Byzantine anonymous follis Class K, Alexius I, 1081-1118

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  1. Valentinian

    Valentinian Supporter! Supporter

    It is hard to find some classes of Byzantine anonymous folles in excellent condition. I got this "Class K" as an upgrade because it had many of the large beads forming the border. If I see one with better facial features too, I may need to upgrade this one!

    Alexius I, 1081-1118. 25-22 mm. 6.92 grams.
    Bust of Christ facing
    3/4 length figure of the Virgin Many, orans (holding her hands out like that)
    Both sides have a border of large beads.
    Sear 1901.

    I have a web site on Byzantine anonymous folles:

    It has been mentioned on CT before. If you have any anonymous folles that didn't get posted back then, show them to us now!
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2019
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  3. David@PCC

    David@PCC Well-Known Member

    Despite being cut this one is a decent example.

    Don't think I've shown this one.
    Anonymous under Romanus IV
    1069 to 1071 AD
    AE Follis, Class G
    Obvs: IC XC, Christ raising right hand in benediction and holding scroll in left.
    Revs: MP OV, Virgin orans, nimbate and wearing pallium.
    25mm, 6.6g
    Ref: Sear 1867
    chrsmat71, BenSi, Quant.Geek and 6 others like this.
  4. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    Very nice, Warren and David!

    Alexius I Comnenus, Ruled 1081-1118 AD
    AE Class K Anonymous Follis
    Constantinople Mint, 1085-1092 AD

    Obverse: IC-XC to left and right of Christ Pantocrator, nimbate, bust facing, right hand raised, book of gospels in left, all inside border of large dots.
    Reverse: MP-ΘV to left and right of the Theotokos (Virgin Mary), three-quarter length figure standing facing, orans,, all inside border of large dots.
    References: Sear 1901
    Size: 26-29mm, 7.2g
    Ex: Barry & Darling Ancient Coins
    Notes: Overstruck on Class J follis (rare type).
  5. BenSi

    BenSi Supporter! Supporter

    Beautiful. Nice coin.
  6. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I don't have a K that is clear. Most I see are overstruck (on J) and really a mess. At least the big dots help ID them.
  7. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Wonderful coin, Warren.

    My sad Alexius I, if it is since I got vague info on it in 2013.

    Alexius I (1081 - 1118 A.D.)
    AE Tetarteron
    O: Patriarchal cross on two steps, A-D, K-F to left and right, above and below.
    R: ALEZI, crowned bust of Alexius facing, wearing loros, holding jewelled sceptre and cross on globe.
    SB1932 BMC 61*but*with a 'mirror image' reverse
  8. Jims Coins

    Jims Coins Supporter! Supporter

    AE Anonymous Follis class A2. Minted at Constantinople during the reign of Basil II and Constantine VIII between 10 Jan. 976 - 11 Nov 1028.
    Obv. EMMANOVHA. (God is with Us) 83 JOHN I ZIMISCES OBV.jpg 83 JOHN I ZIMISCES  REV.jpg
  9. Jims Coins

    Jims Coins Supporter! Supporter

    85 ROMANUS III OBV.jpg 85 ROMANUS III REV.jpg 84 ROMANUS III OBV.jpg 84 ROMANUS III REV.jpg Class B Anonymous Follis, my two coins of Romanus III
  10. AussieCollector

    AussieCollector Moderator Moderator

    Great coin @Valentinian !

    Byzantines are not for the feint of heart.
  11. Quant.Geek

    Quant.Geek Well-Known Member

    Great pickup! I was the under bidder on that coin, but unfortunately I had leave early with my wife during the live auction and thus had to let it go :(, but glad it went to another true Byzantine collector! Here are my substitutes for that coin:


  12. BenSi

    BenSi Supporter! Supporter

    If you ever wondered why this are harder to find is because they were recycled into the new coinage issued by Alexius. The only time you will see overstruck tetartera is on top of the earlier Anonymous follis. The shortage of copper made it necessary Here are two examples. 8.jpg
    ALEXIUS AE TETARTERON S-1931 DOC 40 CLBC 2.4.7 SBCV-1910???
    OBV Jeweled radiate Cross, decorated at the end of each limb with one large globule and two smaller, all on two steps.
    REV. Bust of emperor wearing stemma, divitision and jeweled loros of traditional type; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger and in l. Globus cruciger.
    Size 25/22mm

    Weight 3.2gm
    This example is more than likely the coin listed as SBCV-1910 , Sear 1931 struck over a Class I or Class K anonymous follis. Hendys lists in DOC and Sear and Bendall gave it a number ( SBCV-1910)In DOC it lists at 2.96gm around 23mm

    This following one I love, You can easily see the underneath traces.

    OBV Bust of Christ, bearded and nimbate, wearing tunic and kolobion; holds gospels open in l. hand. Pellet in each limb of nimbus cross.
    REV. Bust facing wearing stemma, divitision, and chlamys; holds in r. hand scepter cruciger, and in l. Globus cruciger.
    Size 19/22mm
    Weight 2.2gm

    Overstruck on class K follis.
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