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Byzantine Empire, John II Comnenus, 15 August 1118 - 8 April 1143 A.D.
According to the Golden Legend, a plague-bearing dragon lived in a lake near a city called Silene, in Libya. To appease the dragon, the people fed it two sheep every day. When the sheep failed, they fed it their children, chosen by lottery. It happened that the lot fell on the king's daughter, Sabra. Sabra was sent out to the lake, dressed as a bride, to be fed to the dragon. Saint George was ridding past when dragon reared out of the lake. He fortified himself with the Sign of the Cross charged it on horseback with his lance, and gave it a grievous wound. He then called to the princess to throw him her girdle. After he put it around its neck, the dragon followed the girl like a meek beast on a leash. The princess and Saint George led the dragon back to the city of Silene. It terrified the people at its approach, but Saint George called out to them, saying that if they consented to become Christians and be baptized, he would slay the dragon. The king and the people converted to Christianity and George slew the dragon. On the site where the dragon died, the king built a church to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint George, and from its altar a spring arose whose waters cured all disease.
, DOC IV-1 8b; Hendy
pl. 10, 2; Morrisson BN
60/Cp/El/01; Wroth BMC
-, gVF, clipped, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight
1.512g, maximum diameter
24.6mm, die axis
, 15 Aug 1118 - 8 Apr 1143 A.D.; obverse
Christ seated facing on throne without back, raising right in benediction
, gospels in left hand, IC right, XC left; reverse
+ Iω ∆ECΠO / TH − Θ / EΓ / PΩ [...], John (wearing crown, divitision
, and chlamys
) and St. George (nimbate
, in military dress, holding sword) standing facing, holding patriarchal cross
at base; ex Edward J. Waddell; scarce
Catalog current as of Tuesday, April 23, 2019.
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