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Byzantine Thessalonica, Greece

When Anastasius became emperor the once vast number of Roman mints had been reduced to only two: Constantinople and Thessalonica. Thessalonica did not strike Byzantine copper coinage until the reign of Justin I. The mint closed about 630 but opened again under Alexius I (1081 - 1118) and operated until the 14th century for various despotates, kingdoms and empires that took the city as their capital. In 1423, Despot Andronicus, ceded Thessalonic to the Republic of Venice to protect it from the Ottomans who were besieging the city. The Venetians held Thessaloniki until it was captured by the Ottoman Sultan Murad II on 29 March 1430.


Byzantine Empire, Manuel I Comnenus, 8 April 1143 - 24 September 1180 A.D.

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Saint George (d. April 23, 303) was a Roman soldier from Anatolia, who was venerated as a Christian martyr. Immortalized in the tale of George and the Dragon, he is the |patron| saint of England, Greece, Portugal, Russia, and many other countries, cities and organizations. -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_George
BZ91210. Bronze half tetarteron, DOC IV-1 18, Morrisson BnF 61/Th/AE/05, CLBC I 4.4.5, Grierson 1101, Ratto 2154, Wroth BMC 75, SBCV 1975, Sommer 61.19, EF, well struck, good centering, nearly complete legends, minor encrustations, weight 5.051 g, maximum diameter 20.5 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 1152 - c. 1160 A.D.; obverse Θ / Γ/E-wP/ΓI/OC (wP ligate, in two flanking columnar groups), nimbate bust of St. George facing, beardless, wearing tunic, cuirass, and sagion, spear in right hand, shield on left arm; reverse MANUHΛ - ∆ECΠOT, Manuel, bust facing, wearing crown and loros, labarum headed scepter in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand; $125.00 SALE |PRICE| $113.00


Constans, 9 September 337 - 19 January 350 A.D.

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In 348, the Goth bishop Wulfila escaped religious persecution by the Gothic chieftain Athanaric and obtained permission from Constantius II to migrate with his flock of converts to Moesia and settle near Nicopolis ad Istrum (Bulgaria).
RL89952. Billon quarter maiorina, RIC VIII Thessalonica 120, LRBC II 1642, SRCV 18732, Cohen VII 10, Hunter V -, Choice EF, excellent centering and strike, green patina, weight 2.574 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 348 - 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), Constans standing left in galley left, Phoenix on globe in right hand, labarum in left hand, Victory seated in stern steering, TESB in exergue; $120.00 SALE |PRICE| $108.00


Crispus, Caesar, 1 March 317 - 326 A.D.

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In 320, Crispus, the eldest son of Constantine I, led a victorious campaign against the Franks, assuring twenty years of peace along the Rhine frontier. He established his residence in Augusta Treverorum (modern Trier), capital of Germania.
RL89707. Billon centenionalis, RIC VII Thessalonica 78 (R1), SRCV IV 16857, Cohen VII 168, Hunter V -, Choice VF, well centered, excellent portrait, much silvering, areas of light corrosion, weight 2.754 g, maximum diameter 20.3 mm, die axis 315o, 4th officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 320 A.D.; obverse CRISPVS NOB CAES, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left; reverse VIRTVS EXERCIT (courage of the army), standard inscribed VOT / XX, flanked by a seated captive on each side, captive on left seated left with hands bound behind back, captive on right seated right with right hand raised to head and looking back left, S - F across fields, TS∆ in exergue; ex Beast Coins, ex Harlan Berk CICF (2013); scarce; $70.00 SALE |PRICE| $63.00


Constans, 9 September 337 - 19 January 350 A.D.

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In 348, the Goth bishop Wulfila escaped religious persecution by the Gothic chieftain Athanaric and obtained permission from Constantius II to migrate with his flock of converts to Moesia and settle near Nicopolis ad Istrum (Bulgaria).
RL89951. Billon quarter maiorina, RIC VIII Thessalonica 120, LRBC II 1642, SRCV 18732, Cohen VII 10, Hunter V -, Choice gVF, well centered, glossy dark patina, die wear, weight 1.974 g, maximum diameter 19.0 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 348 - 350 A.D.; obverse D N CONSTANS P F AVG, pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse FEL TEMP REPARATIO (happy times restored), Constans standing left in galley left, Phoenix on globe in right hand, labarum in left hand, Victory seated in stern steering, TESΓ in exergue; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00


Byzantine Empire, Andronicus II Palaeologus, 1282 - 24 May 1328 A.D.

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Sear and other older references describe the figure on the reverse right as Christ. Other references note the identity as uncertain. A few more recent finds with clear inscriptions have provided the answer; the figure on the right is named as the "Mother of God."
BZ92210. Bronze trachy, DOC V 825 ff.; Bendall PCPC 250; B-D LPC p. 204, 2; SBCV 2360; Grierson 1429; Sommer 79.14, aF, green patina, earthen deposits, irregular undersized flan (typical for the type), edge crack, weight 0.811 g, maximum diameter 19.4 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 1282 - 1328 A.D.; obverse O/AΓ/IO/Σ − ∆/MH/TP (partly ligate, obscured), nimbate bust of Saint Demetrius facing, holding small cross to his breast in right hand; reverse Andronicus (on left) standing facing, holding cross-scepter, the Virgin (on right) standing left, nimbate, raising right hand blessing emperor, star above center, large reversed B low center, M / ΘV (Greek abbr.: Mητηρ Θεου - Mother of God) on right (obscured); ex Harlan J. Berk; very rare; $60.00 SALE |PRICE| $54.00


Byzantine Empire, Andronicus II Palaeologus, 1272 - 24 May 1328 A.D.

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St. Demetrius, the son of a Roman proconsul in Thessalonica, was captured preaching and imprisoned. His fellow Christian prisoner, Nestoras, a small man condemned to die in the arena, killed the emperor's favored gladiator. Nestoras was beheaded on the spot. Learning that Nestoras had been inspired by Demetrius' blessing, Maximian had Demetrius executed by spears on 26 Oct 306 A.D. After the growth of his veneration as saint, Thessalonica suffered repeated attacks and sieges from the Slavic peoples who moved into the Balkans. Demetrius was credited with many miraculous interventions to defend the city. Hence later traditions Demetrius regard him as a soldier in the Roman army, and he came to be regarded as an important military martyr. Unsurprisingly, he was extremely popular in the Middle Ages, and along with Saint George, was the patron of the Crusades.
BZ92193. Bronze trachy, DOC V 811 ff.; B-D LPC p. 212, 14; Bendall PCPC 246; Sommer 79.21; SBCV 2373, Fair/VF, irregular flan, edge splits and crack, porosity, weight 1.006 g, maximum diameter 23.8 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 1272 - 24 May 1328 A.D.; obverse O / AΓIOC - ∆/HM/TP/IO/C (or similar, in flanking columnar groups), St. Demetrius standing facing, spear vertical in right hand, shield on left arm; reverse Andronicus standing facing, cross-scepter in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, hand of God upper right, two stars left; scarce; $40.00 SALE |PRICE| $36.00


Constans, 9 September 337 - 19 January 350 A.D.

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Constans, Constantine's youngest son, inherited part of the Western Empire. In 340, Constantine II, his brother, invaded his territory but was killed leaving Constans in total control of the West. In 350, however, his general Magnentius rebelled. Constans tried to escape but overtaken and killed.
RL88811. Billon reduced centenionalis, RIC VIII Thessalonica 57, LRBC I 856, SRCV V 18547, Cohen VII 54, Hunter V -, Fair, weight 1.648 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 0o, 3rd officina, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 337 - 340 A.D.; obverse CONSTANS P F AVG, laurel and rosette-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse GLORI-A EXER-CITVS, two soldiers standing facing, flanking one standard in center, heads confronted, each holds a spear in outer hand and rests inner hand on grounded shield, SMTSΓ in exergue; $8.00 SALE |PRICE| $7.20







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