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ID number:  BIRBI-B5706
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Manouel I; Constantinople
Denomination:  Aspron Trachy Nomisma
Place made:  Eurasia: Istanbul
Culture:  Byzantine
Date made:  1143-1180
Metal:  Electrum
Diameter (cm):  2.5
Weight (g):  2.59
Axis (degrees):  180.00
Provenance:  Whitting 0286.

Description:  Obverse: Bust of Christ Emmanuel, beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds scroll in l. hand; pellet in each limb of cross nimbus. Reverse: Full-length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing stemma, skaramangion or divitision and sagion; holds in r. hand labarum-headed sceptre, and in l. hand anexikakia; Manus Dei in upper field.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: IC XC (Jesus Christ) O / ЄM / MA / Nȣ / HΛ (Emmanuel) Reverse: MA / NOV / HΛ / ΔЄC / ΠO / T O / ΠOP / ΦVP / ΓЄ... / N… / T (Manouel, despot, purple-born)

Bibliography:  DOC IV.1.5b.5

Notes:  Double-struck on obverse and reverse; pierced on obverse at 180 degrees; cut by Whitting for metallurgic testing in November 1962, Gold 18%, Silver 72%, Copper 10%.

3 Related People

Whitting, Philip David

Manouel I Komnenos
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