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Michael VIII Palaiologos, Silver, Trikephalon (Aspron Trachy), Constantinople, 1258/1259-1282

 
 

Obverse

Virgin seated on a high-back throne. Virgin holds medallion of infant Christ. To left and right in upper field,  ΘV.

Symbol

C and Δ on left and right panel of throne, respectively.

Reverse

Full-length figure of Michael VIII Palaiologos. Labarum scepter in right hand, globus with patriarchal cross in left hand. Inscription visible to left, with traces of Π (for “Palaiologos”) to right.

X|MΛ||C-Π 

Obverse

Virgin seated on a high-back throne. Virgin holds medallion of infant Christ. To left and right in upper field,  ΘV.

Symbol

C and Δ on left and right panel of throne, respectively.

Reverse

Full-length figure of Michael VIII Palaiologos. Labarum scepter in right hand, globus with patriarchal cross in left hand. Inscription visible to left, with traces of Π (for “Palaiologos”) to right.

X|MΛ||C-Π 

Accession number BZC.2006.12
Ruler Michael VIII Palaiologos
Date of Reign 1259–1282
Metal Silver
Denomination Trikephalon (Aspron Trachy)
Mint Constantinople
Date 1258/12591282
Diameter 24.0 mm
Weight 2.21 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

This coin is one of the last trikephala of the Palaiologan period and is extremely rare. 

DOC 5.1:115, no. 11(b) (similar).

PCPC 20, no. (17).

D. R. Sear, Byzantine Coins and Their Values, no. 2254.

Acquisition History

LHS Sale 97, Zurich, 10 May 2006, lot 226. From the Protonotarios collection.