VAuctions > Laurel Certified Coins Sale 3Auction date: 7 July 2022
Lot number: 143

Price realized: Unsold
Lot description:


BYZANTINE EMPIRE: Alexius III, AD 1195-1203, BI Aspron Trachy (26MM, 4.2g). Constantinople mint. Obverse: Bust of Christ facing, IC-XC across, KERO. Reverse: Alexius and St. Constantine standing facing and holding a globe surmounted by patriarchal cross between them. Brown with hard green deposits. Close to XF.

Estimate: 100 USD

Match 1:
VAuctions > Laurel Certified Coins Sale 3Auction date: 7 July 2022
Lot number: 147

Price realized: Unsold
Lot description:


BYZANTINE EMPIRE: Alexius III, AD 1195-1203, BI Aspron Trachy, 2.6g. Obverse: Bust of Christ, facing. Reverse: Alexius and St. Constantine standing facing, holding a globus cruciger cross between them. Sear 2012-3. VF.

Estimate: 50 USD

Match 2:
VAuctions > Laurel Certified Coins Sale 3Auction date: 7 July 2022
Lot number: 144

Price realized: 200 USD   (Approx. 197 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


BYZANTINE EMPIRE: Alexius III, AD 1195-1203, BI Aspron Trachy, NGC AU. Exceptional for type. Obverse: Christ. Reverse: Alexius and Constantine standing. Very hard to find in this condition with so much complete detail on both sides. NGC # 4682213-055.

Estimate: 300 USD

Match 3:
VAuctions > Laurel Certified Coins Sale 3Auction date: 7 July 2022
Lot number: 133

Price realized: Unsold
Lot description:


BYZANTINE EMPIRE: Alexius I, AD 1081-1118, AE Half Tetateron (15mm, 1.3g). Uncertain mint. Obverse: IC-XC to left and right of Christ standing facing, wearing nimbus cross and holding book of Gospels. Reverse: Alexius standing facing, wearing crown and loros, and holding scepter and globus cruciger. DOC 43, Sear 1933 (Thessalonica). VF.

Estimate: 25 USD

Match 4:
Classical Numismatic Group > Triton XXVIAuction date: 10 January 2023
Lot number: 979

Price realized: This lot is for sale in an upcoming auction - Bid on this lot
Lot description:


Constantine XI Palaeologus (Dragases). 1448-1453. AR Stavraton (21.5mm, 6.54 g, 1h). Constantinople mint. Facing bust of Christ Pantokrator; IC X[C], each with macron above, flanking head of Christ; sigla: – | – / [KωNCTANTINOC ΔЄCΠOTHC O ΠAΛЄOΛOΓ] / [ΘV XAPITH BACIΛЄVC POMЄON], crowned facing bust of Constantine XI. DOC 1787 var. (sigla); Bendall, Coinage 97 (this coin); LBC 1095 var. (sigla); PCPC –; SB –. Toned, traces of find patina, some scratches, areas of weak strike, slightly off center on obverse. EF. Very rare.

From the S & S Collection. Ex Constantine XI hoard (1991).

By the time the last Byzantine emperor, Constantine XI, succeeded his brother John VIII on the throne, the Byzantine Empire consisted of a small parcel of land in Morea and the city of Constaninople. When the Ottoman sultan Mehmed II finally decided to eliminate what had become a minor nuisance to the Turks, the final result was inevitable. Constantinople was taken by siege, and Constantine died fighting at the battlements, rejecting the pleas of his courtiers to flee to safety. His heroic and gruesome death (his body was so mutilated that it was only identifiable by his clothing) led to a popular legend that Constantine had never died, and would return at some point in the future to free Greece from her conquerors.
These last coins of the Byzantine Empire are especially rich in history. Several contemporary sources specifically tell us that Constantine ordered sacred vessels to be removed from churches and melted down to strike coins as payment to his soldiers (Bendall pp. 140-141).

The Constantine XI hoard, published by Simon Bendall in 1991, consisted of 158 late Palaeologan silver issues. Over half of the hoard was attributable to Constantine XI, the last Byzantine ruler. Before 1974, when the first coin of Constantine XI appeared on the market, the coinage of Constantine XI was only known from historical sources. This hoard significantly improved and developed the numismatic understanding of the last coinage produced by the Byzantine Empire. A rare offering of a critically important former hoard coin essential to any late Palaeologan or Byzantine collection.

Estimate: 20000 USD

Match 5:
VAuctions > Laurel Certified Coins Sale 3Auction date: 7 July 2022
Lot number: 148

Price realized: Unsold
Lot description:


BYZANTINE EMPIRE: Alexius III Angelus-Comnenus, AD 1195-1203, BI Aspron Trachy (2.9g). Constantinople Mint. Obverse: KE ROHOEI around, IC-XC to left and right of nimbate bust of Christ facing, right hand raised holding scroll inleft. Reverse: ALEZIW DECP O KWNTANTI; Alexius, crowned and St. Constantine, nimbate, each wearing divitision and loros, both standing facing, each holding a labarum and the two holding a cross on globe between them. VF. Sb 2012, BMC 16-18.

Estimate: 50 USD