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Andronikos III Palaiologos, Copper, Assarion, Thessalonike, 1328-1341

 
 

Obverse

Virgin orans standing.

Symbol

Two stars in right field.

Reverse

Emperor standing, wearing crown and chlamys, holding akakia in right hand and left hand on hip, and being blessed by small nimbate figure in upper right field. 

Symbol

Trace of in lower right field.

Obverse

Virgin orans standing.

Symbol

Two stars in right field.

Reverse

Emperor standing, wearing crown and chlamys, holding akakia in right hand and left hand on hip, and being blessed by small nimbate figure in upper right field. 

Symbol

Trace of in lower right field.

Accession number BZC.2007.6.28
Catalogue ID DOC 5.2: plate 51, no. 921
Ruler Andronikos III Palaiologos
Date of Reign 1328–1341
Metal Copper
Denomination Assarion
Mint Thessalonike
Date 13281341
Diameter 20.0 mm
Weight 1.17 g
Relation of Dies 5:00
Shape Flat
Undertype

LPC Additions no. 7 (= DOC 5.2: no. 763–64)

Commentary

Bendall observed that this coin was struck over an example of LPC Additions no. 7 (= DOC 5.2: no. 763–64). Shea notes: “To the left of the emperor on the reverse can be seen fragments of two standing figures, a military saint to the left and an emperor to the right.”

LPC 236, no. 4.

H. Longuet, “Une trouvaille de monnaies des Paléologues,” no. 13e.

S. Bendall, “Longuet’s Salonica Hoard Re-Examined,” no. 13E (with note on undertype at p. 148).

J. Shea, “Longuet’s ‘Salonica Hoard’ and the Mint of Thessalonike in the Mid-Fourteenth Century,” 321, no. 18 (type L) (illustrated as 322, no. 22).

Acquisition History

From S. Bendall, 19 July 2007. From Longuet’s “Salonica Hoard.”