An article in The Voice of Russia reports that a follis of Constantine has been found in the northern Russian city of Veliky Novgorod. Well-preserved, it appears to have been a memento from a pilgrimage to Constantinople. Oleg Oleinikov of the Moscow-based Archeology Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told Interfax:
"Among other things, we have to find out in what city it was minted," he said.It will most likely remain a mystery how the coin ended up in 11th-century Russia. Oleinikov expressed suspicion it had been brought back from Byzantium by a pilgrim.In those days, pilgrims who brought back coins from their trips had a custom of wearing them round their neck as a memo of what, in those days, would have been such a long journey."
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