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Anonymous Folles coined under several emperors, 10th - 11th centuries


Anonymous (attributed to sole reign of Constantine VIII and also to the last few years of Basil II), AE Follis, Class A3, 1081-1092
+EMMA_NOVVHL, IC | XC across fields
Bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cruciger with box pattern in each limb and empty in each quarter, pallium and colobium, book of Gospels in both hands
+IhSUS / XRISTUS / bASILEU / bASILE
Legend in four lines, pellet below
30mm x 31mm, 10.59g
SB 1818

Note: The Class A1 folles weigh around 7g and have no ornamentation in the reverse fields; Class A2 average weight is 15g, but can be over 20g and are often on very large flans; Class A3 average weight is 9-10g and has ornamentation in the reverse fields.


Anonymous (attributed to sole reign of Constantine VIII and also to the last few years of Basil II), AE Follis, Class A3, 1081-1092
+EMMA_NOVVHL, IC | XC across fields
Bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cruciger with box pattern in each limb and empty in each quarter, pallium and colobium, book of Gospels in both hands
+IhSUS / XRISTUS / bASILEU / bASILE
Legend in four lines, box below
27mm x 30mm, 7.49g
SB 1818


Anonymous (attributed to sole reign of Constantine VIII and also to the last few years of Basil II), AE Follis, Class A3, 1081-1092
+EMMA_NOVVHL, IC | XC across fields
Bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cruciger with box pattern in each limb and empty in each quarter, pallium and colobium, book of Gospels in both hands
+IhSUS / XRISTUS / bASILEU / bASILE (entirely retrograde)
Legend in four lines, rosette with two petals below
25mm x 28mm, 7.97g
SB 1818


Anonymous (attributed to Romanus III), AE Follis, Class B, 1028-1034
+EMMA_NOVHA
Bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cruciger with box pattern in each limb and pellet in each quarter, pallium and colobium, book of Gospels decorated with five pellets in both hands, IC | XC across fields
IS | XS / bAS | ILE / bAS | ILE across fields
Cross, with pellet at each extremity, standing on three steps, legend beginning above transverse limbs of cross
29mm x 32mm, 12.08g
SB 1823


Anonymous (attributed to Romanus III), AE Follis, Class B, 1028-1034
+EMMA_NOVHA
Bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cruciger with box pattern in each limb and pellet in upper quarters, pallium and colobium, book of Gospels decorated with five pellets in both hands, IC | XC across fields
IS | XS / bAS | ILE / bAS | ILE across fields
Cross, with pellet at each extremity, standing on three steps, legend beginning above transverse limbs of cross
26mm x 28mm, 12.38g
SB 1823


Anonymous (attributed to Michael IV), AE Follis, Class C, 1034-1041
+EMMA_NOVHA, IC | XC across fields
Three-quarter length figure of Christ Antiphonetes standing facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, book of Gospels in left hand
IC | XC / NI | KA across fields, bars above all letters
Jeweled cross, pellet at each extreme
29mm, 10.61g
SB 1825


Anonymous (attributed to Michael IV), AE Follis, Class C, 1034-1041
+EMMA_NOVHA, IC | XC across fields
Three-quarter length figure of Christ Antiphonetes standing facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, book of Gospels in left hand
IC | XC / NI | KA across fields, bars above IC | NC
Jeweled cross, pellet at each extreme
26mm x 31mm, 9.77g
SB 1825


Anonymous (attributed to Michael IV), AE Follis, Class C, 1034-1041
+EMMA_NOVHA, IC | XC across fields
Three-quarter length figure of Christ Antiphonetes standing facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, book of Gospels in left hand
IC | XC / NI | KA across fields, bars above all letters
Jeweled cross, pellet at each extreme
26mm x 29mm, 7.98g
SB 1825


Anonymous (attributed to Constantine IX), AE Follis, Class D, 1050-1060
IC | XC across fields
Christ seated facing on throne with back, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium and colobium, book of Gospels in both hands
IS XS / bASILE / bASIL
Legend in three lines
- + - above, - crescent - below
22mm x 30mm, 8.98g
SB 1836


Anonymous (attributed to Romanus IV), AE Follis, Class G, 1068-1071
IC | XC across fields
Bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, scroll in left hand, all inside border of large pellets
MP | QV across fields
Facing bust of the Virgin orans, nimbate and wearing pallium and maphorium, all inside border of large pellets.
28mm, 7.99g
SB 1867


Anonymous (attributed to Michael VII), AE Follis, Class H, 1071-1078
IC | XC across fields
Bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium and colobium, holding book of Gospels in both hands
Patriarchal cross with globule and two pellets at each extremity, floral ornament in either side of lower fields
27mm x 29mm, 8.00g
SB 1880


Anonymous (attributed to Nicephorus III), AE Follis, Class I, 1078-1081
IC | XC across fields
Bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, book of Gospels in left hand, all inside border of large pellets
Latin cross with X at center, globule and two pellets at each extremity, floral ornament in either side of lower fields, crescents in either side of upper fields
25mm, 5.23g
SB 1889

Note: Double-struck with second strike significantly askew from first as evidenced on obverse with the legends in field.


Anonymous (attributed to Nicephorus III), AE Follis, Class I, 1078-1081
IC | XC across fields
Bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, book of Gospels in left hand, all inside linear border
(No legend)
Latin cross with X at center, globule and two pellets at each extremity, floral ornament in either side of lower fields, crescents in either side of upper fields
24mm x 26mm, 4.87g
SB 1889


Anonymous (attributed to Nicephorus III), AE Follis, Class I, 1078-1081
IC | XC across fields
Bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, book of Gospels in left hand, all inside border of large pellets
Latin cross with X at center, globule and two pellets at each extremity, floral ornament in either side of lower fields, crescents in either side of upper fields
21mm x 23mm, 3.56g
SB 1889

Note: This example is a little smaller than expected and far lighter than expected. Perhaps a half-follis?


Anonymous (attributed to Alexius I), AE Follis, Class J, 1081-1118, Constantinople
E | C / IC | XC across fields
Bust of Christ facing, cross behind head, wearing pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, holding book of Gospels in left hand
Cross with globule and two pellets at each extremity, large crescent beneath, four globules surrounded by pellets at the angles
25mm x 27mm, 3.75g
SB 1900


Anonymous (attributed to Alexius I), AE Follis, Class K, 1081-1118, Constantinople
IC | XC across fields
Bust of Christ facing, wearing nimbus cruciger, pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction, book of Gospels in left hand, all inside border of large pellets
MP | QV across fields
Three-quarter length figure of the Virgin orans, nimbate and wearing pallium and maphorium, all inside border of large pellets
23mm, 7.99g
SB 1901