SOM-410824: Byzantine coin: billon aspron trachy possibly of John II

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Unique ID: SOM-410824

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A worn Byzantine coin, possibly a billon aspron trachy nomisma of John II Comnenus (AD 1118-1143), second coinage, dating to the period c.AD 1122-1137. Mint of Constantinople. Cf. Dumbarton Oaks, vol. 4 part 1, pp. 248-249, 265, nos. 10a.1-10a.10, pl. IX.


Item recorded in the field so the description and photograph may fall below our usual standard.

The appearance of the coin suggests this is potentially a genuine ancient loss, although precisely when the coin may have been brought to Britain is uncertain.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BYZANTINE
Period from: BYZANTINE
Period to: BYZANTINE
Date from: Circa AD 1122
Date to: Circa AD 1137

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Monday 1st January 2007 - Monday 31st December 2007

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Laura Burnett
Identified by: Ms Laura Burnett
Secondary identifier: Dr Andrew Brown

Materials and construction

Primary material: Base Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: base-silver aspron trachy
Ruler/issuer: John II Komnenos
Mint or issue place: Constantinople
Obverse description: Bust of Christ facing, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion, holding Gospels in left hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.
Obverse inscription: [...]
Reverse description: Bust of Emperor facing wearing stemma, divitision, collar-piece, and panelled loros of simplified type. Holding in right hand a sceptre cruciger with plain shaft, and in left a globe cruciger.
Reverse inscription: [...]C-ΠΤ-[Π?]Θ(VP)O[...]
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Gloucestershire (County)
District: Tewkesbury (District)
Parish or ward: Twigworth (Civil Parish)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: SO8422
Four figure Latitude: 51.89631491
Four figure longitude: -2.23392751
1:25K map: SO8422
1:10K map: SO82SW
Grid reference source: Centred on parish
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1000 metre square.

References cited

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Created: 2 years ago
Updated: About one year ago

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