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Byzantine Empire, Manuel II Palaeologus, 25 September 1373 - 1423 A.D.
Manuel's half stavrata with this reverse legend (which translates: "Manuel who is faithful to Christ the Lord") comprise the "Pistos" (Faithful) series. The "Pistos" series, numbers about half the quantity of half stavrata of the "Imperial" series, with the normal basileus legend (which translates: "King Manuel Palaeologus"). In A Private Collection of Palaeologan Coins, Simon Bendall asserts, "Evidence suggests there were two mints in Constantinople -- the imperial mint producing coinage for the emperor's needs and a public mint where the members of the public could bring in bullion or plate to be turned into money. The "Pistos" coins were probably the production of this public mint at Constantinople."
SH87497. Silver half stavraton
(Pistos series), quarter hyperpyron
, sigla 68; DOC V
1468 (same dies); Bendall PCPC
343.1; Bendall LPC
p. 160, 2; Grierson
2552, VF, crowded squared slightly ragged flan
, bumps and scratches, some light corrosion, Public Mint
, Constantinople mint, weight
3.369g, maximum diameter
22.6mm, die axis
, c. 1405 - 1415; obverse bust
of Christ facing, cross nimbus
, tunic and himation
, right raised in benediction
, Gospels in left, IC - XC
(Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ) divided across field
, no sigla, double border
with pellets between; reverse
+ MANVHΛ E XPICTO TO ΘEO ΠICT (Manuel who is faithful to Christ the Lord), bust
of John VII facing, bearded, nimbate
, crown with pendilia
, pellet in both left and right fields (sigla); from the Robert
Wachter Collection, this is the first ever Pistos series (Public Mint) half stavraton handled by Forum
Catalog current as of Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
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