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  • Anastasius Post-Reform Follis with Cross

    Since I still haven't picked up a set of the Dumbarton Oakes Byzantine refs (I just don't handle enough Byzantine yet to justify the expense), I haven't been able to determine if the following Anastasius follis can be narrowed down to a series in a shorter date range.



    Anastasius, AE Follis (Large Module), 498-518, Post-Reform Copper Coinage, Constantinople, Officina 1
    D N ANASTA_SIVS P P AVG
    Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust right, cross above forehead
    (No legend)
    Large M, pellet / * to left, cross above, pellet / * to right, A below
    CON in exergue
    32mm x 33mm, 17.70g
    SB 20 variant

    Note: Sear does not mention any varieties with a cross on the obverse. However, the plated example of SB 17 (small module follis) does appear to also have a cross on the obverse above the head of the emperor. Is the cross a series mark or something? Just an anomaly on some dies?

    Thanks in advance,

    --Zach Beasley
    Last edited by BeastCoins; Aug 10, 2009, 07:41 AM.
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  • #2
    Hello BeastCoins
    The pellets shows a new listrum. The coin was minted in the last listrum between 1.9.517 and 9.7.518. Source: Hahn, "The coinage of the Byzantine Empire". The cross on the RV occasionally occurs in Constantinople, and usually in Nikomedia.
    Regards
    Trub

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