Scarce AE12 of Giorgi IV Lasha (1213-1223), Tbilisi, Medieval Kingdom of Georgia

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Geometric decorations with rosettes, Asomtavruli legend (mostly off-flan) ""Giorgi son of Tamar"", Asomtavruli legend ""In the name of God, this piece was struck in the K’orornikon 430 (=1210)"" around (only a few fragments are visible) / Arabic legend in a number of lines ""King of the Kings, glory of the world and faith, Giorgi, son of Tamar, sword of the Messiah"" (only a part of the legend is visible). 12mm long, 2.26 grams. Tbilisi mint. Catalogue of Georgian Numismatics, p.249. SKU T865-52260

Struck on a very small flan.

Struck on an oddly shaped flan, as was very common at the time. Very nice for these.

Tamar the Great (c. 1160 – 18 January 1213) reigned as a regent (1178-1184) and later as the Queen of Georgia from 1184 to 1213, presiding over the apex of the Georgian Golden Age. A member of the Bagrationi dynasty, her position as the first woman to rule Georgia in her own right was emphasized by the title mepe ("king"), afforded to Tamar in the medieval Georgian sources.