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bby_857741 - ISAAC II ANGELUS Aspron trachy (scyphate)

ISAAC II ANGELUS Aspron trachy (scyphate) AU
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Type : Aspron trachy (scyphate)
Date: 1185-1195
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : electrum
Diameter : 27,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 3,99 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Très bel exemplaire sur un flan idéalement centré. Superbe revers, finement détaillé. Manque de métal à 3h. Patine de collection
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse description : Buste de face de l’archange saint Michel à mi-corps imberbe, nimbé et ailé, vêtu du loros, tenant un sceptre de la main droite.
Obverse legend : MR - QU.
Obverse translation : (La mère de Dieu).

Reverse


Reverse description : Buste couronné d’Isaac II debout de face à mi-corps, vêtu du loros, tenant un sceptre cruciforme de la main droite et l’akakia de la main gauche béni par l’archange saint Michle nimbé, vêtu militairement, tenant un sceptre de la main gauche, bénissant Isaac II de la main droite.
Reverse legend : ISAAKIOS - DES/ Q Mi.
Reverse translation : (Isaac despote/ dieu saint Michel).

Commentary


Très belle représentation de saint Michel au revers associée à Isaac II.

Historical background


ISAAC II ANGELUS

(09/12/1185 - 04/8/1195)

Isaac is a female descendant of Alexis I Comnenus. After the assassination of Andronicus I Comnenus after the capture of Thessalonica in 1185, Isaac II inherited a decaying Empire. Caught between Bulgarian power and the expansionist aims of the Crusaders, he was finally deposed and blinded by his older brother Alexis III Ange-Comnenus. Eight years later, after the capture of Constantinople by the Venetians, Isaac II regained the throne associated with Alexis IV Ange, his son. They were finally both assassinated by the populace on January 28, 1204. On April 12, 1204, the Crusaders took Constantinople, ransacked and looted the city.

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