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ID number:  BIRBI-B4797
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Basil I; Leo VI; Alexander; Sicily
Denomination:  Follis
Place made:  Sicily
Culture:  Byzantine
Date made:  879-886
Metal:  Base metal
Diameter (cm):  2.00
Weight (g):  3.11
Axis (degrees):  180.00
Provenance:  Whitting 1479. L.A. Lawrence II. 1301, January 1951.
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Description:  Obverse: Basil standing facing, bearded, wearing loros and crown topped with cross, holding labarum in r. hand. Reverse: Leo l. and Alexander r. standing facing, beardless, both wearing chlamys and crown topped with cross, six-pointed star above.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: bA SILIS AII (Basil, emperor). Reverse: + L[…] CЄ ALЄJ […] (Leo and Alexander, emperors).

Bibliography:  DOC III.2 13a (Constantinople)

Notes:  This type is listed as Constantinople by Dumbarton Oaks, and unknown mint by Bibliotheque Nationale, but is stylistically and in terms of content extremely similar to types of Sicilian coins of Theophilos.

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