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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1951.31.4.1219
People
Basil I, Byzantine (r. 867 - 868)
Title
Solidus of Basil I
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
868 or 882 (?) CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Byzantium (Thrace)
Period
Byzantine period, Middle
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/168873
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Gold
Metal
AV
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
4.44 g
Die Axis
6
Denomination
solidus
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Obverse Inscription: +bASILIOS AYGYST'b'
  • Reverse Inscription: COnSTAnT' SEVdeltaOCIA*
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
DOC 3.2, 3.1 (p. 489)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore
Accession Year
1951
Object Number
1951.31.4.1219
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Obverse: Bust facing, bearded, wearing loros and crown with cross. In r. hand, globus surmounted by patriarchal cross; in l., akakia.

Reverse: Two busts facing, Constantine on l., beardless, wearing chlamys and crown with cross, holding in r. hand gl. cr.; Eudocia on r., wearing loros and crown with cross and two pinnacles, holding in l. hand cross scepter. Above, cross.
Publication History

Alfred R. Bellinger, ed., Catalogue of Byzantine Coins in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection and in the Whittemore Collection, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection (Washington, D.C, 1992), vol. 3, part 2, 489, cat 3.1

Ioli Kalavrezou, Byzantine Women and Their World, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 98/figs. 38a, 38b

Exhibition History

Byzantine Women and Their World, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, 10/25/2002 - 04/28/2003

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