Serdika in 6th7th century: Coin circulation, weights, seals (Excavations and Research, vol. 47)
Сердика VIVII век. Парично обращение, тежести, печати
Language: Bulgarian with an extended summary in English


   The study includes an analysis of coins, weights and seals found during archaeological excavations in Serdica over the past 20 years. These are artifacts that have a direct attitude to trade and economic relations in Serdica and reveal the connection between the city and the central government. Some of the artifacts discussed are not known in the academic literature so far, which makes the problems especially relevant.Despite the huge amount of information about Serdica, the problem of the transition from the Late Antiquity to the Medieval city and the changes that took place in the 6th7th c. still remains unexplored. According to archaeologists, the data on this period seems difficult to establish, which is explained by the unrepresentative nature of homes and structures, as well as their destruction to a large extent by the massive foundations of Ottoman and modern buildings. Against the background of limited and not always chronologically reliable data from the terrain, the present study includes pieces that have a relatively accurate dating  coins, weights, and seals, and which clarify important moments in the history of the city during this period


Table of contents


Chapter one. The period of the 6th7th centuries

1. Historical context and scope of the study

2. Reports on Serdica from the 6th7th centuries

Chapter two. Coin circulation in Serdica in the 6th7th centuries

1. Observations on the coin circulation in Serdica until the 6th century

2. The monetary-weights system in the 6th7th centuries

3. Hoards

4. Single coin finds

4.1. Coins of Anastasius I (491‒518)

4.2. Coins of Justin I (518527)

4.3. Coins of Justinian I (527565)

4.4. Coins of Justin II (565578)

4.5. Coins of Tiberius II Constantine (578582)

4.6. Coins of Mauricius Tiberius (582602)

4.7. Coins of Emperor Phocas (602610)

4.8. Coins of Emperor Heraclius (610641)

5. Catalogue

Chapter three. Weights found in Serdica

1. On the weights

2. Weights found in Serdica

2.1. Hoards of weights

2.2. Single weights

3. Catalogue

Chapter four. Sphragistic monuments found in Serdica

1. Imperial seals

2. Seals of officials

3. Seals of persons with a title

4. Seals of private individuals

5. Signacula found in Serdica


Reference list


Summary in English

List of figures




Publisher National institute of archaeology with museum (Bulgarian academy of sciences)
Language Bulgarian with a summary in English
Pages 390
Illustrations b/w and color figures
Binding paperback
ISBN 978-619-254-011-1
ISSN 0205-0722
Creation date 2022
Size 21 х 29 cm

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