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Lot# 253Estimate: US$42000 Artavasdus
Artavasdus and Nicephorus. Solidus
Artavasdus and Nicephorus. July 742-2 Nov. 743 AD. Solidus, 4.44g. (5h). Constantinople. Obv: ? APTA?A - SDOS M?LT Facing bust of Artavasdus with slight beard, wearing crown and chalmys, and holding patriarchal cross before him. Rx: ? NIChFO R - ?S M?LT? A È (the F inverted) Facing bust of his son Nicephorus, beardless, wearing crown and loros and holding patriarchal cross before him. Sear 1542 (this coin illustrated). DOC 2b (this coin). Paris p. 479 (mentioning this coin). This is probably one of the finest surviving solidi of the usurper Artavasdus. Mint State.

Ex Heritage 3035, Long Beach, 3 September 2014, lot 29522 (Dimitriadis Collection); ex Sotheby's, 2 November 1998, lot 404; ex Bonham's, 3 December 1980, lot 256.
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