Baldwin's Auctions Ltd > Auction 105Auction date: 12 July 2022
Lot number: 41

Price realized: 800 GBP   (Approx. 951 USD / 943 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Manuel I (AD 1143-1180) EL Aspron Trachy, Constantinople, 4.20g. Christ seated facing on throne. Rev. Virgin Mary crowning Manuel. (S 1961). Nearly Extremely Fine.

Starting price: 350 GBP

Match 1:
Classical Numismatic Group > Electronic Auction 525Auction date: 19 October 2022
Lot number: 1503

Price realized: 250 USD   (Approx. 254 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Manuel I Comnenus. 1143-1180. EL Aspron Trachy (33.5mm, 3.92 g, 6h). Constantinople mint. Struck 1143-1152(?). Facing bust of beardless Christ Pantokrator; nimbus with one pellet in each double-lined arm / The Theotokos standing facing, crowning Manuel to left, holding labarum-tipped scepter and anexikakia. DOC 2b; SB 1957; LCBC 4.2.1. Light scratches, slight doubling on reverse. Good VF.

From the D.K. Collection.


Estimate: 300 USD

Match 2:
Classical Numismatic Group > Electronic Auction 525Auction date: 19 October 2022
Lot number: 1504

Price realized: 600 USD   (Approx. 609 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Manuel I Comnenus. 1143-1180. EL Aspron Trachy (22mm, 2.28 g, 6h). Thessalonica mint. Struck circa 1160-1167. The Theotokos seated facing, [holding head of Holy Infant on breast] / Manuel and St. Demetrius standing facing, holding labarum between them. DOC 9; SB 1974; CLBC 4.2.6. Heavily clipped, scratches, slight doubling on reverse. Good VF.

From the S & S Collection.


Estimate: 200 USD

Match 3:
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:


Ancients
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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Match 4:
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.
Lot description:


Ancients
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 5:
La Galerie des Monnaies > Sale IVAuction date: 2 July 2022
Lot number: 133

Price realized: 315 EUR   (Approx. 327 USD)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


MANUEL I, Comnenus (1143-1180), Nomisma aspron trachy frappé à Constantinople, (Électrum - 4,36 g - 34,5 mm - 6h)
A/ Le Christ nimbé de face assis sur un trône.
R/ Manuel et la Vierge Marie debout de face, tenant ensemble la croix patriarcale.
Réf. Ratto.2119 - Sear.1958
SUPERBE

Estimate: 350 EUR