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A beautiful Thessalonican depiction of Mary: late Byzantine group lot finds


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Being Ill at home with the flu, I finally had the type to go through part of my trachy backlog. Here is a very nice depiction of virgin Mary from Thessalonican type sear 2167 struck under Theodore Komnenodoukas (1227?). This example has been clipped drastically down. Compare it in the last two photos with an unclipped issue of this type

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I also managed to get another Manuel Komnenodoukas sear 2182 type

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Certainly not my best example…but I will take another Thessalonican empire issue when ever I can!

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Besides some normal latin imitations, two other types caught my eye

Sear 2026? Unusual style

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Sear 2034? I think I see enough to confirm the ID

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That is a very nice depiction of Mary!  Very well struck! The other coins aren't too shabby either.  I have a boat load of trachaea that I need to go through, but I just don't seem to have the time these days.  There are three more lots of coins coming in the next few days that I am super excited to receive. 

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On 10/26/2022 at 3:10 PM, TheTrachyEnjoyer said:

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Being Ill at home with the flu, I finally had the type to go through part of my trachy backlog. Here is a very nice depiction of virgin Mary from Thessalonican type sear 2167 struck under Theodore Komnenodoukas (1227?). This example has been clipped drastically down. Compare it in the last two photos with an unclipped issue of this type

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I also managed to get another Manuel Komnenodoukas sear 2182 type

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Certainly not my best example…but I will take another Thessalonican empire issue when ever I can!

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Besides some normal latin imitations, two other types caught my eye

Sear 2026? Unusual style

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Sear 2034? I think I see enough to confirm the ID

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That's a great portrait for a late issue ☺️!

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My coins arrived! So here is a quick snap of two coins in the lot.  There are some really nifty coins in these two lots.  More to come later...

 

Kingdom of Thessalonica: John Comnenus-Ducas (1237-1242) BI Trachy, Thessalonica (CLBC 14.24.4; Lianta 420)

Obv: Six-pointed star or brockage of the reverse
Rev: Full length figure of Virgin nimbate, orans, wearing tunic and maphorion; two asterisks in field
Dim: 15mm

The one in the Ashmolean is probably NOT Sear 2218 as it is too small.  I will try to dig out the larger one that I have to show the size difference between this coin and Sear 2218.

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Empire of Nicaea: John III Ducas-Vatazes (1222-1254) Æ Trachy, Thessalonica (Sear 2130; DOC IV, Type H.10; Lianta 257-58)

Obv: MP - ΘV in field. Full-length figure of Virgin nimbate, orans. Star in field on either side.
Rev: IШ ΔΠOΔK ⒶΔIMT in two columnar groups. Full-length figure of emperor on left, and of St. Demetrius, beardless and nimbate; between them labarum surmounting triangular decoration on long shaft. Emperor wears stemma, divitision and chlamys; right hand holds sword, point resting on ground. Saint wears divitision and chlamys; left hand on sword, point resting on ground.

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Empire of Nicaea: John III Ducas-Vatazes (1222-1254) Æ Trachy, Thessalonica (Sear 2128; DOC IV, Type F 8; Lianta 453-54)

Obv: MP - ΘV; Virgin nimbate, seated upon throne without back; holds beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast. Lily above cushion of throne, to either side
Rev: IШ/Δ/Π/T to left, Ο/Δ/M/Τ to right; Full-length figure of emperor on left, and of St. Demetrius, beardless and nimbate; between them patriarchal cross. Emperor's right hand half-raised before chest in supplication; wears stemma, divitision, jeweled loros of simplified type. Saint's left hand lifted before chest; wears short military tunic, breastplate and sagion
Dim: 28 mm, 2.41 g

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4 hours ago, quant.geek said:

Empire of Nicaea: John III Ducas-Vatazes (1222-1254) Æ Trachy, Thessalonica (Sear 2128; DOC IV, Type F 8; Lianta 453-54)

Obv: MP - ΘV; Virgin nimbate, seated upon throne without back; holds beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast. Lily above cushion of throne, to either side
Rev: IШ/Δ/Π/T to left, Ο/Δ/M/Τ to right; Full-length figure of emperor on left, and of St. Demetrius, beardless and nimbate; between them patriarchal cross. Emperor's right hand half-raised before chest in supplication; wears stemma, divitision, jeweled loros of simplified type. Saint's left hand lifted before chest; wears short military tunic, breastplate and sagion
Dim: 28 mm, 2.41 g

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That‘s a very attractive example! Far better than the budget example I currently have filling the gap for the type.

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Here‘s quite a nice portrait of Mary on a coin I won recently:

John III Vatatzes - Empire of Nicaea:

Sear 2100

Obv: Brockage

Rev: Half-length figures of emperor and Mary, holding standard between each other, emperor holding cruciform sceptre.6945AF34-01E2-4884-8877-50E86F62C703.jpeg.0863d990a3f1b1c360e3f8c653d56356.jpeg

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