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Persian-ruled Syria, Copper, Follis, Imitation, Uncertain Mint, circa 610-630

 
 

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.

ONFOCΛ-NEPEΛV

Reverse

with cross above, |Ν|Ν| in left field, and |ΙΙ in right field.

Exergue

HCUP

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.

ONFOCΛ-NEPEΛV

Reverse

with cross above, |Ν|Ν| in left field, and |ΙΙ in right field.

Exergue

HCUP

Accession number BZC.2013.003.08
Ruler Persian-ruled Syria
Metal Copper
Denomination Follis
Mint Uncertain Mint
Date circa 610630
Diameter 26.0 mm
Weight 8.45 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, note the globule instead of O in ΑΝΝΟ and the exergue with C and .

Acquisition History

Dr. Roger Lemaire, 2013