A collection of coins from Simon Bendall came to market, I bid on this coin and lost and very much regretted it. Well in this case opportunity struck twice and the coin came back to market, I acquired it and received it today. Andronicus I SBCV-1988 DOC 7 2.57gm 20mm From the collection of Simon Bendall. Now the original attribution by Michael Hendy was this was a coin made during the siege of Thessalonica in the month of August 1185 AD, the normal issue from this mint was a coin depicting the Virgin (Type A, SBCV-1987) and this rare coin was considered type B ( SBCV-1988). The tie in is two of these coins were found at the Athens and none in Corinth excavations. One of the 2 coins found was overstruck over type A. I have not seen this overstruck coin and it was not pictured but it was from work “The Athenian Agora” written by Margaret Thompson in the 1954. That gave them the placement of what was first. Jump ahead and the original owner of this coin, Simon Bendall, he wrote another book in 2015, “The coinage of the Empire of Trebizond” . In that book he believes the coin should have attributed to Andronicus Gidon ( 1222-1235 ) a grandson of Andronicus I. Mr. Bentall’s argument on it is that the Lys had first appeared on Byzantine coinage after 1204 AD and two other of Andronicus Gidons coins had St George where Andronicus I did not have him on any and Andronicus did not use full family name Comnenus on his coinage I thought this very convincing until I found a sold an Andronicus I Type A tetartera SBCV- 1987 with a full family name, I sold that example and it was very notable because it included the full legend. AN∆PONIKOC ∆ECΠOTHC. The second part is not very strong argument, St George was a waring Saint and commonly used by Andronicus predecessor Manual Comnenus, The Lys had been used in early Christian art to depict the Holy Trinity as well as other cultures for different reasons. So here is the final irony, the coin came with Simon Bendall notes on a piece of small cut up paper, he had never got around to reattributing the coin and he left it at Andronicus I DOC VII This was my only missing coin from my collection of 12th century tetartera Alexius I to Alexius III. So with this it is now complete and I could not think of a better coin to complete it with, nice example, excellent Provenance and a touch of mystery to boot. Feel free to comment or post one of your Andys.