A Byzantine Puzzle.

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by BenSi, Jul 13, 2018.

  1. BenSi

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    A Byzantine Puzzle.

    I got this last year and I did some information from a fellow collector on the inscription.

    "Mother of God, help John" ( [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG] [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG])

    But still no positive ID.

    19mm

    4.0 gm

    This coin is not lead and it is not AR ( Maybe billion.) l, it is AE. It is the same aprox weight as a tetarteron

    Anyone seen this before?

    Thank You.

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  3. chrsmat71

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    Man, I wish I could help...but that is an interesting coin. I would have guessed it to be a seal, but I don't know if they made seals that weren't Pb?
     
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  4. BenSi

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    Its a real shame it does not have the rest of the legend showing. Dating the coin by looks, its John II , but what would have John needed help with, I thought his rule was peaceful, in between crusades. He died in a hunting accident poisoning himself.

    Perhaps it is a tesserae,? someone once presented it as an test tetarteron?

    Unless someone has seen another, this story cant go very far.
     
  5. chrsmat71

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    That was my thought as well.
     
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