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The Saints on Coins
Byzantine Empire, Romanus IV Diogenes, 1 January 1068 - 19 August 1071

|Romanus| |IV|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Romanus| |IV| |Diogenes,| |1| |January| |1068| |-| |19| |August| |1071|, |histamenon| |nomisma|
Due to their distinctive iconography, these histamenon types were nicknamed "six-headers" in their day.
SH94416. Gold histamenon nomisma, DOC III part 2, 1; Morrisson BnF 53/Cp/AV/02; Wroth BMC 1; Sommer 54.1; SBCV 1859; Ratto -, aVF, full border centering, flow lines, double struck, bumps and scratches, weight 4.393 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1 Jan 1068 - 19 Aug 1071; obverse KWN MX AN∆, Michael standing facing on footstool, transverse labarum in right hand, akakia in left hand, flanked by Constantius and Andronicus, each standing facing on an individual footstool, each holding akakia in inner hand and globus cruciger in outer hand; reverse + PWMANS EV∆UKIA, Jesus Christ standing facing on footstool, crowning Romanus and Eudocia, each holds a globus cruciger in inner hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Ihsos Xrists - Jesus Christ) flanking Christ's head; from the Robert Watcher Collection, ex Heritage auction 3002 (18 Sep 2008), lot 22928; $520.00 SALE |PRICE| $468.00


Byzantine Empire, Andronicus III Palaeologus, 24 May 1328 - 15 June 1341 A.D.

|Andronicus| |III|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Andronicus| |III| |Palaeologus,| |24| |May| |1328| |-| |15| |June| |1341| |A.D.|, |reduced| |basilikon|
His grandfather disinherited him, so Andronicus III revolted, gaining joint rule. They fought again and in 1328 he took the city. Later Andronicus II was sent to a monastery to die old and blind. Andronicus III was at war his whole reign, chiefly with the Ottomans, who held almost all of Asia Minor even before his rule.
ME92835. Silver reduced basilikon, DOC V 874 var. (B sigla without pellets, Γ / O / A reverse center), Bendall PCPC -, B-D LPC -, SBCV -, Sommer -, Lianta -, aVF, well centered, nice toning, weight 1.591 g, maximum diameter 20.2 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 24 May 1328 - 15 Jun 1341 A.D.; obverse The Virgin orans standing facing, veiled, nimbate, MH - ΘV (Greek abbreviation: Mητηρ Θεου - Mother of God) flanking above hands, B - B (sigla, B on right reversed) divided across field; reverse ITHMH∆ AN∆PIK, St. Demetrius on left, standing facing, nimbate, holding cross to chest, and Andronicus on right, standing facing, crowned, placing hand on chest, Γ / P / ∆ downward between; this is an unpublished variety of an extremely rare type, from Coin Archives we know of two other specimens; $400.00 SALE |PRICE| $360.00


Byzantine Empire, Alexius III Angelus-Comnenus, 8 April 1195 - 17 July 1203

|Alexius| |III|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Alexius| |III| |Angelus-Comnenus,| |8| |April| |1195| |-| |17| |July| |1203|, |tetarteron|
According to the Golden Legend, a plague-bearing dragon lived in a lake near a city called Silene, in Libya. To appease the dragon, the people fed it two sheep every day. When the sheep failed, they fed it their children, chosen by lottery. It happened that the lot fell on the king's daughter, Sabra. Sabra was sent out to the lake, dressed as a bride, to be fed to the dragon. Saint George was ridding past when dragon reared out of the lake. He fortified himself with the Sign of the Cross charged it on horseback with his lance, and gave it a grievous wound. He then called to the princess to throw him her girdle. After he put it around its neck, the dragon followed the girl like a meek beast on a leash. The princess and Saint George led the dragon back to the city of Silene. It terrified the people at its approach, but Saint George called out to them, saying that if they consented to become Christians and be baptized, he would slay the dragon. The king and the people converted to Christianity and George slew the dragon. On the site where the dragon died, the king built a church to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint George, and from its altar a spring arose whose waters cured all disease.
BZ95143. Bronze tetarteron, CLBC I 8.4.3; DOC IV-1 5a; Hendy p. 152 and pl. 23, 9-10; Grierson 1138; SBCV 2015; Sommer 66.6, gVF, well centered on a typical tight flan, porosity, some light corrosion, weight 3.720 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 8 Apr 1195 - 17 Jul 1203; obverse O/ΓE/WP ΓI/OC, Half-length facing bust of St. George, beardless and nimbate, in military attire, spear in right hand and hilt of sword in left; reverse AΛEΣIOC ∆ECΠOTHC, Alexius standing facing, labarum in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand; $240.00 SALE |PRICE| $216.00


Byzantine Empire, Andronicus II Palaeologus, 1282 - 24 May 1328 A.D.

|Andronicus| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Andronicus| |II| |Palaeologus,| |1282| |-| |24| |May| |1328| |A.D.|, |trachy|
An extremely rare Andronicus II trachy of this type was found by Dochev at Turnovo (Dochev 1992, Pl. 17, 2; ). It is the Turnovo coin that is described in the Dumbarton Oaks Catalog (DOC V) and in Sear's Byzantine Coin Values (SBCV). We know of only five other specimens of the type.
BZ91214. Bronze trachy, Dochev 1992, pl. 17, 2; DOC V, table 18A, 30 (none in the collection); SBCV 2357A; B-D LPC -; Bendall PCPC; Lianta -; Grierson -; Sommer -, F/VF, obverse "finder" cleaned by scraping, edge crack, small spots of corrosion, weight 1.680 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1282 - 1328 A.D.; obverse The Virgin Mary standing facing orans, nimbate, wears tunic and maphorion, MP - ΘV (Greek abbr.: Mητηρ Θεου - Mother of God) flanking nimbus; reverse Andronicus, on left, standing facing, scepter cruciger in right hand and anexikakia(?) in left hand, blessed by military saint, on right standing facing with sword(?) in left hand; extremely rare; $240.00 SALE |PRICE| $190.00


Aelia Flaccilla, Augusta 19 January 379 - 386 A.D., Wife of Theodosius I

|Aelia| |Flaccilla|, |Aelia| |Flaccilla,| |Augusta| |19| |January| |379| |-| |386| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Theodosius| |I|, |maiorina|
Aelia Flavia Flaccilla was the wife of Theodosius I, who reigned 379 - 395 A.D., and mother of the emperors Arcadius and Honorius. She was known for her piety and generosity to the poor. Aelia was honored by future empresses who took her first name as a title. Aelia Flaccilla is commemorated as a saint by the Eastern Orthodox Church; her feast day is 14 September.
RL93291. Bronze maiorina, RIC IX Heraclea 25.2 (S), LRBC II 1982, SRCV V 20617, Cohen VIII 6, Hunter V -, Choice VF, well centered, black patina, red earthen deposits, tiny edge splits, weight 4.195 g, maximum diameter 24.0 mm, die axis 0o, 1st officina, Heraclea (Marmara Ereglisi, Turkey) mint, 25 Aug 383 - 386 A.D.; obverse AEL FLACCILLA AVG, draped bust right with an elaborate head dress, necklace and mantle; reverse SALVS REIPVBLICAE (health of the Republic), Aelia Flaccilla standing facing, head right, arms folded on breast, star left, cross right, SMHA in exergue; from the Errett Bishop Collection; scarce; $150.00 SALE |PRICE| $135.00


Empire of Trebizond, Manuel I Comnenus, 1238 - 1263 A.D.

|Empire| |of| |Trebizond|, |Empire| |of| |Trebizond,| |Manuel| |I| |Comnenus,| |1238| |-| |1263| |A.D.|, |asper|
Saint Eugenius of Carthage was elected Bishop of Carthage in 480 but, caught up in the disputes of his day between Arianism and mainstream Christianity, he was exiled by the Vandal king Huneric. Gunthamund, who succeeded Huneric, allowed Eugenius to return to Carthage and permitted him to reopen the churches. After eight years of peace Thrasamund succeeded to the throne, arrested Eugenius and condemned him to death, but commuted the sentence into exile at Vienne, near Albi (Languedoc). Eugenius built there a monastery over the tomb of St. Amaranthus the martyr, and led a penitential life till his death on 13 July, 505.
BZ94298. Silver asper, Retowski 81, Sommer T3.10.4 var. (sigla), SBCV 2601, VF, light tone, tight flan, weight 2.858 g, maximum diameter 22.5 mm, die axis 180o, Trebizond (Trabzon, Turkey) mint, 1238 - 1263 A.D.; obverse O/A/Γ/I - I/EV/ΓE/NI, Saint Eugenius standing facing, nimbate, long cross in right hand; reverse MH/N/IΛ - O/K/M/N, Manuel standing facing, standard in right, akakia in left, Manus Dei (the hand of God) upper right, two pellets on and two pellets flanking labarum shaft (sigla), four pellets on band falling from right hand (sigla); These coins have special control marks on them called sigla. You have them in the description - pellets on shafts and in fields. Your description (and probably refs, esp. Retowski) do not match. No pellets on obverse shaft or inner left. Reverse two pellets on shaft and two flanking, the four in a diamond shape.; $130.00 SALE |PRICE| $117.00


Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Tancred, Regent, March 1101 - May 1103 and Late 1104 - December 1112

|Crusaders|, |Crusaders,| |Principality| |of| |Antioch,| |Tancred,| |Regent,| |March| |1101| |-| |May| |1103| |and| |Late| |1104| |-| |December| |1112|, |follis|
This type was struck while Bohemond I was in captivity. It was the first type struck by Tancred. The order in which his types were struck has been firmly established by frequent overstrikes of later issues on earlier coins.

St. Peter is the patron saint of Antioch.
CR92928. Bronze follis, Metcalf Crusades 52, Malloy Crusaders 3a, Schlumberger II 6, aF, green patina, weight 3.052 g, maximum diameter 22.0 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, obverse bust of St. Peter facing, short curly hair and curly beard, scroll in right hand, cross in left hand, O / PE-TP/O/C (TP ligate) divided across field; reverse + / KE BOI/ΘH TO ∆V / ΛO COV TANKPI+ (O Lord, help your servant Tancred) in five lines; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 70 (7 Oct 2018), lot 791; $110.00 SALE |PRICE| $99.00


Vienne Archbishopric, Viennois, France, 12th Century A.D.

|France|, |Vienne| |Archbishopric,| |Viennois,| |France,| |12th| |Century| |A.D.|, |dinar|
In 1023 the Archbishops of Vienne became secular lords paramount. They had the title of Count, making them prince-archbishops, and when in 1033 the Kingdom of Arles was reunited to the Holy Roman Empire, they retained their independence and obtained from the empire the title of Archchancellors of the Kingdom of Arles.
ME91872. Silver dinar, Duplessy Fodales 2381, Poey d'Avant 4826, Boudeau 1045, Roberts -, F, dark toning, weight 0.875 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 0o, Vienne mint, 12th Century A.D.; obverse +SMVIENNA, bearded head of Saint Maurice of Vienne left; reverse MAXIMAGALL (barred LL's), cross, pellet in each quarter; $80.00 SALE |PRICE| $72.00


Republic of Venice, Doge Antonio Venier, 21 October 1382 - 23 November 1400

|Venice|, |Republic| |of| |Venice,| |Doge| |Antonio| |Venier,| |21| |October| |1382| |-| |23| |November| |1400|, |grosso|
During the eighteen years of Doge Venier's rule there were extraordinary high waters, two plagues, numerous fires and disasters of various kinds, but through all he showed his great strength of mind and character. In 1388 his son, Alvise, had a fight with his married lover and then mocked her betrayed husband by hanging on his door a wreath of thorns with an inscription insulting his wife, sister and mother-in-law. Alvise was fined 100 ducats and sentenced to two months in prison. While in prison he fell ill. Antonio did nothing to help and Alvise died in prison. Many praised Antonio as a model of justice; others criticized his zeal as madness.
MA95523. Silver grosso, Papadopoli 3, Paolucci 3, Biaggi 2855, aVF, toned, centered on a tight flan, holed and filled, weight 1.799 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 270o, Venice mint, third type; obverse ANTO. VENERIO. S. M. VENETI, Doge, standing on left, wearing corno ducale, receiving tall flag from St. Mark, standing on right, DVX down left side of flag staff, stars in left and right fields; reverse + TIBI LAVS 7 GLORIA , nimbate Christ enthroned facing, holding gospels in lap, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Iισους Xριστος - Jesus Christ) flanking Christ's head; $42.49 (39.09)







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