Nerosmyfavorite68 Posted July 23, 2022 · Member Share Posted July 23, 2022 This is my first electrum coin of the post-1092 reform. The History of Byzantium podcast got me in the Byzantine mood. Gold has been too outrageous lately to buy much of anything, but I came across what I thought was a good deal. (the Forum description): Electrum aspron trachy, DOC-1 IV 8d; Morrisson BnF 60/Cp/El/3; Wroth BMC 46; Ratto 2098; Grierson 1068; CLBC I 3.2.2; Sommer 60.5; SBCV 1942, VF, scyphate, obv. double struck, graffiti/scratches, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, weight 3.662g, maximum diameter 32.2mm, die axis 180o, 1122 - 8 Apr 1143 A.D.; obverse Christ seated facing on throne without back, bearded, wearing tunic and kolobion, raising right in benediction, gospels in left hand, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Ihso�s Xrist�s - Jesus Christ) flanking nimbus, three pellets at each side of throne; reverse + Iw / ∆ECΠO/TH in column of four rows on left, Θ / ΓE/PW/ΓI in column of four rows on right, John (on left) and St. George standing facing, together holding patriarchal cross on a small globe between them, John wearing crown, divitision, and chlamys with dot (control symbol) below the tablion, St. George nimbate, in military dress, left hand on sword at side; from the S. Lindner Collection; ex Numismatic Naumann auction 71 (4 Nov 2018), lot 680; There was a German example of the same type which I had my eye on for months, but it has a chip, is 90 or 100 dollars higher, and also had some striking issues. This one had a badly double struck obverse, but the reverse was what I bought the coin for. I was also glad to support Forum. I'll have to ask them about sending it via first class vs. priority next time. I didn't think about it until well after the order (as none of the dealers from whom I buy send via Priority) but I started worrying about what would happen if they used a regular Priority mailer; I.e. would the postman bend it or just toss it by the door? It was indeed the mailer which I worried about, but no harm was done; I had sense enough to write a note to the postman and it arrived when I was home. I am quite delighted with my purchase. I kind of remember them using a somewhat smaller padded envelope for past purchases. I'm always rather nervous about ordering scyphate coins. What if it gets squished? But the last scyphate one I remember ordering was back in 2009. I wonder what the gold percentage is on the John II issues? It doesn't look like there's much gold in hand. It's a shame that the History of Byzantium podcaster has so much stuff going on at the moment. I really wanted to hear a podcast about Andronicus. I also wanted a Trachy of Andronicus but found 0 on vcoins. On a scale of 1 to 10 (rarest), how scarce are Andronicus Bi Aspron Trachea? They can't be THAT rare. Who was it that posted about the electrum series being mostly used in Anatolia? Why did that happen? Feel free to post your AV and Electrum coins of the 1092-1204 Byzantine period. 12 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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