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

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of nimbate military saint. O|Υ in left field.

Symbol

Star in left and right fields.

Reverse

Emperor standing and holding patriarchal cross in right hand and scepter in left hand. Manus Dei above.

Obverse

Frontal bust of nimbate military saint. O|Υ in left field.

Symbol

Star in left and right fields.

Reverse

Emperor standing and holding patriarchal cross in right hand and scepter in left hand. Manus Dei above.

Accession number BZC.2007.6.31
Ruler Andronikos III Palaiologos
Date of Reign 1328–1341
Metal Copper
Denomination Assarion
Mint Thessalonike
Date 13281341
Diameter 20.0 mm
Weight 0.97 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Cup

Commentary

The coin has been double struck. Bendall believed that the obverse represented the Virgin orans, rather than a military saint.

LPC 236, no. 5.

H. Longuet, “Une trouvaille de monnaies des Paléologues,” no. 15a.

S. Bendall, “Longuet’s Salonica Hoard Re-Examined,” no. 15A.

J. Shea, “Longuet’s ‘Salonica Hoard’ and the Mint of Thessalonike in the Mid-Fourteenth Century,” 321, no. 20 (type M) (illustrated as no. 14).

Acquisition History

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