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    Rare Nicaean Trachy

    Theodore I Comnenus-Lascaris, Emperor of Nicaea (1208-1222). AR/EL aspron trachy (34mm, 4.30 gm, 5h). NGC MS 5/5 - 4/5. Magnesia, 1208-1212. Barred IC - XC, Christ Pantocrator enthroned facing; with cruciform nimbus, pellet in each branch of cross, wearing pallium and colobium, holding book of Gospels in lap, two pellets on stalks to either side on throne / ΘΕ[ΟΔWPOC ΔECΠOT] O ΘΕΟΔWΡΟC, standing facing figures of Theodore, wearing crown and chlamys, holding sword in outer hand, and St. Theodore, nimbate and wearing armor, holding sword in outer hand; both grip staff topped by eight-pointed star between them. Sear 2064. DOC 2.3-4. Rare. Edge split at 7:00.

    The catastrophic Crusader sack of Constantinople in 1204 found some of Byzantium's most capable soldiers scattered to the winds. One of them, Theodore Comnenus-Lascaris, established himself at Nicaea in western Anatolia and began building a Byzantine Empire in exile. He gained support from the Patriarch Michael, who crowned him as Emperor in 1208. Surrounded by enemies, the Nicaean Empire nevertheless coalesced and grew stronger under the excellent rule of Theodore and his son, John III Ducas-Vatatzes (1222-1254). Before long, the dream of recapturing Constantinople from the Latins came within reach.


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