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John V Palaiologos, Copper, Stamenon, Thessalonike, 1354-1365

 
 

Obverse

St. Demetrios standing and holding spear and shield. On either side, long cross with three cross arms.

Reverse

John V Palaiologos standing with haloed cross in right hand and city model in left hand.

Symbol

I in lower left field, six-pointed star in lower right field.

Obverse

St. Demetrios standing and holding spear and shield. On either side, long cross with three cross arms.

Reverse

John V Palaiologos standing with haloed cross in right hand and city model in left hand.

Symbol

I in lower left field, six-pointed star in lower right field.

Accession number BZC.2004.37
Ruler John V Palaiologos
Date of Reign 1341–1391
Metal Copper
Denomination Stamenon
Mint Thessalonike
Date 13541365
Diameter 17.0 mm
Weight 0.92 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

On the haloed cross, characteristic of Thessalonian issues since the thirteenth century, see Morrisson, “The Emperor, the Saint, and the City : Coinage and Money in Thessalonike from the Thirteenth to the Fifteenth Century,” 183–84n52, who refers to the abstract of a paper given by Oikonomides on the “equal-armed cross inscribed in a circle.” This type was favored by Bogomils and Cathars, but should not necessarily be considered a token of heresy. Fourteen steles bearing that type of cross were found in the necropolis of the ancient Slavic-speaking village of Gialatzik (Nea Khalkedona), between Thessalonike and Giannitsa. 

LPC 238, no. 8.

D. R. Sear, Byzantine Coins and Their Values, no. 2525.

Acquisition History

From A. H. Baldwin's Byzantine List 43, October 2004, no. 53