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Offline Quant.Geek

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Empire of Nicaea: John III Ducas-Vatazes (1222-1254) Æ Trachy, Magnesia (Sear 2108; DOC IV, Type T 54; Lianta 259-60)

Obv: Full-length figure of St. George nimbate, wearing short military tunic, breastplate and sagion; right hand holds spear resting over shoulder; left hand holds shield resting on ground. B B in field
Rev: IШ/Δ/Є to left, OΔϪK on right; Emperor seated upon throne with back, wearing stemma, divitision, jeweled loros of simplified type and sagion; right hand holds sword; left hand holds sheath horizontally across knees


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Re: Empire of Nicaea: John III Ducas-Vatazes (1222-1254) Æ Trachy, Magnesia
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2019, 09:54:28 AM »
A frontline state between the sultanate of Rum and the kingdom of Thessaloniki and they were calling themselves an empire! Well, they were actually a re-branded Byzantine empire. An empire without the wealth and the tax base of Byzantium that would be eaten alive in the violence of muslim conquest and crusades. The newfangled Nicaean empire has his sword unsheathed and ready, but he's still sitting down. Dispensing justice? It would have been better had he been seen standing up at the border.

Peter
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