First Bulgarian Empire, I, 927 - 969 A.D., Lead Seal
This seal was reportedly found together with a hoard of , and solidi, some of which are now available for sale in our Gold section. The seal may have once tied a leather bag containing the coins; perhaps a Bulgarian imperial payment.
was the son of Simeon the Great 893 - 927, architect of the Golden Age for the Bulgarian Empire. In 927 the Bulgarians and the Byzantines signed apeace treaty which recognized Peter's Imperial title, the borders and the Bulgarian Patriarchate. In addition, married Lecapene, renamed (Peace) for the event.
An inferior example (with a finder's cut defacing ) was estimated $1000 and sold for $650 plus fees in XI, 2008.SH33751. Lead
(tag seal), gVF, 18.524 g, maximum 22.8 mm, 0o, + IhSuS XPI[...]+, facing of Christ, holding book of Gospels in left hand, behind ; blundered naming , facing busts of , wearing , and his wife, Eirine ( ) Lecapene, wearing , both crowned, holding between them; well formed seal, nice round thick , attractive buff-grey ; SOLD
Bulgaria, Second Empire, Ivan Shishman, 1371 - 1395 A.D.
Ivan Alexander divided his kingdom between his two sons. Ivan Shishman inherited the central portion of Bulgaria with the capital Tarnovo. In 1393, after three-month siege, Tarnovo fell to the Ottoman Empire. Ivan Shishman continued to rule in Nikopol as an Ottoman vassal but Bayezit I had him beheaded on June 3, 1395.SH59927.
trachy, Radushev and Zhekov 1.15. 15-16; Yokourova and Penchev 131, gVF, 1.120 g, maximum 19.5 mm, 0o, Tarnovo mint, 1371 - 1393; rampant left; Shishman tsar ; SOLD
Roman Republic, Cotta, 105 B.C.
Vulcan is the divinity of the forge and therefore symbolic of the striking of money.RR74376. Silver
, 314/1b, 577, 21, 191 var (control), F, 3.24 g, maximum 20.3 mm, 40o, Rome mint, 105 BC; draped of Vulcan right, wearing a laureate , tongs and
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