My name is Sam Cowell and I am a late Byzantine numismatist with expertise ranging from the years 1204 to 1351 and encompassing the coinages of the Latin empire, the Thessalonican empire/despotate, the Nicaean empire, the Trapezuntine empire, and the restored Palaeologan empire. Publications of mine include the “Classification of the Aspron AR Trachy Reverse Dies of Manuel I Megas Komnenos” and “Two Unpublished Palaeologan Torneses“. Visit the ’My Publications’ tab to see the full list. Some upcoming projects of mine include a new reference work series that is the inspiration for this website and will radically change our understanding of the Late Byzantine numismatic field. Visit the ‘Coinage of the Byzantine and Balkan States: 1204-1461’ tab for more details.

This website features the largest and most comprehensive late Byzantine database available either in print or online…and it is free! Under the database tab, you will find every known coin type from an almost cumbersomely long list emperors, despots, empires, and states. Hundreds of coins types not found in Sear, Dumbarton Oaks, or the Ashmolean museum are incorporated here for the first time, many from my personal collection.

Thank you for looking at my website. If you have any inquiries, suggestions, or need help with any unidentified late Byzantine coins you may have, please reach out to me at sam@cowell.org. I am always happy to help.

ALL credit for the wonderful color artwork on this page belongs to this talented Byzantine Youtuber. All numismatic line drawings are my own.