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Lot 4246

Leontius, 695-698. Gold Solidus (4.38g) minted at Constantinople, ninth officina. Crowned, bearded bust of Leontius facing wearing loros, holding akakia and globus cruciger. Reverse: Cross potent on three steps; legend ends: I. DO. 1; MIB 1; Sear 1330. Reverse somewhat off-center. Pleasing depiction of Leontius. Lustrous and rare. Extremely Fine.

Strategos of the Hellas theme, Leontius, the usurper, dethroned Justinian II, had his nose and tongue slit and banished him to Kherson. After a brief reign, Leontius, though, would suffer a similar fate.
Estimated Value $1,500 - 2,000.
Wolfen Family Foundation, purchased from Bank Leu early 1970s.

Realized $2,875

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