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Lot # 663 - Auction is closed.Estimate: US$8000 / Price Realized: US$6750
Justinian II. Solidus
Justinian II. First Reign, 685-695 AD. Solidus, 4.44gg. (6h). Constantinople, 692-695 AD. Obv: IhS CRIS[JOS REX REJNA]NJIuM Bust of Christ facing with cross behind head; he has long hair and full beard, wears pallium and colobium, and raises right hand in benediction; he holds the book of Gospels in his left hand. Rx: D IuSJINIANuS SERu ChRISJi (officina 9) Justinian, wearing crown and loros, standing facing, holding cross potent set on two steps and akakia; beneath [CONOP]. Berk 186. DO 7c. MIB 8. Sear 1248. Exquisite portrait of Christ making him look like Zeus. Mint State.

Ex Berk 158, 26 March 2008, lot 31.

First portrait of Christ on a coin.
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