Very Rare Byzantine Empire John V Palaeologos 1379-91 Silver Stavraton

Ancient Coins - Very Rare Byzantine Empire John V Palaeologos 1379-91 Silver Stavraton
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Byzantine Empire, John V Palaeologus, 15 June 1341 - 16 February 1391 A.D.
BZ99111. Silver stavraton, cf. DOC V 1277 (also no sigla) & 1295 - 7 (similar rev.); Bendall LPC p. 154, 2; Lianta 900, Bendall PCPC 327, SBCV 2510, aVF, toned, die wear, obverse die crack (line below chin), flan cracks, legend not fully struck, 7.911g, 26.9mm, 180o, Constantinopolis (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, bust of Christ facing, bearded, nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, IC - XC (Greek abbreviation: Ihsoús Xristós - Jesus Christ) flanking over Christ's shoulders, eight stars alternating with eight pellets in outer circle, no sigla; reverse + IW ∆ECΠOTHC KAI AVTOKPATOP AVG / + ΘVXAPITH BACIIΛ TWN PWMEWN (or similar, blundered, partly unstruck/off flan)), facing bust of John V, bearded, nimbate, wearing domed crown with pendilia, and maniakon, no sigla; from the Robert Wachter Collection; very rare
Although John's name is not legible in the outer circle, attribution to John V is conclusively confirmed by three factors: (1) the heavy weight, nearly 8g, means it must be John V or the 'heavy series' early in the reign of Manuel II, (2) although blundered, the inner legend is very similar to those used by John V, and not similar to those used on Manuel's heavy series, (3) the crude style and imperial garb on the reverse closely resembles the referenced plate coins from last phase of John's reign, DOC V pl. 69, 1295 - 1297.
Price SKU: BZ99111
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