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Sale: Triton VII, Lot: 1072. Estimate $750. 
Closing Date: Monday, 12 January 2004. 
Sold For $1400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

ARAB-BYZANTINE. In the style of Justin II. After 641 AD. Æ Follis (12.02 gm). Scythopolis (Beth Shan) mint. CKUQO POLHC, enthroned figures of Justin II and Sophia, holding cruciform sceptres / Large M, cross above, Arabic legend "miqsam" (a part [of a solidus]) to right; NIK. INJ 13, Scythopolis and Gerasa, A17. Good VF, brown and green patina with red highlights. Rare provincial issue. ($750)

The important town of Scythopolis-Beth Shan struck an extensive series of imitative folles in the period between the collapse of Byzantine authority in Syria-Palestine in the 640s AD and the introduction of pure Islamic types around 695 AD. The earliest issues had purely Byzantine types with Greek legends, while on the later issues the date is replaced with one of several short Arabic phrases, some remaining untranslated. It is not known why Scythopolis and other cities like Gerash struck heavy folles imitating coins of Justin II while other mints were striking small copies of the contemporary coins of Constans II. It has been noted that several large hoards of regular folles of Justin II have been found in the Jordan River valley area.