A hand fired stove will burn Bituminous coal,, but it won't be as trouble free as anthracite.. with anthracite you just load it in and shut the door,, shake the ashes down every 12 hours or so.. a load of coal in most hand load stoves will burn for 12 hours pluss
With Bituminous, you will have to tend the fire every few hours to make sure the coal hasn't swelled and stuck together,, making a bridge of coal that covers the fire,, the fire can burn out below the bridge, and leave an open hollow with little or no fire.. I often put a split of wood in the middle of the firebox, then loaded Bitum. coal on each side,, the wood would burn up, leaving a gap that would prevent a bridge from forming..
Bitum coal has lots of volitiles.. almost as if the coal was soaked in motor oil.. when you add fresh Bitum to a hot fire you get HUGE clouds of smoke from the volitiles boiling off, and not being hot enough or have enough oxygen to burn.. a good Bitum stove will have a preheated hot air vent over the top of the fire to light off the smoke..most anthracite stoves do not have this.
So you will have a lot of smoke, more soot, and smell,, but if the coal is local to you, and available at a reasonable price, it may be the way to go.