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Alexius I, 4 April 1081 - 15 August 1118 A.D.
, Alexius I and John II, Autumn 1092 - 15 August 1118 A.D., John II Coronation Issue
Issued for celebrations throughout the Empire to the coronation of John II as co-emperor in 1092. This and two types issued for the coronation, are traditionally identified as the earliest . They may actually be that were distributed only to a select group of people who participated in the celebrations, or for charitable purposes.BZ53332. Lead , , 1, 42.2 ff.; 1046 (Constantinople, half ), -, aF, 4.317 g, maximum 16.3 mm, 180o, uncertain mint, c. 1092 - 1093 A.D.; , of Christ facing, , bearded, wearing tunic and , open Gospels in left; AΛCE ∆EC, of Alexius facing, wearing , , and jeweled , cruciform in right, in left; ex ; ; $80.00 (€71.20)
Plovdiv was originally a Thracian city before later becoming a Greek city, and then a major Roman city. In the Middle Ages, it retained its strategic regional importance, changing between the and Bulgarian Empires. Around 1000 A.D., became the administrative seat of a newly created théma with the same name. In 1180, Aime de Varennes encountered the singing of songs in the city that recounted the deeds of Alexander the Great and Philip of , over 1300 years before. In 1364, the Turks under Lala Shakhin Pasha seized Plovdiv. The Turks called the city Filibe, derived from "Philip."SH73347. Gold
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