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Isaac Comnenus, Usurper in Cyprus, 1184 - 1191 A.D.

A great-nephew of Manuel I, Isaac Comnenus rebelled against Andronicus and maintained independent rule in Cyprus for 7 years. He was defeated by Richard the Lionheart of England during the Third Crusade. Isaac was imprisoned and Cyprus was never recovered by the Empire.

Byzantine Empire, Isaac Comnenus, Usurper in Cyprus, 1184 - 1191 A.D.

|Isaac| |Comnenus| |of| |Cyprus|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Isaac| |Comnenus,| |Usurper| |in| |Cyprus,| |1184| |-| |1191| |A.D.||tetarteron|
Isaac Comnenus maintained independent rule in Cyprus for 7 years. He was defeated by Richard the Lionheart of England during the third crusade. Isaac was imprisoned and Cyprus was never recovered by the empire.
BZ95148. Bronze tetarteron, DOC IV-1 7; CLBC 6.3.3 (R4); Hendy pl., 19, 14; Morrisson BnF 63/Ch(B)02; Wroth BMC p. 596, note 1; SBCV 1994; Ratto -, aVF, rough green patina, light scratches, off center, weight 2.836 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Nicosia(?) mint, 1184 - 1191 A.D.; obverse bust of Christ facing, bearded, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium, and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left hand; reverse ICAAKIOC ∆EC or similar, Comnenus bust facing, wearing crown, divitision and sagion, cruciform scepter in left hand, akakia in right hand; from the S. Lindner Collection; very rare; $400.00 SALE |PRICE| $360.00
 


Byzantine Empire, Isaac Comnenus, Usurper in Cyprus, 1184 - 1191 A.D.

|Isaac| |Comnenus| |of| |Cyprus|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Isaac| |Comnenus,| |Usurper| |in| |Cyprus,| |1184| |-| |1191| |A.D.||aspron| |trachy|
Isaac Comnenus maintained independent rule in Cyprus for 7 years. He was defeated by Richard the Lionheart of England during the third crusade. Isaac was imprisoned and Cyprus was never recovered by the Byzantine Empire.
BZ95156. Billon aspron trachy, CLBC 6.2.1 (R2); DOC IV-1 2, pl. XVIII B.2; SBCV 1991; Grierson 1117; Hendy p. 136 & pl. 19, 6, F, weak strike, porous, edge cracks, weight 4.632 g, maximum diameter 31.2 mm, die axis 180o, Cyprus main (Nicosia?) mint, c. 1187 - 1191; obverse MP - ΘV, the Virgin, nimbate, seated facing on throne without back, nimbate head of infant Christ on breast; reverse IC-AA-KIOC - OΓEWPΓIOC (clockwise on left, columnar on right), Isaac (on left) and St. George stand facing full-length, holding patriarchal cross between them, Isaac crowned and wearing imperial dress, anexikakia in right hand; Saint nimbate, in military attire, sword in left hand; from the S. Lindner Collection; rare; SOLD


Byzantine Empire, Isaac Comnenus, Usurper in Cyprus, 1184 - 1191 A.D.

|Isaac| |Comnenus| |of| |Cyprus|, |Byzantine| |Empire,| |Isaac| |Comnenus,| |Usurper| |in| |Cyprus,| |1184| |-| |1191| |A.D.||tetarteron|
Isaac Comnenus maintained independent rule in Cyprus for 7 years. He was defeated by Richard the Lionheart of England during the third crusade. Isaac was imprisoned and Cyprus was never recovered by the empire.
SL95154. Bronze tetarteron, CLBC 6.3.6 B (R4); Hendy pl., 21, 13; SBCV 1998 (extremely rare); Morrisson BnF 63/Ch(B)03; Wroth BMC -; Ratto -, NGC VF, strike 3/5, surface 2/5 (5770405-006), weight 2.940 g, maximum diameter 19.9 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain Cyprus mint, 1184 - 1191 A.D.; obverse O EMMA-NOVHΛ (Latinized Hebrew: "God with us"), Christ enthroned facing, bearded, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium, and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, scroll in left hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Ihsoús Xristós - Jesus Christ) flanking nimbus; reverse ICAAKIOC ∆ECΠOTIC (or similar, Isaac, despot), Isaac (on left) standing facing, crowned by the Virgin (on right), emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar-piece and simplified jeweled, cruciform scepter in left hand, akakia in right hand, Virgin nimbate, wearing tunic and maphorion, Greek MHTP monogram (Mother) above center; from the S. Lindner Collection; NGC| Lookup; extremely rare; SOLD







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