ALEXIUS AE HALF TETARTERON S-1932 DOC 45 CLBC 2.4.8 OBV Patriarchal cross on two steps. ( retrograde) REV Bust of emperor wearing stemma divitision and jeweled loros and in r. hand holding jeweled scepter and in l. Globus cruciger. Size 14.50mm Weight .90gm DOC Catalog lists 42 examples with weights ranging from .59gm to 3.22gm and sizes ranging from 13mm to 18mm I aquired this example from a fellow collector that was persuaded to let it go. The coin is by far the most abundant coin of the 12th century. This has been proven over and over with site finds in Athens and Corninth. It was listed as a from a mint that Michael Hendy in his work believed to be in centeral Greece. However, recent excavations of the Metro in Thessalonica have shown these coins in the hundreds, bringing once again Thessalonica being the possible location of the mint. Interesting is the differences in weights, this type of coin was imitated until the 13th century. Its simple design made it easy to do so. I am uncertain if this particular coin is from an official mint or a later imitation however the retrograde cross ( inscription flipped does bring it into question. ) regardless this is a really nice example of a coin rarely seen this nice.