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John I Tzimiskes, Copper, Coin (Uncertain Value), Imitation, Uncertain Mint, 969-976

 
 

Obverse

Monogram of John I Tzimiskes within beaded border: I ω  n n o v.

Reverse

Monogram within beaded border: Δ Ε  Π Ο Τ Ο v.

Obverse

Monogram of John I Tzimiskes within beaded border: I ω  n n o v.

Reverse

Monogram within beaded border: Δ Ε  Π Ο Τ Ο v.

Accession number BZC.2009.007
Ruler John I Tzimiskes
Date of Reign 969–976
Metal Copper
Denomination Coin (Uncertain Value)
Mint Uncertain Mint
Date 969976
Diameter 21.0 mm
Weight 3.34 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

Cécile Morrisson wonders if this coin is Georgian and perhaps an imitation of a Cherson coin. The coin is struck, not cast like the Cherson ones. The sale catalogue cites D. M. Lang, Studies in the Numismatic History of Georgia in Transcaucasia, Based on the Collection of the American Numismatic Society, 18–20, but the book mentions silver coins “of Byzantine affinity” of Bagrat IV (1027–1072) and Giorgi II (1072–1089) and rare copper coins of David the Builder (1089–1125), with the Virgin on obverse and “a cross surrounded by the king's name and title” on reverse.

Acquisition History

From the Füeg's Collection Stack's NYC sale, 12 January 2009, lot 3243, from Classical Numismatic Auctions 19, 1992, no. 610