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Empire of Nicaea, Theodore I Komnenos Laskaris, c. 1204 - 1222 A.D.

After Constantinople fell to the Western invaders in 1204, the Byzantines fled and organized resistance centers. The one in Nicaea was ruled by a strong leader, Theodore Laskaris. Crowned Emperor by the patriarch in 1208, Theodore checked the Latins and the Turks and when he died in 1222, his state was a powerful empire ready to make a bid at taking back Constantinople.Empire of Nicaea Map

|Theodore| |I|, |Empire| |of| |Nicaea,| |Theodore| |I| |Komnenos| |Laskaris,| |c.| |1204| |-| |November| |1221| |A.D.||aspron| |trachy| |nomisma|
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, scyphate, light encrustations, a few bumps and marks, superb for the type, weight 3.967 g, maximum diameter 29.4 mm, die axis 180o, Nicaea (Iznik, Turkey) mint, 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 ΘΕOΔΩPOC ΔΕCΠOTHC 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


|Theodore| |I|, |Empire| |of| |Nicaea,| |Theodore| |I| |Komnenos| |Laskaris,| |c.| |1204| |-| |November| |1221| |A.D.||aspron| |trachy| |nomisma|
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of Coins of the Crusader States. Ex Abramowitz Family Collection of Judaean & Biblical Related Coinage, Superior Galleries Auction, 8 Dec 93, Lot 540.
BZ31836. Billon aspron trachy nomisma, DOC IV pl. XXVIII, 6.6; SBCV 2062, gF, scyphate, porous, weak strike, weight 3.346 g, maximum diameter 28.1 mm, die axis 180o, Nicaea (Iznik, Turkey) mint, Type B, 1208 A.D.; obverse IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ), Christ seated facing on backless throne, nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, Gospels in left, star left; reverse ΘΕOΔΩPOC ΔΕCΠOTHC KOMNHNOC O ΛAXKAPHC, full-length figure of the emperor, wearing stemma, divitsion, chlamys, and crown with pendilia, scepter cruciger in right, akakia in left; scarce; SOLD







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