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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-B5538
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Alexios I Komnenos (1081-1118)
Denomination:  Hyperpyron
Place made:  Mint of Thessaloniki
Culture:  Byzantine
Date made:  1092-1118
Metal:  Gold
Weight (g):  4.36
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Description:  Obverse: Bearded Christ, with cruciform nimbus, seated on backless throne. The gospels are in Christ’s left hand; his right is raised in benediction.
Reverse: Full length standing emperor in chlamys. He holds the labarum (imperial standard) in his right hand and a globe with cross in his left. The hand of God is reaching out of the Ark of Heaven to crown the emperor.

Inscriptions:  Inscription runs from obverse to reverse. +ΚεRΟ ΗΘεΙ ΑΛεΞΙωΔεCΠΟΤ ΤωΚΟΜΝΗΝω (Lord Help Alexios Despot Komnenos) IC XC in obverse field (Greek abbreviation for Jesus Christ)

2 Related People

Alexios I Komnenos
Byzantine


Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
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