Browsing Byzantine Coinage of John II



The eldest son of Alexius I, John succeeded to the throne in 1118. He was a gifted ruler, increased Byzantine prestige in the Balkans and re-captured Antioch. He died following a hunting accident.
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SB 1938John II. 1118-1143. AV Hyperpyron (4.26 gm). Constantinople mint. IC-XC to left and right of Christ seated facing on backless throne, right hand raised and holding book of gospels / +IW-DECPOTH, QV-MR, facing half-length figures of Mary, nimbate, on right, and John, holding patriarchal cross between them, hand of god above John's head. DOC IV 1a.2; SB 1938.Text

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SB 1939John II, 1118-1143. Hyperpyron. Constantinople. 4,32 g. IC-XC to left and right of Christ seated facing on backless throne, right hand raised and holding book of gospels / IW DECPOT TWN in multiple lines to left, POGENHT (or similar) in multiple lines to right of emperor, who is wearing divitision and loros and holding labarum and akakia, being crowned by Mary, nimbate, on right, both standing facing. MQ between their heads. SB 1939; BMC 41-42; Hendy Pl. 9, 4-5.TextImage

SB 1940
John II, 1118-1143 AD. AV Hyperpyron. Constantinople. +KERO-HQEI IC-XC, Christ enthroned facing on throne with back, holding book of gospels / MQ-QV, IW DEC PO TH (or similar) above, emperor, who is wearing divitision and loros and holding cross on globe, being crowned by Mary, nimbate, on right. QV above or VQ above, MHR to right, SB 1940; BMC 1-2.Text

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SB 1941John II, 1118-1143 AD. Electrum aspron trachy. Constantinople mint. IC-XC to left and right of Christ seated facing on backless throne, right hand raised / IW DEC PO TH Q GR WR IL (sometimes partially retrograde or garbled) to right and left of John, crowned and wearing divitision and chlamys, on left and St. George, nimbate, in military dress and holding sword, on right, both standing facing, holding patriarchal cross with small globe at base between them. SB 1941; BMC 49-50.TextImage

SB 1942
John II, 1118-1143 AD. Electrum aspron trachy. Constantinople mint. IC-XC to left and right of Christ seated facing on backless throne, right hand raised / IW DEC PO TH Q GR WR IL (sometimes partially retrograde or garbled) to right and left of John, crowned and wearing divitision and chlamys, on left and St. George, nimbate, in military dress and holding sword, on right, both standing facing, holding patriarchal cross on three steps between them. SB 1942; DO 263, 8d.Text

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SB 1943John II. Billon Aspron Trachy. 1118-1143 AD. 3.1gm, 26mm. Constantinople. MP-QV, Mary, nimbate, seated facing, holding before her the nimbate head of the infant Christ / IW DEC PO TH TW POP to left, ThV PO GE NH T to right, John standing facing, crowned, in military dress, and holding labarum and cross on globe. SB 1943; BMC 57.TextImage

SB 1944
John II, 1118-1143 AD. Billon trachy. Constantinople. IC-XC to left and right of Christ, nimbate, bust facing, right hand raised, holding book of gospels in left / IW DECPOT T POVPOGNT, bust of John, crowned, facing, wearing loros and holding cross-topped sceptre (sometimes with an additional bar on the shaft) and cross on globe. SB 1944, BMC 53-56.Text

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SB 1945
John II AE tetarteron, 1118-1143. Constantinople. IC-XC, Christ, nimbate, standing facing on footstool, wearing pallium and colobium and holding book of gospels / IW DECPOT TW POPQVPOGNT, John, crowned, standing facing, wearing divitision and jewelled loros, holding cross-headed sceptre and cross on globe. DOC 12a, Sear 1945.Text

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SB 1946
John II, Comnenus, 1118-1143 AD. AE tetarteron, Constantinople mint. MP-QV, nimbate bust of Mary facing, both hands raised / IW DEC POT TW POP to left, QV PO GE NH T to right of John standing facing, wearing crown, divitision and chlamys, holding jewelled sceptre and cross on globe. SB 1946, BMC 72-75.Text

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SB 1947
John II, 1118-1143 AD. Thessalonica. Electrum or Gold Hyperpyron, 28mm flan (smaller and thicker than the Constantinople version under SB 1938) Thessalonica mint. IC-XC to left and right of Christ seated facing on backless throne, right hand raised / +IW-DECPOTH, QV-MR, facing half-length figures of Mary, nimbate, on right, and John, holding patriarchal cross between them, hand of god above John's head. SB 1947; BMC 15-16.Text

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SB 1948John II, 1118-1143. Thessalonica. AV hyperpyron. (smaller and thicker than the Constantinople version under SB 1939), IC XC to left and right of Christ seated facing on backless throne, right hand raised / MQ-IW DECPOT TWN to left and right of the emperor, wearing divitision and loros and holding labarum and akakia, being crowned by Mary, nimbate, on right. SB 1948.TextImage
SB 1949John II, 1118-1143. Thessalonica. AV Hyperpyron. (smaller and thicker than the Constantinople version under SB 1940). +KERO-HQEI IC-XC, Christ enthroned facing on throne with back, holding book of gospels / MQ-QV, IW DEC PO TH (or similar) above, emperor, wearing divitision and loros and holding cross on globe, standing on left, being crowned by Mary, nimbate, on right. SB 1949.TextImage
SB 1950John II Comnenus, 1118 1143 AD. AV hyperpyron, Thessalonica, 4.29 g. IC-XC, Christ, with crossed nimbus, enthroned facing, raising right hand and holding book of gospels in left. / IW DECPOT in multiple lines to left, QV above, MP to right, John on left, standing facing, holding labarum and cross on globe, being crowned by Mary standing on right. DO 5; Sear 1950.TextImage
SB 1951John II Comnenus, 1118 1143 AD. Electrum aspron trachy, Thessalonica. 3.91 g. IC-XC to left and right of bust of Christ facing, with crossed nimbus, wearing pallium and colobium, holding book of gospels and raising right hand / IW DEC PO TH Q GR WR IL (sometimes partially retrograde) to right and left of John, crowned and wearing divitision and chlamys, on left and St. George, nimbate, in military dress and holding sword, on right, both standing facing, holding labarum between them. DO 8e; Sear 1951.TextImage

SB 1952
John II. Comnenos Ducas (1118-1143), Billon aspron trachy, Thessalonica. MP-QV, Mary, nimbate, seated facing, holding before her the nimbate head of the infant Christ / IW DEC PO TH TW POP to left, ThV PO GE NH T to right, John standing facing, crowned, in divitision and loros, holding labarum and cross on globe. Sear 1952, DOC 11, Sommer 60.13.Text

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SB 1953John II. 1118-1143 AD. AE Tetarteron, Thessalonica. 22mm 4.05g. IC-XC to left and right of bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cross, pallium and colobium, holding book of gospels and raising right hand. Dots in each limb of the nimbus cross / IW DECPOT, Crowned bust of John facing, wearing jewelled chlamys, holding jewelled sceptre and cross on globe. SB 1953; DOC 14b; BMC 70-71.TextImage

SB 1954
John II, 1118-1143 AD, AE Half Tetarteron. Thessalonica. IC-XC, Christ nimbate, standing facing on footstool, wearing pallium and colobium, holding book of gospels, both hands at front / IW DECPOT, Crowned bust of John facing, wearing jewelled chlamys, holding labarum and cross on globe. SB 1954, BMC 67-69.Text

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SB 1954 varJohn II, 1118-1143 AD, AE Half Tetarteron. Thessalonica. IC-XC, Christ nimbate, standing facing on footstool, wearing pallium and colobium, holding book of gospels and raising right hand / IW DECPOT, Crowned bust of John facing, wearing jewelled chlamys, holding labarum and cross on globe. SB 1954var (position of Christ's hand), BMC 67-69.TextImage
SB 1955John II, 1118-1143 AD, AE Half Tetarteron. Thessalonica. Q DI MI-T PI O C to left and right of St. Demetrius, nimbate, facing, in military dress, no beard, standing, holding sword and shield / IW DEC, Crowned bust of John facing, wearing jewelled chlamys, holding labarum and cross on globe. SB 1955.TextImage