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

 
 

Obverse

Patriarchal cross with winged shaft.

Reverse

Two half-length figures beneath segment of a circle with star above: Andronikos III Palaiologos on left and nimbate saint on right. Cross held between them. Emperor holds a scepter in his right hand.

Obverse

Patriarchal cross with winged shaft.

Reverse

Two half-length figures beneath segment of a circle with star above: Andronikos III Palaiologos on left and nimbate saint on right. Cross held between them. Emperor holds a scepter in his right hand.

Accession number BZC.2007.6.35
Catalogue ID as DOC 5.2: plate 50, no. 919–20
Ruler Andronikos III Palaiologos
Date of Reign 1328–1341
Metal Copper
Denomination Assarion
Mint Thessalonike
Date 13281341
Diameter 20.0 mm
Weight 1.6 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

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

LPC 234, no. 3.

H. Longuet, “Une trouvaille de monnaies des Paléologues,” no. 18a.

S. Bendall, “Longuet’s Salonica Hoard Re-Examined,” no. 16A.

J. Shea, “Longuet’s ‘Salonica Hoard’ and the Mint of Thessalonike in the Mid-Fourteenth Century,” 322, no. 24 (type N).

Acquisition History

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