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Basil I, Gold, Semissis, Syracuse, 868-879

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of Basil I wearing loros and crown with cross and holding patriarchal cross in right hand.

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Reverse

Frontal bust of Constantine wearing chlamys and holding a cross in right hand.

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Obverse

Frontal bust of Basil I wearing loros and crown with cross and holding patriarchal cross in right hand.

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Reverse

Frontal bust of Constantine wearing chlamys and holding a cross in right hand.

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Accession number BZC.2002.14
Ruler Basil I
Date of Reign 867–886
Associated Authority Constantine (son of Basil I)
Metal Gold
Denomination Semissis
Mint Syracuse
Date 868879
Diameter 12.0 mm
Weight 1.2 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat
Condition Chipped

Commentary

This coin is a semissis of debased gold. Cf. DOC 3.2:503, nos. 14 and 15, which have Basil I holding single cross.

Acquisition History

From A. H. Baldwin's Selection, 6 September 2002