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ID number:  BIRBI-B5102
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  P. D. Whitting Collection
Collector:  Whitting, Philip D.
Maker:  Anonymous; Constantinople
Denomination:  Follis
Place made:  Eurasia: Istanbul
Culture:  Byzantine
Date made:  976(?)-c.1030/35
Metal:  Base Metal
Diameter (cm):  2.75
Weight (g):  8.57
Axis (degrees):  180.00
Provenance:  Whitting 2275, Spink, 7th July 1953.
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Description:  Obverse: Bust of Christ (Type VIIb) facing, bearded, with nimbus; cross with : in each arm, wearing tunic and himation; right hand raised in blessing in sling of cloak, left hand holding book; nomina sacra in left and right field. Reverse: None.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: IC XC (Jesus Christ). Reverse: + IhꙄЧꙄ / XRIꙄTЧꙄ / ѦꙄILЄЧ' / ѦꙄILЄ' (Jesus Christ, King of Kings).

Bibliography:  DOC III.2.A2.52

Notes:  The variety of this coin makes it DOC Variant 52, which are classed as contemporary counterfeits, though this rule seems arbitrary and retrospective to us.

2 Related People

Constantinople
Roman;Byzantine


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Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
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