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John V Palaiologos, Copper, Assarion, Thessalonike, 1341-1347

 
 

Obverse

Three-quarter-length figure of St. Demetrios holding a spear in right hand and a shield in left hand. / T in right field.

Reverse

Two figures standing and holding patriarchal cross between them: Anna of Savoy at left and John V at right. [ ]C΄ in right field.

Obverse

Three-quarter-length figure of St. Demetrios holding a spear in right hand and a shield in left hand. / T in right field.

Reverse

Two figures standing and holding patriarchal cross between them: Anna of Savoy at left and John V at right. [ ]C΄ in right field.

Accession number BZC.2007.6.60
Catalogue ID as DOC 5.2: plate 47, nos. 855–56
Ruler John V Palaiologos
Date of Reign 1341–1347
Associated Authority Anna of Savoy
Metal Copper
Denomination Assarion
Mint Thessalonike
Date 13411347
Diameter 14.0 mm
Weight 0.58 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

The identification of the figures on the reverse follows Shea (see pp. 307–8), who proposes that this coin immediately followed that of the kneeling John V (Bendall type 20/Shea type R; cf. BZC.2007.6.58), and that this new type was produced once news of the regency (hence the identification of Anna) reached Thessalonike. This could explain the retention of the St. Demetrios, present on the obverse of Bendall type 17/Shea type P of Andronikos III’s reign.

LPC 246, no. 1.

H. Longuet, “Une trouvaille de monnaies des Paléologues,” no. 12.

S. Bendall, “Longuet’s Salonica Hoard Re-Examined,” no. 21B.

J. Shea, “Longuet’s ‘Salonica Hoard’ and the Mint of Thessalonike in the Mid-Fourteenth Century,” 328, no. 60 (type S).

Acquisition History

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