, Alexius I and John II, Autumn 1092 - 15 August 1118 A.D., John II Coronation Issue
Issued for celebrations throughout the Empire to the coronation of John II as co-emperor in 1092. This and two types issued for the coronation, are traditionally identified as the earliest . They may actually be that were distributed only to a select group of people who participated in the celebrations, or for charitable purposes.BZ53332. Lead , , 1, 42.2 ff.; 1046 (Constantinople, half ), -, aF, 4.317 g, maximum 16.3 mm, 180o, uncertain mint, c. 1092 - 1093 A.D.; , of Christ facing, , bearded, wearing tunic and , open Gospels in left; AΛCE ∆EC, of Alexius facing, wearing , , and jeweled , cruciform in right, in left; ex ; ; $80.00 (€71.20)
Pure gold does not tarnish or tone and sometimes ancient gold coins are found looking just as they did the day they were minted. Gold that is less than pure with a small amount of silver in the can tone slightly red in the right environment.SH90885. Gold
, , 1, 1a; 3.1.1; 1 ff.; 10; 2094; 1064; 60.1; 1938, gVF, light rose , flattened, 4.251 g, maximum 33.0 mm, 180o, (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1118 - 1122; Christ seated facing on throne without back, wearing , , and , raising right hand in , Gospels in left, flanking ; +IΩ ∆EXΠOTH − Θς MP, Half-length figures of John II and the facing, holding between them; John wearing crown, and , above him emerging from clouds; the Virgin , wearing and ; ex Munzhandlung Ritter; SOLD
John II was the oldest son of Alexius I and succeeded to the throne in 1118. He was a and capable ruler, and did much to further the . He recaptured lost territory and added territory to the Empire. He attempted to curtail the trading privileges given to the Venetians but was forced to give up this idea. His reign was brought to an early end when he died in a hunting accident. His youngest son, Manuel I, succeeded him.SH90889.
aspron , DOC, 1, IV 8d; 3.2.2; 3; 46; 2098; 1068, 60.5; 1942, aEF, , 4.119 g, maximum 33.1 mm, 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1122 - 8 Apr 1143; , Christ enthroned facing, throne without back, wearing , tunic and , raising right in , Gospels in left, triangle of pellets at each end of cushion on throne; IΩ/∆EC/ΠO/TH on left, Θ/ΓE/ΩP/Γ/I on right, John II and St. George standing facing, both holding a on three steps between them; St. George , in military garb and with left hand on sword; dot (control symbol) below the of the Emperor's ; ex Jean sale V 116, lot 747; SOLD
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