SOM-33B0A5: Byzantine coin: follis of Constantine VII, Porphyrogenitus, with Zoe

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Unique ID: SOM-33B0A5

Object type certainty: Certain
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A Byzantine copper-alloy follis of Constantine VII (913-59), Porphyrogenitus, with Zoe dating to AD 913-19. Minted at Constantinople (Sear 1758). Ref: Sear 1974: 292.

The coin is badly chipped and corroded.


The coin has come from a site with other 10th and 11th century material and this, and the condition of the coin, suggests it is a contemporary import and loss. The findspot is near a medieval harbour and it is probably associated with this trading activity.

Find of note status

This is a find of note and has been designated: County / local importance

Subsequent actions

Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder


Broad period: BYZANTINE
Period from: BYZANTINE
Period to: BYZANTINE
Date from: Exactly AD 913
Date to: Exactly AD 919

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 5.12 g
Diameter: 25.3 mm

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Other reference numbers

Other reference: SCC receipt 018244

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 VII and Romanus I
Mint or issue place: Constantinople
Obverse description: Crowned facing busts of Constantine, wearing loros, and Zoe, wearing chlamys, holding patriarchal between them
Obverse inscription: +COnS[TAnT']CE ZO[H] b
Reverse description: Legend in five lines
Reverse inscription: +COnS/[TAN]tINO' / CE ZOH bA/SILIS RO/MEON
Die axis measurement: 5 o'clock
Degree of wear: Worn: fine

Coin references

No coin references available.

Spatial metadata

Region: South West (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Somerset (County)
District: Sedgemoor (District)
To be known as: Weare CP

Spatial coordinates

Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
General landuse: Cultivated land

References cited

Author Publication Year Title Publication Place Publisher Pages Reference
Sear, D.R. 1987 Byzantine Coins and their Values Seaby

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Created: 2 years ago
Updated: 10 months ago

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