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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Asian Coins| > |Sasanian Empire| > BZ65895
Sasanian Empire, Levantine Occupation, 610 - 629 A.D., Imitative of Constans II
|Sasanian| |Empire|, |Sasanian| |Empire,| |Levantine| |Occupation,| |610| |-| |629| |A.D.,| |Imitative| |of| |Constans| |II|, The obverse of this type recalls the 12 nummi struck during the Persian occupation of Alexandria. It does not fit neatly into other imitative series. We have tentatively attributed it to the Persian occupation of the Levant.

This coin was published in "Identification, Please?" in Numismatics International Bulletin, Vol. 11, 2, September 1976 (p. 324) by the Rev. Paul E. Syster. It was incorrectly attributed as an official issue of Justinian II from the Sardinia mint.

On the closely related specimen in the Bibliothque Nationale the M is flanked by A/N/-A/X. That specimen, of similar fabric, carries the marks of the first officina of Constantinople. Morrisson did not attempt attribution beyond imitative of Constans II.

Another example, CNG e-auction 225, lot 631, has the crescent and star on the obverse reversed and a crescent mintmark. CNG attributed the type as a "local imitation" without specifying the location.

BZ65895. Bronze follis, Imitative of Constans II; NI Bulletin, vol. 11, no. 2, p. 57 corr. (this coin); cf. Morrisson BnF 3/X/AE/O1; CNG e-auction 225, lot 631, VF, overstruck on cut down earlier follis, Levantine mint, weight 6.009g, maximum diameter 29.0mm, die axis 0o, 610 - 630 A.D.; obverse Byzantine imperial bust facing wearing crown with cross, globus cruciger in right, star upper left, crescent upper right, S right; reverse large M (40 nummi), cross above, A/N-N/N flanking, Γ (3rd officina) below; extremely rare; SOLD


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