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

 
 

Obverse

Three-quarter-length figure of St. Demetrios with spear and shield. O| in left field and Δ|M|T in right field.

Reverse

Andronikos III Palaiologos standing and holding two patriarchal crosses.

Obverse

Three-quarter-length figure of St. Demetrios with spear and shield. O| in left field and Δ|M|T in right field.

Reverse

Andronikos III Palaiologos standing and holding two patriarchal crosses.

Accession number BZC.2007.6.47
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 20.0 mm
Weight 1.7 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Cup
Undertype

Bendall type 14/Shea type K over LPC 224, no. 31

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 still slightly cup-shaped. Other examples of this type are almost flat, placing them at the end of the transition from coins struck on slightly cup-shaped flans to flat ones.

S. Bendall believed this coin to be overstruck on LPC 208, no. 6 (Bendall type 14/Shea type K; cf. BZC.2007.6.30), itself overstruck on LPC 224, no. 31 (= PCPC no. 251 and D. R. Sear, Byzantine Coins and Their Values, no. 2395), depicting and emperor standing and holding a model of the city in his right hand and a labarum in his left, with |N|Δ in left field and N|k|S in right field.

LPC 236, no. 6.

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

S. Bendall, “Longuet’s Salonica Hoard Re-Examined,” no. 17J (with note on undertypes at p. 150).

J. Shea, “Longuet’s ‘Salonica Hoard’ and the Mint of Thessalonike in the Mid-Fourteenth Century,” 326, no. 48 (type P).

Acquisition History

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