Manuel I Comnenus 1143-1180 AD, AE Half Tetarteron, struck c. 1143-1152 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Manuel I Comnenus
City/Region:
Thessalonica mint
Denomination:
AE Half Tetarteron
Composition:
Bronze
Date:
circa 1143-1152 AD
Obverse:
Monogram, M-K-Λ-Δ
Reverse:
Bust of Manuel facing, beardless, wearing crown and loros, and holding labarum and globus cruciger
Size:
17.26mm, 1.7g, 6h
Grade:
gF, brown patina
Provenance:
ex uncleaned lot, cleaned by Ancient Coin Traders
References:

A small bronze coin from an important period in Byzantine history

Manuel I Comnenus was Byzantine Emperor from 1143 to 1180 AD. An ambitious emperor, his reign marked the last flowering of the Byzantine Empire during which he expanded its territories with an aggressive foreign policy. His success was overshadowed by his defeat in the battle of Myriocephalon and the instability which later followed.