As Czar Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver dinar. 1.46g, 21mm.

Obverse: Serbian Cyrillic legend in 5 lines: +СТ ЕФАНbB bХaБaБ . ΛaГОВΕP ΝΗЦPbb (Stefan u Hrista boga blagoverni Car (Stefan in Christ god pious Czar)).

Reverse: Christ sitting on the throne facing, sigla N - O to the sides, IC XC (Jesus Christ) above and 4 triangle signs around the throne.

Reference: Jov 11-12, LJ (IX-5), I (6.11.1), D (67/102-106)

Comment: Unique and only variant of the referenced type here. Jovanovic states in his book that there are only 20 registered examples of this type but they are all with the maker signs at the end of some of the lines of the letters. For example, on the majority of them at the end of 3 lines, mainly 1st, 3rd and 5th line, there is a sign of a small flower. This one is the only known example without maker signs. Extremely rare and well preserved condition. Like the one below this is also one of the most beautiful types of Serbian medieval coins. Uncleaned condition and lovely patina.


Order info: #DUS41

Price: £1050.00

 
 

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

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

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

Reference: Maric 1956 T XVI 11,12, J 52,53, Jov 11-27, LJ (VIII-22-24), I (6.11.1), D (74/4)

Comment: Extremely well preserved condition, superb, museum quality. One of the most beautiful types of Serbian medieval coins. Uncleaned condition, lovely patina that can only be built over centuries, extreme detail of the King Uros IV Dusan, his horse and horses decorations. Double strike only slightly visible at the front legs of the horse.

Order info: #DUS20, £650.00 (SOLD)

 
 

As Czar Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver "sword" dinar, Rudnik mint. 1.9g, 20mm.

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

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, sigla R - V, IC XC (Jesus Christ) above. 4 triangle signs around the throne.

Reference: J 37, Jov 11-7

Comment: Excellent quality and very good clear detail with lovely natural patina. Early imperial type - mainly full flan and not counter-marked as many others were. Accomplished rendition of Christ, in the best "Ragusan style" characteristic of certain Rudnik mint issues. King depicted with a medallion around his neck and a more round crown.

Order info: #DUS42

Price: £250.00

 
 

As King Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver "helmet" dinar, minted as king (1331-1346)

Obverse: Ornamented helmet, Latin legend +MONITA REX STEF (MONEY OF KING STEFAN).

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, sigla M and δ (Greek delta) to the sides. IC XC (Jesus Christ) above. 4 triangle signs around the throne.

Reference: Jov 11-5.1, I 6.4, Lj VII-5.

Comment: Lovely natural patina and color with Greek letter Delta. Helmet pointing to the right.

Order info: #DUS40

Price: £115.00

 
 


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

Obverse: Dusan on horseback facing, round crowned, in loros, holding cruciform scepter, Serbian initials: СФb ZP (SF - ZR (STEFAN CZAR)). X on the left side of the leg of the horse.

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

Reference: Maric 1956 T XVI 11,12, J 52,53, Jov 11-27, LJ (VIII-22-24), I (6.11.1), D (74/4)

Comment: Another well preserved condition, not as good quality as above. Uncleaned condition, lovely patina that can only be built over centuries, still very good detail of the King Uros IV Dusan, his horse and horses decorations. Curious X next to horses leg on the left side.

Order info: #DUS21

Price: £350.00

 
 


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

Obverse: Dusan enthroned facing, holding sword over his 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) above and initials ST - P on sides.

Reference: J 37, Jov 11-7.4, LJ (VII-16,18), I (6.8.1.b)

Comment: Early imperial type - Czar depicted with a more rounded crown. A unique type with a references in Latin, as the "King of Raska [Serbia] Emperor of the Roima [Byzantines - Romans]".

Only 23 registered examples, also 13 counter-marked and 2 copper counterfeited.

Order info: #DUS28

Price: £175.00

 
 


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

Obverse: Dusan enthroned facing, holding sword over his 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) above .

Reference: J 37, Jov 11-7.4, LJ (VII-16,18), I (6.8.1.b)

Comment: Early imperial type - Czar depicted with a more rounded crown. A unique type with a references in Latin, as the "King of Raska [Serbia] Emperor of the Roima [Byzantines - Romans]".

Only 23 registered examples, also 13 counter-marked and 2 copper counterfeited.


Order info: #DUS36

Price: £150.00

 
 


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

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

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, pellet below elbow, IC-XC (Jesus Christ), Siglas N and δ (Greek delta).

Reference: Jov 11-61, D (72)

Comment: Dusan with popular well depicted round crown and Jelena with different pointy crown. Well preserved and detailed example.

Order info: #DUS22

Price: £155.00

 
 


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 topped with lilly, each holding short scepter topped with St. Andrew's cross, СФb ZP (SF - ZR (STEFAN CZAR)) to the sides.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, IC-XC (Jesus Christ),lillies to the sides. Possibly H on the chest of the Christ.

Reference: Jov 11-72, J 12-42.4, D (81)

Comment: King of Serbia from 8th September 1331 and Emperor of the Serbs and Greeks from 16th April 1346 until his death of a fever at Devoll on 20th December 1355. He was buried in the foundations of the Monastery of the Holy Archangels near Prizren. Today his remains are buried in Church of St. Mark in Belgrade. Extremely rare and scarce king and queen profile type.

Only 2 registered examples.


Order info: #DUS01

Price: £650.00

 
 


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

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

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, IC-XC (Jesus Christ), King face on both sides.

Reference: J 11.3.3, Jov 11-2, LJ (VII-4).

Comment: Rare variant with Kings crowned head on reverse on each side of the throne of the Christ. Only 11 registered examples and 2 with counter-mark.

Order info: #DUS43

Price: £220.00

 
 


As Czar Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), early silver dinar.

Obverse: Dusan crowned and in loros facing on low back throne, holding cruciform scepter, Latin legend +STEPAN INPERATO (Stefan Emperor).

Reverse: Christ in glory, holding Book of Gospels, stars around; square Bulgarian counter-mark in center, IC-XC (Jesus Christ), siglas R - V to sides.

Reference: J 11.19.1, 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 called Dobrudja, where they moved with eastward commerce and even though typically clipped and/or counter marked to fit the monetary system of the contemporary Bulgarian state this one escaped the melting fate and entered local circulation. 

There are only 7 registered examples and 5 clipped and counter-marked. This one is not clipped or counter-marked.


Order info: #DUS44

Price: £250.00

 
 


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

Obverse: Serbian Cyrillic legend: СТЕПАΝb .ЦPb (Stefan Car (Stefan Czar)). King sitting on the throne holding scepter and wearing round crown. 3 dots, 4 dots and 3 dots again between legend.

Reverse: Christ standing, facing, sigla C - G to the sides, IC XC (Jesus Christ) above and a cross around the throne.

Reference: Jov (11-17), I (6.17), J 11.18

Comment: Unique and only variant of the referenced type here. Jovanovic states in his book that there are only 20 registered examples of this type but they are all with the maker signs at the end of some of the lines of the letters. For example, on the majority of them at the end of 3 lines, mainly 1st, 3rd and 5th line, there is a sign of a small flower. This one is the only known example without maker signs. Extremely rare and well preserved condition. Like the one below this is also one of the most beautiful types of Serbian medieval coins. Uncleaned condition and lovely patina.

Order info: #DUS45

Price: £450.00

 
 


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

Obverse: Imperial couple Dusan and Jelena standing, holding jointly long patriarchal double cross and short cruciform scepter each, Latin legend: IPOR STFA ELIA IPΛE (INPERATOR STEFANVS ELIANA INPERATRICAE (EMPEROR STEFAN AND EMPRESS ELENA))

Reverse: Christ standing in glory (mandorla), holding Book of Gospels, Greek legend IC - XC (Jesus Christ).

Reference: J 11.21.1, Jov (11-36), I (6.19) 

Comment: Lovely condition and patina. There are 21 registered example. 33 counter-marked and 1 copper forgery.

Order info: #DUS46

Price: £150.00

 
 


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

Obverse: Imperial couple Dusan and Jelena standing, holding jointly long patriarchal cross and short cruciform scepter each, Latin legend: STEFANVS IP OR ELENA IPΛT (STEFANVS INPERATOR ELIANA INPERATRICAE (EMPEROR STEFAN AND EMPRESS ELENA)). Stefan wears unusually flat low crown. Sigla П at the bottom of the cross.

Reverse: Christ standing in glory (mandorla), holding Book of Gospels, 4 stars on the left and 5 on the right around, Greek legend IC - XC (Jesus Christ).

Reference: J 11.25.1, Jov (11-34), Lj (VII-22)

Comment: Not great condition but still very hard to find, very rare coin. There are only 2 registered examples and 3 counter-marked examples.


Order info: #DUS47

Price: £90.00

 
 


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

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, IC-XC (Jesus Christ), sigla R - V to sides.

Reference: J 37, Jov 11-7.1, Lj VII-17

Comment: Early imperial type with lovely patina, clipped. Only 25 registered examples. Only type with the name of the state RASIE.


Order info: #DUS48

Price: £110.00

 
 


As Czar Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), early silver dinar.

Obverse: Dusan crowned and in loros facing on low back throne, holding cruciform scepter, Latin legend +STEFAN INPRATO (Stefan Emperor).

Reverse: Christ standing in glory, holding Book of Gospels, IC-XC (Jesus Christ), siglas R - V to sides. 4 stars on the left and 5 on the right around.

Reference: J 11.19.1, 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. This one is a bit larger then the rest on this page of the same type. There are only 7 registered examples and 5 clipped and counter-marked. This one is not clipped or counter-marked. Obverse seems double struck.

Order info: #DUS49

Price: £350.00

 
 


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

Obvеrse: Ornamented helmet facing left. Latin legend +STEPAN INPERATO (Stefan Emperor) around.

Reverse: Christ enthroned holding Book of Gospels, sigla S - P and IC-XC (Jesus Christ). 

Reference: J 11.12.3, Jov 11-21

Comment: Rare example with lovely natural patina and color. 2 registered examples.

Order info: #DUS50

Price: £150.00

 
 


As King Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver "helmet" dinar, minted as king (1331-1346)

Obverse: Ornamented helmet, Latin legend +MONITA* REX STEFA (MONEY OF KING STEFAN).

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, sigla N and O to sides. O has 2 lines inside. IC-XC (Jesus Christ) above. 4 triangle signs around the throne.

Reference: Jov 11-5.1, I 6.4, Lj VII-5

Comment: Lovely natural patina and color with a unusual sigla O with 2 lines inside almost like a Greek letter Theta. Helmet pointing to the left.


Order info: #DUS51

Price: £130.00

 
 


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

Obvеrse: Ornamented helmet facing left. Latin legend +STFANVS INPERATOR (Stefan Emperor) around.

Reverse: Christ enthroned holding Book of Gospels, sigla R and δ (Greek delta). IC-XC (Jesus Christ). 

Reference: J 11.12.4, Jov 11-21.

Comment: Rare example with lovely natural patina and color. Only 4 registered examples.


Order info: #DUS52

Price: £140.00

 
 


As King Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver "helmet" dinar, minted as king (1331-1346)

Obverse: Ornamented helmet, Latin legend +MONITA* REX STEFA (MONEY OF KING STEFAN).

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, sigla N and O to sides. O has 2 lines inside. IC-XC (Jesus Christ) above. 4 triangle signs around the throne.

Reference: Jov 11-5.1, I 6.4, Lj VII-5

Comment: Lovely natural patina and color with a unusual sigla O with 2 lines inside almost like a Greek letter Theta. Visible bird on the helmet face. Helmet pointing to the left.

Order info: #DUS29

Price: £135.00

 
 



As King Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver "helmet" dinar, minted as king (1331-1346)

Obverse: Ornamented helmet, Latin legend +MONITA* REX STEFA (MONEY OF KING STEFAN).

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, sigla P - A to sides. IC-XC (Jesus Christ) above.

Reference: Jov 11-5.1, I 6.4, Lj VII-5

Comment: Lovely natural patina and color with a clipped side. 


Order info: #DUS30

Price: £110.00

 
 


As King Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver "helmet" dinar, minted as king (1331-1346)

Obverse: Ornamented helmet, Latin legend +MONITA REX STEFA (MONEY OF KING STEFAN).

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, sigla L and U to sides. IC-XC (Jesus Christ) above.

Reference: Jov 11-5.1, I 6.4, Lj VII-5

Comment: Lovely but lighter natural patina and color, not clipped or counter-marked. 

Order info: #DUS35

Price: £120.00

 
 



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

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, IC-XC (Jesus Christ), sigla R - V

Reference: J 37, Jov 11-7.1, Lj VII-17

Comment: Early imperial type with 2 counter-marks one on each side. 

Only 17 registered counter-marked examples.

Order info: #DUS31

Price: £95.00

 
 



As Czar Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), early Latin silver dinar.

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

Reverse: Christ in glory, holding Book of Gospels, square Bulgarian counter-mark in center, IC-XC (Jesus Christ), sigla R. 4 stars on the left and 5 on the right around.

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 called Dobrudja, where they moved with eastward commerce and even though typically clipped and/or counter marked to fit the monetary system of the contemporary Bulgarian state this one escaped the melting fate and entered local circulation.

Order info: #DUS32

Price: £175.00

 
 



As Czar Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), early Latin silver dinar.

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

Reverse: Christ in glory, holding Book of Gospels, stars to sides, IC-XC (Jesus Christ), square Bulgarian counter-mark 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 called Dobrudja, where they moved with eastward commerce and even though typically clipped and/or counter marked to fit the monetary system of the contemporary Bulgarian state this one escaped the melting fate and entered local circulation.


Order info: #DUS33

Price: £200.00

 
 



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

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), round counter-mark.

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.

Order info: #DUS34

Price: £100.00

 
 


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

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

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels

Reference: Jov 11-49, D (70)

Comment: Dusan has typical round crown where Jelena seam to have less pointed crown then above no22 coin of a different type. Lovely lovely natural dark patina and toning.

Order info: #DUS24

Price: £115.00

 
 


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

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, IC-XC (Jesus Christ),sigla O.

Reference: J 51, Jov 11-9.4, D (66)

Comment: An original design, issued in conjunction with the elevation of the state from kingdom to empire in 1345/6. Same as no16 below just in not as good condition. Natural blue discoloration and with lovely toning and patina.

Only 10 registered examples.

Order info: #DUS25

Price: £145.00

 
 


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

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

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels

Reference: Jov 11-49, D (70)

Comment: Dusan has typical round crown where Jelena seam to have less pointed crown then above no22 coin of a different type. Lovely lovely natural dark patina and toning. Small fading on the side.

Order info: #DUS26

Price: £95.00

 
 


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

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

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels

Reference: Jov 11-49, D (70)

Comment: Dusan has typical round crown where Jelena seam to have less pointed crown then above no22 coin of a different type. Lovely lovely natural dark patina and toning. Small fading on the side. Cliped.

Order info: #DUS27

Price: £75.00

 
 


As King Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver "helmet" dinar, minted as king (1331-1346)

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

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels. IC-XC (Jesus Christ), Siglas N - G.

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

Comment: Nice example but sadly parts of the coins detail missing

Order info: #DUS23

Price: £85.00

 
 


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 (STEFAN CZAR)) 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. King and Queen depicted of equal size and importance.


Order info: #DUS02

Price: £115.00

 
 


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 (STEFAN CZAR)) to sides.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels

Reference: Jov 11-49, D (70)

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


Order info: #DUS03, £85 (SOLD)

 


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 (STEFAN CZAR)) to sides.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels

Reference: Jov 11-49, D (70)

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.

 

Order info: #DUS04, £40.00 (SOLD)

 
 


As King Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355), silver "helmet" dinar, minted as king (1331-46), 1.4g

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

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels. IC-XC (Jesus Christ), Siglas N - G.

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

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.


Order info: #DUS05

Price: £125.00

 
 


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 (STEFAN CZAR)) to sides.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels IC XC

Reference: Jov 11-56.2, D (82)

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.


Order info: #DUS06

Price: £125.00

 
 


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 (STEFAN CZAR)) 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: £95.00

 
 


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.


Order info: #DUS08, £150 (SOLD) 

 

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 silver dinar, 0.8g

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

Reverse: Christ in glory, holding Book of Gospels, stars to sides; weak square Bulgarian counter-mark 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 called Dobrudja, where they moved with eastward commerce and even though typically clipped and/or counter marked to fit the monetary system of the contemporary Bulgarian state this one escaped the melting fate and entered local circulation.


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Price: £150.00

 
 


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 (STEFAN CZAR)) to sides.

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, 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.


Order info: #DUS11, £300.00 (SOLD)

 
 


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 (STEFAN CZAR)) to sides, 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.Theodora most likely died between 1352-1354.


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Price: £115.00

 
 


As Czar 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 (STEFAN CZAR)) 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: £95.00

 
 

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 (STEFAN CZAR)) 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: £95.00

 
 


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 (STEFAN CZAR)) to sides.

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

Reference: J 51, Jov 11-9.1, D (66)

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.

Only 66 registered examples.


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Price: £185.00

 
 


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 theGrace of God, King")

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, King face on both sides.

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

Comment: Rare variant with Kings faces or coin maker faceson reverse on each side of the seated Christ. 


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Price: £115.00

 
 


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.


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Price: £65.00

 
 

 

 

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