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John III Doukas Vatatzes, Gold, Nomisma Hyperpyron, Magnesia, 1232?

 
 

Obverse

Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated upon backless throne. Right hand raised in benediction, Gospels in left hand. To left and right, IC̅ XC̅.

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Reverse

Half-length figure of John III Doukas Vatatzes on left and of Virgin nimbate on right. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar-piece, and paneled loros of simplified type. Labarum on long shaft in right hand, akakia in left hand. Virgin wears tunic and maphorion. Θ above, and ̅ in right field.

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Obverse

Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated upon backless throne. Right hand raised in benediction, Gospels in left hand. To left and right, IC̅ XC̅.

KE[  ]-HΘEI

Reverse

Half-length figure of John III Doukas Vatatzes on left and of Virgin nimbate on right. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar-piece, and paneled loros of simplified type. Labarum on long shaft in right hand, akakia in left hand. Virgin wears tunic and maphorion. Θ above, and ̅ in right field.

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Accession number BZC.2006.43
Ruler John III Doukas Vatatzes
Date of Reign 1221–1254
Metal Gold
Denomination Nomisma Hyperpyron
Mint Magnesia
Date 1232?
Diameter 29.0 mm
Weight 4.42 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Cup
Condition 81.4% Au; 15.6% Ag; 2.9% Cu; 271 ppm Pb; 26 ppm Pt (analyzed in IRAMAT-CNRS Orléans by LA-ICP-MS)

Commentary

This coin is part of the Transitional Coinage (B). Cf. DOC 4.2:483, no. (3.2).

D. A. Squires, “Unpublished Transitional Hyperpyra of John III Vatatzes,” 1013, fig. 2, and, for details, figs. 3b, 4b, 5b, and 6b.

Acquisition History

From Baldwin’s Stock, 28 February 2006