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Lot 4681

Empire of Trebizond. Andronicus I Gidon Comnenus,1222-1235. Silver Aspron Trachy (2.80g). The Theotokos, nimbate, standing facing, right hand placed on Her chest, left hand raised in benediction, flanked by MHP monogram upper left, and ΘV monogram upper right; eight-point star at left. Reverse: O / X / Λ / A in left field, K / H / Th / S (the "Th" ligatured) in right; Christ Chalkites: nimbate Christ standing facing (three pellets in nimbus), wearing himation over divitision, right hand on His chest, holding Book of Gospels in left; monogram IC upper left field; monogram XC upper right field. S. Bendall, "A Further Note on a Possible Early Coinage of the Empire of Trebizond," Ncirc CXIV.4 (August 2006), figure I; cf. S. Bendall, "An Early Coinage of the `Empire' of Trebizond?" Ncirc CX.3 (June 2002); 1 = DOC IV, pl. XXXVII, E1. 1 (Nicaea); Sear. 2148. Very Rare. Extremely Fine.

The highly venerated cult icon of Christ Chalkites was located in the vestibule of the Imperial Palace in Constantinople, thus closely associating it with the emperor.
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,500.

Realized $1,150

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