AE Tetarteron of Alexius I Comnenus 1081-1118 AD.
Year: Struck 1092-1118 AD. Uncertain Greek Mint
Size: 17/14 mm
Weight: 2.56 grams
Obverse: Patriarchal cross on two steps, A − ∆ / K − Φ flanking in fields
Reverse: Bust facing wearing crown and loros, jeweled scepter in left, globus cruciger in right
Condition: Very fine, glossy green patina, scarce, uncleaned
Alexius I, Comnenus got help from the Venetians early in his reign, and succeeded in putting an end to the Norman threat. Alexius was
responsible for a fair amount of reconstruction of the Byzantine Empire. He also brought about monetary reform in 1092. This was made
necessary by the trade concessions made to the Venetians in return for their help with the Normans. His wife, Irene Dukaina, is also
represented on his coinage. Alexius established a mint at Thessalonica, where his rival Nicephorus had minted coins before Alexius
defeated him. This mint supplied "coin of the realm" to the Balkans. Alexius I was succeeded by his son and co-emperor, John II.