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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-B4512
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Leo III; Constantine V; Constantinople
Denomination:  Semissis
Place made:  Istanbul
Culture:  Byzantine
Date made:  717-741
Metal:  Gold
Diameter (cm):  1.80
Weight (g):  2.17
Axis (degrees):  180.00
Provenance:  Whitting 0609; bt. Glendining 8th March 1957 (Austrian ambassador sale)
BIRBI-B4512.jpg

Description:  Obverse: bust facing in chlamys, cross crown and short beard, akakia in l. hand, globus cruciger in r. hand. Reverse: bust facing in chlamys, cross crown and beardless, akakia in l. hand, elongated globus cruciger in r. hand.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: CD LEON P A MUL (Lord Leo, eternal emperor for many years). Reverse: CONSτANτINU (Constantine).

Bibliography:  Cf. DOC III.1 AV13 & BN II pl.LXVI AV/06

Notes:  Later used as pendant. The lack of N in obverse inscription ‘dominus noster’ is unique to the Barber.

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