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Anastasios I, Copper, Half Follis, Antioch, 498-507

 
 

Obverse

Bust of Anastasios I facing right wearing diadem, cuirass, and paludamentum. Cross above head. 

ΟΝΝSTSIVSV

Reverse

 (inverted mark of value and officina) in left field and cross between  Ν T X in right field.

Obverse

Bust of Anastasios I facing right wearing diadem, cuirass, and paludamentum. Cross above head. 

ΟΝΝSTSIVSV

Reverse

 (inverted mark of value and officina) in left field and cross between  Ν T X in right field.

Accession number BZC.2015.054
Ruler Anastasios I
Date of Reign 491–518
Metal Copper
Denomination Half Follis
Mint Antioch
Date 498507
Diameter 24.0 x 27.0 mm
Weight 7.67 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

Hahn (MIBE 92, no. 58) describes all specimens as depicting the bust with a “cross topped diadem.” DOC 1.1:32–33, no. 47a–b, have the same design, but it is less visible than on the present example. 

Acquisition History

Warren P. Esty, 12 December 2015, from the Rev. Dan Clark collection, no. 49, var. 1, from Pegasi Numismatics, Ann Arbor, MI