St. George is the Saint of England. Traditionally, the sword with which St. George slew the dragon was called Ascalon, a name recalling the city of Ashkelon, Israel. During World War II, Winston Churchill named his personal aircraft Ascalon, after St. George's sword. BZ45637. Bronze half , , 1, 23; pl. 18, 3; 61/X/AE/05; 78; 2158; 1980; 61.25, VF, nice green , , 1.565 g, maximum 17.0 mm, 180o, uncertain Greek mint, 1152 - c. 1160 A.D.; Θ / Γ/ε−ωP/ΓI/OC (or similar), of St. George facing, beardless, wearing , tunic, , and , spear in right, in left; MANYH ∆εCΠOT, Manuel, facing, wearing crown and , in right, in left; $45.00 (€40.05)
Gibbons Decline & Fall says of Manuel I, "The first in the charge, the last in the retreat, his friends and his enemies alike trembled, the former for his safety, and the latter for their own."
BZ79671. Bronze , 1968; , 1, 15; pl. 17, 7; 59; Morrison BnF BnF 61/X/AE/11; 2148; 61.13, aF, , 4.521 g, maximum 21.2 mm, 180o, uncertain Greek mint, c. 1152 - 1160 A.D.; the Theotokos ( ) standing right, raising both , being blessed by (hand of god) to upper right, MP - ΘV flanking across ; MANVHΛ ∆ECΠOTHC, emperor standing facing, wearing crown, and , long in right hand, in left hand.; from the Butte College Foundation, ex ; $45.00 (€40.05)
Cupped coins required at least two blows to strike and the die was rocked from one side to the other between blows. Since Christ's is in the center of many designs, such as on this coin, it is often distorted or even missing due to the overlapping of the strikes in the center. On this coin the two halves of the (halo) are offset due to variation in alignment between the two strikes. Christ's is, however, nicely struck. The result is somewhat exotic.SH08813. Gold
, cf. , 1, 1; 61/Cp/AV/13; 4.1.1; 1079; 1956; 61.1, gVF, 4.27 g, maximum 29.4 mm, 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, + KE RO-[HΘEI], , of Christ facing, beardless, wearing cr., and , raising right hand in , scroll in left hand; MA/NY/HΛ / ∆EC/ΠO/T/H on left, Tω/ΠOP/ΦY/POΓ/NH/T (or similar) on right, Manuel standing facing wearing crown, and , in left, patriarchal in right, hand of God ( ) upper right crowns him; wavy as typical for the (even the plate coin is wavy); SOLD
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