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Silver copy of an AV Solidus, imitating Constantine VII and Romanus II. +IhS XIS REX REGNANTIUM Facing busts of Christ, wearing nimbus cruciger, tunic and himation, right hand raised in blessing, holding book of Gospels in left. COnSTAnT On ROmAn AIIAIA (sic) Facing busts of Constantine VII, with short beard on left, and Romanus II, beardless on right, each wearing crown, holding long patriarchal cross between them, Constantine wearing loros, Romanus wearing chlamys. 18mm. 1.98g. For AV Solidus type, SB 1751; DO 15 (Class XV); CBN 15-22; Wroth (BMC) 60-63 and 65-6; Ratto 1905. Ex Middle East Numismatics via eBay, April, 2004.


Sent to David Sear for inclusion to his notes on Byzantine forgeries. CoA received on June 24, 2004:


"This is a copy, in silver, of a gold solidus type of the joint reign of the Byzantine emperors Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus (913-959) and his son Romanus II (945-963). It appears not to be a coin of recent manufacture and may even be a contemporary with the authentic issues. Patterns in silver and bronze of various solidus types are known for this reign (cf. DOC Classes IX and XI, plate XXXVI) but these issues are stylistically comparable to contemporary gold solidi whereas this piece is clearly inferior. The die size is smaller than on regular mid-10th century solidi and the engraving is of markedly inferior style with a blundered inscription on reverse. The conclusion to be drawn from this is that in all probability the coin is a forgery of the period, though in the absence of precise information on provenance it is pointless to speculate on its possible origin."


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Received the piece and it is the size of a Byzantine solidus. I sent it to David Sear for review.
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David Sear received the piece and declared it a forgery. He is adding it to his notes on Byzantine fakes.
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