John III Vatatzes Thessalonican

Coinage of the Byzantine and Balkan States: 1204-1461



Thessalonca mint

CBB 4.1

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Trachy, Thessalonica circa 1246 -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; Star on ether throne back.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOTHC O ΔIMITPIOC Full-length figures of emperor and St. Demetrius, holding labarum; Emperor bearded, wearing divitision, chlamys, maniakion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding akakia; St. Demetrius nimbate, wearing body armor with chiton and sagion, l. hand resting on chest.  Sear 2122.  LBC 440-1.  DOC IV XLIV 2.  CBB 4.1.


CBB 4.2

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Trachy, Thessalonica circa 1246 -1254 AD,   AR.  IC XC Half-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.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOTHC O ΔIMITPIOC Full-length figures of emperor and St. Demetrius, holding model city of Thessalonica; Emperor bearded, wearing divitision, loros, maniakion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding labarum; St. Demetrius nimbate, wearing body armor with pteryges, chiton, and sagion with agrapha, l. hand holding sword downwards.  Sear 2121.  LBC –.  DOC IV XLIV 1.  CBB 4.2.


CBB 4.3

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Trachy, Thessalonica circa 1246 -1254 AD,   AE.  IC XC Half-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.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOTHC O ΔIMITPIOC Full-length figures of emperor and St. Demetrius, holding model city of Thessalonica; Emperor bearded, wearing divitision, loros, maniakion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding labarum; St. Demetrius nimbate, wearing lamellar body armor with pteryges, chiton, and sagion with agrapha, l. hand holding sword downwards.  Sear 2129.  LBC 455-6.  DOC IV XLV 9.  CBB 4.3.


CBB 4.4

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Trachy, Thessalonica circa 1246 -1254 AD,   AE.  MHP ΘV Full-length figure of Theotokos, nimbate, in orans, wearing tunic and maphorion; Star in either field.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOTHC O ΔIMITPIOC Full-length figures of emperor and St. Demetrius, holding labarum; Emperor bearded, wearing divitision, chlamys, maniakion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding sword downwards; St. Demetrius nimbate, wearing divitision, chlamys, and maniakion, l. hand holding sword downwards.  Sear 2130.  LBC 457-9.  DOC IV XLV 10.  CBB 4.4.


CBB 4.5

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Trachy, Thessalonica circa 1246 -1254 AD,   AE.  O AΓIOC ΓЄωPΓI Half-length figure of St. George nimbate, wearing body armor with pteryges, chiton, and sagion with agrapha, l. hand holding spear across body r. resting on shield.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOTHC O ΔIMITPIOC Full-length figures of emperor and St. Demetrius, holding cross-in-circle-tipped-scepter with decorations; Emperor bearded, wearing divitision, loros, maniakion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand resting on chest; St. Demetrius nimbate, wearing body armor with pteryges, chiton, and sagion with agrapha, l. hand resting on chest.  Sear 2131.  LBC –.  DOC IV XLV 11.  CBB 4.5.


CBB 4.6

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Trachy, Thessalonica circa 1246 -1254 AD,   AE.  MHP ΘV Full-length figure of Theotokos, nimbate, seated upon backless throne, wearing tunic and maphorion, both hands holding the infant Christ at breast; Lis above either throne cushion.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOTHC O ΔIMITPIOC Full-length figures of emperor and St. Demetrius, holding patriarchal Cross; Emperor bearded, wearing divitision, loros, maniakion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand resting on chest; St. Demetrius nimbate, wearing body armor with pteryges, chiton, and sagion with agrapha, l. hand resting on chest.  Sear 2128.  LBC 453-4.  DOC IV XLV 8.  CBB 4.6.


CBB 4.7

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Trachy, Thessalonica circa 1246 -1254 AD,   AE.  MHP ΘV Full-length figure of Theotokos, nimbate, in orans, wearing tunic and maphorion.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH O DȣKAC IC XC Full-length figures of emperor and Christ, bearded; Emperor wearing divitision, loros, orarion, 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 4.7.


CBB 4.8

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Trachy, Thessalonica circa 1246 -1254 AD,   AE.  O AΓIOC ΔIMITPIOC Full-length figure of St. Demetrius, nimbate, seated upon backless throne, wearing body armor with pteryges, chiton, and sagion with agrapha, both hands hold sheathed sword across lap; star above left throne cushion.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOTHC DȣKAC Full-length figure of emperor, bearded, standing on dais, wearing divitision, loros, sagion with agrapha, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding labarum l. akakia; star in upper left field.  Sear 2126.  LBC –.  DOC IV XLV 5 (incorrectly described).  CBB 4.8.


CBB 4.9

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Trachy, Thessalonica circa 1246 -1254 AD,   AE.  O AΓIOC ΔIMITPIOC Half-length figure of St. Demetrius, nimbate, wearing body armor with pteryges, chiton, and sagion with agrapha, r. hand holding sword over shoulder and l. resting on chest.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH Rev. Iω O DȣKAC Full-length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing divitision, chlamys, maniakion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding akakia and l. labarum.  Sear 2127.  LBC 450-2.  DOC IV XLV 7.  CBB 4.9.


CBB 4.10

Trachy, Thessalonica circa 1246 -1254 AD,   AE.  O AΓIOC ΓЄωPΓI Half-length figure of St. George nimbate, wearing body armor with pteryges, chiton, and sagion with agrapha, l. hand holding spear over shoulder r. resting on shield.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH Full-length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing divitision, loros (?), maniakion (?), sagion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding labarum and l. akakia.  Sear –.  LBC –.  DOC –.  CBB 4.10.


CBB 4.11

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Trachy, Thessalonica circa 1246 -1254 AD,   AE.  MHP ΘV Full-length figure of Theotokos, nimbate, in orans, wearing tunic and maphorion; Cross to either side.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH Full-length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing divitision, chlamys, sagion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding akakia and l. labarum; Wing in r. field; Manus Dei blesses emperor in upper l. field.  Sear 2123.  LBC 442-4.  DOC IV XLIV 3.  CBB 4.11.


CBB 4.12A

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Trachy, Thessalonica circa 1246 -1254 AD,   AE.  X AP XM Half-length figure of St. Michael the Archangel, nimbate, wearing divitision, loros, and maniakion, r. hand holding sword over shoulder and l. globus cruciger.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH Full-length figure of emperor, bearded, seated upon backless throne, wearing divitision, loros, sagion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding Cross-tipped-scepter and l. akakia; Wing in r. field; Manus Dei blesses emperor in upper l. field.  Sear 2124.  LBC 445-7.  DOC IV XLIV 4.  CBB 4.12A.

CBB 4.12B

Same as previous but patriarchal globus cruciger.  Sear –.  LBC –.  DOC IV –.  CBB 4.12B


CBB 4.13

Trachy, Thessalonica circa 1246 -1254 AD,   AE.  IC XC Half-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.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH Half-length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing divitision, loros, maniakion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding Cross-tipped-scepter and l. akakia.  Sear 2125.  LBC –.  DOC IV XLIV 5.  CBB 4.13.


CBB 4.14

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Trachy, Thessalonica circa 1246 -1254 AD,   AE.  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 ΔЄCΠOCTH Half-length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing divitision, loros, maniakion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding Cross-tipped-scepter and l. globus cruciger.  Sear 2135.  LBC 466.  DOC IV XLV 15.  CBB 4.14.


CBB 4.15

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Trachy, Thessalonica circa 1246 -1254 AD,   AE.  O AΓIOC ΔIMITPIOC Full-length figure of St. Demetrius, nimbate, beardless, wearing body armor with pteryges, chiton, and sagion with agrapha, r. hand holding spear over shoulder and l. resting on shield.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH Half-length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing divitision, loros, maniakion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding labarum and l. globus cruciger.  Sear 2132.  LBC 460-1.  DOC IV XLV 12.  CBB 4.15.


CBB 4.16

Trachy, Thessalonica circa 1246 -1254 AD,   AE.  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.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH Half-length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing divitision, loros, maniakion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding labarum and l. globus cruciger; Star to l. field.  Sear 2134.  LBC 464-6.  DOC IV XLV 14.  CBB 4.16.


CBB 4.17

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Trachy, Thessalonica circa 1246 -1254 AD,   AE.  O AΓIOC ΠЄTPOC  Full-length figure of Peter, nimbate and bearded, wearing tunic and kolobion, r. hand holding keys and l. holding cross-tipped-scepter.  Rev. Iω ΔЄCΠOCTH Half-length figure of emperor, bearded, wearing divitision, loros, maniakion, and stemma with pendilia, r. hand holding labarum and l. globus cruciger.  Sear 2133.  LBC 463.  DOC IV XLV 13.  CBB 4.17.


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