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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, Isaac II Angelus, 12 September 1185 - 8 April 1195 A.D.

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In Hebrew, Michael means "who is like God." Archangel Michael is mentioned three times in the Book of Daniel, once as a "great prince who stands up for the children of your people." The idea that Michael was the advocate of the Jews became so prevalent that in spite of the rabbinical prohibition against appealing to angels as intermediaries between God and his people, Michael came to occupy a certain place in the Jewish liturgy. In the Book of Revelation, Michael leads God's armies and defeats Satan's forces. Christian sanctuaries to Michael appeared in the 4th century, when he was first seen as a healing angel, and then over time as a protector and the leader of the army of God against the forces of evil. By the 6th century, devotions to Archangel Michael were widespread both in the Eastern and Western Churches.
BZ91212. Bronze tetarteron, cf. DOC IV 5c; Sommer 65.8; Hendy pl. 21, 10; Wroth BMC 44; Ratto 2198; Morrisson BnF 64/Th/AE/1; SBCV 2005, gVF, nice dark green patina, choice obverse, struck on a cut fragment of an older coin (typical for the type), rev. slightly off center, tiny edge cracks, very nice for the type!, weight 4.859 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, 12 Sep 1185 - 8 Apr 1195 A.D.; obverse X / AP-X / MI (or similar, in two columnar groups), winged bust of Archangel Michael facing, nimbate, simple jeweled scepter in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, wearing divitision, collar-piece, and loros; reverse ICA/AKI/OC - ∆E/CΠOT/HC (or similar, in two columnar groups), half-length bust of Isaac facing, scepter cruciger in right hand, anexikakia in left hand, wearing crown, stemma, divitision, collar piece and loros; ex Mnzen & Medaillen GmbH; very scarce; $225.00 (198.00)


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 (110.00) ON RESERVE


Byzantine Empire, Justinian I, 4 April 527 - 14 November 565 A.D.

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BZ66859. Bronze 8 nummi, cf. SBCV 189, DOC I 100a, Morrisson BnF I 10, Hahn MIB I 174, Tolstoi 493, Ratto -, VF, weight 3.559 g, maximum diameter 16.8 mm, die axis 180o, Thessalonica (Salonika, Greece) mint, obverse D N IVSTINI-ANVS P P AVG, diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse large H between smaller A and P, cross(?) above; rare; SOLD







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