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Home > Catalog > |Byzantine Coins| > |Empire of Nicaea| > |Theodore I| > BZ76979
Empire of Nicaea, Theodore I Komnenos Laskaris, c. 1204 - November 1221 A.D.
After Constantinople fell to the crusaders in 1204, the Byzantines fled and organized areas of resistance. Nicaea was ruled by a strong leader, Theodore Laskaris. Crowned Emperor by the patriarch in 1208, Theodore checked both the Latins and the Turks. When he died in 1222, his state was a powerful empire ready to make a bid at taking back Constantinople.
BZ76979. Billon aspron trachy nomisma, DOC IV-1 5a; Hendy pl. 30, 7; Wroth BMC 4; SBCV 2061; Sommer 69.1; Ratto -, Choice aEF, light encrustations, a few bumps and marks, superb for the type, Nicaea (Iznik, Turkey) mint, weight 3.967g, maximum diameter 29.4mm, die axis 180o, c. 1205 - 1212 A.D.; obverse MHP - ΘV, The Virgin Mary seated facing, nimbate, wearing pallium and maphorium, the nimbate head of infant Christ before her; reverse ΘEO∆ΩPOC ∆ECΠOTHC KOMNHNOC O ΛAXKAPHC, emperor, on left, standing facing, crowned, wearing loros, labarum in right hand, and St. Theodore, on right, standing facing, in military dress, spear in left hand, both hold a patriarchal cross between them; better than any of the examples in Dumbarton Oaks!; scarce; SOLD










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