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Empire of Nicaea, John III Ducas-Vatatzes, c. 15 December 1221 - 3 November 1254

|John| |III|, |Empire| |of| || |Nicaea,| |John| |III| |Ducas-Vatatzes,| |c.| |15| |December| |1221| |-| |3| |November| |1254||hyperpyron|
Graffiti around edges (WMK between 9 and 11, + at 3, and III at 4 on the obverse; + at 12 and symbols at 3 on reverse). In Forum's opinion, this graffiti is not detracting, but rather interesting.
SH08811. Gold hyperpyron, DOC IV-2 4; Hendy pl. 31, 13; Lianta 202; Sommer 70.1.1; SBCV 2073; Ratto -, Choice aEF, scyphate, much better strike than typical for this issue!, graffiti, weight 4.27 g, maximum diameter 27.5 mm, die axis 180o, Lydia, Magnesia ad Sipylum (Manisa, Turkey) mint, 1222 - 1254 A.D.; obverse Christ seated facing on throne without back, nimbate, wears tunic and kolobion, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: IΗΣOΣ XPIΣTOΣ - Jesus Christ) flanking nimbus, no sigla; reverse IW ΔECΠOT - TW ΠOPΦVPΓEN (or similar, John, despotes, born in the purple), John on left, standing facing, wears stemma, divitision, collar-piece and loros, holding labarum in right hand, anexikakia in left; crowned by Virgin Mary on right, standing left, nimbate, wears tunic and maphorion, MP - ΘV (Greek abbreviation: MΗTΗP ΘΕOY - Mother of God) flanking nimbus; from John Aiello; SOLD


Empire of Nicaea, John III Ducas-Vatatzes, c. 15 December 1221 - 3 November 1254

|John| |III|, |Empire| |of| || |Nicaea,| |John| |III| |Ducas-Vatatzes,| |c.| |15| |December| |1221| |-| |3| |November| |1254||hyperpyron|
A successful soldier from a military family, John was chosen in about 1216 by Emperor Theodore I Laskaris as the second husband for his daughter Irene Laskarina and as heir to the throne. This arrangement excluded members of the Laskarid family from the succession, and when he became emperor in 1221, following Theodore I's death, he had to suppress opposition to his rule. John was a very successful ruler who greatly increased the size, influence, and prosperity of the Nicaean Empire. He prepared the way for his descendants to successfully restore Greek rule to Constantinople and to rule the restored Byzantine Empire.
SH87503. Gold hyperpyron, DOC IV-2 6c, Sommer 70.1.6 var. (no pellet left), Hendy pl. 32, 3 var. (same), SBCV 2073, Ratto -, VF, scyphate, uneven strike with flat areas, obverse off center, weight 4.350 g, maximum diameter 25.1 mm, die axis 180o, Lydia, Magnesia ad Sipylum (Manisa, Turkey) mint, 2nd coinage, c. 1232 - 1254; obverse Christ seated facing on throne without back, nimbate, wears tunic and kolobion, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ) across field, pellet to left and right (sigla) above throne; reverse IW DECΠOTH TΩ <Θ>ΠOPΦVPOΓ (or similar, blundered, mostly not struck), John on left, standing facing, wears stemma, divitision, collar-piece and loros, holding labarum in right hand, anexikakia in left; crowned by Virgin Mary on right, standing left, nimbate, wears tunic and maphorion, MP - ΘV (Greek abbreviation: Mother of God) flanking her; from the Robert Watcher Collection; rare sigla variety; SOLD


Empire of Nicaea, John III Ducas-Vatatzes, c. 15 December 1221 - 3 November 1254

|John| |III|, |Empire| |of| || |Nicaea,| |John| |III| |Ducas-Vatatzes,| |c.| |15| |December| |1221| |-| |3| |November| |1254||hyperpyron|
SH10987. Gold hyperpyron, DOC IV-2 12 (not in the DO collection, lists two known specimens: (1) Apostolo Zeno II Sale, lot 2558; (2) Archaeological Museum Istanbul), VF+, scyphate, weight 4.466 g, maximum diameter 29.4 mm, die axis 0o, Lydia, Magnesia ad Sipylum (Manisa, Turkey) mint, 1222 - 1254; obverse IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ), Christ seated facing on throne without back, nimbate, wears tunic and kolobion, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ) divided across field, symbol (siglon) above throne on right; reverse IW DECΠOTH TΩ <Θ>ΠOPΦ (or similar, blundered, mostly not struck), John on left, standing facing, wears stemma, divitision, collar-piece and loros, holding labarum in right hand, anexikakia in left; crowned by Virgin Mary on right, standing left, nimbate, wears tunic and maphorion, MP - ΘV (Greek abbreviation: Mother of God) flanking her; ex Colosseum Coin Exchange; ex. rare sigla variety; SOLD


Empire of Nicaea, John III Ducas-Vatatzes, c. 15 December 1221 - 3 November 1254

|John| |III|, |Empire| |of| || |Nicaea,| |John| |III| |Ducas-Vatatzes,| |c.| |15| |December| |1221| |-| |3| |November| |1254||hyperpyron|
SH38148. Gold hyperpyron, DOC IV-2 6b; Hendy pl. 32, 4; Sommer 70.1.4; SBCV 2073; Ratto -, VF, scyphate, clipped, obv. double struck, weight 2.680 g, maximum diameter 21.6 mm, die axis 180o, Lydia, Magnesia ad Sipylum (Manisa, Turkey) mint, 1222 - 1254; obverse Christ seated facing on throne without back, nimbate, wears tunic and kolobion, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ) divided across field, pellet (siglon) on right above throne; reverse IW DECΠOTH TΩ <Θ>ΠOPΦ (or similar, blundered, mostly not struck), John on left, standing facing, wears stemma, divitision, collar-piece and loros, holding labarum in right hand, anexikakia in left; crowned by Virgin Mary on right, standing left, nimbate, wears tunic and maphorion, MP - ΘV (Greek abbreviation: Mother of God) flanking her; SOLD


Empire of Nicaea, John III Ducas-Vatatzes, c. 15 December 1221 - 3 November 1254

|John| |III|, |Empire| |of| |Nicaea,| |John| |III| |Ducas-Vatatzes,| |c.| |15| |December| |1221| |-| |3| |November| |1254||tetarteron|
John was a very successful ruler who greatly increased the size, influence, and prosperity of the Nicaean Empire. He prepared the way for his descendants to successfully restore Greek rule to Constantinople and to rule the restored Byzantine Empire.
BZ99289. Bronze tetarteron, Lianta 285; DOC IV-2 58; Hendy pl. 34, 4; Wroth BMCV 36; Ratto 2290; Sommer 70.16; SBCV 2116, Nice VF, broad flan, highlighting earthen deposits, weight 2.505 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 150o, Lydia, Magnesia ad Sipylum (Manisa, Turkey) mint, c. 15 Dec 1221 - 3 Nov 1254; obverse bust of St. George facing, nimbate, wearing military attire, spear in right hand, shield on left arm, A in circle left, ΓPw monogram right; reverse Iw / ΔEC/ΠO - OΛOY/K/A/C (or similar, in columns left and right, OY ligate), John standing facing, wearing stemma with pendilia, chlamys, and divitision, labarum in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand; from the S. Lindner Collection; rare; SOLD


Empire of Nicaea, c. 1204 - 1261 A.D.

|Anonymous| |Nicaea|, |Empire| |of| |Nicaea,| |c.| |1204| |-| |1261| |A.D.||tetarteron|
Nicaea, in northwestern Anatolia, was the capital city of the Empire of Nicaea, formed following the Fourth Crusade in 1204, until the recapture of Constantinople by the Byzantines in 1261. The mint was transferred from Nicaea to Magnesia around 1210/11 or soon after.
BZ96507. Bronze tetarteron, DOC IV-2, type E, p. 537, 3, pl. XXXVII, 7; Lianta 316; Hendy pl. 36, 11; SBCV 2155; Sommer 72.6; Wroth BMC -; Ratto -, aF, corrosion, edge split, weight 2.202 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, die axis 0o, Lydia, Magnesia ad Sipylum (Manisa, Turkey) mint, anonymous, 1227 - 1261(?); obverse cross decorated with pellets, I-C / X-C (Greek abbreviation: Ihsos Xrists - Jesus Christ) in quarters; reverse large B B decorated with pellets, letter B on the right reversed and with pellets in loops; rare; SOLD


Empire of Nicaea, Theodore I Komnenos Laskaris, c. 1204 - November 1221 A.D.

|Theodore| |I|, |Empire| |of| |Nicaea,| |Theodore| |I| |Komnenos| |Laskaris,| |c.| |1204| |-| |November| |1221| |A.D.||aspron| |trachy| |nomisma|
Magnesia ad Sipylum (modern Manisa, Turkey) was located in Lydia about 65 km northeast of Smyrna (now Izmir) on the river Hermus (now Gediz) at the foot of Mount Sipylus. The city should not be confused with Magnesia on the Maeander, both founded by colonists from the Greek region of Magnesia. The first famous mention of the city is in 190 B.C., when Antiochus the Great was defeated in the battle of Magnesia by the Roman consul Lucius Cornelius Scipio Asiaticus. It became a city of importance under Roman rule and, though nearly destroyed by an earthquake in the reign of Tiberius, was restored by that emperor and flourished. It was an important regional center through the Byzantine Empire. During the 13th century interregnum of the Empire of Nicaea, Magnesia housed the Imperial mint, the Imperial treasury, and served as the functional capital of the Empire until the recovery of Constantinople in 1261. Magnesia was one of the few towns in this part of Anatolia which remained prosperous under the Turkish rule.
BZ76758. Billon aspron trachy nomisma, DOC IV-1 8; Lianta 189; SBCV 2068; Hendy pl. 31, 8; Sommer 69.4; Wroth BMC -; Ratto -, aF, scyphate, weight 2.910 g, maximum diameter 25.3 mm, die axis 180o, Lydia, Magnesia ad Sipylum (Manisa, Turkey) mint, c. 1204 - Nov 1221 A.D.; obverse EMMA-NYHΛ, nimbate bust of Christ facing, beardless, scroll in left hand, five pellets in each limb of nimbus cross, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Ihsos Xrists - Jesus Christ) flanking across field; reverse ΘEOΔWPOC - O - ΘEOΔWPOC, Theodore and St. Theodore standing facing, each with outer hand on sheathed sword and inner hand holding patriarchal cross set on three steps between them; Emperor wears stemma, divitsion, and chlamys; Saint wears short military tunic, breastplate and sagion; this is the first specimen of this type handled by Forum; scarce; SOLD







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