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Sale: Triton XII, Lot: 842. Estimate $750. 
Closing Date: Monday, 5 January 2009. 
Sold For $1275. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Anonymous Folles. Time of Basil II & Constantine VIII, circa 1020-1028. Æ Follis (9.43 g, 6h). Class A3. Uncertain (Thessalonica?) mint. + ЄMMΛ HOVHΛ, facing bust of Christ Pantokrator; [I]C X[C], each with – above, across field, I below [C]; two pellets on central panel of Gospels / + IhSЧS/XRISTЧS/bASILЄЧ/bASILЄ in four lines across field; vine decoration above and below; ornate As. DOC A2.24a; Metcalf, Interpretation, Variety 1/39 (obv./rev.); SB 1818. Superb EF, dark green patina.

From the Norman Frank Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group 53 (15 March 2000), lot 1872.