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Is This Genuine Byzantine?

 
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 Posted 12/04/2021  3:02 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add MisterT to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I have no experience with ancient coins, my interests are mainly US coins. I took a stab at this one because I figured I couldn't get hurt for only $8. Is this coin genuine and described accurately in the ebay listing?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/224706000745?LH_BIN=1
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 Posted 12/04/2021  3:06 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Coin looks authentic to me..
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 Posted 12/04/2021  3:20 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MisterT to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Palouche, Thank you for your opinion. Now I have another stupid question. Which side is considered the obverse and which is the reverse? Sorry to sound so dumb but as mentioned, I know absolutely nothing about ancients.
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 Posted 12/04/2021  4:37 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add erafjel to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not at all a dumb question, it is by no means self-evident what is the obverse and reverse of these coins. Usually for coins, it is the side with the emperor or king or other ruler that is considered the obverse. And here we have the emperor and Jesus ... For Byzantine coins with a portrait of Jesus (which is very common for Byzantine coins), it is always the side showing Jesus that is the obverse, considering Jesus to be the superior ruler. So for the coin here, on the linked page, the left picture is the obverse.
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 Posted 12/04/2021  4:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Which side is considered the obverse and which is the reverse?


A nimbus beats a crown in this game. Christ (with halo) is the obverse; Constantine X (with crown) is the reverse.

Edit: erafjel beat me to it.
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12/04/2021 4:40 pm
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 Posted 12/04/2021  7:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MisterT to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks folks, you all have been most helpful! Perhaps I will take a larger interest in ancients in the future.
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 Posted 12/04/2021  7:43 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yup, it's genuine.
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