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Never been too keen on very small coinage like most I suspect who like them big and bold, although this little gem fascinates me in as much as the work and skill levels needed to engrave these dies and produce such an intriqute design, although I would have liked the celator to put a bit more work in etching out the bricks in the walls LOL. 😉

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SIDON, PHOENICIA AR silver 1/16th shekel. Late 5th to early 4th century BC. Galley with oars, rudder and row of shields to left in front of city’s fortifications with three towers. Reverse - Archer standing right drawing bow. SNG COP. 193. 8mm, 0.7g

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Byzantine coins have some awesome depictions of tiny architecture!!

Thessalonican:

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Here the Arch Angel Michael is holding the city of Thessaloniki with Thessalonican emperor Theodore Ducas. The strike is a bit weak at the center which is typical for these but you can see two towers from the mini city rise to above shoulder length. 
 

An entire city is being held by a measly man! Talk about tiny architecture!

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This trachy is otherwise is amazing shape!

 

Palaeologan:

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Another example of this type I have is emperor Michael VIII holding the city of Constantinople while sitting on the imperial throne. Michael VIII recaptured the city and this was his way to show it off 😎 

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The son of Michael VIII (Andronikos II) issued a similar (albeit) more crude type. Here the emperor is winged and facing left.

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Andronikos also issued hyperpyra with the city of Constantinople on the obverse. The Virgin Mary stands in orans at the center, blessing the city walls. A recent dissertation I read made the case that these palaeologan wall obverses could actually represent the long walls of Nicaea, home of the empire in exile before its recapture of Constantinople. Since no legends exist to identify the walls, this very well could be the case! Tradition has them as the walls of Constantinople, however.

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1 hour ago, TheTrachyEnjoyer said:

Byzantine coins have some awesome depictions of tiny architecture!!

Thessalonican:

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Here the Arch Angel Michael is holding the city of Thessaloniki with Thessalonican emperor Theodore Ducas. The strike is a bit weak at the center which is typical for these but you can see two towers from the mini city rise to above shoulder length. 
 

An entire city is being held by a measly man! Talk about tiny architecture!

8181B2B5-2C5B-4A2F-81CA-6FEBB7221BF9.thumb.jpeg.677af13e36ab3cb5f5c096900b0d2b7a.jpeg

This trachy is otherwise is amazing shape!

 

Palaeologan:

DC48D363-3677-450B-A80D-E1481B0DCF37.thumb.jpeg.fed87e8493f5b92d9d73e0aed2d73dd4.jpeg

Another example of this type I have is emperor Michael VIII holding the city of Constantinople while sitting on the imperial throne. Michael VIII recaptured the city and this was his way to show it off 😎 

1A0C58DE-CDFD-4A04-AFA0-14D5D19631EA.thumb.jpeg.8bd08ab32545a7ebe997f06a018c7888.jpeg
The son of Michael VIII (Andronikos II) issued a similar (albeit) more crude type. Here the emperor is winged and facing left.

1CC05EEB-3A6C-4FF4-AF2F-14B38C705AF2.thumb.png.c9803d7add75b34fd4447f392035b3b5.png

Andronikos also issued hyperpyra with the city of Constantinople on the obverse. The Virgin Mary stands in orans at the center, blessing the city walls. A recent dissertation I read made the case that these palaeologan wall obverses could actually represent the long walls of Nicaea, home of the empire in exile before its recapture of Constantinople. Since no legends exist to identify the walls, this very well could be the case! Tradition has them as the walls of Constantinople, however.

Those are some astonishing examples!

I actually happen to also have two of those types, albeit in significantly worse condition than yours

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12 hours ago, TheTrachyEnjoyer said:

Byzantine coins have some awesome depictions of tiny architecture!!

Thessalonican:

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Here the Arch Angel Michael is holding the city of Thessaloniki with Thessalonican emperor Theodore Ducas. The strike is a bit weak at the center which is typical for these but you can see two towers from the mini city rise to above shoulder length. 
 

An entire city is being held by a measly man! Talk about tiny architecture!

8181B2B5-2C5B-4A2F-81CA-6FEBB7221BF9.thumb.jpeg.677af13e36ab3cb5f5c096900b0d2b7a.jpeg

This trachy is otherwise is amazing shape!

 

Palaeologan:

DC48D363-3677-450B-A80D-E1481B0DCF37.thumb.jpeg.fed87e8493f5b92d9d73e0aed2d73dd4.jpeg

Another example of this type I have is emperor Michael VIII holding the city of Constantinople while sitting on the imperial throne. Michael VIII recaptured the city and this was his way to show it off 😎 

1A0C58DE-CDFD-4A04-AFA0-14D5D19631EA.thumb.jpeg.8bd08ab32545a7ebe997f06a018c7888.jpeg
The son of Michael VIII (Andronikos II) issued a similar (albeit) more crude type. Here the emperor is winged and facing left.

1CC05EEB-3A6C-4FF4-AF2F-14B38C705AF2.thumb.png.c9803d7add75b34fd4447f392035b3b5.png

Andronikos also issued hyperpyra with the city of Constantinople on the obverse. The Virgin Mary stands in orans at the center, blessing the city walls. A recent dissertation I read made the case that these palaeologan wall obverses could actually represent the long walls of Nicaea, home of the empire in exile before its recapture of Constantinople. Since no legends exist to identify the walls, this very well could be the case! Tradition has them as the walls of Constantinople, however.

Woah - love these, really interesting. 

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