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Leo III, Copper, Follis, Constantinople, 720-circa 721

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of Leo III, bearded, wearing chlamys and crown with cross on circlet. Globus cruciger in right hand, akakia in left hand.

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Reverse

Frontal bust of Constantine V as an infant between two crosses and above an elaborate horizontal bar. M below with X|X|R in right field.

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Obverse

Frontal bust of Leo III, bearded, wearing chlamys and crown with cross on circlet. Globus cruciger in right hand, akakia in left hand.

]-NPML

Reverse

Frontal bust of Constantine V as an infant between two crosses and above an elaborate horizontal bar. M below with X|X|R in right field.

]-NSINSM

Accession number BZC.1973.42
Catalogue ID as DOC 3.1:256, no. 29d.6
Ruler Leo III
Date of Reign 717–741
Associated Authority Constantine V
Metal Copper
Denomination Follis
Mint Constantinople
Date 720circa 721
Diameter 27.0 mm
Weight 10.37 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

This coin is a follis of Class 2a. The meaning of R is discussed in Philip Grierson, “La lettre ‘R’ au revers de folles de Justinien II” (reverse of this coin illustrated). He suggests that it could stand for restauratus or restitutus, in an allusion to his return to power, cited as such in Isidore of Seville.

As DOC 3.1:256, no. 29d (officina letter illegible), but with R beneath the X|X.

 

Acquisition History

From Spink's Numismatic Circular, 20 December 1973