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Unique John IV Trachy

Triton XXII, Lot: 1211. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $10000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

John IV Ducas-Lascaris. Emperor of Nicaea, 1258-1261. AR Trachy (22mm, 1.39 g, 6h). Coronation of co-emperor Michael VIII Paleologus. Magnesia mint. AD 1260. St. Tryphon, in military attire, standing facing; large B to either side; traces of TP/VΦ/ωN to upper right / Imperial figures, the left one beardless and the right with beard; illegible traces of legend in outer margin, DOC –; Bendall, Last, 2 (attributed to Andronicus III) = T. Popov, “Две уникални късновизнтийски сребърни монети,” Минало 3 (2017), figs. 3-4 (this coin); otherwise unpublished. VF, toned, some weakness, double struck. Extremely rare and possibly unique. Lot includes export certificate from Bulgaria.

Ex Elsen 113 (16 June 2012), lot 737.