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

 
 

Obverse

Leo III standing, wearing loros, holding akakia in raised right hand, cross held transversely in left. Traces of overstriking at left.

N[

Reverse

with cross above, |N in left field, and B below. Traces of overstriking at left.

Exergue

CON

Obverse

Leo III standing, wearing loros, holding akakia in raised right hand, cross held transversely in left. Traces of overstriking at left.

N[

Reverse

with cross above, |N in left field, and B below. Traces of overstriking at left.

Exergue

CON

Accession number BZC.1970.27.16
Ruler Leo III
Date of Reign 717–741
Metal Copper
Denomination Follis
Mint Constantinople
Date 717720
Diameter 20.0 mm
Weight 5.9 g
Relation of Dies 12:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

This coin was overstruck; traces include, on the obverse, a large globus cruciger to left, and, on the reverse, |N to the left of .

MIB 3:283, no. 24 (citing this coin as DO).

P. Grierson, “A New Early Follis Type of Leo III (718),” 76 and plate 4, no. 1.

Acquisition History

From Henry Weller, 1 July 1970