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bby_692856 - ALEXIUS I COMNENUS Tetarteron

ALEXIUS I COMNENUS Tetarteron VF
60.00 €(Approx. 65.40$ | 50.40£)
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Type : Tetarteron
Date: c. 1092-1118
Mint name / Town : Thessalonica
Metal : copper
Diameter : 20 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 2,30 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Flan large, centré. Joli revers. Patine foncée avec des reflets cuivrés
Catalogue references :

Obverse


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

Reverse


Reverse description : Buste de face d’Alexis Ier de face couronné couronné, vêtu de la chlamyde gemmée, tenant de la main droite un sceptre cruciforme gemmé et de la main gauche, un globe crucigère.
Reverse legend : + [ALIw D].
Reverse translation : (Alexis Despote).

Historical background


ALEXIUS I COMNENUS

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

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

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