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Persian-ruled Syria, Copper, Follis, Imitation, Uncertain Mint, 613/614

 
 

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.

ONΛVΛ-NPVL

Reverse

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

Exergue

 AN

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.

ONΛVΛ-NPVL

Reverse

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

Exergue

 AN

Accession number BZC.2013.003.07
Ruler Persian-ruled Syria
Metal Copper
Denomination Follis
Mint Uncertain Mint
Date 613/614
Diameter 26.0 mm
Weight 8.49 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. For differences from the Antioch prototype (DOC 2.1:187, nos. 84.1–5), see Pottier, Le monnayage de la Syrie sous l’occupation perse (610–630), 32.

On this coin Pottier reads the blundered mint mark as OΥH (this is the mint mark which appears on BZC.2013.003.06). Pottier also records the weight as 8.48 g, but such a difference may occur.

H. Pottier, “Le monnayage de la Syrie sous l’occupation perse (610–630): Complément,” 459, no. 8b.

Acquisition History

Dr. Roger Lemaire, 2013