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John V Palaiologos, Gold, Nomisma Hyperpyron, Constantinople, 1347-1353

 
 

Obverse

Virgin orans within city walls connecting four groups of towers.

Symbol

B to left of Virgin,  C in ligature to right. Six-pointed star above and between towers to left and right

Reverse

Christ standing at center blessing the kneeling figures of John V, left, and John VI Kantakouzenos, right. [IC̅] XC̅ in left and right fields above emperors’ heads. Blundered inscription of Iôannes in left field. Graffito on Christ’s robe.

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Obverse

Virgin orans within city walls connecting four groups of towers.

Symbol

B to left of Virgin,  C in ligature to right. Six-pointed star above and between towers to left and right

Reverse

Christ standing at center blessing the kneeling figures of John V, left, and John VI Kantakouzenos, right. [IC̅] XC̅ in left and right fields above emperors’ heads. Blundered inscription of Iôannes in left field. Graffito on Christ’s robe.

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Accession number BZC.2006.46
Ruler John V Palaiologos
Date of Reign 1347–1354
Associated Authority John VI Kantakouzenos
Metal Gold
Denomination Nomisma Hyperpyron
Mint Constantinople
Date 13471353
Diameter 21.0 mm
Weight 3.65 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Cup
Metal Composition 45.8% Au; 27.8% Ag; 26% Cu; 1687 ppm Pb; 101 ppm Pt (analyzed in IRAMAT-CNRS, Orléans [Centre E. Babelon] using LA-ICP-MS)

Commentary

This coin has an unpublished siglon. Variant of DOC 5.1:184, table 24, siglon no. 1b. S. Bendall (“A Note on the Hyperpyra of John V and VI (1347–1354),” 297, siglon C) shows  at lower right, while this one has a ligature of  and . This coin may have come from the hoard first mentioned by Bendall in “A Hyperpyron of Andronicus III and John V (A.D. 1341)?”

Acquisition History

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