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John I Tzimiskes, Gold, Solidus, Forgery, Imitation, Uncertain Mint, 969-976

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of Christ wearing a cloak. Right hand raised in blessing.

Reverse

Frontal bust of John I Tzimiskes crowned by Virgin. Patriarchal cross in John’s left hand. Traces of inscription.

Obverse

Frontal bust of Christ wearing a cloak. Right hand raised in blessing.

Reverse

Frontal bust of John I Tzimiskes crowned by Virgin. Patriarchal cross in John’s left hand. Traces of inscription.

Accession number BZC.2004.18
Ruler John I Tzimiskes
Date of Reign 969–976
Metal Gold
Denomination Solidus
Mint Uncertain Mint
Date 969976
Diameter 20.0 mm
Weight 2.6 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

This coin is a plated forgery of a solidus and a Kievan copy. This coin is also an imitation of DOC 3.2:595, no. 6.

Acquisition History

From A. H. Baldwin's auction 36, 4 May 2004, 129, from the Professor John Gallon Collection of British, Russian, and Related Coins (partly formed in the former USSR)