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ID number:  BIRBI-B4875
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Romanos I Lekapenos; Constantinople
Denomination:  Follis
Place made:  Istanbul
Culture:  Byzantine
Date made:  931-944
Metal:  Base Metal
Diameter (cm):  2.80
Weight (g):  5.25
Axis (degrees):  180.00
Provenance:  Whitting 3639. A. H. Baldwin, April 1949.

Description:  Obverse: Bust of Romanos facing, bearded, wearing chlamys and crown with cross, holding globus cruciger in l. hand and labarum in r. hand resting over r. shoulder. Reverse: Bust of Constantine facing, beardless, to l. wearing a loros and crown with pendilia and a cross, with Zoe taller to r. wearing chlamys and crown with pendilia and a cross. They hold between them a long cross.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: +COhS Tahτ… ZO… RW (Constantine and Zoe, Emperors of the Romans). Reverse: RWMA h'ЄxϴЄW b… τILЄHS RW …Wh (Romanos, by God Emperor of the Romans).

Bibliography:  DOC III.2 pl. XXXVIII AE25

Notes:  Overstruck on follis of Constantine VII with Zoe (DOC III.2, AE22), obverse on reverse.

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Whitting, Philip David
Romanos I Lekapenos

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