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Byzantine Silver Coins

The Byzantine Empire issued more gold, billion, and bronze coins than silver.

Byzantine Empire, Michael VII Ducas, 24 October 1071 - 24 March 1078 A.D.

|Michael| |VII|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Michael| |VII| |Ducas,| |24| |October| |1071| |-| |24| |March| |1078| |A.D.|, |2/3| |miliaresion|
Michael's reign was a period of disasters and territorial losses. Unable to face these challenges, Michael VII abdicated and lived as a monk for the last 12 years of his life.
BZ94299. Silver 2/3 miliaresion, DOC III part 2, 8, Wroth BMC 22, Sommer 55.7, Morrisson BnF 55/Cp/AR/7, SBCV 1876, F, toned, off center, holed, weight 1.321 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 24 Oct 1071 - 24 Mar 1078 A.D.; obverse bust of virgin Mary, nimbate, wears pallium and maphorium, holds nimbate infant Christ, MP/• - ΘV/• (Greek abbr.: Mητηρ Θεου - Mother of God); reverse + ΘKE / ROHΘEI / MIXAHΛ / ∆ECΠOTH / TW ∆OVKA (God helps the ruler Michael Ducas) in five lines, ornaments below; very scarce; $200.00 SALE |PRICE| $180.00
 


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
 


Byzantine Empire, Manuel II Palaeologus, 25 September 1373 - 1423 A.D.

|Manuel| |II|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Manuel| |II| |Palaeologus,| |25| |September| |1373| |-| |1423| |A.D.|, |half| |stavraton| |(Basileus| |series)|
After his older brother Andronikos IV tried to usurp their father's throne, Manuel II was made co-emperor and heir. In 1376 - 1379 and again in 1390 Andronikos IV and then his son John VII seized rule. Manuel defeated his nephew and restored his father's throne. He was then sent as a hostage to the court of the Ottoman Sultan Bayezid I, where he was forced to participate in the Ottoman campaign that reduced Philadelphia, the last Byzantine enclave in Anatolia. After a five year Ottoman siege, in 1399 Manuel left for the European courts to seek aid. Relations between John VII and Manuel had improved and John VII was left as regent. The siege was lifted after the Mongols defeated the Ottomans at the Battle of Ankara. Taking advantage of the Ottoman civil war that followed and rival princes seeking friendship, John VII secured the return some lost territory including the city of Thessalonica. When Manuel returned home in 1403, his nephew retired to govern Thessalonica. Manuel was friendly with Mehmed I but after Mehmed died in 1421, the Ottomans assault began anew. Manuel relinquished most duties to his son and heir John VIII, and left again to seek aid. Unsuccessful, the Byzantines were forced to pay tribute to the sultan. Manuel II retired as a monk in 1423 and died on 21 July 1425.
BZ86362. Silver half stavraton (Basileus series), quarter hyperpyron, sigla 38; Bendall PCPC 334.20 (same rev. die), DOC V 1447 (same), Lianta 943 (same), Grierson 1517, Sommer 88.2, SBCV 2551, VF, centered on a tight flan, scrape, corrosion/porosity, edge cracks, weight 3.580 g, maximum diameter 19.5 mm, die axis 180o, Imperial mint, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1403 - c. 1415; obverse bust of Christ facing, cross nimbus with pellets in arms, tunic and himation, right raised in benediction, Gospels in left, double border with pellets between, IC - XC flanking across field, pellet above and below XC in right field; reverse + MANOVHΛ BACIΛEVC O ΠAΛEOΛOΓO (King Manuel Palaeologus), bust of John VII facing, bearded, nimbate, crown with pendilia, pellet over B on left, pellet over reversed B on right; scarce; SOLD







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