King Stefan Uros I Nemanjic (1243-1276), silver "banner" type coin. 

Obverse: Bare headed king receiving banner from saint Stefan (nimbate), holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Mixed Latin/Greek legend: VRωSIVS RςΨ . S . STEFANV, (UROS KING SAINT STEFAN). + on the flag of the banner. Flag is represented with 3 horizontal lines. Saint has 4 dotted pellet on his chest.

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

Reference: Unpublished variant compare to Ljubic III, Maric 1956 T XIII 5/6, D 4 8.

Comment: Excellent condition and clear detail with beautiful natural patina and toning. All images and letters are visible and very well preserved. S at the end of saints name is missing.

REX title ends with a very rare and interesting letter Psi (uppercase Ψ, lowercase ψ) which is the 23rd letter of the Greek alphabet. The letter's origin is uncertain. It may or may not derive from the Phoenician alphabet. It appears in the 7th century BC, expressing /ps/ in the Eastern alphabets, but /kʰ/ in the Western alphabets (the sound expressed by Χ in the Eastern alphabets - this is why moneyer here has replaced letter X with Ψ). In writing, the early letter appears in an angular shape (Greek Psi ). There were early graphical variants that omitted the stem ("chickenfoot-shaped psi" as: Greek Psi V-shaped  or Greek Chi ). Even the second letter in the REX title looks more like Sigma in the lowercase word-final position form (uppercase Σ, lowercase σ, lowercase in word-final position ς) the eighteenth letter of the Greek alphabet, then the letter E or e. 

Kings name has very very rare occurrence of letter (ω), a letter used in the early Cyrillic alphabet. Its name and form are derived from the 24th and final letter in the Greek alphabet, letter Omega (Ω ω). In some forms it looks similar to the letter W. Unlike Greek, the Slavic languages had only a single /o/ sound, so Omega was little used compared to the letter O (О о), descended from the Greek letter Omicron.

Appearance of the letters Omega (ω), Sigma (ς) and Psi (ψ), points here to the to fact that this coin was minted by an experienced and well educated moneyer, well versed in languagesand his artistic skill is clearly seen from the design and beauty of the piece.

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Estimated Value: £300-£400

 
 


King Stefan Uros I Nemanjic (1243-1276), silver "banner" typecoin. 20mm, 1.83g.

Obverse: Bare headed king receiving banner from saint Stefan (nimbate), holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. 2 sides Latin legend: VROSIVS REX S STEPПII, (UROS KING SAINT STEFAN). + on the flag of the banner. Flag is represented with 2 horizontal 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 pellets around the throne. 

Reference: Ljubic III, Maric 1956 T XIII 5/6, D 4 8, 11-13.

Comment: Letters FAN are replaced with PПII at the end of saints name, usual VS are missing at the end of the name too but with 2 + marks on each of his shoulders. There is a simple explanation that moneyer didn't know to read and write and mistakenly picked wrong letters. In any case his skill is clearly visible in a beautiful design that survives to this day. Very prominent long legs especially kings legs.


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Estimated Value: £200-£300

 
 

King Stefan Uros I Nemanjic (1243-1276), silver "banner" typecoin. 20mm, 1.9g.

Obverse: Bare headed king receiving banner from saint Stefan (nimbate), holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Latin legend: VROSIVS REX S STEFANV, (UROS KING SAINT STEFAN). Large letter V at the base of the banner. + on the flag of the banner. Flag is represented with 3 horizontal lines.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels. Greek letters: IC XC (In Greek: Ιησούς Χριστός - Jesus Christ) above.  4 triple pellets around the throne.                                             

Reference: Unpublished variant compare to Ljubic III, Maric 1956 T XIII 5/6, D 4 8.

Comment: S at the end of saints name is missing. Large V at the base of the banner is probably initial of the kings name.

Found metal detecting in Ripon, North Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom in 2019. It’s only 1 of 3 ever found in England.

During the 12th century Ripon built up a booming wool trade, attracting Italian trade merchants, especially Florentine’s, who bought and exported large quantities. The Republic of Florence (1115–1532) also known as the Florentine Republic was a medieval and early modern state that was centered on the Italian city of Florence in Tuscany.

Why would a Serbian coin end up in Ripon England? Well, there are 2 possibilities to this ancient mystery?

1. Florentine traders buying wool in Ripon used Serbian coins mixed with Venetian to pay for goods knowing that they are similar coins and that English traders probably wouldn’t tell a difference. A bit of a medieval trickery!
2. Serbian merchants traveled 1000 plus miles by land and sea to England to buy wool themselves.

Below are the only other 2 coins found in England as published by Numizmaticar number 31, 2013. One of the two silver coins found is also a banner dinar but of King Stefan Uroš II Milutin (1282-1321) type I 3.1 (D 20/1.13, Ј 7-1.3) minted 1282-1310 in Brskovo and a reduced dinar of Prince Lazar Hrebeljanović (1371-1389) type I 24.14 (D343,
Ј 32-9) issued 1380-1390 in Novo Brdo.

Stefan Uroš I Nemanjic was the youngest son of Stefan the First Crowned and Anna, the granddaughter of Enrico Dandolo, Doge of Venice. It was his grandfather Stefan Nemanja that raised him and his two older brothers Stefan Radoslav and Stefan Vladislav I.

Like Roman "Caeser" Serbian "Stefan" was a high ranking title which many kings took on.

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Estimated Value: £250-£300

 
 


King Stefan Uros I Nemanjic (1243-1276), silver "banner" type coin. 20mm, 2.2g.

Obverse: Bare headed king receiving banner from saint Stefan (nimbate), holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. 2 sides Latin legend: VROSIVS REX S STEPΛII, (UROS KING SAINT STEFAN). + on the flag of the banner. Flag is represented with 3 horizontal 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 pellets around the throne.

Reference: Ljubic III, Maric 1956 T XIII 5/6, D 4 64, 67.

Comment: Letters FAN are replaced with PΛII at the end of saints name, usual VS are missing at the end of the name too but with 2 + marks on each of his shoulders. There is another + sign between shaft of the double cross and his right leg. Dot between kings name and kings image. His legs are less prominent then example above. Very clear detail with natural toning and beautiful patina. X at the end of the XC looks like +.

This coin has now been proven to be a fake, a counterfeit modern forgery. We have identified 4 more coins, 2 from private collections and 2 from 2012 and 2016 actions that look identical having exactly the same details which is impossible for hammered coins to have.


1. Private collection

2. Private collection

3. Rauch 2012 auction

4. Roma 2016 auction

Comparison of identical details:

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Estimated Value: £50-£100

 
 

King Stefan Uros I Nemanjic (1243-1276), silver "banner" typecoin. 20mm, 2g.

Obverse: Bare headed king receiving banner from saint Stefan (nimbate), holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. 2 sides Latin legend: VROSIVS REX S STEFΛΙΙ, (UROS KING SAINT STEFAN). + on the flag of the banner. Flag is represented with 4 horizontal 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 pellets around the throne.

Reference: Ljubic III, Maric 1956 T XIII 5/6, D 4 8, 11-13.

Comment: Letters FAN are replaced with PΛII at the end of saints name, usual VS are missing at the end of the name too but with 2 + marks on each of his shoulders. Stefan Uroš I Nemanjic was the first to begin exploiting the mines for silver, which would later become one of the main sources of material wealth and power of the Serbian state in the Medieval times. His first coins were minted on the Venetian model with saint standing next to the king and Jesus sitting on the throne on the reverse.

By faithfully copying Venetian matapan 21mm, 2.178g +/- 1% he sought to establish a trade with Venice. So weight and size is possibly one way to differentiate between Stefan Uroš I Nemanjic coins and the coins of his sons.


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Estimated Value: £150-£200

 
 

King Stefan Uros I Nemanjic (1243-1276), silver "banner" typecoin. 20mm, 1.9g.

Obverse: King receiving banner from St. Stephen, holding book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems with his left hand, Latin legend: VRSSIV REX S STFAII (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. 4 triple pellets around the throne. Double struck.

Reference: Jov 7 2.4, D 4 7.

Comment: Very rare and hard to find beautiful clean double struck on both sides. Old medieval mistake. On this example S is missing at the end of kings name and O is replaced with another S. 

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Estimated Value: £100-£150

 
 


King Stefan Uros I Nemanjic (1243-1276), silver "banner" type coin. 20mm, 2.1g.

Obverse: Bare-headed king receiving banner from saint Stefan (nimbate), holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. 2 dots on the top of the banner one on each side. Latin legend: VROSIVS REX S STEFAN, (UROS KING SAINT STEFAN) around. + on the flag of the banner. Flag is represented with 3 horizontal lines.

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

Reference: Ljubic III, Maric 1956 T XIII 5/6, D 4 56.

Comment: Letters VS are missing at the end of saints name. Born in 1221 and died in 1280 in Serbia. Based on Archives of Dubrovnik Uros I was coining money, however the beginning of coining as well as the issue of determining what he was really coining remain in the sphere of assumptions as his coins are very similar and difficult to distinguish from the coins of his sons Dragutin and Milutin. King Stefan Uros I Nemanjic was buried at Sopocani.


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King Stefan Uros I Nemanjic (1243-1276), silver "banner" typecoin. 19mm, 1.97g.

Obverse: Bare-headed king receiving banner from saint Stefan (nimbate), holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. 2 sides Latin legend: VROSIV REX S STEFAN, (UROS KING SAINT STEFAN) around. + on the flag of the banner. Flag is represented with 2 horizontal lines.

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

Reference: Unpublished compare to J 7 2, Jov 7 1.3, Ljubic III, Maric 1956 T XIII 5/6, D 4.8.

Comment: Lovely natural toning and yellow/brown patina. Letters VS are missing at the end of saints name. Kings name is also missing letter S. Legs are depicted as very short and kings legsare not visible at all. X at the end of the title REX and at XC looks like +. Jesus halo has extra line around represented by smaller dots. This is the only known example with double halo around Jesus head. First one with larger dots and second with smaller dots.


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Estimated Value: £150-£200

 
 

King Stefan Uros I Nemanjic (1243-1276), silver "banner" type coin. 20mm, 2g.

Obverse: Bare-headed king receiving banner from St Stefan, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems with his left hand. Latin legend: VROSIVS REX STEFAN (UROS KING STEFAN) around. + sign on each side at the bottom of the banner.

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 7 2.4, D 4 57.

Comment: King is featured with a long straight hair. Book of gospels on obverse looks more like a proper book with 4 visible corners and possibly just 1 gem in the middle where on the reverse it looks like decorated with 5 gems. S that stands for saint in front of his name Stefan is missing. 

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King Stefan Uros I Nemanjic (1243-1276), silver "banner" type coin. 20mm, 1.7g.

Obverse: Bare-headed king receiving banner from saint Stefan (nimbate), holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. 2 sides Latin legend: VROSIV REX S STEFAN, (UROS KING SAINT STEFAN) around. + on the flag of the banner. Flag is represented with 3 horizontal lines.

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

Reference: Jov 7 2.1, J 7-3, Ljubic V-15, I 2.1, D (4.8).

Comment: Letters VS are missing at the end of saints name. Kings name is also missing letter S. Legs are depicted as very short and Jesus hair is unusual.

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King Stefan Uros I Nemanjic (1243-1276), silver "banner" typecoin. 20mm, 1.98g.

Obverse: Bare-headed king receiving banner from saint Stefan (nimbate), holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. 2 sides Latin legend: VROSIVS REX S STEFII (UROS KING SAINT STEFAN) around. + on the flag of the banner. Flag is represented with 2 horizontal lines.

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

Reference: J 7 1.1,Ljubic III, Maric 1956 T XIII 5/6, D 48.

Comment: Letters VS are missing at the end of saints name with 2 + marks on each of his shoulders. Legs are depicted as short. X at the end of the title REX looks like +. X on the right side next to Jesus head looks more like a dish of some sort with +bottom connected. It looks like as the coin was struck a bit of extra silver residue were on the way resulting in 2 slightly worn silver deposits that can be seen today,next to saints head and below next to the king over some of the letters of his name.

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King Stefan Uros I Nemanjic (1243-1276), silver "banner" typecoin. 20mm, 2g.

Obverse: Bare headed king receiving banner from saint Stefan (nimbate), holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. 2 sides Latin legend: VROSIVS REX S STEPΛII (UROS KING SAINT STEFAN) around. + on the flag of the banner. Flag is represented with 4 horizontal lines.

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

Reference: Ljubic III, Maric 1956 T XIII 5/6, D (4.8).

Comment: Letters FAN are replaced with PΛII at the end of saints name, usual VS are missing at the end of the name too but with 4 + marks 2 on each of his shoulders. There is a x sign above kings name next to his head. His legs are also less prominent. X at the end of theREX title looks more like a cross.


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King Stefan Uros I Nemanjic (1243-1276), silver "banner" typecoin. 20mm, 1.8g.

Obverse: Bare headed king receiving banner from saint Stefan (nimbate), holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. 2 sides Latin legend: VROSIVS REX S STEPΛII (UROS KING SAINT STEFAN) around. + on the flag of the banner. Flag is represented with 3 horizontal lines.

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

Reference: Ljubic III, Maric 1956 T XIII 5/6, D (4.8).

Comment: Letters FAN are replaced with PΛII at the end of saints name, usual VS are missing at the end of the name too but with 2 + marks on each of his shoulders. There is a star like sign between shaft of the double cross and his right leg. His legs are less prominent then example above. Very clear detail with natural toning and beautiful patina.


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Estimated Value: £100-£150

 
 

King Stefan Uros I Nemanjic (1243-1276), silver "banner" typecoin. 

Obverse: Bare headed king receiving banner from saint Stefan (nimbate), holding book of gospels. Latin legend: VROSIVS REX . S . STEFANV (UROS KING SAINT STEFAN) around. + on the flag of the banner. Flag is represented with 3 horizontal lines. Saint has triple dotted pellet on his chest and on the left arm.

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: Ljubic III, Maric 1956 T XIII 5/6, D 4 8.

Comment: S at the end of saints name is missing. Jesus head looks double struck.


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Estimated Value: £100-£150

 
 

King Stefan Uros I Nemanjic (1243-1276), silver "banner" type coin. 19mm, 2g.

Obverse: Bare-headed king receiving banner from saint. Stefan, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems with his left hand, Latin legend: VROSIVS REX S STEFAN (UROS KING SAINT STEFAN) around. + on the flag of the banner. Flag is represented with 2 horizontal 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 pellets around the throne.

Reference: Jov 7-7, J (16), LJ (IV-4,5,6), I (3.7)

Comment: X on the reverse looks more like a +. S in front of the Stefan is present its not missing like example below. Similar example to above but with slimmer figures.

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Estimated Value: £100-£150

 
 

King Stefan Uros I Nemanjic (1243-1276), silver "banner" dinar. 19mm, 2.1g.

Obverse: King receiving banner from saint Stefan, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems with his left hand, X next to it. Latin legend: VROSIVS REX S STEFAN (UROS KING SAINT STEFAN) around. + on the flag of the banner. Flag is represented with 3 horizontal lines.

Reverse Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Latin letters: IC - XC (Jesus Christ) above. 4 triple pellets around the throne.

Reference: Jov 7-7, J (16), LJ (IV-4,5,6), I (3.7).

Comment: Typical issue of King Stefan Uros I Nemanjic uncleaned with natural patina. 

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King Stefan Uros I Nemanjic (1243-1276), silver "banner" dinar. 19mm, 2.2g.

Obverse: King receiving banner from saint Stefan, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems with his left hand, Latin legend: VROSIVS REX S STEFAN (UROS KING SAINT STEFAN) around. + on the flag of the banner. Flag is represented with 3 horizontal lines.

Reverse Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Latin letters: IC - XC (Jesus Christ) above. 4 triple pellets around the throne.

Reference: Jov 7-7, J (16), LJ (IV-4,5,6), I (3.7).

Comment: Another typical issue of King Srefan Uros I Nemanjic (1243-1276) well preserved with great detail.

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King Stefan Uros I Nemanjic (1243-1276). Silver "banner" coin.

Obverse: Bare-headed king receiving banner from saint Stefan, holding with his left hand undecorated book of gospels. x on both saint arms. Latin legend: VROSIVS REX STEFAN (UROS KING STEFAN) around. + on the flag of the banner. Flag is represented with 3 horizontal lines.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding book of gospels decorated with 5 gems. Latin letters: IC - XC (Jesus Christ) above. 4 triple pellets around the throne.

Reference: Jov 7-7, J (16), LJ (IV-4,5,6), I (3.7), D 4 57.

Comment: King is featured with a long straight hair. Book of gospels on obverse looks more like a proper book with no gems on where on the reverse it is decorated with 5 gems. S in front of the Stefan is missing. Very similar coin to his fathers coins Uros I but because of two x signs on both saint arms its most likely sons issue.

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