John III Vatatzes AV and AR

Corpus Nummorum Byzantinorum Recentissimorum : 1204-1461



Magnesia Mint

CNB 2.1A

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Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AU.  IC XC Full-length figure of Christ, cruciformly nimbate with five pellets in each Cross arm, bearded, seated upon backless throne, wearing tunic and kolobion, r. hand outstretched in benediction and l. holding Gospels.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠ MHP ΘV Half-length figures of emperor and Theotokos, holding patriarchal Cross; Emperor bearded, wearing divitision, loros, maniakion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding akakia; Theotokos nimbate, wearing tunic and maphorion, l. hand in benediction; Manus Dei blesses emperor in upper r. field.  Sear 2072.  LBC 197-200.  DOC IV XXIX 2.  CNB 2.1A.

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CNB 2.1B

Same as previous but obverse with throne variant.  Sear –.  LBC –.  DOC IV –.  CNB 2.1C.

CNB 2.1C

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Same as 2.1A but obverse with legend IC XC KЄRO HΘЄI.  Sear –.  LBC 197.  DOC IV XXIX 1.  CNB 2.1C.

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CNB 2.2A

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Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AU.  IC XC KЄRO HΘЄI Full-length figure of Christ, cruciformly nimbate with five pellets in each Cross arm, bearded, seated upon backless throne, wearing tunic and kolobion, r. hand outstretched in benediction and l. holding Gospels.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOTH Tω ΠOPΘVPOΓЄNNHTω MHP ΘV Full-length figures of emperor and Theotokos; Emperor bearded, wearing divitision, loros, maniakion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding labarum over shoulder and l. akakia; Theotokos nimbate, wearing tunic and maphorion, r. Hand outstretched to crown emperor and l. in benediction.  Sear –.  LBC 201.  DOC IV XXIX 3.  CNB 2.2A.

CNB 2.2B

Same as previous but obverse with legend as IC XC.  Sear 2073.  LBC 202-8.  DOC IV XXIX-XXX 4-19.  CNB 2.2B.

CNB 2.2C

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Same as previous but obverse with throne variant.  Sear 2073.  LBC 202-8.  DOC IV XXIX-XXX 4-19.  CNB 2.2C.

CNB 2.2D

Same as previous but reverse with loros variant.  Sear 2073.  LBC 202-8.  DOC IV XXIX-XXX 4-19.  CNB 2.2D.

CNB 2.2E

Same as previous but reverse with loros variant.  Sear 2073.  LBC 202-8.  DOC IV XXIX-XXX 4-19.  CNB 2.2E.

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CNB 2.3

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Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AR.  IC XC Full-length figure of Christ, cruciformly nimbate with pellet in each Cross arm, bearded, seated upon backed throne, wearing tunic and kolobion, r. hand in benediction and l. holding Gospels; Pellet decoration on either throne panel.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH O ΘЄOΔωΠOC Full-length figures of emperor and St. Theodore, bearded, holding star-tipped-scepter; Emperor wearing divitision, loros, sagion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding sheathed sword downwards; St. Theodore nimbate, wearing body armor with pteryges, chiton, and sagion, l. hand holding sheathed sword downwards.  Sear –.  LBC –.  DOC –.  CNB 2.3.


CNB 2.4

Photograph © Fotografie Lübke & Wiedemann, Leonberg (LHS Numismatic AG)

Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AR.  IC XC Full-length figure of Christ, cruciformly nimbate with pellet in each Cross arm, bearded, seated upon backed throne, wearing tunic and kolobion, r. hand outstretched in benediction and l. holding Gospels.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH O ΛΓIOC ΘЄOΔωΠOC Full-length figures of emperor and St. Theodore, bearded, holding star-tipped-scepter; Emperor wearing divitision, loros, sagion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding sheathed sword downwards; St. Theodore nimbate, wearing lamellar body armor with pteryges, chiton, and sagion, l. hand holding sheathed sword downwards.  Sear 2076.  LBC –.  DOC IV XXXI 22.  CNB 2.4.


CBB 2.5

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Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AR.  IC XC Full-length figure of Christ, cruciformly nimbate with five pellets in each Cross arm, bearded, seated upon backless throne, wearing tunic and kolobion, r. hand outstretched in benediction and l. holding Gospels.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOTHC O O ΛΓIOC KωNCTANTINOC Full-length figures of emperor and St. Constantine, bearded, holding labarum with circular decoration; Emperor wearing divitision, loros, maniakion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding Cross-tipped-scepter; St. Constantine nimbate, wearing divitision, loros, maniakion, and stemma with pendilia, l. hand holding Cross-tipped-scepter.  Sear 2084.  LBC –.  DOC IV XXXI 30.  CBB 2.5


CBB 2.6

DOC IV Plate Reproduction

Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AR.  IC XC Full-length figure of Christ, cruciformly nimbate with pellet in each Cross arm, bearded, seated upon backed throne, wearing tunic and kolobion, r. hand in benediction and l. holding Gospels.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOTHC O AΓIOC KωNCTANTINOC Full-length figures of emperor and St. Constantine, bearded, holding star-tipped-scepter with triangular decoration; Emperor wearing divitision, loros, maniakion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding Cross-tipped-scepter; St. Constantine nimbate, wearing divitision, loros, sagion, and stemma with pendilia, l. hand holding akakia.  Sear 2074.  LBC –.  DOC IV XXXI 20 (incorrectly described, obverse as backless throne).  CBB 2.6.


CBB 2.7

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Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AR.  MHP ΘV Full-length figure of Theotokos, nimbate, seated upon backed throne, wearing tunic and maphorion, both hands holding the infant Christ at breast; Δ on r. throne back; P on l. throne back.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOTHC O AΓIOC KωNCTANTINOC Full-length figures of emperor and St. Constantine, bearded, holding Cross-in-circle-tipped-scepter mounted on globe; Emperor wearing divitision, loros, sagion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding Cross-tipped-scepter; St. Constantine nimbate, wearing divitision, loros, sagion, and ornate stemma with pendilia, l. hand holding Cross-tipped-scepter.  Sear 2078.  LBC 211 (incorrectly described, reverse different legend).  DOC IV XXXI 24 (incorrectly described, reverse different legend).  CBB 2.7.


CBB 2.8

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Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 -1254 AD,   AR.  MHP ΘV Full-length figure of Theotokos, nimbate, in orans, wearing tunic and maphorion, infant Christ at breast.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOTHC O AΓIOC KωNCTANTINOC (?) Full-length figures of emperor and St. Constantine, bearded, holding sheathed sword resting on two shields; Emperor wearing divitision, chlamys, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding labarum; St. Constantine nimbate, wearing divitision, loros, sagion, and stemma with pendilia, l. hand holding Cross-tipped-scepter (?).  Sear –.  LBC –.  DOC IV –.  CBB 2.8.


CBB 2.9

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Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AR.  IC XC Half-length figure of Christ, cruciformly nimbate with five pellets per Cross arm, wearing tunic and kolobion, r. hand in benediction and l. holding Gospels.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOTIC O ΓЄωPΓI Full-length figures of emperor and St. George, holding sheathed sword; Emperor bearded, wearing divitision, loros, sagion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding Cross-tipped-scepter; St. George nimbate, wearing body armor with pteryges and chiton, l. hand holding spear over shoulder.  Sear –.  LBC –.  DOC –.  CBB 2.9.


CBB 2.10

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Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AR.  IC XC O XAΛKITHC Full-length figure of Christ Chalcites, cruciformly nimbate with pellet per Cross arm, bearded, standing on dais, wearing tunic and kolobion, r. hand in benediction and l. holding Gospels.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH O ΘЄOΔωΠOC Full-length figures of emperor and St. Theodore, bearded, holding patriarchal Cross mounted on globe; Emperor wearing divitision, loros, maniakion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding sheathed sword downwards; St. Theodore nimbate, wearing body armor with pteryges, chiton, and sagion, l. hand holding sheathed sword downwards.  Sear –.  LBC –.  DOC –.  CBB 2.10.


CBB 2.11

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Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AR.  IC XC Full-length figure of Christ, cruciformly nimbate with pellet per Cross arm, bearded, standing on a dais, wearing tunic and kolobion, r. hand in benediction and l. holding Gospels; Star in either field.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH O ΘЄOΔωΠOC Full-length figures of emperor and St. Theodore, bearded, holding patriarchal Cross mounted on globe; Emperor wearing divitision, loros, maniakion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding sheathed sword downwards; St. Theodore nimbate, wearing body armor with pteryges and chiton, l. hand holding sheathed sword downwards.  Sear 2083.  LBC 213.  DOC IV XXXI 29.  CBB 2.11.


CBB 2.12

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Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AR.  IC XC O ЄMMANȣHA Half-length figure of Christ Emmanuel, cruciformly nimbate with five pellets in each Cross arm, wearing tunic and kolobion, r. hand in benediction and l. holding scroll.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH O AΓIOC ΘЄOΔωΠOC Full-length figures of emperor and St. Theodore, bearded, holding patriarchal Cross with base of three steps; Emperor wearing divitision, paneled chlamys, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding sheathed sword downwards; St. Theodore nimbate, wearing body armor with pteryges, chiton, and sagion, l. hand holding sheathed sword downwards.  Sear 2077.  LBC 210.  DOC IV XXXI 23.  CBB 2.12.


CBB 2.13

DOC IV Plate Reproduction

Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AR.  MHP ΘV Full-length figure of Theotokos, nimbate, seated upon backed throne, wearing tunic and maphorion, both hands holding the infant Christ at breast.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH O ΔȣKAC IC XC Full-length figures of emperor and Christ; Emperor bearded, wearing divitision, loros, maniakion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding akakia l. globus cruciger; Christ cruciformly nimbate with five pellets in each Cross arm, wearing tunic and kolobion, r. hand outstretched to crown emperor and l. holding scroll; Two stars in center field.  Sear 2082.  LBC –.  DOC IV XXXI 28.  CBB 2.13.


CBB 2.14

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Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AR.  MHP ΘV Full-length figure of Theotokos, nimbate, seated upon backed throne, wearing tunic and maphorion, both hands holding the infant Christ at breast.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH O XAΛKITHC IC XC Full-length figures of emperor and Christ Chalcites, bearded; Emperor wearing divitision, loros, sagion, maniakion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding labarum l. globus cruciger; Christ cruciformly nimbate with five pellets in each Cross arm, wearing tunic and kolobion, r. hand outstretched to crown emperor and l. holding Gospels.  Sear 2075.  LBC 209.  DOC IV XXXI 21.  CBB 2.14.


CBB 2.15

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Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AR.  MHP ΘV Full-length figure of Theotokos, nimbate, seated upon backed throne, wearing tunic and maphorion, both hands holding the infant Christ at breast; Decorated throne panels.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH O ΔȣKAC IC XC Full-length figures of emperor and Christ, bearded; Emperor wearing divitision, loros, sagion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding Cross-tipped-scepter l. akakia; Christ cruciformly nimbate with five pellets in each Cross arm, wearing tunic and kolobion, r. hand outstretched to crown emperor and l. holding Gospels.  Sear –.  LBC –.  DOC –.  CBB 2.15.


CBB 2.16

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Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AR.  MHP ΘV Full-length figure of Theotokos, nimbate, seated upon backless throne, wearing tunic and maphorion, both hands holding the infant Christ at breast; Palm wreath and hashmark sigla to either side.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH O ΔȣKAC Full-length figure of emperor, bearded, standing on dais (?), wearing body armor with pteryges, chiton, and sagion, r. hand holding labarum over shoulder l. sheathed sword downwards; Manus Dei blesses emperor in upper l. field.  Sear 2087.  LBC 216.  DOC IV XXXII 33.  CBB 2.16.


CBB 2.17

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Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AR.  IC XC Full-length figure of Christ, cruciformly nimbate with five pellets in each Cross arm, bearded, seated upon backed throne, wearing tunic and kolobion, r. hand in benediction and l. holding Gospels.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH O ΔȣKAC Full-length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing divitision, loros, maniakion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding labarum over shoulder l. patriarchal globus cruciger.  Sear 2085.  LBC –.  DOC IV XXXI 31.  CBB 2.17.


CBB 2.18

Photograph © Fotografie Lübke & Wiedemann, Leonberg (LHS Numismatic AG)

Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AR.  IC XC Full-length figure of Christ, cruciformly nimbate with five pellets in each Cross arm, bearded, seated upon backed throne, wearing tunic and kolobion, r. hand in benediction and l. holding Gospels.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH O ΔȣKAC Full-length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing divitision, loros, sagion with Fleur-de-lis embroidery on r. side, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding labarum l. akakia.  Sear 2088.  LBC –.  DOC IV XXXII 34.  CBB 2.18.


CBB 2.19

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Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AR.  IC XC O ЄMMANȣHA Half-length figure of Christ Emmanuel, cruciformly nimbate with five pellets in each Cross arm, wearing tunic and kolobion, r. hand in benediction and l. holding Gospels.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH O ΔȣKAC Full-length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing divitision, loros, sagion with star embroidery on r. side, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding labarum l. akakia; Manus Dei blesses emperor in upper l. field.  Sear 2080.  LBC 212.  DOC IV XXXI 26.  CBB 2.19.


CBB 2.20

Photograph © Fotografie Lübke & Wiedemann, Leonberg (LHS Numismatic AG)

Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AR.  IC XC O ЄMMANȣHA Half-length figure of Christ Emmanuel, cruciformly nimbate with five pellets in each Cross arm, wearing tunic and kolobion, r. hand in benediction and l. holding scroll.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH O ΔȣKAC Full-length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing divitision, loros, sagion with star inlay on r. side, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding labarum l. globus cruciger; Manus Dei blesses emperor in upper l. field.  Sear 2079.  LBC –.  DOC IV XXXI 25.  CBB 2.20.


CBB 2.21

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Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AR.  IC XC Full-length figure of Christ, cruciformly nimbate with five pellets per Cross arm, bearded, wearing tunic and kolobion, r. hand in benediction and l. holding Gospels; Cross in either field.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH O ΔȣKAC Full-length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing divitision, loros, sagion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding labarum over shoulder l. patriarchal globus cruciger.  Sear –.  LBC –.  DOC –.  CBB 2.21.


CBB 2.22

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Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AR.  IC XC Half-length figure of Christ, cruciformly nimbate with five pellets per Cross arm, wearing tunic and kolobion, r. hand in benediction and l. holding scroll; Cross in either field.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH O ΔȣKAC Full-length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing divitision, loros, sagion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding labarum over shoulder l. patriarchal globus cruciger.  Sear 2086.  LBC 214-15.  DOC IV XXXII 32.  CBB 2.22.


CBB 2.23

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Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AR.  X AP XM Full-length figure of St. Michael the Archangel, nimbate, wearing divitision, loros, and sagion, r. hand holding trilobate-scepter and l. globus cruciger.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOTHC O ΔȣKAC Full-length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing divitision, loros, sagion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding labarum and l. patriarchal Cross with base of three steps.  Sear 2081.  LBC –.  DOC IV XXXI 27.  CBB 2.23.


CBB 2.24

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Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AR.  MHP ΘV Full-length figure of Theotokos, nimbate, in orans, wearing tunic and maphorion; Four dots in either field; Crescent moon in upper l. field.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOTHC O ΔȣKAC Full-length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing divitision, loros, sagion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding star-tipped-scepter and l. partriarchal globus cruciger.  Sear –.  LBC –.  DOC –.  CBB 2.24.


CBB 2.25

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Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AR.  IC XC Full-length figure of Christ, cruciformly nimbate with five pellets per Cross arm, bearded, standing on dais, wearing tunic and kolobion, r. hand in benediction and l. holding Gospels; Sigla in either field.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOTHC O ΔȣKAC Full-length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing divitision, loros, maniakion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding patriarchal globus cruciger and l. star-tipped-scepter.  Sear –.  LBC –.  DOC –.  CBB 2.25.


CBB 2.26

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Trachy, Magnesia circa 1222 – 1254 AD,   AR.  IC XC Half-length figure of Christ, cruciformly nimbate with five pellets per Cross arm, wearing tunic and kolobion, r. hand in benediction and l. holding scroll; B in either field. Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOTHC O ΔȣKAC Full-length figure of emperor, bearded, seated upon a backed throne, wearing divitision, loros, sagion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding Cross-tipped-scepter and l. akakia.  Sear 2088a.  LBC 217-18.  DOC –.  CBB 2.26.


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