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Byzantine Coin - Aspron Trachy of Alexius III

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1885C1535.270
Collection:Antiquities - Ancient & Mediaeval Coins
Date:1195 - 1203

Maker Information

Manufacturer:Constantinople Mint - View history

Notes

This Byzantine coin of the Emperor Alexius III (1195-1203) is concave in shape. It has been suggested that this was a sign to its users that it was made from debased metal. Despite its coppery colour, this trachy (as it was called) actually contains around 2% silver.

Presented by W Scott, 1877.

Further Information

Reign:Alexius III
Production Period:Byzantine
Material(s):Silver
Denomination:Aspron Trachy
Currency:Constantinople
Place of Origin:Constantinople, Greece / Turkey

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Dimensions

Diameter:31 mm