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The 12th Century Byzantine Empire.


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Collection of Byzantine tetartera minted in Constantinople and minor coinage from other mints. This is a 15 year collection that is attempting to get all know varieties of coins from Alexius I to Alexius III.

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Trachea of Alexius I to Alexius III


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Tetartera ( Tetarteron) 2006 For an Updated view see My gallery 2019


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This is a collection of a small Byzantine denomination from the 11th and 12th centuries. The coins in my collection include Alexius I, John II, Manuel I, Andronicus, Isaac, Isaac II, and Alexius III. It includes many rarely seen coins. This is the collection as of 2006, for a more updated view with weights and detailed information see my Tetarteron Album 2015

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Imitation Tetartera


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Other Examples Tetarteron


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Trachy 2019


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Anonymous Follis


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Islamic


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1948A JOHN II HYPERPYRON NOMISMA IV DOC 8 SBCV-1948JOHN II HYPERPYRON NOMISMA IV DOC 8 SBCV-1948

OBV Christ Bearded and Nimbate , wearing tunic and kolobion, seated upon a throne without back: r. hand raised in benediction , holds gospels in l.

REV Half length figure of emperor on l. and of Virgin , Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar piece, and paneled loros of simplified type; holds hand labarum in r. hand. Virgin wears tunic and maphorion.

Size 28mm

Weight 4.61

VF

From the Peter J. Merani Collection, purchased from Glenn W. Woods. Ex Coin Galleries (17 July 1996), lot 1296. CNG 490 April 21

Thicker metal than Constantinople issue, very difficult to differentiate between the same issue from different mints.
Also John III created the same coin without a visual way to determine between the two


1 commentsSimonJan 17, 2022
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2002 ISAAC II ANGELUS El Aspron Trachy S-2002Info TBASimonJan 17, 2022
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2001 ISAAC II ANGELUS HYPERPYRON S-2001Info TBASimonJan 17, 2022
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1982A MANUEL AE HALF TETARTERON S-1982 DOC 25 CLBC 4.4.10
OBV Radiate cross on three steps

REV Half length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size

Weight

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron.The half tetartera at 1/1728 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.
DOC lists 6 examples with weights ranging from 1.26 gm to 2.24 gm with sizes from 16mm to 19mm.

This example is also excellent.
SimonJan 17, 2022
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1929g ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1929 DOC 38 CLBC 2.4
OBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.

REV. Bust facing wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger, and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 19.11mm

Weight 2.6gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

DOC lists 9 examples with weight s running from 1.82gm to 5.10gm and size from 18mm to 22mm

My nicest example. Very Fine
SimonJan 16, 2022
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1968d MANUEL METROPOLITIAN TETARTERON SBCV-1968 DOC 15 CLBC 4.4.2
OBV Full length figure of the Virgin, nimbate, orans, wearing tunic, and maphorion turned to the r. Manus Dei (Hands of God) in upper field to r.

REV Full length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, jeweled loros of a simplified type and Saigon; holds in right hand scepter cruciger and in l. anexikakia

Size 20.53mm

Weight 4.2gm

Cosmopolitan Issue were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC lists 34 examples with weights from 2.32 to 4.9gm and size from 17mm to 22mm

The coins only flaw, wear on the Virgins face. Other that near perfect centering and a wonderful reverse strike.
SimonJan 16, 2022
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1932A ALEXIUS AE HALF TETARTERON S-1932 DOC 45 CLBC 2.4.8
OBV Patriarchal cross on two steps.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma divitision and jeweled loros and in r. hand holding jeweled scepter and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size

Weight

DOC lists 42 examples with weights ranging from .59gm to 3.22gm and sizes ranging from 13mm to 18mm

I have many of these coins that very much vary in their design, I do not believe these coins came from one mint but many different mints. The cross design changes in many different ways. This is an easy coin to acquire, the trick is finding the nice ones and with a denomination so small little effort was put into minting perfect coins. This example has good relief on both sides but the Globus Cruciger is missing due to an imperfect strike. I believe this one by style alone to be minted in Thessalonica.
Interesting find, even though Michael Hendy attributed this to a unknown mint recent excavations of the Metro in Thessalonica have shown
these coins in the hundreds, bringing once again Thessalonica back in to the fold.
SimonJan 16, 2022
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1921 ALEXIUS Metropolitan TETARTERON S-1921 Doc 34 CLBC 2.4.2 Grierson 1043

Bust of Christ, bearded with cross behind head, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels in l. hand. UU in fields of cross.

Rev Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r hand jeweled scepter and in l, gl. cr.

Size 18mm

Weight 3.77gm

Metropolitan Issues were minted in Constantinople, each of these coins had an added silver content of 3% and were also issued with a very light silver wash (Silver traces are common on Cosmopolitan issues but intact fully silvered coins are very rare.) These more than likely were tariffed at a higher rate than the Thessalonica issues that have been shown to have no silver content. Cosmopolitan issue are in general far scarcer than the Thessalonica issues

DOC catalog lists 3 examples with weights ranging from 1.6gm to 3.49gm and size is universal at 18mm

All of the Constantinople coins are uncommon but this one appears very rarely, I would mark its rarity 4/5 This example This is ois Good Very Fine, one of the most difficult of Alexius tetartera to obtain.
SimonJan 16, 2022
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1976 MANUEL AE TETARTERON S-1976 DOC 19 CLBC 4.4.6

OBV Radiate cross on three steps.

REV. Half-length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and jeweled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum on laft shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 23.17mm

Weight 5.1gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace

Very nice example on a large flan.
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DOC lists 24 examples with weights from 18mm to 25mm and weights from 2.55 to 6.54 gm
SimonJan 16, 2022
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1942 JOHN II ASPRON TRACHY NOMISA IV DOC 8c Variation II Constantinople SBCV-1942
OBV IC XC in upper field.

Christ bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated upon throne without back: , holds gospels in l. Single pellet at each end of cushion on throne.

REV Full length figure of emperor on l. and of St. George, nimbate and beardless, holding between them patriarchal cross on long shaft at the base of which a small globe. Emperor wears stemma, divitision and chlamys; saint wears short military tunic, breastplate and sagion, Emperor and Saint hold patriarchal cross on a long shaft at the base of which three steps.

Size 31mm

Weight 3.18

EX Roma EF

DOC lists 9 examples total with weights from 3.11gm to 4.40gm and sizes from 30 to 33 mm
SimonJan 12, 2022
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2060 BYZANTINE, Latin Rule Half Tetarteron S-2060OBV Full length figure of Christ

REV Full length of Emperor?

size 17.11mm

weight 1.5 gm
SimonNov 29, 2021
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2115A JOHN III DUCAS AE Tetarteron SBCV- 2115 DOC 57
OBV Head of Cherub with 4 wings, Pellets flanking on l. side

REV John III seated facing on throne with back, wearing stamma with pendilia, chlamys, holding labarum and gl cr.

Size 17.94mm

Weight 1.6gm
SimonNov 24, 2021

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ALEXIUS Tetarteron DOC 39 S-1930Bust of Virgin nimbate, ORANS wearing tunic and maphorion.

Rev Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlmys; holds in r. hand labarum on a long shaft and in l. gl cr. 20mm Thessalonica mint.

Wroth in BMC mentions Alexius tetartera in the collection as being overstruck on top of earlier issues, this is one of the few that I have seen that was overstruck, I beleive these coins were made when a shortage of the new denomination occured. This is the second coin in the collection that is thin and overstruck
Simon
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1930B ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1930 DOC 39 CLBC 2.4.6 OBV Bust of Virgin nimbate, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and chlamys; holds in r. hand labarum on a long shaft and in l. Globus cruciger.

Size 20/21mm

Weight 1.9gm

This is a Thessalonica minted coin, it contains no silver. It is believed to be valued at 1/864 Hyperpyron and the Metropolitan (Constantinople) issues at 1/288 Hyperpyron. This coins are much more common than Metropolitan coins and very abundant in today’s marketplace.

This coin is a mangled mess overstruck and made quickly.

DOC lists 5 examples with weights ranging from 2.05gm to 4.02gm and sizes ranging from 20mm to 22m
Simon
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John II Billion Trachy S-1944 DOC 10
IC XC Bust of Christ bearded and nimbate wearing tunic and kolobion holds gospel in l. hand , pellets in the limbs of the nimbate cross.

REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma divitision, collar piece, and paneled loros of the simplified type holds in r. hand sceptre cruciger. Note Var A has transverse stroke on shaft shaft and 5 jewel collar piece.28mm

This example is "as struck"it has an very unusual amount of silver much more than ever expected. Coin has been previosly thought to be electum.
Simon

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