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Offline aws22

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Byzantine gold coin fantasy using two reverse types
« on: October 19, 2018, 07:44:06 PM »
Byzantine gold coin fantasy using two reverse types
Weight 7.040 gm
Diameter 23 mm
Metal Pure Gold
Emperor standing, facing, head right, holding labarum and Victory on globe. The word ANTZ at the bottom.
Please help identifying this coin.

Maythem
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Offline Manzikert

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Re: Byzantine, Conob mint please identify
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2018, 10:47:13 PM »
I'm afraid it is a fantasy using two reverse types.

The standing Emperor is from the mint of Antioch, 'ANT', 7th officina 'Z'.
The two victories and cross type is supposed to be from Constantinople, 'CON' and the OB is believed to stand for 'obryzum', pure or refined gold.

I attach an image of a genuine (but rather battered) piece of Valentinian I from Antioch from my collection to illustrate the first one. I'm afraid I don't think I've ever seen the two victories and cross type before (it is usually just one victory and a cross) so that may be a total fantasy.

There are some crude ancient copies of Roman gold from India, but I've never seen one with two reverses.

Alan

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Re: Byzantine, Conob mint please identify
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2018, 04:12:38 AM »
Many thanks Alan.

Maythem
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