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bby_608452 - JOHN II KOMNENOS Demi-tetarteron

JOHN II KOMNENOS Demi-tetarteron XF/AU
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Type : Demi-tetarteron
Date: 1118-1143
Mint name / Town : Thessalonica
Metal : copper
Diameter : 15,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 2,38 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan ovale bien centré. Frappe molle au droit. Joli revers de style fin. Patine vert foncé
Catalogue references :


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


Reverse description : Jean II couronné, debout de face, vêtu du loros et du divitision, tenant le globe crucigère de la main droite et un long sceptre cruciforme de la main droite.
Reverse legend : Iw D-ES[POT].
Reverse translation : (Jean despote né dans la pourpre).


Exemplaire de style fin.

Historical background


(15.8.1118 - 8/041143)

Jean II, eldest son Alexius succeeded him on the throne of Byzantium 15 August 1118 despite opposition from his sister Anne. His reign marked a return of the empire on the international scene. Antioch was taken while the Balkan policy of Jean II allowed him to win the diplomatic Serbs. He allied himself with the Emperor of the Holy Roman Germanic Empire to counteract the growing power of the Normans in southern Italy and Sicily. On the domestic front, he tried to reduce the commercial benefits of the Venetians granted by his father, Alexis. After twenty five years of his reign, he died in a hunting accident.

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