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ID number:  BIRBI-B4977
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Basil II; Constantine VIII; Constantinople
Denomination:  Miliaresion
Place made:  Istanbul
Culture:  Byzantine
Date made:  989-1025
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.00
Weight (g):  1.85
Axis (degrees):  0.00
Provenance:  Whitting 0245.
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Description:  Obverse: bust of Basil l. and Constantine r. wearing loros and chlamys, respectively, and cross crowns with pendilia. In centre, cross crosslet on globus on four steps, shaft with pellet in U, and X at junction of arms. Reverse: inscription with -(four pellets)- above and -(five pellets)- below.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: ЄL TOVτω ΓIЄΛ Γ' ASILωI C CωTIT (In this sign conquer, Basil and Constantine). Reverse + bASIΓ' / C CωΓSTAΓ / ΠORKVROΓ / ΠISτOI bS / RωmAIω (Basil and Constantine, the purple-born, faithful emperors of the Romans).

Bibliography:  c.f. DOC III.2 AR17 blundering of inscription apparently unique.

Notes:  Counterfeit? Very poor inscription - possibly an illiterate person copying a real model. Also note difference in above and below rev. inscription ornamentation.

4 Related People

Constantinople
Roman;Byzantine


Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
Constantine VIII
Byzantine
960
1028
Basil II
Byzantine
958
1025
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