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Bulgarian, Imitative of Alexis III, Billon Aspron Trachy, c. 1200 - 1210 A.D.
Greek magnates in Thrace probably issued the earliest "Bulgarian" imitative types in the years immediately following the fall of Constantinople to finance their military operations against the crusaders in northern Greece. When the Bulgarians gained control of Thrace they continued production until sometime between 1215 and 1220, with issues becoming increasingly crude and smaller.BZ79669. Billontrachy, CLBC I 8.3.1.B; Hendy p. 151 & pl. 22, 9 - 12; DOC IV, part 1, 3; Grierson 1136; SBCV 2012, VF, uneven strike, weight 2.848 g, maximum diameter 26.5 mm, die axis 180o, unknown Bulgarian mint, c. 1200 - 1210 A.D.; obverse + KERO HΘEI, beardless nimbatebust of Christ facing, wearing pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, scroll in left hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation for Jesus Christ) flanking across field above shoulders; reverse AΛEΣI Θ KWNTAN (or similar), Alexius on left, St. Constantine bearded and nimbate on right, standing facing, each wears crown, divitision and loros; each holding labarum in outer hand, together holding globus cruciger between them; Saint Constantine the Great on the reverse!; $28.00 (Ä23.80)
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