Co 412 (Early Islamic fals from Syria-Palestine) [permalink] [show more links]
Inventoried Coin
Not after (date)
Not before (date)
Logical part of
Chicago/Indiana/Vanderbilt Excavations Inventoried Coins
Typological identification
Model: DOCII Constans II 90, p. 460, pl. XXVII (Constantinople, Half Follis Class I, dated 643/4)
sim. Foss2001, pp. 6, 12, nos. 2-3
Arab-Byzantine imitation of half-follis of Constans II. Note slightly irregular details such as blundered reverse inscription, shape, and broken and irregular form of letters. The obverse is more imitative and the reverse is more derivative. Arab-Byzantine imitations of half-folles are extremely rare.
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)
Has denomination
Numismatic Diameter (mm)
Numismatic Weight (g)
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)
Bronze (Material)
Has visual motif (depicts)
Christian Cross (Visual Motif)
Obverse Photograph
Reverse 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, 2013-2024. <>