BYZANTINE, John II, 1118-1143 AD, aspron trachy


BYZANTINE, John II, 1118-1143 AD, aspron trachy, no date, Constantinople mint, Obverse: bust Christ facing, I C X C, Reverse: bust of emperor facing, IW DESPOT T PFUROGNT, scyphate, billon, 27mm, 3.3g, SB1944, the obverse, on the outside of the cup, is mostly flat, the reverse is sharp XF

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A strong military leader, John conquered the Pechenegs and the Serbs in the Balkans and recaptured Antioch from the Crusaders.

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.