By Philip Grierson
This ebook covers levels of the coinage, gold, silver, and copper coinage, forms and inscriptions, and ruler representations. Tables of values corresponding with numerous instances within the empire's historical past, a listing of Byzantine emperors, and a thesaurus also are supplied.
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The obverse shows a standing figure of Anna and a smaller one of John V; the reverse shows Andronicus III (deceased) kneeling before Christ. Imperial costume varied over the centuries. From the fourth to the early seventh century the emperor was fairly consistently shown in military dress, since such dress was inherent to the office of imperator (Fig. 4). In the seventh century it became less common, and under the Isaurians military types disappeared completely, and were absent for the next three hundred years.
70). It was used by two rulers of the mid-eleventh century, who thereby intended to assert the “orthodoxy” of eastern sovereigns during the conflict with Rome that resulted in the schism of 1054. , after his father’s accession to power. It is used on a coin of Constantine VII (Fig. 71), who had an interest in asserting the legitimacy of his birth against those who denied the validity of his father Leo VI’s fourth marriage; it was used again under John II Comnenus (1118–43), the first emperor for over a century who had come to the throne by hereditary succession.
87 g. The obverse has a bust of Christ. The second group of “colleagues” on coins consists of ancestors, and their presence was limited to some reigns of the Isaurian and Amorian dynasties in the eighth and ninth centuries (Fig. 10). Constantine V began by placing the bust of his father, Leo III, on the reverse of his coins. This action may have occurred partly because users had become accustomed during preceding decades to seeing two emperors on the coins, and partly because Constantine’s family may have been influenced by the Islamic practice of adding patronymics to their personal names.
Byzantine Coinage (Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Collection Publications) by Philip Grierson