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Manuel Doukas (Thessalonike), Copper, Stamenon, Thessalonike, 1230-1237

 
 

Obverse

Bust of nimbate St. Theodore with pointed beard divided into two points, wearing cuirass and cloak and holding a spear in right hand across left shoulder. OΓ|ΘΕO in left field, |Ο|ΡΟ|C in right field.

Reverse

Half-length figure of Manuel Doukas on left and St. Demetrios on right. Manuel wears stemma (crown), divitision, collar-piece, and paneled loros. St. Demetrios, nimbate, wears tunic, breastplate, and sagion. They hold between them a sword with a pommel (?) on top. Circular legend obscure. Eight-pointed star within a half-circle of dots (cloud?) above. Manus Dei in field above Manuel’s head.

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Obverse

Bust of nimbate St. Theodore with pointed beard divided into two points, wearing cuirass and cloak and holding a spear in right hand across left shoulder. OΓ|ΘΕO in left field, |Ο|ΡΟ|C in right field.

Reverse

Half-length figure of Manuel Doukas on left and St. Demetrios on right. Manuel wears stemma (crown), divitision, collar-piece, and paneled loros. St. Demetrios, nimbate, wears tunic, breastplate, and sagion. They hold between them a sword with a pommel (?) on top. Circular legend obscure. Eight-pointed star within a half-circle of dots (cloud?) above. Manus Dei in field above Manuel’s head.

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Accession number BZC.2015.051
Ruler Manuel Doukas (Thessalonike)
Metal Copper
Denomination Stamenon
Mint Thessalonike
Date 12301237
Diameter 22.0 mm
Weight 1.82 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Cup

Commentary

The specimen at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (no. 1984.88) clearly reads Manuel. See Morrisson and Papadopoulou, “Matériaux pour servir à la numismatique byzantine tardive: Le ‘CNG hoard.’”

Acquisition History

Classical Numismatic Group internet sale 100, 7 July 2015, no. 2066