Byzantium, Andronikos II. & Michael IX., AV Hyperpyron

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Byzantium, Andronikos II (1282-1328) & Michael IX. (1294/95-1320), AV Hyperpyron 

Av. bust of the Virgin Mary in front of city walls
Rs. Andronikos and Michael kneeling sideways before Christ crowning both emperors


Special feature: The Hyperpyra were the last so-called gold bowl coins minted in the Byzantine Empire with a high gold fineness (900/1000).


You will receive: a noble and high-quality case as well as a certificate!

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To the nominal:
The hyperpyron (Greek ὑπέρπυρον "super refined" / plural: hyperpyra), was a Byzantine gold coin minted as a skyphat (bowl-shaped coin) since the coinage reform of 1092 under Emperor Alexios I Komnenos. This gold coin replaced the histamenon as the standard gold coin.


The Palaiologists:
The emperors Andronikos II (1282-1328) and Michael IX. (1294-1320) belonged to the so-called Palaiologians, these were the last imperial dynasty of the Byzantine Empire. They ruled the state from 1259 until the storming of Constantinople by the Ottomans in 1453. The last emperor from this dynasty was Constantine XI (1448-1453).

Andronikos II Palaiologos (1259-1332) was Byzantine emperor from 1282-1328.
He was the eldest son of Emperor Michael VIII and crowned co-emperor from 1272.

During the reign of Andronikos II, the eastern border of the empire, already neglected under Michael VIII, finally collapsed and the Ottomans under their eponymous Sultan Osman conquered Byzantine Asia Minor except for a few fortified cities and their surrounding coastal strips.

To counter this development, Andronikos dispatched his son and co-regent Michael, who, as an energetic general in the Balkans, tried to keep the enemies of the Byzantine Empire at bay. Michael IX ruled as Byzantine co-emperor from 1294/95 to 1320. He was the eldest son of Andronikos II Palaiologos and Anna of Hungary. A brave and energetic soldier who was willing to make personal sacrifices to pay and encourage his troops, Michael IX was, however, unable to overpower his enemies. He died before his father at the age of 43.


The blossoming of art and science in the years of Andronikos II. reign are referred to in older research as the "Palaiological Renaissance". Renaissance"; in fact, it was more an intensive cultural after-bloom of the cultural revivals of Michael VIII. revivals of Michael VIII after the reconquest of Constantinople (1261).


Additional product information

Origin Byzantine Empire
Grading VF
Additional specifications Diameter: ca. 25mm, Incl. box and certificate
Material Gold
Full weight


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