VAuctions > Laurel Certified Coins Sale 3Auction date: 7 July 2022
Lot number: 138

Price realized: Unsold
Lot description:


BYZANTINE EMPIRE: Manuel I Comnenus, AD 1143-1180 (30mm, 5.27g), BI Aspron Trachy. Obverse: Christ seated facing on backless throne. Reverse: The Virgin, nimbate, standing facing, crowning with rt hand emperor on left. Sear 1966. VF.

Estimate: 100 USD

Match 1:
VAuctions > Laurel Certified Coins Sale 3Auction date: 7 July 2022
Lot number: 140

Price realized: Unsold
Lot description:


BYZANTINE EMPIRE: Manuel I Comnenus, AD 1143-1180, Aspron Trachy (4.3g). Obverse: IC XC; Christ bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, seated upon throne with back, holds Gospels in left hand. Dot in each limb of nimbus cross. Reverse: MANUHA DEC; full length figure of emperor, bearded wearing stemma, collar piece, jeweled loros of simplified type and sagion, holding cross-tipped scepter in right hand and cross on globe in left. VF. SB 1963 DOC IV 11a.2var.A.

Estimate: 50 USD

Match 2:
VAuctions > Laurel Certified Coins Sale 3Auction date: 7 July 2022
Lot number: 141

Price realized: Unsold
Lot description:


BYZANTINE EMPIRE: Manuel I Comnenus, AD 1143-1180, AE Tetateron (2.9g). Thessalonika mint. Obverse: Half length figure of Manuel I holding labarum in right hand and cross in left. Reverse: IC-XC cross with cross in center, on steps (steps and legend off flan). Sear 1976. Nicer in hand with dark brown patina, XF.

Estimate: 100 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:
Heritage World Coin Auctions > Showcase Auction 61288Auction date: 18 September 2022
Lot number: 95327

Price realized: 1,400 USD   (Approx. 1,401 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Ancients
Manuel I Comnenus (AD 1143-1180). AV hyperpyron (26mm, 3.31 gm, 5h). NGC Choice AU 4/5 - 3/5, light graffito. Constantinople, AD 1143-1152. +KERO-HΘEI, facing bust of youthful, beardless Christ, wearing nimbus cruciger with five pellets in each arm, pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, scroll in left; barred IC-XC in fields, double border / MA/NΘV/HΛ/ΔЄC/ΠΟ/TH-Tw (ligate)/ΠOP/ΦV/ΓЄ/MNH (ligate)/Tw (ligate), Manuel I standing facing, wearing crown with pendilia, divitision and chlamys with six pellets on fold, labarum in right hand, globus surmounted by patriarchal cross in left; manus Dei in upper field to right, double border. Sear 1956. DOC 1a. Two excellent portraits and a particularly expressive face of Christ.

From the Historical Scholar Collection. Ex Artifact Man Ancient Coins, private sale with old tag

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.

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