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Serbia, Despot Djuradj (George) Brankovic, 1427 - 1456
|–urad Brankovic, frequently called George Brankovic in English, was the Serbian despot from 1427 to 1456 and a baron of the Kingdom of Hungary. His wife was a Byzantine princess, Eirene Kantakouzene, a granddaughter of Emperor John VI Kantakouzenos. When the Ottomans captured Thessalonica in 1430, Brankovic paid ransom for many of its citizens. In 1439 the Ottomans captured his capital Smederevo (near Belgrade). The prince fled to Hungary where he had large estates. After the conflict between the Kingdom of Hungary and the Ottomans concluded in 1443, negociations restored his rule. On 22 August 1444 the prince peacefully took possession of the evacuated town of Smederevo. Serbian independence ended a year after his death when the Ottoman Empire formally annexed his lands.|
ME90148. Silver half dinar, Jovanovic 42.29.2, VF, uneven toning, Smederevo mint, weight 1.030g, maximum diameter 13.1mm, die axis 225o
, 1427 - 1456; obverse Cyrillic monogram of Djuradj, flanked by a fleur-de-lis on each side, surrounded by stars and pellets; reverse Cyrillic ligature: Despot, flanked by a fleur-de-lis on each side, surrounded by stars and pellets; SOLD
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