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Byzantine, Anonymous Follis, SB 1813, AE-Follis, Class A2/F39type, (Constantine VIII. (976-1025 A.D.)),
Anonymous Follis, SB 1813, AE-Follis, Class A2/F39type, (Constantine VIII. (976-1025 A.D.)), #1
Class A2, attributed to joint reign of Basil II and Constantine VIII.
averse: +ЄMMA NOVHΛ, IC-XC, Bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cross with various ornaments in each limb.. pallium and colobium, and holding books of Gospels.
reverse: +IhSyS / XRISTUS/ bASILEy/bASILE - in 4 lines, Greek legend, "Jesus Christ, King of Kings".
exergue: -/-//--, diameter: 27,5mm, weight: 10,30g, axis: h,
mint: Constantinople though Metclaf states several provincial mints within this group. some with rev legend differences., date: 976-1025 CE, ref:SB 1813, Class A2/F39type,
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Tiathena  [Jun 21, 2012 at 12:18 AM]
What a wonderful specimen of the type, as these are ubiquitously so mercilessly worn one has little occasion to see how the Xristos is actually depicted. I suppose, for Romaion coinage, there is some elegance in it's simplicity and overal balance. A really wonderful coin. I'd be proud to have such in my collection; congrats!
quadrans  [Jun 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM]
Thanks Tia
Steve E  [Jul 21, 2012 at 04:49 AM]
I agree with Tia! Well photographed too!
Sam  [Apr 19, 2016 at 09:46 PM]
Superb.
BrianW  [Apr 20, 2016 at 02:40 PM]
Beautiful coin. I love the hair on the Christ figure.
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