King Stefan The First-Crowned (1217-1228). First Serbian king.

Silver "banner" type. 21mm, 2.096g.

Obverse: King receiving banner from saint Stefan (nimbate), holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Latin legend STEFAИV` REX SSTEFANV` (STEFAN KING SAINT STEFAN) around. + on the flag of the banner. Banner is represented with 3 lines.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. 4 triple dotted pellets around the throne. Single or possibly two circles next to the left foot.

Reference: D 7 10-21, Jov 5 1.1, J 6 1.1, I 2.1, Lj V-15.

Comment: Very rare, arguably best preserved example of this type, with lovely patina and intriguing decorative letters. R is portrayed in 3 parts, E in 4 parts with a half moon and a 3 dots and F with a upright line and a 2 dots. C on reverse is in 3 parts with couple triangles on each side. First S on the right side on the obverse is tilted upwards. Both names are missing letter S at the end of it. N letter on kings name is upside down.

It is a new hypothesis that these coins belong to king Stefan The First-Crowned and we are sincerely asking for any help, additional research and further evidence that can help us prove it beyond any doubt.

All our research and reasoning is on the following pdf article:

At his coronation in 1217 he was crowned together with his second wife Anna Dandolo, first Serbian queen (1217–1258), married in 1207/1208, granddaughter of Venetian Doge Enrico Dandolo who was the 41st Doge of Venice from 1192 until his death in 1205. He was the first who minted Venetian matapan type coins a year after becoming Doge in 1193. 

That period from first Venetian coin minted in 1193 to being minted by various cities by 1230 represented boom in popularity and expansion of matapan type. Rule of the first Serbian king Stefan The First-Crowned is right within it 1217-1228!

Reference: #SFC01

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £600-£700

 
 


King Stefan The First-Crowned (1217-1228)

Silver "banner" type. 20mm, 2.185g.

Obverse: King receiving banner from saint Stefan (nimbate), holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Latin legend STEFAИV` REX SSTEFAИV` (STEFAN KING SAINT STEFAN) around. + on the flag of the banner. Banner is represented with 3 lines.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. 4 triple dotted pellets around the throne. Single dot next to the left foot.

Reference: D 7 10-21, Jov 5 1.1, J 6 1.1, I 2.1, Lj V-15.

Comment: Very rare variant with lovely patina and decorative letters. R is portrayed in 3 parts, E in 4 parts with a half moon and a 3 dots and F with a upright line and a 2 dots. C on reverse is in 3 parts with couple triangles on each side. First S on the right side on the obverse is tilted upwards. Both names are missing letter S at the end of it. N letters are upside down.

Jovanovic puts it under Stefan Uros I.

Serbian churchmen Domentian or Domentijan (1210-1264), also known as Domentijan the Hilandarian who was a major figure in medieval Serbian literature and philosophy and a monk at the Hilandar Monastery, hence the name, wrote that the coronation was performed by a papal legate in 1217.
Few decades later Theodosius the Hilandarian (1246–1328), who was a Serbian Orthodox clergyman and one of the most important Serbian writers in the Middle Ages, claimed that Stefan was crowned by his brother Sava. The contradiction led some Serbian historians to conclude that Stefan underwent two coronations.
First by the papal legate in 1217 and second one by then first Serbian Archbishop Sava (1174-1236), in 1219, 2 years later.

Reference: #SFC02

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £400-£500

 
 


King Stefan The First-Crowned (1217-1228)

Silver "banner" type. 19mm, 1.804g.

Obverse: King receiving banner from saint Stefan (nimbate), holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Latin legend STEFAИ` REX SSTEFAH` (STEFAN KING SAINT STEFAN) around. + on the flag of the banner. Banner is represented with 3 lines.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above. 4 triple dotted pellets around the throne. Single star next to the left foot.

Reference: D 7 10-21, Jov 5 1.1, J 6 1.1, I 2.1, Lj V-15.

Comment: Nice clear image of the king. Very rare variant with lovely patina and decorative letters. R is portrayed in 3 parts, E in 4 parts with a half moon and a 3 dots and F with a upright line and a 2 dots. C on reverse is in 3 parts with couple triangles on each side. First S on the right side on the obverse is tilted upwards. Both names are missing letter VS at the end of it. First N letter on the left is upside down and second looks like H.

Medieval Venice and Medieval Serbia both have matapan type coins.

Venetian coins on reverse have name of a Doge on the left and S.M.VENETI, saint Mark of Venice on the right. In between down the shaft just under flag there is the title DVX.

Serbian coins have name of the king on the left side and saint Stefan on the right, first century martyr, a disciple of Jesus who was stoned to death by Jews as observed by Saul the persecutor of Christians who himself later became a Christian, famous Apostle Paul. In between down the shaft just under flag there is the title REX.

That’s where differences end.

All coins have weight of 2.178g +/- 1% unless there are clipped or damaged and size 20-21mm. On obverse they have moneyer mark on the bottom left corner inside the throne next to Jesus foot, in the shape of a circle, a dot, a line or a star, line across the top of the throne that curves back towards it and the use of decorative letters.

Reference: #SFC03

Not For Sale.

Estimated Value: £200-£300

 
 

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