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Identification and Creation
Object Number
1951.31.4.1123
People
Constantine VI, Byzantine (780 - 792)
Title
Follis of Constantine VI and Irene, Constantinople
Classification
Coins
Work Type
coin
Date
792-797 CE
Places
Creation Place: Ancient & Byzantine World, Europe, Constantinople (Thrace)
Period
Byzantine period, Early
Culture
Byzantine
Persistent Link
https://hvrd.art/o/196613
Physical Descriptions
Medium
Bronze
Metal
AE
Technique
Struck
Dimensions
2.77 g
Die Axis
6
Denomination
follis
Inscriptions and Marks
  • Obverse Inscription: No inscr.
  • Reverse Inscription: Below line, M, to l., X, to r., N, beneath, A.
State, Edition, Standard Reference Number
Standard Reference Number
DOC 3.1, 7.5 (p. 346)
Acquisition and Rights
Credit Line
Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Bequest of Thomas Whittemore
Accession Year
1951
Object Number
1951.31.4.1123
Division
Asian and Mediterranean Art
Contact
am_asianmediterranean@harvard.edu
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Descriptions
Description
Obv.: Bust of Irene facing, wearing loros and crown with cross, pinnacles, and pendilia. In r. hand, gl. cr.; in l., cross scepter.

Rev.: Above horizontal line, bust of Constantine facing, wearing chlamys and crown with cross. In r. hand, gl. cr. In field r., cross. Two pellets r., only 1 visible to l.


Old info:
reverse die axis 6 o'clock
Obverse: facing bust of Irene, wearing loros and crown with cross
Reverse: facing bust of Constantine, beardless, wearing chlamys and crown with cross
large below central line, M (mark of value = 40 nummi); smaller, below, A (workshop 1); to the left and right, X and N (date formula
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, 346, cat 7.5, pl. 14

Ioli Kalavrezou, Byzantine Women and Their World, exh. cat., Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, MA, 2003), p. 60/figs. 19a, 19b

Exhibition History

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

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