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Lot 4251

Justinian II, second reign, with Tiberius, 705-711. Gold Solidus (4.44g) minted at Constantinople. Facing bust of Christ Pantokrator, hair in tight curls; cross behind His head, wearing pallium and colobium, raising hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels. Reverse: Facing half-length, crowned figures of Justinian II and Tiberius, each wearing divitision and chlamys, holding cross potent between them. DO. 2b; MIB 2b; Sear 1415. A beautiful, well struck lustrous specimen. A wonderful example of Byzantine numismatic art. Superb Extremely Fine.

Undaunted by his mutilation and dethronement, Justinian II returned from his banishment with a Bulghar army to reclaim his empire and exact his revenge. His second reign was consumed in an orgy of blood, and his single-minded pursuit of brutal vendetta ultimately led to a rebellion in which he and his son Tiberius were put to death.
Estimated Value $4,000 - 5,000.
Wolfen Family Foundation, purchased from Bank Leu early 1970s.

Realized $4,485

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