King Stefan Vladislav II (Ruler of Srem 1314-1319 and Raske 1321-1324), silver "scepter" coin. 20mm, 2.1g .

Obverse: Crowned King standing, holding cruciform scepter, Serbian legend: PAБB XOU ВΛА ДИСЛАВb ("Servant of Christ, Vladislav"). Big chain like belt around his waist. Initials Λ on the left and reversed B on the right.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, IC XC (Jesus Christ). 4 triple dotted marks around the throne.

Reference: D 17 3 Compare to Jov 9 1.1, I 4.1, Lj III-21.

Comment: Coin is issued during his rule as a king. Rudnik mint. Extremely rare and hard to find coin. Cracked but with excellent detail on both sides, natural toning and a lovely patina. A real gem in Serbian numismatics.

Possibly named after King Stefan Radoslav younger brother King Stefan Vladislav I (1234-1243).

After King Dragutin died in 1316, Vladislav succeeded him as ruler of the Kingdom of Syrmia or Srem, but the king of Serbia, Stefan Milutin, his uncle, defeated him and imprisoned him. When Milutin died in 1321, the newly freed Vladislav got to rule the lands of his father, with the help of the Hungarians, the Bulgarians, the Bosnian Ban Stefan II Kotromanic and the Šubić family. The rule, according to the law, was to be given to Vladislav.

Tsar Michael Asen III of Bulgaria, newly in conflict with Vladislav's cousin Stefan Dečanski, the successor of Milutin, started to support Vladislav as the rightful monarch of whole Serbia, but this support showed insufficient. After having been beaten again by supporters of Stefan Dečanski, he retreated to the Kingdom of Hungary in 1324. Vladislav's nephew Bosnian Ban Stefan II Kotromanic, then started to rule Vladislav's lands in Bosnia (Soli and Usora), and around Lower Syrmia.

Vladislav was married to Constanza Morosini, niece of Andrew III of Hungary. Born in 1280 and died in 1325. 

Reference: #VLA01

Not For Sale.

Price: £950-£1200

 
 


King Stefan Vladislav II (Ruler of Srem 1314-1319 and Raske 1321-1324), silver "scepter" coin. 20mm, 1.3g.

Obverse: Crowned king standing, holding cruciform cross tipped scepter, Serbian legend: PAB XOU ВΛb АДHСЛАВb ("Servant of Christ, Vladislav"). 

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, IC XC (Jesus Christ) above. Small o initials on both sides. 4 triple dotted marks around the throne.

Reference: Unpublished compare to Jov 9 1.1, D 17.3, I 4.1, Lj III-21.

Comment: No initials on the sides like the example above possibly due to being made by a different moneyer who chose not to use moneyer marks but possibly there is a sigla S at the bottom of Jesus feet. Also long haired and bearded image of the king is featured but much slimmer body and head then example above. Extremely rare and hard to find coin. Cracked and chipped but with excellent detail, natural yellow/blue toning and a lovely patina. 

The face of the king and the crown on this coin is remarkably similar to the coin of Stefan Uros III Decanski, his cousin, #DEC13 below. There were not friends they were fighting against each other for the throne of Serbian Kingdom. Vladislav was even imprisoned by Decanski father, his uncle, king Stefan Milutin. There is either a strong family resemblance as Vladislav was older son of Milutins brother king Stefan Dragutin or they used the same moneyer. Reverse is just the same as the one above.  In any case a bit of a medieval mystery and brotherly rivalry.

  

Reference: #VLA02

Not For Sale.

Price: £650-£750

 
 


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