, Manuel I Comnenus, 8 April 1143 - 24 September 1180 A.D.,
A occurs when a blank is struck with a previously struck coin which adhered to the opposite die.Click here to read a detailed explanation.BZ69198. Bronze half tetarteron, 1980; , 1, 23, VF, 1.176 g, maximum 17.0 mm, 0o, uncertain Greek mint, 1152 - c. 1160 A.D.; Θ / Γ/ε−ωP/ΓI/OC, of St. George facing, beardless, wearing , tunic, , and , spear in right, in left; of ; $70.00 (€60.90)
According to the Golden , a plague-bearing dragon lived in a lake near a city called Silene, in . To appease the dragon, the people fed it two sheep every day. When the sheep failed, they fed it their children, chosen by lottery. It happened that the lot fell on the king's daughter, Sabra. Sabra was sent out to the lake, dressed as a bride, to be fed to the dragon. Saint George was ridding past when dragon reared out of the lake. He fortified himself with the Sign of the charged it on horseback with his lance, and gave it a grievous wound. He then called to the princess to throw him her girdle. After he put it around its neck, the dragon followed the girl like a meek beast on a leash. The princess and Saint George led the dragon back to the city of Silene. It terrified the people at its approach, but Saint George called out to them, saying that if they consented to become Christians and be baptized, he would slay the dragon. The and the people converted to Christianity and George slew the dragon. On the site where the dragon died, the built a church to the Blessed and Saint George, and from its a spring arose whose waters cured all disease.
BZ75890. Bronze half tetarteron, 1980; , 1, 23, aF, green , 1.430 g, maximum 15.6 mm, 180o, uncertain Greek mint, 1152 - c. 1160 A.D.; Θ / Γ/ε−ωP/ΓI/OC (or similar), of St. George facing, beardless, wearing , tunic, , and , spear in right, in left; MANYH ∆εCΠOT, Manuel, facing, wearing crown and , in right, in left; $30.00 (€26.10)
Cupped coins required at least two blows to strike and the die was rocked from one side to the other between blows. Since Christ's is in the center of many designs, such as on this coin, it is often distorted or even missing due to the overlapping of the strikes in the center. On this coin the two halves of the (halo) are offset due to variation in alignment between the two strikes. Christ's is, however, nicely struck. The result is somewhat exotic.SH08813. Gold hyperpyron,
1956, gVF, 4.27 g, maximum 29.4 mm, 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, + KE RO-[HΘEI], , of Christ facing, beardless, wearing cr., and , raising right hand in , scroll in left hand; MA/NY/HΛ / ∆EC/ΠO/T/H on left, Tω/ΠOP/ΦY/POΓ/NH/T (or similar) on right, Manuel standing facing wearing crown, and , in left, patriarchal in right, hand of God ( ) upper right crowns him; wavy as typical for the (even the Sear plate coin is wavy); SOLD
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