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The Earl Caliphate Cyprus Imitation (638-ca.645)
Obv: Three imperial figures standing wearing chlamys and crown with cross, holding long cross. over struck on coin with legand to rt.
Reverse: Large M, A (retrograde N's) O to left, A below,
6.77gm, 27/16 mm

This is the second of two main series struck as a imitative coinage usually derived from coins of Foca, Heraclius and Constans II. They do not employ a dating system and the officina and date they do have are considered meaning less at this time. Clive Foss from in "Arab -Byzantine coins" reports that a analyses by Pottier and colleagues concluded that they do correspond to a Byzantine standard and the most probable date of them was from 638-643. They are therefore considered some of the first identifiable Arab_Byzantine coins under the governorship of Mu'awiya.

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Noah  [Jan 10, 2010 at 01:19 AM]
great patina