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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 hand.

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Reverse

with |N|N|O in left field and B below. Trace of X|X in right field.

Exergue

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Obverse

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

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Reverse

with |N|N|O in left field and B below. Trace of X|X in right field.

Exergue

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Accession number BZC.1970.27.17
Ruler Leo III
Date of Reign 717–741
Metal Copper
Denomination Follis
Mint Constantinople
Date 717720
Diameter 20.0 mm
Weight 2.64 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

This coin is corroded. Compare to DOC 2.2:609, no. 85, which is the corresponding half follis, originally assigned to Justinian II and now definitely assignable to the early years of Leo III’s reign.

P. Grierson, “A New Early Follis Type of Leo III (718),” 76 and plate 4, no. 2.

Acquisition History

From Henry Weller, 1 July 1970