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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-B4560
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; Syracuse
Denomination:  Tremissis
Place made:  Sicily: Syracuse
Culture:  Byzantine
Date made:  720-741
Metal:  Gold
Diameter (cm):  1.35
Weight (g):  1.26
Axis (degrees):  180.00
Provenance:  Whitting 1012. Bt Glendining 10.ii.61 lot 89.
BIRBI-B4560.jpg

Description:  Obverse: bust of Constantine beardless wearing crown and chlamys, holding some form of cross (cross potent?) in right hand and akakia in left. Reverse: bearded bust of Leo III facing wearing chlamys and cross crown, holding a globus cruciger in right hand.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: [..]IM+ (Constantine?). Reverse: […]LE[…] (Leo).

Bibliography:  Cf. DOC III.1 pl. X Constantine V AV17
or BN II pl. LXVI Leo III sy/AV/01

Notes:  This type is usually attributed to Constantine V, but that he is beardless whereas Leo is bearded suggests that Leo should considered senior emperor. Whitting also made this attribution.

4 Related People

Syracuse
Greek; Roman; Byzantine


Constantine V
Byzantine
718
775-09-14
Leo III
Syrian
685
741-06-18
Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
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