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Manuel I Komnenos, Billon, Stamenon, Constantinople, circa 1160-1164?

 
 

Obverse

Virgin nimbate, seated upon backless throne. Holds beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast. To left and right, ̅-ΘV̅.

Reverse

Manuel I Komnenos standing, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys. Labarum on long shaft in right hand, globus surmounted by patriarchal cross in right hand.

MAN-Λ-ΔECΠOT

Obverse

Virgin nimbate, seated upon backless throne. Holds beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast. To left and right, ̅-ΘV̅.

Reverse

Manuel I Komnenos standing, bearded, wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys. Labarum on long shaft in right hand, globus surmounted by patriarchal cross in right hand.

MAN-Λ-ΔECΠOT

Accession number BZC.2010.071
Ruler Manuel I Komnenos
Date of Reign 1143–1180
Metal Billon
Denomination Stamenon
Mint Constantinople
Date circa 11601164?
Diameter 25.0 mm
Weight 4.15 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Cup

Commentary

See DOC 4.1:308–10, no. 12a.1–18 (Third Coinage, first phase). This specimen of a well-known type has kept its original silvered surface.

Acquisition History

From Rob Freeman's stock