King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331). Eighth Serbian king.

Silver "sword" type. 20mm, 1.947g.

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, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Maker marks in Serbian Letters Б and Р to the sides. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. 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. 

Reference: #DEC10

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £300-£400

 

Detail of fresco Loza Nemanjića, Stefan Uros III of Decani (son of Stefan Uros II Milutin) Dečani, Serbia.


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" type. 20mm, 2.101g.

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, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Maker marks in Serbian Letters A and I to the sides. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. 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. Very nice patina and toning. On the reverse on the left side there is a large moneyer mark that is not very clear but looks like square letter A.

Only 49 registered examples.

Reference: #DEC24

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £250-£350

 

The fresco of king Stefan Dečanski from Visoki Dečani monastery, Serbia.


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "sword" type. 21mm, 2.105g.

Obverse: Crowned king seating on a low-back throne, holding cross-tipped scepter and a sword over lap, 4 round pellets or circles 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. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. 4 triple pellets around the throne. 

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 more examples below. From word TRETH letters TRE is on the right side with E being over the corner of the throne and letters TH continue on the left side. Kings name starts on the left side around 8 o'clock mark. 


Reference: #DEC25

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £400-£500

 

King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "sword" type. 20mm, 1.432g.

Obverse: Crowned king seating on a low-back throne, holding cross-tipped scepter and a sword over lap.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. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. 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. 

Reference: #DEC13

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £300-£400

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "sword" type. 21mm, 2.087g.

Obverse: Crowned king seating on a low-back throne, holding cross-tipped scepter and a sword over lap, 4 round pellets or circles 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. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. 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

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £300-£400

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "sword" type. 21mm, 2.196g.

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. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - 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

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £200-£300

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "sword" type. 21mm, 2.218g.

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. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - 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. Same as above just with a smaller image of the king .

 

 Reference: #DEC26

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £200-£300

 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "sword" type. 20m, 1.518g.

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 decorated with 5 gems. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. 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

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £200-£300

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "sword" type. 20mm, 1.260g.

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 (STEFAN KING) around.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. 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. 

 

Reference: #DEC12

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £200-£250

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "sword" type. 20mm, 1.821g.

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

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. 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 buried in the foundation of Monastery Decani which later gave him the name he was famous for. 

Only 22 registered examples.


 

Reference: #DEC1

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £250-£300

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "sword" type. 21mm, 1.865g.

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

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. 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. 

 

 

Reference: #DEC2

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £100-£200

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "sword" type, 2.3g.

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

Reverse: Christ enthroned, facing, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. Letters N I to sides. 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 (1321-1331)

Silver "double cross" type. 20mm, 1.473g.

Obverse: Crowned king receiving patriarchal double cross from saint Stefan (nimbate), holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Latin legend: VROSIVS REX SSTEFAN (UROS KING SAINT STEFAN) around. 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. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - 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

Not For Sale.

Estimated Valuee: £200-£300

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "double cross" type. 20mm, 1.982g.

Obverse: Crowned king, standing on the left, holding with his right hand, patriarchal double cross on his own and saint 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. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - 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

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £200-£250

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "double cross" type. 20mm, 1.598g.

Obverse: Crowned king receiving patriarchal double cross from saint Stefan (nimbate), holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Latin legend: VROSIV REX S STEFAN (UROS KING SAINT STEFAN) around.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - 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. 

Reference: #DEC18

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £200-£250

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "double cross" type. 20mm, 1.769g.

Obverse: Crowned king receiving patriarchal double cross from saint Stefan (nimbate), holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Latin legend: VROSIVS REX SSTEFAN (UROS KING SAINT STEFAN) around.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - 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

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £200-£250

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "double cross" type. 20mm, 1.866g.

Obverse: Crowned king receiving patriarchal double cross from saint Stefan (nimbate), holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Latin legend: VROSIV REX S STEFAN (UROS KING SAINT STEFAN) around.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - 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 +. 

Reference: #DEC21

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £200-£250

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "double cross" type. 20mm, 1.549g.

Obverse: Crowned king receiving patriarchal double cross from saint Stefan (nimbate), holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Latin legend: VROSIV REX S STEEFAN (UROS KING SAINT STEFAN) around.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - 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 X at XC on reverse looks more like +.  Letter R at the beginning of the title looks more like letter K.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

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £200-£250

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "double cross" type. 21mm, 1.913g.

Obverse: Crowned king receiving patriarchal double cross from saint Stefan (nimbate), holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Latin legend: STFAN STEFV (STEFAN STEFAN) around.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. Siglas N - A to the sides. 4 triple pellets around the throne.

Reference: Unpublished, unique 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 shorten names and no royal or religious titles. 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. IC IC instead of usual IC XC. Lovely brown/green patina.

Reference: #DEC19

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £400-£500

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "double cross" type. 22mm, 1.782g.

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 saint Stefan (nimbate), standing on the right, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Latin legend: VROSSI REX S STEFA (UROS KING SAINT STEFAN) around.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - 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

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £200-£300

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "double cross" type. 20mm, 1.942g.

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

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. Sigla large B 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

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £150-£200

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "double cross" type. 20mm, 1.771g.

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

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems, unusually tilted Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - 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

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £150-£200

 
 

King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "double cross" type. 19mm, 1.719g.

Obverse: Crowned king receiving cross from saint Stefan (nimbate) holding book of gospels. Latin legend: STEFAN REX S STEFAN (STEFAN KING SAINT STEFAN) around. Sigla P-R below. 4 triple pellets around the throne. 2 small stars under left elbow.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Very small Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. Sigla O on the left side.

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

Comment: Lovely yellow/brown/red toning and natural patina. Saint name is not missing second S. Different siglas from below example. 

 

Reference: #DEC9

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £150-£200

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "double cross" type. 18mm, 1.046g.

Obverse: Crowned king receiving cross from saint Stefan (nimbate) holding book of gospels. 4 dotted pellet next to the book. Latin legend: STEFAN REX STEFAN (STEFAN KING STEFAN) around. Siglas H-C below.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. 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

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £150-£200

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "double cross" type. 19mm, 1.680g.

Obverse: Crowned king receiving double cross from saint Stefan (nimbate). Latin legend: STEFAN REX STEFAN (STEFAN KING STEFAN) around. Siglas T-R below. o above kings head and 3 dots on the right.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. 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. 

 

Reference: #DEC8

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £150-£200

 
 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "double cross" type. 

Obverse: Crowned king receiving cross from saint Stefan (nimbate) holding book of gospels. 4 dotted pellet next to the book. Latin legend: VROSSIVS REX SSTEFAN (UROS KING SAINT STEFAN) around. Siglas O and R below.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. Sigla P and S on the sides. 4 triple pellets around the throne. O on each side within the throne.

Reference: Jov 10 6.2, LJ (V-1), I (5.1).

Comment: Very strong features on kings face. Saint name is missing second S but kings name has additional S. E on the title REX looks like square O with a line on the right side and X looks like large +. O on the bottom on the left side of the shaft also looks like square O but without a line on the right side. 

Only 17 registered examples.

Reference: #DEC27

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £250-£300

 


King Stefan Uros III Decanski (1321-1331)

Silver "double cross" type. 19mm, 1.315g.

Obverse: Crowned king receiving double cross from saint Stefan (nimbate) holding book of gospels. Latin legend: STEFAN REX STEFAN (STEFAN KING STEFAN) around. Sigla P below. Letter o or a circle on both sides of the double cross.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - 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. Letter o or a circle on both corners of 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

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £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.

Nemanjic Royal Family Tree (Loza Nemanjica) Decani, Serbia XIV century.

King Stefan Uros III Decanski is pictured at the top of the family tree far right. Bottom right next to him is his daughter Jelena Nemanjić Šubić the half-sister of Stefan Dušan. She was married to the Croatian magnate Mladen III Šubić, Prince of Bribir from noble Šubić family. They ruled from Klis Fortress in Dalmatia. After Mladen III Šubić's death, she ruled as his widow over Skradin and Klis. Her mother was second wife of Stefan Uros III Decanski, Maria Palaiologina. Her maternal grandparents were John Komnenos Palaiologos, Governor of Thessaloniki and Irene Metochitissa. They had 2 more children.

Between Stefan Uros III Decanski and his son Dusan who is in the middle of the third row, on the bottom, is youngest daughter of King Stephen Uroš III Dečanski, Teodora Nemanjić (1330-1381). She was the despotess of Kumanovo as the wife of Despot Dejan. Also half-sister of Stephen Uroš IV Dušan. She was the mother of two sons, Constantine Dragaš and Jovan Dragaš, and one daughter. She later became a nun adopting the name Evdokija, hence she is known in historiography as Teodora-Evdokija. 

Above her is Simeon Uroš (1326–1370), nicknamed Siniša. He was a self-proclaimed Emperor of Serbs and Greeks, from 1356 to 1370. He was son of Serbian King Stefan Dečanski and Byzantine Princess Maria Palaiologina. Initially, he was awarded the title of despot in 1346, and appointed governor of southern Epirus and Acarnania in 1347 by his half-brother, Serbian Emperor Stefan Dušan. After Dušan's death in 1355, the Serbian throne passed to Dušan's son Stefan Uroš V, but despot Simeon decided to seize the opportunity in order to impose himself as co-ruler and lord of all southern provinces of the Serbian Empire. That led him to conflict with his nephew in 1356, when Simeon started to expand his control in southern regions of the Empire, trying to take Thessaly and Macedonia. He proclaimed himself Emperor of the Serbs and Greeks, creating a separate state, centered in regions of Thessaly and Epirus, where he ruled until his death in 1370. He was succeeded by his son John (Jovan) Uroš.

John (Jovan) Uroš was born in 1350 and died in 1422. He was the ruler of Thessaly from 1370 to 1373. John Uroš was the last emperor of Serbs and Greeks and the last Serbian ruler of Thessaly.

Far left is Stefan Uros V (1355-1371) son of Stefan Uros IV Dusan (1331-1355) and between them on the bottom is Dusman Nemanjic (1306-1321) older son of Stefan Uros III Decanski, Dusan's brother.

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