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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1951.31.4.2104
People
John III, Byzantine (r. 1221-1254)
Title
Trachy of John III Vatatzes, Nikaia
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
1248 CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Asia, Magnesia ad Meandron (Ionia)
Period
Byzantine period, Late
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/182869
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Electrum
Metal
EL
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
2.67 g
Denomination
trachy
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Obverse Inscription: M-P ThetaV in upper field (both overlined, M stylized). Delta to l. and P to r. on back of throne.
  • Reverse Inscription: ]CPiOTH[ ]UK (in two columnar groups, and U=upside-down infinite sign). Delta in circle in upper r. field.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
DOC 4.2, 24a.2 (p. 493)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore
Accession Year
1951
Object Number
1951.31.4.2104
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Obverse: Virgin, nimbate, wearing tunic, and maphorion, seated upon throne with back; holds beardless, nimbate head of Christ on breast.

Reverse: Greek inscription, obscured, usually two columns (John Doukas, ruler)

Reverse die axis 6 o'clock
Publication History

Alfred R. Bellinger, ed., Catalogue of Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection (Washington, D.C, 1992), vol. 4, part 2, 493, cat. 24a.2, pl.31

Ioli Kalavrezou, Byzantine Women and Their World, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 130/figs. 62a, 62b

Exhibition History

Byzantine Women and Their World, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/25/2002 - 04/28/2003

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