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Byzantine Empire, John II Comnenus, 15 August 1118 - 8 April 1143 A.D.
John II was the oldest son of Alexius I and succeeded to the throne in 1118. He was a good and capable ruler, and did much to further the Byzantine Empire. He recaptured lost territory and added territory to the Empire. He attempted to curtail the trading privileges given to the Venetians but was forced to give up this idea. His reign was brought to an early end when he died in a hunting accident. His youngest son, Manuel I, succeeded him.
BZ91209. Bronze tetarteron, cf. DOC IV-1 12; Wroth BMC p. 564, 62; Morrisson BnF 60/Cp/AE/1; Ratto 2099; SBCV 1945; Sommer 60.8, VF, dark blue-green patina, scratches, some light porosity, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight 4.352g, maximum diameter 20.7mm, die axis 180o
, obverse Christ standing facing on footstool, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium, and colobium, Gospels in left hand, to left IC, to right XC; reverse IW DECΠOTH TW ΠOPΦVPOΓNIT (or similar), John standing facing, wearing crown and jeweled chlamys, cruciform scepter in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand; ex CNG e-auction 395 (12 Apr 2017), lot 389; scarce
Catalog current as of Thursday, August 22, 2019.
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