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Michael VIII Palaiologos, Silver, Trikephalon (Aspron Trachy), Constantinople, 1271

 
 

Obverse

St. George standing with spear in right hand and shield. O|E|Φ|Δ|Γ|C to left and |Γ|C|Π (uncertain reading for last three lines) to right.

Reverse

Half-length figures of Michael VIII Palaiologos and Andronikos II below, with bust of winged archangel above placing his hands on their heads. The inscription to right in small letters is very faint. Above, |M to left and X to right ([Archangel] Michael); below, X|ΠΛ|[ ]|[ ]|O|Γ (Michael [?] Palaiologos) to left and I to right.


 

Obverse

St. George standing with spear in right hand and shield. O|E|Φ|Δ|Γ|C to left and |Γ|C|Π (uncertain reading for last three lines) to right.

Reverse

Half-length figures of Michael VIII Palaiologos and Andronikos II below, with bust of winged archangel above placing his hands on their heads. The inscription to right in small letters is very faint. Above, |M to left and X to right ([Archangel] Michael); below, X|ΠΛ|[ ]|[ ]|O|Γ (Michael [?] Palaiologos) to left and I to right.


 

Accession number BZC.2009.010
Catalogue ID as DOC 5.1:114, no. (36)
Ruler Michael VIII Palaiologos
Date of Reign 1272–1282
Associated Authority Andronikos II Palaiologos
Metal Silver
Denomination Trikephalon (Aspron Trachy)
Mint Constantinople
Date 1271
Diameter 23.0 mm
Weight 1.41 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

This coin is a unique specimen, and is illustrated in DOC 5: plate 3.

Acquisition History

From the Füeg Collection Stack’s NYC Sale, 12 January 2009, lot 3327, from the Protonatarios collection, "Despot" collection, LHS Zurich sale 97, 2006, lot 224, from Hess-Leu sale 45, 1970, lot 726