Czar Stefan Uros V - City of Kotor issue (1355-1371)

Silver "scepter and globus" type. 20mm, 1.6g.

Obvеrse: Crowned king sitting on low-back bench like throne, holding lily tipped scepter and a globus. Latin legend: INPERATO VROSIVS (Emperor Uros) around.

Reverse: Saint Trifun standing in nimbate, in right hand holding palm branch and in left cross. Latin legend: S TRIPHON . CATARENSI (SAINT TRIFON KOTOR) around.

Reference: D 370 5-10, J 25 12, Jov 25 6.1, I 9.30, Lj X-11.

Comment: Very rare example with lovely natural patina and color. No R at the end of emperor title. Some damage. Only 15 registered examples.

Kotor was a medieval Adriatic coast town and part of Raska state from 1186 to 1359. Kotor makes copper folar coins but under emperor Dusan starts with silver coins. Until 1442 like all other Raska coins there are moneyer marks on them but from 1442 Kotor money has local governer initials who had changed every 2 years. After death of emperor Dusan his son Uros V takes over and here we have one of those coins made in Kotor during his reign. We can pinpoint date of this coin to 1355-1359.

Reference: #URV33

Not For Sale

Estimated Value: £800-£900

 
 


City of Kotor issue under Nemanjic rule (1186-1369)

Copper follaro "city gates" type. 18mm, 3g.

Obverse: Large castle with gates in the middle. Latin legend: CATARI - CIVITAS (KOTOR CITY) around. 

Reverse: Saint Trifon with nimbus standing, facing, holding a lily tipped cross. Latin legend: SANTVS - TRIFON (SAINT TRIFON) around.

Reference: Jov 25 1.2, J 25 2, Dobrinic 1.1.2-1.2.6.

Comment: The city was conquered in 1185 by Stefan Nemanja, the ruler of the Grand Principality of Serbia and founder of the Nemanjić dynasty. Under the rule of the Nemanjić Kotor became a partially autonomous city, enjoying many privileges and maintaining its republican institutions. This is backed by a statute from 1301, which demonstrates that Kotor had the status of a city under Serbian rule. In the 14th century the commerce of Cattaro, as named in Latin scripts, rivaled that of Dubrovnik Republic of Ragusa, and caused the Republic of Venice to be envious. Kotor remained the most important trading port of subsequent Serbian states – Kingdom of Serbia and Serbian Empire, up to its downfall in 1371.

Only 9 registered examples.


Reference: #KCI01

Not For Sale

Estimated Value: £100-£200

 
 


City of Kotor issue under Nemanjic rule (1186-1369)

Copper follaro "city gates" type. 19mm, 1.2g.

Obverse: Large castle with gates in the middle. Latin legend: CATARI - CIVITAS (KOTOR CITY) around. 

Reverse: Saint Trifon with nimbus standing, facing, holding a lily tipped cross. Latin legend: SANTVS - TRIFON (SAINT TRIFON) around.

Reference: Jov 25 1.3.

Comment: After the fracturing of the Serbian Empire, the city was taken by the Kingdom of Hungary, only to change hands repeatedly between them and the Republic of Venice in the period between 1371 and 1384. After that, Kotor was held by the Kingdom of Bosnia under Tvrtko I Kotromanić between 1384 and 1391. The king of Bosnia, who claimed the Serbian throne, minted his coins in Kotor. After the death of Tvrtko in 1391, Kotor became fully independent, until the administration, wary of the looming Ottoman danger, asked the Republic of Venice for protection. The city acknowledged the internal autonomy of the Republic of Venice in 1420, while enjoys only limited self-rule.

Only 1 registered example.


Reference: #KCI02

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Estimated Value: £100-£200

 
 

City of Bar issue under Balsic rule (1356-1421)

Copper follaro "large letter A" type. 20mm, 1.5g.

Obvеrse: Latin legend: large letter A in the middle. TI  * * BAR (ATIBAR - Italian ANTIVAR) around.

Reverse: Large letter G and 3 stars.

Reference: Jov 26 2, J 26 2, Dobrinic 1.1.2.

Comment: Duklja, a Slavic, or Serbian state, was mentioned in the 10th century. Jovan Vladimir (ruler 1000–1016), of Skadarska Krajina is the first known ruler of Duklja. Stefan Vojislav (ruler 1018–1043), the founder of the Vojislavljević dynasty, defeated the Byzantines in a battle on a hill near Bar. He made Bar his seat of power. Vojislav then expanded the area under his rule. Mihailo I of Duklja (ruler 1050–1081), Vojislav's son, established the Archdiocese of Antivari. He continued to fight the Byzantines in order to secure the town's independence. This led to a union of states known as the Serbian Grand Principality. From 1101 to 1166, the principality was ruled by the Vukanović dynasty. However, for much of this time, Bar was under Byzantine rule. In 1183, Stefan Nemanja conquered and destroyed Bar which remained under Serbian control until the death of Dušan (1355).

From 1356-1421 Balsic family ruled city of Bar and called it Antibari, hence description on the coin.

Only 5 registered examples.

Reference: #BAR01

Not For Sale

Estimated Value: £100-£200

 
 

City of Skadar issue under Balsic rule (1356-1421)

Copper follaro "large shield" type. 20mm, 2g.

Obvеrse: Large sheild in the middle. Latin legend: C SCVTARENSIS (SKADAR) around.

Reverse: Saint Stefan standing, facing. Latin legend: S STEF ANVS (SAINT STEFAN) around.

Reference: Jov 28 3, J 28 5, Dobrinic 1.1.

Comment: In 1378, following Djuradj I Balsic death, his brother Balša II became the King of Zeta. During his rule, Balša II could not maintain the control of the feudal lords as his predecessor did. His power was strong only in region around Skadar, and in the eastern part of Zeta. The most prominent feudal lords who did not recognize Balša rule was the House of Crnojević, who were consistent encouraged by the Venetians to rebel against him.

Balša II needed four attempts to conquer Drač, an important commercial and strategic center. Defeated, Karl Thopia appealed to the Turks for help. Turkish forces led by Hajrudin Pasha inflicted heavy damage to Balša II forces and killed him at a major Battle of Savra near Lushnje, in 1385.

Only 6 registered examples.


Reference: #SKA01

Not For Sale

Estimated Value: £200-£300

 
 


Czar Stefan Uros V - City of Ulcinj issue (1355-1371)

Copper follaro"Ulcinj" type. 20mm, 1.3g.

Obverse: Emperor seating holding cross scepter and globus, facing, with lions on each side of the throne. Latin legend: VROSIVS (UROS).

Reverse: Mary mother of Jesus standing, facing with raised arms, Latin legend: SE MARIA around and initials P - L to sides. P is on the left side unlike one below that has initial P on the right side. 

Reference: Jov 27-2, D 395 4-6, Lj X-14.

Comment: Rare type in lovely condition and detail with natural green patina and copper aging present. Issued by the city of Ulcinj under Uros V. Ulcinj is a turist place located in south Montenegro coast. It has been first established by Greeks and i the 2nd century conquered by Romans. In the 9th century becomes part of Zeta and by 1186 part of Raska and under the rule of Nemanjic family. 

Only 30 registered examples.


Reference: #URV25

Not For Sale

Estimated Value: £300-£400

 
 


Czar Stefan Uros V - City of Ulcinj issue (1355-1371)

Copper follaro "Ulcinj" type. 19mm, 1.5g.

Obverse: Emperor seating holding cross scepter and globus, facing, with lions on each side of the throne. Latin legend: VROSIVS (UROS).

Reverse: Mary mother of Jesus standing, facing with raised arms, Latin legend: SE MARIA around and initials L - P to sides. 

Reference: Jov 27-2, D 395 4-6, Lj X-14.

Comment: Rare type with with deep crack but still lovely condition and detail with natural copper aging present. Issued by the city of Ulcinj under Uros V. Ulcinj is a turist place located in south Montenegro coast. After fall of Raska Ulcinj is ruled by Balsic family and then from 1421 by Despot Stefan Lazarevic. Venice is conquering it in 1426 and from them Turks in 1571. After 1912 is taken over by Montenegro and from 1918 is part of SHS Kingdom. 

Only 30 registered examples.

 

Reference: #URV24

Not For Sale

Estimated Value: £200-£300

 
 

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