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A Very Byzantine Year: TheTrachyEnjoyer Top 10 Coins of 2022


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As 2022 comes to an end and the season of Advent begins, its time to close out the year behind us and look to the future. My year of collecting has been exciting with a number of interesting acquisitions across the late Byzantine spectrum. The coins are in rough order of what I have been most excited to own, listed from 10th to 1st place. It was hard to choose which coins to include and I hope I have chosen the best. Sadly not too many AE coins made my list but I had a number of nice wins over the year. Currently, Im working through a very exciting AE trachy lot which has at least two unpublished Palaeologan types. Hopefully I will have those catalogued and shared soon.

For my top 10 post, I’ve mostly copied the descriptions from various auction houses for known types and created my own for unpublished coins. For more in depth wrote ups on each, please my posting history. Most of the coins here have had an individual thread dedicated to them. Enjoy and feel free to share any related coins below

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Andronicus III Palaeologus. 1328-1341. AR Reduced Basilikon. Constantinople mint. Christ Pantokrator enthroned facing; star to left, B to right / St. Demetrios and Andronicus standing facing. DOC -; PCPC 197 note, sigla B; LBC -; SB 2472. 

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John III Ducas (Vatatzes), emperor of Nicaea, 1221-1254, AR trachy, Magnesia. Bust of Christ Emmanuel, nimbate and beardless, facing, holding Gospels in left hand. Rev. John standing facing, holding labarum-headed scepter in right hand and akakia in left; star on sagion beneath right arm; to upper right, manus Dei. DOC 26. SB 2080.

8).6F9A7492-1352-43E3-850F-8CA554CAABE3.jpeg.378156dba24e5b4ae2d322f662423b00.jpegPolitikon coinage, circa the reign of John V Palaeologus (Anonymous). AR/Billon Tornese. Three keys / +ΠO/ΛITI/KON in three lines. DOC 1218-20; PCPC 365; SB 2581


ANDRONICUS III PALAEOLOGUS (1328-1341). AR Half-basilikon. Constantinople. Obv: O AΓΙΟC ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟC. St. Demetrius standing facing, holding spear and shield.
Rev: ΑΝΔΡ / MP - ΘV. Andronicus, raising hands in adoration, and the Virgin Mary standing facing. DOC 867-8; Sear 2476; PCPC 196; LPC 120, 6.


John Komnenodoukas, 1238-44. AE Trachy, Thessaloniki. Obv: unclear. Rev: Busts of emperor John and Saint Theodore facing, holding a staff surmounted by a cross in circle with dot decoration between them. DOC —; Sear —; 
Unpublished type


Other Rulers before the Restoration of the Byzantine Empire in 1261

John III Emperor with Michael Comnenus-Ducas Despot of Epirus, circa 1248
Aspron trachy, Thessalonica 1248, AR trachy. Half-length figure of Archangel Michael, beardless and nimbate, holding jewelled sceptre and globus; in field. Rev. Facing figure of John, on r., crowning Despot Michael, on l.; the Emperor, holds sceptre cruciger and Despot holds a palm branch.. Hendy and Bendall, RN 1970, p. 144, 2. Bendall, Numismatic Circular CIV, 1996, 5. DO 1.2. Sear 2235.

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ANDRONICUS II, with MICHAEL IX. 1282-1328. AR/Billon Tornese (0.54 gm). Constantinople mint. Struck 1295-1320. Half length figure of St. Michael, winged, holding sceptre and globus / Andronicus and Michael standing facing, holding labarum between them. DOC —; Sear —; PCPC —. Unpublished type


John III Vatazes, 1221-1254. AR Trachy. Magnesia, 1221 coronation issue. The Virgin, nimbate, seated facing on throne, holding nimbate head of Christ on her breast. Rev. Facing standing figures of John, on left holding labarum-headed scepter and cross on globe, and Christ Chalcites, on right, nimbate between and crowning emperor with his right hand and holding gospels in his left. DOC 21. S. 2075. 

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Andronikos II Palaeologus, AR/Billon Tornese, Constantinople. Obv: winged patriarchal cross. Rev: Emperor seated on throne with sword across lap. DOC —; Sear —; PCPC —. Unpublished type

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Michael VIII Palaeologus, with Andronicus II, AR Trachy. Celebrating the coronation of Andronicus II. Constantinople, AD 1272. Nimbate St. George standing facing, wearing military attire, holding spear in right hand and shield in left

Half-length figures of Michael VIII and Andronicus II facing, both wearing stemma with pendilia and loros over divitision, holding trifurate sceptre, scroll and akakia; bust of winged archangel above between, placing his hands on their heads. DOC 36; Sear 2321 (Thessalonica); Stack's, 12 Jan 2009, lot 3327 (same rev. die); CNG 112, lot 696 (same dies); Roma E-85, lot 2637 (same rev. die).

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