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The Saints on Coins

Republic of Venice, Doge Francesco Foscari, 1423 - 1457 A.D.

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Struck in near pure gold, the design of the Venetian gold ducat, or zecchino, remained unchanged for more than 500 years, from its introduction in 1284 to the conquest of Venice by Napoleon's troops in 1797. The reverse legend expands to Sit tibi, Christe, datus, quem tu regis, iste ducatus which translates "To thee, O'Christ, Duchy, which thou rulest, be dedicated."
SH48273. Gold ducato, Friedberg 1232, Nomisma 18, Biaggi 2872, EF, weight 3.513 g, maximum diameter 21.1 mm, die axis 270o, obverse FRAC FOSCARI DVX S M VENETI, S. Marco and Doge kneeling, together holding banner; reverse SIT T XPE DAT Q TV REGIS ISTE DVCAT, Christ standing facing, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left, surrounded by mandorla containing nine stars; SOLD


Chios, Greece, Philippo Maria Visconti, 1421 - 1436, Imitative of Venice

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SH48270. Gold ducato, Schlumberger pl. XIV, 14; Gamberini 398; Friedberg 4, VF, weight 3.511 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 225o, uncertain mint, 1421 - 1436; obverse S PETRVS DVX D MEDIOLAN (S retrograde), St. Peter standing right, receiving banner from Doge kneeling left; reverse D SIT T XPE DAT Q TV RIG ISTE DVCAT, Christ standing facing, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left, surrounded by mandorla containing nine stars; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Alexius I Comnenus, 4 April 1081 - 15 August 1118 A.D.

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In the Dumbarton Oaks catalog, Michael Hendy identifies this as a transitional coinage. David Sear lists it as extremely rare.
SH76239. Electrum histamenon nomisma, DOC IIII 4; Wroth BMC 14 (Alexius III); Hendy pl. 1, 9; SBCV 1904; Sommer 59.7; Morrisson BnF -; Ratto -, aEF, well centered, nice portrait of Christ, hairline crack, some strike slip, weight 4.313 g, maximum diameter 29.0 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica mint, 1081 - 1082 A.D.; obverse + KE RΘ AΛEZ (or similar), bust of Christ Pantokrator facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, holding books of Gospel, Greeks IC - XC across field; reverse St. Demetrius, on left, standing right, nimbate, holding parazonium and presenting labarum to Alexius, standing facing, wearing loros and crown with cross and pendilia, ∆I/MI/TI in three lines on left, ∆/EC/Π/T/H in five lines on left; ex Rudnik Numismatics; very rare; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Michael VIII Palaeologus, 15 August 1261 - 11 December 1282

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Michael VIII was regent for and later co-emperor with the Nicaean Emperor John IV. He defeated the Latin emperor Baldwin II, captured Constantinople and restored the empire. His superb diplomatic skills balanced his enemies against each other. He founded the last great Byzantine dynasty.
SH70964. Gold hyperpyron, Bendall PCPC 4.4 (siglon 38), DOC V 14, Lianta 488 ff. var. (siglon), Grierson 1288, Sommer 77.1, SBCV 2242, EF, well struck face of the Virgin, flat areas as usual, weight 4.141 g, maximum diameter 27.6 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 15 Aug 1261 - 11 Dec 1282; obverse Nimbate half-length facing figure of the Virgin Mary orans within city walls, six towers on walls; sigla A - K across fields; reverse X MH ∆EΠTI (or similar, MH ligate) downward on left, XC / Π/ΛA (or similar) on right, Archangel Michael standing facing, on left, behind Michael VII kneeling facing, presents Michael VIII to Christ, on right, seated left on high throne, scroll in right, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation for Jesus Christ) flanking Christ's head; ex Baldwin's auction A210 (5 Jun 2010), lot 47; very scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Michael VIII Palaeologus, 15 August 1261 - 11 December 1282

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SH12282. Gold hyperpyron, DOC V 13, Bendall PCPC 4, (siglon 40), cf. Sommer 77.1, Grierson 1288, Lianta 488 ff., SBCV 2242, aEF, graffiti, weight 4.185 g, maximum diameter 25.9 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 15 Aug 1261 - 11 Dec 1282; obverse Nimbate half-length facing figure of the Virgin Mary orans within city walls, six castles forming walls; sigla A - K (K retrograde) across fields; reverse X/M/∆EC/ΠO/T (or similar) on left, XC / Π/ΛA (or similar) on right, Archangel Michael standing facing, on left, behind Michael VII kneeling facing, presents Michael VIII to Christ, on right, seated left on high throne holding scroll, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation for Jesus Christ) flanking Christ's head; very scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Michael VIII Palaeologus, 15 August 1261 - 11 December 1282

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SH81199. Gold hyperpyron, Bendall PCPC 5, DOC V 17 ff., SBCV 2243, Lianta 495, Grierson 1289, Sommer -, VF, weight 4.161 g, maximum diameter 26.0 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 15 Aug 1261 - 11 Dec 1282; obverse Nimbate half-length facing figure of the Virgin Mary orans within city walls, six castles on walls; reverse Archangel Michael standing facing, on left, behind Michael VII kneeling facing, presents Michael VIII to Christ, on right, seated left on high throne holding gospels; very scarce; SOLD


Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander the Great, 336 - 323 B.C., Lifetime Issue

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Lifetime issue. This rare type is missing from most of the major collections and we could not find another example online.
GS79810. Silver drachm, Price 2575; MŁller Alexander 809; ADM I, series XI, 126; SNG Ashmolean III 2829; SNG Cop -; SNG MŁnchen -; SNG Alpha Bank -; SNG Saroglos -; Hersh -, gVF, unusual and attractive style, well struck, toned, light marks, weight 4.267 g, maximum diameter 17.7 mm, die axis 0o, Lydia, Sardes (Sart, Turkey) mint, c. 334 - 323 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean Lion skin, scalp over head, forepaws tied at neck; reverse AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, right leg forward, eagle in extended right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, Nok monogram left, torch under throne; very rare; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Michael VIII Palaeologus, 15 August 1261 - 11 December 1282

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Michael VIII was regent for and later co-emperor with the Nicaean Emperor John IV. He defeated the Latin emperor Baldwin II, captured Constantinople and restored the empire. His superb diplomatic skills balanced his enemies against each other. He founded the last great Byzantine dynasty.
SH86354. Gold hyperpyron, DOC V 25 (siglon 70), Bendall PCPC 5 (siglon not listed), Lianta 494 - 504 var. (siglon), Grierson 1289, SBCV 2243, Sommer -, VF, obverse double struck, flan cracks, weight 4.221 g, maximum diameter 27.1 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 15 Aug 1261 - 11 Dec 1282; obverse nimbate half-length facing figure of the Virgin Mary orans within city walls, six towers on walls; sigla K - M low across fields; reverse inscription on left off flan, IΠ/A/T... on right (abbreviated and blundered Greek for Michael Despot), Archangel Michael standing facing, on left, behind Michael VII kneeling facing, presents Michael VIII to Christ, on right, seated left on high throne, Gospels in left hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation for Jesus Christ) flanking Christ's head; very scarce; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, John V Palaeologus, 15 June 1341 - 16 February 1391 A.D.

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John V was made emperor three days short of his ninth birthday. Anna of Savoy was appointed regent for her son. After Anna was defeated in a civil war, John V was made junior emperor to his former advisor John VI Kantakouzenos and he married John VI's daughter. John VI ignored his young colleague and in time even replaced him with his own son Matthew. John V Palaeologus obtained Genoese help, overthrew his rivals, took sole rule and banished John Kantakouzenos to a monastery. John V converted to Catholicism in an attempt to obtain aid from the West against the Turks, but even this failed. Without allies, the Byzantine state was forced to become a vassal of the Ottoman Empire, permitted to exist only by the grace of the mighty Sultan.
BZ84652. Bronze stamenon, Lianta 887; Bendall PCPC 317; B-D LPC p. 238, 8 (Andronicus III); SBCV 2525 (assarion); DOC V -; Sommer -; Grierson -, aVF, full flan, edge cracks, excellent for the type, weight 0.956 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica mint, 1365 - 1369 A.D.; obverse Saint Demetrius standing facing, nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and sagion, inverted spear vertical in right hand, resting left hand on grounded shield at side, flanked on each side by a long cross with three bars, anepigraphic; reverse emperor standing facing, wearing crown with pendilia, stemma, divitision, collar-piece and loros, staff topped with a cross in circle in right hand, Manus Dei (the hand of God) above left, model of city (wall with gate and towers) in left hand, star with eight rays lower right; very rare; SOLD


Republic of Venice, Doge Jacopo Contarini, 1275 - 1280

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Jacapo Contarini was the 47th Doge.
SH71328. Silver grosso, Biaggi 2783, Paolucci 1, CNI VII 6; Papadopoli 2.4, Choice gVF, weight 2.136 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 180o, Venice mint, 1275 - 1280; obverse IA COTARIN S M VENETI DVX, Doge, standing on left, wearing corno ducale, receiving tall flag from St. Mark, standing on right, DVX down flag staff, stars in left and right fields; reverse nimbate Christ enthroned facing, holding gospels in lap, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Iισους Xριστος - Jesus Christ) flanking Christ's head; SOLD




  




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