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Byzantine coin of John II of Trebizond, 1280-1297. Obverse: Saint Eugene, standing and facing front; he wears a long cloak; to left, he holds a long staff; to left, inscription begins with an ‘A’ inside of an ‘O’, and then says ‘EV’; to right, it says ‘ΓE’. Reverse: bust of John II, facing front; to left, he holds a sceptre; to right, he holds a globus cruciger; to left, inscriptions are illegible; to right, it says ‘NOC’ with a star beneath.

History Of Use

“Asper” (denomination); Sear# 2609.


This coin is technically not from the Byzantine Empire, but from the Empire of Trebizond, which broke away from the Byzantine Empire in the 13th century over a disagreement about the successor to the Byzantine throne. The Empire of Trebizond was located in north-eastern Anatolia and Crimea. It fell in the 15th century. It is known as a ‘Byzantine Greek Successor State’.

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