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John V Palaiologos, Copper, Assarion, Thessalonike, 1341

 
 

Obverse

Bust of St. Demetrios holding spear and shield. O in left field and Δ| in right field.

Reverse

John V Palaiologos crouching before Christ, who is nimbate and holds a cross scepter over his left shoulder.

Obverse

Bust of St. Demetrios holding spear and shield. O in left field and Δ| in right field.

Reverse

John V Palaiologos crouching before Christ, who is nimbate and holds a cross scepter over his left shoulder.

Accession number BZC.2007.6.58
Catalogue ID as DOC 5.2: plate 62, nos. 1188–89
Ruler John V Palaiologos
Date of Reign 1341–1391
Metal Copper
Denomination Assarion
Mint Thessalonike
Date 1341
Diameter 21.0 mm
Weight 1.2 g
Relation of Dies 7:00
Shape Flat
Undertype

Bendall type 17/Shea type P (cf. BZC.2007.6.38–48)

Commentary

This coin was struck over a coin of Bendall type 17/Shea type P (cf. BZC 2007.6.38–48). Shea notes: “Traces of th[e] previous design can be seen to the left of the crouching emperor.”

It is proposed that this coin (identified by Grierson as an accessional issue) followed immediately on from Bendall type 17/Shea type P and was produced by the authorities in Thessalonike when they became aware of the death of Andronikos III, but before the details of the regency were understood. A new image of the emperor was carved, but the die of St. Demetrios from the previous type was retained.

LPC 234, no. 1.

H. Longuet, “Une trouvaille de monnaies des Paléologues,” no. 2.

S. Bendall, “Longuet’s Salonica Hoard Re-Examined,” no. 20.

J. Shea, “Longuet’s ‘Salonica Hoard’ and the Mint of Thessalonike in the Mid-Fourteenth Century,” 327, no. 58 (type R).

Acquisition History

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