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bby_610060 - ALEXIUS I COMNENUS Tetarteron

ALEXIUS I COMNENUS Tetarteron XF
150.00 €(Approx. 181.50$ | 130.50£)
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Type : Tetarteron
Date: c. 1092-1118
Mint name / Town : Thessalonica
Metal : copper
Diameter : 18 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 3,07 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan épais et irrégulier bien centré des deux côtés à l’usure régulière, parfaitement lisible et identifiable. Beau buste du Christ. Joli revers. Belle patine vert foncé
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : IC - XC.
Obverse description : Buste du Christ de face avec le nimbe crucigère, vêtu du pallium et du colombium, bénissant de la main droite et tenant les Évangiles de la gauche.
Obverse translation : (Jésus Christ).

Reverse


Reverse description : Buste d’Alexis couronné, debout de face, vêtu de la chlamyde parée de pierreries, tenant le globe crucigère de la main gauche et le sceptre cruciforme de la main droite.
Reverse legend : AL - DESPOT.
Reverse translation : (Alexis despote).

Commentary


Poids très léger.

Historical background


ALEXIS I COMNÈNE

(4/04/1081-15/08/1118)

1092-1118

Alexius I is the ancestor of a dynasty that would rule over Constantinople until 1204, when it was taken by the Crusaders. On a monetary level, Alexis reformed the coinage of gold and created a new species, the hyperpère, new solidus 20 carats fine. Alexius I had to fight against the Normans. He tried to deal with the Italian republics, Pisa and Venice. At the end of his reign, he saw with despair the Crusaders captured Jerusalem. Far from bringing Christians, separated by the Great Schism of 1054, this new intervention should be the source of many conflicts between Byzantines and Crusaders.

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