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

 
 

Obverse

Half-length figure of St. Demetrios with spear and shield. Γ|O| in left field and Δ|H|T in right field.

Reverse

Andronikos III Palaiologos standing and holding two patriarchal crosses.

Obverse

Half-length figure of St. Demetrios with spear and shield. Γ|O| in left field and Δ|H|T in right field.

Reverse

Andronikos III Palaiologos standing and holding two patriarchal crosses.

Accession number BZC.2007.6.38
Catalogue ID as DOC 5.2: plate 51, no. 927
Ruler Andronikos III Palaiologos
Date of Reign 1328–1341
Metal Copper
Denomination Assarion
Mint Thessalonike
Date 13281341
Diameter 19.0 mm
Weight 1.4 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

J. Shea accepts S. Bendall’s arguments (“An Early Fourteenth-Century Hoard of Thessalonican Trachea,” 263, 271–72; and “Palaeologan Notes,” 303) that the two coins cited together by Grierson in DOC 5:2 belong to different reigns: no. 927 to Andronikos III, and no. 928 to Andronikos II.

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. 

LPC 236, no. 6.

H. Longuet, “Une trouvaille de monnaies des Paléologues,” no. 14a.

S. Bendall, “Longuet’s Salonica Hoard Re-Examined,” no. 17A.

J. Shea, “Longuet’s ‘Salonica Hoard’ and the Mint of Thessalonike in the Mid-Fourteenth Century,” 324, no. 39 (type P).

Acquisition History

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