After getting absolutely smashed at a couple of recent auctions, I finally got my long awaited coin - a John VIII Stavraton. This coin is particularly significant to me, given my special interest in the Eastern Roman Empire, my historical pilgrimage to 'Byzantium' www.cointalk.com/threads/echoes-of-byzantium.353247/ , and my desire to get both a coin from the start of the Eastern Roman Empire (easy), and the end (much trickier). Given I will probably never be able to afford a Constantine XI, John the VIII was the clear option as the penultimate Emperor. John VIII The son of Manuel II, John VIII was crowned co-Emperor in 1408 AD alongside his father, and sole Emperor after Manuel II's death in 1425 AD. John ruled Constantinople and immediate surrounds, while he gave governance of other remnants of the once great Eastern Roman Empire to his brothers. John spent the majority of his efforts trying to secure assistance from the west. Whilst ultimately unsuccessful in his mission to gain support, an important cultural exchange between east and west scholars occurred, helping fuel the Italian renaissance. JOHN VIII PALAEOLOGUS, (1425-1448), silver stavraton (1/2 hyperpyron) Obv: facing bust of Christ Pantokrator Rev: Crowned bust of John VIII facing, in double circular legend 5.36g, flan cracks, scarce, DOC-1611; Se-2563. MBC Please feel free to share your late Eastern Roman Empire coins!