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Coins of Serbia

The Medieval Serbian Empire rose from Byzantine patronage to become a threat to the very existence of Constantinople itself. Under a string of accomplished leaders, from Stefan Demanja, through the great Stefan Dusan, and culminating with the death of Prince Lazar at Kosovo in 1389, the medieval Serbs created a political entity which today still resonates strongly in the Serbian culture. These pages are interested in the Serbian kingdom from the ascent of Stefan Nemanja to the Turkish conquest. The medieval Serbian coinage contains an extraordinarily broad array of types, with iconography drawn from a variety of sources. Numerous types followed a Venetian model. It is telling how by this period the Venetian grosso was the international currency of trade, Byzantium too weak and its solidii too debased to maintain the position it had held for nearly a millennium. Of course, the St. Mark of the Venetian currency was replaced with the Serbian St. Stephan.

Serbia, Stefan Uros II (Milutin), 1282 - 1321 A.D.

|Serbia|, |Serbia,| |Stefan| |Uros| |II| |(Milutin),| |1282| |-| |1321| |A.D.|, |dinar|
This type is imitative of the coins of Venice. Milutin introduced new types and gradually but considerably reduced the weight and quality of his coins.
ME68687. Silver dinar, Dimnik-Dobrinic 3.1.1, VF, well centered, but poorly struck, weight 1.857 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 180o, obverse Christ enthroned facing, nimbate, resting his hands on Gospels in his lap, IC - XC flanking his head; reverse VROSIVS S STEFANVS (blundered), Stefan Uros II (on left) and St. Stephen standing facing, Stefan holds an akakia in left, St. Stephen holds Gospels in left, both hold a banner between them with right, REX downward in upper center field; SOLD


Islamic, Ottoman Empire, Bayezid II, AH 886 - 918, 1481 - 1512 A.D.

|Islamic|, |Islamic,| |Ottoman| |Empire,| |Bayezid| |II,| |AH| |886| |-| |918,| |1481| |-| |1512| |A.D.|, |Akce|
On 1 June 1455, the Serbian fortress at Novo Brdo fell after a forty-day Ottoman siege. This event was described by Konstantin Mihailovic from Ostrovica, near Novo Brdo, who was taken by the Ottomans along with some 300 other boys to be trained as Janissaries. All of the higher ranking Serbian officials were executed. Younger men and boys were taken captive to serve in the Ottoman Army. Some 700 young Serbian women and girls were taken to be wives to Ottoman commanders. Today it is an archeological site.
IS75703. Silver Akce, Jem Sultan, type 1, 978, weight 0.761 g, maximum diameter 10.2 mm, die axis 270o, Novar (Novo Brdo, eastern Kosovo) mint, 886 AH, 1481 A.D.; obverse Arabic inscription above horizontal center line: Sultan Bayezid; Arabic inscription below center line: son of Khan (Lord) Mehmed, K and h of Khan not ligate (type 1), dot lower right; reverse Arabic inscription above horizontal center line: May his victory be glorious; Arabic inscription below center line: Novar / year 886 (accession year), no dots; SOLD


Serbia, Stefan Uros III, 1321 - 1331

|Serbia|, |Serbia,| |Stefan| |Uros| |III,| |1321| |-| |1331|, |gros|
ME39082. Silver gros, aVF, jewelry loop at 12:00, weight 1.593 g, maximum diameter 22.9 mm, die axis 0o, obverse Christ enthroned facing, IC - XC flanking his head; reverse STEFAN REX S STEFAN, Saint Stephen standing right, Stefan Uros III standing left, facing, holding patriarchal cross between them; ecrustation on obverse; SOLD


Serbia, Despot Djuradj (George) Brankovic, 1427 - 1456

|Serbia|, |Serbia,| |Despot| |Djuradj| |(George)| |Brankovic,| |1427| |-| |1456|, |half| |dinar|
urad Brankovic, frequently called George Brankovic in English, was the Serbian despot from 1427 to 1456 and a baron of the Kingdom of Hungary. His wife was a Byzantine princess, Eirene Kantakouzene, a granddaughter of Emperor John VI Kantakouzenos. When the Ottomans captured Thessalonica in 1430, Brankovic paid ransom for many of its citizens. In 1439 the Ottomans captured his capital Smederevo (near Belgrade). The prince fled to Hungary where he had large estates. After the conflict between the Kingdom of Hungary and the Ottomans concluded in 1443, negociations restored his rule. On 22 August 1444 the prince peacefully took possession of the evacuated town of Smederevo. Serbian independence ended a year after his death when the Ottoman Empire formally annexed his lands.Despot Djuradj Esfigmen
ME90148. Silver half dinar, Jovanovic 42.29.2, VF, uneven toning, weight 1.030 g, maximum diameter 13.1 mm, die axis 225o, Smederevo mint, 1427 - 1456; obverse Cyrillic monogram of Djuradj, flanked by a fleur-de-lis on each side, surrounded by stars and pellets; reverse Cyrillic ligature: Despot, flanked by a fleur-de-lis on each side, surrounded by stars and pellets; SOLD


Serbia, Stefan Uros II (Milutin), 1282 - 1321 A.D.

|Serbia|, |Serbia,| |Stefan| |Uros| |II| |(Milutin),| |1282| |-| |1321| |A.D.|, |grosso|
This type is imitative of the coins of Venice. Milutin introduced new types and gradually but considerably reduced the weight and quality of his coins.
ME47147. Silver grosso, Jovanovic 2, aVF, weight 1.990 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 180o, obverse Christ enthroned facing, nimbate, resting his hands on Gospels in his lap, IC - XC flanking his head; reverse VROSIVS - R/E/X - SSTEFANVS, Stefan Uros II (on left) and St. Stephen standing facing, Stefan holds an akakia in left, St. Stephen holds Gospels in left, both hold a banner between them with right; SOLD


Serbian Kingdom, c. 1285 - 1350 A.D., Counterfeit or Imitative

|Serbia|, |Serbian| |Kingdom,| |c.| |1285| |-| |1350| |A.D.,| |Counterfeit| |or| |Imitative|, |grosso|
ME36712. Silver grosso, VF, weight 1.659 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 180o, obverse IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ), Christ facing sitting on throne; reverse blundered legend, King receiving banner with patriarchal cross from St. Stephen; SOLD








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REFERENCES|

Dimnik, M. & J. Dobrinić. Medieval Slavic Coinages in the Balkans. (London, 2008).
Ivanisevic, V. Serbian Medieval Coinage. (Belgrade, 2001).
Jovanovic, M. Serbien Medieval Coins. (Belgrade, 2002).
Krause, C. & C. Mishler. Standard Catalog of World Coins. (Iola, WI, 2010 - ).
Romanoff, D. The Orders, Medals and History of the Kingdoms of Serbia and Yugoslavia. (Denmark, 1996).

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