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Byzantine Empire, John II Comnenus, 15 August 1118 - 8 April 1143 A.D.
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SH90885. Gold hyperpyron
, DOC IV
1, 1a; CLBC I
3.1.1; Morrisson BnF
1 ff.; Wroth BMC
1938, gVF, light rose toning
, flattened, Constantinopolis
(Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight
4.251g, maximum diameter
33.0mm, die axis
, 1118 - 1122; obverse
Christ seated facing on throne without back, wearing nimbus cruciger
, and colobium
, raising right hand in benediction
, Gospels in left, IC - XC
+IΩ ∆EXΠOTH − Θς MP, Half-length figures of John II and the Virgin Mary
facing, holding patriarchal cross
between them; John wearing crown, loros
, manus Dei
above him emerging from clouds; the Virgin nimbate
, wearing pallium
; ex Munzhandlung Ritter; SOLD
Catalog current as of Tuesday, January 23, 2018.
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