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Leo III, Copper, Half Follis, Constantinople, 717-720

 
 

Obverse

Leo III standing, holding raised akakia in right hand and cross scepter in left hand. Inscription illegible.

Reverse

with cross above, XX in right field, and Γ below.

Obverse

Leo III standing, holding raised akakia in right hand and cross scepter in left hand. Inscription illegible.

Reverse

with cross above, XX in right field, and Γ below.

Accession number BZC.1969.25.7
Catalogue ID as DOC 2.2:609, no. 85
Ruler Leo III
Date of Reign 717–741
Metal Copper
Denomination Half Follis
Mint Constantinople
Date 717720
Diameter 15.0 mm
Weight 1.82 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

Grierson (DOC 2.2:609, no. 85) initially assigned this type to Justinian II’s second reign (705–711), but later assigned it to early in Leo III’s reign.

MIB 3:286, no. 26.

P. Grierson, “A New Early Follis Type of Leo III (718),” 77 and plate 4, no. 5.

Acquisition History

From Henry Weller, 2 July 1969