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Justinian II, Gold, Solidus, Constantinople, 686/687

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of Justinian II with beard added as row of dots, wearing chlamys and crown with cross. Globus cruciger in right hand.

ΙSΙΝΙ-ΝSPEV

Reverse

Cross potent on base and three steps.

VICTORI-VS

Symbol

Eight-pointed star in right field.

Exergue

CONOB

Obverse

Frontal bust of Justinian II with beard added as row of dots, wearing chlamys and crown with cross. Globus cruciger in right hand.

ΙSΙΝΙ-ΝSPEV

Reverse

Cross potent on base and three steps.

VICTORI-VS

Symbol

Eight-pointed star in right field.

Exergue

CONOB

Accession number BZC.1973.6
Ruler Justinian II
Date of Reign 685–695, 705–711
Metal Gold
Denomination Solidus
Mint Constantinople
Date 686/687
Diameter 19.0 mm
Weight 4.12 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

Type of DOC 2.2: 576, no. 4 (solidi with added beard), but lightweight (23 carats). This seems to be from the same obverse die as DOC 2.2:576, no. 4a. These lightweight solidi were noted by M. D. O’Hara, “A Light-Weight Solidus of Justinian II?.”

Specimens cited in MIB 3:262–63, are as follows: officina Α, R. N. Bridge Collection; officina B, Istanbul Museum; officina Ε, Wroth 5 (4.13 g), Istanbul Museum, Numismatic Fine Arts IV, March 1977, 789; officina S, only this coin; officina Η, the ANS, Istanbul Museum, and the Protonotarios collection; officina Θ, the O’Hara Collection (4.10 g; published in O’Hara’s 1969 article cited above). The forthcoming die study of all Justinian II’s solidi issues by L. Treadwell will allow for an estimate of their respective sizes. 

MIB 3:262–63, no. 10.

Acquisition History

From A. H. Baldwin's Selection, 24 April 1973, who had acquired it from Bank Leu