BYZANTINE Alexius III 1195-1203 AD aspron trachy

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BYZANTINE, Alexius III, 1195-1203 AD, aspron trachy, no date, Constantinople mint, Obverse: bust Christ facing, IC XC KE ROHΘEI, Reverse: Alexius & St. Constantine standing, ΑΛΕCIW ΔECΠ KWNCTANTI, scyphate, billon, 23mm, 2.78g, SB2012 , XF

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Alexius III Angelos Comnenus (Komnenos) mounted a coup against his brother, Isaac II. Constantinople was attacked by the Fourth Crusade. Alexius was captured, ransomed, and sent to Asia Minor, where he plotted against his son-in-law Theodore Lascaris, who had formed a Byzantine government in exile in Nicaea, after the Crusaders occupied Constantinople.

We call them Byzantines, but they thought of themselves as Romans. It is not incorrect to think of the Roman Empire persisting until 1453, when the Ottomans conquered Constantinople. The main reference we are using for the Byzantine series is “Byzantine Coins and their Values,” by David Sear.

Ancient Coins includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.