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Lot 4245

Leontius, 695-698. Gold Solidus (4.4g) minted at Constantinople, 18th officina. D LEO - N PE AV. Bust facing of bearded Leontius, wearing crown and loros, holding akakia in right hand, globus cruciger in left. Reverse: VICTORIA AVSЧ S; cross potent on three steps; below, CONOB. Sear 1330; DO 1. The obverse is magnificent! Virtually as struck. Quite rare in this state of preservation. Lustrous. Nearly Mint State.

Attributed to Leo III by earlier numismatists, this rare type has now been recognized as belonging to the ephemeral emperor Leontius, who succeeded Justinian II late in 695. The loss of Carthage to the Arabs in 698 cost Leontius much of his popularity, and he was overthrown at the end of the year by Tiberius III, Apsimar (698-705). When Justinian II reclaimed his throne in 705, the two 'usurpers' were exhibited in the Hippodrome and later executed.
Estimated Value $2,500 - 3,000.
The Hunter Collection.

Realized $1,610

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