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Michael VIII Palaiologos, Silver, Trikephalon (Aspron Trachy), Thessalonike, 1272

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of St. Nicholas. IC||II in left field, right field obscure.

Reverse

Central bust of Christ flanked by IC̅ XC̅ crowning the kneeling figures of Andronikos II, beardless, on left, and Michael VIII Palaiologos, bearded, on right. The emperors hold between them patriarchal cross on triangular base with Andronikos II’s hand above that of Michael VIII Palaiologos.|N|Δ blundered in left field, right field inscription illegible.

Obverse

Frontal bust of St. Nicholas. IC||II in left field, right field obscure.

Reverse

Central bust of Christ flanked by IC̅ XC̅ crowning the kneeling figures of Andronikos II, beardless, on left, and Michael VIII Palaiologos, bearded, on right. The emperors hold between them patriarchal cross on triangular base with Andronikos II’s hand above that of Michael VIII Palaiologos.|N|Δ blundered in left field, right field inscription illegible.

Accession number BZC.2006.11
Catalogue ID as DOC 5.1:115, no. (44)
Ruler Michael VIII Palaiologos
Date of Reign 1259–1282
Associated Authority Andronikos II Palaiologos
Metal Silver
Denomination Trikephalon (Aspron Trachy)
Mint Thessalonike
Date 1272
Diameter 22.0 mm
Weight 1.95 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

This coin is double-struck on both faces. Morrisson believes the coin may be the second known specimen. The other is in the former Kapamadji collection (S. Boutin, Monnaies des empires de Byzance, de Nicée, de Trébizonde, 89, no. 697).

Acquisition History

LHS Sale 97, Zurich, 10 May 2006, lot 225. From the Protonotarios collection.