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ID number:  BIRBI-B4981
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:  977-989
Metal:  Silver
Diameter (cm):  2.30
Weight (g):  2.52
Axis (degrees):  0.00
Provenance:  Whitting 0243. Bought Glendining 3rd May 1951, lot 35.
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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 - · - above and below.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: Єn τOVτω nICA τ' bASILЄI C CωnSτ' (In this sign conquer, Basil and Constantine). Reverse + bASIL, / C CωhSτAh / ΠORCVROS' / ΠISτOI bAS' / RωmAIω' (Basil and Constantine, the purple-born, faithful emperors of the Romans).

Bibliography:  DOC III.2 AR17 var.

Notes:  A type DOC III.2 AR17 because of spelling of ΠISTOI, but - · - above and below rev. inscription makes it a variant.

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Whitting, Philip David
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