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John III Doukas Vatatzes, Billon, Trikephalon (Aspron Trachy), Arta, circa 1248

 
 

Obverse

Stylized representation of city with walls, towers, and gate. No legend.

Reverse

Full-length figure of Emperor John III Doukas Vatatzes, on right, crowning Despot Michael II Angelos of Epiros, on left. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar-piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type and holds scepter cruciger in left hand. Despot, similarly dressed, holds right hand to chest.

Obverse

Stylized representation of city with walls, towers, and gate. No legend.

Reverse

Full-length figure of Emperor John III Doukas Vatatzes, on right, crowning Despot Michael II Angelos of Epiros, on left. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar-piece, and jeweled loros of simplified type and holds scepter cruciger in left hand. Despot, similarly dressed, holds right hand to chest.

Accession number BZC.2009.009
Ruler John III Doukas Vatatzes
Date of Reign 1221–1254
Associated Authority Michael II Komnenos Doukas (Epiros)
Metal Billon
Denomination Trikephalon (Aspron Trachy)
Mint Arta
Date circa 1248
Diameter 24.0 mm
Weight 2.21 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Cup

Commentary

Cf. DOC 4.2:631, no. (3).

S. Bendall, “The Coinage of Michael II, Angelos of Epirus, 1231–1265,” nos. 7a and 7b.

Acquisition History

From Füeg's collection, Stack’s NYC sale, 12 January 2009, lot 3319; purchased from A. H. Baldwin’s Selection, August 1991