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 , 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 against the Turks, but even this failed. Without allies, the state was forced to become a vassal of the Ottoman Empire, permitted to exist only by the grace of the mighty .
BZ84652. Bronze , 887; 317; p. 238, 8; 2525 (assarion); -; -; -, aVF, full , edge cracks, excellent for the , 0.956 g, maximum 21.7 mm, 180o, mint, 1365 - 1369 A.D.; Saint Demetrius standing facing, , wearing tunic, breastplate, and , inverted spear vertical in right hand, resting left hand on grounded at side, flanked on each side by a long with three bars, ; emperor standing facing, wearing crown with , , , collar-piece and , staff topped with a in in right hand, model of city in left hand, (the hand of God) above, in lower right ; very ; $300.00 (€267.00)
, John VI Cantacuzenus and John V Palaeologus, 13 May 1347 - April 1353 A.D.
When Andronicus III died, his chief administrator, John Kantakouzenos asserted a claim to regency of the young emperor John V. The emperor's mother, Anna of Savoy, was appointed regent and she had John Kantakouzenos declared an enemy of the state. John Kantakouzenos defeated Anna with Ottoman , and he was made Emperor John VI. John V was married to his daughter, Kantakouzene, and the boy was allowed to reign as the junior emperor. John VI Kantakouzenos spent much of his own private wealth unsuccessfully trying to strengthen the Empire but was unpopular because of his ties to the Ottomans. His attempt to curb Genoese power ended with the total destruction of the fleet in 1349. John VI ignored his young colleague and in time even replaced him with his own son Matthew. John V Palaeologus obtained Genoese , overthrew his rivals, and banished John Kantakouzenos to a monastery, where he lived 30 years as the monk Joasaph and wrote his famous history.SH70968. Gold
, 849; , p. 297, C; 2526; 84.1; 1296; -, VF, 3.402 g, maximum 25.3 mm, 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 2 Feb 1325 - 1328 or possibly to 1330 A.D.; half-length facing figure of the within city walls, four castles forming walls, on each side of the uppermost castle, B lower left, A lower right; John VI on left and Andronicus V on right, kneeling facing, Christ stands behind with over their heads in ; IUINK (or similar) downward on left and IUINKY (or similar) downward on right, N's reversed; very ; SOLD
, John V Palaeologus and Anna of Savoy (Mother, Regent), 15 June 1341 - 13 May 1347
On 15 June 1341, Andronikos III died. He was succeeded by his son John V who was three days short of his ninth birthday. Anna of Savoy was appointed regent for her son. Andronikos III had entrusted the administration to his advisor John Kantakouzenos. While Kantakouzenos was fighting the Serbs in Northern , ambitious advisors in Constantinople convinced Anna to declare him an enemy of the state. On 26 October 1341, rather than execution, Kantakouzenos proclaimed himself emperor. Civil war ended with Anna's defeat in 1347. On 3 February 1347, John VI was accepted as emperor with John V as his junior co-ruler. John V married Kantakouzene, a daughter of John VI. John VI entered Constantinople and took effective control of the city. In 1351, Anna left Constantinople for Thessaloniki. She held her own court in the city, issuing decrees in her name and even controlling a mint. Around 1365, when her health was failing, she became a nun, and died under the name Anastasia.SH70963. Gold
, 943; 190 (sigla 2); 845; 83.1.2; 2466 (Andronicus III), VF, clipped, , 4.266 g, maximum 25.9 mm, 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, regency of Anna, 15 Jun 1341 - 13 May 1347; Anna of Savoy (on left) and her son John V, on right, both crowned and stand facing, empress holds trefoil , emperor holds and cruciform , sigla Γ left, w in center; the deceased Andronicus III, on left, kneeling before Christ standing facing, who extends his right hand over the emperor in , Gospels in left, A∆PNH (or similar, blundered) downward on left, IC XC on right; ex & Mosch auction 176 (10 March 2009), lot 2823; ; SOLD
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