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

 
 

Obverse

Unclear.

Reverse

Andronikos III Palaiologos standing and holding two patriarchal crosses.

Obverse

Unclear.

Reverse

Andronikos III Palaiologos standing and holding two patriarchal crosses.

Accession number BZC.2007.6.48
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 18.0 mm
Weight 0.58 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Cup
Undertype

Denier of John Orsini

Commentary

This coin is overstruck on a denier of John Orsini.

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.

LPC 236, no. 6.

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

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

J. Shea, “Longuet’s ‘Salonica Hoard’ and the Mint of Thessalonike in the Mid-Fourteenth Century,” 326, no. 49 (type P).

Acquisition History

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