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

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Manuel I Megas Komnenos (died March 1263) was an Emperor of Trebizond, from 1238 until his death. At the time Manuel reigned, the Empire of Trebizond comprised a band of territory stretching along the southern coast of the Black Sea. Although Michael Panaretos, a 14th-century Greek chronicler, calls Manuel "the greatest general and the most fortunate" and states he ruled "virtuously in the eyes of God", the only event he documents for Manuel's reign is a catastrophic fire striking the city of Trebizond in January 1253. The major events of his reign are known from external sources, most important of which is the recovery of Sinope in 1254, which had been lost to the Sultanate of Rum forty years before.
BZ89548. Silver asper, Sommer T3.20 (same dies), Retowski 217 (same dies), SBCV 2601, aEF, crude style usual for the type, toned, uneven strike, die wear, weight 2.807 g, maximum diameter 21.8 mm, die axis 180o, Trebizond (Trabzon, Turkey) mint, 1238 - 1263 A.D.; obverse A (with circle) /EV/Γ - O / TPA/ΠC/TI/d (C blundered), Saint Eugenius standing facing, long cross in right hand; reverse MH/N/HΛ/o - K/MH/N (MH's ligate), Manuel standing facing, labarum in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, Manus Dei (hand of God) upper right; nicer than the referenced two plate coins, which are from the same dies, nicer than the only two specimens auctioned in the last two decades as recorded on Coin Archives; very rare; $500.00 (425.00)


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

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Manuel I Megas Komnenos (died March 1263) was an Emperor of Trebizond, from 1238 until his death. At the time Manuel reigned, the Empire of Trebizond comprised a band of territory stretching along the southern coast of the Black Sea. Although Michael Panaretos, a 14th-century Greek chronicler, calls Manuel "the greatest general and the most fortunate" and states he ruled "virtuously in the eyes of God", the only event he documents for Manuel's reign is a catastrophic fire striking the city of Trebizond in January 1253. The major events of his reign are known from external sources, most important of which is the recovery of Sinope in 1254, which had been lost to the Sultanate of Rum forty years before.
BZ89549. Silver asper, Sommer T3.13.6 (same obv. die), Sommer T3.13.1 (same rev. die), Retowski 119 - 153 var. (sigla), SBCV 2601, aEF, well centered on a tight flan, some high points not fully struck, small dark spots, weight 2.820 g, maximum diameter 21.3 mm, die axis 180o, Trebizond (Trabzon, Turkey) mint, 1238 - 1263 A.D.; obverse O/A/ΓI/O − Eς/ΓE/NI/O, Saint Eugenius standing facing, nimbate, long cross in right hand, four pellets on cross shaft, flanked by three pellets left and four pellets right, pellet upper right; reverse M/N/Λ − OKMH (MH ligate), Manuel standing facing, labarum in right hand, akakia in left hand, Manus Dei (hand of God) upper right, four pellets on labarum shaft, four pellets inner left; from the Robert Watcher Collection; $180.00 (153.00)


Breslau, Silesia, Kingdom of Bohemia, Sigismund of Luxembourg, 1419 - 1437

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Silesia's borders and national affiliation have changed over time, both when it was a hereditary possession of noble houses and after the rise of modern nation-states. The first known states to hold power there were probably those of Greater Moravia at the end of the 9th century and Bohemia early in the 10th century. In the 10th century, Silesia was incorporated into the early Polish state, and after its division in the 12th century became a Piast duchy. In the 14th century, it became a constituent part of the Bohemian Crown Lands under the Holy Roman Empire, which passed to the Austrian Habsburg Monarchy in 1526.
ME89012. Silver heller, Kopicki 8765b (R2), Saurma 67, VF, tight flan, some strike weakness, weight 0.290 g, maximum diameter 11.6 mm, die axis 270o, Breslau, Silesia (Wroclaw, Poland) mint, 1422 - 1437; obverse M O W M O W (O = annulet mint control mark), head of St. John the Baptist facing slightly left; reverse Lion rampant left; annulet (mint control mark) below; ex Mnzenhdl Brom (Berlin, Germany); rare; $70.00 (59.50)







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