Copper follis by Unknown Artist

A coin of great historical significance to the last great war of antiquity between Byzantium and Persia (610-30).


Details

Medium:
copper
Dimensions:
3.3cm (1 5/16in.)
Acquired in:
2015
Presented by:
Steve Mansfield through The Art Fund

There are fewer than 20 remaining known examples, none of which are in public collections. The coin was struck in Jerusalem during the brief siege with ‘year 4’ (of the reign of Heraclius; 610-41) and the mint mark of the city on the reverse.

Provenance

Possibly Lord Grantley (dispersed at auction, 1944-45), Captain Haigh and A J Milne (1930s)

Venue details

Fitzwilliam Museum Trumpington Street, CAMBRIDGE Cambridgeshire CB2 1RB 01223 332900 www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Entry details

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