Here in 'talk' I cannot help but note my amusement in some James Bond film when Roger Moore referred to them as gold 'balls', not discs, and claimed that his own achievement (coat of arms) boasted FOUR. May we be spared a 'popular culture' section! .John M Brear (talk) 21:10, 4 April 2013 (UTC)

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