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Coins of the Restored Byzantine Empire

Byzantine Empire, Andronicus II Palaeologus, 1282 - 24 May 1328 A.D.

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An extremely rare Andronicus II trachy of this type was found by Dochev at Turnovo (Dochev 1992, Pl. 17, 2; ). It is the Turnovo coin that is described in the Dumbarton Oaks Catalog (DOC V) and in Sear's Byzantine Coin Values (SBCV). We know of only five other specimens of the type.
BZ91214. Bronze trachy, Dochev 1992, pl. 17, 2; DOC V, table 18A, 30 (none in the collection); SBCV 2357A; B-D LPC -; Bendall PCPC; Lianta -; Grierson -; Sommer -, F/VF, obverse "finder" cleaned by scraping, edge crack, small spots of corrosion, weight 1.680 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1282 - 1328 A.D.; obverse The Virgin Mary standing facing orans, nimbate, wears tunic and maphorion, MP - ΘV (Greek abbr.: Mητηρ Θεου - Mother of God) flanking nimbus; reverse Andronicus, on left, standing facing, scepter cruciger in right hand and anexikakia(?) in left hand, blessed by military saint, on right standing facing with sword(?) in left hand; extremely rare; $300.00 (264.00)


Byzantine Empire, Manuel II Palaeologus, 25 September 1373 - 1423 A.D.

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Manuel's half stavrata with this reverse legend (which translates: "Manuel who is faithful to Christ the Lord") comprise the "Pistos" (Faithful) series. The "Pistos" series, numbers about half the quantity of half stavrata of the "Imperial" series, with the normal basileus legend (which translates: "King Manuel Palaeologus"). In A Private Collection of Palaeologan Coins, Simon Bendall asserts, "Evidence suggests there were two mints in Constantinople -- the imperial mint producing coinage for the emperor's needs and a public mint where the members of the public could bring in bullion or plate to be turned into money. The "Pistos" coins were probably the production of this public mint at Constantinople."
BZ89546. Silver half stavraton (Pistos series), quarter hyperpyron, sigla 71; DOC V 1480 (same dies); Bendall PCPC 343.5 (same dies); B-D LPC p. 160, 2; Grierson 1518; Sommer 88.3; SBCV 2552, gVF, toned, uneven strike, typical tight flan, weight 3.427 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 180o, Public Mint, Constantinople mint, c. 1405 - 1415; obverse bust of Christ facing, cross nimbus, tunic and himation, right raised in benediction, Gospels in left, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ) divided across field, no sigla, double border with pellets between; reverse I MAVOHΛ E XO TO ΘEV ΠHCTOC BA (Manuel who is faithful to Christ the Lord, blundered, incomplete cross at start), bust of John VII facing, bearded, nimbate, crown with pendilia, pellet in both left and right fields (sigla); from the Robert Wachter Collection; rare; $280.00 (246.40)


Byzantine Empire, Michael VIII Palaeologus, 15 August 1261 - 11 December 1282

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The Panagia Agiosoritissa or Hagiosoritissa is the name for a type of Marian icon, showing Mary without child, slightly from the side with both hands raised in prayer.
BZ89849. Copper trachy, B-D BTM C.7; Bendall PCPC 25; Grierson 1343; DOC V type 8, 64 - 65; SBCV 2264; Sommer 77.8, VF, crowded flan, nicer than the two Dumbarton Oaks plate coins, face of Mary weak, reverse typical double strike, weight 2.237 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1261 - 1282 A.D.; obverse the Virgin Hagiosoritissa, standing orans half-left, wearing tunic and maphorion, MP - ΘV (Mother of God) flanking nimbus; reverse X / M / ∆/EC/ΠO/T on left, O / Γ on right, Michael, on left, with St. George, on right, both standing facing holding a labarum between them, emperor wearing stemma, divitision, color piece and loros and holds scepter cruciger in right hand, St. George nimbate and wearing tunic, breastplate and sagion; very rare; $175.00 (154.00)


Byzantine Empire, Andronicus II Palaeologus, 1282 - 24 May 1328 A.D.

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Sear and other older references describe the figure on the reverse right as Christ. Other references note the identity as uncertain. A few more recent finds with clear inscriptions have provided the answer; the figure on the right is named as the "Mother of God."
BZ92210. Bronze trachy, DOC V 825 ff.; Bendall PCPC 250; B-D LPC p. 204, 2; SBCV 2360; Grierson 1429; Sommer 79.14, aF, green patina, earthen deposits, irregular undersized flan (typical for the type), edge crack, weight 0.811 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 1282 - 1328 A.D.; obverse O/AΓ/IO/Σ − ∆/MH/TP (partly ligate, obscured), nimbate bust of Saint Demetrius facing, holding small cross to his breast in right hand; reverse Andronicus (on left) standing facing, holding cross-scepter, the Virgin (on right) standing left, nimbate, raising right hand blessing emperor, star above center, large reversed B low center, M / ΘV (Greek abbr.: Mητηρ Θεου - Mother of God) on right (obscured); ex Harlan J. Berk; very rare; $60.00 (52.80)


Byzantine Empire, Andronicus II Palaeologus, 1282 - 24 May 1328 A.D.

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Sear and other older references describe the figure on the reverse right as Christ. Other references note the identity as uncertain. A few more recent finds with clear inscriptions have provided the answer; the figure on the right is named as the "Mother of God."
BZ89561. Bronze trachy, DOC V 825 ff.; Bendall PCPC 250; B-D LPC p. 204, 2; SBCV 2360; Grierson 1429; Sommer 79.14, Fair/aF, porous, ragged flan, weight 1.765 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 1282 - 1328 A.D.; obverse O/AΓ/IO/Σ − ∆/MH/TP (partly ligate, obscured), nimbate bust of Saint Demetrius facing, holding small cross to his breast in right hand; reverse Andronicus (on left) standing facing, holding cross-scepter, the Virgin (on right) standing left, nimbate, raising right hand blessing emperor, star above center, large reversed B low center, M / ΘV (Greek abbr.: Mητηρ Θεου - Mother of God) on right (obscured); very rare; $40.00 (35.20)


Byzantine Empire, Andronicus II Palaeologus, 1272 - 24 May 1328 A.D.

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St. Demetrius, the son of a Roman proconsul in Thessalonica, was captured preaching and imprisoned. His fellow Christian prisoner, Nestoras, a small man condemned to die in the arena, killed the emperor's favored gladiator. Nestoras was beheaded on the spot. Learning that Nestoras had been inspired by Demetrius' blessing, Maximian had Demetrius executed by spears on 26 Oct 306 A.D. After the growth of his veneration as saint, Thessalonica suffered repeated attacks and sieges from the Slavic peoples who moved into the Balkans. Demetrius was credited with many miraculous interventions to defend the city. Hence later traditions Demetrius regard him as a soldier in the Roman army, and he came to be regarded as an important military martyr. Unsurprisingly, he was extremely popular in the Middle Ages, and along with Saint George, was the patron of the Crusades.
BZ92193. Bronze trachy, DOC V 811 ff.; B-D LPC p. 212, 14; Bendall PCPC 246; Sommer 79.21; SBCV 2373, Fair/VF, irregular flan, edge splits and crack, porosity, weight 1.006 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 1272 - 24 May 1328 A.D.; obverse O / AΓIOC - ∆/HM/TP/IO/C (or similar, in flanking columnar groups), St. Demetrius standing facing, spear vertical in right hand, shield on left arm; reverse Andronicus standing facing, cross-scepter in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, hand of God upper right, two stars left; scarce; $40.00 (35.20)











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