Browsing Byzantine Coinage of John VIII



The eldest son of Manuel II, John VIII (1423-1448) succeeded to an empire which comprised practically only of the city of Constantinople. Like his father and grandfather, John pleaded with the West to come to his aid, but because he and his people refused to surrender themselves to the yoke of the Catholic church of Rome, they were left to fend for themselves. John died on 31.10.1448.
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SB 2563
John VIII Palaeologus. 1425-1448. AR Stavraton, 6.60 gr. IC-XC, Facing bust of Christ, right hand raised, eight dots around surrounding / IWANHC DECPOTIC O PALEOLOGOC QV XAPITI AVTOKPATOP (or variant) in two lines around nimbate facing bust of John VIII; dot to left and right.Text

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SB 2564John VIII. AR half hyperpyron. Bust of Christ / IWANHC DECPOTIC O PALEOLOGOC QV XAPITI AVTOKPATOP, crowned, facing bust of John.TextImage
SB 2564 (2)John VIII. AR half hyperpyron. IC-XC, Bust of Christ / IWANHC DECPOTIC O PALEOLOGOC QV XAPITI AVTOKPATOP, crowned, facing bust of John.TextImage
SB 2565John VIII Paleologus 1421-1448, AR Quarter Hyperpyron (1/2 stavraton). (3.60 gr) Constantinople. IC-XC, Facing bust of Christ / IWANHC BACILEVC (or DECPOTIC) Q PALEOLOGOC, Facing bust of emperor. SB 2565; Grierson 1519; LPC 172, 2; PCPC 349.TextImage
SB 2567John VIII, 1423-1448, AE Follaro, 0.53 gr. Constantinople. Large cross, stars in angles / IWA WEC, crowned bust of John facing. Bendall 351ff. Sear 2567.TextImage
SB 2568John VII Palaeologus (1399-1403). AE Tornese. Constantinople. 0.78 gr. IC-XC, Christ standing facing in a mandorla / John standing facing, wearing stemma with pendilia, holding cross-tipped sceptre on right shoulder and hand on chest; IW and dots in right field; C-P across fields. Sear 2568.TextImage

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