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    Rare Andronicus I Hyperpyron

    Andronicus I Comnenus (1183-1185). AV hyperpyron (29mm, 4.20 gm, 6h). Constantinople. Figure of the Virgin seated facing on throne, holding nimbate head of infant Christ on lap; barred MHP - ΘV across field / ANΔPONIKOC ΔЄCΠOTHC, figures of Andronicus and Christ standing facing, the former wearing crown and loros, holding labarum and globus cruciger, and being crowned by the latter, wearing nimbus crown and colobium and holding Gospel book; barred IC between, barred XC to right. Sear 1983. DOC 1. Rare! NGC (photo-certificate) MS 5/5 - 3/5, graffito.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection. Ex Dreesmann Collection, Part II (Spink & Sons, London, July 2000), lot 728; privately purchased from J. Schulman, March 1970.

    A cousin of Manuel I Comnenus, Andronicus had led the life of a poor, itinerant adventurer before seizing the throne from the legitimate heirs of Manuel, riding on a wave of anti-Latin sentiment. An early sort of communist revolutionary, he promised to protect and enrich the peasantry by seizing and redistributing the wealth of the landed aristocrats. Predictably, it all went spectacularly awry. The ruling aristocracy refused to participate in his government, leaving the armies leaderless. With the frontiers undefended, invasions came from Hungary and the German Empire of Frederick Barbarossa, who brutally sacked Thessalonica. The mob that had raised Andronicus to power turned on him and tore him to shreds, bringing the illustrious Comnenan dynasty to a tawdry end.

    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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