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

 
 

Obverse

Three-quarter-length figure of St. Michael standing and holding sword or spear in right hand and shield in left hand.

Reverse

Andronikos III Palaiologos standing, wing to right, holding scepter in left hand and haloed cross in right hand.

Symbol

in left field.

Obverse

Three-quarter-length figure of St. Michael standing and holding sword or spear in right hand and shield in left hand.

Reverse

Andronikos III Palaiologos standing, wing to right, holding scepter in left hand and haloed cross in right hand.

Symbol

in left field.

Accession number BZC.2007.6.6
Catalogue ID as DOC 5.2: plate 51, no. 930
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 6:00
Shape Cup

Commentary

On the haloed cross, characteristic of Thessalonian issues since the thirteenth century, see Morrisson, “The Emperor, the Saint, and the City : Coinage and Money in Thessalonike from the Thirteenth to the Fifteenth Century,” 183–84n52, who refers to the abstract of a paper given by Oikonomides on the “equal-armed cross inscribed in a circle.” This type was favored by Bogomils and Cathars, but should not necessarily be considered a token of heresy. Fourteen steles bearing that type of cross were found in the necropolis of the ancient Slavic-speaking village of Gialatzik (Nea Khalkedona), between Thessalonike and Giannitsa. 

LPC 238, no. 9.

PCPC 50, no. 258.1 (this coin)

H. Longuet, “Une trouvaille de monnaies des Paléologues,” no. 6.

S. Bendall, “Longuet’s Salonica Hoard Re-Examined,” no. 6.

J. Shea, “Longuet’s ‘Salonica Hoard’ and the Mint of Thessalonike in the Mid-Fourteenth Century,” 320, no. 10 (type H).

Acquisition History

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