Bulgarian, Imitative of Alexis III, Aspron , c. 1204 - 1220 A.D.
Greek magnates in probably issued the earliest "Bulgarian" imitative types in the years immediately following the fall of Constantinople to finance their military operations against the in northern . When the Bulgarians gained control of they continued production until sometime between 1215 and 1220, with issues becoming increasingly crude and smaller.BZ79669. , , p. 218, C, pl. 25, 2(B) (imitative of 2012 of Alexis III, 1195 - 1203 A.D. ), VF, , 2.848 g, maximum 26.5 mm, 180o, + KεRO HΘεI, , beardless of Christ, wearing tunic and , raising right in , scroll in left; ΛΛEΣIW ∆ECΠ Θ TW KOMNHNW (or similar), emperor, on left, and St. Constantine, on right, standing facing, each holds a headed and they hold a between them; Constantine the Great on the !; $32.00 (Ä28.48)
First Bulgarian Empire, I, 927 - 969 A.D., Lead Seal
This seal was reportedly found together with a hoard of , and solidi, some of which are now available for sale in our Gold section. The seal may have once tied a leather bag containing the coins; perhaps a Bulgarian imperial payment.
was the son of Simeon the Great 893 - 927, architect of the Golden Age for the Bulgarian Empire. In 927 the Bulgarians and the Byzantines signed apeace treaty which recognized Peter's Imperial title, the borders and the Bulgarian Patriarchate. In addition, married Lecapene, renamed (Peace) for the event.
An inferior example (with a finder's cut defacing ) was estimated $1000 and sold for $650 plus fees in XI, 2008.SH33751. Lead
(tag seal), gVF, 18.524 g, maximum 22.8 mm, 0o, + IhSuS XPI[...]+, facing of Christ, holding book of Gospels in left hand, behind ; blundered naming , facing busts of , wearing , and his wife, Eirine ( ) Lecapene, wearing , both crowned, holding between them; well formed seal, nice round thick , attractive buff-grey ; SOLD
Bulgaria, Second Empire, Ivan Shishman, 1371 - 1395 A.D.
Ivan Alexander divided his kingdom between his two sons. Ivan Shishman inherited the central portion of Bulgaria with the capital Tarnovo. In 1393, after three-month siege, Tarnovo fell to the Ottoman Empire. Ivan Shishman continued to rule in Nikopol as an Ottoman vassal but Bayezit I had him beheaded on June 3, 1395.SH59927.
, Radushev and Zhekov 1.15. 15-16; Yokourova and Penchev 131, gVF, 1.120 g, maximum 19.5 mm, 0o, Tarnovo mint, 1371 - 1393; rampant left; Shishman tsar ; SOLD
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