DENO-426C9D: Medieval Coin: Byzantine Follis

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Unique ID: DENO-426C9D

Object type certainty: Certain
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Worn and pierced copper-alloy late Early Medieval Byzantine anonymous follis attributed to Constantine IX (1042-1055) of Class D (c.1050-60; Sear 1836). The obverse shows Christ in majesty with Jesus, nimbate, with pallium and colobrium, seated on throne, holding the Book of Gospels. The reverse has three lines of text reading IS-XS/bASILE/bASIL (Jesus Christ, King of Kings). Ref: Sear 1987, 378.

The piercing is a neat if slightly irregular oval located directly above the figure of Christ/directly below the inscription suggesting that the piercing was intended to convert the coin into a pendant. The force of the piercing appears to have slightly pushed the edge of the flan upwards at the top of the coin.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: Regional importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BYZANTINE
Period from: BYZANTINE
Period to: BYZANTINE
Date from: Circa AD 1050
Date to: Circa AD 1060

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Length: 30.6 mm
Width: 25.3 mm
Weight: 8.9 g

Personal details

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Recorded by: Ms Charlotte Burrill
Identified by: Ms Charlotte Burrill
Secondary identifier: Dr John Naylor

Other reference numbers

Other reference: CHFM 5443 (Exit 0503)

Materials and construction

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

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: copper Follis (40 nummi)
Ruler/issuer: Constantine IX Monomachos
Mint or issue place: Constantinople
Obverse description: Christ in majesty with Jesus, nimbate, with pallium and colobrium, seated on throne, holding the Book of Gospels.
Obverse inscription: Illegible
Reverse description: Cross above three lines of text.
Reverse inscription: IS-XS/bASILE/bASIL.
Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: East Midlands (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Derbyshire (County)
District: North East Derbyshire (District)
To be known as: Wingerworth Area

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: From a paper map
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 100 metre square.

References cited

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Created: 4 years ago
Updated: 3 years ago

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