Benefactor Simon Posted February 8 · Benefactor Benefactor Share Posted February 8 This is a John II half tetarteron, the official description has St. Demetrius holding a sword, however when looking at my other photographed example it appears clearly to be a spear. Is this a variation or was the description misattributed to begin with. Opinions are welcome, as are other examples. JOHN II AE HALF TETARTERON S-1955 DOC 17 CLBC 3.4.6 OBV Bust of St. Demetrius beardless and nimbate, wearing tunic, breastplate, and saigon. Holds in r. hand sword Spear and l. shield. REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece, and paneled loros of a simplified type; holds in r. hand labarum headed scepter and in l. gl. cr. Size 16mm Weight 2.22gm DOC lists 13 examples with weights from 1.05gm to 2.92gm and sizes from 15mm to 18mm Traditional example. Looks like sword. Another example in collection, Spear? St Demetrius coins are easy to distinguish from St George, the shield is triangle. What are the dots on the mid-section of the spear? /Sword? 4 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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