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Home > Catalog > |Byzantine Coins| > |The Restored Empire| > |John V| > SH70967
Byzantine Empire, John V Palaeologus and Anna of Savoy (Mother, Regent), 15 June 1341 - 13 May 1347
On 15 June 1341, Andronikos III died. He was succeeded by his son John V who was three days short of his ninth birthday. Anna of Savoy was appointed regent for her son. Andronikos III had entrusted the administration to his advisor John Kantakouzenos. While Kantakouzenos was fighting the Serbs in Northern Thrace, ambitious advisors in Constantinople convinced Anna to declare him an enemy of the state. On 26 October 1341, rather than face execution, Kantakouzenos proclaimed himself emperor. Civil war ended with Anna's defeat in 1347. On 3 February 1347, John VI was accepted as senior emperor with John V as his junior co-ruler. John V married Helena Kantakouzene, a daughter of John VI. John VI entered Constantinople and took effective control of the city. In 1351, Anna left Constantinople for Thessaloniki. She held her own court in the city, issuing decrees in her name and even controlling a mint. Around 1365, when her health was failing, she became a nun, and died under the name Anastasia.
SH70967. Gold hyperpyron, Bendall PCPC 190.2 (sigla 4); DOC V 942 - 943 var. (sigla); Lianta 845 var. (same); Sommer 83.1 var. (sigla), SBCV 2466 (Andronicus III), aVF, striking split, flat areas, graffiti on both sides, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight 3.460g, maximum diameter 24.6mm, die axis 180o, regency of Anna, 15 Jun 1341 - 13 May 1347; obverse Anna of Savoy (on left) and her son John V, on right, both crowned and stand facing, empress holds trefoil scepter, emperor holds akakia and cruciform scepter, sigla K in left field; reverse the deceased Andronicus III, on left, kneeling before Christ standing facing, who extends his right hand over the emperor in benediction, Gospels in left, blundered ANIHK (or similar) downward on left, IX / XC on right; ex Ira and Larry Goldberg auction 53 (24 May 2009), lot 2401, ex Christov Family Collection; very rare; SOLD










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