Co 745 (Middle Byzantine follis, Anonymous Class B) [permalink] [show more links]
Type
Inventoried Coin
Not after (date)
1042
Not before (date)
1030
Logical part of
Chicago/Indiana/Vanderbilt Excavations Inventoried Coins
Typological identification
Coin
Comparanda
DOCIII Anonymous Class B, pp. 676-679, pl. LV
Description
Original follis clipped down into even hexagon that retains roughly 30% of the coin and carefully frames the head of Christ. Perhaps this was some kind of religious keepsake, token, or possibly ring bezel.
Preservation comment
Wear: F. Patches of differential attrition across obverse and sparse, minute pitting. Narrow areas of white bronze disease on reverse.
Published as
KenchreaiIII, pp. 78, 92, no. 1222 (R. Hohlfelder identified as “Uncertain, Byzantine“)
Axis (1-12)
6
Has denomination
Follis
Numismatic Diameter (mm)
20.0
Numismatic Mint
Constantinople
Numismatic Weight (g)
2.3
Obverse Description
Facing bust of bearded Christ, surrounded by cruciform nimbus of dotted rays and one globule each in upper angles, wearing tunic and kolobion and holding Gospels [with five-jeweled cover]
Reverse Description
Cross on [three-]stepped base; inscription in angles
Reverse Inscription
[IS-XS | 𝖻]AS-I[LⲈ | 𝖻]AS-IL[Ⲉ]
Belongs to Historical Period
Middle Byzantine (Historical Period)
Material
Bronze (Material)
Has visual motif (depicts)
Christian Cross (Visual Motif)
Has visual motif (depicts)
Jesus Christ (Visual Motif)
Obverse Photograph
Reverse Photograph
Suggested citation
“Co 745 (Middle Byzantine follis, Anonymous Class B).” In Kenchreai Archaeological Archive, edited by J.L. Rife and S. Heath. The American Excavations at Kenchreai, 2013-2023. <http://kenchreai.org/ke/co0745>