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Weird Unidentified Medieval Coin #1 - Balkans? Caucasus?

 
 
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 Posted 10/21/2019  6:49 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add january1may to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I bought a bunch of unattributed medieval (and other) coins from a bargain bin last Wednesday; I kept putting back posting them for identification on CCF, but I guess I should probably do it anyway.

This particular coin is probably the one I'm most interested in - not that I have any idea what it could actually be...



13 mm, 0.5 grams.

I thought I've seen a similar central design (first photo) on a Bulgarian coin, but couldn't find anything on a search. No idea if it's even the correct side up.
The other pic looks like the central design might be a lion or a leopard.

Any ideas?
Hopefully the unusual lines on the first pic jog someone's memory...
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 Posted 10/21/2019  7:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Thestranger to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I am new to medieval, but I am lurking to learn more from the other members.
Interesting find by the way.
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 Posted 10/21/2019  11:14 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I think I can just barely make out a lion rampant reverse.

Perhaps something like this, from Serbia?:

https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=3325767
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Nailed it @bob! I have never seen this monogram before--it is quite distinctive.
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 Posted 10/22/2019  10:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add january1may to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Nailed it @bob! I have never seen this monogram before--it is quite distinctive.

Apparently this type is supposed to be Jovanovic 42.21 (whatever that is).

I don't think I've heard much about the Despotate of Serbia before, and I certainly didn't realize that they made any coins!
I see that this type is not on Numista (which only has one coin type for the entire Despotate of Serbia), which is probably part of why I didn't find it.

Fun fact about Djuradj Brankovic: his daughter-in-law, Helena Palaiologina, was Ivan the Terrible's great-aunt.
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