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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-B4808
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Leo VI; Constantine VII; Constantinople
Denomination:  Nomisma
Place made:  Istanbul
Culture:  Byzantine
Date made:  908-912
Metal:  Gold
Diameter (cm):  2.10
Weight (g):  4.38
Axis (degrees):  180.00
Provenance:  Whitting 0361. Ex 'foreign ambassador's' collection, 1957, from A.H. Baldwin, November 1949.
BIRBI-B4808.jpg

Description:  Obverse: Christ enthroned facing on lyre-backed throne, wearing tunic with r. hand raised in blessing and holding gospel on l. knee. Reverse: Leo standing l. facing bearded, wearing loros with end draped over r. arm and decorated with cross, holding globus cruciger in r. hand, to r. Constantine shorter standing facing beardless, wearing loros with end trailing over l. arm and decorated with cross, holding globus cruciger in l. hand. Both holding long patriarchal cross between them, Leo's hand above Constantine's, and both wear crowns topped with crosses.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: + IhS XPS REX REGNANTIЧM (Jesus Christ, King of Kings). Reverse: LЄOh ЄT COnSTANTI AЧʕʕI ROM' (Leo and Constantine, emperors of the Romans).

Bibliography:  DOC III.2 2

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