Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1371-1389)

Silver "horns" type. 17mm, 0.763g.

Obverse: Ox-horned helmet (heraldic symbol of the Hrebeljanovic-Lazarevic dynasty) facing to the left. Uncertain Latin legend. Two triple dotted pellets as a maker marks one on each side. Possible S on the bottom right corner of the helmet.

Reverse: Christ bust facing, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Latin initials: IC - XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. R and V siglas to the sides. 

Reference: J 32-21, Jov 32 23, I 24.24.

Comment: Extremely rare and scarce example of Prince Lazar coinage. This is type that was found in a small hoard of 27 coins together with few coins of emperor Stefan Uros V. That information as well as moneyer marks R and V that were used on Uros V and his father Dusan coins confirm that this example has been issued for Lazar but under and with the approval of Uros V.

Lazar name and title is also missing in fact description is unclear, letters appear random  ISEIR IPRVS.

Date of minting is probably near the end of emperor Uros V rule who died December 1371 or possibly just after his death 1372.

In 1365, the most powerful Serbian nobleman Vukašin Mrnjavčević became co-ruler with Emperor Uros V and was granted the title of Serbian King. Serbia had emperor and a king at the same time. 6 years later, couple month or around 10 weeks before Uros V died, Vukasin dies 27th September 1371 at the battle of Maritsa.

Lazar name and title is also missing on this coin, in fact description is unclear, letters appear random  ISEIR IPRVS. He probably didn’t want to provoke or insult emperor Uros or the newly appointed co-ruler king Vukasin.

Even though Vukasin son Marko Mrnjavcevic know as Marko Kraljevic (son of the king) inherited royal crown, real power in Serbia, after passing of king Vukasin and emperor Uros V, was held by Lazar. Although he has been called Czar Lazar he never took that title or the title of the king but the title of Duke or Prince.

Only 40 registered examples.


Reference: #LAZ21

Not For Sale

Estimated Value: £600-£700

Prince Lazar Coat of Arms


Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1371-1389)

Silver "5 lines" coin. 18mm, 1.099g.

Obverse: Serbian Cyrillic legend in 5 rows: ВbХА БАБΛГО ВЪPNНH KNE3БΛ Α3ΑP (U Hrista boga blagoverni Knez Lazar (In Christ god pious Prince Lazar)). Triple dotted pellet as a maker mark at the end of 1st line and a single dot at the beginning of 5th line.

Reverse: Christ facing standing in front of the throne, holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems. Latin initials: IC - XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. 4 stars around on both sides. Flower like circles on both sides of the throne

Reference: LJ XI-22, J 32-1, J 147, I 24.2, D 178 15.

Comment: Extremely rare and scarce example of Prince Lazar coinage. This is type that the Museum of Krusevac identified as being made by the same moneyer same money maker that Nobleman Djuradj I Balsic Lord of Zeta (1362-1378) used in making his own first coins, please check Numizmaticar Belgrade 2005 No 24/25 pages 229-232 and Numizmaticki Casopis Dinar no25 2005 page 24 below. 

Only 20 registered examples.

Reference: #LAZ10

Not For Sale

Estimated Value: £400-£500

 

Detail from Fresco of Lazar Hrebeljanović in Ljubostinja monastery, near Trstenik, Serbia. XV century (1402-1405).

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Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1371-1389)

Silver "5 lines" coin. 18mm, 0.664g.

Obverse: Serbian Cyrillic legend in 5 rows: ВbХА БАБΛГ ВЪONНH KNE3Б Α3Α (U Hrista boga blagoverni Knez Lazar (In Christ god pious Prince Lazar)). 2 dots and a line as a maker marks at the end of the first line.

Reverse: Christ facing standing in front of the throne, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Latin initials: IC - XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. Siglas S - S above each other on the left side on the throne back

Reference: J 32-2, J 148, D 177 10-13.

Comment: Extremely rare and scarce example of Prince Lazar coinage. 

In the wake of emperor Uros V death and following the defeat by the Ottomans in 1371, Lazar emerged as a powerful force from the ranks of nobility. His early coinage here with the "5-line" similar description is repeating the style and imagery of imperial issues of king Stefan Uros IV Dusan as well as king Vukasin even though he is not taking title of a emperor or king but modestly a title of a prince. 

Only 15 registered examples.


Reference: #LAZ16

Not For Sale

Estimated Value: £300-£400

 

Prince Lazar Coat of Arms.


Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1371-1389)

Silver "5 lines" coin. 18mm, 0.885g.

Obverse: Serbian Cyrillic legend in 5 rows: ВbХА+ БАБΛГО ВЪPNНH KNE3БΛ Α3ΑP (U Hrista boga blagoverni Knez Lazar (In Christ god pious Prince Lazar)). Triple dotted pellet as a maker mark at the end of 1st line.

Reverse: Christ facing standing in front of the throne, holding book of gospels, Latin initials: IC - XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. Siglas V - V on the bottom on each side with stars around. Circles on the throne. 

Reference: LJ XI-22, J 32-1,J 147, I 24.2, D 178 14.

Comment: Extremely rare and scarce example of Prince Lazar coinage. The only difference from above is that V - V initials are located lower nearer the throne. Slight damage but lovely toning and patina.

Only 20 registered examples.

Reference: #LAZ11

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Estimated Value: £200-£300

 

Button from Prince Lazar attire.


Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1371-1389)

Silver "scepter" coin. 17mm, 0.889g.

Obverse: Lazar enthroned in imperial attire wearing a crown and holding a small scepter. Cyrillic legend: KNE 3b ΛA 3Pb ("PRINCE LAZAR") around.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with gems. Greek legend: IC - XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. 2 stars on the left side and sigla δ (Greek delta) on the right side.

Reference: J 144, Jov 32 3, LJ (XI-11), I (24.3).

Comment: It is uncertain when Lazar had taken the title of knez, which is usually translated as "prince". The earliest source that testifies to Lazar's new title is a Ragusan document in Latin, dated 22 April 1371, in which he is referred to as Comes Lazarus. Ragusans used comes as a Latin translation of the Slavic title knez. The same document relates that Lazar held Rudnik at that time. In medieval Serbia, knez was not a precisely defined term, and the title had no fixed rank in the feudal hierarchy. Its rank was high in the 12th century, but somewhat lower in the 13th century and the first half of the 14th century. During the reign of Czar Uros V, when the central authority declined, the high prestige of the title of knez was restored. 

45 registered examples.

Reference: #LAZ22

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Estimated Value: £200-£300

Fresco of Prince Lazar from Curtea de Arges monastery.


Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1371-1389)

Silver "scepter" coin. 17mm, 0.889g.

Obverse: Lazar enthroned in imperial attire wearing a crown and holding a small scepter. Cyrillic legend: KNE 3b ΛA 3Pb ("PRINCE LAZAR") around.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with gems. Greek legend: IC - XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. 2 stars on the left side and sigla δ (Greek delta) on the right side.

Reference: J 144, Jov 32-3, LJ (XI-11), I (24.3).

Comment: Similar to example above but due to difference in letters minted by different moneyer.

45 registered examples.


Reference: #LAZ25

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Estimated Value: £100-£200

 


Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1371-1389)

Silver "scepter" coin. 17mm, 0.900g.

Obverse: Lazar facing in loros, crown and with scepter, standing before throne (or on dais), Serbian legend KH3 ΛA3P (PRINCE LAZAR) around.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems.

Reference: Jov 32-5, J 32-7.3,LJ (XI-14), I (24.5).

Comment: A very scarce type in excellent detail issued during Lazars reign. Lazar was born in 1329, Duke of all lands of the Serbs 1371-1389. Ruled for 18 years. He died at the famous Battle of Kosovo in 1389 at 60 years of age. Lazar fielded his army taking the center field and flanked by troops from his allies Vuk Brankovic and Bosnian King Tvrtko. Although analyses of contemporary sources indicate the outcome was more of a draw - both leaders were dead, and their armies withdrew amid heavy casualties. Today his remains are kept in the Ravanica Monastery.

Only 10 registered examples.


Reference: #LAZ1

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Estimated Value: £200-£250

 
 


Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1371-1389)

Silver "scepter" coin. 17mm, 0.80g.

Obverse: Lazar facing in loros, crown and with scepter, standing before throne (or on dais), Serbian legend KH3 ΛA3P (PRINCE LAZAR) around.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems.

Reference: Jov 32-5, J 32-7.3,LJ (XI-14), I (24.5).

Comment: A very scarce type in excellent detail issued during Lazars reign. Legend looks slightly different from above example reference: #LAZ1.

Only 10 registered examples.

Reference: #LAZ15

Not For Sale

Estimated Value: £150-£200

 
 


Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1371-1389)

Silver "scepter" coin. 17mm, 1g.

Obverse: Crowned Lazar enthroned in imperial regalia. Serbian Cyrillic legend: KNE3b ΛA3Pb (PRINCE LAZAR)

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 4 gems. Latin initials IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above, sigla G on the right side.

Reference: J 145, Jov 32-6.1, LJ (XI-13), I (24.4).

Comment: As its Serbian legend around this is certainly coin minted during Lazar reign as all the coins minted while he was alive had Serbian Cyrillic legend.

Only 14 registered examples.


Reference: #LAZ02

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Estimated Value: £150-£200

 
 


Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1371-1389)

Silver "scepter" coin. 17mm, 0.9g.

Obverse: Lazar facing, in loros and with scepter. Serbian legend: KNE3bI ΛA3PbI (PRINCE LAZAR) around.

Reverse: Christ on low-back throne, holding book of gospels, right hand outstretched, initials IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above, sigla.

Reference: Jov 32-7, LJ (XI-15), I (24.6).

Comment: In charters issued between 1379 and 1388, he named himself as Stefan Lazar. "Stefan" was the name borne by all Nemanjić rulers, leading the name to be regarded as a title of Serbian rulers. Tvrtko added "Stefan" to his name when he was crowned king of the Serbs and Bosnia. In the charters, Lazar referred to himself as the autocrator (samodržac in Serbian) of "All Serbian Lands", or the autocrator of "All the Serbs". Autocrator, "self-ruler" in Greek, was an epithet of the Byzantine emperors. The Nemanjić kings adopted it and applied it to themselves in its literal meaning to stress their independence from Byzantium, whose supreme suzerainty they nominally recognized.


Reference: #LAZ04

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Estimated Value: £100-£150

 
 


Prince or Duke Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1371-1389)

Silver "scepter" coin minted after 1389. 15mm, 0.745g.

Obverse: Bare-headed Lazar standing facing, wearing long hair and long attire, holding small cross tipped scepter. Latin legend: CONTE . L ASARO (PRINCE LAZAR).

Reverse: Christ standing, facing and holding book of gospels, IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) in the middle.

Reference: J 151, Jov 32-11, LJ (XI-17), I (24.8).

Comment: Very nice a rare example, beautiful toning and patina. All coins with Italian legend were minted after Lazar death in the first years after Battle of Kosovo in 1389. Reason for this was control held by the merchants of Dubrovnik and their decision to use language that they used for business.  Lazar's widow, Milica, ruled as regent for their adolescent son Stefan Lazarević, Lazar's successor, until he was old enough to take over, as he did after becoming Despot in 1402.

 

Reference: #LAZ23

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Estimated Value: £250-£350

Detail of Fresco of Milica Hrebeljanović in Ljubostinja monastery, near Trstenik, Serbia. XV century (1402-1405).


Prince or Duke Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1371-1389)

Silver "scepter" coin minted after 1389. 14mm, 0.755g.

Obverse: Bare-headed Lazar standing facing, holding cross tipped scepter. Latin legend: CONTE L ASAR (PRINCE LAZAR). 4 dots moneyer mark on the right side.

Reverse: Christ seating, facing and holding book of gospels and blessing with his right hand. Large Greek legend: IC XC  (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. 4 dots moneyer mark on the left side.

Reference: J 151, Jov 32-11, LJ (XI-17), I (24.8).

Comment: Rare example like the one below. All coins with Italian legend were minted after Lazar death in the first years after Battle of Kosovo in 1389. Very prominent left arm with visible fingers. 

Reference: #LAZ24

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Estimated Value: £150-£200

 


Prince or Duke Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1371-1389)

Silver "scepter" coin minted after 1389. 14mm, 0.6g.

Obverse: Bare-headed Lazar standing facing, with scepter. Latin legend: CONTE L ASAR (PRINCE LAZAR). 4 dots moneyer mark on the right side.

Reverse: Christ seating, facing and holding book of gospels, IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. 4 dots moneyer mark on the right side.

Reference: J 151, Jov 32-11, LJ (XI-17), I (24.8).

Comment: Rare example, his son Stefan Lazarevic have later minted coins similar to this. All coins with Italian legend were minted after Lazar death in the first years after Battle of Kosovo in 1389. Reason for this was control held by the merchants of Dubrovnik and their decision to use language that they used for business.  

 

Reference: #LAZ05

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Estimated Value: £150-£200

 
 


Prince or Duke Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1371-1389)

Copper "scepter" coin minted after 1389. 12mm, 0.301g.

Obverse: Bare-headed Prince standing facing, with scepter. Latin legend: CONTE L ASAR (PRINCE LAZAR).

Reverse: Christ seating, facing and holding book of gospels, IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above.

Reference: Compare to J 151, Jov 32-11, LJ (XI-17), I (24.8).

Comment: Rare copper example. All coins with Italian legend were minted after Lazar death in the first years after Battle of Kosovo in 1389. Reason for this was control held by the merchants of Dubrovnik and their decision to use language that they used for business.  This example could have been silver coated originally. 

 

Reference: #LAZ18

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Estimated Value: £50-£100

 
 


Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1371-1389)

Silver "scepter" coin of Novo Brdo. 17mm, 0.812g.

Obverse: Prince standing, facing, bear-headed, holding scepter. Legend KNE3b ΛA3ARb (PRINCE LAZAR) around. 2 triple dotted marks, one on each side.

Reverse: Christ in glory, seating on the throne, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems , sigla P on the left side.

Reference: Unpublished.

Comment: Toned, uneven strike with lovely patina. Unique, unpublished example in Serbian numismatics, crude strike and a mystery as to design and origin but most likely made in Prince Lazar name after his death at Kosovo battle in 1389. 


Reference: #LAZ20

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Estimated Value: £200-£300

 
 

Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1371-1389)

Silver "scepter" coin of Novo Brdo. 16mm, 0.67g.

Obverse: Prince standing, facing, in loros and crown, holding cross-scepter, Italian legend CONTE LASARO (PRINCE LAZAR) around. 2 triple dotted marks, one on each side.

Reverse: Christ in glory, standing, blessing, legend: NOVOMONTE ARGON ("Silver of Novo Brdo") around, flower on the left side.

Reference: Jov 32.13.

Comment: Toned, typical uneven strike. Latin inscriptions were used on Serbian coins at various times either instead or alongside Serbian ones, for reasons ranging from practical to political.

Reference: #LAZ14

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Estimated Value: £100-£200

 
 


Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1371-1389)

Silver "scepter" coin of Novo Brdo. 16mm, 0.806g.

Obverse: Prince standing facing, in loros and crown, holding cross-scepter, Italian legend CONTE LASARO (PRINCE LAZAR) around. 4 triple dotted marks, two on each side.

Reverse: Christ in glory, standing, blessing, legend: NOVOMONTE ARGON ("Silver of Novo Brdo") around, large star on the left and a long flower on the right side.

Reference: Jov 32.13.

Comment: Toned, typical uneven strike. Latin inscriptions were used on Serbian coins at various times either instead or alongside Serbian ones, for reasons ranging from practical to political.


Reference: #LAZ17

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Estimated Value: £100-£150

 
 


Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1371-89)

Silver "scepter" coin of Novo Brdo, minted after 1389. 15mm, 1g.

Obverse: Prince standing facing, with scepter, in loros and crown, Italian legend CONTE LASARO (PRINCE LAZAR) around.

Reverse: Christ in glory, blessing, blundered NOVOMONTE ARGEN ("silver of Novo Brdo"), stars to the sides.

Reference: J 154, Jov 32-13.

Comment: Lazar's son and successor, Stefan Lazarević, was granted the title of despot by the Byzantine Emperor, and he ceased to be an Ottoman vassal in 1402. At least during his reign, Prince Lazar was probably venerated throughout Moravian Serbia, as well as in two monasteries on Mount Athos, the Serbian Hilandar and the Russian St Panteleimon, in which the prince had funded some construction works. During Despot Stefan's reign, only one image of Lazar is known to have been painted. It is in a fresco in the Ljubostinja Monastery, built around 1405 by Princess Milica. Lazar is represented there with regal attributes. His next image would not appear until 1594, when it was painted among images of numerous other personages in the Orahovica Monastery in Slavonia.


Reference: #LAZ06

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Estimated Value: £100-£150

 
 


Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1371-1389)

Silver "scepter" coin of Novo Brdo. 15mm, 1.013g.

Obverse: Prince standing facing, in loros, holding cross-tipped scepter, Italian legend CONTE LASARO (PRINCE LAZAR) around. A cluster of 6 dots on the left side.

Reverse: Christ in glory, standing, blessing and holding a book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Latin legend: NOVOMONTE ARGON ("Silver of Novo Brdo") around, bird with a raised headon the left side.

Reference: Jov 32.13.

Comment: Toned, typical uneven strike. Some of these issues have featured a bird on the side most likely a stork.


Reference: #LAZ19

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Estimated Value: £100-£150

 
 


Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1371-1389)

Silver "scepter" coin. 1.3g.

Obverse: Lazar enthroned in imperial regalia. Cyrillic legend: KNE 3b ΛA 3Pb (PRINCE LAZAR) around.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels, initials IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above, sigla * - G.

Reference: J 144, Jov 32-3, LJ (XI-11), I (24.3).

Comment: Nice example with full title and name.

Order info: #LAZ03. (SOLD)

 
 


Prince or Duke Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1371-1389)

Silver "scepter" coin of Novo Brdo, minted after 1389. 14mm, 0.7g.

Obverse: Prince standing facing, with scepter, in loros and crown. Latin legend: CONTE LASARO (PRINCE LAZAR) around.

Reverse: Christ in glory, blessing, blundered Latin legend: NOVOMONTE ARGEN ("silver of Novo Brdo"), stars and plants as control marks.

Reference: J 154, Jov 32-13.

Comment: Another example of post 1389 series. Lazar's widow, Milica, who ruled as regent for their adolescent son Stefan Lazarević, Lazar's successor, accepted Ottoman suzerainty in the summer of 1390 as she had no means of fighting back and it was only way of ensuring survival of her family. 

 

Reference: #LAZ07

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Estimated Value: £100-£150

 
 


Prince or Duke Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1371-1389)

Silver "scepter" coin of Novo Brdo, minted after 1389. 15mm, 1g.

Obverse: Prince standing facing, with scepter, in loros and crown. Latin legend: CONTE LASAR (PRINCE LAZAR) around. 2 triple dots to the sides.

Reverse: Christ in glory, blessing, blundered legend NOVOMONTE ARGEN ("silver of Novo Brdo"), stars and plants as control marks.

Reference: J 154, Jov 32-13.

Comment: Another example of post 1389 series. 


Reference: #LAZ08

Not For Sale

Estimated Value: £100-£150

 
 


Prince or Duke Lazar Hrebeljanovic (1371-1389)

Silver "cross" coin minted after 1389. 13mm, 0.4g.

Obverse: Prince standing facing, holding banner with saint in profile, unclear legend around.

Reverse: Christ in glory, blessing, unclear legend around.

Reference: Jov 32-H3, J 32-26,I (25.2).

Comment: As the Ottoman threat increased and the support for Sigismund grew in Hungary, Lazar made peace with Sigismund, who was crowned Hungarian king in March 1387. The peace was sealed, probably in 1387, with the marriage of Lazar's daughter Teodora to Nicholas II Garay, a powerful Hungarian noble who supported Sigismund. Around the same year, Lazar's daughter Jelena married Djuradj Stracimirović Balšić. About a year before, Lazar's daughter Dragana married Alexander, the son of Ivan Shishman, Tsar of Bulgaria. 

Irregular coinage, contemporary forgery of the coins of Venice.

 

Reference: #LAZ09

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Estimated Value: £100-£150

 
 

 

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