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ID:     721938
Type:     Roman Imperial
Issuer:     Leo I
Date Ruled:     AD 457-474
Metal:     Silver
Denomination:     Half Siliqua
Struck / Cast:     struck
Weight:     0.80 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Legend:     DN LEO-PER T AVG
Obverse Description:     Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right
Reverse Legend:     SAL/REI/PUI
Reverse Description:     Legend in three lines within wreath; CONS*
Exergue:     CONS*
Mint Mark:     CONS*
Mint:     Constantinople(?)
Primary Reference:     RIC X 650
Reference2:     RSC 12†a
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     VF, toned, a little porous, find patina
Notes:     Sale: CNG 72, Lot: 1938 Rare. From the Marc Poncin Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 66 (19 May 2004), lot 1657.Although siliquae of this type were struck throughout Leo's reign, Kent (in RIC) identified a similar series distinguished by a blundered legend, consistently lower weight (circa 0.71 g), and atypical fabric. Their origin and official character, however, remain uncertain, due the lack of a parallel for them in other reigns and the absence of any published evidence of provenance. As such, Kent tentatively labeled them as imitative.