Copper follis by Unknown Artist

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


3.3cm (1 5/16in.)
Acquired in:
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.


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

Entry details

Free to all

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