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Theodosios III, Copper, Decanummium, Constantinople, 715-717

 
 

Obverse

Frontal head of Theodosios III is all that is visible of the bust. Possibly wears loros. No inscription legible.

Reverse

I with cross above and in left field.

Exergue

]O[

Obverse

Frontal head of Theodosios III is all that is visible of the bust. Possibly wears loros. No inscription legible.

Reverse

I with cross above and in left field.

Exergue

]O[

Accession number BZC.1969.25.10
Ruler Theodosios III
Date of Reign 715–717
Metal Copper
Denomination Decanummium
Mint Constantinople
Date 715717
Diameter 11.0 mm
Weight 0.4 g
Relation of Dies 5:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

The coin is partially broken. In Grierson’s opinion the coin’s identity is very uncertain. The slightly drooping mustache is perhaps more like Leo III, but all emperors from 705 to 717 have such a mustache. If there is a trace of a cross to the left of the I, the coin could be one of Philippikos’s (MIB 3:277, no. 23).

Acquisition History

From Henry Weller, 2 July 1969