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Persian-ruled Syria, Copper, Follis, Imitation, Uncertain Mint, 616/617

 
 

Obverse

Phokas standing at left and Leontia standing at right, both crowned. Phokas holds globus cruciger in right hand, Leontia holds a cruciform scepter transversely.

ΛOVΛΛ - ΝΥ

Reverse

 with cross above, |Ν|Ν|Ο in left field, and []|ΙΙ in right field.

Exergue

VH

Obverse

Phokas standing at left and Leontia standing at right, both crowned. Phokas holds globus cruciger in right hand, Leontia holds a cruciform scepter transversely.

ΛOVΛΛ - ΝΥ

Reverse

 with cross above, |Ν|Ν|Ο in left field, and []|ΙΙ in right field.

Exergue

VH

Accession number BZC.2013.003.06
Ruler Persian-ruled Syria
Metal Copper
Denomination Follis
Mint Uncertain Mint
Date 616/617
Diameter 24.0 mm
Weight 7.25 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

An imitative follis of class II (1) (Phokas and Leontia/M) minted in northern Syria under Persian rule. Particularly blundered inscription. Could be a “barbarous imitation” of the better standardized Syrian folles. For other types of these imitations, see Le monnayage de la Syrie sous l’occupation perse (610–630), 87. 

 

Acquisition History

Dr. Roger Lemaire, 2013