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MANUEL I Trebizond Empire 1238AD Silver Asper Ancient Byzantine Coin NGC i81712

MANUEL I Trebizond Empire 1238AD Silver Asper Ancient Byzantine Coin NGC i81712
MANUEL I Trebizond Empire 1238AD Silver Asper Ancient Byzantine Coin NGC i81712
MANUEL I Trebizond Empire 1238AD Silver Asper Ancient Byzantine Coin NGC i81712
MANUEL I Trebizond Empire 1238AD Silver Asper Ancient Byzantine Coin NGC i81712

MANUEL I Trebizond Empire 1238AD Silver Asper Ancient Byzantine Coin NGC i81712
Item: i81712 Authentic Ancient Coin of. Silver Asper 21mm (2.84 grams) Reference: Sear 2601; Retowski-126 Certification: NGC Ancients. VF 4936282-004 -V, Nimbate figure of St. Eugenius standing, holding long cross; four pellets on and around cross, one above right. , Manuel standing facing, crowned and wearing loros, holding labarum and akakia, Hand of God to right; two pellets on labarum staff, K to left, two pellets in upper fields.

Saint Eugenios or Eugene was martyred under Diocletian and a cult devoted to him developed in Trebizond. His feast day is 21 January. Eugenios along with the martyrs Candidus, Valerian and Aquila was persecuted during the reign of Diocletian (284-305) and Maximian (305-311). The four hid in the mountains above Trebizond, but were eventually found and brought before the regimental commander Lycius.

They were flogged, tortured with fire and eventually beheaded. Eugenios is credited with the destruction of the image on the "gray hill" overlooking the city, later known as the Mithratis. The Komnenian rulers of the Empire of Trebizond adopted the saint as the patron of their country. His alleged miracles include assisting Trebizond to repel a siege of the city by the Seljuk Turks in 1224. His image appears frequently on Trapezuntine coins. The cult and pilgrimage around this saint never really developed beyond Trebizond's borders, although John Lazaropoulos, Metropolitan of Trebizond in the name Joseph, collected the miracles of St. Eugenios into one book in the 14th century. A monastery dedicated to him existed in Trebizond: Rosenqvist identifies it consisted of a structure on Mount Minthrion with an associated church, and a metochion inside the city walls. There is evidence that the monastery was in existence at least as early as the ninth century; a typikon composed in 1346 provides details of the monastic community's life.

According to the Orthodox Church in America, his prayer is thus. Your holy martyr Eugene, O Lord, Through his sufferings has received an incorruptible crown from You, our God. For having Your strength, he laid low his adversaries, And shattered the powerless boldness of demons. Through his intercessions, save our souls! Manuel I Megas Komnenos (Greek: , Manoul I Megas Komnnos) (died March 1263) was an Emperor of Trebizond, from 1238 until his death.

At the time Manuel reigned, the Empire of Trebizond comprised a band of territory stretching along the southern coast of the Black Sea. Although Michael Panaretos, a 14th-century Greek chronicler, calls Manuel "the greatest general and the most fortunate" and states he ruled "virtuously in the eyes of God", the only event he documents for Manuel's reign is a catastrophic fire striking the city of Trebizond in January 1253. The major events of his reign are known from external sources, most important of which is the recovery of Sinope in 1254, which had been lost to the Sultanate of Rum forty years before. In 1243, a Trapezuntine army is recorded as assisting the Seljuk Turks, along with a detachment from the Nicaean Empire, against the Mongols of Persia at the Battle of Köse Dag. Despite this, the Seljuk forces were shattered, and both the Seljuks and their allies had to settle their own submission to the victorious Mongols.

Manuel visited in person the court of the Great Khan Güyük as early as 1246; this was an important act, as Rustam Shukurov notes, for the personal visit of a vassal ruler to the Khan's camp was regarded as an indispensable ceremony; it brought these persons into the "family" of the Great Khan. "Seljuk Anatolia was under tight Mongol control, " Shukurov writes. Any serious change in social and political life (including appointments to key offices) required Mongol approval and sanction, which was embodied, in particular, in yarlighs. On 24 June 1254, Manuel recaptured Sinope, and made Ghadras archon of the Black Sea port.

Kurkanskis suggests that Manuel had obtained a yarligh prior to this attack, although he admits doing so would have been inconsistent with the practices of the Grand Komnenes. For the years Manuel held this port, the Seljuk Turks were landlocked, making Trebizond once again the major naval power in the Black Sea. Shukurov argees with Kurkanskis that Manuel had been given a yarligh by the Ilkhanite Mongols to recover Sinope, and argues further that it was done to embarrass the Golden Horde, who were the masters of the Seljuk Turks; the governor of Sinope at the time Manuel captured the port was ra'is al-bahr Shuja al-Din'Abd al-Rahman, the Seljuk naval commander-in-chief, who had taken part in the Seljuk embassy to Batu Khan, ruler of the Golden Horde in 1253, where he received Batu's yarligh investing him with the office of na'ib. A few years later, in October 1256, one of the three brothers who inherited the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, Kaykaus II, was defeated by Baiju and fled to sanctuary in the Nicaean Empire, moving Anatolia from the sphere the Golden Horde controlled firmly into the Ilkhanite. Manuel Megas Komnenos died in March 1263, having "recommended and chosen"-to use Panaretos' words-his oldest son Andronikos as his successor. Embassy to Louis IX of France.

In 1253, Manuel sent envoys to King Louis IX of France, who was then at Sidon after his defeat at the Battle of Fariskur, seeking to marry a daughter of his house. "The King had no French princesses with him on the crusade, " writes William Miller, but recommended Manuel to make a matrimonial alliance with the Latin Empire of Constantinople, to which the aid of'so great and rich a man' would be useful against Vatatzes, the Greek Emperor of Nicaea.

" Jean de Joinville testifies to Manuel's wealth, stating he sent Louis "a present of various jewels, and also, among other things, some bows made of cornel-wood. The notches for the shafts were screwed into the bows, and when these shafts were loosed, you could see they were very sharp and well-made. Although Miller fails to offer a reason for Manuel's overtures to King Louis, two more recent writers have, and these are not exclusive. Kuranskis has pointed out that the timing of the embassy would make sense if his first wife, a Trapezuntine noblewoman Anna Xylaloe, had died before that year and thought a matrimonial alliance with the French king was desirable; and after Louis sent his regrets, Manuel wed Irene Syrikaina. If this is correct, it provides a badly-needed anchor point in the chronology of Manuel's Life. The other possible reason was suggested by Rustam Shukurov: it is well known that Manuel's Mongol overlords were favorable towards Christianity, and perhaps Manuel was encouraged by this favor to seek a connection with the undisputed head of the crusader movement and indefatigable warrior against Islam. Manuel's reign is notable for being the first Emperor of Trebizond to issue large numbers of coins. This is important for two reasons: the first is that issuing coins in a precious metal, such as silver or gold, is commonly considered a demonstration of sovereignty by a ruler; the second is that the volume of coins issued by a ruler is frequently used as an indicator of economic activity. Although some copper scyphates have been identified as coming from Andronikos I Gidos' mint, according to Otto Retowski over 200 types of silver aspers-the characteristic coin of the Empire-were struck then, more than any other ruler of Trebizond, in addition to other silver and bronze currency. John II is a distant second, having struck around 138 types of aspers during his reign.

Trapezuntine coins circulated widely outside the empire, especially in Georgia. The cause of this sudden explosion in the volume of currency is not clearly known. Certainly not all of them came from Manuel's silversmiths.

Both Wroth and Retowski identified a number of coins minted as imitations in Georgia to meet demand there. Michel Kuranskis has suggested some of these types were struck during the reigns of Manuel's successors-Andronikos and George-because their Mongol overlords forbade them from minting silver coins in their own names. Nevertheless, this leaves the vast majority of the coins with his name on them as being struck during his reign.

Some writers attribute this large number of aspers to a change in the route of the Silk Road during Manuel's reign. The destruction of Baghdad by Hulagu Khan in 1258 revived the trade route running north from Armenia and the upper Euphrates valley to Erzerum and then through the Zigana Pass to Trebizond, instead of to the Mediterranean. Another author has pointed out that the silver mines in the region of Gümühane were within the borders of the Empire of Trebizond during the 13th century, and could provide the raw material for these coins; but further investigation has shown that these silver mines were not heavily exploited before the 18th century. Manuel rebuilt the Hagia Sophia monastery in Trebizond between 1250 and 1260.

Eastmond describes Manuel's church as the finest surviving Byzantine imperial monument of its period. " When Michael VIII Palaiologos recaptured Constantinople from the Latin Empire in 1261 he unsuccessfully demanded that Manuel abandon his claim to the title of "Emperor and Autocrat of the Romans, the one commonly used by the Byzantine Emperors. Manuel was the second son of Alexios I, the first emperor of Trebizond; his older brother, John I Axouchos, was his predecessor as Emperor. During the Siege of Sinope, one of the sources states that Alexios has "grown sons in Trebizond who are capable of governing", so it is likely that Manuel was born before 1214. Manuel had children by three different women; four of his children reigned after him.

Older scholars, like Miller and Finlay, assumed all three women were his wives, but more recently Michel Kuranskis has argued that only two were his wives, and that Rusudan of Georgia was simply his mistress. By his first wife, Anna Xylaloe, a Trapezuntine noblewoman he had. Andronikos II, who succeeded as emperor. By Rusudan of Georgia, he had.

By his Irene Syrikaina, his last wife and another Trapezuntine noblewoman, he had four known children. Anonymous daughter, who married King Demetre II of Georgia.

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MANUEL I Trebizond Empire 1238AD Silver Asper Ancient Byzantine Coin NGC i81712