NCL-3300B0: Early Medieval token: byzantine

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Unique ID: NCL-3300B0

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

An imitation of a tetarteron of Alexios I (1081-1118), post-reform (1092) of the mint of Constantinople. Reference for the real issue (and not this imitation) can be found in Dumbarton Oaks Coins vol 4, no 33. Julian Baker of the Ashmolean Museum (Oxford) indicated that it was a good imitation, though the style was not quite right, and the coin itself is too round and not irregular enough to be an official issue of the era. That said, it is probably contemporary as these have very little collector's value, unless made as a tourist trinket in more recent centuries.

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BYZANTINE
Subperiod from: Late
Period from: BYZANTINE
Date from: AD 1092

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Thickness: 2.09 mm
Weight: 4 g
Diameter: 20.22 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Saturday 1st January 1949

Personal details

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Recorded by: Dr Robert Collins
Identified by: Dr Robert Collins
Secondary identifier: Dr Julian Baker

Materials and construction

Primary material: Copper alloy
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: copper tetarteron
Ruler/issuer: Alexios I Komnenos
Mint or issue place: Constantinople
Obverse description: Forward bust with orb and sceptre, based on Alexois I
Reverse description: Facing bust of Christ, based on anonymous follis of 10-11th century date
Degree of wear: Slightly worn: very fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

County or Unitary authority: South Tyneside (Metropolitan District)
District: South Tyneside (Metropolitan District)

Spatial coordinates

4 Figure: NZ3667
Four figure Latitude: 54.996285
Four figure longitude: -1.438822
1:25K map: NZ3667
1:10K map: NZ36NE
Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Other
Specific landuse: Land dedicated to the display of a monument

References cited

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Created: 9 years ago
Updated: 6 years ago

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