Trebizond, John IV, 1446 - 1458
In 1979 an American coin dealer bought a coin from a California collector who has acquired it from a dealer in Austria. In the the dealer found a secret drawer which contained 167 coins, of which 164 were aspers of Trebizond. The hoard was purchased, analyzed and offered for sale by Alex Malloy in 1980. This coin was not offered in his sale.
The coin with a copy of Alex Malloy's catalog, Medieval Coins XVII, 1980, which includes Malloy's analysis of the Austrian Hoard of Late Trebizond Aspers.
Prior to distribution of this hoard, the only published specimens of this were from the Hermitage in Leningrad and there were none in the British Museum.
ME46264. Silver asper, Austrian
Hoard of Late Trebizond Aspers, p. 8, class II, 143 in Malloy Medival Coins XVII, 1980; (this coin), VF, 0.833 g, maximum 13.6 mm, 315o, John on horseback right, facing; Saint on horseback right, facing; very ; SOLD
, Theme of Chaldia (Trebizond), Duke Constantine Gabras, c. 1126 - 1140 A.D.
Constantine Gabras (or Gavras) was the governor or doux (duke) of the province of Chaldia, centered on the Black Sea of Trebizond and its mountainous hinterland, the Pontic Alps, in northeast Anatolia, now of Turkey. Gabras rebelled against the emperor John II Komnenos and ruled Chaldia as a semi-independent prince between 1126 and 1140. Following the dissolution of the by the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the region became the center of the new Empire of Trebizond which survived until falling to the Ottomans in 1461.BZ76967. Bronze
, S. , "The mint of Trebizond under Alexius I and the Gabrades," NC 1977, Appendix, pl. 7, 27; DOC 4.1; -, VF, dark green , typical , clipped , and generally crude manufacture, 1.362 g, maximum 18.3 mm, Trebizond (Trabzon, Turkey) mint, c. 1126 - 1140 A.D.; within circular ; within circular ; ; SOLD
Empire of Trebizond, John II, 1280 - 1297 A.D.
Marco Pollo passed through Trebizond in 1295. John's government confiscated 1000 gold hyperpyra, robbing Pollo's party of a significant portion of the fortune they had spent decades abroad risking their lives to acquire. Marco omitted the episode from his account, so not to detract from his successful image. It was revealed only years later in his uncle's will.ME47139. Silver asper,
2611, aVF, 2.915 g, maximum 22.6 mm, 180o, A within over Eς/ΓE (on left), NI/O/ϖ (on right), St. Eugenios standing facing, long in right; IW/OK/N and (on left), N/O/ϖ (on right), John standing facing, headed in left, in right, upper right; ex Harmer Rooke Numismatists Ltd., NYC, Auction 7/6/88, lot 1207; SOLD
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