BYZANTINE, Alexius III, 1195-1203 AD, billon aspron trachy, Constantinople mint

$25.00

BYZANTINE, Alexius III, 1195-1203 AD, aspron trachy, no date, Constantinople mint, Obverse: bust Christ facing, IC XC KE ΡΟΘΕΙ, Reverse: Alexius & St. Constantine standing, ALESIW DECP KWNCTANTI, scyphate, billon, 24mm, 2.5g, SB2012, double struck reverse, VG/VF

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Alexius III Angelos 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.