King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331), silver "sword" dinar. 20mm, 2.1g.

Obverse: King sitting on the low back throne in the warrior attire holding sword across his lap with his left arm and a cross with his right arm. Serbian Legend: СТЕФАH b KPAΛb (STEFAN KING) around.

Reverse: Christ sitting on the high back throne, in glory, facing. Maker marks in Serbian Letters Б and Р to the sides, Greek legend IC XC (Jesus Christ). 4 triple pellets around the throne.

Reference: D 38/3 57 - Compare to Jov 10-2, LJ (VI-1-3), J (30), I (6.2).

Comment: Very rare variant with the sword handle tip between letters A and H. Only Dimitrijevic has this variant in his book but he is wrongly attributing it to King Stefan Uros IV Dusan, his son. Reason why we think that this is not Dusan but Stefan Decanski is: No1 its very similar to Decanski type with the legend: STEFAN OUROS KRA TRETH (STEFAN UROS KING THE THIRD), see below #DEC13, #DEC14 and #DEC04. No2: Another indication is that sword is pointing from the right to the left where on Dusan examples with the sword, sword is pointing opposite from the left to the right. And No3: description STEFAN KING is expected on Decanski coins where Dusan would most likely have STEFAN CSAR description. Lovely patina, legend and design. Very rare with very clear detail and quality especially for this type. We will call this crown branched crown type 1.

Reference: #DEC10

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Price: £350-£450

 
 


Some colleagues and researchers class this coin as a Stefan Uros IV Dusan, son of Decanski. Following comparison makes a convincing case that it is really a Decanski because of similar crown, face, hair, beard and sword being held by kings left arm (4 pictures on the left) where all known Dusan examples with the sword, king has round emperor crown, different beard and holds sword with the right hand (4 pictures on the right).


 

King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331), silver "sword" dinar.

Obverse: King sitting on the low back throne in the warrior attire holding sword across his lap with his left arm and a cross with his right arm. Serbian Legend: СТЕФАH b KPAΛb (STEFAN KING) around.

Reverse: Christ sitting on the high back throne, in glory, facing. Maker marks in Serbian Letters A and I to the sides, Greek legend IC XC (Jesus Christ). 4 triple pellets around the throne.

Reference: D 38 47, Jov 10-2, LJ (VI-1-3), J (30), I (6.2).

Comment: Very rare variant but without the sword handle tip between letters A and H like the example above.

Only 49 registered examples.

Reference: #DEC24

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Price: £300-£400

 
 

King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331), silver "sword" dinar. 20mm, 1.5g.

Obverse: Crowned king seating on a low-back throne, holding cross-tipped scepter and a sword over lap, 4 pellets below his feet, more elaborate crown, Cyrillic legend: CTEФANbO UРOШb КРА TРETH (SТEFAN UROS KING THE THIRD) around. Prominent long hair and a long pointy beard, wearing a full body armor.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, IC XC (Jesus Christ). 4 triple pellets around the throne. Holed.

Reference: Jov 10-1, LJ (VI-15), I (5.2), Ш/221, T IV/42, D 33 44.

Comment: This is the only type from the Nemanjic royal period where kings full name "King Stefan Uros the Third" is accurately portrayed. There are various variants with letters in various places and all together there are total of 70 registered examples. See another example below #DEC4. Letter H is on the left side just before the C printed over the corner of the throne. In fact letters PET and HC are all printed over the corners of the throne. Kings name starts on the left side around 8 o'clock mark. We will call this crown branched crown type 1.

Reference: #DEC13

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Price: £300-£350

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331), silver "sword" dinar. 

Obverse: Crowned king seating on a low-back throne, holding cross-tipped scepter and a sword over lap, 4 pellets below his feet, more elaborate crown, Cyrillic legend: CTEФANb OUРOШb КРА TРETH (SТEFAN UROS KING THE THIRD) around. Prominent long hair falling on his shoulders and a long pointy beard, wearing a full body armor. 4 circles at the bottom of his feet.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, IC XC (Jesus Christ). 4 triple pellets around the throne. Unclear siglas. Holed.

Reference: Similar to D 33/1 46, 47. Compare to Jov 10-1, LJ (VI-15), I (5.2), Ш/221, T IV/42.

Comment: Only difference from D 33/1 46, 47 is that letter Ф starts on the right side of the kings head. This is the only type from the Nemanjic royal period where kings full name "King Stefan Uros the Third" is accurately portrayed. There are various variants with letters in various places and all together there are total of 70 registered examples. Letters K and P are printed over the left corner of the throne. King is featured with a big smile and his name starts on the left side around 11 o'clock mark. In addition to differently arranged letters, it appears that hair, beard and a crown are different from the example above. Its also larger in size and kings image is larger.


Reference: #DEC23

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Price: £300-£350

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331), silver "sword" dinar. 21mm, 2.3g.

Obverse: Crowned king seating on a low-back throne, holding cross-scepter and a sword over lap, 4 pellets below, more elaborate crown. Cyrillic Legend: CTEФ ANb OUРOШb КРА TРETН (SТEFAN UROS KING THE THIRD) around.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems, IC XC (Jesus Christ) above, sigla P on the right side. 4 triple pellets around the throne.

Reference: Ш III/220, T. IV/39, LJ vrsta jedina/b br18, D 33/1 46,47.

Comment: Unusual type, with very specific ruler name "King Stefan Uros the Third", 3rd after his grandfather Uros I and his father Uros II Milutin. King is depicted with a long hair, beard and a huge smile on his face, wearing a full body armor. Kings name starts on the left side around 10 o'clock mark. 

 

 

Reference: #DEC4

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Price: £250-£350

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331), silver "sword" dinar, 1.6g

Obverse: Crowned King on low-back throne, holding cross-scepter and sword over lap, 4 pellets below, more elaborate crown, unclear Cyrillic legend around but it possibly reads RE UROSI NO RGAN IP (KING UROS SILVER), 4 circles at the bottom of his feet.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, IC XC (Jesus Christ), sigla R. 4 triple pellets around the throne.

Reference: D 33/5 66 compare to Maric 1956 T X 5, J 29, Jov 10-1, LJ (VI-1-3), I (6.2).

Comment: Unusual and a bit of a puzzle but very interesting type, uneven double strike. Unclear legend with reversed letters and a Latin instead of Serbian inscription. RGAN inscription remind us of Prince Lazar coins with NOVO MONTE ARGAN legend meaning SILVER OF NOVO BRDO OR NEW MOUNTAIN a place in Serbia where silver was dag from the mines and used to mint coins. Only published by Dimitrijevic, please see picture below.


Reference: #DEC3

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Price: £250-£300

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331), silver "sword" coin. 20mm, 1.3g.

Obverse: Crowned King on low-back throne, holding cruciform scepter and sword over his lap, in full body armor wearing straight solid crown. Latin legend +STEFA N REX (King Stefan).

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, ICXC (Jesus Christ), sigla N on the left and δ (Greek delta) on the right side. 4 triple pellets around the throne.

Reference: Maric 1956 T XIV 9/4, J 29, Jov 10-3, LJ (V-23,24), I (6.3).

Comment: Very scarce, very rare. E on REX is reversed. 3 dots on each side of the throne. Only 22 registered examples and 1 copper contemporary counterfeit. We will call this crown branched crown type 2.

 

Reference: #DEC12

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Price: £200-£250

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331), silver "sword" coin. 20mm, 1.9g.

Obverse: Crowned King on low-back throne, holding cruciform scepter and sword over his lap, Straight solid crown. Latin legend +STEFA N REX (King Stefan)

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, ICXC (Jesus Christ), sigla N on the left and δ (Greek delta) on the right side. 4 triple pellets around the throne.

Reference: Maric 1956 T XIV 9/4, J 29, Jov 10-3, LJ (V-23,24), I (6.3).

Comment: Very scarce, very rare example. Elder son of King Milutin. Uros III was born in 1285, ruled for 10 years from the age of 36 from 1321 until his son Dusan put him to prison where he died on December 11th 1331. He was burried in the foundation of Monastery Decani which later gave him the name he was famous for. We will call this crown branched crown type 2.

Only 22 registered examples.


 

Reference: #DEC1

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Price: £250-£350

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331), silver "sword" coin. 21mm, 1.9g.

Obverse: Crowned King on low-back throne, holding cruciform scepter and sword over his lap, Straight solid crown. Latin legend +STEFA N REX (King Stefan).

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, ICXC (Jesus Christ), sigla N on the left and δ (Greek delta) on the right side. 4 triple pellets around the throne.

Reference: Maric 1956 T XIV 9/4, J 29, Jov 10-3, LJ (V-23,24), I (6.3).

Comment: Very scarce, very rare. E on REX is reversed. 3 dots on each side of the throne.Only 22 registered examples and 1 copper contemporary counterfeit. We will call this crown square crown type 1.

 

 

Reference: #DEC2

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Price: £250-£300

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331), silver "sword" dinar, 2.3g

Obverse: King sitting holding sword, Serbain Legend СТЕФАN b KPAΛb (STEFAN KING) around,

Reverse: Christ enthroned, facing. Letters N I to sides, Greek legend IC XC (Jesus Christ). 4 triple pellets around the throne.

Reference: Jov 10-2, LJ (VI-1-3), J (30), I (6.2)

Comment: Lovely legend and design. Very rare with clear detail.


Order info: #DEC05. (SOLD)

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-31), silver "double cross" coin. 20mm, 1.5g.

Obverse: Crowned king receiving patriarchal double cross from St. Stefan (nimbate), holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, Latin legend: VROSIVS REX SSTEFAN (UROS KING ST STEFAN), control letters at the bottom of the shaft large N on the left and a small o on the right side.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, IC XC (Jesus Christ) above, siglas P on the left and a unusual R on the right side. 4 triple pellets around the throne. Small dot under left elbow.

Reference: J 10 6.3, D 32/20 35, Ш III/208, T. II/15, Maric 1956 T XIV 7.

Comment: Same type as example below  #DEC6 but with standard description with only E reversed on REX but pointing to the left. Saint name is not missing S with capitol A being used not low case a. Crown seams taller and more decorative. Christ throne has slightly arched top which is normally straight or flat.  58 registered variant examples.

Reference: #DEC14

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Price: £300-£350

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-31), silver "double cross" coin. 20mm, 1.9g.

Obverse: Crowned king, standing on the left, holding with his right hand, patriarchal double cross on his own and St. Stefan (nimbate), on the right, holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems. Latin legend: ΛROSIΛS REX STEFΛII (UROS KING, STEFAN), control letter at the bottom of the shaft on the right large reversed S.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, IC XC (Jesus Christ) above, siglas revers B - M. 4 triple pellets around the throne.

Reference: J 10 6.3, D 32/6 10, Ш III/208, T. II/15, Maric 1956 T XIV 7.

Comment: 2nd crown as 2 examples above. Interesting description with reversed V showing as Λ standing for U and reversed B on the reverse. Even E on REX is reversed pointing downwards. Saint name is missing second S and STEFAN is miss-spelled. Kings left hand is not visible. 58 registered variant examples.


Reference: #DEC6

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Price: £200-£250

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-31), silver "double cross" coin. 20mm, 1.6g.

Obverse: Crowned king receiving patriarchal double cross from St. Stefan (nimbate), holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, Latin legend: VROSIV REX SSTEFAN (UROS KING ST STEFAN).

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, IC XC (Jesus Christ) above, siglas T and a flat Б to the sides. 4 triple pellets around the throne.

Reference: Jov 10 6.1, LJ IV-24, J 10-7, D 32/21 37.

Comment: 5th very tall and prominent crown type. Interesting description with second S missing at the end of kings name where existing S is tilted upwards. X at the end of the REX title and XC on reverse looks more like +. Saint is featured with very large ears. Double cross shaft is very thin in the middle and Christ throne has slightly arched top which is normally straight or flat.  37 registered variant examples. We will call this crown square crown type 2.

Reference: #DEC18

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Price: £200-£250

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-31), silver "double cross" coin. 20mm, 1.8g.

Obverse: Crowned king receiving patriarchal double cross from St. Stefan (nimbate), holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, Latin legend: VROSIVS REX SSTEFAN (UROS KING ST STEFAN).

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, IC XC (Jesus Christ) above, sigla O to the side. 4 triple pellets around the throne.

Reference: Jov 10 6.1, LJ IV-24, J 10-7, D 32/21 37.

Comment: 5th very tall and prominent crown type. Interesting description with second S present at the end of kings name but both S letters are tilted upwards.. X at the end of the REX title and XC on reverse looks more like +. Saint is featured with very large ears. 37 registered variant examples. Reverse is double struck so comically throne looks like is falling apart.


Reference: #DEC20

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Price: £200-£250

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-31), silver "double cross" coin. 20mm, 1.8g.

Obverse: Crowned king receiving patriarchal double cross from St. Stefan (nimbate), holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, Latin legend: VROSIV REX SSTEFAN (UROS KING ST STEFAN).

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, IC XC (Jesus Christ) above, siglas N and a flat Б to the sides. 4 triple pellets around the throne.

Reference: Jov 10 6.1, LJ IV-24, J 10-7, D 32/21 37.

Comment: 5th crown type but it appears shorter then usual. Interesting description with second S missing at the end of kings name, existing S is not tilted like examples above. X at the end of the REX title and XC on reverse looks more like +. We will call this crown square crown type 3.

Reference: #DEC21

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Price: £200-£250

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-31), silver "double cross" coin. 20mm, 1.6g.

Obverse: Crowned king receiving patriarchal double cross from St. Stefan (nimbate), holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, Latin legend: VROSIV REX SSTEEFAN (UROS KING ST STEFAN).

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, IC XC (Jesus Christ) above, siglas N - C to the sides. 4 triple pellets around the throne. Possibly small s under left elbow.

Reference: Jov 10 6.1, LJ IV-24, J 10-7, D 32/21 37.

Comment: 5th very tall and prominent crown type. Interesting description with second S missing at the end of kings name, existing S is not tilted like examples above. X at the end of the REX title and XC on reverse looks more like +.  And there is a extra letter on the right side that looks like another E. Double cross shaft is thinner in the middle and Christ throne has slightly arched top which is normally straight or flat.  


Reference: #DEC22

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Price: £200-£250

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-31), silver "double cross" coin. 21mm, 1.9g.

Obverse: Crowned king receiving patriarchal double cross from St. Stefan (nimbate), holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems. Latin legend: STFAN ROSIV (STEFAN UROS).

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, IC IC (Jesus Christ) above, siglas N - A to the sides. 4 triple pellets around the throne.

Reference: Unpublished, compare to J 10 6.3, D 32/20 35, Ш III/208, T. II/15, Maric 1956 T XIV 7.

Comment: Crude but unpublished example with kings name in reversed order STEFAN on the left and UROS on the right side. Double cross is very thin with no title REX along its shaft. Figures are slim and tall and kings feet look unusually large. Christ throne is extended to the edges of the coin. Lovely brown/green patina.

Reference: #DEC19

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Price: £400-£500

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-31), silver "double cross" coin. 22mm, 1.7g.

Obverse: Crowned king, standing or kneeling on the left, holding with his right hand, patriarchal double cross on his own, wearing long, in one piece, attire and St. Stefan (nimbate), standing on the right, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems, Latin legend: VROSSI REX S STEFA (UROS KING ST STEFAN).

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, IC XC (Jesus Christ) above, siglas X - N. 4 triple pellets around the throne.

Reference: D 360 1-7, compare to J 10 6.3, D 32/20 35, Ш III/208, T. II/15, Maric 1956 T XIV 7.

Comment: Unpublished and only 1 of 2 known examples with shorten description. Title REX is not clear and it is possible that it might not be present at all. Kings name appears to have two S letters and no V or S at the end and saint name is not missing S but its missing N at the end. All S letters are reversed. Unusual arm is featured probably due to unskilled moneyer, arm should be holding double cross with garment partially hanging over it. Crown seams taller and more decorative. Also worth noticing, kings image is taller and slimmer then saints and it looks like is kneeling like on some Venetian examples.


Reference: #DEC16

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Price: £300-£350

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-31), silver "double cross" coin. 20mm, 2g.

Obverse: Crowned king receiving patriarchal cross from St. Stefan (nimbate), holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, Latin legend: VROSIVS REX STEFAN (UROS KING STEFAN). Control letters N - B at the bottom of the shaft.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, IC XC (Jesus Christ) above, sigla largeB on the left side. 4 triple pellets around the throne.

Reference: J 10 6.3, D 32/19 32, Ш III/208, T. II/15, Maric 1956 T XIV 7.

Comment: Same type as examples above but without S behind STEFAN. Title REX is featured with a X that looks like +. Crown seams shorter and wider. 58 registered variant examples.

Reference: #DEC15

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Price: £150-£200

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-31), silver "double cross" coin. 20mm, 1.8g.

Obverse: Crowned king receiving patriarchal cross from St. Stefan (nimbate), holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, Latin legend: VROSIVS REX STFII (UROS KING STEFAN). 

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, unusually tilted letters IC XC (Jesus Christ) above, siglas small R on the left side and a large B on the right side. 4 triple pellets around the throne.

Reference: J 10 6.3, D 32/20 35, Ш III/208, T. II/15, Maric 1956 T XIV 7.

Comment: Same type as examples above but without S behind and E in the middle of STEFAN. N also looks like II. Crown seams shorter and wider. On reverse both C letters are reversed and IC is tilted downwards rather then usual horizontal placement. 58 registered variant examples. Lovely brown/gold patina.


Reference: #DEC17

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Price: £200-£250

 
 

King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331), silver "double cross" coin. 19mm, 1.8g.

Obverse: Crowned king receiving cross from St Stefan (nimbate), Latin legend STEFAN REX S STEFAN, sigla P-R below. 4 triple pellets around the throne. 2 small stars under left elbow.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, very small IC XC (Jesus Christ), sigla O on the left side

Reference: J 31, Jov 10-8, LJ (V-11,12,13,14), I (6.1).

Comment: Saint name is not missing second S. We will call this crown branched crown type 3. Different siglas from below example. 

 

Reference: #DEC9

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Price: £200-£250

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331), silver "double cross" coin. 18mm, 1.1g.

Obverse: Crowned King receiving cross from St. Stefan (nimbate), Latin legend: STEFAN REX STEFAN (STEFAN KING STEFAN), siglas R-C below.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, IC XC (Jesus Christ), sigla P on the left side. 4 triple pellets around the throne.

Reference: J 31, Jov 10-8, LJ (V-11,12,13,14), I (6.1).

Comment: Saint name is missing second S. We will call this crown branched crown type 3. X on REX is out of place sitting slightly on the left side.


 

Reference: #DEC7

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Price: £150-£200

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331), silver "double cross" coin. 19mm, 1.7g.

Obverse: Crowned King receiving double cross from St. Stefan (nimbate), Latin legend: STEFAN REX STEFAN (STEFAN KING STEFAN), siglas T-R below. o above kings head and 3 dots on the right.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, IC XC (Jesus Christ), sigla M on the left side and L on the right. 4 triple pellets around the throne.

Reference: Maric 1956 T XIV 8, J 31, Jov 10-8.

Comment: Saint name is missing second S and double cross has an unusual extensions. We will call this crown branched crown type 4.

 

 Reference: #DEC8

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Price: £150-£200

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331), silver "double cross" coin. 19mm, 1.73g.

Obverse: Crowned King receiving double cross from St. Stefan (nimbate), Latin legend: STEFAN REX STEFAN (STEFAN KING STEFAN), sigla P below. o on both sides of the double cross.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, IC XC (Jesus Christ) above, sigla P on the left side and a bust of a woman on the right side. 4 triple pellets around the throne.

Reference: Jovanovic, SMC, p. 30, 8. Jovanovic, Srpski Srednjovekovni Novac, 11.1.1 (attributed to Stefan Uros IV Dusan).

Comment: A very attractive example with an interesting reverse bust of a woman symbol and separated XC. Small piece missing.

  

Reference: #DEC11

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Price: £150-£200

 
 

Golden ring of Medieval Serbian queen Theodora, wife of king Stefan Uroš III Dečanski, early 14th century.

She was daughter of Bulgarian emperor and Serbian queen less than a year, from January 1322 until October same year when she died. Teodora was buried at Banjska monastery, in present-day Kosovo and Metohija province, southern Serbia.

Ring has two-headed eagle, which was symbol of Serbian royal family, and it's decorated with floral ornaments and mythical creatures, and on the side there is an inscription “who wears it help him God”.

Ring was found inside her grave in 1915, during World War 1. Serbia was attacked by joined forces of Germany, Austria-Hungary and Bulgaria and Serbian army started retreating towards Albania and Adriatic sea. Serbian government ordered opening of royal graves from Banjska to prevent them being robbed by invading enemies.


Ring is in the collection of National Museum of Serbia in Belgrade.

 

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