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BYZANTINE, John VIII Palaeologus, 1423-1448, Constantinople, AR Stavraton (Half Hyperpyron)
IWANHC ΔECΠOTIC O ΠAΛEOΛOΓOC / ΘV XAPITI AVTOKPATOP in two circles inside which bust of John facing, bearded, nimbate, crown with pendila, a pellet in the left and right fields. / IC/I-XC/X Nimbate bust of Christ, book of Gospels in left hand, right hand raised in benediction, all inside dotted and lined circle, surrounded by margin with pellets, inside solid line circle. 6.7g

When voting be careful to compare this with other coins of the same denomination, not the smaller ones which have cause to look even more crude. While this is crude and probably easily bested, I would prefer the coin that ousts this entrant at least have as much of the name of the ruler as does this one (IWA at the top of the outer circle).
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Bruno V.  [Jun 17, 2011 at 03:17 PM]
Finally! Out of the clinical white! Black background! Clair-obscur comeback! Gorgeous picture! 5*. Thank you!
Lloyd T  [Jun 19, 2011 at 12:08 AM]
Great example. Rarely is the legend close to fully struck and legible.
Sosius  [Mar 05, 2013 at 01:16 AM]
Better than mine!
Ancientnoob  [Mar 21, 2013 at 02:08 PM]
Crude yet impressive coin. I love it.
SpongeBob  [Nov 12, 2013 at 03:17 PM]
WOW...That is one impressive coin. A rare gem in this condition
quadrans  [Sep 28, 2014 at 09:04 PM]
Very nice coin ..
Skyler  [Sep 26, 2015 at 11:54 PM]
WOW
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