Tetarteron: coin of Byzantine Empire (10th-13th centuries)


Tetarteron, 1143-1180: Byzantine Empire

Tetarteron, 1143-1180: Byzantine Empire

Ruler: Manuel I Komnenos (Porphyrogennetos: "born in the purple") — Byzantine emperor during 1143-1180.

ND (no date).

Emperor with the attributes of power in his hands: labarum (military standard / state flag of imperial Rome) + the orb and cross (Latin "Globus cruciger": a spherical symbol of the monarch's power).

The legend around the figure of Manuel I is poorly preserved and, approximately, looks like Greek "MANƔHΛ ΔЄCΠΟΤ" or "MANOVHΛ DЄC": Ruler (lord) Manuel.

Saint George (Greek "Γεώργιος") with nimbus, tunic, cuirass, holding spear and shield + some symbols (fragments) from the term ΓΕΏΡΓΙΟΣ.

Thessalonica Mint (Macedonia; nowadays — Greece).

  • Copper: 21 mm - 4.21 g
  • Reference price: 30$

COIN TETARTERON — WHERE & WHEN (coins catalog: by names & emitents)
  1. BYZANTINE EMPIRE (10th-13th centuries): tetarteron = 1/864 hyperpyron
About the name of the coin tetarteron: the name of the coin most likely comes from the Greek term "τέταρτο" — a quarter, a the fourth part of... We are talking about the equality of the coin, at the time of its emergences, 1/4 of the golden Byzantine solidus (nomisma).