Trachy (currency)

The term trachy (Greek: τραχύ), plural trachea (τραχέα), meaning "rough" or "uneven", was used to describe the cup-shaped (incorrectly often called "scyphate") Byzantine coins struck in the 11th–14th centuries.[1] The term was properly applied to coins of electrum, billon, or copper, and not to the gold hyperpyra.[1]

Aspron trachy minted by the usurper Theodore Mankaphas


  1. ^ a b ODB, "Trachy" (Ph. Grierson), p. 2101.


  • Kazhdan, Alexander, ed. (1991). The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-504652-6.