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Bulgars in Byzantine Bulgaria(?), Anonymous Follis of Christ, Imitative of Class A3, c. 1023 - 1040 A.D.
This imitative was most likely struck by an unofficial mint in unruly Byzantine Bulgaria. In 1018, the Byzantine emperor Basil II conquered the First Bulgarian Empire. The Bulgarian aristocracy were given Byzantine titles and moved to Asia. The existing tax system, laws, and the role of low-ranking nobility remained, at first, unchanged. As the Byzantine Empire declined under Basil's successors, Pecheneg invasions and rising taxes led to discontent and major uprisings. Bulgaria remained under Byzantine rule until the brothers Asen and Peter liberated the country in 1185, establishing the Second Bulgarian Empire.
BZ86796. Bronze anonymous follis
, See Lampinen Imitative
, p. 54, for a similar Class A imitative; prototype: Basil II & Constantine VIII
, 1023-1028, SBCV
1818, VF, somewhat weak strike
, other than the small flan
and retrograde reverse inscription
is similar to the official prototype, unofficial (Bulgarian?) mint, weight
7.975g, maximum diameter
27.2mm, die axis
, c. 1023 - 1040 A.D.; obverse
facing nimbate bust
of Christ, pallium
, Gospels in both hands
, no legend
retrograde Greek inscription
: + IhSuS / XRISTuS / bASILEu / bASILE (Greek: Jesus Christ King
of Kings); SOLD
Catalog current as of Thursday, April 18, 2019.
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