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ID number:  BIRBI-B6126
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Maker:  Constantine Asen; Trnovo
Denomination:  Aspron Trachy Nomisma
Place made:  Europe: Bulgaria, Veliko Trnovo
Culture:  Bulgarian
Date made:  1257-1277
Metal:  Base Metal
Diameter (cm):  2.7
Weight (g):  1.95
Axis (degrees):  180.00

Description:  Obverse: Bust of Virgin, facing, nimbate and orans, wearing tunic and maphorion; two eight-pointed stars below bust. Reverse: Full-length figure of Tsar wearing stemma, divitision, collar-piece and jeweled loros of simplified type; holds in r. hand cross-within-circle on long shaft, and in l. hand anexikakia; stars in field.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: ...Γ…HM…T…P…K (St. Demetrios?) Reverse: …AN Δ (Constantine Doukas)

Bibliography:  DOC IV.2.4a.Var.; Dochev 1992 Plate 27.Typ.4, p.228

Notes:  Despite the obverse inscription seemingly reading 'Demetrios', the figure is actually the Theotokos, and so this would seem to be an unrecorded type.

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