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Byzantine Thessalonica, Greece

When Anastasius became emperor the once vast number of Roman mints had been reduced to only two: Constantinople and Thessalonica. Thessalonica did not strike Byzantine copper coinage until the reign of Justin I. The mint closed about 630 but opened again under Alexius I (1081 - 1118) and operated until the 14th century for various despotates, kingdoms and empires that took the city as their capital. In 1423, Despot Andronicus, ceded Thessalonic to the Republic of Venice to protect it from the Ottomans who were besieging the city. The Venetians held Thessaloniki until it was captured by the Ottoman Sultan Murad II on 29 March 1430.


Byzantine Empire, John V Palaeologus, 15 June 1341 - 16 February 1391 A.D.

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John V was made emperor three days short of his ninth birthday. Anna of Savoy was appointed regent for her son. After Anna was defeated in a civil war, John V was made junior emperor to his former advisor John VI Kantakouzenos and he married John VI's daughter. John VI ignored his young colleague and in time even replaced him with his own son Matthew. John V Palaeologus obtained Genoese help, overthrew his rivals, took sole rule and banished John Kantakouzenos to a monastery. John V converted to Catholicism in an attempt to obtain aid from the West against the Turks, but even this failed. Without allies, the Byzantine state was forced to become a vassal of the Ottoman Empire, permitted to exist only by the grace of the mighty Sultan.
BZ84652. Bronze stamenon, Lianta 887; Bendall PCPC 317; B-D LPC p. 238, 8; SBCV 2525 (assarion); DOC V -; Sommer -; Grierson -, aVF, full flan, edge cracks, excellent for the type, weight 0.956 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica mint, 1365 - 1369 A.D.; obverse Saint Demetrius standing facing, nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and sagion, inverted spear vertical in right hand, resting left hand on grounded shield at side, flanked on each side by a long cross with three bars, anepigraphic; reverse emperor standing facing, wearing crown with pendilia, stemma, divitision, collar-piece and loros, staff topped with a cross in circle in right hand, model of city in left hand, Manus Dei (the hand of God) above, star in lower right field; very rare; $300.00 (Ä267.00)


Byzantine Empire, Justin II, 15 November 565 - 5 October 578 A.D.

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Most references list this type with ΘC above for some other years but only ΦC above for years 12 and 13. Wroth notes that the meaning of these letters is uncertain but ΘC may abbreviate Θεος (God) and ΦC perhaps abbreviates Φως (light).
BZ69548. Bronze half-follis, Jerash 438, Hahn MIB II 70e (refs Jerash), DOC I 84.1 var. (Φ vice Θ), Wroth BMC 122 var. (same), Sommer 5.22 var. (same), SBCV 366, VF, green patina, obverse off-center, weight 6.511 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, c. 576 - 577 A.D.; obverse D N IVSTI-NVS P P, Justin (left) and Sophia seated facing on double throne, both nimbate, he holds globus cruciger, she a cruciform scepter; reverse large K (20 nummi) between ANNO and XII (year 12), + over ΘC above, TES below; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; very rare variety; $80.00 (Ä71.20)


Byzantine Empire, Justinian I, 4 April 527 - 14 November 565 A.D.

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BZ66859. Bronze 8 nummi, cf. SBCV 189, DOC I 100a, Morrisson BnF I 10, Hahn MIB I 174, Tolstoi 493, Ratto -, VF, weight 3.559 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, obverse D N IVSTINI-ANVS P P AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse large H between smaller A and P, cross(?) above; rare; SOLD







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