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Manuel I Komnenos, Gold, Nomisma Hyperpyron, Thessalonike, 1143-1180

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of Christ Emmanuel. To left and right, IC̅ XC̅. Beginning of circular inscription visible at 7h. Double struck.

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Reverse

Manuel I Komnenos standing, wearing divitision and chlamys. Labarum scepter in right hand, globus in left hand. The top of the cross on globe is a cross pattée and looks like a second bar, which it may not be. Manus Dei in upper right field. Inscription in two columns.

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Obverse

Frontal bust of Christ Emmanuel. To left and right, IC̅ XC̅. Beginning of circular inscription visible at 7h. Double struck.

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Reverse

Manuel I Komnenos standing, wearing divitision and chlamys. Labarum scepter in right hand, globus in left hand. The top of the cross on globe is a cross pattée and looks like a second bar, which it may not be. Manus Dei in upper right field. Inscription in two columns.

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Accession number BZC.2006.44
Ruler Manuel I Komnenos
Date of Reign 1143–1180
Metal Gold
Denomination Nomisma Hyperpyron
Mint Thessalonike
Date 11431180
Diameter 25.0 mm
Weight 3.49 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Cup
Metal Composition 82.3% Au; 15% Ag; 2.5% Cu; 262 ppm Pb; 68 ppm Pt (analyzed in IRAMAT-CNRS Orléans by LA-ICP-MS)

Commentary

Cf. DOC 4.1:296, no. (1f.1).

Acquisition History

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