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Manuel I Komnenus, 1238-1263
Emperor of Trebizond Asper
The Empire of Trebizond (Trapezuntine Empire) was a monarchy that thrived during the 13th through 15th centuries. It incorporated southern Crimea and th far northeastern corner of Anatolia. After Emperor Andronikos I Komnenos was deposed in 1185 the Empire of Trebizond was formed to resist against the Angelos dynasty who took control of the Byzantine Empire. The grandsons of Andronikos I Alexios and David Komnenos pressed their claims as "Roman Emperors" against Byzantine Emperor Alexios V Doukas. After Alexios V was overthrown as a result of the Fourth Crusade overthrew the crusaders established the Latin Empire. This allowed the Empire of Trebizond became one of three Byzantine successor states to claim the imperial throne (along with the Empire of Nicaea under the Laskaris family and the Despotate of Epirus under a branch of the Angelos family. The Trapezuntine monarchy would survive the longest of the Byzantine successor states. The second son of Alexios I, Manuel I Komnenos (Μανουήλ Α' Κομνηνός), was Byzantine Emperor during this crucial turning point in the history of Byzantium and the Mediterranean. His reign saw the last flowering of the Komnenian restoration, He was the first ruler to issue silver coins, which were known as aspers. Obverse nimbate St. Eugenius holding long cross. Reverse crowned Manuel wearing loros, holding labarum and akakaia.
Mint: Trebizond (modern day Trabzon)
Provenance: Private acquisition

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