Queen Jelena Mrnjavcevic, wife of King Vukasin Mrnjavcevic (1365-1388), silver "4 lines" coin.

Obverse: In 5 lines Serbian Cyrillic legend: +БΛAΓO IBЋPNA KPAΛH ObЦА (BLAGOVERNA KRALJICA ("PIOUS QUEEN"))

Reverse: Christ in Glory, facing, standing, holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, blessing with the right hand, IC - XC (Jesus Christ) above and 3 stars around on each side.

Reference: D 151 7 compare to Jov 18 2.1, LJ XI-7,8, J 96, J 18 1.1, I 17.3.

Comment: Most likely struck after 1371, after King Vukasin Mrnjavcevic have died fighting the Ottomans at the Battle of Maritsa. Extremely, extremely rare and hard to find coin today. Only very few examples of this variant are know to exist. Dimitrijevic is the only one that has published one example of it, please see picture below. Above 1st line there are possibly decorative marks like o T and/or a with dots.

She is also known under the name Jevrosima, Aljena and Elena and a mother of the legendary hero Prince Marko Kraljevic whose coins are even more rare and very sought after. Her death is believed to be around 1388.

According to Jovanovic there are only 12 registered examples but not this variant.


Reference: #VUM03

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Value: £1100-£1500

 
 


King Vukasin Mrnjavcevic (1365-1371), silver "5 lines" coin.

Obverse: In 5 lines Serbian Cyrillic legend: BЬXα БαБΛΓO БЋPNHH KPαBΛЬ KαШЬ (U Hrista boga Blagoverni Kralj Vukas ("In Christ god the Pious King Vukasin")). Single triple dotted pellet at the end of the 1st line.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels decorated with 4 gems, IC - XC (Jesus Christ), sigla П on the right side. 4 triple dotted pellets around the throne.

Reference: D 143 39-41.

Comment: Lovely well preserved example of this rare type of the King Vukasin Mrnjavcevic. Same coin maker also made coins for Prince Lazar Hrebeljanovic, Nobleman Djuradj I Balsic and Nobleman Vuk Brankovic who were his contemporaries.


Reference: #VUM01

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Value: £300-£350

 
 


King Vukasin Mrnjavcevic (1365-1371), silver "5 lines" coin.

Obverse: In 5 lines Serbian Cyrillic legend: BЬXα БαБΛΓP БЋPNHc KPαBΛБ KαШЬ (U Hrista boga Blagoverni Kralj Vukas ("In Christ god the Pious King Vukasin")). Single triple dotted pellet at the end of the 1st line.

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels decorated with 5 gems, IC - XC (Jesus Christ), siglas δ (Greek delta)  on the right side. 4 triple dotted pellets around the throne.

Reference: D 143/2 35, Jov 16.16, I 12.5, Lj X-17.

Comment: Another lovely, well preserved and interesting example of this rare type of the King Vukasin Mrnjavcevic. Different reverse from example above as well as few obverse letter differences. Λ is unusual with a line above both in the 1st and 4th line. Γ is bigger and longer in the 2nd line and there is a reverse C at the end of 3rd line.

152 registered examples.


Reference: #VUM04

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Value: £350-£400

 
 


King Vukasin Mrnjavcevic (1365-1371), silver "5 lines" coin.

Obverse: In 5 lines Serbian Cyrillic legend: BЬ Xα+ БαБΛΓO БЪPNHH KPαBΛЬ KαШЬ (U Hrista boga Blagoverni Kralj Vukas ("In Christ god the Pious King Vukasin")).

Reverse: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels decorated with 4 gems, IC - XC (Jesus Christ) above.

Reference: J 94, Jov.16-16.

Comment: In 1370 he contributed to the monasteries of Mount Athos and prepared a war against the Ottoman Empire, which his brother supported. Vukašin was to attack Trebinje in June 1371 but it was never carried out. In September 1371, he established a coalition with his brother against the Ottomans and advanced. The Serbian army of the coalition numbering around 70,000 men met the Ottoman army led by Rumeli Lala Sahin Pasha at Battle of Maritsa on 26th September 1371. The Ottomans attacked the Serbian Army while they rested and Vukašin's and his brother Ugljesa werekilled during the battle.


Order info: #VUM02. (SOLD)

 
 

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