|Ruler:||Empire of Trebizond - John IV|
|Reigned:||1446 - 1458 A.D.|
|Obverse:||St. Eugenius seated on horse walking right.|
|Reverse:||John seated on horse walking right.|
THE EMPIRE OF TREBIZOND
The Empire of Trebizond was founded in 1204 by Alexius Comnenus grandson of Andronicus I. Even from its earliest years it paid tribute to the neighbouring Moslem rulers - Seljuks, Mongols and Ottomans in succession. For the first century of its existence the Empire prospered. The succeeding sixty years after 1330 were filled with civil war and disturbances, during which the Empress Theodora ruled briefly.
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