This is an ancient Roman silver Siliqua of emperor Procopius, dating from 26 September 365 - 27 May 366 AD
Obverse: D N PROCO-PIVS P F AVG "Our Lord Procopius, Pious and Blessed August" Pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Reverse: VOT V "vows (prayers) for his (anticipated) fifth anniversary" in two lines within wreath.
This coin was minted at Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey), mintmark C.B The B stands for (beta) or the 2nd Officina at the Constantinople mint. This emperor only lasted for 9 months and this is a very rare coin. It has been pierced and plugged in antiquity with a copper rod presumably as a decorative rivet?
DATE: 365 - 366 A.D.
MINTMARK: C.B (Contantinople, Turkey)
SIZE: 18.9mm diameter
WEIGHT: 2.28 grams
ATTRIBUTION: RIC IX Constantinople 13e; RSC 14; Sear 19867.
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection, Cumbria
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