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Offline Figleaf

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Asper of Caffa/Kaffa issued by the Genuese
« on: September 04, 2015, 10:53:27 AM »
This one was bought by a member of Numismatique in a job lot of Crimean and similar coins. The others could be readily identified with the Zeno data base. This one is silver, around 13 mm and 0.7 grams. Original thread is here. Owner's comment:

It looks like the trident found on all aqches of the Crimea was changed in the sense that the lower point is turned into a cross. The weak reverse may be the same as the obverse incuse (perhaps an earlier over-struck coin?)

In view of the weight, I would believe a bracteate strike.

Peter
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Re: Asper of Caffa/Kaffa issued by the Genuese
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2015, 11:04:52 PM »
I think it is probably an asper of Caffa/ Kaffa. These were issued by the Genoese and various Western rulers (the 'trident' is actually the 'gate' of Genoa), though I can't find a match on Zeno.

One of mine is below, issued under Filippo Maria Visconti, Duke of Milan, as Duke of the Genoese Republic, acknowledging Ulugh Mohammed (1421-1434) and has the gate on one side with a latin inscription and a tamgha on the other with an arabic inscription round. 16 mm, 0.89 gm.

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Re: Asper of Caffa/Kaffa issued by the Genuese
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2015, 11:23:58 PM »
Brilliant, Manzikert. I am convinced you got it.

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Re: Asper of Caffa/Kaffa issued by the Genuese
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2015, 11:30:31 PM »
Very impressive! Thank you very much!

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Re: Asper of Caffa/Kaffa issued by the Genuese
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2015, 05:53:15 PM »
Yeah, this is the coin of Crimean mint. The best catalogue on them is Otto Retowski. Tataro-Genuezskie monety in russian langauge, later all his collection was sold to the italian king Victor III Emmanuele.
Akche in turkish means white, according to the lexic of that time meaned silver. Asper also means white.
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Re: Asper of Caffa/Kaffa issued by the Genuese
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2015, 11:47:43 PM »
Yeah, this is the coin of Crimean mint. The best catalogue on them is Otto Retowski. Tataro-Genuezskie monety in russian langauge

There is an English translation of this book, published by the Russian Numismatic Society, Acron, Ohio, 1984), ISBN: 091267105X 9780912671055.

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Re: Asper of Caffa/Kaffa issued by the Genuese
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2015, 09:19:12 AM »
Oh, that's great, thank's much, Peter ))
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