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Byzantine Empire, John II Comnenus, 15 August 1118 - 8 April 1143 A.D.
John II was the oldest son of Alexius I and succeeded to the throne in 1118. He was a good and capable ruler, and did much to further the Byzantine Empire. He recaptured lost territory and added territory to the Empire. He attempted to curtail the trading privileges given to the Venetians but was forced to give up this idea. His reign was brought to an early end when he died in a hunting accident. His youngest son, Manuel I, succeeded him.
, DOC, part
1, IV 8d; CLBC I
3.2.2; Morrisson BnF
3; Wroth BMC
1942, aEF, flan crack
, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight
4.119g, maximum diameter
33.1mm, die axis
, 1122 - 8 Apr 1143; obverse IC - XC
(Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ), Christ enthroned facing, throne without back, wearing nimbus cruciger
, tunic and kolobion
, raising right in benediction
, Gospels in left, triangle of pellets at each end of cushion on throne; reverse
IΩ/∆EC/ΠO/TH on left, Θ/ΓE/ΩP/Γ/I on right, John II and St. George standing facing, both holding a patriarchal cross
on three steps between them; St. George nimbate
, in military garb and with left hand on sword; dot (control symbol) below the tablion
of the Emperor's chlamys
; ex Jean Elsen
sale V 116, lot 747; SOLD
Catalog current as of Wednesday, February 21, 2018.
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