FORVM Very Rare aEF Trebizond Manuel I Comnenus Silver Asper 2.807g St Eugenius

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller forumancientcoins (5,650) 100%, Location: Morehead City, North Carolina, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 163694073970 Empire of Trebizond, Manuel I Comnenus, 1238 - 1263 A.D.Trebizond was founded about 1204 A.D., probably following the Crusader takeover of Constantinople. It was surrounded by Muslim states and constantly paid tribute to them. Trebizond did not fall to the Ottomans until 1461, nearly a decade after Constantinople, but its emperor was little more than a puppet for the Sultan. Manuel I Megas Komnenos (died March 1263) was an Emperor of Trebizond, from 1238 until his death. At the time Manuel reigned, the Empire of Trebizond comprised a band of territory stretching along the southern coast of the Black Sea. Although Michael Panaretos, a 14th-century Greek chronicler, calls Manuel 'the greatest general and the most fortunate' and states he ruled 'virtuously in the eyes of God', the only event he documents for Manuel's reign is a catastrophic fire striking the city of Trebizond in January 1253. The major events of his reign are known from external sources, most important of which is the recovery of Sinope in 1254, which had been lost to the Sultanate of Rum forty years before.BZ89548. Silver asper, references: Sommer T3.20 (same dies), Retowski 217 (same dies), SBCV 2601; condition: aEF, crude style usual for the type, toned, uneven strike, die wear, mint: Trebizond (Trabzon, Turkey), weight: 2.807g, maximum diameter: 21.8mm, die axis: 180o, date struck: 1238 - 1263 A.D.; obverse A (with circle) /EV/ - O / TPA/C/TI/d (C blundered), Saint Eugenius standing facing, long cross in right hand; reverse MH/N/H/o - K/MH/N (MH's ligate), Manuel standing facing, labarum in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand, Manus Dei (hand of God) upper right; additional comments: nicer than the referenced two plate coins, which are from the same dies, nicer than the only two specimens auctioned in the last two decades as recorded on Coin Archives; very rare, $575 Forum Ancient Coins' Buy it Now eBay listings are priced to sell. We do NOT consider offers for our FIXED PRICE eBay listings. GUARANTEE Guaranteed Delivery - We guarantee delivery. 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