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|Collection:||Antiquities - Ancient & Mediaeval Coins|
|Date:||1195 - 1203|
|Manufacturer:||Constantinople Mint - View history|
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.|