Co 412 (Early Islamic fals from Syria-Palestine) [permalink] [show more links]
Type
Inventoried Coin
Logical part of
Chicago/Indiana/Vanderbilt Excavations Inventoried Coins
Typological identification
Coin
Comparanda
Model: DOCII Constans II 90, p. 460, pl. XXVII (Constantinople, Half Follis Class I, dated 643/644)
Comparanda
sim. Foss2001, pp. 6, 12, nos. 2-3
Description
This is an Arab-Byzantine imitation of a half-follis of Constans II: slightly irregular details such as blundered reverse legend, the shape, and the broken and irregular form of the letters. The obverse is more imitative and the reverse is more derivative. Arab-Byzantine imitations of half-folles are extremely rare: [@Foss2001, p. 6.
Label or tag text
W. of Atrium on floor
Preservation comment
Wear: flatstruck aVF. Extensively nicked and chipped edge to a ragged state; slight, extensive pitting. Scattered, thin patches of pale blue bronze disease on both faces.
Published as
KenchreaiIII, p. 71, no. 1083 (R. Hohlfelder identified as “Uncertain, Sixth Century, Half-Follis“)
Axis (1-12
6
Has denomination
Fas
Numismatic Diameter (mm.)
19.0
Numismatic Weight (grs.)
2.17
Obverse Description
Facing, half-length figure of emperor, wearing crown with cross and chlamys, holding long cross in right hand and globus cruciger in left hand; all within thin (dotted?) border
Reverse Description
Irregular inscription within thick band border
Reverse Inscription
Large K (off-center right); above, traces of cross (turned off-axis); [A?]|N|N|A - I; below, Ⲉ (broken, tenuous, blobby letter forms)
Belongs to Historical Period
Early Byzantine (Historical Period)
Material
Bronze (Material)
Has visual motif (depicts)
Christian Cross (Visual Motif)
Photograph
Photograph
Suggested citation
“Co 412 (Early Islamic fals from Syria-Palestine).” In Kenchreai Archaeological Archive, edited by J.L. Rife and S. Heath. The American Excavations at Kenchreai, 2013-2022. <http://kenchreai.org/ke/co0412>