Byzantine Empire

The Byzantine Empire, also referred to as the Eastern Roman Empire, or Byzantium, was the continuation of the Roman Empire in its eastern provinces during Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. The Empire lasted from the 5th century until its fall to the Ottomans in 1453. The capital city of Byzantine Empire was Constantinople (modern Istanbul, formerly Byzantium). Copious coinage in bronze, silver and gold was produced throughout the Byzantine period, and their coins remain popular and fascinating area of collecting.