Serbian History Through Coinage

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King Stefan Uros I Nemanjic (1243-1276)

COIN IMAGE

"Banner" dinar. Obv.: Bareheaded King receiving banner from St. Stephen with his right hand, holding scrolls with his left hand, legend: UROSIUS REX S STEFAN ("Uros King, St. Stephen"); Rev.: Christ enthroned, holding Book of Gospels, legend: IC - XC ("Jesus Christ")

HISTORICAL NOTES: The long reign of St. Sava's youngest nephew strenghtened the state from the inside. Mine exploitation, money minting, and commerce bolstered the country's economic base. Religious tolerance ensured firm loyalty of Roman Catholic subjects in the coastal areas. The monastery Sopocani with its frescoes remains one of the gems of medieval European art.

NUMISMATIC NOTES: Early Serbian coinage (to appr. mid-14th c.) features Latin inscriptions, as opposed to the later Cyrillic Serbian ones. One reason is that it was used more for foreign than domestic trade - usually exported by merchants from Dubrovnik to Venice and the West.

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