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Justinian II, Gold, Solidus, Syracuse, 709/710

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of Justinian II, bearded, wearing chlamys and crown with cross. Globus cruciger in right hand. Linear border.

IS-NII

Reverse

Cross potent on base and three steps.

VIC[T]ORI-Θ

Symbol

H in right field.

Exergue

CONOB

Obverse

Frontal bust of Justinian II, bearded, wearing chlamys and crown with cross. Globus cruciger in right hand. Linear border.

IS-NII

Reverse

Cross potent on base and three steps.

VIC[T]ORI-Θ

Symbol

H in right field.

Exergue

CONOB

Accession number BZC.1969.56
Catalogue ID as DOC 2.2:593, no. 43
Ruler Justinian II
Date of Reign 685–695, 705–711
Metal Gold
Denomination Solidus
Mint Syracuse
Date 709/710
Diameter 18.0 mm
Weight 4.16 g
Relation of Dies 5:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

This coin is a solidus of class (c). As DOC 2.2:593, no. 43 (cited from Ricotti).

The Syracuse mint did not follow the innovations of the Constantinople mint and may have continued striking with the bust of Justinian II alone into his second reign as well. We follow here the distinction made by Hahn (MIB 3:193), who pointed out the more angular, less supple style of the chlamys’s design on the second reign’s solidi and proposes that the ones with indiction dates from 5 to 9 (706–710) be assigned to this period.

MIB 3:274, no. 14 (citing this coin as D.O. [n.a.]).

Acquisition History

From A. H. Baldwin's Selection, 16 September 1969, from Bank Leu, from “Sicilian Hoard”