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ID number:  BIRBI-B5552
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Alexios I; Eirene Doukaina; John II; Constantinople
Denomination:  Aspron Trachy Nomisma
Place made:  Eurasia: Istanbul
Culture:  Byzantine
Date made:  1092/93
Metal:  Base Metal
Diameter (cm):  2.6
Weight (g):  3.75
Axis (degrees):  180.00
Provenance:  Whitting 2242, Spink, April 1953.

Description:  Obverse: Full-length figure of John II beardless, standing on dais, on l., crowned by Christ, bearded and nimbate. Emperor wears stemma, divitision, collar-piece and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum-topped sceptre and in l. hand globus cruciger; Christ wears tunic and kolobion; holds Gospel in l. hand. Reverse: Full-length figures of Alexios I, on l., and of Eirene, holding between them patriarchal cross on long shaft; both wear stemma (that of the empress is surmounted by triangular ornaments), divitision, collar-piece and jeweled loros of simplified type; emperor holds anexikakia in r. hand.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: IWΔЄC / TWN… (John, despot, of the Komnenoi) Reverse: +ΛΛЄΞIW …WN (Alexios…?)

Bibliography:  DOC IV.1.21 Var.

4 Related People

Alexios I Komnenos

Whitting, Philip David
John II Komnenos
c. 1262

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