Byzantine: John I Tzimiskes

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  1. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Been awhile since I added a new Byzantine coin. Saw this one listed from one of my favorite dealers & grabbed it.

    John I Tzimiskes (969 - 976 A.D.)
    Æ “Anonymous” Follis
    Class A1
    O: Nimbate bust of Christ facing, wearing pallium and colobium and holding book of Gospels; IC – XC in fields to left and right.
    R: + IhSЧS / XRISTЧS / bASILЄЧ / bASILЄ / ·, legend in four lines.
    SBCV 1793

    John I Tzimisces was the lover of Empress Theophano, which led to the murder of Emperor Nicephorus II and John's elevation to the throne. John introduced a follis that depicted a bust of Christ on the obverse and a religious inscription on the reverse. These types, referred to as anonymous folles because they do not identify the issuing emperor, would become the norm for bronze coinage during the following century.
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  3. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Tribunicia Potestas

    Here's my Romanus II, 959-963 A.D.


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  4. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Convince me this is an A1 rather than an A3 or something else.
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  5. John Anthony

    John Anthony Ultracrepidarian Supporter

    Very nice bust of Christ. Great find!
  6. Milesofwho

    Milesofwho Omnivorous collector

    I believe your follis is one of his successors Basil II and Constantine VIII. John had no ornaments after the phrase. Yours does, and thus falls into the large majority of anonymous folles. @Valentinian made a good article on them recently. Here is my follis, which was also my first Byzantine coin. 8A36E29F-51CE-4DEA-9A23-991D7877FAE2.jpeg 0296CD36-D8FE-4911-A247-1EBFA257B500.jpeg
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    Milesofwho Omnivorous collector

  8. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES! Supporter

    That's a very attractive coin @Mat !

    I have ugly anonymous folles and uglier ones. I kind of gave up on keeping the classes strait. So this is a class E it looks like?

  9. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Nice example Mat
  10. BenSi

    BenSi Supporter! Supporter

    Beautiful coin but it is an A2, The A1's had no ornamentation on the reverse above and bellow, yours does. The denomination from A2 starts heavy and by the end it is half of the original issue weight.
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  11. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Thanks for the help & replies, still happy with the purchase.
  12. Valentinian

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  13. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Thanks, Warren.
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