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Persian-ruled Syria, Copper, Follis, Imitation, Uncertain Mint, 615/616

 
 

Obverse

Justin II on left and Sophia on right, both nimbate and seated on lyre-backed throne. Justin II holds globus cruciger in right hand, Sophia holds cruciform scepter transversely.

ONIVSTI - NΛIIIII  

Reverse

with cross above, Α|Ν|Ν|O in left field, Ϛ in right field, and Β below.

Exergue

NΙKO

Obverse

Justin II on left and Sophia on right, both nimbate and seated on lyre-backed throne. Justin II holds globus cruciger in right hand, Sophia holds cruciform scepter transversely.

ONIVSTI - NΛIIIII  

Reverse

with cross above, Α|Ν|Ν|O in left field, Ϛ in right field, and Β below.

Exergue

NΙKO

Accession number BZC.2013.003.40
Ruler Persian-ruled Syria
Metal Copper
Denomination Follis
Mint Uncertain Mint
Date 615/616
Diameter 26.0 mm
Weight 10.13 g
Relation of Dies 5:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

An imitative follis of class V (3) (Justin II and Sophia) minted in northern Syria under Persian rule. Note the elongated faces of the emperors, the low position of the knees, the design of Sophia's scepter as only just touching her body, and the anomalous height of the shaft of the cross in Justin II’s globus. 

See Pottier, pp. 36–37. The lyre-backed throne is simply suggested by a winding line to the right.

H. Pottier, Le monnayage de la Syrie sous l’occupation perse (610–630), 137, no. 68.3 (this coin illustrated)

Acquisition History

Dr. Roger Lemaire, 2013