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Byzantine

The Emperor’s New Nose

A highlight of the Byzantine collection

The Emperor who lost his nose and was then mocked on this coin.

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Byzantine

Byzantine Coins

The single largest section of the Barber Institute coin collection comprises its Byzantine coins.

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Roman

Aeneas

A highlight of the Roman collection

Julius Caesar had his legendary ancestors celebrated on this coin.

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Roman

Roman Coins

The Barber Institute has around 5,000 Roman coins, from the republican, imperial and late Roman periods, as well as a notable collection of Roman Egyptian coins.

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Introduction

COIN STUDY ROOM

The Barber Institute is home to one of the finest collections of Roman, Byzantine, Sasanian and Medieval Islamic coins in the world, numbering more than 15,000 items.

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Introduction

New to Numismatics?

A brief introduction to the study of coins.

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Exhibitions

Buried Treasures

Online Exhibition

Visit Buried Treasures: Uncovering Hoards virtually.

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Exhibitions

Buried Treasures

Uncovering Hoards

Until 26 February 2017

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Eastern Medieval

Eastern Medieval

The Barber collection has significant strengths in eastern medieval coinage, including some unique examples of early Arab-Byzantine issues, a large selection of Sasanian coinage, extensive holdings of Turkmen coins and a range of Georgian and Armenian coinage.

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Byzantine

Early Byzantine

Byzantine coins from 491-c.830.

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Introduction

History of the Coin Collection

Learn about the history of the Barber's coin collection.

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Exhibitions

Inheriting Rome

Until 24 April 2016

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Modern & Miscellanea

Miscellaneous

In addition to coins and seals, the Barber Institute Coin Room also houses a small selection of paranumismatica (things like or associated with coins). These provide useful teaching aids and in some cases supplement a historical understanding of coins by providing information about their creation and use in markets.

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Modern & Miscellanea

MODERN & MISCELLANEOUS

In addition to its world-class medieval coin collection and impressive selection of Roman coins, the Barber Institute Coin Room also houses various selections of modern coins, a small range of Hellenistic coinage and a small but significant collection of Byzantine lead seals.

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Byzantine

The “Empire” of Trebizond

Coins from the Byzantine "Empire" of Trebizond.

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Western Medieval

Western Medieval

The Barber Institute collection of western medieval coins is small but contains some fine examples, from Visogothic to Burgundian to British coins.

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Byzantine

Late Byzantine

Byzantine coins from 1092-1453.

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Byzantine

Middle Byzantine

Byzantine coins from c.830-1092.

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Eastern Medieval

Turkmen

The Turkmen states of medieval Anatolia (11th-14th centuries) ruled areas which had formerly been under Byzantine governance.

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Eastern Medieval

Sasanian

Prior to the rise of Islam in the seventh century, the power which most effectively matched the Byzantine Empire in the east was the Sasanian Persian Empire, based around the areas of modern Iran and Iraq, and centred on its capital city of Ktesiphon, near modern Baghdad.

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Western Medieval

British

British coinage in the Barber collection begins in the first century BC with coins produced in the Channel Islands, under the influence of Continental models.

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Western Medieval

Merovingian and Burgundian

The Merovingians and Burgundians ruled areas of modern France and Italy in the immediately post-Roman period of western European history (from the fifth century).

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Eastern Medieval

Arab-Byzantine

In AD 622 the Prophet Muhammad led a community from the city of Mecca in the Arabian Peninsula to the city of Medina. This date has come to form the beginning of the Muslim calendar as it represents the first founding of a community based on belief in Muhammad’s teachings and the revelation of the Qur’an by the angel Gabriel.

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Modern & Miscellanea

Byzantine Seals

In the Byzantine Empire seals were used, especially from the seventh century, though they had also been used in the Roman world, to verify that documents came from their official sender and to prove that they had not been opened or tampered with. Discover more about them here.

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Modern & Miscellanea

Hellenistic Coins

The Barber Institute collection of Hellenistic coins is small but contains some fine specimens of early Greek coins, the earliest examples of ancient western coinage.

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Modern & Miscellanea

The Edgar Guest Collection of Hungarian Coinage

In April 2004, the Barber Institute of Fine Arts was given a comprehensive collection of rare Hungarian and Transylvanian coins by Edgar Guest, an alumnus of the University of Birmingham.

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