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Uncertain Authority, Silver, Miliaresion, Imitation, Uncertain Mint, 976-1025

 
 

Obverse

Cross with X at intersection, on base and two steps. Bust of emperors on either side. Circular legend with left illegible.

IΛCIL

Reverse

Blundered inscription in four lines, above and below.

IΩΛN[

Obverse

Cross with X at intersection, on base and two steps. Bust of emperors on either side. Circular legend with left illegible.

IΛCIL

Reverse

Blundered inscription in four lines, above and below.

IΩΛN[

Accession number BZC.2004.20
Ruler Uncertain Authority
Date of Reign 976–1025
Metal Silver
Denomination Miliaresion
Mint Uncertain Mint
Date 9761025
Diameter 21.0 mm
Weight 1.18 g
Relation of Dies 12:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

This coin is a Tmutarakan base silver imitation of a Byzantine silver miliaresion. The inscription on the reverse would have been copied from a miliaresion of John I Tzimiskes; it is a hybrid type mule. Compare to K. Golenko, “Die Tamaner Gruppe der Nachahmungen byzantinischer Miliarensia.

Acquisition History

From A.H. Baldwin's auction 36, 4 May 2004, 142, from the John Gallon collection formed in Russia