Heritage World Coin Auctions > Hong Kong Signature Sale 3100Auction date: 7 July 2022
Lot number: 35055

Price realized: 1,200 USD   (Approx. 1,180 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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Manuel I Comnenus (AD 1143-1180). EL aspron trachy (32mm, 4.38 gm, 6h). NGC MS★ 5/5 - 5/5. Constantinople, AD 1160-1164. IC-XC (barred), Christ standing facing on dais, bearded, wearing nimbus cruciger with single pellet in limbs, pallium, and colobium, right hand raised in benediction, book of Gospels in left; eight-pointed star to either side / M-AN-ΩHΛ-O / ΘЄ/Ο/Δ/Ω/Ρ/OC, Manuel I, bearded (on left) and St. Theodore, bearded and nimbate (on right), both standing facing, jointly holding patriarchal cross with two crossbars on shaft and large globus on base between them, emperor wearing crown, divitision and loros, right hand on pommel of sheathed sword on hip, saint wearing military attire with left hand on pommel of sheathed sword at hip. Sear 1959. Deeply struck on lovely rose-gold flan with luster on the center of the reverse.

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Estimate: 500-1000 USD

Match 1:
Heritage World Coin Auctions > Dallas Signature Sale 3102Auction date: 2 November 2022
Lot number: 32311

Price realized: 1,300 USD   (Approx. 1,317 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


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Manuel I Comnenus (AD 1143-1180). EL aspron trachy (31mm, 4.09 gm, 5h). NGC MS★ 5/5 - 5/5. Constantinople, AD 1160-1164. IC-XC (barred), Christ standing facing on dais, bearded, wearing nimbus cruciger with single pellet in limbs, pallium and colobium, right hand raised in benediction, book of Gospels in left; eight-pointed star to either side / M-AN-ΩHΛ-O / ΘЄ/Ο/Δ/Ω/Ρ/OC, Manuel I (on left), bearded, and St. Theodore (on right), bearded and nimbate, both standing facing, jointly holding patriarchal cross with large globus on base between them, emperor wearing crown, divitision, and loros, right hand on pommel of sheathed sword on hip, saint wearing military attire, left hand on pommel of sheathed sword at hip. Sear 1959.

Though Manuel is often criticized for excessively ambitious policies and rarely judged among the best Byzantine rulers, it is hard to argue with his diplomatic ability and the dominant position the empire enjoyed at the end of his 37-year reign. It is a remarkable fact that the two forces that came together to sack Constantinople in 1204, the Crusaders and Venice, were both completely under Manuel's thumb and in submission to Byzantium less than a quarter-century earlier at the end of his reign. Manuel established supremacy over the Crusader States in the late 1150s, allying himself with the King of Jerusalem and, in a stunning display of submission, forcing the Prince of Antioch Raynald of Châtillon to appear before him in a sack with a rope tied around his neck and then walk on foot behind him while the emperor, on horseback, made his triumphal entrance in Antioch in 1159. Twelve years later, Venice declared war on Byzantium but was decisively defeated by Manuel's navy, and he used the opportunity to revoke all the trade privileges that his father and grandfather had granted the Venetians. Thus, at his death in 1180, Constantinople's position in the Mediterranean was the strongest it had been since the days of Basil II, and Manuel can be considered the last great Byzantine emperor.

Struck during a period of tension between the Byzantine Empire and the Western European Crusader forces, this coin is symbolic of Manuel I's desire to preserve the power and independence of the Byzantine realm from the "Latins," who the Byzantines always mistrusted and disliked. The patriarchal cross on the reverse of the coin, a major symbol of Orthodox Christianity, would have signaled Manuel's desire to protect his people, empire, and faith from the hostile Roman Catholic Crusaders, as would the depiction of St. Theodore, a popular saint in the Byzantine cultural sphere.

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Heritage World Coin Auctions > ANA Signature Sale 3101Auction date: 25 August 2022
Lot number: 35274

Price realized: 1,900 USD   (Approx. 1,904 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Ancients
Andronicus I Comnenus (AD 1183-1185). EL aspron trachy (30mm, 4.04 gm, 5h). NGC Choice MS★ 5/5 - 5/5. Constantinople. + ΘΚ-Є RO-HΘЄI, The Virgin standing facing on dias, nimbate and wearing pallium and maphorium, both hands raised, nimbate head of the infant Christ facing in bosom; MHP-ΘV across fields / ANΔPONIKΩ-ΔECΠOTH, Christ standing facing (on right), bearded, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium and colobium, book of Gospels in left hand, right hand crowning Andronicus I (on left), wearing crown with divitision and chlamys, labarum with pellet on shaft in right hand, akakia in left; IC-XC in fields around head of Christ, cross in inner left field. Sear 1984. Struck with unusually visible letters and excellent portraits on the reverse. Wonderful eye appeal.

Andronicus I was the final emperor of the House of Comnenus, the dynasty that had ruled the empire since 1081. Licentious and ambitious, his ascension to the throne was due in large part to the xenophobic anti-Latin sentiment in Constantinople that had been growing since the First Crusade. In 1182, Andronicus's entrance into the capital was quickly followed by the so-called Massacre of the Latins (which he sanctioned), in which the ruthless slaughter of the city's Western European population (even pets were not spared) was accompanied by the destruction of the Latin Quarter. Upon officially becoming emperor a year later, Andronicus attempted to control the now nearly unchecked powers of the aristocracy - a critical but ultimately unsuccessful endeavor. In September 1185, with a large Norman army invading the Balkans, Andronicus was brutally overthrown and subjected to unimaginable suffering, as the Constantinople mob savagely beat him, cut off his limbs, and poured boiling water in his face, eventually completely dismembering his body, which was not given a proper burial for many years. Despite his horrific death, Andronicus' reign saw the last real attempt to check the power of the nominally loyal "feudal" lords that by 1185 were the real authority in much of Byzantine territory.

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Heritage World Coin Auctions > ANA Signature Sale 3101Auction date: 25 August 2022
Lot number: 35275

Price realized: 3,600 USD   (Approx. 3,607 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Ancients
Isaac II Angelus (AD 1185-1195). EL aspron trachy (30mm, 3.93 gm, 6h). NGC Gem MS 5/5 - 5/5. Constantinople. Virgin, nimbate, enthroned facing, holding nimbate head of infant Christ on lap; barred MHP (ligate)-TV across fields / ICAAKIOC, Isaac II (on left), standing facing, wearing crown with pendilia and jeweled chlamys, cruciform scepter in right hand, akakia in left, Archangel Michael (on right), standing facing, wearing nimbus cruciger and military attire, reaching up with right hand to crown Isaac with right hand, jeweled scepter in left; O in middle field between heads, X/MI in right field. Sear 2002. A gorgeous specimen struck from fresh dies that retains most of its original luster.

Isaac II came to power through the Constantinople mob's overthrow of Andronicus I. Only two months into his reign, he achieved a decisive and total victory over the invading Normans of Sicily at the Battle of Demetritzes, completely driving them from Byzantine territory. It was to be the only major success of Isaac's ten-year reign. Soon after the victory against the Normans, the Bulgarians revolted after 150 years of Byzantine rule, ending the period of unchallenged Byzantine dominance in the Balkans. On the other side of the empire, the relatively stable frontier with the Turks that had been established by his great-grandfather Alexius I Comnenus began to erode, as Isaac possessed neither the military competence of his predecessors nor sufficient interest in the eastern border due to his preoccupation with the futile struggle to reclaim Bulgaria. His attempt to impede the progress of the Third Crusade proved unsuccessful and counter to Byzantine interests. A weak administrator, Isaac watched passively as the power of the local provincial lords grew at the expense of the authority of Constantinople. The highly centralized Byzantine system of administration, which had ensured the empire's survival for hundreds of years and through numerous crises, was allowed to fall into permanent decay. He was overthrown and blinded by his brother Alexius in 1195, briefly returning to the throne on the eve of the Sack of Constantinople.

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Estimate: 1000-2250 USD

Match 4:
Heritage World Coin Auctions > Dallas Signature Sale 3102Auction date: 2 November 2022
Lot number: 32312

Price realized: 1,000 USD   (Approx. 1,013 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Ancients
Isaac II Angelus (AD 1185-1195). EL aspron trachy (28mm, 3.55 gm, 6h). NGC Choice MS★ 5/5 - 5/5. Constantinople. Virgin, nimbate, enthroned facing, holding nimbate head of infant Christ on lap; barred MHP (ligate)-TV across fields / ICAAKIOC, Isaac II (on left), standing facing, wearing crown with pendilia and jeweled chlamys, cruciform scepter in right hand, akakia in left, Archangel Michael (on right), standing facing, wearing nimbus cruciger and military attire, reaching up with right hand to crown Isaac, jeweled scepter in left; Θ in middle field between heads, X/M in right field. Sear 2002. Exceptionally eye appealing and presently the sole example with a start designation in this lofty Choice Mint State grade.

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Match 5:
Heritage World Coin Auctions > Showcase Auction 61290Auction date: 2 October 2022
Lot number: 99031

Price realized: 1,100 USD   (Approx. 1,126 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Ancients
Isaac II Angelus (AD 1185-1195). EL aspron trachy (29mm, 4.06 gm, 6h). NGC Choice AU★ 5/5 - 5/5. Constantinople. Virgin, nimbate, enthroned facing, holding nimbate head of infant Christ on lap; barred MHP (ligate)-TV across fields / ICAAKIOC, Isaac II (on left), standing facing, wearing crown with pendilia and jeweled chlamys, cruciform scepter in right hand, akakia in left, Archangel Michael (on right), standing facing, wearing nimbus cruciger and military attire, reaching up to crown Isaac with right hand, jeweled scepter in left; Θ in middle field between heads, X/AP/X/M in right field. Sear 2002. Deeply struck from meticulously engraved dies on toned flan.

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Estimate: 1000-1500 USD