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Maurice, Copper, Pentanummium, Constantinople, 582-602

 
 

Obverse

Bust of Maurice facing right and wearing diadem. Pellet border. Inscription is illegible.

Reverse

in indistinct border.

Obverse

Bust of Maurice facing right and wearing diadem. Pellet border. Inscription is illegible.

Reverse

in indistinct border.

Accession number BZC.1956.23.2449
Ruler Maurice
Date of Reign 582–602
Metal Copper
Denomination Pentanummium
Mint Constantinople
Date 582602
Diameter 13.0 mm
Weight 1.0 g
Relation of Dies 12:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

This coin, along with BZC.1956.23.2448, was omitted from DOC 1 because it was thought to be from the reign of Herakleios. Grierson omitted them from DOC 2 because it seemed unreasonable to create a class for Herakleios on the basis of two quite illegible coins. He was uncertain where they really belonged. Hahn (MIBEC 142, no. 74C) gives them to Maurice. Like half folles, pentanummia bear no mint mark and are attributed on a stylistic basis.

Compare to DOC 1:319, no. 68e.

Acquisition History

From Bertelé, 1956