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Sale: CNG 64, Lot: 1348. Estimate $1000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 24 September 2003. 
Sold For $850. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ALEXIUS I, with JOHN II. 1081-1118. Billon Aspron Trachy (3.60 gm). Post reform coinage, 1092-1118. Thessalonica mint. Struck 1092-1093. Nimbate Christ to right, crowning John I, whos holds a labarum and globus cruciger / Alexius and his wife Irene standing facing, holding patriarchal cross between them. DOC IV 24; SB 1916. VF for type, weak strike. Very rare. ($1000)

This piece and the associated electrum trachy (SB 1914) are coronation issues, marking the elevation of John II to co-ruler in 1092.