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

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of nimbate military saint.

Symbol

Star in left field.

Reverse

Emperor holding patriarchal cross in right hand and scepter in left hand.

Obverse

Frontal bust of nimbate military saint.

Symbol

Star in left field.

Reverse

Emperor holding patriarchal cross in right hand and scepter in left hand.

Accession number BZC.2007.6.34
Ruler Andronikos III Palaiologos
Date of Reign 1328–1341
Metal Copper
Denomination Assarion
Mint Thessalonike
Date 13281341
Diameter 20.0 mm
Weight 1.0 g
Relation of Dies 7:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

This coin is almost flat, and therefore stands at the end of the transition from coins struck on slightly cup-shaped flans to flat ones. 

Shea notes: “as a result of the reidentification of the reverses of [BZC.2007.6.31, BZC.2007.6.32, and BZC.2007.6.33], this coin must considered a variant rather than a distinct type. While the saint is similar, the star and the lack of inscription are different.”

LPC 236, no. 5.

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

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

J. Shea, “Longuet’s ‘Salonica Hoard’ and the Mint of Thessalonike in the Mid-Fourteenth Century,” 322, no. 23 (Variant A [type M]) (illustrated as 321, no. 17).

Acquisition History

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