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    Finest Known Specimen?

    Alexius I Comnenus (1081-1118). AR histamenon nomisma (29mm, 4.44 gm, 6h).  Thessalonica, 1081-1084. + KЄ RO ALEZ', facing bust of Christ Pantocrator, with cruciform nimbus, holding book of Gospels / ΔI / MI / TI to left, Δ / ЄC /Π / TI / TH to right, nimbate figure of of the military saint Demetrius facing right, presenting labarum to Alexius, standing facing, wearing crown and loros. Sear 1904 (as extremely rare). DOC 4.  Rare, perhaps the finest extant specimen. NGC (photo-certificate) MS 4/5 - 5/5.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection. Ex Dreesmann Collection (Spink & Sons London, 13 July 2000), lot 709. 

    DOC IV, with commentary by M. F. Hendy, refers to this issue as the first coinage in several centuries from the Thessalonica mint, which Alexius reopened as he passed through in September 1081 on his way to confront the invading Norman under Robert Guiscard. Hendy asserts this type was discontinued in 1082, when a heavily debased type with patriarchal cross replacing the labarum was introduced. However, after DOC IV was published more specimens of the type have appeared on the market and it now seems this type was struck for at least the entire duration of the first Norman war, 1081-1084.

    This coin from the Dimitriadis Collection has been issued a photo-certificate by NGC. It may be sent in for encapsulation after the auction at the request of the buyer, free of charge. E-mail SamS@HA.com if you would like to utilize this option.


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