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John III Doukas Vatatzes, Gold, Nomisma Hyperpyron, Magnesia, 1221-1254

 
 

Obverse

Christ seated on backless throne. Right hand raised in blessing. To left and right, IC̅ XC̅.

 

Symbol

Cross in left field.

Reverse

John III Vatatzes standing on left receiving blessing from the Virgin. John wears loros and collar-piece with six jewels. Labarum in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand. Inscriptions in two columns, the left of which is illegible.

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Obverse

Christ seated on backless throne. Right hand raised in blessing. To left and right, IC̅ XC̅.

 

Symbol

Cross in left field.

Reverse

John III Vatatzes standing on left receiving blessing from the Virgin. John wears loros and collar-piece with six jewels. Labarum in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand. Inscriptions in two columns, the left of which is illegible.

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Accession number BZC.2006.42
Ruler John III Doukas Vatatzes
Date of Reign 1221–1254
Metal Gold
Denomination Nomisma Hyperpyron
Mint Magnesia
Date 12211254
Diameter 29.0 mm
Weight 4.45 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Cup
Condition Double struck (obv)
Metal Composition 83.7% Au; 13.5% Ag; 2.7% Cu; 231 ppm Pb; 72 ppm Pt (analyzed in IRAMAT.CNRS Orléans by LA-ICP-MS).

Commentary

This coin type is missing in DOC. Its fineness suggests it could be an early issue of John III Vatatzes.

Acquisition History

From A. H. Baldwin’s Stock, 28 February 2006