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Lot 2375

Anonymous, AD Fourth-Sixth Centuries. AR Half Siliqua (1.08 g), minted c. AD 430 at Constantinople. Helmeted bust of Roma right. Reverse: Large "R". Cf. BMC (Byzantine) p. 71, Class III; Sabatier, pl. XII, 9. Good Very Fine and toned; small striking crack.

These rare coins of this series are likely to have been introduced by Constantine at the time of the dedication in 330 of his new eastern capital of Constantinople. Some bore the letter "K" on the reverse (for Constantinopolis), while others had "P" or "R" (for Roma). They come in a variety of styles, indicating that these types were issued sporadically over a long period of time, and it seems likely that the centennial of the original event in 430 and the bicentennial in 530 would have been appropriate occasions. The style of the present specimen would indicate that it may belong to the first 'revival' during the reign of Theodosius II.
Estimated Value $325 - 425.
CNG 73 (2006), lot 1034, The Christov Family Collection (brought $750 plus premium).

Realized $299

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