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Persian-ruled Syria, Copper, Follis, Imitation, Uncertain Mint, circa 611/612

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of Phokas wearing loros and crown with cross on circlet. Mappa in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand. 

ONFOCS - NΕPΕΛΥ

Reverse

with cross above, |Ν|Ν|Ο in left field, and  in right field.

Exergue

ΗΕΡ

Obverse

Frontal bust of Phokas wearing loros and crown with cross on circlet. Mappa in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand. 

ONFOCS - NΕPΕΛΥ

Reverse

with cross above, |Ν|Ν|Ο in left field, and  in right field.

Exergue

ΗΕΡ

Accession number BZC.2013.003.01
Ruler Persian-ruled Syria
Metal Copper
Denomination Follis
Mint Uncertain Mint
Date circa 611/612
Diameter 24.0 mm
Weight 7.19 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

An imitative follis of class I (Phokas) minted in northern Syria under Persian rule. Cf. DOC 2.1:188–89, no. 90, on which the emperor holds an eagle-topped scepter and there is an inscription with FOCS. All known specimens of this type have the same obverse and reverse dies and are linked with some class II coins.

H. Pottier, Le monnayage de la Syrie sous l’occupation perse (610–630), no. 2.2 (this coin).

Acquisition History

Dr. Roger Lemaire, 2013