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Andronikos II Palaiologos, Copper, Assarion, Thessalonike, 1282-1328

 
 

Obverse

Large patriarchal cross with stars in bottom quarters.

Reverse

Andronikos II Palaiologos standing and holding two haloed crosses. Inscription to left.

 

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Obverse

Large patriarchal cross with stars in bottom quarters.

Reverse

Andronikos II Palaiologos standing and holding two haloed crosses. Inscription to left.

 

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Accession number BZC.2007.6.1
Catalogue ID as DOC 5.2: plate 45, nos. 798–800
Ruler Andronikos II Palaiologos
Date of Reign 1282–1328
Metal Copper
Denomination Assarion
Mint Thessalonike
Date 12821328
Diameter 18.0 mm
Weight 0.82 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Cup

Commentary

The coin has been turned over and struck again. The reverse (the convex side of the coin) is very worn. As Shea rightly points out (pp. 305–6), the concavity of the majority of coins in the Salonica hoard is “so slight that the two coinages (namely the concave trachea/stamena and the flat so-called assaria) must have been largely indistinct.” However, Cécile Morrisson in this catalogue distinguishes here between cup-shaped and flat coins, even in the case of slightly concave coins.

LPC 220, no. 26.

H. Longuet, “Une trouvaille de monnaies des Paléologues,” no. 9.

S. Bendall, “Longuet’s Salonica Hoard Re-Examined,” no. 1.

J. Shea, “Longuet’s ‘Salonica Hoard’ and the Mint of Thessalonike in the Mid-Fourteenth Century,” 318, no. 1 (type A).

Acquisition History

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