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E-auction 568-510002 - bby_896101 - JOHN II KOMNENOS Tetarteron

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Estimate : 50 €
Price : 11 €
Maximum bid : 14 €
End of the sale : 04 March 2024 15:05:20
bidders : 4 bidders
Type : Tetarteron
Date: 1118-1143
Mint name / Town : Constantinople
Metal : copper
Diameter : 20,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 3,07 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie centrée. Joli revers. Monnaie à l’usure importante mais régulière. Patine foncée
Catalogue references :


Obverse description : La Vierge Marie nimbée debout de face vêtue du pallium et du maphorium priant de face.
Obverse legend : MR - QU.
Obverse translation : (Mère de Dieu).


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


(15/08/1118 - 8/041143)

Jean II, eldest son of Alexis Comnenus succeeded him on the throne of Byzantium on August 15, 1118 despite the opposition of his sister Anne. His reign marks a return of the empire to the international scene. Antioch was taken over while John II's Balkan policy allowed him to win diplomatically over the Serbs. He allied himself with the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire in order to counterbalance the growing power of the Normans in southern Italy and Sicily. Domestically, he tried to reduce the commercial advantages of the Venetians granted by his father, Alexios. After twenty five years of reign, he died in a hunting accident.

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