As Czar Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver reduced "cross" dinar, 0.4g  

Obverse: Imperial couple Dusan and Jelena seated, facing each other, cruciform scepter between them toppedwith lilly, each holding short scepter topped with St. Andrew's cross, СФb ZP (SF - ZR) to the sides.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, lillies to the sides.

Reference: Jov 11-72  

Comment: King of Serbia from 8 September 1331 and Emperor of the Serbs and Greeks from 16 April 1346 until his death. Buried in Church of St. Marco in Belgrade. Extremely rare and scarce king and queenprofile type.


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Price: £550.00

 


As Czar Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver reduced "cross" dinar, 0.5g

Obverse: Imperial couple Dusan and Jelena enthroned, each holding cross-tipped scepter and jointly simple cross, Serbian legend СФb ZP (SF - ZR) to sides

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, IC - XC, sigla (lillies) in fields

Reference: Jov 11-66 

Comment: Dušan conquered a large part of southeast Europe, becoming one of the most powerful monarchs of the era.


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Price: £45.00

 


As Czar Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver dinar, 1.3g

Obverse: Imperial couple Dusan and Jelena enthroned, each with free hand on chest, jointly holding patriarchal cross, Serbian legend СФb ZP (SF - ZR) to sides

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels

Reference: Jov 11-49

Comment: Dusan enacted the constitution of the Serbian Empire, known as Dušan's Code, perhaps the most important literary work of medieval Serbia.

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As Czar Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver dinar, 1.3g

Obverse: Imperial couple Dusan and Jelena enthroned, each with free hand on chest, jointly holding patriarchal cross, Serbian legend СФb ZP (SF - ZR) to sides

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels

Reference: Jov 11-49

Comment: Some historians consider that the goal of Emperor Dušan was to establish a new, Serbian-Greek Empire, replacing the Byzantine Empire. Ćirković considered his initial ideology as that of the previous Bulgarian emperors, who had envisioned co-rulership. However, starting in 1347, relations with John VI Kantakouzenos worsened, Dušan allied himself with rival John V Palaiologos.

 

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Price: £40.00

 


As Czar Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver "helmet" dinar, 1.4g

Obverse: Ornamented helmet, Latin legend +MONITA - REX STEFA (Money King Stefan)

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, sigla to sides

Reference: Jov 11-5, J 35, LJ (VII-5,6,7,8), I (6.4.1)

Comment: Dušan was the first Serbian monarch who wrote most of his letters in Greek, also signing with the Imperial red ink. He was the first to publish prostagma, a kind of Byzantine document, characteristic for Byzantine rulers. In his royal title, Emperor of the Serbs and Greeks, his claim as Eastern Roman (Byzantine) successor is clear. He also gave Byzantine court titles to his nobility, something that would continue into the 16th century.


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Price: £65.00

 


As Czar Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver reduced dinar, 0.6g

Obverse: Dusan enthroned, holding scepter, sigla (rev. crescent) in field, Cyrillic СФb ZP (SF - ZR) to sides

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels IC XC

Reference: Jov 11-56.2, 

Comment: Serbian military tactics consisted of wedge shaped heavy cavalry attacks with horse archers on the flanks. Many foreign mercenaries were in the Serbian army, mostly Germans as cavalry and Spaniards as infantry. He also had personal mercenary guards, mainly German knights. A German knight named Palman became the commander of the Serbian "Alemannic Guard" in 1331 upon crossing Serbia to Jerusalem; he became leader of all mercenaries in the Serbian Army. The main strength of the Serbian army was the armoured knight feared for their ferocious charge and fighting skills. The Serbian expansion in the former territory of Byzantine Empire proceeded without a single major battle, it based on the blockade of Greek fortresses.


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Price: £95.00

 


As Czar Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-55), silver reduced dinar, 0.7g

Obverse: Dusan enthroned, holding scepter, sigla (rev. crescent) in field, Cyrillic СФb ZP (SF - ZR) to sides

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, IC - XC

Reference: Jov 11-57, LJ (Description, 114/49)

Comment: Different throne from above with diagonal back. Jovanovic only has a drawing of this example.


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Price: £50.00

 


As Czar Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver "sword" dinar, Rudnik mint, 1.3g

Obverse: Dusan enthroned facing, holding sword overhis lap, Latin legend REX RIA ST IP ROIMA (King of Raska Stefan Emperor of Romans)

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, IC XC sigla ST on the left side

Reference: J 37, Jov 11-9, LJ (VII-16,18), I (6.8.1.b)

Comment: Early imperial type - King depicted with a more rounded crown.


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As Czar Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver "sword" dinar, Rudnik mint, 0.99g

Obverse: Dusan enthroned facing, holding sword overhis lap, Latin legend REX RIA ST IP ROIMA (King of Raska Stefan Emperor of Romans)

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, IC XC ("Jesus Christ") sigla ST on the left side

Reference: J 37, Jov 11-9, LJ (VII-16,18), I (6.8.1.b)

Comment: Early imperial type - King depicted with a more rounded crown. Clipped and withBulgarian counter mark. Interestingly Bulgarian counter marks only appear on Dusan coinage.

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Price: £85

 



As Czar Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver "sword" dinar, Rudnik mint, 1.5g

Obverse: Dusan enthroned facing, holding sword over his lap, Latin legend REX RASIE ST IP ROMA (King of Rascia [Serbia], Stefan Emperor of the Romaion [Byzantines - Romans])

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, sigla R - V

Reference: J 37, Jov 11-7

Comment: Early imperial type - mainly full flan and not countermarked. Accomplished rendition of Christ, in the best "Ragusan style" characteristic of certain Rudnik mint issues. King depicted with a more pointed crown.


Order info: #DUS09, £120 (SOLD) 

 
 


As Czar Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), early Latin silverdinar, 0.8g

Obverse: Dusan crowned and in loros facing on lowback throne, holding cruciform scepter, Latin legend +STEFAN INPERATO (Stefan Emperor)

Reverse: Christ in glory, holding Book of Gospels, stars to sides; weak square Bulgarian countermark in center Reference: J50, Jov 11-18, LJ (VII-15), I (6.16.2)

Comment: Very rare and an early imperial issue (ca. 1346), possibly the first one with Latin legends; it followed closely the "coronation" type. Virtually all surviving specimens, rare as they are, are found in hoards near the Danube delta area (Dobrudja), where they moved with eastward commerce, and - though typically clipped and/or countermarked to fit the monetary system of the contemporaneous Bulgarian state - escaped the melting fate and entered local circulation.


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Price: £125.00

 



As Czar Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver "horseman" dinar, 1.4g

Obverse: Dusan on horseback facing, crowned and in loros, holding cruciform scepter, Serbian initials: СФb ZP (SF - ZR)

Reverse: Bust of Christ facing, holding akakia, sigla N-O to sides, IC XC above.

Reference: Maric 1956 T XVI 11,12, J 52,53, Jov 11-27, LJ (VIII-22-24), I (6.11.1)

Comment: Contemporary writers described Dušan as unusually tall and strong, "the tallest man of his time", very handsome, and a rare leader full of dynamism, quick intelligence, and strength, bearing "a kingly presence". According to the contemporary depictions, he had dark hair and brown eyes; in adult age he grew beard and longer hair. This coin is beautiful, popular and fresh design in the medieval Serbian series.


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Price: £400.00

 


As Czar Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver "horseman" dinar, 1.1g

Obverse: Dusan on horseback facing, crowned and in loros, holding cruciform scepter, Serbian initials: СФb ZP (SF - ZR), flowers on the bottom.

Reverse: Bust of Christ facing, holding akakia, IC XC above.

Reference: Jov 11-28

Comment: Extremely rare and fresh design in the medieval Serbian series. Only Jovanovic had and featured this example with flowers. Next to example featured in his book this is only other known example.

 

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As Czar Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver "cross" dinar, 1g

Obverse: Imperial couple Dusan and Jelena standing, holding jointly long patriarchal double cross and short cruciform scepter each, Latin legend STP KS IM - PERAT

Reverse: Christ in glory (mandorla), stars around, holding Book of Gospels, Greek legend IC - XC, sigla to sides

Reference: Jov 11-40

Comment: 

By his first wife, Helena of Bulgaria, Emperor Dušan had at least one child Stefan Uroš V who succeeded his father as Emperor 1355-1371. According to contemporary Byzantine historian Nicephorus Gregoras, Dušan also had a daughter: Theodora.

According to Gregoras, Dušan was negotiating a potential alliance with Orhan, which would have involved marrying off his daughter to Orhan himself or one of Orhan's sons in 1351. However, these negotiations broke down after the Serbian emissaries were attacked by Nikephoros Orsini - the marriage proposal was withdrawn and Serbia and the Ottoman Empire resumed hostilities.[41] Theodora most likely died between 1352-1354.


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Price: £55.00

 


AsCzar Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-55), silver reduced "cross" dinar, 1.2g

Obverse: Imperial couple Dusan and Jelena standing, holding jointly patriarchal double cross, and cross-tipped scepter each, Serbian legend СФb ZP (SF - ZR) to sides

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, pellet below elbow, IC-XC

Reference: Jov 11-61

Comment: Imperial couple Dusan i Jelena but empress has different crown from previous example.


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Price: £50.00

 

As Czar Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-55), silver reduced "cross" dinar, 0.8g

Obverse: Imperial couple Dusan and Jelena standing, holding jointly patriarchal double cross, and cross-tipped scepter each, Serbian legend СФb ZP (SF - ZR) to sides

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, pellet below elbow, IC-XC

Reference: Jov 11-61 

Comment: Dušan was the most powerful Serbian ruler in the Middle Age and remains a folk hero to Serbs. According to Steven Runciman, he was "perhaps the most powerful ruler in Europe" during the 14th century. His state was a rival to the regional powers of Byzantium and Hungary, and it encompassed a large territory, which would also be his empire's greatest weakness. By nature a soldier and a conqueror, Dušan also proved to be very able but nonetheless feared ruler. His empire however, slowly crumbled at the hands of his son, as regional aristocrats distanced from the central rule.


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Price: £40.00

 


As Czar Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver "coronation" dinar, struck 1346 AD, 1.7g

Obverse: Dusan facing, in loros, holding cruciform scepter, crowned by two angels, Serbian initials: СФb ZP (SF - ZR)

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, no sigla

Reference: J 51, Jov 11-13

Comment: An original design, issued in conjunction with the elevation of the state from kingdom to empire in 1345/6. Fine die-work by what is sometimes known as "engraver No. 2". Obverse double struck.


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Price: £150.00

 


As Emperor Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1345-1355), silver "helmet" dinar, 1.3g

Obvеrse: Ornamented helmet, Latin legend INPERATOR STEFANVS (Stefan Emperor) around,

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, sigla П - O and IC-XC. 

Reference: Jov 11-21

Comment: He was first born son of King Stefan Decanski and Theodora, daughter of Bulgarian Tsar Smilac. His early life was spent in Constantinople, where as a youngster he spent around seven years (1314 to 1320). There he learned Greek, comprehended Greek life and culture and got clear view of inner value of Greek empire. He himself was more soldier then diplomat, as young man he excelled in two battles, defeating Bosnian ban Stefan II Kotromanic in 1329 and in 1330 Bulgarian Tsar Mihailo. He overthrew his father and then crowned himself as king on September 8, 1331. In 1332 he married Jelena, sister of Bulgarian Tsar Aleksandar, a woman of strong will, who had large influence on him and born him son Uros and one daughter. Dusan was the only real Tsar of Serbia, creating the Serbian Empire. Under his rule Serbia reached it territorial peak and was one of the largest states in Europe.

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As King Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver "helmet" dinar, minted as king (1331-46), 1.9g

Obverse: Ornamented helmet, Latin legend STEFANVS DEI GRA . REX ("Stefan, by Grace of God, King")

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, crowned king faces on both sides

Reference: J 33, Jov 11-1, LJ (VI-22,24, VII-1,3), I (6.5.1)

Comment: Rare variant with crowned king faces on reverse on each side of the seated Christ.


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Price: £55.00

 


As King Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver "helmet" imitation dinar, minted 1331-46. 1.2g

Obverse: Ornamented helmet with 3 feathers at the top. An inaccurate Latin inscription circling the rim.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, facing. Greek legend IC – XC

Reference: J 33, Jov 11-1

Comment: Possible contemporary counterfeit. Still rare as such.


Order info: #DUS19

Price: £35.00

 

 

 

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