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

 
 

Obverse

Patriarchal cross with fragments of a wing.

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 fragments of a wing.

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.2007.6.36
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 19.0 mm
Weight 1.6 g
Relation of Dies 5:00
Undertype

Denier of John Orsini

Commentary

The coin was overstruck on a denier of John Orsini. This can most clearly be seen on the obverse where the Epirote cross has almost completely survived the restrike and on the reverse where the Epirote castle occupies the position of the saint.

LPC 234, no. 3.

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

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

J. Shea, “Longuet’s ‘Salonica Hoard’ and the Mint of Thessalonike in the Mid-Fourteenth Century,” 322, no. 25 (type N).

Acquisition History

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