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Constantine V, Copper, Token, Constantinople, 751-775

 
 

Obverse

Large cross potent with monogram in each quarter. Clockwise from top left: Kyrie boèthei (Laurent invocative monogram type VIII), Kônstantinôdespotè, kai Leônti.

Κύριε βοήθει Κωνσταντίνῳ δεσπότῃ καὶ Λεόντι 

Reverse

Inscription in five lines.

+ΠΤΩ
ΧΥΣτΩΝ
δεκεΝ
νεΚ
ΒΙΤΩΝ

 

πτωχοῖς τῶν δεκαεννέα ἀκουβίτων

Obverse

Large cross potent with monogram in each quarter. Clockwise from top left: Kyrie boèthei (Laurent invocative monogram type VIII), Kônstantinôdespotè, kai Leônti.

Κύριε βοήθει Κωνσταντίνῳ δεσπότῃ καὶ Λεόντι 

Reverse

Inscription in five lines.

+ΠΤΩ
ΧΥΣτΩΝ
δεκεΝ
νεΚ
ΒΙΤΩΝ

 

πτωχοῖς τῶν δεκαεννέα ἀκουβίτων

Accession number BZC.2013.006
Ruler Constantine V
Date of Reign 741–775
Associated Authority Leo IV
Metal Copper
Denomination Token
Mint Constantinople
Date 751775
Diameter 29.0 mm; field: 24.0 mm
Weight 32.73 g
Relation of Dies 12:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

Token distributed to the poor on the eighth day after the Feast of the Nativity in the palace hall called the Triklinos of the Nineteen Couches. The token could be exchanged for a purse with one nomisma inside. See S. Bendall and J. Nesbitt, “A ‘Poor’ Token from the Reign of Constantine V” (this coin, unique). 

Acquisition History

Simon Bendall, 2013.