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The Saints on Coins
German States, Bishopric of Halberstadt, Gerno von Schembke, 1160 - 1177

|Germany|, |German| |States,| |Bishopric| |of| |Halberstadt,| |Gerno| |von| |Schembke,| |1160| |-| |1177||bracteate|
The Diocese of Halberstadt was a Roman Catholic diocese from 804 until 1648. From 1180, the bishops or administrators of Halberstadt ruled a state within the Holy Roman Empire, the prince-bishopric of Halberstadt. The diocesan seat and secular capital was Halberstadt in present-day Saxony-Anhalt. Gerno von Schembke was the Bishop of Halberstadt from 1160 to 1177.
ME92042. Silver bracteate, cf. Svensson 8.1, BBB I 15.17, Bonhoff I 483, Berger 1325, VF, well centered, toned, parts of legends weakly struck, weight 0.835 g, maximum diameter 25.7 mm, die axis 0o, Halberstadt mint, 1160 - 1177; obverse + S STEPHANVS PROTOMARTI, bust of St. Stephen facing, nimbate, draped, three pellets left and star right; reverse incuse of obverse; ex Mnzenhdl. Brom (Berlin); $240.00 (228.00)


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.
BZ99288. Bronze tetarteron, DOC IV-1 5a.2; CLBC I 8.4.3; Morrison BnF 1; Hendy p. 152 & pl. 23, 9; Wroth BMC 39; Grierson 1138; Ratto 2214; SBCV 2015; Sommer 66.6, F, near black patina, tight square flan, some corrosion, weight 4.411 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 8 Apr 1195 - 17 Jul 1203; obverse half-length facing bust of St. George, beardless and nimbate, wearing military attire: cuirass and sagion, transverse spear in right hand, left hand resting on hilt of sword, O / ΓE/WP-ΓI/OC (in columns in left and right fields); reverse AΛEΣIOC - ∆ECΠOTHC (or similar), half length figure of Alexius standing facing, wearing crown, divitision, and chlamys, labarum in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand; from the S. Lindner Collection; rare; $125.00 (118.75)


Austrian States, Duchy of Carinthiam, Bernhard II von Spanheim, 1202 - 1256

|Austria|, |Austrian| |States,| |Duchy| |of| |Carinthiam,| |Bernhard| |II| |von| |Spanheim,| |1202| |-| |1256||pfennig|
Bernhard von Spanheim was Duke of Carinthia for 54 years. He was a patron of chivalry and minnesang, a tradition of lyric and song writing with love as the main subject. Bernhard's reign marked the emergence of the Carinthian duchy as an effective territorial state.
ME92143. Silver pfennig, CNA I Cb12, Luschin 199, gVF, toned, uneven strike with some areas weak, tight flan, weight 0.645 g, maximum diameter 15.7 mm, die axis 90o, St. Veit (Sankt Veit an der Glan, Austria) mint, c. 1204 - 1208; obverse + DVX CARINTHIE (off flan), helmeted and armored half-length bust of duke facing, head right, cross scepter in right hand, struck over quadratum supercusum; reverse SANT - VEIT, head of St. Vitus facing, wearing ornate hat; ex Mnzenhandlung W. Rittig (Schwelm, Germany); $100.00 (95.00)


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|
Tancred, a Norman leader of the 1st Crusade, became Prince of Galilee and regent of the Principality of Antioch when his uncle Bohemund was taken prisoner. He later took the County of Edessa when Baldwin II was captured, but Baldwin was released, defeated him and took it back. Tancred was made regent of Antioch again when Bohemund went to Europe to recruit more Crusaders. Tancred refused to honor a treaty in of fealty to the Byzantine Emperor, making Antioch independent, and ruled until his death in a typhoid epidemic.
CR98525. Bronze follis, Metcalf Crusades pl. III, 50; Malloy Crusaders p. 199, 3a; Schlumberger pl. II, 6, aVF, tight ragged flan, porosity, areas of weak strike, light scrapes, weight 3.744 g, maximum diameter 20.8 mm, die axis 0o, Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) mint, c. 1101 - 1103; obverse nimbate bust of St. Peter (patron saint of Antioch) facing, short curly hair and curly beard, scroll in right hand, cross in left hand, O / ΠE-TP/O/C (TP ligate) divided across field; reverse + / KE BOI /ΘH TO ∆V / ΛO COV T / ANKPI (O Lord, help your servant Tancred) in five lines; ex Leu Numismatik, auction 16 (22 May 2021), lot 4202; ex J. Knudsen collection (formed from the late 1970s to the late 1990s); $100.00 (95.00)


Byzantine Empire, Lead Bulla Seal, Saint George, Alexios, c. 11th Century A.D.

|Byzantine| |Seals|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Lead| |Bulla| |Seal,| |Saint| |George,| |Alexios,| |c.| |11th| |Century| |A.D.||bulla| |(tag| |seal)|
The first 'theta' on the obverse is actually a symbol for "the Saint" derived from a ligature of A inside O abbreviating the Greek, Ho Aγιος. Not many Greek names start with ALE, so this is perhaps Alexandros or, more common and likely by this time, Alexios.
ME99068. Lead bulla (tag seal), DOCBS -, Zacos -, Metcalf Seals -, Jordanov -, Spink Zacos -, brown patina, double strike, weight 10.097 g, maximum diameter 20.9 mm, die axis 0o, c. 11th century A.D.; obverse bust of St. Theodore facing, nimbate, draped, pointed beard, spear in his right hand over his right shoulder, ornamented shield on left arm, Θ / Θ/E/O - ∆/ΩPO in columns left and right; reverse - + - / KE ROH/[Θ]EI TW C / ∆OVΛW / AΛE (Lord, help your servant, Alexios) in five lines; $100.00 (95.00)







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