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Alexius I, 4 April 1081 - 15 August 1118 A.D.

Joint rule with John II (his eldest son), 1092 - 15 August 1118 A.D.
Alexius I, Comnenus got help from the Venetians early in his reign, and succeeded in putting an end to the Norman threat. Alexius was responsible for a fair amount of reconstruction of the Byzantine Empire. He also brought about monetary reform in 1092. This was made necessary by the trade concessions made to the Venetians in return for their help with the Normans. His wife, Irene Dukaina, is also represented on his coinage. Alexius established a mint at Thessalonica, where his rival Nicephorus had minted coins before Alexius defeated him. This mint supplied "coin of the realm" to the Balkans. Alexius I was succeeded by his son and co-emperor, John II.
Byzantium Empire 1081 AD


Byzantine Anonymous Follis of Christ, Class J, Alexius I, 4 April 1081 - 15 August 1118 A.D.

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The emperor's name and portrait are not part of the design on the Byzantine types referred to as anonymous folles. Instead of the earthly king, these coins depict Jesus Christ, King of Kings.
BZ89912. Bronze anonymous follis, Anonymous follis of Christ class J; DOC III-2 J.1; Ratto 2499; SBCV 1900, aVF, well centered on a small flan, weight 2.859 g, maximum diameter 23.29 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, c. 4 Apr 1081 - 1085 A.D.; obverse bust of Christ facing, without nimbus, cross behind head, wears pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, Gospels in left hand, crescents in upper fields, IC-XC in lower fields; reverse cross with globule and two pellets at each extremity, large crescent below, four globules around each surrounded by pellets; very rare; $215.00 (€189.20)
 


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According to CLBC I the weight of this type varies from 0.59 to 3.22 grams, with an average diameter of 18mm. Some examples are so small and light that it appears they could be half tetarteron. Despite the unusual variation in flan size, Marchev and Watcher note they were all struck with the same size dies and all examples are probably tetarteron.
BZ92379. Bronze tetarteron, Hendy p. 89 & p. 8, 14; DOC IV part 1, 45b; CLBC I 2.4.8; Ratto 2087; Grierson 1063; Sommer 59.27; SBCV 1932, VF, centered on a tight flan, earthen encrustation, areas of corrosion, weight 1.113 g, maximum diameter 14.7 mm, die axis 180o, uncertain Greek mint, 1092 - 1118 A.D.; obverse patriarchal cross on two steps, A − A / K − Φ (or similar) flanking in two divided lines across field; reverse AΛE-ZI (or similar), bust facing wearing crown, stemma, divitision, and jeweled loros, jeweled scepter in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand; $45.00 (€39.60)
 


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SH53616. Gold hyperpyron, DOC IV part 1, 20h; SBCV 1924, aEF, weight 4.393 g, maximum diameter 30.5 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 1092 - 1118 A.D.; obverse  KE RO-HΘEI (Lord, help [Alexius]), IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Jesus Christ), Christ enthroned facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium, and colobium, raising right in benediction, gospels in left, double border; reverse   A/ΛE/ΞI/W / ∆EC/ ΠT - TW / KO/MNH/N/W, Alexius standing facing, wearing chlamys, five jewels on collar, labarum scepter in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, manus Dei (hand of God) above right; scarce; SOLD







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Byzantine Coins of Alexius I