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ID:     BZ0016
Type:     Byzantine
Issuer:     Romanus III, Argyrus
Date Ruled:     AD 1028-1034
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     Follis, Class B
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 1028-1034
Diameter:     33 mm
Weight:     11.74 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Legend:     + EMMANOVHΛ
Obverse Description:     Bust of Christ facing wearing a nimbus, pallium and colobium holding an ornamented book of the Gospels with His left hand.
Reverse Legend:     IS-XS and beneath, bAS-ILE/ bAS-ILEbAS-ILE/bAS-ILE
Reverse Description:     Cross with a pellet at each extremity on three steps; above transverse limbs of the crucifix IS-XS and beneath, bAS-ILE/ bAS-ILE
Mint:     Constantinople
Primary Reference:     Sear 1823
Reference2:     DO pp 676-9
Photograph Credit:     Larry Gaye
Source:     Byzantine Coin Store
Grade:     VF
Notes:     This type is commonly struck over class A 2. In this case the obverse head of the host coin is very evident on the lower right of the reverse of the new strike. The reverse of the host coin is also clearly visible on the obverse of the new strike. A very fun coin.