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Byzantine Empire, Alexius I and John II, Autumn 1092 - 15 August 1118 A.D., John II Coronation Issue
Issued for celebrations throughout the Empire to honor the coronation of John II as co-emperor in 1092. 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.
BZ53326. Lead tetarteron
, DOC IV-1 42.2 ff.; Grierson
1046 (Constantinople, half tetarteron
, uncertain mint, weight
2.817g, maximum diameter
16.3mm, die axis
, c. 1092 - 1093 A.D.; obverse IC - XC
(Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ), bust
of Christ facing, nimbate
, bearded, wearing tunic and colobium
, open Gospels in left; reverse
AΛCE ∆EC, bust
of Alexius facing, wearing stemma
, and jeweled loros
, cruciform scepter
in right, globus cruciger
in left; ex Alex G. Malloy
Catalog current as of Thursday, May 23, 2019.
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