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ID:     77001115
Type:     Byzantine
Issuer:     Andronicus I, Gidon (Empire of the the Trebizond)
Date Ruled:     AD 1222-1235
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Aspron Trachy
Weight:     2.97 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Legend:     MP ΘV
Obverse Description:     The Theotokos, nimbate, standing facing, right hand placed on her chest, left hand raised in benediction; MHP monogram and ΘV flanking head, star to left
Reverse Legend:     IC XC o-X-A-Λ K-Η-TH-S
Reverse Description:     Christ Chalkites: Christ, nimbate, standing facing, right hand placed on his chest, holding Gospels in left; IC XC flanking head, O
Primary Reference:     S. Bendall, “A Further Note on a Possible Early Coinage of the Empire of Trebizond”, NumCirc CXIV.4 (August 2006), fig. 1
Reference2:     cf. S. Bendall, “An Early Coinage of the ‘Empire’ of Trebizond?”, NumCirc CX.3 (June 2002), 1 = DOC IV pl. XXXVII, El
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     1 = SB 2148 for a similar piece; Triton X, lot 869
Notes:     Sale: Triton XI, Lot: 1115 EF Christ Chalkites was a highly venerated icon that was located in the vestibule of the Imperial Palace in Constantinople, which gave it a close association with the emperor. Representations of this icon are found in two forms, an earlier one with Christ raising his right hand in benediction, and a later form with Christ placing his right hand on his chest. The latter is found on a number of Byzantine issues, such as the histamena of Theodora and folles of Constantine X.This coin belongs to a very rare issue that was originally attributed to Nicaea in DOC, but S. Bendall's analysis (op. cit. above) of two groups of these coins reveals that they are actually early issues of Trebizond under Andronicus I Gidon.