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Coins of the Byzantine Empire of Nicaea

Empire of Nicaea, John III Ducas-Vatatzes, c. 15 December 1221 - 3 November 1254

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John was a very successful ruler who greatly increased the size, influence, and prosperity of the Nicaean Empire. He prepared the way for his descendants to successfully restore Greek rule to Constantinople and to rule the restored Byzantine Empire.
BZ84956. Bronze tetarteron, DOC IV 57, Wroth BMC 32, Hendy pl. 34, 3, SBCV 2115, Ratto -, Sommer -, VF, tight irregular shaped flan, weight 3.163 g, maximum diameter 21.0 mm, die axis 180o, Lydia, Magnesia ad Sipylum (Manisa, Turkey) mint, c. 15 Dec 1221 - 3 Nov 1254; obverse head of a cherub with four wings, pellets flanking on left and right; reverse IWO - ∆PK (or similar), John seated facing on throne with back, wearing stemma with pendilia, chlamys, and divitision, labarum in left hand, globus cruciger in left hand; rare; $160.00 (Ä142.40)


Empire of Nicaea, Theodore I Komnenos Laskaris, c. 1204 - November 1221 A.D.

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Magnesia ad Sipylum (modern Manisa, Turkey) was located in Lydia about 65 km northeast of Smyrna (now Izmir) on the river Hermus (now Gediz) at the foot of Mount Sipylus. The city should not be confused with Magnesia on the Maeander, both founded by colonists from the Greek region of Magnesia. The first famous mention of the city is in 190 B.C., when Antiochus the Great was defeated in the battle of Magnesia by the Roman consul Lucius Cornelius Scipio Asiaticus. It became a city of importance under Roman rule and, though nearly destroyed by an earthquake in the reign of Tiberius, was restored by that emperor and flourished. It was an important regional center through the Byzantine Empire. During the 13th century interregnum of the Empire of Nicaea, Magnesia housed the Imperial mint, the Imperial treasury, and served as the functional capital of the Empire until the recovery of Constantinople in 1261. Magnesia was one of the few towns in this part of Anatolia which remained prosperous under the Turkish rule.
BZ76758. Billon aspron trachy nomisma, DOC IV, part 2, 8; Lianta 189; SBCV 2068; Hendy pl. 31, 8; Sommer 69.4; Wroth BMC -; Ratto -, aF, weight 2.910 g, maximum diameter 25.3 mm, die axis 180o, Magnesia ad Sipylum (Manisa, Turkey) mint, c. 1204 - Nov 1221 A.D.; obverse EMMA-NYHΛ, nimbate bust of Christ facing, beardless, scroll in left hand, five pellets in each limb of nimbus cross, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation for Jesus Christ) flanking across field; reverse ΘEO∆WPOC - O - ΘEO∆WPOC, Theodore and St. Theodore standing facing, each with outer hand on sheathed sword and inner hand holding patriarchal cross set on three steps between them; Emperor wears stemma, divitsion, and chlamys; Saint wears short military tunic, breastplate and sagion; this is the first example of this type handled by Forum; scarce; $65.00 (Ä57.85)











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