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1185-1195 Byzantine Billon Aspron Trachy Isaac II Angelos Virgin Mary Jesus


1185-1195 Byzantine Billon Aspron Trachy Isaac II Angelos Virgin Mary Jesus

  • 1185-1195 Byzantine (East Roman) Empire Billon Aspron Trachy Coin
  • Issued under the rule of Isaac II Angelos, the Emperor of the Byzantine Empire (1185-1195, 1203-1204)
    • The previous emperor, Andronikos, was a capable ruler in some ways but was hated for his cruelty and his efforts to keep the aristocracy obedient; Isaac appealed to the populace, and a tumult arose that spread rapidly over the whole city
    • When Andronikos returned he found that he had lost popular support, and that Isaac had been proclaimed emperor; Andronikos attempted to flee by boat but was apprehended; Isaac handed him over to the people of the city, and he was killed on September 12, 1185
  • Obverse features a nimbate Virgin Mary, enthroned facing, holding the nimbate head of an infant Jesus Christ
  • Reverse depicts the emperor wearing crown and holding globe and cruciform, standing facing
  • Struck from billon (copper alloy with a small amount of silver)
  • Diameter: 27 mm (at widest point)
  • Weight: 3.8 grams
  • Condition: Ungraded
  • Catalog number: Sear(Byzantine)#2003, BMC#19-31, Hendy#PL20.9 PL21.1
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JBC 2/6/15