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Byzantine Coins of the Comnen Dynasty

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; $240.00 (211.20)


Byzantine Anonymous Follis of Christ, Class I, Nicephorus III, 7 January 1078 - 1 April 1081

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BZ86180. Bronze anonymous follis, Anonymous follis of Christ, DOC III-2, class I; SBCV 1889, gVF, excellent bust of Christ, weight 3.510 g, maximum diameter 21.9 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 7 Jan 1078 - 1 Apr 1081; obverse Christ bust facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium, and colobium, raising right in benediction, gospels in left, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Iisos Xrists - Jesus Christ) across field; reverse Latin cross with X at center, globule and two pellets at each extremity, floral ornaments in lower fields, crescents in upper fields; $215.00 (189.20)


Byzantine Anonymous Follis of Christ, Class I, Nicephorus III, 7 January 1078 - 1 April 1081, Brockage Mint Error

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A brockage occurs when a blank is struck with a previously struck coin which adhered to the opposite die. Click here to read a detailed explanation.
BZ91208. Bronze anonymous follis, cf. Anonymous follis of Christ, DOC III-2, class I; SBCV 1889, VF, brockage error, weight 4.929 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 7 Jan 1078 - 1 Apr 1081; obverse Christ bust facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium, and colobium, raising right in benediction, gospels in left, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Iisos Xrists - Jesus Christ) across field; reverse incuse of obverse (brockage), bust of Christ facing; normal reverse type: Latin cross with X at center, globule and two pellets at each extremity, floral ornaments in lower fields, crescents in upper fields; $180.00 (158.40)


Byzantine Empire, Romanus IV, 1 January 1068 - 19 August 1071 A.D.

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Based on seal inscriptions, the letters on the reverse have been interpreted to abbreviate, Σταυρε βοηθει Pwmavov ∆εσποτην (O Cross, aid our ruler Romanus).
BZ91207. Bronze follis, DOC III part 2, 8, Morrisson BnF 1, Wroth BMC 9, Ratto 2030, Sommer 54.4, SBCV 1866, VF, well centered, nice portrait of Jesus, attractive toned copper surfaces, overstruck with strong undertype effects, weight 6.148 g, maximum diameter 27.9 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1 Jan 1068 - 19 Aug 1071 A.D.; obverse bust of Christ facing, wears pallium and colobium, Gospels in both hands, dotted cross behind head, IC - XC / NI-KA (Jesus Christ Conquers) flanking in two divided lines across the field; reverse cross with X at center and globus and pellets at the end of each arm, pellets and points at base, C - R / P - ∆ in the angles; ex Forum (2016); $175.00 (154.00)


Byzantine Empire, Michael VII Ducas, 24 October 1071 - 24 March 1078 A.D.

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Sear notes the type is frequently overstruck on folles of Romanus IV, SBCV 1866.
BZ88934. Bronze follis, DOC III - 2 14b; Wroth BMC 26; Ratto 2042; Morrisson BnF 55/Cp/AE/9; Berk 958; Sommer 55.8; SBCV 1878, EF, dark patina, overstruck, part of edge ragged, weight 6.561 g, maximum diameter 26.1 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse bust of Christ facing, cross behind head, wearing pallium and colobium, raising right in benediction, Gospels in left ornamented with nine pellets, large star right and left, IC - XC above arms of cross; reverse + MIXAHΛ RACIΛ O ∆, bearded bust facing, wearing crown and loros, holding labarum and globus cruciger; $170.00 (149.60)


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)


Byzantine Empire, John II Comnenus, 15 August 1118 - 8 April 1143 A.D.

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John II was the oldest son of Alexius I and succeeded to the throne in 1118. He was a good and capable ruler, and did much to further the Byzantine Empire. He recaptured lost territory and added territory to the Empire. He attempted to curtail the trading privileges given to the Venetians but was forced to give up this idea. His reign was brought to an early end when he died in a hunting accident. His youngest son, Manuel I, succeeded him.
BZ91209. Bronze tetarteron, cf. DOC IV-1 12; Wroth BMC p. 564, 62; Morrisson BnF 60/Cp/AE/1; Ratto 2099; SBCV 1945; Sommer 60.8, VF, dark blue-green patina, scratches, some light porosity, weight 4.352 g, maximum diameter 20.7 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, obverse Christ standing facing on footstool, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium, and colobium, Gospels in left hand, to left IC, to right XC; reverse IW DECΠOTH TW ΠOPΦVPOΓNIT (or similar), John standing facing, wearing crown and jeweled chlamys, cruciform scepter in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand; ex CNG e-auction 395 (12 Apr 2017), lot 389; scarce; $120.00 (105.60)


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

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Called ho Megas ("the Great"), Manuel inspired intense loyalty in those who served him. He appears as the hero of a history written by his secretary, John Kinnamos, in which every virtue is attributed to him. Modern historians, however, have been less enthusiastic. Some argue that, since Byzantine imperial power declined catastrophically after Manuel's death, it is necessary to look for the causes of this decline in his reign.
BZ89926. Billon aspron trachy, DOC IV-1 13f; Wroth BMC 40; Morrisson BnF 61/Cp/B/17 39; Hendy pl. 17, 1; Ratto 2127; SBCV 1966; Sommer 61.11, EF, a little porous, weight 3.811 g, maximum diameter 28.2 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 8 Apr 1143 - 24 Sep 1180 A.D.; obverse Christ Pantokrator seated facing on throne without back, bearded, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium, colobium, Gospels in left hand, star to left and right, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation for Jesus Christ) flanking head; reverse MANVHΛ ∆ECΠ (or similar), Virgin Mary standing, on right, nimbate, wearing pallium and maphorium, crowns emperor with right, Manuel standing, on left, wearing divitision, loros, and chlamys, labarum in right, globus cruciger in left; $70.00 (61.60)











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