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Andronikos II Palaiologos, Gold, Nomisma Hyperpyron, Constantinople, 1303-1320

 
 

Obverse

Virgin orans within city walls connecting four groups of towers.

Symbol

to left of Virgin, P to right.

Reverse

Christ at center blessing the kneeling figures of Andronikos II, bearded, left, and Michael IX, beardless, right. IC̅ XC̅ in left and right fields above emperors’ heads.

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Obverse

Virgin orans within city walls connecting four groups of towers.

Symbol

to left of Virgin, P to right.

Reverse

Christ at center blessing the kneeling figures of Andronikos II, bearded, left, and Michael IX, beardless, right. IC̅ XC̅ in left and right fields above emperors’ heads.

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Accession number BZC.2001.4
Ruler Andronikos II Palaiologos
Date of Reign 1294-1320
Associated Authority Michael IX Palaiologos
Metal Gold
Denomination Nomisma Hyperpyron
Mint Constantinople
Date 13031320
Diameter 22.0 mm
Weight 4.12 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Cup

Commentary

The reverse legend is probably AVTOKPATOPEC-POMAIΩN, often found with these sigla. See DOC 5.1:138, table 13, siglon 156.

The coin is probably from the 1996 “Bulgarian hoard”; see S. Bendall, “Some Thoughts on the Silver Coinage of Manuel I and John II of Trebizond in the Light of a Recent Hoard.”

Acquisition History

Purchased from A. H. Baldwin’s Selection, London