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bby_734868 - JOHN II KOMNENOS Tetarteron

JOHN II KOMNENOS Tetarteron VF
70.00 €(Approx. 76.30$ | 58.10£)
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Type : Tetarteron
Date: 1118-1143
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : copper
Diameter : 19 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 3,14 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire centré. Usure régulière. Patine marron
Catalogue references :

Obverse


Obverse legend : IC - XC.
Obverse description : Le Christ avec le nimbe crucigère debout de face sur un piedestal, 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 : 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 DESPOT - Tw PORFUROGENHT.
Reverse translation : (Jean despote né dans la pourpre).

Historical background


JEAN II COMNÈNE

(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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