seth77 Posted August 14, 2022 · Member Share Posted August 14, 2022 (edited) This was my favorite thread for a long time on CT (along the Medieval Monday), so how about we have one here too. I'll start: Manuel Komnenodoukas as Despot of Thessalonica (1230-1237) AE26mm, 2.22g, billon aspron trachy, Thessalonica mint, ca. 1231/2. [M/X AP]; half-length bust facing of Archangel Michael, nimbate, holding sword over shoulder in right hand and sheath in left [MANOVHΛ ΔEC] - KONCTANTINOC; full length figures of Manuel on l. and St. Constantine on r, holding between them patriarchal cross with long shaft and three steps at the base; both wearing stemma, divitision, collar piece and jeweled loros of the simplified type and holding palm branches. cf. DOC 6.3, Type D, p.575; Sear 2180; Labarum 21800. I've been meaning to show some more 13th century trachea/stamena but haven't got the time to do a real write-up so this format fits me best at this hour. This is an interesting early reign issue for Manuel, of the large module and what makes it scarce is the fact that it wasn't cut at a later date, possibly close to 1240 as many others (in fact most 1230s coinage is), maybe except what was used in Constantinople (and Thessalonica?) proper. The use of Thessalonica trachea seems to have been restricted to Thracia, Bulgaria, Macedonia-Epirus, basically tying the Adriatic with the Black Sea without much penetration into Asia. The style is typical for Thessalonica -- and in those parts of the world there was no better base-metal coinage in terms of style than what Thessalonica was minting in the late 1220s and the 1230s, even with all the double-strikes and all. Please add anything you want to this thread, especially if it's Sunday night. Edited August 14, 2022 by seth77 24 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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