Benefactor Simon Posted December 29, 2022 · Benefactor Benefactor Share Posted December 29, 2022 I should start this thread with " Call me Ishmael. Unattractive I know but easily still attributable. It is a coin I have sought after, to the point, I questioned if it existed as an official issue. The coin is described Sear Byzantine coins and their Values and in CLBC, also Doc, each gave it a different description, but one thing was in common, the coin was very small. In CLBC they listed the die diameter at 11mm. The only main difference in SBCV and CLBC is description of the Archangels inscription. In CLBC it is AP on R and M on left. In Sears catalog he says it is identical the full tetarteron O/X/AP on l. and X/MI on r. My example follows Sears description for legend 1.7gm 15.5mm SBCV-2006 The coin was produced under the rule of Isaac II, 1185-1195 CE, his family lead to the destruction of the empire at the hands of the crusaders. He was a follower of the Cult of the Archangel Michael, the tetartera from Thessalonica was of two types, a full tetarteron and a coin called its half. His full tetarteron was sized at around 20mm (die size 18mm) but the half listed in Sear and CLBC only at 15mm or less down to 11mm. the size in Morrison is 11mm and Grierson does not include the coin in his catalog nor does Sommer. The weight listed in CLBC says from 1.17 to 1.8 gm. (The ONLY other example that appears on the web is in Forums Ancient Coins prior sales, it is of a cruder imagery than mine and the die sizes do not appear to be uniform.) Bellow I include the two listed denominations for a visual comparison. As my good friend @catadc will point out, a 15mm die size does exists as well but my examples by weight, don’t make it apparent of being a different denomination. That riddle remains. In any case I have finally found the smallest tetarteron and have conclusively completed the collection I started out to complete, every listed tetarteron for the emperors of the 12th century Eastern Roman Empire. 16 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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