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30 viewsAntonivs Protti
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33 viewsManuel I. AE Tetarteron. Thessalonica mint. QGE to left, P-over-w GIOS (or O GEORGIOC) to left or QGE to left, WGIOC to right of bust facing of St. George, unbearded, nimbate, wearing tunic, cuirasse and cloak, holding spear and shield / MANVHL DECPOTH (or MANOVHL DEC), crowned, unbearded bust facing of Manuel, wearing loros, holding labarum and cross on globe. SB 1975, BMC 75-77.
1,6 gr. 15mm.
Antonivs Protti
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43 viewsManuel I, Comnenus. 1143-1180 AD. AE 1/2 Tetarteron, Greek Mint, 1.2 grams. AE14. (As SB1975 but much smaller). P-over-w GIOC to left of bust facing of St. George, unbearded, nimbate, wearing tunic, cuirass and cloak, holding spear and shield / MANVHL DECPOTH (or MANOVHL DEC), crowned, unbearded bust facing of Manuel, wearing loros, holding labarum and cross on globe. SB 1980, BMC 78.
1.0 gr. 11mm.
Antonivs Protti
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26 viewsManuel I, AE Tetarteron, 1143-1180 AD, Thessalonica. MANVHL DECPOTH, Manuel, crowned and wearing loros, bust facing, holding labarum and cross on globe / barred IC - barred XC to left and right of cross with X at centre, on three steps. SB 1976, BMC 86-90. SB 1976
2,3 gr. 18 mm.
Antonivs Protti
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24 viewsManuel I. AE Tetarteron. Thessalonica mint. QGE to left, P-over-w GIOS (or O GEORGIOC) to left or QGE to left, WGIOC to right of bust facing of St. George, unbearded, nimbate, wearing tunic, cuirasse and cloak, holding spear and shield / MANVHL DECPOTH (or MANOVHL DEC), crowned, unbearded bust facing of Manuel, wearing loros, holding labarum and cross on globe. SB 1975, BMC 75-77.
2,2 gr. 16mm.
Antonivs Protti
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63 viewsquadrans
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Manuel I Komnenus AE half tetarteron 37 viewsReverse: MAN(monogram)HA AECIIOTH or similar Manuel bearded facing wearing crown and miltary attire and holding cruciform sceotre and gl. cr.
Mint: Unk greek mint
Date: 1143-1180 CE
Sear 1981 H. 18.5-6 (as Sear 1978 but smaller)
14mm 1.86
wileyc
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Manuel I, SBCV 197520 viewsFull Brockage
MANγHΛ ΔECΠOT
Facing bust wearing crown and loros, holding labarum and globus cruciger
Constantinople
AE tetarteron, 23mm, 4.85g
novacystis
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(1143) MANUEL I, COMNENUS34 views8 April 1143 - 24 September 1180 A.D.
AE TETRATERON 20 mm 3.19 g
O: CROSS WITH X AT CENTER STANDING ON 3 STEPS, IC TO L, XC TO R
R: MANMHΛ ΔεCΠOTH (or similar)
HALF LENGTH FIGURE OF MANUEL I FACING, WEARING LOROS AND CROWN AND HODING LABARUM AND BLOBUS CRUCIGER
THESSALONICA
SBCV 1976?
laney
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1118-1143 AD - John II - Sear 1954 - Half Tetarteron37 viewsProbable Emperor: John II (r. 1118-1143 AD)
Date: 1118-1143 AD
Condition: Fair
Denomination: Half Tetarteron

Obverse: IC-XC
Christ standing facing on footstool, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium & colobium, and holding book of Gospels in left.

Reverse: I ΔECΠOT
John standing facing, wearing crown, divitision and loros, and holding labarum and globus cruciger.

Thessalonica mint
Sear 1954
1.67g; 15.7mm; 180°
Pep
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1118-1143 AD - John II - Sear 1954 - Half Tetarteron - 2nd Example29 viewsProbable Emperor: John II (r. 1118-1143 AD)
Date: 1118-1143 AD
Condition: Fair
Denomination: Half Tetarteron

Obverse: IC-XC
Christ standing facing on footstool, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium & colobium, and holding book of Gospels in left.

Reverse: I ΔECΠOT
John standing facing, wearing crown, divitision and loros, and holding labarum and globus cruciger.

Thessalonica mint
Sear 1954
2.14g; 16.3mm; 210°
Pep
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1143-1180 AD - Manuel I - Sear 1980 - Half Tetarteron37 viewsProbable Emperor: Manuel I (r. 1143-1180 AD)
Date: 1143-1180 AD
Condition: Fair
Denomination: Half Tetarteron

Obverse: to left, /Γ/E; to right, /ΓI/O/S (or similar)
Bust of St. George facing, beardless, wearing nimbus, tunic, cuirass and sagion, and holding spear and shield.

Reverse: MANHΛ ΔECΠOT (or similar)
Bust facing, wearing crown and loros, and holding labarum and globus cruciger.

Uncertain Greek mint
Sear 1980; DOC 23
2.32g, 16.1mm; 180°
Pep
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1185-1195 AD - Isaac II - Sear 2005 - Tetarteron47 viewsEmperor: Isaac II (r. 1185-1195 AD)
Date: 1185-1195 AD
Condition: Fine
Denomination: Tetarteron

Obverse: Facing bust of Archangel Michael, beardless and nimbate, wearing loros and holding jewelled sceptre (sometimes surmounted by trefoil device) and globus cruciger; to left, O//AP; to right, /MI (or similar)

Reverse: Bust of Issac facing, wearing crown and loros, and holding cruciform sceptre and akakia; to left, ICA/AKI/OC; to right, ΔE/CΠO/TH/C (or similar).

Thessalonica mint
Sear 2005
1.89g; 17.9mm; 150°
Pep
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1916 ALEXIUS PB Tetarteron S-Unlisted DOC 32 Constantinople mint66 viewsOBV Half length figures of John II beardless on r., and Christ holding between them labarum on long shaft. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Christ wears tunic and kolobion.

REV Half length figures of Alexius on l. and of Irene, holding between them cross on long shaft. Both wear stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type.

Size 19.29mm

Weight 5.8gm

These lead Tetarteron are coronation issues of John II and believed to be the origin of the series of tetartera.
DOC lists 6 examples with sizes from 17mm to 20mm and weights 4.22gm to 4. 74gm
1 commentsSimon
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1919 ALEXIUS PB TETARTERON S-Unlisted DOC 37 CLBC 2.5.1 49 viewsOBV Full length figures of John II beardless on r., and st Demetrius, holding between them labarum on long shaft. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Saint wears short military tunic , breastplate, and saigon; holds sword, point resting on ground, in r. hand.

REV Full length figures of Alexius on l. and of Irene, holding between them cross on long shaft. Both wear stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type.

Size 18 mm

Weight 6.31 gm

These lead Tetarteron are coronation issues of John II and believed to be the origin of the series of tetartera. Thessalonica Mint

DOC lists 6 examples with weights running from3.33 gm to 6.16 gm and sizes from 17mm to 19mm

My first example that I am able to get good photographs from, most are white lead very difficult to photograph, this example also has much more detail than normal.
Simon
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1919a ALEXIUS PB TETARTERON S-Unlisted DOC 37 CLBC 2.5.1 57 views
OBV Full length figures of John II beardless on r., and st Demetrius, holding between them labarum on long shaft. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Saint wears short military tunic , breastplate, and saigon; holds sword, point resting on ground, in r. hand.

REV Full length figures of Alexius on l. and of Irene, holding between them cross on long shaft. Both wear stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type.

Size 16.57

Weight 2.8gm

These lead Tetarteron are coronation issues of John II and believed to be the origin of the series of tetartera. Thessalonica Mint

DOC lists 6 examples with weights running from3.33 gm to 6.16 gm and sizes from 17mm to 19mm

Another beautiful example, much lighter.
1 commentsSimon
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1919b ALEXIUS PB TETARTERON S-Unlisted DOC 37 CLBC 2.5.1 36 viewsOBV Full length figures of John II beardless on r., and st Demetrius, holding between them labarum on long shaft. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Saint wears short military tunic , breastplate, and saigon; holds sword, point resting on ground, in r. hand.

REV Full length figures of Alexius on l. and of Irene, holding between them cross on long shaft. Both wear stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type.

Size 17.49mm

Weight 4.4gm

These lead Tetarteron are coronation issues of John II and believed to be the origin of the series of tetartera. Thessalonica Mint

DOC lists 6 examples with weights running from3.33 gm to 6.16 gm and sizes from 17mm to 19mm

1 commentsSimon
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1919b ALEXIUS PB TETARTERON S-Unlisted DOC 42 CLBC 2.5.1 46 views
OBV Bust of Christ bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels( open) in l. hand. Pellets in each limb of nimbate cross.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and jeweled loros of a traditional type. Holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. hand gl. Cr.

Size 17.19

Weight 3.7

These lead Tetarteron are coronation issues of John II and believed to be the origin of the series of tetartera. Thessalonica Mint

DOC lists 12 examples with weights from 3.17gm to 7.07
Simon
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1920 ALEXIUS METROPOLITAN TETARTERON S-1920 DOC 33 CLBC 2.4.1 Grierson 1042 46 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion holding gospels (open) in left hand.

REV Alexius bust facing wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and paneled loros of simplified type and holds in r. hand labarum-headed scepter and in l. hand Globus crucifer.

Metropolitan Issues were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% ( 3.84 is recorded by Hendy) and were also issued more than likely with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Metropolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. This would make them a separate denomination. Metropolitan issues are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues. Grierson thought them to be for ceremonial use only, I disagree, it was a denomination used in the Capital

Size 16.55mm

Weight 4.4gm

All around very nice coin, I would consider the rarity for this coin 3/5

DOC catalog lists 13 examples with weights ranging from 2.9 gm to 4.7 gm and size from 17mm to 21mm

CLBC Lists weights from 2.93 to 4.80gm. Die Diameter 16mm
Simon
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1920 ALEXIUS METROPOLITAN TETARTERON S-1920 DOC 33 CLBC 2.4.1 Grierson 1042 29 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion holding gospels (open) in left hand.

REV Alexius bust facing wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and paneled loros of simplified type and holds in r. hand labarum-headed scepter and in l. hand Globus crucifer.

Metropolitan Issues were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% ( 3.84 is recorded by Hendy) and were also issued more than likely with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Metropolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. This would make them a separate denomination. Metropolitan issues are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues. Grierson thought them to be for ceremonial use only, I disagree, it was a denomination used in the Capital

Size 19.56mm

Weight 3.8gm

DOC catalog lists 13 examples with weights ranging from 2.9 gm to 4.7 gm and size from 17mm to 21mm

CLBC Lists weights from 2.93 to 4.80gm. Die Diameter 16mm
Simon
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1920a ALEXIUS METROPOLITAN TETARTERON S-1920 DOC 33 CLBC 2.4.1 Grierson 1042 63 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion holding gospels (open) in left hand.

REV Alexius bust facing wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and paneled loros of simplified type and holds in r. hand labarum-headed scepter and in l. hand Globus crucifer.

Metropolitan Issues were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% ( 3.84 is recorded by Hendy) and were also issued more than likely with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Metropolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. This would make them a separate denomination. Metropolitan issues are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues. Grierson thought them to be for ceremonial use only, I disagree, it was a denomination used in the Capital

Size 18mm

Weight 3.8gm

This coin has an excellent portrait of Christ, I would grade the coin EF/F

DOC catalog lists 13 examples with weights ranging from 2.9 gm to 4.7 gm and size from 17mm to 21mm
CLBC Lists weights from 2.93 to 4.80gm. Die Diameter 16mm
Simon
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1920B ALEXIUS METROPOLITAN TETARTERON S-1920 DOC 33 CLBC 2.4.1 Grierson 104225 views
OBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion holding gospels (open) in left hand.

REV Alexius bust facing wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and paneled loros of simplified type and holds in r. hand labarum-headed scepter and in l. hand Globus crucifer.

Size 18/21mm

Weight 3.5gm

Metropolitan Issues were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% ( 3.84 is recorded by Hendy) and were also issued more than likely with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Metropolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. This would make them a separate denomination. Metropolitan issues are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues. Grierson thought them to be for ceremonial use only, I disagree, it was a denomination used in the Capital.
Simon
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1920C ALEXIUS METROPOLITAN TETARTERON S-1920 DOC 33 CLBC 2.4.1 Grierson 1042 22 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion holding gospels (open) in left hand.

REV Alexius bust facing wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and paneled loros of simplified type and holds in r. hand labarum-headed scepter and in l. hand Globus crucifer.

Size 17/16mm

Weight 3.9 gm

Metropolitan Issues were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% ( 3.84 is recorded by Hendy) and were also issued more than likely with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Metropolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. This would make them a separate denomination. Metropolitan issues are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues. Grierson thought them to be for ceremonial use only, I disagree, it was a denomination used in the Capital.

This particular coin grades as aF/aVF , this has the most interesting portrait of Alexius, seems to be much older in age than other examples.

DOC catalog lists 13 examples with weights ranging from 2.9 gm to 4.7 gm and size from 17mm to 21mm
CLBC Lists weights from 2.93 to 4.80gm. Die Diameter 16mm
Simon
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1921 ALEXIUS Metropolitan TETARTERON S-1921 Doc 34 CLBC 2.4.2 Grierson 1043 27 views
Bust of Christ, bearded with cross behind head, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels in l. hand. UU in fields of cross.

Rev Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r hand jeweled scepter and in l, gl. cr.

Size 18mm

Weight 3.5gm

Metropolitan Issues were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC catalog lists 3 examples with weights ranging from 1.6gm to 3.49gm and size is universal at 18mm

All of the Constantinople coins are uncommon but this one appears very rarely, I would mark its rarity 4/5 This example has a very dark patina in hand, I lightened this pic for a better view of the details. This is one of the most difficult of Alexius coins to obtain.
Simon
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1921c ALEXIUS Metropolitan TETARTERON S-1921 Doc 34 CLBC 2.4.2 Grierson 1043 20 viewsBust of Christ, bearded with cross behind head, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels in l. hand. UU in fields of cross.

Rev Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r hand jeweled scepter and in l, gl. cr.

Size 15.63mm

Weight 4.0gm

Metropolitan Issues were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC catalog lists 3 examples with weights ranging from 1.6gm to 3.49gm and size is universal at 18mm

This is one of the most difficult of Alexius coins to obtain. This is only the third example I have seen in twenty years, not in great condition but is a great rarity.
Simon
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1922 ALEXIUS METROPOLITAN TETARTERON S-1922 DOC 35 CLBC 2.4.3 54 views
OBV Christ Bearded and nimbate wearing tunic and kolobion, seated on a throne without back; holds gospel in l. hand.

REV: Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. hand Globus crucifer.

Size 16.6mm

Weight 3.0 gm

Metropolitan Issues were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Metropolitan issues are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues.

DOC catalog lists 9 examples with weights ranging from 2.95gm to 3.72 and size from 16mm to 20mm
Simon
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1922A ALEXIUS METROPOLITAN TETARTERON S-1922 DOC 35 CLBC 2.4.3 40 viewsOBV Christ Bearded and nimbate wearing tunic and kolobion, seated on a throne without back; holds gospel in l. hand.

REV: Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. hand Globus crucifer.

Size 14/16mm

Weight 2.9gm

Metropolitan Issues were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Metropolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Metropolitan issues are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues.

DOC catalog lists 9 examples with weights ranging from 2.95gm to 3.72 and size from 16mm to 20mm
Simon
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1922B ALEXIUS METROPOLITAN TETARTERON S-1922 DOC 35 CLBC 2.4.3 18 viewsOBV Christ Bearded and nimbate wearing tunic and kolobion, seated on a throne without back; holds gospel in l. hand.

REV: Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. hand Globus crucifer.

Size 14/12mm

Weight 3.6 gm

Metropolitan Issues were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Metropolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Metropolitan issues are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues.

This is a thick square coin, very unusual beveled edges.
Simon
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1922C ALEXIUS METROPOLITAN TETARTERON S-1922 DOC 35 CLBC 2.4.3 19 viewsOBV Christ Bearded and nimbate wearing tunic and kolobion, seated on a throne without back; holds gospel in l. hand. ( This is what it should be , coin is a brokerage of sorts.)

REV: Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. hand Globus crucifer.

Size 15/16mm

Weight 4.00gm

Metropolitan Issues were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Metropolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Metropolitan issues are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues.

This coin was attributed by rev alone, it is the only possible match for Alexius and it is clearly by inscription, his rule.

DOC catalog lists 9 examples with weights ranging from 2.95gm to 3.72 and size from 16mm to 20mm
Simon
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1922D ALEXIUS METROPOLITAN TETARTERON S-1922 DOC 35 CLBC 2.4.3 42 viewsOBV Christ Bearded and nimbate wearing tunic and kolobion, seated on a throne without back; holds gospel in l. hand.

REV: Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. hand Globus crucifer.

Size 18.35

Weight 3.3gm

Metropolitan Issues were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash, ,HOWEVER this coin is not the norm of black silver, very grainy and hard to photograph but white silver in color, much higher than what was normal.

DOC catalog lists 9 examples with weights ranging from 2.95gm to 3.72 and size from 16mm to 20mm
Simon
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1923 ALEXIUS METROPOLITAN TETARTERON S-1923 DOC 36 CLBC 2.4.437 viewsOBV Christ bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated on throne without back; r. hand raised in benediction holds Gospels in l.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, jeweled loros of simplified type, and sagion; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft, and in l. gl.cr.

Size 17.48mm

Weight 4.8

Metropolitan Issues were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Metropolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Metropolitan issues are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues.

DOC Catalog lists 4 examples with weights fairly consistent from 3.49 gm. to 3.99gm and size from 16mm to 18mm.
Simon
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1923 ALEXIUS METROPOLITAN TETARTERON S-1923 DOC 36 CLBC 2.4.4 41 viewsOBV Christ bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated on throne without back; r. hand raised in benediction holds Gospels in l.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, jeweled loros of simplified type, and sagion; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft, and in l. gl.cr.

Size 15.64mm

Weight 4.6

Metropolitan Issues were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Metropolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Metropolitan issues are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues.

DOC Catalog lists 4 examples with weights fairly consistent from 3.49 gm. to 3.99gm and size from 16mm to 18mm. My example is running heavy at 4.6gm
Simon
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1923 ALEXIUS METROPOLITAN TETARTERON S-1923 DOC 36 CLBC 2.4.4 23 viewsOBV Christ bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated on throne without back; r. hand raised in benediction holds Gospels in l.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, jeweled loros of simplified type, and sagion; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft, and in l. gl.cr.

Size 3.96

Weight 17.mm

A really nice example

Metropolitan Issues were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Metropolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.)


DOC Catalog lists 4 examples with weights fairly consistent from 3.49 gm. to 3.99gm and size from 16mm to 18mm
Simon
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1929 ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1929 DOC 38 CLBC 2.4.5 19 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV. Bust facing wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 18/20mm

Weight 4.2

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 9 examples with weight s running from 1.82gm to 5.10gm and size from 18mm to 22mm

My example has more detail than normally seen, most of these coins have no faces recognizable on either side.
Simon
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1929A ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1929 DOC 38 CLBC 2.4.5 15 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.
REV. Bust facing wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 19.5/21mm

Weight 3.3

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 9 examples with weight s running from 1.82gm to 5.10gm and size from 18mm to 22mm
Simon
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1929B ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1929 DOC 38 CLBC 2.4.5 18 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV. Bust facing wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 19/22mm

Weight 2.2gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 9 examples with weight s running from 1.82gm to 5.10gm and size from 18mm to 22mm
Simon
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1929C ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1929 DOC 38 CLBC 2.4.5 13 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV. Bust facing wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 20mm

Weight 2.2gm

This coin is interesting for its details, more than most but the jagged edge flan is very unusual.

DOC lists 9 examples with weight s running from 1.82gm to 5.10gm and size from 18mm to 22mm
Simon
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1929D ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1929 DOC 38 CLBC 2.4.5 Imitation 39 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV. Bust facing wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 19.91mm
Weight 1.9gm

This is an imitation of Sear 1929, better to say it was not produced to the same standards as coins from the other mints. Interesting enough , imitations only seem to occur under Alexius rule and the Manuel's rule, I have never seen an imitation of John II coinage, that leaves me to believe these were authorized in some way by Alexius. Perhaps to help the introduction of the new coinage.

DOC lists 9 examples with weight s running from 1.82gm to 5.10gm and size from 18mm to 22mm
Simon
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1929E ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1929 DOC 38 CLBC 2.4.5 25 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.
REV. Bust facing wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 18/20mm

Weight 3.5

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 9 examples with weight s running from 1.82gm to 5.10gm and size from 18mm to 22mm
Simon
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1929F ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1929 DOC 38 CLBC 2.4.5 15 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.
REV. Bust facing wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 19.80mm

Weight 3.2gm

The burnt orange to the patina of this common coin is what makes it special.
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DOC lists 9 examples with weight s running from 1.82gm to 5.10gm and size from 18mm to 22mm
Simon
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1929g ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1929 DOC 38 CLBC 2.4.5 47 views
OBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV. Bust facing wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 19.11mm

Weight 2.6gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 9 examples with weight s running from 1.82gm to 5.10gm and size from 18mm to 22mm

My nicest example. Very Fine
Simon
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1929h ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1929 DOC 38 CLBC 2.4.5 36 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV. Bust facing wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 21.97mm

Weight 2.9gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 9 examples with weight s running from 1.82gm to 5.10gm and size from 18mm to 22mm
Simon
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1929J ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1929 DOC 38 CLBC 2.4.5 Imitation 38 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV. Bust facing wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 20mm

Weight 2.5gm

This is a regional minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 9 examples with weight s running from 1.82gm to 5.10gm and size from 18mm to 22mm

This is a strange example, Alexius side fits the norm a bit cruder but with good detail, the Christ side lacks the book and Christ's blessing. Imitations of this particular type of coin were created well into the 14th century. This coin was a very recent find in Paphos Cyprus.
Simon
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1929k ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1929 DOC 38 CLBC 2.4.5 56 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV. Bust facing wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 19.99mm

Weight 4.8 gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 9 examples with weight s running from 1.82gm to 5.10gm and size from 18mm to 22mm
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1929L ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1929 DOC 38 CLBC 2.4.5 62 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV. Bust facing wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 19.00mm

Weight 2.66gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 9 examples with weight s running from 1.82gm to 5.10gm and size from 18mm to 22mm
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1930 ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1930 DOC 39 CLBC 2.4.6 49 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on a long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 20.10

Weight 2.8gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 5 examples with weights ranging from 2.05gm to 4.02gm and sizes ranging from 20mm to 22m

It is difficult to find a clean strike of this issue. This one is unusually clean. They way to differ this coin from Manuel's version is the position of Alexius arm on the labrum.
Simon
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1930 ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1930 DOC 39 CLBC 2.4.6 58 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on a long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 22.75

Weight 3.6mm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 5 examples with weights ranging from 2.05gm to 4.02gm and sizes ranging from 20mm to 22m

This coin has been clearly overstruck over an earlier follis. DOC also notes 3 out the five examples are also overstruck. I believe this issue was created quickly when a shortage of the new coinage occurred. It is difficult to find a clean strike of this
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1930A ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1930 DOC 39 CLBC 2.4.6 35 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on a long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 18mm

Weight 3.5 gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 5 examples with weights ranging from 2.05gm to 4.02gm and sizes ranging from 20mm to 22m

This is considered to be very nice condition for this type of coin, normally they appear overstruck or just messy, this one I had almost confused with a Manuel S-1970 but the key of these coins is the position of Alexius right arm being raised, the Manuel has the emperors r. arm in a lower position.
Simon
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1930B ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1930 DOC 39 CLBC 2.4.6 20 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on a long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 20/21mm

Weight 1.9gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

This coin is a mangled mess overstruck and made quickly.

DOC lists 5 examples with weights ranging from 2.05gm to 4.02gm and sizes ranging from 20mm to 22m
Simon
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1930c ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1930 DOC 39 CLBC 2.4.6 18 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on a long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 21.58mm

Weight 2.8gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 5 examples with weights ranging from 2.05gm to 4.02gm and sizes ranging from 20mm to 22m

It is difficult to find a clean strike of this issue.
Simon
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1930C ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1930 DOC 39 CLBC 2.4.6 Imitation?25 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on a long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 15/16mm

Weight 2.2

I am uncertain where this coin fits in the picture. Its weight is within range but its size and die size is not. It could be an imitation.

DOC lists 5 examples with weights ranging from 2.05gm to 4.02gm and sizes ranging from 20mm to 22m
Simon
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1931 ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1931 DOC 40 CLBC 2.4.7 58 viewsOBV Jeweled radiate Cross, decorated at the end of each limb with one large globule and two smaller, all on two steps.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and jeweled loros of traditional type; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 18/21mm

Weight 3.3gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 25 examples with weights running from1.09gm to 4.22gm and sizes ranging from 17mm to 23mm

I have another example in my collection that has a weight of 6.2 gm and 25mm
Simon
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1931 ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1931 DOC 40 CLBC 2.4.7 26 viewsOBV Jeweled radiate Cross, decorated at the end of each limb with one large globule and two smaller, all on two steps.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and jeweled loros of traditional type; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger. Complete Inscription

Size 19mm

Weight 3.08

This is a Thessalonica minted coin.

DOC lists 25 examples with weights running from1.09gm to 4.22gm and sizes ranging from 17mm to 23mm

Simon
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1931A ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1931 DOC 40 CLBC 2.4.7 19 views
OBV Jeweled radiate Cross, decorated at the end of each limb with one large globule and two smaller, all on two steps.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and jeweled loros of traditional type; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 23/20mm

Weight 5.2gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 25 examples with weights running from1.09gm to 4.22gm and sizes ranging from 17mm to 23mm

I have another example in my collection that has a weight of 6.2 gm and 25mm This coin is its brother being purchased from the same dealer at the same auction.
Simon
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1931B ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1931 DOC 40 CLBC 2.4.7 SBCV-1910???49 viewsOBV Jeweled radiate Cross, decorated at the end of each limb with one large globule and two smaller, all on two steps.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and jeweled loros of traditional type; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 25/22mm

Weight 3.2gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 25 examples with weights running from1.09gm to 4.22gm and sizes ranging from 17mm to 23mm

This example is more than likely the coin listed as S-1910 , Sear 1931 struck over a Class I or Class K anonymous follis. Hendys ( S-1910) lists at 2.96gm around 23mm
Simon
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1931C ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1931 DOC 40 CLBC 2.4.7 23 viewsOBV Jeweled radiate Cross, decorated at the end of each limb with one large globule and two smaller, all on two steps.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and jeweled loros of traditional type; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 23/25mm

Weight 6.2

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 25 examples with weights running from1.09gm to 4.22gm and sizes ranging from 17mm to 23mm

This is the heaviest example noted, at 6.2 gm
Simon
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1931D ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1931 DOC 40 CLBC 2.4.7 24 viewsOBV Jeweled radiate Cross, decorated at the end of each limb with one large globule and two smaller, all on two steps.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and jeweled loros of traditional type; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 18/20mm

Weight 3.2 gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 25 examples with weights running from1.09gm to 4.22gm and sizes ranging from 17mm to 23mm

This coin is a very pleasing example grading VF/F

I have another example in my collection that has a weight of 6.2 gm and 25mm
Simon
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1931E ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1931 DOC 40 CLBC 2.4.7 27 viewsOBV Jeweled radiate Cross, decorated at the end of each limb with one large globule and two smaller, all on two steps.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and jeweled loros of traditional type; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 21/16 mm

Weight 2.6

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 25 examples with weights running from1.09gm to 4.22gm and sizes ranging from 17mm to 23mm

This is my smallest example, I love the green patina, it was one of my earliest acquisitions.
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1931F ALEXIUS AE Tetarteron S-1931 Var DOC 40 Var CLBC 2.4.7 31 viewsOBV Jeweled radiate Cross, decorated at the end of each limb with one large globule and two smaller, all on two steps.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and jeweled loros of traditional type; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 18mm

Weight 2.22gm

This is a barbarous imitation and an attempt to copy DOC 40

This coin is not listed in DOC or Sear but it is in CLBC They record sizes from 20-21mm and weights 3.0 to 3.5 gm , mine is a smaller. example
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1931G ALEXIUS AE Tetarteron S-1931 Var DOC 40 Var CLBC 2.4.7 26 viewsOBV Jeweled radiate Cross, decorated at the end of each limb with one large globule and two smaller, all on two steps.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and jeweled loros of traditional type; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 20/22mm

Weight 1.3gm

This is a barbarous imitation and an attempt to copy DOC 40

This coin is not listed in DOC or Sear but it is in CLBC They record sizes from 20-21mm and weights 3.0 to 3.5 gm , this example is very flat unlike my other, the seller sold it as a trachy but it is not concaved in any way. This is also a very low weight.
Simon
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1931H Alexius AE Tetarteron S-1931 Imitation 23 viewsOBV Jeweled radiate Cross, decorated at the end of each limb with one large globule and two smaller, all on two steps.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and jeweled loros of traditional type; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 16.42mm

Weight 1.8gm

This is an imitation and an attempt to copy DOC 40, hoard evidence shows many of these variations were minted , some were created as late as the 13th century.
Simon
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1931vaALEXIUS AE Imitation TETARTERON S-1931 DOC 40 CLBC 2.4.7 22 viewsOBV Jeweled radiate Cross, decorated at the end of each limb with one large globule and two smaller, all on two steps.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and jeweled loros of traditional type; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 18.33gm

Weight 1.7gm

This is another imitation coin, the weight is a tip off and the style is not right. Imitation coins of this style were very common and were misted into the 1200's long after Alexius death.

DOC lists 25 examples with weights running from1.09gm to 4.22gm and sizes ranging from 17mm to 23mm
Simon
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1931x ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1931 DOC 40 CLBC 2.4.7 42 viewsOBV Jeweled radiate Cross, decorated at the end of each limb with one large globule and two smaller, all on two steps.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and jeweled loros of traditional type; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 19.72mm

Weight 3.2 gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 25 examples with weights running from1.09gm to 4.22gm and sizes ranging from 17mm to 23mm

This coin is a very pleasing example grading, the patina makes the photo.
Simon
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1931y ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1931 DOC 40 CLBC 2.4.7 44 viewsOBV Jeweled radiate Cross, decorated at the end of each limb with one large globule and two smaller, all on two steps.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and jeweled loros of traditional type; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 19.72

Weight 2.8gm

Very nice example..

DOC lists 25 examples with weights running from1.09gm to 4.22gm and sizes ranging from 17mm to 23mm
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1932 ALEXIUS AE HALF TETARTERON S-1932 DOC 45 CLBC 2.4.8 21 viewsOBV Patriarchal cross on two steps.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma divitision and jeweled loros and in r. hand holding jeweled scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 15.81mm

Weight 2.0gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 42 examples with weights ranging from .59gm to 3.22gm and sizes ranging from 13mm to 18mm

I have many of these coins that very much vary in their design, I do not believe these coins came from one mint but many different mints. The cross design changes in many different ways. This is an easy coin to acquire, the trick is finding the nice ones and with a denomination so small little effort was put into minting perfect coins. This example has good relief on both sides but the Globus Cruciger is missing due to an imperfect strike. I believe this one by style alone to be minted in Thessalonica.
Simon
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1932A ALEXIUS AE HALF TETARTERON S-1932 DOC 45 CLBC 2.4.8 15 viewsOBV Patriarchal cross on two steps.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma divitision and jeweled loros and in r. hand holding jeweled scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 13mm

Weight 2.09gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 42 examples with weights ranging from .59gm to 3.22gm and sizes ranging from 13mm to 18mm

This is an easy coin to acquire, the trick is finding the nice ones and with a denomination so small little effort was put into minting perfect coins. This example has good relief on both sides , it is a thicker but smaller in size version, I believe this example to be from the Thessalonica mint.
Simon
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1932B ALEXIUS AE HALF TETARTERON S-1932 DOC 45 CLBC 2.4.8 25 viewsOBV Patriarchal cross on two steps.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma divitision and jeweled loros and in r. hand holding jeweled scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 17/15mm

Weight 2.0gm


DOC lists 42 examples with weights ranging from .59gm to 3.22gm and sizes ranging from 13mm to 18mm

I have many of these coins that very much vary in their design, I do not believe these coins came from one mint but many different mints. Some official, some not. The cross design changes in many different ways. This is an easy coin to acquire, the trick is finding the nice ones and with a denomination so small little effort was put into minting perfect coins.
Simon
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1932C ALEXIUS AE HALF TETARTERON S-1932 DOC 45 CLBC 2.4.8 26 viewsOBV Patriarchal cross on two steps.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma divitision and jeweled loros and in r. hand holding jeweled scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 14/12mm

Weight 1.0gm


DOC lists 42 examples with weights ranging from .59gm to 3.22gm and sizes ranging from 13mm to 18mm

I have many of these coins that very much vary in their design, I do not believe these coins came from one mint but many different mints. The cross design changes in many different ways. This is an easy coin to acquire, the trick is finding the nice ones and with a denomination so small little effort was put into minting perfect coins

This example I have always admired, the portrait of Alexius is so simple it is beautiful. Reminds me of a Guy Fox mask.
Simon
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1932D ALEXIUS AE HALF TETARTERON S-1932 DOC 45 CLBC 2.4.8 IMITATION 20 viewsOBV Patriarchal cross on two steps.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma divitision and jeweled loros and in r. hand holding jeweled scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 15.59mm

Weight .6 gm

This is a regional minted coin, it contains no silver. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace. Imitation perhaps produced in the 13th century.

DOC lists 42 examples with weights ranging from .59gm to 3.22gm and sizes ranging from 13mm to 18mm

I have many of these coins that very much vary in their design, I do not believe these coins came from one mint but many different mints. The cross design changes in many different ways. This is an easy coin to acquire, the trick is finding the nice ones and with a denomination so small little effort was put into minting perfect coins

Very thin flan light weight, patina makes it an interesting example.
Simon
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1932E ALEXIUS AE HALF TETARTERON S-1932 DOC 45 CLBC 2.4.8 19 viewsOBV Patriarchal cross on two steps.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma divitision and jeweled loros and in r. hand holding jeweled scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 17.5/14

Weight 1.6mm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 42 examples with weights ranging from .59gm to 3.22gm and sizes ranging from 13mm to 18mm

I have many of these coins that very much vary in their design, I do not believe these coins came from one mint but many different mints. The cross design changes in many different ways. This is an easy coin to acquire, the trick is finding the nice ones and with a denomination so small little effort was put into minting perfect coins

Again the cross on this coin was my main interest for the collection.
Simon
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1932F ALEXIUS AE HALF TETARTERON S-1932 DOC 45 CLBC 2.4.8 21 views
OBV Patriarchal cross on two steps.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma divitision and jeweled loros and in r. hand holding jeweled scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 16/14mm

Weight 1.1gm



DOC lists 42 examples with weights ranging from .59gm to 3.22gm and sizes ranging from 13mm to 18mm

This example has the inscription on the cross reversed. Also the design of the cross is a bit more elaborate. I believe this to be a barbarous imitation. Current studies have this style from a Bulgarian mint.
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1933 ALEXIUS TETARTERON S-1933 DOC43 CLBC 2.4.9 16 viewsOBV Full Length figure of Christ bearded and nimbate wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and wearing jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r hand labarum on long shaft and in l. gl.cr.

Size 21.40

Weight 4.9

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DOC Lists 1 example not in their collection. Weight 2.44gm and size 18mm

This example appears much larger and heavier than anything else listed.
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1933 ALEXIUS TETARTERON S-1933 DOC43 CLBC 2.4.9 34 viewsOBV Full Length figure of Christ bearded and nimbate wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and wearing jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r hand labarum on long shaft and in l. gl.cr.

Size 21.94

Weight 3.6

This coin and S-1934 I believe were minted in Cyprus, these coins were once very rare but recently they have been hitting the market much more frequently. Most of these offerings are coming from Cyprus dealers.

This coin has a beautiful deep green Patina that hinders its photo. One of my nicest examples.

DOC Lists 1 example not in their collection. Weight 2.44gm and size 18mm
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1933A ALEXIUS TETARTERON S-1933 DOC43 CLBC 2.4.9 16 viewsOBV Full Length figure of Christ bearded and nimbate wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and wearing jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r hand labarum on long shaft and in l. gl.cr.

Size 17/18mm

Weight 2.7gm

This coin and S-1934 I believe were minted in Cyprus, these coins were once very rare but recently they have been hitting the market much more frequently. Most of these offerings are coming from Cyprus dealers.

DOC Lists 1 example not in their collection. Weight 2.44gm and size 18mm
Simon
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1933B ALEXIUS TETARTERON S-1933 DOC43 CLBC 2.4.9 16 viewsOBV Full Length figure of Christ bearded and nimbate wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and wearing jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r hand labarum on long shaft and in l. gl.cr.

Size 23/16mm

Weight 3.1gm

This coin and S-1934 I believe were minted in Cyprus, these coins were once very rare but recently they have been hitting the market much more frequently. Most of these offerings are coming from Cyprus dealers.

Triangle shaped flan.

DOC Lists 1 example not in their collection. Weight 2.44gm and size 18mm
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1933D ALEXIUS 1/2 TETARTERON ? S-1933 DOC43 CLBC 2.4.9 13 viewsOBV Full Length figure of Christ bearded and nimbate wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and wearing jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r hand labarum on long shaft and in l. gl.cr.

Size 21/12mm

Weight 1.3gm

Interesting point, these coin sizes in my collection represent 1gm to 5 gm, this coin is the lightest and in the best condition. Even though it is on a small flan the coin I wouldhave to say this is the finest example known.

DOC Lists 1 example not in their collection. Weight 2.44gm and size 18mm

I have several examples with weights from 1.3 gm to 5gm, Sommer in his catalog lists this coin as a half tetarteron? and SBCV lists it as a full tetarteron.
Simon
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1933E ALEXIUS TETARTERON S-1933 DOC43 CLBC 2.4.9 17 viewsOBV Full Length figure of Christ bearded and nimbate wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and wearing jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r hand labarum on long shaft and in l. gl.cr.

Size 23mm

Weight 5.44gm

This coin and S-1934 I believe were minted in Cyprus, these coins were once very rare but recently they have been hitting the market much more frequently. Most of these offerings are coming from Cyprus dealers.

Triangle shaped flan.

DOC Lists 1 example not in their collection. Weight 2.44gm and size 18mm
Simon
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1934 ALEXIUS AE HALF TETARTERON S-1934 DOC 44 CLBC 2.4.10 15 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin wearing tunic and maphorion

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus crucifer.

Size 15mm

Weight 1.8gm

This coin and S-1933 I believe were minted in Cyprus, these coins were once very rare but recently they have been hitting the market much more frequently. Most of these offerings are coming from Cyprus dealers.

DOC lists 2 examples with weight ranging from 1.57 gm to 2.15gm and both are sized at 16mm
Simon
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1934A ALEXIUS AE HALF TETARTERON S-1934 DOC 44 CLBC 2.4.10 18 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin wearing tunic and maphorion

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum onlong shaft and in l. Globus crucifer.

Size 16.67mm

Weight 2.9gm

This coin and S-1933 I believe were minted in Cyprus, these coins were once very rare but recently they have been hitting the market much more frequently. Most of these offerings are coming from Cyprus dealers.

I currently have several examples of this coin and this is my favorite, I love the style of coin, it reminds me of the detailed coinage of Isaac Commenus of Cyprus

DOC lists 2 examples with weight ranging from 1.57 gm to 2.15gm and both are sized at 16mm .
Simon
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1934B ALEXIUS AE HALF TETARTERON S-1934 DOC 44 CLBC 2.4.10 18 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin wearing tunic and maphorion

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum onlong shaft and in l. Globus crucifer.

Size 16/15

Weight 1.7 gm

This coin and S-1933 I believe were minted in Cyprus, these coins were once very rare but recently they have been hitting the market much more frequently. Most of these offerings are coming from Cyprus dealers.

DOC lists 2 examples with weight ranging from 1.57 gm to 2.15gm and both are sized at 16mm
Simon
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1934C ALEXIUS AE HALF TETARTERON S-1934 DOC 44 CLBC 2.4.10 45 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin wearing tunic and maphorion

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum onlong shaft and in l. Globus crucifer.

Size 16.34mm

Weight 3.00gm

This coin and S-1933 I believe were minted in Cyprus, these coins were once very rare but recently they have been hitting the market much more frequently. Most of these offerings are coming from Cyprus dealers.

DOC lists 2 examples with weight ranging from 1.57 gm to 2.15gm and both are sized at 16mm

This example is a good very fine, my best example.
Simon
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1934D ALEXIUS AE HALF TETARTERON S-1934 DOC 44 CLBC 2.4.10 42 views OBV Bust of Virgin wearing tunic and maphorion

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum onlong shaft and in l. Globus crucifer.

Size 15.76mm

Weight 3.1gm

This coin has been in my collection the longest and is very different from the other examples , the flan is much thicker It differs from the examples that are showing in the market today, I believe it to be from another mint. The coin was acquired in a group lot I acquired a dozen years ago, I have no idea of the dealers origin.

DOC lists 2 examples with weight ranging from 1.57 gm to 2.15gm and both are sized at 16mm
Simon
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1934XXX ALEXIUS I AE Tetarteron S- Unlisted DOC 41 CLBC 2.4.11 12 views
OBV Monogram of Alexius.

REV Bust of Emperor wearing stemma divitision and jeweled loros of traditional type holds in r. hand jeweled scepter and in l. gl. cr.

Size 16/18mm

Weight 2.3gm

This is believed to be a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. This example has now been published in BULLETIN du cercle d'etudeas Numismatiques VOL 52 Jan 2015 by Cedric Wolkow, three examples are shown. This one appears to be in the best condition.

DOC lists the above coin as the only example Weight 3.74gm and size at 17mm. Mine is considerably lighter.
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1945 JOHN II, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1945 DOC 12 CLBC 3.4.1 60 viewsOBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. hand gl. cr.

Size 21mm

Weight 4.03.gm

I have this coin in the best of type gallery. Beautiful example.
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1945 JOHN II METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1945 DOC 12 CLBC 3.4.1 22 viewsOBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. hand gl. cr.

Size 20.14mm

Weight 4.5.gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues.

DOC lists 27 examples with weights from 2,79gm to 4.69gm and sizes ranging from 18mm to 22mm
Simon
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1945 JOHN II, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1945 DOC 12 CLBC 3.4.1 19 viewsOBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. hand gl. cr.

Size 21mm

Weight 4.03.gm
Simon
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1945A JOHN II Metropolitan Tetarteron S-1945 DOC 12 CLBC 3.4.1 20 viewsOBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. hand gl. cr.

Size 17.87mm

Weight 4.3gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues.

DOC lists 27 examples with weights from 2,79gm to 4.69gm and sizes ranging from 18mm to 22mm

Interesting example because of the ancient graffiti on Christ, also the OC of the obverse gives the impression Christ is seated, he is not
Simon
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1945B JOHN II Metropolitan Tetarteron S-1945 DOC 12 CLBC 3.4.1 15 viewsOBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. hand gl. cr.

Size 18/19mm

Weight 3.8gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues.

DOC lists 27 examples with weights from 2,79gm to 4.69gm and sizes ranging from 18mm to 22mm

John IIs Metro tetartera are easy to come by, the do not have the same rarity as the other emperors metro issues. This one has been in my collection near the beginning , it grades as fine an evenly worn.
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1945C JOHN II METROPOLITIAN ( HALF?)TETARTERON S-1945 DOC 12 CLBC 3.4.1 49 viewsOBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. hand gl. cr.

Size 17mm

Weight 2.18 gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues.

DOC lists 27 examples with weights from 2,79gm to 4.69gm and sizes ranging from 18mm to 22mm
Simon
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1946 JOHN II METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1946 DOC 13 CLBC 3.4.2 47 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Holds in r. hand jeweled scepter and in l. hand gl. cr.

Size 17.71mm

Weight 4.2gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues.

DOC lists 9 examples with weights from 2.97gm to 4.57gm and sizes from 17mm to 20mm

Beautiful unique coin design that no other emperor duplicated.
Simon
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1946 JOHN II METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1946 DOC 13 CLBC 3.4.2 27 views
OBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Holds in r. hand jeweled scepter and in l. hand gl. cr.

Size 19mm

Weight 3.2gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues.

DOC lists 9 examples with weights from 2.97gm to 4.57gm and sizes from 17mm to 20mm
Simon
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1946 JOHN II METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1946 DOC 13 CLBC 3.4.2 16 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Holds in r. hand jeweled scepter and in l. hand gl. cr.

Size 17.71mm

Weight 4.2gm

DOC lists 9 examples with weights from 2.97gm to 4.57gm and sizes from 17mm to 20mm
Simon
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1946a JOHN II METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1946 DOC 13 CLBC 3.4.222 views1946 JOHN II METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1946 DOC 13 CLBC 3.4.2

OBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Holds in r. hand jeweled scepter and in l. hand gl. cr.

Size

Weight

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues.

DOC lists 9 examples with weights from 2.97gm to 4.57gm and sizes from 17mm to 20mm

Very old example in my collection, would grade as only fine. These coins rarely come to market and when they do the design does not command a high price. Mary was the patron of Constantinople, she is seen in much of the coinage minted there.
Simon
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1953 JOHN II AE TETARTERON S-1953 DOC 14 CLBC 3.4.3 27 views
OBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. hand jeweled scepter on a long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 19/22mm

Weight 4.1gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC list 9 examples with weights ranging from 2.63gm to 4.19gm and sizes ranging from 19mm to 24mm

A personal favorite that has been in my collection for at least ten years. An ex Forum Coin.
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1953 JOHN II AE TETARTERON S-1953V DOC 14 Zervos Variation92 viewsOBV Half length figure of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. hand jeweled scepter on a long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size

Weight

This is a variation of the normal SBCV-1953 first published by Orestes Zervos in Jan 2005, The difference is very subtle, the article deals with this being found in the excavations at Corinth in almost equal numbers of SBCV-1953 but I found it a difficult and rare coin to acquire.

DOC list 9 examples with weights ranging from 2.63gm to 4.19gm and sizes ranging from 19mm to 24mm
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1953 JOHN II AE TETARTERON Thessalonica SBCV-1953 DOC IV 14 CLBC 3.4.3 14 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. hand jeweled scepter on a long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 22mm

Weight 4.1gm

DOC list 9 examples with weights ranging from 2.63gm to 4.19gm and sizes ranging from 19mm to 24mm

A personal favorite that has been in my collection for at least ten years. An ex Forum Coin.
Simon
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1953A JOHN II AE TETARTERON S-1953 DOC 14 CLBC 3.4.3 51 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. hand jeweled scepter on a long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 17mm

Weight 3.8gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC list 9 examples with weights ranging from 2.63gm to 4.19gm and sizes ranging from 19mm to 24mm

This is a smaller flan example, still has the weight of a full Tetarteron but a smaller flan than most. The details on this coin give it a grade of VF , very pleasing example.
Simon
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1953A JOHN II AE TETARTERON S-1953V DOC 14 Zervos Variation 22 viewsOBV Half length figure of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. hand jeweled scepter on a long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 19.17mm

Weight 3.6gm

This is a variation of the normal SBCV-1953 first published by Orestes Zervos in Jan 2005, The difference is very subtle, the article deals with this being found in the excavations at Corinth in almost equal numbers of SBCV-1953 but I found it a difficult and rare coin to acquire.

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1953B JOHN II AE Tetarteron S-1953 DOC 14 CLBC 3.4.3 22 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. hand jeweled scepter on a long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 21mm

Weight 6.1gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC list 9 examples with weights ranging from 2.63gm to 4.19gm and sizes ranging from 19mm to 24mm

This one is in the collection because of its heavy weight. I would grade it at VG/aF However this is the heaviest I have seen listed anywhere.
Simon
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1953V JOHN II AE Tetarteron S-NL DOC 15 CLBC 3.4.4 17 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and jeweled loros of a traditional type; holds in r. labarum on a long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 16.85mm

Weight 3.4gm

Not very much is known of this coin, Hendy included it in DOC because one example in a private collection. Since then at least one other example besides this has come to light. This coin is by far is in the best condition between the three known.

This coin is not listed in Sear or Greirson.
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1953V JOHN II AE Tetarteron S-NL DOC 15 CLBC 3.4.4 12 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and jeweled loros of a traditional type; holds in r. labarum on a long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 16.85mm

Weight 3.4gm

Not very much is known of this coin, Hendy included it in DOC because one example in a private collection. Since then at least one other example besides this has come to light. This coin is by far is in the best condition between the three known.

This coin is not listed in Sear or Greirson.
Simon
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1954 JOHN II AE HALF TETARTERON S-1954 DOC 16 CLBC 3.4.5 17 viewsOBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. labrum headed scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 15.59mm

Weight 2.2gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

This is a choice example easily grading EF/VF

DOC lists 14 examples with weights from 1.16 gm. to 2.52 and sizes from 15mm to 19mm
Simon
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1954 JOHN II AE HALF TETARTERON S-1954 DOC 16 CLBC 3.4.5 16 viewsOBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. labrum headed scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 15.59mm

Weight 2.2gm

This is a choice example easily grading EF/VF

DOC lists 14 examples with weights from 1.16 gm. to 2.52 and sizes from 15mm to 19mm
Simon
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1954A JOHN II AE HALF TETARTERON S-1954 DOC 16 CLBC 3.4.5 54 viewsOBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. labrum headed scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 16.38mm

Weight 1.7mm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 14 examples with weights from 1.16 gm. to 2.52 and sizes from 15mm to 19mm
Simon
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1954A JOHN II AE HALF TETARTERON S-1954V DOC NL CLBC NL Hand Raised Variation 13 viewsOBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. labrum headed scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.


Size 19mm

Weight 2.6 gm

Several examples of this coin have been identified, the only variation is the R. hand is raised much higher than normal as if a blessing. I have seen enough examples of this coin with the variation for it to be an unlisted issue.
Simon
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1954B JOHN II AE HALF TETARTERON S-1954 DOC 16 CLBC 3.4.553 viewsOBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. labrum headed scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 16.25mm

Weight 2.5gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today�s marketplace.

DOC lists 14 examples with weights from 1.16 gm. to 2.52 and sizes from 15mm to 19mm
Simon
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1954CV JOHN II AE HALF TETARTERON S-1954V DOC NL CLBC NL Hand Raised Variation 14 viewsOBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. labrum headed scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.
This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

Size 19mm

Weight 2.6 gm

Several examples of this coin have been identified, the only variation is the R. hand is raised much higher than normal as if a blessing. I have seen enough examples of this coin with the variation for it to be an unlisted issue.
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1954DV JOHN II AE HALF TETARTERON S-1954V DOC NL CLBC NL 15 viewsOBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. labrum headed scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.
This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

Size 16mm

Weight 1.9gm
This coin even though in poor condition is also an example of the Right arm raised .l. However it is of mixed consensus to this being a new variation
Simon
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1954E JOHN II AE HALF TETARTERON S-1954 and S-1954V65 viewsOBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. labrum headed scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.

Bothe examples are in excellent condition, the top is S-1954 Christ hand is on book. The bottom is the variation with Christ hands raised in benediction.

Size 19mm ( Bottom coin.)

Weight 2.6 gm

Several examples of this coin have been identified, the only variation is the l. hand is raised much higher than normal. However it is of mixed consensus to this being a new variation
Simon
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1955 JOHN II AE HALF TETARTERON S-1955 DOC 17 CLBC 3.4.6 41 viewsOBV Bust of St. Demetrius beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and saigon. Holds in r. hand sword and l. shield.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and paneled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter and in l. gl. cr.

Size 16.81mm

Weight 1.9gm

DOC lists 13 examples with weights from 1.05gm to 2.92gm and sizes from 15mm to 18mm
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1955 JOHN II AE HALF TETARTERON S-1955 DOC 17 CLBC 3.4.6 18 viewsOBV Bust of St. Demetrius beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and saigon. Holds in r. hand sword and l. shield.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and paneled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter and in l. gl. cr.

Size 16mm

Weight 2.22gm

Great portrait of John II.

DOC lists 13 examples with weights from 1.05gm to 2.92gm and sizes from 15mm to 18mm
Simon
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1955A JOHN II AE HALF TETARTERON S-1955 DOC 17 CLBC 3.4.6 56 views
OBV Bust of St. Demetrius beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and saigon. Holds in r. hand sword and l. shield.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and paneled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter and in l. gl. cr.

Size 16mm

Weight 2.22gm

Great portrait of John II.

DOC lists 13 examples with weights from 1.05gm to 2.92gm and sizes from 15mm to 18mm
Simon
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1955B JOHN II AE HALF TETARTERON S-1955 DOC 17 CLBC 3.4.6 14 viewsOBV Bust of St. Demetrius beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and saigon. Holds in r. hand sword and l. shield.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and paneled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter and in l. gl. cr.

Size 17.22mm

Weight 2.17gm

DOC lists 13 examples with weights from 1.05gm to 2.92gm and sizes from 15mm to 18mm
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1967 MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1967 DOC 14 CLBC 4.4.1 44 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds scroll n in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and collar piece, and paneled loros of simplified type; holds in r. labarum on long shaft , and in l. Globus cruciger

Size 18/17mm

Weight 2.4gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

This is one of my two examples of this coin and would grade as only fine, few years back a small batch of these in beautiful condition were on ebay but I lacked the funding to add to my collection. To this day nice examples or any examples are rarely seen.

DOC lists 14 examples with weights from 2.63mm to 4.8mm and sizes from 18mm to 20mm
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1967 MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1967 DOC 14 CLBC 4.4.1 18 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds scroll n in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and collar piece, and paneled loros of simplified type; holds in r. labarum on long shaft , and in l. Globus cruciger

Size 19mm

Weight 3.54gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

My nicest example, Both Christ and Manuel are depicted as young men.

DOC lists 14 examples with weights from 2.63mm to 4.8mm and sizes from 18mm to 20mm
Simon
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1967A MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1967 DOC 14 CLBC 4.4.1 49 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds scroll n in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and collar piece, and paneled loros of simplified type; holds in r. labarum on long shaft , and in l. Globus cruciger

Size 17.97 mm

Weight 3.2 gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

Lightly nicer than my other example , the reverse would grade as aVF, the obv has an old collectors mark or museum mark on it.

DOC lists 14 examples with weights from 2.63mm to 4.8mm and sizes from 18mm to 20mm
Simon
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1968 MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1968 DOC 15 CLBC 4.4.2 47 viewsOBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans, wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia

Size 16/20mm

Weight 3.2gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC lists 34 examples with weights from 2.32 to 4.9gm and size from 17mm to 22mm
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1968A MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1968 DOC 15 CLBC 4.4.2 41 viewsOBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans, wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia

Size 20mm

Weight 5.1gm



My first Tetarteron. I love this copper look and thick fabric of this coin.
Simon
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1968B MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1968 DOC 15 CLBC 4.4.2 23 viewsOBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans, wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia

Size 17/20mm

Weight 3.2gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC lists 34 examples with weights from 2.32 to 4.9gm and size from 17mm to 22mm

It is a shame for the cut at the head of Manuel, this coin would grade EF otherwise.
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1968CV MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1968v DOC NL A CLBC 4.4.2A 28 viewsOBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans ,wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right a labrum headed scepter and in l. anexikakia

Size 19.84mm

Weight 3.2gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues
Simon
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1968d MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1968 DOC 15 CLBC 4.4.227 viewsOBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans, wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia

Size 20.53mm

Weight 4.2gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC lists 34 examples with weights from 2.32 to 4.9gm and size from 17mm to 22mm

The coins only flaw, wear on the Virgins face. Other that near perfect centering and a wonderful reverse strike.
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1968DV MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1968v DOC NL A CLBC 4.4.2A 14 viewsOBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans ,wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right a labrum headed scepter and in l. anexikakia

Size 18mm

Weight 3.5gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues
Simon
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1968DV MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1968v DOC NL A CLBC 4.4.2A 53 viewsOBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans ,wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right a labrum headed scepter and in l. anexikakia

Size 18/19.7mm

Weight 3.4gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues
Simon
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1968f MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1968 variation patriarchal cross20 viewsOBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans, wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right hand patriarchal cross and in l. anexikakia

Size 20.53mm

Weight 4.2gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC lists 34 examples with weights from 2.32 to 4.9gm and size from 17mm to 22mm

Tis is the only type I have seen with this type cross.

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1969A MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1969 DOC 16 CLBC 4.4.3 27 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellets in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right a labrum on a long shaft. On which X and in l. globus cruciger


Size 19.6mm

Weight 3.0


DOC lists 11 examples with weights from 2.76 to 4.14 gm and sizes from 18mm to 20mm
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1969B MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1969 DOC 16 CLBC 4.4.3 46 viewsOBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellets in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right a labrum on a long shaft. On which X and in l. globus cruciger


Size 18.19 mm

Weight 3.6gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC lists 11 examples with weights from 2.76 to 4.14 gm and sizes from 18mm to 20mm
Simon
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1969B MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1969 DOC 16 CLBC 4.4.3 55 viewsOBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellets in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right a labrum on a long shaft. On which X and in l. globus cruciger


Size 21.5mm

Weight 4.2gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC lists 11 examples with weights from 2.76 to 4.14 gm and sizes from 18mm to 20mm

This is my second example added to the collection, condition is a bit sad VG/ aF however it shows the other details my other example lacks. This is the hardest of the Manuel tetartera to acquire.
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1969C MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1969 DOC 16 CLBC 4.4.3 42 viewsOBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellets in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right a labrum on a long shaft. On which X and in l. globus cruciger


Size 22/17mm

Weight 2.7gm


DOC lists 11 examples with weights from 2.76 to 4.14 gm and sizes from 18mm to 20mm

This coin really leads me to believe it was modified to add the X on shaft, you will notice an additional x was used on the Gl. CR , this was either double struck or the x was added to the shaft after the coin had been struck. The design is very similar to a John II coin the only main difference in design being the X on the shaft.
Simon
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1969C MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1969 DOC 16 CLBC 4.4.3 Imitation?59 viewsOBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellets in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right a labrum on a long shaft. On which X and in l. globus cruciger


Size 19.84

Weight 1.8gm

Not certain but I now believe this to be an imitation, the biggest reason for this is the low weight and thin flan. Does not have the look of a Constantinople minted coin. This coin was found in Cyprus.
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1970 MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1970 DOC 17CLBC 4.4.4 24 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans wearing tunic and maphorion.

REV. Bust of emperor bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum headed and scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 18/22mm

Weight 3.3gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC lists 18 examples with weights ranging from 2.52 to 4.87 and sizes from 17mm to 23mm
Simon
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1970A MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1970 DOC 17CLBC 4.4.450 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans wearing tunic and maphorion.

REV. Bust of emperor bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum headed and scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 22/24.76mm

Weight 4.1gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC lists 18 examples with weights ranging from 2.52 to 4.87 and sizes from 17mm to 23mm
Simon
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1970B MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1970 DOC 17CLBC 4.4.4 16 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans wearing tunic and maphorion.

REV. Bust of emperor bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum headed and scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 16/19mm

Weight 4.6gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.)

DOC lists 18 examples with weights ranging from 2.52 to 4.87 and sizes from 17mm to 23mm
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1970c MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1970 DOC 17CLBC 4.4.4 19 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans wearing tunic and maphorion.

REV. Bust of emperor bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum headed and scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 21.07mm

Weight 3.5gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.)

I know CLBC issues this as Rarity level 1, I very much disagree, they are not that easily found. Using his scale I would call it a 3.

This example is very worn and light weight. Still attractive to some :)

DOC lists 18 examples with weights ranging from 2.52 to 4.87 and sizes from 17mm to 23mm
Simon
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1975 MANUEL AE Tetarteron S-1975 DOC 18 CLBC 4.4.5. 34 viewsOBV Bust of St. George facing beardless wearing nimbus, tunic, cuirass and sagion and holding spear in r. hand and in l. hand shield.

REV Bust of emperor, bearded , wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 22.48mm

Weight. 4.9gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 23 examples with weights ranging from 2.78gm to 7.16gm with sizes from 19mm to 24mm.
Simon
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1975A MANUEL AE Tetarteron S-1975 DOC 18 CLBC 4.4.5. 52 viewsOBV Bust of St. George facing beardless wearing nimbus, tunic, cuirass and sagion and holding spear in r. hand and in l. hand shield.

REV Bust of emperor, bearded , wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 20.83

Weight. 6.00gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 23 examples with weights ranging from 2.78gm to 7.16gm with sizes from 19mm to 24mm.
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1975B MANUEL AE Tetarteron S-1975 DOC 18 CLBC 4.4.5.21 views
OBV Bust of St. George facing beardless wearing nimbus, tunic, cuirass and sagion and holding spear in r. hand and in l. hand shield.

REV Bust of emperor, bearded , wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 19.93mm

Weight. 5.1gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 23 examples with weights ranging from 2.78gm to 7.16gm with sizes from 19mm to 24mm
Simon
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1975C MANUEL AE Tetarteron S-1975 DOC 18 CLBC 4.4.5.15 viewsOBV Bust of St. George facing beardless wearing nimbus, tunic, cuirass and sagion and holding spear in r. hand and in l. hand shield.

REV Bust of emperor, bearded , wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 23mm

Weight. 4.3gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 23 examples with weights ranging from 2.78gm to 7.16gm with sizes from 19mm to 24mm

This is a very nice example with large but broken flan.
Simon
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1975F MANUEL AE Tetarteron S-1975 DOC 18 CLBC 4.4.5.52 viewsOBV Bust of St. George facing beardless wearing nimbus, tunic, cuirass and sagion and holding spear in r. hand and in l. hand shield.

REV Bust of emperor, bearded , wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 22.06mm

Weight. 4.7gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

Very nice example of a common coin. aEF

DOC lists 23 examples with weights ranging from 2.78gm to 7.16gm with sizes from 19mm to 24mm.
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1976 MANUEL AE TETARTERON S-1976 DOC 19 CLBC 4.4.6 44 views
OBV Radiate cross on three steps.

REV. Half-length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on laft shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 23.17mm

Weight 5.1gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace

Very nice example on a large flan.
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DOC lists 24 examples with weights from 18mm to 25mm and weights from 2.55 to 6.54 gm
Simon
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1976A MANUEL AE TETARTERON S-1976 DOC 19 CLBC 4.4.6 31 viewsOBV Radiate cross on three steps.

REV. Half-length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on laft shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 17/20mm

Weight 4.5gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace

Older coin in my collection, very nice relief on both sides.
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DOC lists 24 examples with weights from 18mm to 25mm and weights from 2.55 to 6.54 gm.
Simon
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1976b MANUEL AE TETARTERON S-1976 DOC 19 CLBC 4.4.6 13 viewsOBV Radiate cross on three steps.

REV. Half-length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on laft shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 22.93mm

Weight 3.5gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace

Good example
Simon
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1976B MANUEL AE TETARTERON S-1976 DOC 19 CLBC 4.4.6 17 views
OBV Radiate cross on three steps.

REV. Half-length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on laft shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 24mm

Weight 5.78gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace

Very nice example on a large flan.
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DOC lists 24 examples with weights from 18mm to 25mm and weights from 2.55 to 6.54 gm
Simon
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1977 MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1977 DOC 20 CLBC 4.4.714 views
OBV Small neat letters

REV Bust of emperor, beardless, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece ( Most frequently decorated 5 jewels) and paneled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 16.40mm

Weight 2.8gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.
DOC lists 12 examples with weights ranging from 2.04gm to 2.77 gm with sizes from 18mm to 21mm.

The rarer of the two monograms of Manuel, this coin is always heavier than the the other monogram coin. This example has a beautiful darkened highlights on a copper base.
Simon
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1977A MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1977 DOC 20 CLBC 4.4.7 16 viewsOBV Small neat letters

REV Bust of emperor, beardless, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece ( Most frequently decorated 5 jewels) and paneled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 18.34mm

Weight 2.7gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.
DOC lists 12 examples with weights ranging from 2.04gm to 2.77 gm with sizes from 18mm to 21mm.

The rarer of the two monograms of Manuel, this coin is always heavier than the the other monogram coin. This example is actually a black patina.
Simon
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1977a MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1977 DOC 20 CLBC 4.4.7 19 viewsOBV Small neat letters Monogram Sear 57

REV Bust of emperor, beardless, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece ( Most frequently decorated 5 jewels) and paneled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 18.88

Weight 2.89gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 12 examples with weights ranging from 2.04gm to 2.77 gm with sizes from 18mm to 21mm.

Ex forum coin!
Simon
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1978 MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1978 DOC 21 CLBC 4.4.8 30 views
OBV Bust of Christ beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds scrolls in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross
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REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing uncertain dress (stemma, short military tunic, breastplate and sagion?) holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 19mm
Weight 3.23gm

DOC lists 3 examples with weights ranging from 2.66 gm to 2.75 gm with sizes all 20mm

This coin differs from S-1981 not only by size but DOC notes a beard on Christ on S-1981 where as S-1978 is beardless , I however am finding that a difficult distinction to concur with, the beard on Christ can be a simple dot on his chin, however with this style of coins I am finding the lighter weight coins with perhaps a beard with one dot on chin in another example a series of dots making the beard, in these larger and heavier beards the dot on the chin is still there but not as distinct. Interesting to note that Hendy did not note a beard in his 1969 book but in his latter DOC works he does, the earlier catalogs such as Ratto do note a difference in the two styles because of the weight and beard.

This coin is a choice example Good Very Fine.
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1978A MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1978 DOC 21 CLBC 4.4.8 32 viewsOBV Bust of Christ beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds scrolls in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross
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REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing uncertain dress (stemma, short military tunic, breastplate and sagion?) holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 19.92mm

Weight 2.3 gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 3 examples with weights ranging from 2.66 gm to 2.75 gm with sizes all 20mm

This coin differs from S-1981 not only by size but DOC notes a beard on Christ on S-1981 where as S-1978 is beardless.
Simon
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1978c MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1978 DOC 21 CLBC 4.4.8 25 viewsOBV Bust of Christ beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds scrolls in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross
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REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing uncertain dress (stemma, short military tunic, breastplate and sagion?) holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 18.63mm
Weight 3.1gm

DOC lists 3 examples with weights ranging from 2.66 gm to 2.75 gm with sizes all 20mm

This coin differs from S-1981 not only by size but DOC notes a beard on Christ on S-1981 where as S-1978 is beardless , I however am finding that a difficult distinction to concur with, the beard on Christ can be a simple dot on his chin, however with this style of coins I am finding the lighter weight coins with perhaps a beard with one dot on chin in another example a series of dots making the beard, in these larger and heavier beards the dot on the chin is still there but not as distinct. Interesting to note that Hendy did not note a beard in his 1969 book but in his latter DOC works he does, the earlier catalogs such as Ratto do note a difference in the two styles because of the weight and beard.
Simon
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1979 MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1979 DOC 22 CLBC 4.4.11 55 viewsOBV Large, often ill formed letters

REV Bust of emperor, beardless, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece ( Most frequently decorated with 6 jewels) and paneled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 14.5/17mm

Weight 2.0gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

This coin is in beautiful condition, the centering is off but as you can see a lovely example. Not rare but in this condition they are.

DOC lists 27 examples with weights ranging from 1.10gm to 2.96 gm with sizes from 14mm to 18mm.
Simon
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1979A MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1979 DOC 22 CLBC 4.4.11 Imitation ?90 viewsOBV Large, often ill formed letters

REV Bust of emperor, beardless, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece ( Most frequently decorated with 6 jewels) and paneled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 12.54mm

Weight 1.1gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 27 examples with weights ranging from 1.10gm to 2.96 gm with sizes from 14mm to 18mm.


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1979B MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1979 DOC 22 CLBC 4.4.11 Imitation? 28 viewsOBV Large, often ill formed letters

REV Bust of emperor, beardless, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece ( Most frequently decorated with 6 jewels) and paneled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 16mm

Weight 2.4gm

This style is very unique, I do not believe it was minted at one of the main mints, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 27 examples with weights ranging from 1.10gm to 2.96 gm with sizes from 14mm to 18mm.
Simon
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1979s MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1979 DOC 22 CLBC 4.4.11 24 viewsOBV Large, often ill formed letters

REV Bust of emperor, beardless, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece ( Most frequently decorated with 6 jewels) and paneled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 17.33mm

Weight 2.59 gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

This coin is good Very fine, lightly circulated. I believe this to be a perfect example.

DOC lists 27 examples with weights ranging from 1.10gm to 2.96 gm with sizes from 14mm to 18mm.
Simon
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1980 MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1980 DOC 23 CLBC 4.4.9 37 viewsOBV Bust of St. George, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and Saigon; holds in r. hand spear, and in l. shield.

REV Bust of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 17.09 mm

Weight 2.1gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 7 examples with weights ranging from .91 gm to 2.26 gm with sizes from 14mm to 17mm.
Simon
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1980A MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1980 DOC 23 CLBC 4.4.9 58 viewsOBV Bust of St. George, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and Saigon; holds in r. hand spear, and in l. shield.

REV Bust of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 15.95mm

Weight 1.2gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 7 examples with weights ranging from .91 gm to 2.26 gm with sizes from 14mm to 17mm.
Simon
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1980B MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1980 DOC 23 CLBC 4.4.9 50 viewsOBV Bust of St. George, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and Saigon; holds in r. hand spear, and in l. shield.

REV Bust of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 15.01mm

Weight 1.6 gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 7 examples with weights ranging from .91 gm to 2.26 gm with sizes from 14mm to 17mm.

This coin is very similar to Griersons Plate coin.
Simon
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1980d MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1980 DOC 23 CLBC 4.4.9 15 viewsOBV Bust of St. George, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and Saigon; holds in r. hand spear, and in l. shield.

REV Bust of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 17.30 mm

Weight 2.4gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

This example is beautiful considering its size. I would grade aEF , rarity 1/5 Common coin , uncommon condition.

DOC lists 7 examples with weights ranging from .91 gm to 2.26 gm with sizes from 14mm to 17mm.
Simon
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1980Y MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1980 DOC 23 CLBC 4.4.9 42 viewsOBV Bust of St. George, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and Saigon; holds in r. hand spear, and in l. shield.

REV Bust of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 13.09 mm

Weight 1.7gm

This die size is only 12mm, out of the several examples I have with the smallest die they all come in under 2gm

DOC lists 7 examples of S-1980 with weights ranging from .91 gm to 2.26 gm with sizes from 14mm to 17mm
Simon
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1981 MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1981 DOC 24 CLBC 4.4.12 11 views

OBV Bust of Christ bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds scrolls in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing uncertain dress (stemma, short military tunic, breastplate and sagion?) holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 17.8mm

Weight 2.0gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron.These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 19 examples with weights ranging from 1.28 gm to 2.75 gm with sizes from 16mm to 18mm.

Ex Forum Coin.
Simon
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1981A MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1981 DOC 24 CLBC 4.4.12 BROCKAGE 40 viewsOBV Bust of Christ bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds scrolls in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing uncertain dress (stemma, short military tunic, breastplate and sagion?) holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 17.37 mm

Weight 1.9 gm



DOC lists 19 examples with weights ranging from 1.28 gm to 2.75 gm with sizes from 16mm to 18mm.

Nice Brock age example, nice fill shows it off. Rare to find a brockage this nice.
Simon
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1982 MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1982 DOC 25 CLBC 4.4.10 12 views

OBV Radiate cross on three steps

REV Half length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 14/16mm

Weight 2.0gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.
DOC lists 6 examples with weights ranging from 1.26 gm to 2.24 gm with sizes from 16mm to 19mm.

This example is excellent , one of the few tetartera that can be listed as EF The portrait of Manuel on this coin is exceptional, especially considering its size.
Simon
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1982A MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1982 DOC 25 CLBC 4.4.10 33 viewsOBV Radiate cross on three steps

REV Half length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 18/17mm

Weight 2.2gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 6 examples with weights ranging from 1.26 gm to 2.24 gm with sizes from 16mm to 19mm.

I am uncertain if this is an official issue, Many of Alexius and Manuel's tetartera were imitated as late as the 1300's , my only reason to suspect this coin is style , the weight seems correct for the issue
Simon
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1986 ANDRONICUS METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1986 DOC 5 CLBC 5.4.1 64 viewsOBV Full length figure of Virgin nimbate, wearing tunic and maphorion, standing on dais, holds nimbate beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Full length figure of emperor on l. crowned by Christ bearded and nimbate. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, and chlamys holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. anexikakia, Christ wearing tunic and kolobion, holds gospels in l. hand.

Size 19.51mm

Weight 3.3 gm

Metropolitan Issues were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content added but for Andronicus I can’t find how much under Manuel it fluctuated between 1% and 4% however by this time I would assume a decline. By the time of Isaac II the amount was 1% to 2% these still were more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Metropolitan issues are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues.

DOC lists 14 examples with weights from 2.49gm to 4.54gm and sizes from 18mm to 23mm

I have had this one from the early years of my collection, it far surpasses my other example
Simon
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1986 ANDRONICUS METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1986 DOC 5 CLBC 5.4.1 4 viewsOBV Full length figure of Virgin nimbate, wearing tunic and maphorion, standing on dais, holds nimbate beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Full length figure of emperor on l. crowned by Christ bearded and nimbate. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, and chlamys holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. anexikakia, Christ wearing tunic and kolobion, holds gospels in l. hand.

Size 20.84

Weight 4.55gm

Metropolitan Issues were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content added but for Andronicus I can’t find how much under Manuel it fluctuated between 1% and 4% however by this time I would assume a decline. By the time of Isaac II the amount was 1% to 2% these still were more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Metropolitan issues are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues.

DOC lists 14 examples with weights from 2.49gm to 4.54gm and sizes from 18mm to 23mm

I have had this one from the early years of my collection, it far surpasses my other example
Simon
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1986A ANDRONICUS METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1986 DOC 5 CLBC 5.4.1 56 views OBV Full length figure of Virgin nimbate, wearing tunic and maphorion, standing on dais, holds nimbate beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Full length figure of emperor on l. crowned by Christ bearded and nimbate. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, and chlamys holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. anexikakia, Christ wearing tunic and kolobion, holds gospels in l. hand.

Size 20/16mm

Weight 4.2gm

Metropolitan Issues were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content added but for Andronicus I can’t find how much under Manuel it fluctuated between 1% and 4% however by this time I would assume a decline. By the time of Isaac II the amount was 1% to 2% these still were more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Metropolitan issues are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues.

In todays marketplace this is a true rarity. This one is flawed by scrapes from time.

DOC lists 14 examples with weights from 2.49gm to 4.54gm and sizes from 18mm to 23mm


Simon
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1986C ANDRONICUS METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-1986 DOC 5 CLBC 5.4.1 34 viewsOBV Full length figure of Virgin nimbate, wearing tunic and maphorion, standing on dais, holds nimbate beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Full length figure of emperor on l. crowned by Christ bearded and nimbate. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, and chlamys holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. anexikakia, Christ wearing tunic and kolobion, holds gospels in l. hand.

Size

Weight

Metropolitan Issues were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content added but for Andronicus I can’t find how much under Manuel it fluctuated between 1% and 4% however by this time I would assume a decline. By the time of Isaac II the amount was 1% to 2% these still were more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Metropolitan issues are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues.

DOC lists 14 examples with weights from 2.49gm to 4.54gm and sizes from 18mm to 23mm

This is a new acquisition as par of an old collection, not great but some details not usually seen.
Simon
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1987 ANDRONICUS AE TETARTERON S-1987 DOC 6 CLBC 5.4.2 53 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin nimbate orans, wearing tunic and maphorion; beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, skaramangion or divitision, and sagion; holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter, and in left globus cruciger.

Size 22mm

Weight 5.9gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

A really nice example much heaver than norm, beautiful portrait of Virgin.

DOC lists 6 examples with weights ranging from 2.54 gm to 4.91 gm with sizes from 20mm to 23mm.
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1987A ANDRONICUS AE TETARTERON S-1987 DOC 6 CLBC 5.4.2 27 views

OBV Bust of Virgin nimbate orans, wearing tunic and maphorion; beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, skaramangion or divitision, and sagion; holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter, and in left globus cruciger.

Size 21.96 mm

Weight 5.1gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 6 examples with weights ranging from 2.54 gm to 4.91 gm with sizes from 20mm to 23mm

One of my first tetartera, still a favorite.
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1989A ANDRONICUS HALF TETARTERON S-1989 DOC 8 CLBC 5.4.348 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion; beardless. Nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, skaramangion or divitision and sagion; holds in r hand labrum headed scepter, and in l. globus cruciger.

Size 15.48

Weight 2.5m

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 3 examples with weights ranging from 1.38 gm to 2.46 gm with sizes from 15mm to 18mm.

This is my third example of this Very rare coin, it has a chipped patina but detail is a bit better than my other examples.
Simon
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1989a ANDRONICUS HALF TETARTERON S-1989 DOC 8 CLBC 5.4.3 27 views
OBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion; beardless. Nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, skaramangion or divitision and sagion; holds in r hand labrum headed scepter, and in l. globus cruciger.

Size 22 mm

Weight 3.4 gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

Size is off on this example but the die size is 12mm making it a half tetartera, it is aEF example, again large flan making it an excellent example.

DOC lists 3 examples with weights ranging from 1.38 gm to 2.46 gm with sizes from 15mm to 18mm.
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1989B ANDRONICUS HALF TETARTERON S-1989 DOC 8 CLBC 5.4.343 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion; beardless. Nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, skaramangion or divitision and sagion; holds in r hand labrum headed scepter, and in l. globus cruciger.

Size 15.32

Weight 2.0gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 3 examples with weights ranging from 1.38 gm to 2.46 gm with sizes from 15mm to 18mm.

This is my third example of this Very rare coin, well worn but all three examples have a die diameter of 12mm
Simon
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1993 ISAAC COMNENUS OF CYPRUS AG TETARTERON S-1993 DOC 6 CLBC 6.3.1 46 viewsOBV Bust of virgin nimbate, wearing tunic and maphorion

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r hand scepter cruciger, and in l. globus cruciger.

Size 19.73 mm

Weight 1.9 gm

This issues in Cyprus have a small amount of silver in them 1.5% make them more related to the Metropolitan issue of the empire.

DOC list 1 example with a weight of 2.48 and sized at 19mm.

Battered example, Very rare . This coin was originally attributed as a Manuel coin, the version this one was based off of. However a few details that are clear prove it to be Isaac, the main one is the hand scepter cruciger vs a labrum and the type of cross style on the globus cruciger.
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1993a ISAAC COMNENUS OF CYPRUS AG TETARTERON S-1993 DOC 6 CLBC 6.3.1 39 viewsOBV Bust of virgin nimbate, wearing tunic and maphorion

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r hand scepter cruciger, and in l. globus cruciger.

Size 19.66 mm

Weight 2.2 gm

This issues in Cyprus have a small amount of silver in them 1.5% make them more related to the Metropolitan issue of the empire.

This example has a clear inscription on the left of the reverse. The coin would only grade as aF/F but a nice addition and a second example to add to this collection.

DOC list 1 example with a weight of 2.48 and sized at 19mm.
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1994 ISAAC COMNENUS OF CYPRUS AG TETARTERON S-1994 DOC 7CLBC 6.3.6A 18 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; r. hand raised in benediction. Holds gospels in l.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, skaramangion or divitision and saigon; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. ?

Size 20mm

Weight 2.39gm


DOC list 2 examples with a weight of 2.67 gm and sized at 19mm and 21mm
Simon
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1994B ISAAC COMNENUS OF CYPRUS AG TETARTERON S-1994 DOC 7 CLBC 6.3.6A42 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; r. hand raised in benediction. Holds gospels in l.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, skaramangion or divitision and saigon; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. ?

Size  19.34mm

Weight 2.7gm


DOC list 2 examples with a weight of 2.67 gm  and sized at 19mm and 21mm
Simon
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1998 ISAAC COMNENUS OF CYPRUS AG TETARTERON S-1998 DOC 610 CLBC 6.3.6A29 viewsOBV Christ Emmanuel, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated upon throne with back; r hand raised in benediction holds scroll in l. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor on l. crowned by virgin nimbate. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia. Virgin wears tunic and maphorion.

Size 22.52mm

Weight 2.7gm

This issues in Cyprus have a small amount of silver in them 1.5% make them more related to the Metropolitan issue of the empire.
Simon
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1998 ISAAC COMNENUS OF CYPRUS AG TETARTERON S-1998 DOC 610 CLBC 6.3.6A 29 viewsOBV Christ Emmanuel, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated upon throne with back; r hand raised in benediction holds scroll in l. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor on l. crowned by virgin nimbate. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia. Virgin wears tunic and maphorion.

Size 20.20mm

Weight 3.4gm

This issues in Cyprus have a small amount of silver in them 1.5% make them more related to the Metropolitan issue of the empire.

DOC list 4 examples with a weight of 2.81 to 2.84 and sized at 19mm to 21mm
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1998 ISAAC COMNENUS OF CYPRUS AG TETARTERON S-1998 DOC 610 CLBC 6.3.6A 47 views
OBV Christ Emmanuel, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated upon throne with back; r hand raised in benediction holds scroll in l. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor on l. crowned by virgin nimbate. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia. Virgin wears tunic and maphorion.

Size 18.5/20mm

Weight 4.2

This issues in Cyprus have a small amount of silver in them 1.5% make them more related to the Metropolitan issue of the empire. This issue is heavier than normal, Isaac is wearing a sash at waist.

DOC list 4 examples with a weight of 2.81 to 2.84 and sized at 19mm to 21mm

Really a nice example, all detail is still there , some wear but beautiful example.
Simon
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1998 ISAAC COMNENUS OF CYPRUS AG TETARTERON S-1998 DOC 610 CLBC 6.3.6B 50 views
OBV Christ Emmanuel, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated upon throne with back; r hand raised in benediction holds scroll in l. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross. The coin differs with a Circular legend

REV Full length figure of emperor on l. crowned by virgin nimbate. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia. Virgin wears tunic and maphorion.

Size 20.35mm

Weight 2.2gm

This issues in Cyprus have a small amount of silver in them 1.5% make them more related to the Metropolitan issue of the empire.

This coin is listed in CLBC as rare, it differs from the normal coin is the circular legend. Other variations of this coin appear in Isaacs attire. This coin brags of a beautiful green yellow Patina and an unusually detailed reverse.
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1998A ISAAC COMNENUS OF CYPRUS AG TETARTERON S-1998 DOC 610 CLBC 6.3.6A 62 viewsOBV Christ Emmanuel, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated upon throne with back; r hand raised in benediction holds scroll in l. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor on l. crowned by virgin nimbate. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia. Virgin wears tunic and maphorion.

Size 20.26mm

Weight 3.2gm

This issues in Cyprus have a small amount of silver in them 1.5% make them more related to the Metropolitan issue of the empire.

DOC list 4 examples with a weight of 2.81 to 2.84 and sized at 19mm to 21mm
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1999 ISAAC COMNENUS OF CYPRUS AG TETARTERON S-1999 DOC 10B CLBC 6.3.7 26 views

OBV Christ Emmanuel, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated upon throne with back; r hand raised in benediction holds scroll in l. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor on RIGHT. crowned by virgin nimbate on l.. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in L hand scepter cruciger and in r. anexikakia. Virgin wears tunic and maphorion.

Size 18.72mm

Weight 2.9gm

This issues in Cyprus have a small amount of silver in them 1.5% make them more related to the Metropolitan issue of the empire.

DOC list 1 examples with a weight of 2.84 gm and sized at 19mm

This issue is considered to be very rare, 5/5 , Grierson considers it to be an error of S-1998 and I must agree, still a wonderful piece to add to my collection
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2004 ISAAC II ANGELUS METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-2004 DOC 4 CLBC 7.4.1 38 viewsOBV Full length figure of Virgin nimbate, orans, standing on dais, wearing tunic and maphorion; beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia. Manus Dei in upper right field

Metropolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of around 1% for this issue. These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

Size 20.36mm

Weight 3.2gm

DOC lists 16 examples with weights from 1.70gm to 4.36 and sizes 19mm to 24x18mm
Simon
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2004A ISAAC II ANGELUS METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-2004 DOC 4 CLBC 7.4.140 viewsOBV Full length figure of Virgin nimbate, orans, standing on dais, wearing tunic and maphorion; beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia. Manus Dei in upper right field

Metropolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of around 1% for this issue. These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

Size 18/20.5 mm

Weight 3.2gm

DOC lists 16 examples with weights from 1.70gm to 4.36 and sizes 19mm to 24x18mm
Simon
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2004B ISAAC II ANGELUS METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-2004 DOC 4 CLBC 7.4.1 40 viewsOBV Full length figure of Virgin nimbate, orans, standing on dais, wearing tunic and maphorion; beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia. Manus Dei in upper right field

Metropolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of around 1% for this issue. These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

Size 16./19mm

Weight 2.7gm

DOC lists 16 examples with weights from 1.70gm to 4.36 and sizes 19mm to 24x18mm
Simon
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2004C ISAAC II ANGELUS METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-2004 DOC 4 CLBC 7.4.1 42 viewsOBV Full length figure of Virgin nimbate, orans, standing on dais, wearing tunic and maphorion; beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia. Manus Dei in upper right field

Metropolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of around 1% for this issue. These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

Size 20/17mm

Weight 3.6 gm

DOC lists 16 examples with weights from 1.70gm to 4.36 and sizes 19mm to 24x18mm
Simon
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2004D ISAAC II ANGELUS METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-2004 DOC 4 CLBC 7.4.1 55 viewsOBV Full length figure of Virgin nimbate, orans, standing on dais, wearing tunic and maphorion; beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia. Manus Dei in upper right field


Size 20.mm

Weight 5.3 1gm

DOC lists 16 examples with weights from 1.70gm to 4.36 and sizes 19mm to 24x18mm

Nicest example I have ever seen, just added to my collection, almost perfect except for wear on the Virgins face VF/EF
Simon
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2004E ISAAC II ANGELUS METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-2004 DOC 4 CLBC 7.4.1 38 views
OBV Full length figure of Virgin nimbate, orans, standing on dais, wearing tunic and maphorion; beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia. Manus Dei in upper right field


Size

Weight

DOC lists 16 examples with weights from 1.70gm to 4.36 and sizes 19mm to 24x18mm

I have managed to acquire several of these throughout the years. This example was part of an old collection I recently acquired.
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2005 ISAAC II ANGELUS AE TETARTERON S-2005V C DOC 5 CLBC 7.4.2 37 viewsOBV Bust of Archangel Michael, beardless and nimbate, wearing divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of a simplified type, holds in r. a trefoil- headed scepter, and in l. Globus cruciger.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma. Divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia.

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

Size 22mm

Weight 4.8gm

DOC lists 11 examples with weights ranging from 3.21 gm to 5.37gm
Simon
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2005A ISAAC II ANGELUS AE TETARTERON S-2005V B DOC 5 CLBC 7.4.2 49 viewsOBV Bust of Archangel Michael, beardless and nimbate, wearing divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of a simplified type, holds in r. a spear, and in l. Globus cruciger.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma. Divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia.

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

Size 20/17mm

Weight 3.8gm

DOC lists 11 examples with weights ranging from 3.21 gm to 5.37gm

Really a Beautiful coin, I am sure under that green patina full detail remains.
Simon
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2005B ISAAC II ANGELUS AE TETARTERON S-2005V A DOC 5 CLBC 7.4.2 63 views
OBV Bust of Archangel Michael, beardless and nimbate, wearing divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of a simplified type, holds in r. a jeweled sceptre, and in l. Globus cruciger.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma. Divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia.

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

Size 20mm

Weight 4.1gm

Interesting example of the three known devices that Michael holds in this version a jeweled scepter.

DOC lists 11 examples with weights ranging from 3.21 gm to 5.37gm
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2005C ISAAC II ANGELUS AE TETARTERON S-2005V A DOC 5 CLBC 7.4.260 viewsOBV Bust of Archangel Michael, beardless and nimbate, wearing divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of a simplified type, holds in r. a jeweled sceptre, and in l. Globus cruciger.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma. Divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia.

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

Size 19.91mm

Weight 3.2gm

Interesting example of the three known devices that Michael holds in this version a jeweled scepter.

DOC lists 11 examples with weights ranging from 3.21 gm to 5.37gm
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2014 ALEXIUS III ANGELUS-COMNENUS METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-2014 DOC 4 CLBC 8.4.1 27 views

OBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion, turned to r. Manus Dei in upper r. field

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of a simplified type; holds in r hand labarum headed scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.

Metropolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content unknown for this issue. The entire tetartera of Alexius III are much harder to find due to debasement of trachea virtually rendering the Tetarteron useless. The Metropolitan issues were believed to be produced only for two years 1195-1197.

Size 18/21mm

Weight 2.7gm

DOC lists 1 example with weight of 3.38gm and 19mm

Unlike the one listed in DOC this example has a full family name and was perhaps minted after 1197. The half Tetarteron from the Thessalonica mint has two variations and is listed in Sear as two separate coins, that variation is a short or full version of the family name
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2014A ALEXIUS III ANGELUS-COMNENUS METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-2014 DOC 4 CLBC 8.4.1 21 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion, turned to r. Manus Dei in upper r. field

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of a simplified type; holds in r hand labarum headed scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.

Metropolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content unknown for this issue. The entire tetartera of Alexius III are much harder to find due to debasement of trachea virtually rendering the Tetarteron useless. The Metropolitan issues were believed to be produced only for two years 1195-1197.

Size 18/19mm

Weight 2.7gm

DOC lists 1 example with weight of 3.38gm and 19mm

This example matches the weights of my other example, the only difference between the two is this is slightly smaller but a slightly thicker flan.
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2015 ALEXIUS III ANGELUS-COMNENUS AE TETARTERON S-2015 DOC 5 CLBC 8.4.3 20 views
OBV Bust of St. George , beardless and nimbate , wearing tunic, breastplate wearing tunic, breastplate, and sagion; holds spear in r. hand resting on l. shoulder and in l. scroll or hilt of sword.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins but all tetartera from Alexius III are difficult to obtain.

Size 19.52mm

Weight 4.0gm

DOC lists 22 examples with weights from 1.91gm to 4.55gm and sizes from 17mm to 22mm
Simon
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2015A ALEXIUS III ANGELUS-COMNENUS AE TETARTERON S-2015 DOC 5 CLBC 8.4.3 42 viewsOBV Bust of St. George , beardless and nimbate , wearing tunic, breastplate wearing tunic, breastplate, and sagion; holds spear in r. hand resting on l. shoulder and in l. scroll or hilt of sword.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins but all examples of Alexius tetartera are difficult to obtain.

Size 17/18.5mm

Weight 4.0gm

DOC lists 22 examples with weights from 1.91gm to 4.55gm and sizes from 17mm to 22mm
Simon
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2015B ALEXIUS III ANGELUS-COMNENUS AE TETARTERON S-2015 DOC 5 CLBC 8.4.3 50 viewsOBV Bust of St. George , beardless and nimbate , wearing tunic, breastplate wearing tunic, breastplate, and sagion; holds spear in r. hand resting on l. shoulder and in l. scroll or hilt of sword.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins but all examples of Alexius tetartera are difficult to obtain.

Size 19mm

Weight 3.4gm

DOC lists 22 examples with weights from 1.91gm to 4.55gm and sizes from 17mm to 22mm
Simon
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2015c ALEXIUS III ANGELUS-COMNENUS AE TETARTERON S-2015 DOC 5 CLBC 8.4.3 16 viewsOBV Bust of St. George , beardless and nimbate , wearing tunic, breastplate wearing tunic, breastplate, and sagion; holds spear in r. hand resting on l. shoulder and in l. scroll or hilt of sword.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

All examples of Alexius tetartera are difficult to obtain these days, however DOC has many examples in their collection. This one has a dark black patina obscuring a very interesting portrait of Saint George.

Size 17.84mm

Weight 3.7gm

DOC lists 22 examples with weights from 1.91gm to 4.55gm and sizes from 17mm to 22mm
Simon
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2015x ALEXIUS III ANGELUS-COMNENUS AE Half? TETARTERON S-2015/7v DOC 5 CLBC 8.4.3v VARIATION UNLISTED44 viewsOBV Bust of St. George , beardless and nimbate , wearing tunic, breastplate wearing tunic, breastplate, and sagion; holds spear in r. hand resting on l. shoulder and in l. scroll or hilt of sword AND shield behind left arm.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger with patriarchal cross.


Size 17.94mm

Weight 2.4gm

I purchased this as part of a collection from Europe. The coin was attributed by previous owner as S-2017 a much rarer coin to find. Upon reexamining the coin, it turned out it has a shield and hilt of sword that the left hand is holding. On the reverse the gl.cr. has a patriarchal cross, this is seen on his half Tetartera.

The weight is average for a half Tetarteron and a bit low for a full Tetarteron . the die size is around 15mm, small for a Tetarteron and large for a half.
AKA the Diane Variation
Simon
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2016 ALEXIUS III ANGELUS-COMNENUS AE HALF TETARTERON S-2016 DOC 7 CLBC 8.4.4 22 views
OBV Bust of St. George , beardless and nimbate , wearing tunic, breastplate wearing tunic, breastplate, and sagion; holds spear in r. hand resting on l. shoulder and in l. hand. Scroll or hilt of sword

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger cr. Manus Dei ( Hands of God) in upper right field.

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron

Size 16mm

Weight 1.7gm

DOC lists 6 examples with weights from 1.2 to 1.9 gm and sizes 15x11 to 17mm
Simon
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2016 ALEXIUS III ANGELUS-COMNENUS AE HALF TETARTERON S-2016 DOC 7 CLBC 8.4.4 41 viewsOBV Bust of St. George , beardless and nimbate , wearing tunic, breastplate wearing tunic, breastplate, and sagion; holds spear in r. hand resting on l. shoulder and in l. hand. Scroll or hilt of sword

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger cr. Manus Dei ( Hands of God) in upper right field.

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron

Size 19x14mm

Weight 1.9gm

DOC lists 6 examples with weights from 1.2 to 1.9 gm and sizes 15x11 to 17mm

Not a great example but the only one I have seen outside the books. Both of my Alexius III half tetartera are very odd shaped flans.
Simon
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2016AV ALEXIUS III ANGELUS-COMNENUS AE HALF TETARTERON S-2016 DOC 7 CLBC 8.4.4 Unlisted Variation49 viewsOBV Bust of St. George , beardless and nimbate , wearing tunic, breastplate wearing tunic, breastplate, and sagion; holds spear in r. hand resting on RIGHT shoulder and in l. hand. Scroll or hilt of sword ( This one with such an exceptional Obv makes it clear it is a hilt of sword, also no others mention spear resting on right shoulder.))

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger cr. Manus Dei ( Hands of God) in upper right field.

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron

Size 16/14mm

Weight 2.3gm

DOC lists 6 examples with weights from 1.2 to 1.9 gm and sizes 15x11 to 17mm

Half tetartera are rare for Alexius III, this example has and excellent obv and the reverse is attributable in hand but does not photograph well.

Both of my Alexius III half tetartera are very odd shaped flans.
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2017 ALEXIUS III ANGELUS-COMNENUS AE HALF TETARTERON S-2017 DOC 8 CLBC 8.4.5.A 25 views
OBV Bust of St. George , beardless and nimbate , wearing tunic, breastplate wearing tunic, breastplate, and sagion; holds spear in r. hand resting on r. shoulder and in l. hand shield.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger with patriarchal cross.

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron.

Size 14/17.5 mm

Weight 1.7gm

Very Rare Coin.

DOC lists 7 examples weights 1.18gm to 2.47gm and sizes from 13mm to 17mm ( DOC com bines S-2017 and S-2018 as one coin.)
Simon
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2058 BYZANTINE, Latin Rule Half Tetarteron S-2058 20 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, wearing tunic and maphorion

REV Leaved patriarchal cross.

17mm 1.59gm


I think this is the most attractive and unique design for any of the Latin issues.
Simon
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2115 JOHN III DUCAS AE Tetarteron SBCV- 2115 DOC 5741 views

OBV Head of Cherub with 4 wings, Pellets flanking on l. side

REV John III seated facing on throne with back, wearing stamma with pendilia, chlamys, holding labarum and gl cr.

Size 19.33mm

Weight 1.974 gm
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2116 JOHN III DUCAS AE Tetarteron S- 2116 DOC 57 28 viewsOBV Bust of St. George , beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic ,breastplate, and saigon; holds in r. hand spear, resting over shoulder and in l. shield.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma , divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type, and saigon; holds in r hand labarum on long shaft, and in l. anexikakia.

Size 20.98

Weight 2.6gm

DOC lists 12 examples with weights from 1.61 gm to 3.00 and sizes 19mm to 21mm
Simon
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2117 JOHN III DUCAS AE Tetarteron S- 2117 DOC 59 50 views
OBV Cross within crescent-shapeped ornament decorated with pellets.

REV Half length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision , collar-piece and paneled loros of a simplified type, holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter, and in l. a globus surmounted by patriarchal cross

Size 19mm/16mm

Weight 1.8 gm

DOC lists 5 examples with weights from 1.55 gm to 2.54 and sizes 15mm to 20mm All odd shaped in size.

Very Nice example with a nice lights sand filled patina, I would best describe this as a cross in a horseshoe.
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2118 JOHN III DUCAS AE Tetarteron S- 2118 DOC IV 60 15 viewsOBV Bust of Christ , beardless and nimbate. wearing tunic and kolobion, holds gospels in l. hand .

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma , divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type, and saigon; holds in r hand labarum on long shaft, and in l. gl.cr.

Size 17mm

Weight 1.97gm

DOC lists 4 examples with sizes 17-18mm and weights 1.66 to 2.37.
Simon
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2119 John III (Magn.) AE Tetarteron SBCV -2119 DOC 61 62 views
OBV. * in field. Three quarters length figure of Virgin nimbate and orans, wearing tunic and maphorion, turned slightly. R.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and jeweled loros of simplified type; Holds in r. hand labarum-headed scepter, and in l. globus surmounted by patriarchal cross, which he holds by the shaft.

Weight 2.4gm

Size 18.37mm

Doc lists 4 examples with weights from 1.63 to 3.73gm and sizes from 18 to 22mm
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2145 Theodore II (Magn.) AE Tetarteron SBCV-2145 DOC IV 13 19 viewsOBV- Lys. Pellet in Upper and lower field, to either side.

REV- Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and Chalmys; holds in r hand labarum on a long shaft and in l. anexikakia.

Size 18.57

Weight 1.9gm

DOC lists 2 examples sized 17mm and 21mm and only one weight .95gm
Simon
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2154 Anonymous1 (Magn.) AE Tetarteron – SBCV-2154 DOC IV 6 Type D50 viewsOBV Cross radiate, with lunate ornaments, decorated with pellets , at ends.

REV Half length figure of Virgin, nimbate, orans wearing tunic.

Size 21mm

Weight 2.6gm

DOC lists 4 examples. weight vary 1.32gm to 2.52gm and 19 to 22mm
Simon
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2154a Anonymous (Magn.) AE Tetarteron – SBCV-2154 DOC IV 6 Type D 19 viewsOBV Cross radiate, with lunate ornaments, decorated with pellets , at ends.

REV Half length figure of Virgin, nimbate, orans wearing tunic.

Size 20mm

Weight 2.61gm

DOC lists 4 examples. weight vary 1.32gm to 2.52gm and 19 to 22mm
Simon
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2155 Anonymous3 (Magn.) AE Tetarteron – SBCV-2155 DOC IV 7 Type E47 viewsOBV ICXC Cross decorated with pellets.

REV Two B's back to Back . Pellets in the loops on r.

Size 18.47mm

Weight. 2.5gm

Doc lists 8 examples from weights 1.81 to 2.55gm , Sizes from 16mm to 21mm
Simon
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2155a Anonymous3 (Magn.) AE Tetarteron – SBCV-2155 DOC IV 7 Type E 31 viewsOBV ICXC Cross decorated with pellets.

REV Two B's back to Back . Pellets in the loops on r.

Size 17mm

Weight. 2.78gm

Doc lists 8 examples from weights 1.81 to 2.55gm , Sizes from 16mm to 21mm
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2156 Anonymous (Magn.) AE Tetarteron – SBCV-2156 DOC IV 857 views
OBV- Head of Flower

REV – Two B’s back to back decorated with pellets. Pellet in loops of letter to r.

Size 18.11

Weight 1.9gm

DOC lists only one example, no weight 21mm
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2157 Anonymous2 (Magn.) AE Tetarteron – SBCV-2157 DOC IV 9 Type G 27 viewsOBV Radiate, floriated, cross

REV Three-Quarter-length figure of St. Theodore, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and Saigon Holds in r. hand sword resting over shoulder in l. shield

( This coin is lacking an inscription for St Theodore, should be appearing in two columnar groups.)

Size 20mm

weight 2.9gm

DOC lists 3 examples weighing between 2.07gm to 2.60gm and sizes 20 to 22m
Simon
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2170 Theodore Ducas AE Tetarteron SBCV-2170 DOC IV 11 Var. B CLBC 69 viewsOBV- Inscription in 5 lines

REV- Half length figure of emperor on l. and st Demetrius beardless and nimbate. Between them a patriarchal cross-crosslet, on a long shaft decorated with crescent and pellet, the base of the shaft ending in three steps.

Size 23.4mm

Weight 4.8gm

Doc lists 7 examples with weights from 2.63gm to 5.50gm and sized at 23mm with one variation at 17mm
Simon
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59-05 - Andronico I (09/1183 - 12/09/1185 D.C.)28 viewsAE Tetarteron 18 mm 2.7 gr.

Anv: "MH - ΘV" (Madre de Dios) en campos izquierdo y derecho - Busto de la Virgen vista de frente, vistiendo nimbus (Halo redondo que rodea su busto), Pallium (Tipo de capa o manto) y Maphorium (Largo velo que cubre su cabeza y hombros), sosteniendo delante de Ella la cabeza nimbada de un Cristo nińo mirando al frente.
Rev: " ANΔPONIKOC" Algo larga figura del Emperador de frente, vistiendo corona, Scaramagion y Sagion (Sago - capa corta romana de uso militar). Portando Labarum (Lábaro, Enseńa militar usado como estandarte imperial), en mano derecha y Orbe con cruz en izquierda.

Acuńada 1183 - 1185 D.C.
Ceca: Tessalonica

Referencias: Sear BCTV #1987 Pag. 401 - Hendy CMBE pl.19.2 - B.M.C.#13-16 - Ratto M.B.#2171 - Morrisson C.M.b.B.N. #1-5
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AE half Tetarteron John II SB 195429 viewsObverse" Christ stg. facing on footstool, wearing numbus cr. pallium and colobium, holding book of Gospels in l., IC to r, XC
Reverse: +IW AECIIOT or similar bust facing wearing crown and jewelled chlamys holding labarum.
Mint: Thessalonica
Date: 1118 -1143 CE
Sear 1954 H 11.13-14
17mm 2.06 gm
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AE half Tetarteron John II SB 195416 viewsObverse" Christ stg. facing on footstool, wearing numbus cr. pallium and colobium, holding book of Gospels in l., IC to r, XC
Reverse: +IW AECIIOT or similar bust facing wearing crown and jewelled chlamys holding labarum.
Mint: Thessalonica
Date: 1118 -1143 CE
Sear 1954 H 11.13-14
16mm 2.14 gm
wileyc
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AE half Tetarteron John II SB 19549 viewsObverse" Christ stg. facing on footstool, wearing numbus cr. pallium and colobium, holding book of Gospels in l., IC to r, XC
Reverse: +IW AECIIOT or similar bust facing wearing crown and jewelled chlamys holding labarum.
Mint: Thessalonica
Date: 1118 -1143 CE
Sear 1954 H 11.13-14
14mm 21.84 gm
wileyc
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AE half Tetarteron John II SB 195516 viewsObverse: Faing bust of St Demetrius, beardless, wearing nimbus and military attire and holding sword and shield. to l.
Reverse: +IW AEC or similar, bust facing wearing crown and loros and holding labarum and gl cr.
Mint: Thessalonica
Date: 1181-1143 CE
Sear 1955 H 11.13-14
13mm 2.00
wileyc
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AE half tetarteron type B Manuel I SB197811 viewsObverse: Bust of Christ facing, beardless, wearing nimbus cr. pallium and colobium scroll i left hand
Reverse: MAN(monogram)HA AECIIOTH or similar Manuel bearded facing wearing crown and miltary attire and holding cruciform sceotre and gl. cr.
Mint: Thessalonica
Date: 1143-1180 CE
Sear 1978 H. 17.19-20 type B
14mm 1.16gn
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AE tetarteron Alexios I SB 192023 viewsObverse: Bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus
Reverse: +AAE AEC or similar , bust facing wearing crown and loros, holding labarum and gl, cr,
Mint: Constantinople
Date: Post reform 1092-1118 CE
Sear 1920 H pl 7.10-11
16mm 1.74gn
wileyc
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AE tetarteron Alexios I SB 192925 viewsObverse: Bust of Christ facing wearing numbus cr. pallium and colobium and raiising r. hand in bendediction; in l. book of Gospels to l IC-to r. XC
Reverse: +AAZI AECII Bust facing wearing crown and jewelled chlamys and holding cruciform sceptre and gl. cr.
Mint: Thessalonica
Date: post reform 1092-1118 CE
Sear 1929 H 8.9
16mm 3.32gm
wileyc
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AE tetarteron Alexios I SB 192938 viewsObverse: Bust of Christ facing wearing numbus cr. pallium and colobium and raiising r. hand in bendediction; in l. book of Gospels to l IC-to r. XC
Reverse: +AAZI AECII Bust facing wearing crown and jewelled chlamys and holding cruciform sceptre and gl. cr.
Mint: Thessalonica
Date: post reform 1092-1118 CE
Sear 1929 H 8.9
19mm 2.93gm
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AE tetarteron Alexios I SB 193110 viewsObverse: Jewelled cross with globus at each extremity and usually with a X at center and two steps beneath in the angles C-Theta/AA-delta
Reverse: TW KOMNH bust facing wearing crown and loros
Mint: Thessalonica
Date: Post reform 1092-1118 CE
Sear 1931 H 8.10-12
27mm 2.80gm
wileyc
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AE tetarteron Alexios I SB 193118 viewsObverse: Jewelled cross with globus at each extremity and usually with a X at center and two steps beneath in the angles C-Theta/AA-delta
Reverse: TW KOMNH bust facing wearing crown and loros
Mint: Thessalonica
Date: Post reform 1092-1118 CE
Sear 1931 H 8.10-12
21mm 3.71gm
wileyc
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AE tetarteron Alexios I SB 193216 viewsObverse: Patriarchal cross on two steps; in field A-Delta/K-theta.
Reverse: Bust facing earing cown and loros, holding labarum and gl. cr.
Mint: Thessalonica
Date: post reform 1092-1118 CE
Sear 1932 H 8.13-15
14mm 1.81gm
wileyc
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AE Tetarteron Andronicus Comnenus SB 198748 viewsObverse: Facing bust of the Virgan orans, nimbate and wearing pallium and maphorim: on her breast, nimbate hd. of the infant Christ facing to l. MP OV barred over shoulders
Reverse: ANAPONIKOC or similar, half length figure of Andronicus facing with forked beard, wearing crown, scaramangion and sagion, holding labarum and gl. cr.
Mint: Thessalonica
Date: 1183-1185 CE
Sear 1987 H.19.2
20mm 3.64gm
wileyc
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AE Tetarteron Andronicus Comnenus SB 198724 viewsObverse: Facing bust of the Virgan orans, nimbate and wearing pallium and maphorim: on her breast, nimbate hd. of the infant Christ facing to l. MP OV barred over shoulders
Reverse: ANAPONIKOC or similar, half length figure of Andronicus facing with forked beard, wearing crown, scaramangion and sagion, holding labarum and gl. cr.
Mint: Thessalonica
Date: 1183-1185 CE
Sear 1987 H.19.2
29mm 2.73gm
wileyc
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AE Tetarteron John II SB 195315 viewsObverse: Bust of Christ facing wearing nimbus cr. pallium and colobium, rasiing r. hand in benediction, in l. book of Gospels to l. IC to r., XC.
Reverse: +IW AECIIOT or similar Bust facing wearing crown and jewelled chlamys and holding jewelled sceptre and gl. cr.
Mint: Thessalonica
Date: 118-1143 CE
Sear 1953 H 11.11-12
18mm 2.35gm
wileyc
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AE Tetarteron Manuel I first coinage SB196611 viewsObverse: Bust of Christ facing, beardless, wearing nimbus cr. pallium and colobium scroll i left hand
Reverse: MAN(monagram)HAAECII or similar bust facing beardless wearing crown and loros and holding labarum and gl. cr.
Mint: Constantinople
Date: 1143-1180 CE
Sear 1967 H 17.5-6
18mm 2.04gm
wileyc
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ALEXIUS AE Tetarteron S-1920276 viewsBust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cr. pallium and colobium and holding book of gospels in left. Rev Bust facing wearing crown and loros and holding labarum an gl cr. Brillant obverse, shows how nice these coins can be. The rev is being cleaned of verdige leaving a fine image in view. 17mm DOC 33 EF/TBDSimon
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ALEXIUS AE Half Tetarteron S-1934 DOC 44181 viewsFacing bust of the virgin NOT orans. Nimbate and wearing pallium and maphorium. Rev Bust facing wearing crown and jewelled chalmys and holding labarum. 16mm S-1934 Thessalonica aFine

Coin has been regularly seen on the market for the past two years, it is still rare but no longer extemely rare as in the Sear catalog.The key to this coin is the Virgin is not orans.
Simon
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ALEXIUS AE Tetarteron S-1922 DOC 35155 viewsObv: ( Brokerage ) Christ Bearded and nimbate wearing tunic and kolobion, seated on a throne without back; holds gospel in l. hand.

Rev: Bust of emperor wearingstemma, divitision, and chalmys; holds in r. hand sceptre cruciger and in l. gl cr. 16mm

This coin was attributed by reverse alone, However this is the only listed coin with this rev that it could be.
Simon
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ALEXIUS AE Tetarteron S-1922 DOC 35163 viewsObv: Christ Bearded and nimbate wearing tunic and kolobion, seated on a throne without back; holds gospel in l. hand.

Rev: Bust of emperor wearingstemma, divitision, and chalmys; holds in r. hand sceptre cruciger and in l. gl cr.
Simon
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ALEXIUS AE Tetarteron S-1931209 viewsJewelled Cross, with globus at each extremity, X in center and two steps beneath. Rev. Bust Facing wearing crown loros and holding cruciform sceptre and gl. cr. 16/22mm DOC 40 Fine +
Simon
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ALEXIUS AE Tetarteron S-1931 DOC 40181 viewsJewelled Cross, with globus at each extremity, X in center and two steps beneath. Rev. Bust Facing wearing crown loros and holding cruciform sceptre and gl. cr. 16/22mm DOC 40 Fine + Included due to the nice green patina not common for any tetartera.Simon
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ALEXIUS I Tetarteron DOC- 34. S-1921219 viewsBust of Christ, bearded with cross behind head, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels in l. hand. UU in fields of cross.

Rev Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r hand jeweled sceptre and in l, gl. cr.

Constantinople mint

This coin is much rarer than Sear lists, one of the first billion tetarteron, however silver content was less than 4%
Simon
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Alexius I (1081 - 1118 A.D.)51 viewsĆ Tetarteron
O: Patriarchal cross on two steps, A-D, K-F to left and right, above and below.
R: ALEZI, crowned bust of Alexius facing, wearing loros, holding jewelled sceptre and cross on globe.
1g
10mm
SB1932 BMC 61 but with a 'mirror image' reverse
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ALEXIUS I AE Tetarteron263 viewsBust of Christ facing nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; in l. book of gospels. IC to XC Rev. Bust facing wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and paneled loros of simplified type holds in r. hand labarum-headed sceptre and in l. gl. cr. Note NO dots in cross Constantinople mint DOC33

several fully silvered coins of this type have been found recently
Simon
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Alexius I AE Tetarteron70 viewsAlexius I
AE Tetarteron 4.29g / 21.5mm / -
- Bust facing, wearing crown and loros, and holding cruciform sceptre and globe cross.
- Jewelled cross with globus at each extremity, and X at centre
Mint:Thessalonica (1081-1118 AD)
References: Sear 1931
Scotvs Capitis
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Alexius I AE tetarteron Constantinople Sear 192234 viewsTask_Force
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ALEXIUS I AE Tetarteron S-1929 DOC 38184 viewsBust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cr., pallim and colobium and raising right hand in benediction in l. book of gospels. IC to XC Rev. Bust facing wearing crown and jewelled chalmys and holding cruciform sceptre and gl. cr. Fine + 18/20mm DOC38Simon
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ALEXIUS I AE Tetarteron S-1929 DOC38182 views
Bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cr., pallim and colobium and raising right hand in benediction in l. book of gospels. IC to XC Pellet in each hand of cross Rev. Bust facing wearing crown and jewelled chalmys and holding cruciform sceptre and gl. cr. Fine + DOC38
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ALEXIUS I AE Tetarteron S-1929 DOC38191 viewsBust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cr., pallim and colobium and raising right hand in benediction in l. book of gospels. IC to XC Pellet in each hand of cross. Rev. Bust facing wearing crown and jewelled chalmys and holding cruciform sceptre and gl. cr. Very fine overstuck on a K class follis. Thessalonica DOC38.9 Very thin flan.

Wroth in BMC mentions most Alexius tetartera in the collection as being overstruck on top of earlier issues, this is one of the few that I have seen that was overstruck, I beleive these coins were made when a shortage of the new denomination occured.
Simon
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ALEXIUS I AE Tetarteron S-1931 DOC 40239 views20mm Jeweled Cross, with globus at each extremity with X at centre and two steps beneath. Rev Bust facing, wearing crown and loros and holding cruiciform sceptre and globus cruciform. Thessalonica mint 4th coinage DOC 40a.10 Very Fine

Really a breathtaking speciman the obv must be near EF.
Simon
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ALEXIUS I AE tetarteron S-1932 DOC 45223 viewsPatriarchal cross on two steps. Rev Bust facing wearing crown and loros and holding jewelled sceptre and gl.cr Thessalonica mint 16mm Fine + DOC45

***This issue ranges from 13mm to 18mm, Hendy believes it to be a half tetarteron, I agree. This coin is common and NOT rare as being sold as on ebay *******
Simon
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ALEXIUS I AE Tetarteron SR- Unlisted DOC 41314 viewsMonogram of Alexius. Rev Bust of Emperor wearing stemma divitision and jewelled loros of traditional type holds in r. hand jewlled sceptre and in l. gl. cr. 15/17mm

VERY RARE!- Only one known in a major collection located in Istanbul Turkey. DOC mentions and includes the type in the catalog but does not have one in inventory. A key piece for this collection.
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Alexius I CLBC 2.5.329 viewsAlexius I Comnenus (1081 – 1118 CE) Pb Tetarteron (?), weight 4.57g, diameter 16mm.

This type is something of a mystery. The two other lead varieties produced under Alexius I exhibit ‘family’ iconography and are credibly linked to a special event, the coronation of John II as co-emperor in 1092. But here the standard busts of Christ and of Alexius I hardly mark the issue out as ‘ceremonial’.

And the question arises: what was their actual function? DOC IV designates them ‘lead tetartera’ from an uncertain mint (Thessalonica or Constantinople); Grierson suggests half-tetartera originating in Constantinople. But there is no Byzantine tradition of pure lead coinage, so CLBC argues for the alternative, that they were sphragidia, i.e. tokens exchangeable on a once-only basis, marking participation in some celebratory event or perhaps entitling the bearer to a food distribution. Since lead coins in circulation quickly become featureless lumps, this sphragidion explanation seems not implausible.

Ex FORVM.
Abu Galyon
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Alexius I CLBC 2.5.316 viewsAlexius I Comnenus (1081 – 1118 CE) Pb Sphragidion (?), weight 4.32g, diameter 16mm.
Ex FORVM.
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ALEXIUS I Lead Tetarteron "Coronation Series" S-NL DOC37294 viewsFull Length figures of John II and of St. Demetrius holding between them a labarum on a long shaft. Emperor weras Stemma, divitision , collar piece and Jewelled loros of a simplified type. Saint wears short military tunic, Breast plate and Saigon. Rev Full length figures of Alexius l. on l. and of Irene holding between them cross on shaft. 20mm Very Good. Thessalonica Mint. DOC 37 The first tetarteron after coin reforms.

This coin is made of lead and it has been recently determined to be the first tetarteron.
Simon
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ALEXIUS I Lead Tetarteron "Coronation Series" S-NL DOC37206 viewsFull Length figures of John II and of St. Demetrius holding between them a labarum on a long shaft. Emperor weras Stemma, divitision , collar piece and Jewelled loros of a simplified type. Saint wears short military tunic, Breast plate and Saigon. Rev Full length figures of Alexius l. on l. and of Irene holding between them cross on shaft. 17mm Fine with gash and slight bend. Thessalonica Mint. DOC 37 The first tetarteron after coin reforms.

This coin is made of lead and it has been recently determined to be the first tetarteron
Simon
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Alexius I, SBCV 192912 viewsBust of Christ facing, holding Book of Gospels, IC XC to fields at sides
AΛE ΔEC
Crowned bust of Alexius, facing, wearing loros, holding labarum and globus cruciger
Constantinople
AE tetarteron, 18mm, 2.57g
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Alexius I, SBCV 193120 viewsJeweled Cross on two steps with globus at each tip, X at center, C Φ / AΛ Δ in fields to sides
Crowned bust of Alexius, facing, wearing loros, holding long Cross and globus cruciger
AE tetarteron, 20mm, 1.28g
novacystis
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Alexius I, SBCV 193214 viewsAE tetarteron, 15mm, 2.11g, very worn
Patriarchal Cross on two steps, A - Δ / K - Φ to sides
AΛE ZI
Facing bust of Emperor, holding cruciform scepter and globus cruciger
Constantinople mint
novacystis
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Alexius I. - Tetarteron, Thessaloniki - Sb. 193216 viewsAlexius I. (1081-1118)

Tetarteron, Thessaloniki.

Av:
Half-figure of Alexius I. facing, wears Loros and crown, holding Labarum in the right and a globe cruciger in the left.

Rv:
Patriarchal cross on 2 steps between "A - Delta" / "K - Phi"

14 mm.

Sear 1932

dionysus
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ALEXIUS III AE Tetarteron S-2015 DOC7275 viewsFacing bust of St. George, beardless and nimbate wearing cuirass and saigon and holding spear and hilt of sword. Rev Alexius stg facing wearing crown divitision and chalmys and holding labarum and gl. cr. Thessalonica mint. 17mm DOC7

Alexius III tetartera are scarce due to debasement of his coinage. The trachea of his regin basicly replaced tetartera. His coins are also easily confused with the more abundant tetartera of John III of Nicaea.
Simon
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Alexius III Billion Tetarteron S-2014 DOC 4218 viewsBust of Virgin nimbate, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion, turned to r. Manus Dei in upper right field. REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type;holds in r. hand labarum-headed sceptre and in l. gl. cr. ( 1195-1197 A.D.) Constantinople mint. 18/20mm Very Fine/aVery Fine

Interesting coin because it was the last of the billion tetartera , the billion series was retired due to inflation. Hendy has dated this coin early in his reign partially because of the legend of the DOC example. However, this coin contridicts that, here the legend is not abreviated but has the complete family name as does the example in coin archives. I still believe that these coins were minted early on in the Alexius IIIrd sole reign.This example is the nicest of the other examples I have seen on the web and in DOC
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ALEXIUS PB TETARTERON S-Unlisted DOC 37 CLBC 2.5.154 viewsOBV Full length figures of John II beardless on r., and st Demetrius, holding between them labarum on long shaft. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Saint wears short military tunic , breastplate, and saigon; holds sword, point resting on ground, in r. hand.

REV Full length figures of Alexius on l. and of Irene, holding between them cross on long shaft. Both wear stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type.

Size 16.59mm

Weight 4.4 gm

These lead Tetarteron are coronation issues of John II and believed to be the origin of the series of tetartera. Thessalonica Mint

DOC lists 6 examples with weights running from3.33 gm to 6.16 gm and sizes from 17mm to 19mm
Simon
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ALEXIUS Tetarteron DOC 39 S-1930146 viewsBust of Virgin nimbate, ORANS wearing tunic and maphorion.

Rev Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlmys; holds in r. hand labarum on a long shaft and in l. gl cr. 19mm Thessalonica mint.

I personally believe this coin to be a product of a uncetain mint, I find it hard to believe Thessalonica would issue such a crude issue.
Simon
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ALEXIUS Tetarteron DOC 39 S-1930167 viewsBust of Virgin nimbate, ORANS wearing tunic and maphorion.

Rev Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlmys; holds in r. hand labarum on a long shaft and in l. gl cr. 20mm Thessalonica mint.

Wroth in BMC mentions Alexius tetartera in the collection as being overstruck on top of earlier issues, this is one of the few that I have seen that was overstruck, I beleive these coins were made when a shortage of the new denomination occured. This is the second coin in the collection that is thin and overstruck
Simon
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ALEXIUS Tetarteron S-1933 DOC43199 viewsFull Length figure of Christ bearded and nimbate wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.
REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and wearing jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r hand labarum on long shaft and in l. gl.cr. 21/17mm

DOC lists this coin as rare in collections, it's crude style also attributes it to a uncertain mint. I aquired another example of the coin in the same week I got this one. That example is not crude but much more defined. Sear and DOC differ on the rairity of this issue but I found it was a very difficult coin to find.additional note this coin was found in Cyprus.
Simon
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ANDRONICUS AE Tetarteron S-1987 DOC 6218 viewsFacing bust of the Virgin orans, nimbate and wearing pallium and maphorium; on her breast nimbate head of the infant Christ; to l MP to R. OV Rev. Half length figure of Andronicus facing with forked beard, wearing crown , scaramangion and saigon and holding labarum and gl. cr. Thessalonica Mint, 21mm a Very Fine, really attractive coin.
DOC 6
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ANDRONICUS I AE 1/2 Tetarteron S-1989 DOC 8180 viewsFacing bust of the Virgin orans, nimbate and wearing pallium and maphorium; on her breast nimbate head of the infant Christ; to l MP to R. OV Rev. Half length figure of Andronicus facing with forked beard, wearing crown , scaramangion and saigon and holding labarum and gl. cr. Uncertain Greek Mint. 18mm Very Fine .

Excellent example because of the large flan, I consider this coin to be extremly rare. DOC 8
Simon
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ANDRONICUS I AE 1/2 Tetarteron S-1989 DOC 8164 viewsFacing bust of the Virgin orans, nimbate and wearing pallium and maphorium; on her breast nimbate head of the infant Christ; to l MP to R. OV Rev. Half length figure of Andronicus facing with forked beard, wearing crown , scaramangion and saigon and holding labarum and gl. cr. Uncertain Greek Mint 15mm

Not as nice as my other example but an extremely rare coin, this is only the second one ( mine being the other.) I have seen besides the one pictured in DOC.
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ANDRONICUS I AE Tetarteron S-1986 DOC 5179 viewsFacing bust of the Virgin , nimbate hd. of the infant Christ facing. to l. MP to r. OV Rev Full length figure of Emperor on l. crowned by Christ bearded and nimbate. Emperor wears stemma , divitision and chalmys; holds in r hand labarum on a long shaft and in l anexikia Christ wearing tunic and kolobion holds gospel in l. hand. Constantinople mint 20mm Very Fine DOC51 commentsSimon
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ANDRONICUS I AE Tetarteron S-1987 DOC6174 viewsFacing bust of the Virgin orans, nimbate and wearing pallium and maphorium; on her breast nimbate head of the infant Christ; to l MP to R. OV Rev. Half length figure of Andronicus facing with forked beard, wearing crown , scaramangion and saigon and holding labarum and gl. cr. Thessalonica Mint, 20mm Very Fine nice details. DOC6 Simon
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Andronicus I AE tetarteron Thessalonica Sear 198735 viewsTask_Force
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Andronicus I, SBCV 198715 viewsANΔPO NIKOS
AE Tetarteron
No legend - Facing bust of Virgin Orans with infant christ on breast MP / ӨV
Half length figure of Andronicus with forked beard, holding labarum and globus cruciger
Thessalonica mint, 24mm, 3.62g
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Andronicus I, SBCV 198736 viewsANΔPO NIKOS
AE Tetarteron
No legend - Facing bust of Virgin Orans with infant christ on breast MP / ӨV
Half length figure of Andronicus with forked beard, holding labarum and globus cruciger
Thessalonica mint, 22mm, 5.08g
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B_060_Alexius-I__Comnenus_(1081-1118_A_D_),_-Tetarteron_AE-20_pos-reform_ALZI-DECP_IC-XC_1081-1118-AD_SB-1929_Grierson-1055_Thessalonica_Q-002_h_17,5-20mm_g-sa.jpg
B 060 Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1929, AE-Tetarteron, IC/XC//--, Thessalonica, #199 viewsB 060 Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1929, AE-Tetarteron, IC/XC//--, Thessalonica, #1
avers: +AΛZI ΔECΠ, crowned bust of Alexius facing, wearing jewelled chlamys, holding cross-tipped sceptre and cross on globe (left picture).
reverse: IC-XC to left and right of nimbate bust of Christ facing, holding book of gospels and raising right hand ( right picture).
exergue: IC/XC//--, diameter: 17,5-19,5mm,weight: g, axis: h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: 1092-1118 A.D., postreform, ref: SB-1929, Grierson-1055,
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B 060 Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1929, AE-Tetarteron, IC/XC//--, Thessalonica, #2107 viewsB 060 Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1929, AE-Tetarteron, IC/XC//--, Thessalonica, #2
avers: +AΛZI ΔECΠ, crowned bust of Alexius facing, wearing jewelled chlamys, holding cross-tipped sceptre and cross on globe (left picture).
reverse: IC-XC to left and right of nimbate bust of Christ facing, holding book of gospels and raising right hand ( right picture).
exergue: IC/XC//--, diameter: 19,5mm,weight: 3,44g, axis: 11h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: 1092-1118 A.D., postreform, ref: SB-1929, Grierson-1055,
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B 060 Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1931, AE-Tetarteron, C/AΛ/Φ/Δ//--, Thessalonica, Jewelled cross, #1114 viewsB 060 Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1931, AE-Tetarteron, C/AΛ/Φ/Δ//--, Thessalonica, Jewelled cross, #1
avers: TW KOMHN, Crowned facing bust of Alexius, wearing loros, holding cross-tipped sceptre and cross on globe.
reverse: Jewelled cross with globe at each end, X in centre, on two steps, C-Φ/AΛ-Δ in the corners, clockwise from top left.
exergue: C/AΛ/Φ/Δ//--, diameter: 19,0-21,5mm, weight: 3,75g, axis: 6h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: A.D., ref: SB 1931,
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B_060_Alexius-I__Comnenus_(1081-1118_A_D_),_TW_KOMHN,_C-F-AL-D,_SB_1931,_AE-Tetarteron,_Thessalonica_Q-001_5h_17,5-19mm_2,05g-s.jpg
B 060 Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1931, AE-Tetarteron, C/AΛ/Φ/Δ//--, Thessalonica, Jewelled cross, #263 viewsB 060 Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1931, AE-Tetarteron, C/AΛ/Φ/Δ//--, Thessalonica, Jewelled cross, #2
avers: TW KOMHN, Crowned facing bust of Alexius, wearing loros, holding cross-tipped sceptre and cross on globe.
reverse: Jewelled cross with globe at each end, X in centre, on two steps, C-Φ/AΛ-Δ in the corners, clockwise from top left.
exergue: C/AΛ/Φ/Δ//--, diameter: 17,5-19mm, weight: 2,05g, axis: 5h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: A.D., ref: SB 1931,
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B 060 Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1932, AE-Tetarteron, A/K/Δ/Φ//--, Thessalonica,303 viewsB 060 Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1932, AE-Tetarteron, A/K/Δ/Φ//--, Thessalonica,
avers:- ALEZI, crowned bust of Alexius facing, wearing loros, holding jewelled sceptre and cross on globe.
reverse:- Patriarchal cross on two steps, A-Δ, K-Φ to left and right, above and below.
exergue: A/K/Δ/Φ//--, diameter: 14mm, weight: g, axis: h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: A.D., ref: SB 1932,
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B 061 John II. Comnenus (1118-1143 A.D.), SB 1954var., AE-Half-Tetarteron, IC/XC//--, Thessalonica,314 viewsB 061 John II. Comnenus (1118-1143 A.D.), SB 1954var., AE-Half-Tetarteron, IC/XC//--, Thessalonica,
avers: Iω ΔECΠOT, Crowned bust of John facing, wearing jewelled chlamys, holding labarum and cross on globe.
reverse: IC-XC, Christ nimbate, standing facing on footstool, wearing pallium and colobium, holding book of gospels, both hands at front.
exergue: IC/XC//--, diameter: mm, weight: g, axis: h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: A.D., ref: SB 1954var (position of Christ's hand), BMC 67-69.
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B 062 Manuel I. Comnenus (1143-1180 A.D.), SB 1976, AE-Tetarteron, IC/XC//--, Thessalonica,298 viewsB 062 Manuel I. Comnenus (1143-1180 A.D.), SB 1976, AE-Tetarteron, IC/XC//--, Thessalonica,
avers: MANΥHΛ ΔECΠOTH, Manuel, crowned and wearing loros, bust facing, holding labarum and cross on globe.
reverse: Βarred IC - barred XC to left and right of cross with X at centre, on three steps.
exergue: IC/XC//--, diameter: mm, weight: g, axis: h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: A.D., ref: SB 1976, BMC 86-90,
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B 062 Manuel I. Comnenus (1143-1180 A.D.), SB 1978, AE-Half-Tetarteron, IC/XC//--, Thessalonica, Bust of Christ facing,102 viewsB 062 Manuel I. Comnenus (1143-1180 A.D.), SB 1978, AE-Half-Tetarteron, IC/XC//--, Thessalonica, Bust of Christ facing,
avers:- MANΥHΛ ΔΕCΠOTH, Manuel , bearded stg. facing wearing crown and military attire , and holding cruciform sceptre and gl. cr.
reverse:- Bust of Christ facing, beardless, wearing nimbus cr. pallium and colobium and raising r hand in benediction in l. scroll. L. IC to r. XC .
exergue: IC/XC//--, diameter: mm, weight: g, axis: h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: A.D., ref: SB 1978, p-398,
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B 062 Manuel I. Comnenus (1143-1180 A.D.), SB 1979, AE-Half-Tetarteron, Thessalonica, Monogram Sear 58 (Δ-M-K-ΠΛ), #182 viewsB 062 Manuel I. Comnenus (1143-1180 A.D.), SB 1979, AE-Half-Tetarteron, Thessalonica, Monogram Sear 58 (Δ-M-K-ΠΛ), #1
avers: No legend, crowned, unbearded bust of Manuel facing, wearing loros, holding labarum and cross on globe.
reverse: Monogram Sear 58 (Δ-M-K-ΠΛ clockwise from left at the ends of a cross) in large letters
exergue:-/-//--, diameter: 16x16mm, weight: 2,65g, axis: 5h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: A.D., ref: SB 1979, p-398,
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B 062 Manuel I. Comnenus (1143-1180 A.D.), SB 1979, AE-Half-Tetarteron, Thessalonica, Monogram Sear 58 (Δ-M-K-ΠΛ), #270 viewsB 062 Manuel I. Comnenus (1143-1180 A.D.), SB 1979, AE-Half-Tetarteron, Thessalonica, Monogram Sear 58 (Δ-M-K-ΠΛ), #2
avers: No legend, crowned, unbearded bust of Manuel facing, wearing loros, holding labarum and cross on globe.
reverse: Monogram Sear 58 (Δ-M-K-ΠΛ clockwise from left at the ends of a cross) in large letters
exergue:-/-//--, diameter: 15,5x15,5mm, weight: 2,31g, axis: 6h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: A.D., ref: SB 1979, p-398,
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B 065 Isaac II. Angelus (1185-1195 A.D.), SB 2005, AE-Tetarteron, Thessalonica, Facing bust of Archangel Michael,66 viewsB 065 Isaac II. Angelus (1185-1195 A.D.), SB 2005, AE-Tetarteron, Thessalonica, Facing bust of Archangel Michael,
avers: ICA /AKI /OC - ΔE /CΠO /TH /C (or similar) to left and right of Isaac, crowned bust facing, wearing loros, holding cross-tipped sceptre and akakia.
reverse: Abbreviated version of O/X/AP-X/MI (or similar) to left and right of facing bust of Archangel Michael, beardless and nimbate, wearing loros and holding jewelled sceptre (sometimes surmounted by trefoil) and cross on globe.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 20x20mm, weight: 5,69g, axis:6h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: A.D., ref: SB 2005,
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B 065 Isaac II. Angelus (1185-1195 A.D.), SB 2006, AE-Half-Tetarteron, Thessalonica, Facing bust of Archangel Michael,74 viewsB 065 Isaac II. Angelus (1185-1195 A.D.), SB 2006, AE-Half-Tetarteron, Thessalonica, Facing bust of Archangel Michael,
avers: ICA /AKI /OC - ΔE /CΠO /TH /C (or similar) to left and right of Isaac, crowned bust facing, wearing loros, holding cross-tipped sceptre and akakia.
reverse: Abbreviated version of O/X/AP-X/MI (or similar) to left and right of facing bust of Archangel Michael, beardless and nimbate, wearing loros and holding jewelled sceptre (sometimes surmounted by trefoil) and cross on globe.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17x17mm, weight: 3,26g, axis: 6h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: A.D., ref: SB 2006,
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B 070 John III. Ducas-Vatazes (1222-1254 A.D.), SB 2116, AE-Half(?)-Tetarteron, Magnesia, Facing bust of St. George, 66 viewsB 070 John III. Ducas-Vatazes (1222-1254 A.D.), SB 2116, AE-Half(?)-Tetarteron, Magnesia, Facing bust of St. George,
avers: IW ΔECΠO O ΔVKAC, Emperor standing facing, holding akakia and labarum.
reverse: Facing bust of St. George, holding spear and shield.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 17-19mm, weight: 1,81g, axis: 6h,
mint: Magnesia, EMPIRE OF NICAEA, date: A.D., ref: SB 2116, DOC IV 58.
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BYZANTINE EMPIRE - Alexius I108 viewsBYZANTINE EMPIRE - Alexius I (1081-1118) Ae post-reform Tetarteron, minted 1092-1118. Obv.: Nimbate bust of Christ facing, raising right hand in benediction, holding book of Gospels in left; to left, IC; to right, XC. Rev.: Crowned bust of emperor facing, holding jeweled scepter and globus cruciger; +AΛC-Ξ . Thessalonica mint. 3.63 g. 21 mm. Reference: SB-1929.1 commentsdpaul7
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BYZANTINE EMPIRE - JOHN II, COMENUS44 viewsBronze half tetarteron, S 1954, F, 1.869g, 16.5mm, 180o, Thessalonica mint, obverse Christ standing facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium and colobium and holding book of Gospels in left hand, to left IC, to right XC; reverse + Iw DeCPOT (or similar), bust of John facing, wearing crown and jeweled chlamys, labarum in right, globus cruciger in leftdpaul7
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BYZANTINE EMPIRE - MANUEL I51 viewsBronze tetarteron, S 1980, uncertain mint, obverse to left Q / G / e , to right W / GI / O / C (or similar), bust of St. George facing, beardless, wearing nimbus, tunic, cuirass, and sagion and holding spear and shield; reverse MANMHL DeCPOT (or similar), Manuel, bust facing, wearing crown and loros and holding labarum and globus cruciger;dpaul7
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BYZANTINE EMPIRE - MANUEL I52 viewsBronze tetarteron, S 1980, uncertain mint, obverse to left Q / G / e , to right W / GI / O / C (or similar), bust of St. George facing, beardless, wearing nimbus, tunic, cuirass, and sagion and holding spear and shield; reverse MANMHL DeCPOT (or similar), Manuel, bust facing, wearing crown and loros and holding labarum and globus cruciger;dpaul7
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Byzantine Empire, Alexius I, AE Tetarteron - Overstruck on Pre-reform Follis.14 viewsThessalonica 1081-1118 A.D. 2.13g - 21.3mm, Axis 6h.

Obv: IC-XC - Nimbate bust of Christ facing, holding book of gospels and raising right hand.

Rev: ALZI DECP - Crowned bust of Alexius facing, wearing jeweled chlamys, holding cross-tipped sceptre and cross on globe.

Sear 1929; BMC 37-40.
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Byzantine Empire, Manuel I Comnenus, AE Tetarteron.7 viewsThessalonica 1143-1180 A.D. 4.00g - 20.4mm, Axis 12h.

Obv: Γ / E-WP / ΓI / OC - Facing bust of St. George, unbearded, nimbate, wearing tunic, cuirasse and cloak, holding spear and shield.

Rev: MANOVH-Λ ΔECΠOT - Crowned bust of Manuel, wearing loros, holding labarum and cross on globe.

SB 1975; BMC 75-77.
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Byzantine Empire: Alexius I Comnenus (1081-1118 CE) AR Tetarteron, Thessalonica (Sear-1907; DOC 9) 19 viewsObv: Christ enthroned facing, holding Gospels; across field, barred IC XC
Rev: Crowned bust of Alexius I facing, weaing loros, holding labarum and akakia; in left and right fields, star

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Byzantine Empire: Alexius I Comnenus (1081-1118) Pb Tetarteron, Thessalonica (Sear-1934L1; DOC Pb.37; Grierson 1035)29 viewsObv: Standing facing figures of John II, wearing stemma, divitision, collar-piece and loros, and St. Demetrius, wearing short military tunic, breastplate and sagion, holding swords and between them, labarum on long shaft.
Rev: Alexius and Irene standing facing, both wearing crown, stemma, divitision and loros and holding between them cross on long shaft
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Byzantine Empire: Alexius I Comnenus (1081-1118) PB Tetarteron, Uncertain Mint (DOC 42)16 viewsObv: IC XC in field; Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels (open) in left hand; Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross
Rev: Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and jeweled loros of traditional type; holds in right hand scepter cruciger and in left globus cruciger

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Byzantine Empire: Alexius I Comnenus (1081-1118) Ć Half Tetarteron, Uncertain Mint in Greece (Sear 1932; DOC IV 45)22 viewsObv: Patriarchal cross; A-A across upper field, K-Φ across lower
Rev: AΛЄZ; Crowned facing bust of Alexius, holding scepter and globus cruciger


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Byzantine Empire: Alexius I Comnenus (1081-1118) Ć Tetarteron, Constantinople (Sear-1922; DOC-35)25 viewsObv: IC XC; Christ Pantokrator enthroned facing
Rev: +ΕΙ ΔΕC; Crowned facing bust of Alexius, holding cruciform scepter and globus cruciger
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Byzantine Empire: Alexius I Comnenus (1081-1118) Ć Tetarteron, Thessalonica (Sear-1929; DOC 38)21 viewsObv: Facing bust of Christ Pantokrator
Rev: Crowned facing bust of Alexius, holding cruciform scepter and globus cruciger
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Byzantine Empire: Alexius I Comnenus (1081-1118) Ć Tetarteron, Thessalonica (Sear-1929; DOC 38)41 viewsObv: Facing bust of Christ Pantokrator
Rev: Crowned facing bust of Alexius, holding cruciform scepter and globus cruciger
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Byzantine Empire: Alexius I Comnenus (1081-1118) Ć Tetarteron, Thessalonica (Sear-1931; DOC VI-40)7 viewsObv: Crowned facing bust, holding cruciform scepter and globus cruciger
Rev: Jeweled cross with central X and globe at each extremity; C-Φ/AΛ-Δ in angles
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Byzantine Empire: Alexius I Comnenus (1081-1118) Ć Tetarteron, Thessalonica (Sear-1931; DOC VI-40)44 viewsObv: Crowned facing bust, holding cruciform scepter and globus cruciger
Rev: Jeweled cross with central X and globe at each extremity; C-Φ/AΛ-Δ in angles


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Byzantine Empire: Alexius I Comnenus (1081-1118) Ć Tetarteron, Thessalonica (Sear-1931; DOC VI-40)17 viewsObv: Crowned facing bust, holding cruciform scepter and globus cruciger
Rev: Jeweled cross with central X and globe at each extremity; C-Φ/AΛ-Δ in angles
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Byzantine Empire: Alexius I Comnenus (1081-1118) Ć Tetarteron, Uncertain Mint (Sear-1932 ; DOC 45)18 viewsObv: A-A / K-Φ; Patriarchal cross set on two steps.
Rev: AΛEΞI; Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and jeweled loros of traditional type; holds in right hand jeweled scepter, and in left hand, globus cruciger

Plate coin from the article Wolkow, C., Ŕ propos d’un groupe de monnaies frappées sous Alexis I Comnčne trouvé ŕ Chypre, Bulletin du Cercle d'Etudes Numismatiques, Vol. 51/No. 1, Jan. 2014
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Byzantine Empire: Alexius I Comnenus (1081-1118) Ć Tetarteron, Uncertain Mint (Sear-1933; DOC 43)34 viewsObv: Christ Pantokrator standing facing
Rev: Alexius standing facing, holding labarum and globus cruciger
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Byzantine Empire: Alexius III Angelus-Comnenus (1197-1203) Ć Tetarteron, Thessalonica (Sear 2015; DOC 5a)30 viewsObv: Θ/ΓЄ/ШP ΓI/OC; Bust of St. George, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and sagion; holds spear in right hand, resting on left shoulder, and in left, hilt of sword
Rev: ΑΛЄΞΙΟC ΔЄCΠΟΤΗC; Full-length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in right hand labarum on long shaft, and in left globus cruciger
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Byzantine Empire: Andronicus I Comnenus (1183-1185) Ć Half Tetarteron, Uncertain Mint (Sear-1989; DOC-8)32 viewsObv: Half-length bust of the Virgin Mary facing, orans; medallion with bust of Christ on her chest
Rev: Half-length figure of Andronicus facing, holding labarum and globus cruciger

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Byzantine Empire: Andronicus I Comnenus (1183-1185) Ć Tetarteron, Thessalonica (Sear 1987; DOC IV, 6)24 viewsObv: MP - ΘV in field; Bust of Virgin nimbate orans, wearing tunic and maphorion; beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast
Rev: ANΔPO-NIKOC; Bust of emperor wearing stemma, skaramangion or divitision, and saigon; holds in right hand labarum-headed scepter, and in left, globus cruciger
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Byzantine Empire: Andronicus I Comnenus (1183-1185) Ć Tetarteron, Thessalonica (Sear 1987; DOC IV, 6)19 viewsObv: MP - ΘV in field; Bust of Virgin nimbate orans, wearing tunic and maphorion; beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast
Rev: ANΔPO-NIKOC; Bust of emperor wearing stemma, skaramangion or divitision, and saigon; holds in right hand labarum-headed scepter, and in left, globus cruciger
Dim: 21 mm; 4.76 g
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Byzantine Empire: Isaac II Angelus, 1st Reign (1185-1195) Ć Tetarteron, Thessalonica (Sear-2005; DOC-5a)21 viewsObv: Facing bust of St. Michael the Archangel, holding trefoil-tipped scepter and globus cruciger
Rev: Facing bust of Isaac, holding cross-tipped scepter and akakia
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Byzantine Empire: Isaac II Angelus, 1st Reign (1185-1195) Ć Tetarteron, Thessalonica (Sear-2005; DOC-5a)17 viewsObv: Facing bust of St. Michael the Archangel, holding trefoil-tipped scepter and globus cruciger
Rev: Facing bust of Isaac, holding cross-tipped scepter and akakia
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Byzantine Empire: Isaac II Angelus, 1st Reign (1185-1195) Ć Tetarteron, Thessalonica (Sear-2005; DOC-5d.3)11 viewsObv: Facing bust of St. Michael the Archangel, holding trefoil-tipped scepter and globus cruciger
Rev: Facing bust of Isaac, holding cross-tipped scepter and akakia
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Byzantine Empire: Manuel I Commenus (1143-1180) AE Tetarteron (Sear-1976)45 viewsObv: IC - XC.
Cross with X at centre, standing on three steps.
Rev: ΜΛΝϪΗΛ ΔЄCΠΟΤΗ;
Half-length facing figure of Manuel, wearing crown, divitision and loros, holding labarum and globus cruciger.
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Byzantine Empire: Manuel I Commenus (1143-1180) AE Tetarteron (Sear-1976)11 viewsObv: IC - XC; Cross with X at centre, standing on three steps.
Rev: ΜΛΝϪΗΛ ΔЄCΠΟΤΗ; Half-length facing figure of Manuel, wearing crown, divitision and loros, holding labarum and globus cruciger.
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Byzantine Empire: Manuel I Comnenus (1143-1180 CE) Tetarteron, Constantinople (Sear-1968)28 viewsObv: MP-ΘV; Virgin Hagiosoritissa, nimbate, wearing pallium and maphorium, standing slightly right, raising hands to Manus Dei to upper right
Rev: ΜΑΝVΗΛ-ΔЄCΠΟΤΗC; Manuel, bearded, standing facing, wearing crown, divitision, loros and sagion, cruciform sceptre in right hand, akakia in left

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Byzantine Empire: Manuel I Comnenus (1143-1180) Ć Half Tetarteron, Thessalonica (Sear-1978; DOC 21)30 viewsObv: Facing bust of Christ Emmanuel, raising right hand in benediction, holding volumen in left
Rev: Manuel standing facing, holding cruciform scepter and globus cruciger

From the Prue Morgan Fitts Collection
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Byzantine Empire: Manuel I Comnenus (1143-1180) Ć Half Tetarteron, Thessalonica (Sear-1978; DOC 21)10 viewsObv: Facing bust of Christ Emmanuel, raising right hand in benediction, holding volumen in left
Rev: ΜΛΝϪΗΛ ΔЄC ΠΟΤΗ; Manuel standing facing, holding cruciform scepter and globus cruciger
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Byzantine Empire: Manuel I Comnenus (1143-1180) Ć Half Tetarteron, Uncertain Greek Mint (Sear-1979)11 viewsObv: Sear Monogram 58 of Manuel
Rev: Crowned facing bust, holding labarum and globus cruciger


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Byzantine Empire: Manuel I Comnenus (1143-1180) Ć Half Tetarteron, Uncertain Greek Mint (Sear-1979)13 viewsObv: Sear Monogram 58 of Manuel
Rev: Crowned facing bust, holding labarum and globus cruciger


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Byzantine Empire: Manuel I Comnenus (1143-1180) Ć Tetarteron, Thessalonica (Sear-1975)13 viewsObv: Θ/Γ/Є ШP/ΓI/O/C; Bust of St. George, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and sagion; holds in right hand spear, and in left , shield
Rev: MANOV HΛ ΔECΠOT; Bust of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar-piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in right hand labarum-headed scepter, and in left globus cruciger
Weight: 3.4 g
Diameter: 19 mm
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Byzantine Empire: Manuel I Comnenus (1143-1180) Ć Tetarteron, Thessalonica (Sear-1975)69 viewsObv: Θ/Γ/Є ШP/ΓI/O/C; Bust of St. George, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and sagion; holds in right hand spear, and in left , shield
Rev: MANOV HΛ ΔECΠOT; Bust of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar-piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in right hand labarum-headed scepter, and in left globus cruciger
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Byzantine, Alexius I Comnenus, AE TETARTERON SBCV-1931 DOC 40 CLBC 2.4.7 175 viewsOBV Jeweled radiate Cross, decorated at the end of each limb with one large globule and two smaller, all on two steps.

REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and jeweled loros of traditional type; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger. Complete Inscription

Size 19mm

Weight 3.08

This is a perfect example , nicely centered and a full legend for Alexius, choice in all aspects.
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Byzantine, John II 47 viewsAE half tetarteron 15 mm 1.6 grams
OBV :: Christ standing facing on footstool, nimbus Cr. pallium and colobium holding book of gospels
IC XC (L and rt)
REV :: John standing facing wearing crown divitision and chamys, holding labarum and gl. cr. to
Minted in Thessalonica
B.M.C 67-9, Sear 1954

http://www.forumancientcoins.com/board/index.php?topic=42660.0
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BYZANTINE, ALEXIUS I23 viewsAlexius I
Tetarteron AE 16mm.
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BYZANTINE, ALEXIUS I AE Tetarteron S- Unlisted DOC 41 CLBC 2.4.11132 views
OBV Monogram of Alexius.

REV Bust of Emperor wearing stemma divitision and jeweled loros of traditional type holds in r. hand jeweled scepter and in l. gl. cr.

Size 16/18mm

Weight 2.3gm

This is believed to be a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. Grierson believed this coin to be an imitation and Hendy's original catalog mentioned the coin as mythical , a coin had been published a century before but no currently known examples.
By the time DOC IV was published twenty years latter, one was found in the collection of the museum of Istanbul.

My example has now been published in BULLETIN du cercle d'etudeas Numismatiques VOL 52 Jan 2015 by Cedric Wolkow, three examples are shown. This one appears to be in the best condition.

DOC lists the above coin as the only example( Istanbul Museum ) Weight 3.74gm and size at 17mm. Mine is considerable lighter.
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BYZANTINE, ALEXIUS I, AE TETARTERON S-1929 DOC 38 CLBC 2.4.5215 viewsOBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV. Bust facing wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 19.11mm

Weight 2.6gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver.

DOC lists 9 examples with weight s running from 1.82gm to 5.10gm and size from 18mm to 22mm

I have numerous examples of this coin, this is by far the most attractive I have ever seen and it is one of the highlights of my collection.

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Byzantine, Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1929, AE-Tetarteron, IC/XC//--, Thessalonica, #1201 viewsB 060 Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1929, AE-Tetarteron, IC/XC//--, Thessalonica, #1
avers: +AΛZI ΔECΠ, crowned bust of Alexius facing, wearing jewelled chlamys, holding cross-tipped sceptre and cross on globe (left picture).
reverse: IC-XC to left and right of nimbate bust of Christ facing, holding book of gospels and raising right hand ( right picture).
exergue: IC/XC//--, diameter: 17,5-19,5mm,weight: g, axis: h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: 1092-1118 A.D., postreform, ref: SB-1929, Grierson-1055,
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Byzantine, Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1931, AE-Tetarteron, C/AΛ/Φ/Δ//--, Thessalonica, Jewelled cross,285 viewsB 060 Alexius I. Comnenus (1081-1118 A.D.), SB 1931, AE-Tetarteron, C/AΛ/Φ/Δ//--, Thessalonica, Jewelled cross, #1
avers: TW KOMHN, Crowned facing bust of Alexius, wearing loros, holding cross-tipped sceptre and cross on globe.
reverse: Jewelled cross with globe at each end, X in centre, on two steps, C-Φ/AΛ-Δ in the corners, clockwise from top left.
exergue: C/AΛ/Φ/Δ//--, diameter: 19,0-21,5mm, weight: 3,75g, axis: 6h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: A.D., ref: SB 1931,
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BYZANTINE, ALEXIUS III ANGELUS-COMNENUS AE Half? TETARTERON S-2015/7v DOC 5 CLBC 8.4.3v DIANE VARIATION UNLISTED 134 viewsOBV Bust of St. George , beardless and nimbate , wearing tunic, breastplate wearing tunic, breastplate, and sagion; holds spear in r. hand resting on l. shoulder and in l. scroll or hilt of sword AND shield behind left arm.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger with patriarchal cross.

Size 17.94mm

Weight 2.4gm

I purchased this as part of a collection from Europe. The coin was attributed by previous owner as S-2017 a much rarer coin to find. Upon reexamining the coin, it turned out it has a shield and hilt of sword that the left hand is holding. On the reverse the gl.cr. has a patriarchal cross, this is seen on his half Tetartera.

The weight is average for for a half Tetarteron and a bit low for a full Tetarteron . the die size is around 15mm, small for a Tetarteron and large for a half.

I associated it with SBCV-2015 but in truth it could be a variation SBCV-2017

AKA Alexius III Diane variation.


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Byzantine, ALEXIUS III ANGELUS-COMNENUS, AE HALF TETARTERON SBCV-2016 DOC 7 CLBC 8.4.427 viewsOBV Bust of St. George , beardless and nimbate , wearing tunic, breastplate wearing tunic, breastplate, and sagion; holds spear in r. hand resting on l. shoulder and in l. hand. Scroll or hilt of sword

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger cr. Manus Dei ( Hands of God) in upper right field.

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron

Size 16mm

Weight 1.7gm

DOC lists 6 examples with weights from 1.2 to 1.9 gm and sizes 15x11 to 17mm
Simon
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BYZANTINE, ALEXIUS, AE TETARTERON30 viewsAE tetarteron. Alexius. S-1933, Rare
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Byzantine, ANDRONICUS, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1986 DOC 5 CLBC 5.4.1 26 viewsOBV Full length figure of Virgin nimbate, wearing tunic and maphorion, standing on dais, holds nimbate beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Full length figure of emperor on l. crowned by Christ bearded and nimbate. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, and chlamys holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. anexikakia, Christ wearing tunic and kolobion, holds gospels in l. hand.

Size 20.84

Weight 4.55gm

DOC lists 14 examples with weights from 2.49gm to 4.54gm and sizes from 18mm to 23mm
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Byzantine, Anonymous (Magn.) AE Tetarteron – SBCV-2154 DOC IV 6 Type D 141 viewsOBV Cross radiate, with lunate ornaments, decorated with pellets , at ends.

REV Half length figure of Virgin, nimbate, orans wearing tunic.

Size 20mm

Weight 2.61gm

DOC lists 4 examples. weight vary 1.32gm to 2.52gm and 19 to 22mm
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BYZANTINE, Isaac Comnenus295 viewsIsaac Comnenus
unsurper in cyprus
AE tetarteron
Obv.The virgin standing right with hands raised.
Rev. Isaac standing facing.
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BYZANTINE, ISAAC COMNENUS OF CYPRUS AG TETARTERON SBCV-1998 178 viewsDOC 610 CLBC 6.3.6A GR 1125

OBV Christ Emmanuel, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated upon throne with back; r hand raised in benediction holds scroll in l. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor on l. crowned by virgin nimbate. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia. Virgin wears tunic and maphorion.

Size 18.5/20mm

Weight 4.2

These issues in Cyprus have a small amount of silver in them 1.5% make them more related to the Metropolitan issue of the empire. This issue is heavier than most listed types. Variations of Isaac Comnenus coinage seem more common than the Byzantine Emperors, in this case the sash on the Emperors waist.

I have decided not clean this coin any further,I think it is attractive as it stands.

DOC list 4 examples with a weight of 2.81 to 2.84 and sized at 19mm to 21mm
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BYZANTINE, ISAAC II AE Tetarteron S-2005 DOC5586 viewsFacing bust of the Archangel Michael beardless and nimbate, wearing loros and holding sceptre with trifoil device. and gl.cr. Rev Bust of Isaac facing wearing crown and loros and holding cruiciform sceptre and akakia. 21mm Nice Very Fine! **** Note the trifoil device that Archangel Michael holds.***** DOC 5a.1 2 commentsSimon
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BYZANTINE, ISAAC II ANGELUS, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON S-2004 DOC 4 CLBC 7.4.1 89 viewsOBV Full length figure of Virgin nimbate, orans, standing on dais, wearing tunic and maphorion; beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

REV Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia. Manus Dei in upper right field


Size 20.mm

Weight 5.3 1gm

DOC lists 16 examples with weights from 1.70gm to 4.36 and sizes 19mm to 24x18mm

Nicest example I have ever seen, just added to my collection, almost perfect except for wear on the Virgins face VF/EF
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Byzantine, Isaac II. Angelus (1185-1195 A.D.), SB 2005, AE-Tetarteron, Thessalonica,541 viewsIsaac II. Angelus (1185-1195 A.D.), SB 2005, AE-Tetarteron, Thessalonica,
avers: Abbreviated version of O/X/AP-X/MI (or similar) to left and right of facing bust of Archangel Michael, beardless and nimbate, wearing loros and holding jewelled sceptre (sometimes surmounted by trefoil) and cross on globe.
reverse: ICA /AKI /OC - ΔE /CΠO /TH /C (or similar) to left and right of Isaac, crowned bust facing, wearing loros, holding cross-tipped sceptre and akakia.
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 20x20mm, weight: 5,69g, axis: 6h,
mint: Thessalonica, date: A.D., ref: SB 2005,
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BYZANTINE, JOHN II42 viewsJohn II
AE tetarteron 16mm
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BYZANTINE, John II Comneus - AE Half-Tetarteron - Christ45 viewsCrusades
RULER: John II Comneus
MINT: Thessalonica
DENOMINATION: AE Half-Tetarteron
OBVERSE: Christ standing facing with book of gospels
REVERSE: Bust of John facing with labarum & cross on globe
SIZE: 17mm
WEIGHT: 1.7g
DATE: 1118-1143 AD
REFERENCE: SB 1954; Ratto 2108
HISTORY: The reign of John II, Comnenus represents a phase of consolidation in the Byzantine empire of the conquests of his father, Alexius, coupled with the reconquest of territories previously lost.
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Byzantine, JOHN II, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1945 DOC 12 CLBC 3.4.1 244 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds Gospels in l. hand.

REV Full length figure of Emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of a simplified type. Holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. hand gl. cr.

Size 21mm

Weight 4.03.gm

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BYZANTINE, JOHN III DUCAS, AE Tetarteron S- 2117 DOC 59 168 viewsOBV Cross within crescent-shapeped ornament decorated with pellets.
REV Half length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision , collar-piece and paneled loros of a simplified type, holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter, and in l. a globus surmounted by patriarchal cross
Size 19mm/16mm. Weight 1.8 gm

DOC lists 5 examples with weights from 1.55 gm to 2.54 and sizes 15mm to 20mm All odd shaped in size

I believe this to be the nicest I've seen but it is close. The coin has nice highlights, sand filled patina and nice eye appeal. When grading this coin keep in mind the denomination being small and rarely struck with perfection but this one definitely has it's charms.
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BYZANTINE, Latin Rule Half Tetarteron S-2058226 viewsOBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, wearing tunic and maphorion

REV Leaved patriarchal cross.

17mm 1.59gm

Personally I think this is the nicest of the Latin designs and this one is the best I have seen. I just added it to my collection.
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Byzantine, MANUEL COMENUNUS, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1968 DOC 15 CLBC 4.4.2 161 viewsOBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans, wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia

Size 20.53mm

Weight 4.2gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC lists 34 examples with weights from 2.32 to 4.9gm and size from 17mm to 22mm

The coins only flaw, wear on the Virgins face. Other that near perfect centering and a wonderful reverse strike.
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Byzantine, MANUEL COMNENUS AE HALF TETARTERON SBCV-1980 DOC 23 CLBC 4.4.9 63 viewsOBV Bust of St. George, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and Saigon; holds in r. hand spear, and in l. shield.

REV Bust of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 17.30 mm

Weight 2.4gm

This example is beautiful . I would grade aEF Manuel's nose is rubbed away but patina is consistant , rarity 1/5 Common coin , uncommon condition.

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Byzantine, MANUEL Comnenus I, METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1969 DOC 16 CLBC 4.4.3 89 views
OBV Full length figure of Christ standing on a dais, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; right hand raised high in benediction holds Gospels in l. hand. Pellets in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right a labrum on a long shaft. On which X and in l. globus cruciger


Size 19.6mm

Weight 3.0


DOC lists 11 examples with weights from 2.76 to 4.14 gm and sizes from 18mm to 20mm
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Byzantine, MANUEL Comnenus, AE Half Tetarteron SBCV-1979 DOC 22 CLBC 4.4.11 31 viewsOBV Large, often ill formed letters

REV Bust of emperor, beardless, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece ( Most frequently decorated with 6 jewels) and paneled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 17.33mm

Weight 2.59 gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. These coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

This coin is good Very fine, lightly circulated. I believe this to be a perfect example.

DOC lists 27 examples with weights ranging from 1.10gm to 2.96 gm with sizes from 14mm to 18mm.
Simon
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BYZANTINE, MANUEL I34 viewsManuel I
AE tetarteron 16mm
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BYZANTINE, MANUEL I16 viewsManuel I
AE tetarteron 16mm
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BYZANTINE, MANUEL I24 viewsManuel I
AE tetarteron 16mm
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Cyprus: Usurper Isaac Comnenus (1185-1191) Ć Tetarteron, Type B (Sear-1998; DOC 10a)36 viewsObv: Christ Pantokrator enthroned facing
Rev: Isaac standing facing, being crowned by the Virgin Mary
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EB1008 Manuel I / Monogram9 viewsManuel I. AE Half-Tetarteron, 1143-1180 AD.
Obverse: Crowned, unbearded bust of Manuel facing, wearing loros, holding labarum and cross on globe.
Reverse: Monogram Sear 57 Δ-M-K-ΠΛ.
References: SB 1977.
Diameter: 17.5mm, Weight: 1.919g.
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EMPIRE OF NICAEA - Uncertain Emperor98 viewsEmpire of Nicaea, Uncertain Emperor -- AE Tetarteron 1254-1258 AD Obv: B and reverse image B. Rev: IC-XC to left and right of jewelled cross. Reference: Sear Byz 2155; DOC 7.dpaul7
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Empire of Nicaea: Anonymous (1227-1261) Ć Tetarteron (Sear 2155)15 viewsObv: IC XC in arcs of cross; Cross decorated with pellets
Rev: Two Bs, back to back, decorated with pellets; pellet in loops of letter to right
Dim: 17mm, 1.85g
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Empire of Nicaea: Anonymous (1227-1261) Ć Tetarteron (Sear-2151)21 viewsObv: Pelleted B; trefoil to left and right.
Rev: Emperor seated facing on throne, holding cruciform scepter and akakia.
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Empire of Nicaea: Anonymous (1227-1261) Ć Tetarteron (Sear-2155)13 viewsObv: IC XC in arcs of cross; Cross decorated with pellets
Rev: Two Bs, back to back, decorated with pellets; pellet in loops of letter to right
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Empire of Nicaea: Anonymous (ca. 1204-1261) AE Tetarteron (Sear-2154)11 viewsObv: MP - ΘV; The Virgin Mary standing facing, orans, with Christ medallion on breast.
Rev: Pelleted cross, with crescent ends; all over pelleted saltire cross.
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Empire of Nicaea: Anonymous (ca. 1222-1258) Ć Tetarteron, Magnesia (Sear-2157; DOC 9)10 viewsObv: Ο ΛΓΙΟC ΘЄΟΔΟΡΟC, in two columnar groups. Three-quarter-length figure of St. Theodore, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and sagion; holds in right hand sword, resting over shoulder, and in left, shield
Rev: Ornate cross, with saltire cross at center and set upon floral scroll
Dim: 18 mm, 1.70 g
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Empire of Nicaea: John III Ducas-Vatatzes (1221-1254) AE Tetarteron, Magnesia Mint (Sear-2117; DOC-IV, Part 2-59)38 viewsObv: Cross within crescent-shaped ornament decorated with pellets
Rev: Half-length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar-piece, and paneled loros of simplified types; holds in right hand labarum-headed scepter, and in left globus cruciger or globus surmounted by patriarchal cross
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Empire of Nicaea: John III Ducas-Vatazes (1222-1254) Ć Tetarteron, Magnesia (Sear 2114)13 viewsObv: Square, formed on four interlaced bands ornamented with pellets
Rev: IШ ΔЄCΠOTHC O ΔϪKAC in two columnar groups. Full-length figure of emperor wearing stemma, short military tunic, breastplate and sagion; left hand holds sword, resting over shoulder; right hand on sheath, point downward
Dim: 18 mm, 1.97 g
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Empire of Nicaea: John III Ducas-Vatazes (1222-1254) Ć Tetarteron, Magnesia (Sear 2115)40 viewsObv: Head of cherub with four wings; triangle of three pellets in field on either side
Rev: IШ ΔЄCΠOTHC O ΔϪKAC in two columnar groups. Full-length figure of emperor wearing stemma, div. and chlamys; right hand holds labarum-headed sceptor; left hand holds glob cr.
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Empire of Nicaea: John III Ducas-Vatazes (1222-1254) Ć Tetarteron, Magnesia (Sear-2116; DOC 58)30 viewsObv: Bust of St. George, beardless and nimbate, wearing runic, breastplate, and sagion; golds in right hand spear, resting over shoulder, and in left, shield
Rev: Legend in two columnar groups. Full-length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitsion, collar-piece, jeweled loros of simplified type, and sagion; holds in right hand labarum on long shaft, and in left, anexikakia
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Empire of Nicaea: John III Ducas-Vatazes (1222-1254) Ć Tetarteron, Magnesia (Sear-2120; DOC 62)15 viewsObv: Emperor standing facing, holding labarumr and globus cruciger
Rev: Patriarchal cross set on two steps

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Empire of Nicaea: Theodore II Ducas-Lascaris (1254-1258) Ć Tetarteron, Magnesia (Sear 2145; DOC IV, Type A 13; Lianta 309-10)18 viewsObv: Large fleur de lis, pellet in upper and lower field, to either side
Rev: ΘЄOΔШPOC ΔЄCΠΟΤHC in two columnar groups. Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in right hand labarum on long shaft, and in left, anexikakia
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ISAAC II TBD194 viewsFacing bust of the Archangel Michael beardless and nimbate, wearing loros and holding sceptre with spear. and gl.cr. Rev Bust of Isaac facing wearing crown and loros and holding cruiciform sceptre and akakia 15mm is it S-2006 DOC-6 or just overclipped?

Even clipped the image is still smaller than the normal 20mm full tetarteron version.
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ISAAC II AE Tetarteron S-2004 DOC 4213 viewsThe Vigin orans stg. facing, nimbate and wearing pallium and maphorium; on her breast and nimbate hd. of the infant Christ facing to l. Rev Isaac Stg. facing wearing crown divitision and chalmys and holding cruciform and akakia in upper field to r manus dei ( Hands of God.), Constantinople mint, 20mm Fine + Rarly seen coin, rarer than Sear lists.
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ISAAC II AE Tetarteron S-2005 DOC 5194 viewsFacing bust of the Archangel Michael beardless and nimbate, wearing loros and holding sceptre with unknown device. and gl.cr. Rev Bust of Isaac facing wearing crown and loros and holding cruiciform sceptre and akakia. 21mm Nice Very Fine! DOC 5
Simon
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ISAAC II AE Tetarteron S-2005 DOC5171 viewsFacing bust of the Archangel Michael beardless and nimbate, wearing loros and holding jeweled sceptre and gl.cr.
Rev Bust of Isaac facing wearing crown and loros and holding cruiciform sceptre and akakia. 20mm Fine .

**** Note the diffrent syle of sceptre that the Archangel holds.****
Simon
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ISAAC II AE Tetarteron S-2005 DOC5221 viewsFacing bust of the Archangel Michael beardless and nimbate, wearing loros and holding sceptre with trifoil device. and gl.cr. Rev Bust of Isaac facing wearing crown and loros and holding cruiciform sceptre and akakia. 21mm Nice Very Fine! **** Note the trifoil device that Archangel Michael holds.***** DOC 5a.1Simon
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Isaac II, SBCV 200539 views[O/X/AP] - X/MI
Facing bust of Archangel Michael holding jeweled scepter and globus cruciger
ICA AKI OC - ΔEC/ΠT/H
Facing bust of Isaac wearing loros, holding cruciform scepter and akakia
Thessalonica mint

AE tetarteron, 20mm, 3.81g
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JOHN II Tetarteron DOC 13151 viewsMP OV in field, Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion. Rev Full length figure of emperor wearing stemma , divitision and chalmy's holds in r. hand jeweled sceptre and in l. Globus Cr. Constantinople mint 18mm S-1946Simon
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JOHN II 1/2 Tetaereron S-1955 DOC 17200 viewsFacing bust of St. Demetrius, beardless wearing nimbus and military attire, and holding sword and sheild. Rev Bust facing, wearing crown and loros, and holding labarum and gl. cr. DOC 17 15mm Fine +

*** Difficult to find nice ones and easily confused with Saint George Manuel half tetarteron, inscription of saint is the key.***
Simon
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JOHN II AE 1/2 Tetarteron S-1954 DOC16157 viewsChrist stg. facing on footstool, wearing nimbus cr., pallium and colobium and holding book of gospels in l. hand. L. IC to XC. Bust facing, wearing crown and jewelled chlamys and holding labarum and Gl. Cr. Thessalonica mint, 16mm VF DOC 16
Simon
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JOHN II AE 1/2 Tetarteron S-1954 DOC16152 viewsChrist stg. facing on footstool, wearing nimbus cr., pallium and colobium and holding book of gospels in l. hand. L. IC to XC. Bust facing, wearing crown and jewelled chlamys and holding labarum and Gl. Cr. Thessalonica mint, 16mm aVF DOC 16

This coin has many different styles, Christ is depicted in many ways, some very different especially in style.
Simon
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JOHN II AE 1/2 Tetarteron S-1954v DOC16v Unlisted Variation ?192 viewsChrist stg. facing on footstool, wearing nimbus cr., pallium and colobium and holding book of gospels in l. hand. L. IC to XC. Bust facing, wearing crown and jewelled chlamys and holding labarum and Gl. Cr. Thessalonica mint, 18.73mm 2.50 grams Nice Fine DOC 16v

This coin has Christ r. arm raised, perhaps in benediction, the normal version has him with both hands on or very near the book of gospels at his waist.It is also one of the larger and heavier examples of this coin that is recorded.***** A fellow collector on the board has aquired another one with Christ's hand raised , this gives this more credibility to being an unlisted variation.*******
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John II AE half tetarteron Thessalonica Sear 195519 viewsTask_Force
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JOHN II AE Tetarteron S-1945 DOC12214 viewsChrist stg. facing on footstool, wearing nimbus cr., pallium and colobium and holding book of gospels in l. hand. L. IC to XC. Rev John stg. facing wearing crown divitivsion and loros holding cruiciform sceptre and gl. cr. Constantinople mint. Ef with Pitting, still a wonderful coin. DOC 12

*** This issue has been found fully silvered , the series was billion like all the Constantinople issues, but less than 5% silver.*******
Simon
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JOHN II AE Tetarteron S-1945 DOC12154 viewsChrist stg. facing on footstool, wearing nimbus cr., pallium and colobium and holding book of gospels in l. hand. L. IC to XC. Rev John stg. facing wearing crown divitivsion and loros holding cruiciform sceptre and gl. cr. Constantinople mint. 18mm Good Fine! *** This version apears to be just copper.****Simon
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JOHN II AE Tetarteron S-1945 DOC12158 viewsChrist stg. facing on footstool, wearing nimbus cr., pallium and colobium and holding book of gospels in l. hand. L. IC to XC. Rev John stg. facing wearing crown divitivsion and loros holding cruiciform sceptre and gl. cr. Constantinople mint. DOC 12

The off center strike of the obv gives the viewer the impression he is sitting, alas no, also notice the ancient graffiti on Christ.

Simon
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JOHN II AE Tetarteron S-1953 DOC 14b189 viewsBust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cr,.pallium and colobium and raising right hand in benediction in l. book of gospels to l., Pellets in each limb of cross IC to XC. Rev Bust facing wearing crown and jewelled chalmys and holding jewelled sceptre and gl.cr.Thessalonica mint . 20mm Fine+

*** Another version of this issue has Emperor holding a labarum instead of a Jewelled sceptre, howevr, I can find record of only one known and it is in a Private collection. DOC 15 ******
Simon
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JOHN II AE Tetarteron S-1953 DOC 14b170 viewsBust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cr,.pallium and colobium and raising right hand in benediction in l. book of gospels to l., Pellets in each limb of cross IC to XC. Rev Bust facing wearing crown and jewelled chalmys and holding jewelled sceptre and gl.cr.Thessalonica mint . 22mm 4.05g.1 commentsSimon
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John II Comnenus AE Half Tetarteron17 viewsJohn II Comnenus
AE Half Tetarteron 1.70g / 17mm / -
- Christ nimbate standing facing on footstool, wearing pallium & colobium, holding book of gospels, IC to l. XC to r.
IW DECPOT - Facing bust wearing crown & jewelled chlamys, holding labarum & globus cruciger
Mint: (1118-1143 AD)
References: Sear 1953
Scotvs Capitis
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JOHN II Comnenus; A.D. 1118-1143 Æ Tetarteron, Thessalonica. Sear 195312 viewsJOHN II Comnenus; A.D. 1118-1143 Ć Tetarteron, 4.6g, 18mm. Obv. IC-XC, Bust of Christ facing. Rev. Iwh....., Bust of John facing holding jewelled sceptre and globus cruciger. Mint of Thessalonica. Sear BCV 1953Podiceps
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John II Coronation issue lead Tetarteron29 viewsObv-IC XC Bust of Christ facing nimbate, bearded wearing tunic and colobium, open gospels in left
Reverse: AACE EC Bust of Alexius facing wearing stemma divitision and jeweled loros, cruciform in right, globus in left.
Mint: Unk
Date: 1092-1118 CE
Grierson 1046
ex Forum
Issued for celebrations throughout the empire for the coronation of John II as co-emperor in1092. This scarce type and two rare types issued for the coronation are traditionally identified as the earliest tetarteron. They may actually be sphragidia that were distributed only to a select group of people who participated in the celebrations or for charitable purposes.
wileyc
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John II, SBCV 195314 viewsChrist enthroned, facing, holding Book of Gospels, IC XC in fields to sides
Crowned bust of Alexius, facing, wearing chlamys, holding labarum and globus cruciger
AE tetarteron, 20mm, 3.91g
novacystis
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John II, SBCV 195413 viewsChrist standing on foot stool, IC XC in field to sides
+IΩ ΔECΠOT
Facing bust wearing chlamys, holding jeweled scepter and globes cruciger
AE half tetarteron, 16mm, 2.35g
novacystis
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John II, SBCV 195511 viewsΘ / ΔI / MI - T / PI / O / C
Facing bust of St. Demetrius, wearing military attire
[+IW] ΔEC
Facing bust of John searing loros, holding labarum and globus cruciger
AE half tetarteron, 16mm, 1.41g
novacystis
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John II, SBCV 195513 viewsΘ / ΔI / MI - T / PI / O / C
Facing bust of St. Demetrius, wearing military attire
[+IW] ΔEC
Facing bust of John searing loros, holding labarum and globus cruciger
AE half tetarteron, 18mm, 2.10g
novacystis
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Latin Rulers of Constantinople: Anonymous (1204-1261) Ć Half-tetarteron, Constantinople (Sear 2058; CLBC 11.26; DOC IV Type A; Grierson 1265)32 viewsObv: MP - ΘV in field; Bust of Virgin nimbate, wearing tunic and maphorion
Rev: Leaved patriarchal cross
Dim: 19 mm, 2.26 g
1 commentsQuant.Geek
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Latin Rulers of Constantinople: Anonymous (1204-1261) Ć Half-tetarteron, Constantinople (Sear 2059; CLBC 11.27; DOC IV Type B; Grierson 1266) 12 viewsObv: Columnar legend Η/ΑΓΙ/ΑЄ/AЄ/ΝЄ to left; Full-length figure of St. Helen nimbate, turned slightly to right, wearing stemma, divitision, collar-piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds patriarchal cross on long shaft in left hand.
Rev: Circular legend OAΓΙOC or similar to left, KONCTANT to right; Full-length figure of St. Constantine, turned slightly to left, wearing stemma, divitision, collar-piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds patriarchal cross on long shaft in right hand, and in left, anexikakia.
Dim: 19 mm, 1.93 g
Quant.Geek
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MANUEL 1/2 Tetarteron ( Heavy Standard) S-1978 DOC 21167 viewsBust of Christ facing, beardless, wearing nimbus cr. pallium and colobium and raising r hand in benediction in l. scroll. L. IC to r. XC
Rev Manuel , bearded stg. facing wearing crown and military attire , and holding cruciform sceptre and gl. cr. Thessalonica mint , Heavy standard 16/20mm CLIPPED , Fine weak spots DOC 21

Another lesser seen issue,I think it was more than likely a full tetarteron with a short production run.
Simon
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MANUEL 1/2 Tetarteron S-1980 DOC 23?217 viewsBust of St. George facing beardless wearing nimbus, tunic, cuirass and sagion and holding spear and sheild. Rev Bust facing wearing crown loros and holding labarum and gl, cr. 14mm DOC 23 aVF Barbarous?1 commentsSimon
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MANUEL 1/2 Tetarteron S-1981 DOC 24156 viewsBust of Christ facing, beardless, wearing nimbus cr. pallium and colobium and raising right hand in benediction, in l. scroll. Rev Manuel, beardrd stg. facing , wearing crown and military attire and holding cruciform sceptre and gl. cr.13mm DOC 24 Hard to grade due to the O/C obv. This coin has nice details and good relief making it above average. DOC 24 Sizes for this issue normally range from 16 to 19mmSimon
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MANUEL AE 1/2 Tetarteron S-1982 DOC 25167 viewsCross with X at Centre, stg. on three steps, to l. IC to r. XC Rev. Half length figure of Manuel facing wearing crown and loros, and holding labarum and gl. cr. 16mm DOC 25 Fine + with weak areas. Sizes of this issue range from 17mm to 19mmSimon
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MANUEL AE Tetarteron S-1970 DOC 17179 viewsFacing bust of the Virgin orans, wearing pallium and Maphorium to l. MP to r. OV Rev Half length figure of Manuel facing wearing crown and jewelled Chalmys and holding labarum and gl. cr.

Note, this coin is easy to distinguish between the more common Androincus version because the Virgin does not have the nimbate head of Christ at her waist.This is the only example I have seen outside the books, the ones on ebay are commonly misattributed

Simon
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MANUEL Half Tetarteron S-1979 DOC 22184 viewsMonogram 57. Rev. No Legend Bust of Manuel facing, beardless, wearing crown and loros, holding labarum and gl.cr. Uncertain Greek Mint. 18mm Very Fine DOC 22

Simon
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Manuel I28 viewsAE Tetarteron
Thessalonica mint, 1143-1180
21mm, 2.25
BCV- 1976

Obverse:
MANuHΛ ΔECΠOTH
Half length figure of Manuel facing, wearing crown and loros, and holding labarum and globus cruciger.

Reverse:
IC XC
Cross, with X at center, standing on three steps
rubadub
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MANUEL I AE 1/2 Tetarteron S-1979220 viewsMonogram 58 with large letters. Rev. No Legend Bust of Manuel facing, beardless, wearing crown and loros, holding labarum and gl.cr. Uncertain Greek Mint. 18mm Very Fine

The style of the coin is very unique but it is Monogram 58.
Simon
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MANUEL I AE Half Tetarteron S-1977 DOC 20199 viewsMonogram 57 with small neat letters.. Rev. No Legend Bust of Manuel facing, beardless, wearing crown and loros, holding labarum and gl.cr. Thessalonica Mint 17mm VF 5 Jewels on collar DOC 20

A very pleasing coin both for condition and style,
Simon
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MANUEL I AE 1/2 Tetarteron S-1977 DOC 20171 viewsMonogram 57 with small neat letters.. Rev. No Legend Bust of Manuel facing, beardless, wearing crown and loros, holding labarum and gl.cr. Thessalonica Mint 19mm aVF DOC 20
**** This coin is the rarer of the two monograms listed in Sear.**********
1 commentsSimon
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MANUEL I AE 1/2 Tetarteron S-1980 DOC 23181 viewsBust of St. George facing beardless wearing nimbus, tunic, cuirass and sagion and holding spear and sheild. Rev Bust facing wearing crown loros and holding labarum and gl, cr. Uncertain Greek Mint 15mm aVery Fine. DOC 23 **** This coin needs to have further study especially since his bust looks like a death mask.****** Simon
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MANUEL I AE half Tetarteron S-1978 DOC 24162 viewsBust of Christ facing, beardless, wearing nimbus cr. pallium and colobium and raising r hand in benediction in l. scroll. L. IC to r. XC Rev Manuel , bearded stg. facing wearing crown and military attire , and holding cruciform sceptre and gl. cr. Thessalonica mint , 17mm , aVF DOC 24Simon
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MANUEL I AE half Tetarteron S-1978 DOC 24 Brockage198 viewsXC Rev Manuel , bearded stg. facing wearing crown and military attire , and holding cruciform sceptre and gl. cr. Thessalonica mint , 17mm

A really nice brockage, it has a nice fill on the brockage side giving it additional eye appeal.
1 commentsSimon
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Manuel I AE half tetarteron Uncertain Greek Mint Sear 197913 viewsTask_Force
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MANUEL I AE Tetarteron S-1975 DOC 18248 viewsBust of St. George facing beardless wearing nimbus, tunic, cuirass and sagion and holding spear and sheild. Rev Bust facing wearing crown loros and holding labarum and gl, cr. 22 mm Thessalonica mint.
aVF/EF Simply an excellent portrait of Manuel, the St. George bust lacks a face by bad strike. DOC 18 The nicest one I have ever seen.
Simon
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MANUEL I AE Tetarteron S-1968 DOC 15197 viewsThe Virgin Nimbate, stg r. with hands raised in the Manus Dei ( Hands of God) in upper field to r. Rev Manuel bearded stg. facing wearing crown, divitision, loros and saigon, and holding cruciform sceptre and akakia.20mm Constantinople Mint , + Copper in look, nice style.DOC 15

*** My first tetarteron, the one that got me hooked. **
Simon
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MANUEL I AE Tetarteron S-1968v DOC 15v274 viewsThe Virgin Nimbate, stg r. with hands raised in the Manus Dei in upper field to r. Rev Manuel bearded stg. facing wearing crown, divitision, loros and saigon, and holding labarum on a long shaft and akakia. 20/16mm Constantinople Mint aVery Fine

This coin is not listed in DOC or Sear with a labarum, however, it is listed in BMC .
Simon
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MANUEL I AE Tetarteron S-1975 DOC 18277 viewsBust of St. George facing beardless wearing nimbus, tunic, cuirass and sagion and holding spear and sheild. Rev Bust facing wearing crown loros and holding labarum and gl, cr. 19 mm Thessalonica mint. Very Fine, Nice simple style. DOC 18 **** The most abundant of all of the tetartera.******Simon
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MANUEL I AE Tetarteron S-1976 DOC 19293 viewsCross with X at Centre, stg. on three steps, to l. IC to r. XC Rev. Half length figure of Manuel facing wearing crown and loros, and holding labarum and gl. cr. 20mm Very Fine Thessalonica Mint DOC 19 *** This full tetarteron runs in sizes of 20mm to 25mm ****Simon
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Manuel I AE tetarteron Thessalonica Sear 197519 viewsTask_Force
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Manuel I Comnenus AE Tetarteron Sear 197527 viewsManuel I Comnenus
AE Tetarteron 3.79g / 22mm / -
Ob: Bust of St. George facing
Rv: Bust of Manuel facing
Mint: Thessalonica (1143-1180)
Ref: Sear 1975; DOC 18; BMC 75-77
Scotvs Capitis
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Manuel I Comnenus AE tetarteron Thessalonica Sear 1976 15 viewsTask_Force
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Manuel I Comnenus, AE Half Tetarteron, 1143-118019 viewsManuel I Comnenus, AE Half Tetarteron, 1143-1180, Sear Byzantine Coins and their Values # sb1980
Uncertain Greek mint. Q / GE / O | (?), bust of St. George facing, beardless, wearing nimbus, tunic, cuirass and sagion, shield in left hand, spear in right / MAN-DECP Bust of Manuel I facing, wearing crown and loros, globus cruciger in left hand, labarum in right.
Coin #460
cars100
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Manuel I Komnenus AE half tetarteron 11 viewsObverse: Bust of St. George facing beardless, wearing nimbus, tunic, cuirass, and sagion, holding spear and shield to L. O(w/dot), gamma,E, to rt (monagram) gamma,I,O,S. or similar
Reverse: MAN(momogram)HAAECIIOT Bust facing, wearing crown and loros and holding labarum and gl. cr.
Mint: Uncertain Greek mint
Date: 1143-1180 CE
Sear 1980 H 18.3-4 as 1975 type A but much smaller
23mm 4.76gm
wileyc
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Manuel I Komnenus AE half tetarteron13 viewsObverse: Cross, with X at center, stg on three steps
Reverse: Half length figure of Manuel facing beardless wearing crown and loros and holding labarum and gl. cr.
Mint: unk greek mint
Date: 1143-1180 CE
Sear 1982 H 18.7-8 ( as sear 1976 but smaller)
14mm 1.81 gm
wileyc
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Manuel I Komnenus AE half Tetarteron light standard 13 viewsObverse: Momogram 58
Reverse: No legend bust of Manuel facing beardless wearing crown and military attire and holding cruciform sceptre.
Mint: Uncertain Greek mint
Date: 1143-1180 CE
Sear 1979 H 18.1-2
16mm 1.57gm
wileyc
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Manuel I Komnenus AE half Tetarteron light standard SB197913 viewsObverse: Momogram 58
Reverse: No legend bust of Manuel facing beardless wearing crown and military attire and holding cruciform sceptre.
Mint: Uncertain Greek mint
Date: 1143-1180 CE
Sear 1979 H 18.1-2
16mm 1.90gm
wileyc
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Manuel I Komnenus AE half tetarteron type B SB197811 viewsObverse: Bust of Christ facing, beardless, wearing nimbus cr. pallium and colobium scroll i left hand
Reverse: MAN(monogram)HA AECIIOTH or similar Manuel bearded facing wearing crown and miltary attire and holding cruciform sceotre and gl. cr.
Mint: Thessalonica
Date: 1143-1180 CE
Sear 1978 H. 17.19-20 type B
16mm 1.96gm
wileyc
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Manuel I Komnenus AE half tetarteron type B SB197811 viewsObverse: Bust of Christ facing, beardless, wearing nimbus cr. pallium and colobium scroll i left hand
Reverse: MAN(monogram)HA AECIIOTH or similar Manuel bearded facing wearing crown and miltary attire and holding cruciform sceotre and gl. cr.
Mint: Thessalonica
Date: 1143-1180 CE
Sear 1978 H. 17.19-20 type B
wileyc
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Manuel I Komnenus AE tetarteron Type B SB197618 viewsObverse: Cross, with X at center, stg on three steps
Reverse: Half length figure of Manuel facing beardless wearing crown and loros and holding labarum and gl. cr.
Mint: Thessalonica
Date: 1143-1180 CE
Sear 1976 H 17.15-16 type B
20mm 3.40 gm
wileyc
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Manuel I Komnenus AE tetarteron Type B SB197612 viewsObverse: Cross, with X at center, stg on three steps
Reverse: Half length figure of Manuel facing beardless wearing crown and loros and holding labarum and gl. cr.
Mint: Thessalonica
Date: 1143-1180 CE
Sear 1976 H 17.15-16 type B
20mm 4.03 gm
wileyc
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Manuel I Komnenus AE tetarteron Type B SB197613 viewsObverse: Cross, with X at center, stg on three steps
Reverse: Half length figure of Manuel facing beardless wearing crown and loros and holding labarum and gl. cr.
Mint: Thessalonica
Date: 1143-1180 CE
Sear 1976 H 17.15-16 type B
20mm 3.38 gm
wileyc
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Manuel I Komnenus AE tetarteron, heavy standard Type A 14 viewsObverse: Bust of St. George facing beardless, wearing nimbus, tunic, cuirass, and sagion, holding spear and shield to L. O(w/dot), gamma,E, to rt (monagram) gamma,I,O,S. or similar
Reverse: MAN(momogram)HAAECIIOT Bust facing, wearing crown and loros and holding labarum and gl. cr.
Mint: Thessalonica
Date: 1143-1180 CE
Sear 1975 H 17.13-14 type A
23mm 4.76gm
wileyc
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Manuel I, AD 1143-11806 viewsAE Tetarteron, 4.6g, 20mm, 6h; Thessalonica mint.
Obv.: QΓE to left, ΩΓIOC to right of bust facing of St. George, unbearded, nimbate, wearing tunic, cuirasse and cloak, holding spear and shield /
Rev.: MANVHΛ ΔECΠOTH, crowned, unbearded bust facing of Manuel, wearing loros, holding labarum and cross on globe.
Reference: SB 1975, BMC 75-77
Notes: sold to CN, 10/19/15
John Anthony
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Manuel I, SBCV 197515 viewsO/Γ/E PW - ΓI/O/C
Bust of St. George holding spear and shield
MANγHΛ ΔECΠOT
Facing bust wearing crown and loros, holding labarum and globus cruciger
Constantinople
AE tetarteron, 22mm, 3.79g
novacystis
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Manuel I, SBCV 1976 18 viewsNo legend
Cross on three steps, X with pellets in center, IC - XC to sides
MANγHΛ ΔECΠOT
Half length figure of Manuel facing, holding labarum and globus cruciger
Constantinople
AE tetarteron, 21mm, 3.11g
novacystis
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Manuel I, SBCV 197913 viewsNo legend
Monogram of Manuel I
Facing bust wearing crown and loros, holding labarum and globus cruciger
Uncertain Greek mint
AE half tetarteron, 16mm, 1.53g
novacystis
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Manuel I, SBCV 198016 viewsO/Γ/E PW/ΓI/O/S
Bust of St. George holding spear and shield
MANγHΛ ΔECΠOTHC
Facing bust wearing crown and loros, holding labarum and globus cruciger
Uncertain Greek mint
AE half tetarteron, 19mm, 1.97g
novacystis
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Manuel I, SBCV 198217 viewsNo legend
Cross on three steps, X with pellets in center, IC - XC to sides
[MANγHΛ ΔECΠOT]
Half length figure of Manuel facing, holding labarum and globus cruciger
Uncertain Greek mint
AE half tetarteron, 19mm
novacystis
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Manuel I, Tetarteron11 views5,44gr

1143-1180 AD
byzancia
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Manuel I. - 1/2 Tetarteron, unknown greek mint - Sb 197911 viewsManuel I (1143-1180)

1/2 Tetarteron, unknown greek mint

Av:
Half-figure of Manuel facing, wearing Loros and crown, holding Labarum in the right and a globe cruciger in the left.

Rv:
Monogramm (No. 58)

16 mm.

Sear 1979
dionysus
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Resized Byzantine Follis , Tetarteron27 viewsStrange find, an anonymous follis that was cut down to the size of a Tetarteron.

Size 20mm

Weight 5.0gm

Just an oddity in my collection but interesting.
Simon
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Sear 192038 viewsAlexius I Comnenus (1081 – 1118 CE) Tetarteron, weight 3.95g, diameter 17mm. Mint of Constantinople.Abu Galyon
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Sear 192937 viewsAlexius I Comnenus (1081 – 1118 CE) Tetarteron, weight 1.98g, diameter 27x22mm. Mint of Thessalonica. Abu Galyon
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Sear 193135 viewsAlexius I Comnenus (1081 – 1118 CE) Tetarteron, weight 3.7g, diameter 20 x 16mm. Mint of Thessalonica.Abu Galyon
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Sear 193235 viewsAlexius I Comnenus (1081 – 1118 CE) Tetarteron, weight 1.8g, diameter 16mm. Mint of Thessalonica. Abu Galyon
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Sear 193478 viewsAlexius I Comnenus (1081-1118 CE) Half-tetarteron, weight 1.72g, diameter 16mm. Unknown mint in Cyprus. Older catalogues attribute this rare type to the Thessalonica mint, but the fact that almost all specimens where the provenance is known originate in Cyprus makes the case for the coins having been struck on that island very strong. 1 commentsAbu Galyon
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Sear 193427 viewsAlexius I Comnenus (1081-1118 CE) Half-tetarteron, weight 1.18g, diameter 14mm. Unknown mint in Cyprus.
Abu Galyon
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Sear 195317 viewsJohn II Comnenus (1118 – 1143 CE) Tetarteron, weight 3.0g, diameter 19mm. Mint of Thessalonica. Abu Galyon
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Sear 195420 viewsJohn II Comnenus (1118 – 1143 CE) Half-tetarteron, weight 1.05g, diameter 16mm. Mint of Thessalonica.Abu Galyon
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Sear 195420 viewsJohn II Comnenus (1118 – 1143 CE). Half-tetarteron, weight 1.7g, diameter 17mm. Mint of Thessalonica. Abu Galyon
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Sear 195532 viewsJohn II Comnenus (1118 - 1143 CE) Half-tetarteron, weight 1.2g, diameter 18mm. Mint of Thessalonica.Abu Galyon
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Sear 195523 viewsJohn II Comnenus (1118 - 1143 CE) Half-tetarteron, weight 1.74g, diameter 16mm. Mint of Thessalonica.Abu Galyon
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Sear 196715 viewsManuel I Comnenus (1143 – 1180 CE) Tetarteron, weight 3.08 g, diameter 20 mm. Mint of Constantinople.Abu Galyon
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Sear 196816 viewsManuel I Comnenus (1143 – 1180 CE) Tetarteron, weight 4.03 g, diameter 20 mm. Mint of Constantinople.Abu Galyon
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Sear 197037 viewsManuel I Comnenus (1143 – 1180 CE) Tetarteron, weight 3.0 g, diameter 21 x 16mm. Mint of Constantinople. Abu Galyon
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Sear 197028 viewsManuel I Comnenus (1143 – 1180 CE) Tetarteron, weight 3.56 g, diameter 21 mm. Mint of Constantinople.Abu Galyon
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Sear 197534 viewsManuel I Comnenus (1143 – 1180 CE) Tetarteron, weight 4.4g, diameter 20mm. Mint of Thessalonica.Abu Galyon
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Sear 197513 viewsManuel I Comnenus (1143 – 1180 CE) Tetarteron, weight 4.42g, diameter 21mm. Mint of Thessalonica.Abu Galyon
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Sear 197622 viewsManuel I Comnenus (1143 – 1180 CE), Tetarteron, weight 3.7g, diameter 22mm. Mint of ThessalonicaAbu Galyon
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Sear 197712 viewsManuel I Comnenus (1143 – 1180 CE) Half-tetarteron, weight 2.99g, diameter 19mm. Mint of Thessalonica. Abu Galyon
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Sear 197828 viewsManuel I Comnenus (1143 – 1180 CE) Half-tetarteron, weight 2.2g, diameter 19mm. Mint of Thessalonica.Abu Galyon
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Sear 197917 viewsManuel I Comnenus (1143 – 1180 CE) Half-tetarteron, weight 2.45g, diameter 18mm. Uncertain Greek mint. Abu Galyon
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Sear 197919 viewsManuel I Comnenus (1143 – 1180 CE) Half-tetarteron, weight 1.6g, diameter 14mm. Uncertain Greek mint.Abu Galyon
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Sear 1979var36 viewsManuel I Comnenus (1143 – 1180 CE) Half-tetarteron (light standard), weight 1.32g, diameter 15mm. Uncertain Greek mint. Note the pellets below the Λ and to the left of the Δ. Symmetry suggests that similar pellets should be found near the other two corner letters (M and K), producing a minor (but unpublished, as far as I know) variation on the normal (pellet-free) monogram 58 obverse. Abu Galyon
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Sear 198059 viewsManuel I Comnenus (1143 – 1180 CE) Half-tetarteron, weight 2.4g, diameter 17mm. Uncertain Greek mint. This is the 'scaled down' version of Sear 1975.Abu Galyon
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Sear 198061 viewsManuel I Comnenus (1143 – 1180 CE) Half-tetarteron, weight 1.7g, diameter 15.5mm. Uncertain Greek mint. Abu Galyon
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Sear 198756 viewsAndronicus I Comnenus (1183 – 1185 CE) Tetarteron, weight 3.7g, diameter 21mm. Mint of Thessalonica. Abu Galyon
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Sear 198740 viewsAndronicus I Comnenus (1183 – 1185 CE) Tetarteron, weight 3.53g, diameter 22mm. Mint of Thessalonica.
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Sear 200429 viewsIsaac II Angelus (1185 – 1195 CE) Tetarteron, weight 2.92g, diameter 19mm. Mint of Constantinople.Abu Galyon
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Sear 200539 viewsIsaac II Angelus (1185 – 1195 CE) Tetarteron, weight 3.11g, diameter 20mm. Mint of Thessalonica.Abu Galyon
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Sear 200525 viewsIsaac II Angelus (1185 – 1195 CE) Tetarteron, weight 4.17g, diameter 23mm. Mint of Thessalonica. On this example the Archangel Michael’s sceptre has a trefoil top. Abu Galyon
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Tetarteron of Alexius Comnenus (1081-1092)75 viewsObverse : + A , bust of Alexius.
Reverse : C - Φ / AΛ - Δ , jeweled cross.
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Theodore Ducas AE Tetarteron SBCV-2170 DOC IV 12 Var. B 16 viewsOBV- Inscription in 5 lines

REV- Half length figure of emperor on l. and st Demetrius beardless and nimbate. Between them a patriarchal cross-crosslet, on a long shaft decorated with crescent and pellet, the base of the shaft ending in three steps.

Size 23.4mm

Weight 4.8gm

Doc lists 7 examples with weights from 2.63gm to 5.50gm and sized at 23mm with one variation at 17mm
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[1663a] Byzantine Empire: Manuel I Comnenus Megas (1143-1180)---NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH---[1685a] Empire of Trebizond: Manuel I Komnenos Megas (1218-1263 AD)131 viewsMANUEL I COMNENUS AE tetarteron. 1143-1180 AD. 19mm, 2.8g. Obverse: Bust of St. George facing, beardless, wearing nimbus, tunic, cuirass and sagion, and holding spear. Reverse: MANVHL-DECPOT, bust of Manuel facing, wearing crown and loros, holding labarum & globe-cross. Simply wonderful style, very sharp for the issue. A gorgeous late Byzantine coin! Ex Incitatus.


De Imperatoribus Romanis: An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Rulers and their Families

MANUEL I COMNENUS (A.D. 1143-1180)

Andrew Stone
University of Western Australia

Introduction: Sources
The reign of the emperor Manuel I Comnenus (5 April 1143- 24 September 1180) could well be regarded as a high-water mark of Byzantine civilization. It was the apogee of the so-called "Comnenian Restoration". Politically, the emperor undertook an ambitious foreign policy which has been seen by some, particularly in the light of many ultimate failures, as "misguided imperialism", recent scholarship has come to question this traditional judgment and suggests instead that the the Comnenian foreign policy was rather an energetic seizing of the different opportunities that presented themselves in the rapidly changing constellations of powers of the time. Such measures were made possible by the internal security of the empire under this, its third, Comnenian incumbent, although there were a few other aspirants to the throne, not least among them the emperor's cousin Andronicus. Manuel and other key members of the "Comnenian system", as it has been called, were patrons of rhetoric and other forms of learning and literature, and Manuel himself became keenly interested in ecclesiastical affairs, even if here his imperialistic agenda was a factor as he tried to bring Constantinopolitan theology in line with that of the west in a bid to unite the Church under his crown.

In terms of volume of contemporary material, Manuel is the most eulogised of all Byzantine emperors, and the panegyric addressed to him supplements the two major Byzantine historians of the reign, the more critical Nicetas Choniates and the laudatory John Cinnamus, as primary sources for the student of the period to study. The Crusader historian William of Tyre met Manuel personally, and such was the scope of Manuel's diplomacy that he is mentioned incidentally in western sources, such as Romuald of Salerno. Among authors of the encomia (panegyrics) we have mentioned are Theodore Prodromus and the so-called "Manganeios" Prodromus, who wrote in verse, and the prose encomiasts Michael the Rhetor, Eustathius of Thessalonica and Euthymius Malaces, to name the most important. Manuel, with his penchant for the Latins and their ways, left a legacy of Byzantine resentment against these outsiders, which was to be ruthlessly exploited by Andronicus in the end.

Manuel as sebastokrator
Manuel was born in the imperial porphyry birthchamber on 28 November 1118. He was the fourth of John II's sons, so it seemed very unlikely that he would succeed. As a youth, Manuel evidently accompanied John on campaign, for in the Anatolian expedition of 1139-41 we find Manuel rashly charging a small group of the Turkish enemy, an action for which he was castigated by his father, even though John, we are told, was inwardly impressed (mention of the incident is made in John's deathbed speech in both John Cinnamus and Nicetas Choniates). John negotiated a marriage contract for Manuel with Conrad III of Germany; he was to marry Bertha of Sulzbach. It seems to have been John's plan to carve out a client principality for Manuel from Cilicia, Cyprus and Coele Syria. In the event, it was Manuel who succeeded him.

The Securing of the Succession 1143
In the article on John II it is related how the dying John chose his youngest son Manuel to succeed him in preference to his other surviving son Isaac. Manuel was acclaimed emperor by the armies on 5 April 1143. Manuel stayed in Cilicia, where the army was stationed, for thirty days, to complete the funeral rites for his father. He sent his father's right-hand man John Axuch, however, to Constantinople to confine Isaac to the Pantokrator Monastery and to effect a donation of two hundredweight of silver coin to the clergy of the Great Church. The surviving encomium of Michael Italicus, Teacher of the Gospel, for the new emperor can be regarded as a return gift for this largesse. In the meantime the Caesar John Roger, husband of Manuel's eldest sister Maria, had been plotting to seize the throne; the plot was, however, given away by his wife before it could take effect. Manuel marched home to enter Constantinople c. July 1143. He secured the good-will of the people by commanding that every household should be granted two gold coins. Isaac the younger (Manuel's brother) and Isaac the elder (Manuel's paternal uncle), were both released from captivity and reconciled with him. Manuel chose Michael Oxeites as the new patriarch and was crowned either in August or November 1143.

Manuel confirmed John Axuch in the office of Grand Domestic, that is, commander of the army, appointed John of Poutze as procurator of public taxes, grand commissioner and inspector of accounts and John Hagiotheodorites as chancellor. John of Poutze proved to be an oppressive tax collector, but was also unsusceptible to bribery. However, this John diverted monies levied for the navy into the treasury, which would, as we shall see, further Byzantine dependence on the maritime Italian city-states of Venice, Genoa and Pisa.

Early Campaigns: 1144-1146
Manuel's first concern was to consolidate the work of his father in securing the eastern frontier. He sent a force under the brothers Andronicus and John Contostephanus against the recalcitrant Crusader prince Raymond of Antioch, which consisted of both an army and a navy, the latter commanded by Demetrius Branas. Raymond's army was routed, and the naval force inflicted no small damage on the coastal regions of the principality. In the meantime the Crusader city of Edessa fell to the Turkish atabeg Zengi. Raymond therefore travelled to Constantinople as a suppliant to Manuel. It was subsequently decided, in the light of Manuel's imperial status, that the terms under which he would marry Bertha of Sulzbach should be improved. Manuel asked for 500 knights, and Conrad happily granted them, being prepared to supply 2000 or 3000 if need be all for the sake of this alliance. Bertha took the Greek name Irene.

The Seljuk sultanate of Rum under Masud had become the ascendant Turkish power in Anatolia. Manuel himself supervised the rebuilding of the fortress of Melangeia on the Sangarius river in Bithynia (1145 or 1146). In the most daring campaign of these early years, after building the new fort of Pithecas in Bithynia, Manuel advanced as far into Turkish territory as Konya (Iconium), the Seljuk capital. He had been wounded in the foot by an arrow at a mighty battle at Philomelium (which had been Masud's headquarters), and the city had been rased; once at Konya, he allowed his troops to despoil the graves outside the city walls, before taking the road home.

Cinnamus relates that the gratutitous heroics which Manuel displayed on this campaign were calculated to impress Manuel's new bride. Manuel and his army were harried by Turks on the journey home. Manuel erected the fort of Pylae before leaving Anatolia.

[For a detailed and interesting discussion of the reign of Manuel I Comnenus please see http://www.roman-emperors.org/mannycom.htm]

Frederick Barbarossa and the "two-emperor problem"
Frederick Barbarossa, who was to become a constant menace to Manuel's designs, had succeeded his uncle Conrad III in 1152, but unlike him proved in the end unprepared to make any territorial concessions in Italy. The origins of this "cold war" between the two empires cannot be dated with any certainty, but there may have been a tendency to date it too early. One school of thought would not date the outbreak of this rivalry to any earlier than 1159-60, the death of Manuel's German wife, Bertha-Irene. About this time there was a scare at Constantinople that Frederick Barbarossa would march on Byzantium, perhaps reflecting a desire on Frederick's part to crusade (which he eventually did, in the reign of Isaac II Angelus). The new Pope, Alexander III, by, as it would seem, offering to grant Manuel the imperial crown, used it as a bargaining chip to play off the emperors of west and east against one another. Manuel may have supported Alexander during the papal schism of 1160-1177 because he was the preferred candidate of Hungary and the Crusader states, both of which he hoped would recognise him as their feudal overlord. By this means he could claim sovereign rights over the crusading movement, and thereby turn it to his advantage. The playing off of Manuel against Frederick continued right up until 1177, the Peace of Venice, whereby Frederick agreed to recognise Pope Alexander, the autonomy of Sicily and of the northern Italian communes. But this result was not a foregone conclusion in the 1160s and early 1170s, and Manuel used Byzantine gold to win supporters in Italy and thereby keep Frederick occupied.

Marriage to Maria of Antioch 1161
Bertha-Irene died in late 1159/early 1160. Manuel sought to strengthen his ties with the Crusader principalities by selecting an eastern Latin princess for his wife. The exceedingly beautiful Maria of Antioch, daughter of Raymond of Antioch, was chosen, and the nuptials celebrated at Christmas, 1161.


Dynastic considerations 1169-1172
Manuel's wife Maria of Antioch gave birth to a baby boy 14 September 1169 in the porphyry marble birthchamber, the cause of great festivities. The infant was crowned emperor in 1171. With the death of Stephen III of Hungary in 1172, Stephen's brother Béla was sent out from Constantinople to assume the throne (though without Sirmium and Dalmatia being surrendered to the Hungarian crown). A husband for Maria Porphyrogenita was therefore required. At first it was proposed that she marry William II of Sicily, who was outraged when she failed to show up at Taranto on the appointed day, the emperor having had second thoughts.


The final months 1180
Manuel took ill in the month of March 1180. During this period of terminal illness the last major religious controversies took place. We are told that Manuel directed that the anathema pronounced against the god of Muhammad be removed from the abjuration against the Islamic faith declared by converts to Christianity. Manuel was opposed by the last patriarch of his reign, Theodosius Boradiotes (1179-1183), as well as, notably, by Eustathius of Thessalonica. Both parties were satisfied in the end upon a reading of the emperor's proposed amendments to the abjuration. This controversy would seem to be a different one from the one alluded to in Eustathius' funeral oration for Manuel, since Manuel is praised by Eustathius for his stance in it, which seems to have revolved around a book written by a convert from Islam that magnified the Father at the expense of the Son (and therefore had Arian overtones). It became apparent that the emperor was dying, and, on the advice of Theodosius, he renounced astrology. As his end approached, he assumed the monastic habit and the name Matthew, demanding that his wife Maria become a nun. Manuel's son Alexius was but eleven, and the minority would prove to be disastrous for Byzantium. Manuel died thirty-seven years and nine months from the beginning of his reign.

General strategies in Manuel's foreign policy
The funeral oration for Manuel by Eustathius of Thessalonica is an interesting document in that it discusses some of the general policies pursued over Manuel's reign. It endorses his policy of dividing his enemies, the Petchenegs, the Sicilian Normans and the Turks, among themselves by using Byzantine gold, a policy of "divide and rule". We have seen how this was applied especially in Italy. Another general policy was to create friendly buffer states on the frontiers of the empire, most notably Hungary (and Serbia) and the Crusader States. Manuel would deliberately underpin the most powerful potentate in each region (the king of Hungary, the king of Jerusalem, the sultan of Konya) and thereby emphasise his own absolute sovereignty. In the funeral oration this granting of autonomy is justified as the reward for good service, as in the parable of the talents. We also see in the panegyric of the 1170s the downplaying of the idea of world rule which was so prevalent in the reign of John. Although Manuel claimed sovereign rights over many of his neighbours, his territorial claims were limited: coastal southern Italy, Dalmatia and Sirmium, coastal Egypt. The Byzantines seem to have come to terms with the reality of nation states and it is in Manuel's reign that they begin to refer to themselves not only as "Romans", but as "Hellenes", in order to demarcate themselves from the barbarians surrounding them.

Manuel's taxation, government and army
Nicetas Choniates roundly criticises Manuel in his history for increasing taxes and lavishing money on his family and retainers, particularly his Latin favourites. We have also seen how money was spent in Manuel's ambitious foreign policy. Mention is made of two towers, one at Damalis, and one next to the monastery of the Mangana, between which a chain could be stretched to block the Bosphorus. Then there was the work done at both the Great Palace and the Palace of the Blachernae, galleries, a pavilion alla Turca and numerous mosaics. He also founded a monastery at Kataskepe at the mouth of the Black Sea, which was endowed from the imperial treasury.

Choniates further criticizes the continuation and spread of the granting of pronoiai, parcels of land, the income from each of which supported a soldier. Many of these were granted to foreigners, for example, Turks captured in the Meander campaigns were settled around Thessalonica. The pronoia would pay not only for a soldier's upkeep, but his expensive equipment, for in Manuel's reign the bow and arrow and circular shield had been replaced by a heavier western-style panoply of armour, large triangular shield and lance. Choniates laments how fashionable a practice it had become in Manuel's reign to forsake the land or one's trade and become enlisted in the army.

Manuel and the "Comnenian system"
Throughout Manuel's reign, as under his father John, the top tier of the aristocracy was formed by the emperor's family, the Comneni, and the families into which they married. The extended family was, however, by now becoming unwieldy, and beginning to lose its cohesion, as the example of Manuel's cousin Andronicus shows. Under Manuel it was degree of kinship to the emperor which determined one's rank, as synodal listings show. So it was that very quickly after Manuel's death the upper tier of the aristocracy splintered into separate groups, each with its own identity and interests.

Literature
The various aristocratic courts, that of the emperor and other key members of the extended family, most notably the sebastokrator Isaac Comnenus the elder and the sebastokratorissa Irene, widow of Manuel's brother Andronicus, attracted literati who would seek to serve under them. Such figures would not only turn their hands to literature, encomia in prose or poetry, expositions on mythology, commentaries on Homer or the philosophers, historical chronicles and even, in this period, romances - the twelfth century is a high point of literary production at Constantinople, so much so that some have even talked of a "Comnenian renaissance" - but they would seek to perform more menial, such as administrative, duties to support themselves. Such men would often come from noble families whose prestige had been eclipsed by the Comnenian upper tier of the aristocracy. Serving under a lord was one way of advancing oneself, entering the Church was another.

The patriarchal church and education
The deacons of the church of St Sophia were a powerful group, the chartophylax being second only to the patriarch. These deacons would either go on to become bishops in the provinces, or possibly first hold one of the professorial chairs associated with the patriarchal church. First there were the "teachers", didaskaloi of the Gospels, Epistles and Psalter. Then there was the maistor ton rhetoron, "master of the rhetors", responsible for delivering speeches in praise of the emperor on January 6 each year and of the patriarch on the Saturday prior to Palm Sunday, as well as for other state occasions. And there was the hypatos ton philosophon, "consul of the philosophers", an office which had lapsed but was revived under Manuel.

Character and Legacy
Was Byzantium of the middle to late twelfth century living on borrowed time? Until recently this was the verdict of many scholars. Yet John II and Manuel had, if there is any kernel of truth in their encomia, at least temporarily reversed the overrunning of Anatolia by the Turks, and Manuel had won Dalmatia and Sirmium from Hungary. But Byzantine collapse was rapid, which is the reason why scholars have searched in the reigns of John and Manuel for the beginnings of the disintegration that occurred under the last Comneni and the Angeli. The history and comments of Nicetas Choniates have been adduced as vindicating this view. The victory of the military aristocracy that the establishment of the Comnenian dynasty represents has been seen as both the reason for the temporary reversal of Byzantine fortunes - government by three very capable autocrats - and of ultimate failure, because of the splintering into factions that oligarchy, such as was present in the Comnenian system, foments. A Marxist interpretation is that the feudalisation of the Byzantine Empire, the depletion of the free peasantry, that began to take place in the middle period was the reason for its ultimate failure. But to the Byzantines at the time Byzantium seemed to be holding its own; the "nations" around were being kept at bay, and even though the panegyric of renovation is less evident than in the reign of John II, the emperor remains despotes, "master" of the oikoumene, "world". Indeed, Manuel would be remembered in France, Genoa and the Crusader States as the most powerful sovereign in the world.

We have mentioned the funeral oration for Manuel by Eustathius of Thessalonica. This contains a series of vignettes of the personal aspects of Manuel. There are commonplaces: the emperor is able to endure hunger, thirst, heat and cold, lack of sleep and so on, and sweats copiously in his endeavours on the empire's part. Although these ideas have been recycled from earlier reigns, notably that of John II, the contemporary historians agree that Manuel was an indefatigable and daring warrior. However, there are more specifically individual touches in the Eustathian oration. Manuel had a manly suntan and was tall in stature. The emperor was capable of clever talk, but could also talk to others on a man-to-man basis. Eustathius makes much of the emperor's book-learning (Cinnamus claims to have discussed Aristotle with the emperor). The restoration of churches was a major concern for Manuel. He also had some expertise in medicine (he had tended Conrad III of Germany and Baldwin III of Jerusalem personally). Manuel showed temperance in eating and drinking, with a certain liking for beer as well as wine, the latter being mixed sour after the manner of ascetics. Likewise, he would not slumber long. He would generally choose walking over riding. The oration closes on the widow and orphan Manuel has left behind. The situation resulting for the Byzantine Empire at this stage, with the vacuum created by Manuel would result in no less than implosion.

Copyright (C) 2003, Andrew Stone.
Published: De Imperatoribus Romanis: An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Rulers and their Families http://www.roman-emperors.org/startup.htm. Used by permission.

Edited by J. P. Fitzgerald, Jr.
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