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Justin II, Gold, Solidus, Alexandria, 565-578

 
 

Obverse

Frontal bust of Justin II with shield and cuirass, wearing helmet with plume, diadem, and pendilia. Globe surmounted by Victory figure who crowns him in right hand.

DNI-VSTI-NVSPPVI

Reverse

Constantinopolis seated looking right with helmet, tunic, and mantle. Spear in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand.

VICTORI-VCCCI

Symbol

Staurogram () in left field.

Exergue

CONOB

Obverse

Frontal bust of Justin II with shield and cuirass, wearing helmet with plume, diadem, and pendilia. Globe surmounted by Victory figure who crowns him in right hand.

DNI-VSTI-NVSPPVI

Reverse

Constantinopolis seated looking right with helmet, tunic, and mantle. Spear in right hand, globus cruciger in left hand.

VICTORI-VCCCI

Symbol

Staurogram () in left field.

Exergue

CONOB

Accession number BZC.2013.031
Ruler Justin II
Date of Reign 565–578
Metal Gold
Denomination Solidus
Mint Alexandria
Date 565578
Diameter 20.0 mm
Weight 4.55 g
Relation of Dies 6:00
Shape Flat

Commentary

Hahn’s attribution (MIBEC, pp. 22–23) to Alexandria rests on die links to the Justin II ΞOB solidus with a cross in the left field. No archaeological confirmation has been provided for this type.

MIBEC 82, no. 14.

Acquisition History

Numismatica Ars Classica (Zurich), auction 75, 18 November 2013, no. 508