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  • Denomination

    • nummus, 12
  • Description

    Copper alloy coin.(obverse) Bust of Justinian, diademed, draped and cuirassed, right.
    (reverse) Denomination and mint signature.

  • State

    • Byzantine Empire
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  • Dimensions

    • Weight: 3.77 grammes
    • Die-axis: 6 o'clock
    • Diameter: 16 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        reverse field and exergue
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        I+B // AΛεZ
      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

      • Inscription Content

  • Curator's comments

    W. E. Crum and H. I. Bell, Wadi Sarga: Coptic and Greek texts from the excavations undertaken by the Byzantine Research Account Copenhagen 1922), 9.

  • Bibliography

    • MIB1 165 bibliographic details
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  • Acquisition notes

    Excavated 1913-1914 by Reginald Campbell Thompson on behalf of the Byzantine Research Fund. Transferred to Coins and Medals 2 Sept 1982 as part of a group of eight coins from Wadi Sarga. The group included one Umayyad fals (1919,0505.793) and a group of Byzantine coins of Alexandria (Justinian I, Tiberius II), reg. no. 1919,0505.786-792

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

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  • Additional IDs

    • B.11470


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