Valentinian Posted May 23 · Member Share Posted May 23 "Tetarteron" has more than one meaning in Byzantine numismatics. There are gold "tetarteron" coins (from Nicephorus II, 963-969, until the reform of Alexius I in 1092) and small AE "tetarteron" coins after the reform. I recently got a post-reform coin that is actually legible: John II, 1118-1143 AE tetarteron, 17.5-16.1 mm.3.81 grams. Sear 1946. DOC 4.2 plate X.13. John II 13, page 269 in volume 4.1 "1118-1122?" Virgin, orans (i.e. arms spread like that with hands out) MP ΘV [Mother of God] Emperor standing holding jeweled scepter and globus cruciger. Legend: IW ΦV ΔEC PO ΠOT ΓC TW NH ΠOP T Reading down the left first we have John Despot The Por- [continued down the right] phyrogenit[us] ["born in the purple", i.e. he was born when his father, Alexius I, was emperor] So, reading from the obverse and inserting the implied "aid" the whole coin translates to "Mother of God, aid John, Despot, born in the purple." Thank you, @voulgaroktonou, for help with the legend. I'd love to see other tetartera! 12 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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