These coins were more complex to make, simply because of the two strike process, we have long threads that show off the obscure , hard to attribute examples. I think these threads can be a turn off to a new collector, so I descided to start a thread of the rarer examples, the ones they got it right. Brief history , the second major Byzantine coin reform occurred under Alexius Comnenus in the 12th century. Cup shaped coins were already a part of Byzantine currency in gold coinage but a major part of the reform was to use the design more commonly, in billion coins. Because of the quaintity the mints produced they very rairly came out perfect, miss matched sides, blundered portraits ( because of the two strike process.) and loss of the beauty of the original design. So don’t get me wrong, many times the misstruck coins are attractive but truthfully most are not. Now occasionally beautiful examples come to market, days where they just got it right. In this last month I have managed to aquire several of them, all a higher grade, Manuel I Comnenus. 1143-1180. BI Aspron Trachy (30mm, 5.19 g, 6h). Constantinople mint. Struck circa 1167-1183(?). Christ Pantokrator enthroned facing; no star to either side / Manuel standing facing, holding labarum and being crowned by the Theotokos standing left. DOC 13d; SB 1966. Brown patina. Good VF. CNG Coins This coin by Alexius is somewhat common for 12th century trachea, it was nice to acquire example of what it was meant to look like. Alexius III Angelus-Comnenus, 1195-1203. Trachy (Bronze, 27 mm, 2.88 g, 6 h), Constantinople, 1195-1197. Bust of Christ Pantocrator facing, raising right hand in benediction and holding scroll in left. Rev. Alexius and St. Constantine standing facing, holding between them globus cruciger, and each holding a labarum. DOC 3. SB 2011. Dark patina. Extremely fine. Nomos Now my last example is a bit of a treasure for me, I have the smaller version with some beauty but this one really an example worth winning. Latin Rulers of Constantinople, 1204-1261. Trachy (Billon, 22 mm, 3.10 g, 6 h), Constantinople. IC - XC Facing bust of Christ Pantokrator. Rev. Archangel Michael standing facing, holding lis-tipped scepter in right hand and globus cruciger in left. DOC 16. SB 2036. Exceptionally well centered and struck. Extremely fine. Nomos If you have a good example of trachy from any time period, any metal, please share it. Thanks for looking.