Andronicus II

1282-1328

The son of Michael VIII, Andronicus succeeded to the throne after Michael's death and immediately called off battle plans against the rebel Nicephorus to return to Constantinople. With the crown came the responsibilities of steering a ragged empire through tough straights. Unfortunately, he was a man left with few resources to accomplish much of anything with little of the charisma or drive that Michael had possessed. In an effort to stimulate popularity he repealed the widely hated theological concessions made to the Vatican. But this only went so far in correcting an interminable list of problems facing the Byzantines. To name a few, the Turks began encroaching from the East, various parties from Europe wreaked havoc in the western provinces, the oppressive taxes levied on his subjects (mostly to pay the mercenary soldiers) made enemies within and fostered frequent revolts and so on. Andronicus just couldn't deal with all these problems and spent his long years on the throne contemplating the steady losses unable to provide any respite. Finally, his own son Andronicus III managed to oust him and force his retirement.

AU Hyperpyron


SB 2326, Berk 365 AU Hyperpyron Obv: Bust of the Virgin Orans within city walls, six tower groups.
Rev: Andronicus kneeling before Christ. 1295-1320 (Constantinople).



SB 2396, DOC IV 1 AU Hyperpyron Obv: Bust of the Virgin Mary within the walls of Constantinople. Four groups of three tower each.
Rev: Christ standing between Andronicus (left) and Michael (right), crowning both of them. 1303-1320 (Constantinople). $104 5/21/04.



SB 2461 AU Hyperpyron Obv: Bust of the Virgin Mary within the walls of Constantinople. Four groups of three tower each.
Rev: Christ standing between Andronicus III (left) and Andronicus II (right), crowning both of them. 1325-1334 (Constantinople).


AR Basilikon


SB 2401, Bendall 133 AR Basilikon Obv: Christ enthroned facing.
Rev: Andronicus and Michael standing facing, holding long cross between them. 1295-1320 (Constantinople). $750 5/21/03.



SB 2402 AR Basilikon Obv: Christ enthroned, facing; between two stars.
Rev: Andronicus II and Michael IX standing facing, holding labarum between them. 1304-1320 (Constantinople).


Billon Tornese


SB 2327, DOC V 551, Bendall 94A Billon Tornese Obv: Andronicus standing facing, holding cross-scepter and akakia.
Rev: +KOMNHNOCOΠAΛAIOΛOΓC - Plain cross. 1282-1295 (Constantinople). $800 5/21/03.



SB 2409, Bendall 142 Billon Tornese Obv: ANΔĽNIKΔECΠT - Andronicus and Michael standing facing, holding long cross.
Rev: +KOMNHNOCOΠAΛAIOΛOΓOC - Plain cross. 1282-1295 (Constantinople). $1,400 5/21/03.


AE Trachy


SB 2348, DOC V 583, Bendall 115 AE Trachy Obv: Archangel Michael facing.
Rev: Andronicus III standing, facing, holding cross and akakia. 1282-1295 (Constantinople).



SB 2370, DOC V 849 AE Trachy Obv: Facing half-length bust of St Demetrius; large (reverted)B to left.
Rev: Winged figure of Andronicus left, holding city model and scepter. 1282-1295 (Thessalonica). $150 5/21/03.



SB 2383, DOC V 804, Bendall 243 AE Trachy Obv: Patriarchal cross to left and wing to right; B in left field.
Rev: Andronicus III standing, facing, holding cross in circle. 1282-1295 (Thessalonica).



SB 2393, Bendall 239 AE Trachy Obv: Six-pointed star.
Rev: Andronicus holding a large B in each hand. 1282-1295 (Thessalonica).



SB 2457 AE Trachy Obv: Flower with six petals.
Rev: Andronicus II standing facing on left being crowned by Archangel Michael on right. 1294-1320 (Thessalonica).



Unlisted AE Trachy Obv: IND monogram IB
Rev: Andronicus and Michael standing facing, holding scepters and long cross between them. 1298-1299 (Constantinople). $750 5/21/03.


AE Assarion


SB 2391, DOC V 821-4 AE Assarion Obv: Cross on four petals on square.
Rev: Andronicus II standing facing; two stars on either side. (Thessalonica).



SB 2434, DOC V 671, Bendall 166 AE Assarion Obv: Andronicus III standing, facing, holding cross and akakia.
Rev: Michael IX standing, facing, holding cross and akakia. (Constantinople).



SB 2435, DOC V 677 AE Assarion Obv: Facing half-length bust of archangel, holding scepter and globe.
Rev: Christ blessing Andronicus and Michael. 1295-1320 (Constantinople). $150 5/21/03.



SB 2436, Bendall 169 AE Assarion Obv: AVTOKPATOPCRWMAIWN - Legend around bust of Christ.
Rev: KVPICWCONTCBACIAIC - Andronicus II (left) and Michael IX (right) holding labarum between them. 1295-1320 (Constantinople). $200 5/21/03.



SB 2437, DOC V 689, Bendall 172 AE Assarion Obv: The Virgin Mary standing, facing, raising hands.
Rev: Andronicus II and Michael IX standing, facing, holding labarum between them. (Constantinople).



SB 2440, DOC V 689, Bendall 172 AE Assarion Obv: Andronicus II and Michael IX standing, facing, holding long cross between them.
Rev: AVTO/KPATOP/ECROM/AIWN. (Constantinople).



SB 2444, DOC 693 AE Assarion Obv: Andronicus II and Michael IX standing facing, together holding cross.
Rev: IND monogram and Γ.



SB 2447, DOC V 699 AE Assarion Obv: Andronicus II and Michael IX standing facing, together holding labarum.
Rev: Cross; Letter B in each quadrant.