The Billon Trachea of Michael VIII Palaeologos 1258-1282
Bendall, S. & Donald, P. J. The Billon Trachea of Michael VIII Palaeologos 1258-1282. London, 1974. 47 pages, line illustrations throughout. Card covers. ‘This short study of the billon trachea of Michael VIII’, the authors’ state, ‘does not pretend to be complete and there are few deductions of theories presented here, but perhaps it will lead to a further discoveries and research into this neglected but interesting period of the Byzantine coinage.’ This useful book provides the reader with a brief history surrounding this coinage, details on different types, mints and dating, as well as information on Imperial effigies and obverse types. Detailed line drawings are also given to aid identification.