Despot Djuradj (George) Brankovic (1402-1412, 1427-1456), silver aspra, 1g

Obverse: Serbian Cyrillic monogram ГЮРГЬ (DJURADJ) surmounted by his crowned head, stars and lilies around

Reverse: Serbian Cyrillic monogram ДЕСПОТЬ (DESPOT) with lillies

Reference: J 129, Jov 42-30, LJ (XIII-24), I (45.34)

Comment: Very rare and hard to find. Clear despot head above monogram. Double struck reverse. Middle son of Vuk Brankovic also known as Djuradj Vukovic (son of Vuk). Master of Kosovo 1402-1412 (no despot title) and Despot of Raska 1427-1456 (with despot title) after unexpected death of Despot Stefan Lazarevic in 1427. He died December 24th 1456 and was buried in the Church of Kriva Reka.


Order info: #DJB01, £155

 



Despot Djuradj (George) Brankovic (1402-1412, 1427-1456), silver aspra, 1.1g, Jovanovic owned

Obverse: Serbian Cyrillic monogram ГЮРГЬ (DJURADJ), stars and lillies around

Reverse: Serbian Cyrillic monogram ДЕСПОТЬ (DESPOT) with lillies

Reference: J 128, Jov 42-29, LJ (Description 179/5), I (45.33)

Comment: Owned by Jovanovic himself and pictured in his book "Serbien Medieval Coins" Belgrade 2002 page 135 no2. Like above just without despot head on the obverse. Sold by his widow after his death. Very clean, detailed and rare example.


Order info: #DJB02, £250

 



Despot Djuradj (George) Brankovic (1402-1412, 1427-1456), silver aspra of Novo Brdo, 1.1g

Obverse: Crowned Djuradj enthroned facing, with drawn sword and globus cruciger, Serbian legend: ДЕСПОТЬ ГЮРГЬ (DESPOT DJURDJ)

Reverse: Lion rampant (Brankovic family emblem), circular Serbian legend: NB БРД (NOVO BRDO)

Reference: J 139, Jov 42-37, I (45.31)

Comment: Very rare. The rarest of the named mint aspra series of Djuradj Brankovic, the Novo Brdo types are considerably harder to find than the very scarce Rudnik mint issues. 


Order info: #DJB03, £150

 



Despot Djuradj (George) Brankovic (1402-1412, 1427-1456), silver aspra of Rudnik, 1g

Obverse: Crowned Djuradj enthroned facing, with drawn sword and globus cruciger, Serbian legend: ДЕСПОТЬ ГЮРГЬ (DESPOT DJURDJ)

Reverse: Lion rampant (Brankovic family emblem), circular Serbian legend: PUДNHKb (RUDNIK)

Reference: J 138, Jov 42-36, LJ (XIII-15). I (45.29)

Comment: Rudnik issue rare but not as Novo Brdo issue above.


Order info: #DJB04, £95

 



Despot Djuradj (George) Brankovic (1402-1412, 1427-1456), silver aspra of Smederevo, 0.9g

Obverse: Crowned Djuradj standing, in cloak and crown, with drawn sword and globus cruciger, Serbian legend: ГNЬ ДЕСПОТЬ ГЮРГЬ (SIR DESPOT DJURDJ)

Reverse: Lion rampant (Brankovic family emblem), 2 stars and circular Serbian legend: CMДPBO (SMDRVO)

Reference: J 133, Jov 42-33, LJ (XIII-16), I (45.24)

Comment: More common Smederevo issue.

During his reign the Serbian capital was moved to Smederevo (near Belgrade) after the Second Battle of Kosovo. After he was appointed as a successor for his uncle, Despot Stefan Lazarević, Branković's rule was marked by new conflicts and the fall of Kosovo and Metohia to the Ottoman Empire. Branković allied himself with the Kingdom of Hungary. In 1439 the Ottomans captured Smederevo, the Branković's capital. The prince fled to the Kingdom of Hungary. 


Order info: #DJB05, £55

 


Despot Djuradj (George) Brankovic (1402-1412, 1427-1456), silver aspra of Smederevo, 0.9g

Obverse: Crowned Djuradj standing, in cloak and crown, with drawn sword and globus cruciger, outside inner circle Serbian legend: ДЕСПОТЬ ГЮРГЬ (DESPOT DJURDJ)

Reverse: Lion rampant (Brankovic family emblem), 2 stars and circular Serbian legend: CMДPBO (SMDRVO)

Reference: Jov 42-34, I (45.19)

Comment: More common Smederevo issue.

Despot Branković traveled from Hungary to Zeta, accompanied with several hundred cavalry and his wife. He first went to Zagreb, to his sister Katarina who was a wife of Ulrich II, Count of Celje. Then he arrived to Dubrovnik at the end of July 1440 and after several days continued his journey toward his coastal towns Budva and Bar which became new capitol of the remaining part of his despotate.  

 

Order info: #DJB06, £85

 



Despot Djuradj (George) Brankovic (1402-1412, 1427-1456), silver aspra of Smederevo, 0.9g

Obverse: Crowned Djuradj enthroned facing, with drawn sword and globus cruciger, Serbian legend: ДЕСПОТЬ ГЮРГЬ (DESPOT DJURDJ) 

Reverse: Lion rampant (Brankovic family emblem), circular Serbian legend: CMДPBO (SMDRVO) 

Reference: J 134, Jov 42-35, LJ (XIII-14), I (45.23)

Comment: Like issues above just without stars at the lions feet and no inner circle behind despot on the obverse.


Order info: #DJB07, £55

 


Despot Djuradj (George) Brankovic (1402-1412, 1427-1456), silver aspra of Smederevo, 1.1g

Obverse: Crowned Djuradj enthroned facing, with drawn sword and globus cruciger, Serbian legend: ДЕСПОТЬ ГЮРГЬ (DESPOT DJURDJ) 

Reverse: Lion rampant (Brankovic family emblem), circular Serbian legend: CДPBOO (SMDRVO) 

Reference: J 134, Jov 42-35, LJ (XIII-14), I (45.23)

Comment: Like issues above just with different reverse letters, without stars at the lions feet and no inner circle behind despot on the obverse. Double struck reverse.

 

Order info: #DJB08, £65

 



Despot Djuradj (George) Brankovic (1402-1412, 1427-1456), silver dinar, 0.9g

Obverse: Lion rampant (heraldic symbol of the Brankovic family), Serbian legend +ГОСПОДНNЬ ГЮРГЬ (SIR GJURGJ) around

Reverse: Christ in glory, standing, facing and holding Gospels, IC - XC

Reference: J 119, Jov 42-3, LJ (XIII-6), I (45.2)

Comment: Rare early type that spells out title "Sir" or "Lord", omitting the more important rank of despot probably because this type was issued 1402-1412 when Djuradj was Master of Kosovo.


Order info: #DJB09, £95

 



Despot Djuradj (George) Brankovic (1402-1412, 1427-56), silver dinar, 0.9g

Obverse: Lion rampant (heraldic symbol of the Brankovic family), Serbian legend ГNЬ ДЕСПОТЬ ГЮРГЬ (SIR DESPOT GJURGJ) around

Reverse: Christ in glory, seating on the throne holding Gospels with his left and with raised right hand, IC - XC

Reference: J 122, Jov 42-20

Comment: Rare early type that spells out title "Sir" or "Lord", including the more important rank of Despot probably because this type was issued after 1427 when Hungarian King Sigismund after death of Stefan Lazarevic declares him Despot of Serbia. 


Order info: #DJB10, £85

 


Despot Djuradj (George) Brankovic (1402-1412, 1427-56), silver dinar, 0.9g 

Obverse: 4-line Serbian legend ГNЬ / ДЕСПО / ТЬГЮP / ЬГЬ ("Sir Despot George")

Reverse: Lion rampant (Brankovic family emblem), stars around

Reference: J 121, Jov 42-9, LJ (XIII-17), I (45.8)

Comment: Rare early type that spells out title "Sir" or "Lord", including the more important rank of Despot, minted after 1427.

The Ottoman sultan reacted to the throne change, and the Hungarian influence which was felt more than he could afford, with sending an army into Serbia, which conquered Niš, Kruševac and besieged Novo Brdo. As to secure his prestige in Serbia, which had been weakened due to him, King Sigismund sent Despot Đurađ his own army. The combined army destroyed a large Ottoman detachment near Ravanica. 


Order info: #DJB11, £75

 



Despot Djuradj (George) Brankovic (1402-1412, 1427-56), silver dinar, 0.6g

Obverse: 3-line Serbian legend ГNЬ / ДЕСПО / TГЬ ("SIR DESPOT DJURADJ"), underlined, with pellets

Reverse: Lion rampant (Brankovic family emblem), 4 lilies around, all in circle

Reference: J 126, Jov 42-13.3

Comment: Rare early type that spells out title "Sir" or "Lord", including the more important rank of Despot, minted after 1427.  

His portrait in the illuminated manuscript of Esphigmenou (1429) depicts him with a mild beard, while the French nobleman Bertrandon de la Broquière who guested Đurađ in 1433 said of him "nice lord and large [in person]". 

Order info: #DJB12, £45

 



Despot Djuradj (George) Brankovic (1402-1412, 1427-1456), silver dinar, 0.6g

Obverse: Circular Serbian legend +ГNЬ ДЕСПОTЬ (SIR DESPOT), around ГЮPЬГЬ (DJURADJ) monogram

Reverse: Lion (heraldic symbol of the Brankovic family) marching to the left, surrounded by stars

Reference: J 123, Jov 42-21, LJ (XIII-23), I (45.12)

Comment: Rare early type that spells out title "Sir" or "Lord", including the more important rank of Despot, minted after 1427.  


Order info: #DJB13, £45

 

 

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