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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ Byzantine Coins ▸ Empire of Nicaea ▸ John IIIView Options:  |  |  | 

Empire of Nicaea, John III Ducas-Vatatzes, c. 15 December 1221 - 3 November 1254

John was a very successful ruler who greatly increased the size, influence, and prosperity of the Nicaean Empire. He prepared the way for his descendants to successfully restore Greek rule to Constantinople and to rule the restored Byzantine Empire.


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Ex Bunker Hunt Collection.
SH36251. Gold hyperpyron, DOC IV 4, Wroth BMC 32, Hendy pl. 31, 13, SBCV 2073, Ratto -, gVF, weight 4.635 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 180o, Lydia, Magnesia ad Sipylum (Manisa, Turkey) mint, 1222 - 1254; obverse IC - XC, Christ enthroned facing, raising right; reverse John standing left, crowned by Virgin Mary, MP ΘV above, blundered legend; full flan, with bend at edge; clearly better than the usual specimen of the type; SOLD


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Graffiti around edges (WMK between 9 and 11, + at 3, and III at 4 on the obverse; + at 12 and symbols at 3 on reverse). In Forum's opinion, this graffiti is not detracting, but rather interesting.
SH08811. Gold hyperpyron, DOC IV 4, Wroth BMC 32, Hendy pl. 31, 13, SBCV 2073, Ratto -, Choice aEF, weight 4.27 g, maximum diameter 27.5 mm, die axis 180o, Lydia, Magnesia ad Sipylum (Manisa, Turkey) mint, 1222 - 1254 A.D.; obverse IC - XC, Christ enthroned facing, raising right; reverse John standing left, crowned by Virgin Mary, MP ΘV above; much better strike than typical for this issue!, graffiti; SOLD


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John was a very successful ruler who greatly increased the size, influence, and prosperity of the Nicaean Empire. He prepared the way for his descendants to successfully restore Greek rule to Constantinople and to rule the restored Byzantine Empire.
BZ84956. Bronze tetarteron, DOC IV 57, Wroth BMC 32, Hendy pl. 34, 3, SBCV 2115, Ratto -, Sommer -, VF, tight irregular shaped flan, weight 3.163 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 180o, Lydia, Magnesia ad Sipylum (Manisa, Turkey) mint, c. 15 Dec 1221 - 3 Nov 1254; obverse head of a cherub with four wings, pellets flanking on left and right; reverse IWO - ∆PK (or similar), John seated facing on throne with back, wearing stemma with pendilia, chlamys, and divitision, labarum in left hand, globus cruciger in left hand; rare; SOLD







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