Despot Grgur Djurdjevic Brankovic (1415 – 16 October 1459) a 15th-century Serbian nobleman. Silver "4 lines" coin. 14mm, 0.7g.

Obverse: Serbian legend in 4 lines: ГНb БΛαГ ОВЕРb ГРbГ (SIR PIUS GRGUR).

Reverse: Lion marching to the left with stars around. Sigla in the form of a star or a flower on his face.

Reference: Unpublished. 

Comment: Extremely rare and scarce unknown and unpublished until now example of Despot Grgur Brankovic. Lion is similar to his fathers coins but with obvious differences being bigger, bigger head and with longer tail.

He was the oldest son of Despot Djuradj Brankovic, born in Belgrade Serbia in 1421 and died in Smederevo Serbia in 1458 at the age of just 37 probably being poisoned. Also viewed as a very last Serbian ruler in medieval times.

Grgur was the eldest son of Serbian Despot Đurađ Branković and Eirene Kantakouzene. In 1439, after the Ottomans captured Smederevo, the capital of the Serbian Despotate, they appointed Grgur as governor of his father's captured estates. Because he plotted against the Ottomans, they dismissed him and put him in prison in April 1441. In May 1441 the Ottomans blinded Grgur and his brother Stefan. In 1458, during struggle for the throne of the Serbian Despotate, Grgur resurfaced claiming it for himself or his son. In 1459 he retreated to Hilandar Monastery, where he took monastic vows. Grgur died in Hilandar on October 16, 1459.

So the date of minting must be either 1439-1441 or 1458-1459.

Reference: #DLD01

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