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Anastasios II, Silver, Coin (Uncertain Value), Constantinople, 713-715

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of Anastasios II wearing chlamys. Globus cruciger in right hand. No inscription.

Reverse

Christogram ().

Obverse

Frontal bust of Anastasios II wearing chlamys. Globus cruciger in right hand. No inscription.

Reverse

Christogram ().

Accession number BZC.2002.9
Ruler Anastasios II
Date of Reign 713–715
Metal Silver
Denomination Coin (Uncertain Value)
Mint Constantinople
Date 713715
Diameter 12.0 x 18.0 mm
Weight 1.15 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

This is one example of the series of coins issued for distributions, which were done in silver and not any more apparently in gold in the crisis context of the late seventh and early eighth centuries (see C. Morrisson, “Imperial Generosity and Its Monetary Expression: The Rise and Decline of the ‘Largesses,’” 40 and fig. 18, this coin illustrated).

Not in DOC or in MIB, but see C. M. Moulakis, “A New 1/4 Siliqua of Anastasius II Artemius (713–715)” (commenting upon the similar but lighter specimen from Leu sale 36, 1985, no. 392 = Sternberg sale 31, 1988, no. 579 now in the BnF).

 

Acquisition History

From Numismatica Ars Classica, Zurich, auction no. 23, 19 March 2002, no. 1740. C. M. Moulakis, probably bought it at the Leu sale, Zurich, March 1985.