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15 November 2015
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Lot 462
Starting Price: 2500 CHF
Hammer Price: 3800 CHF
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Justinian II, first reign, 685-695. Solidus (Gold, 20mm, 4.49 g 6), Constantinople, 692-695. IhS CRISTDS REX [REGNANT]IuM Draped bust of Christ facing, with long hair and full beard, raising right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in his left; behind head, cross. Rev. D IuSTINIANuS SERu [ChRISTI Γ / CONOP] Justinian II, crowned, bearded and wearing loros, standing fac­ing, holding cross potent on base and two steps in his right hand and akakia in his left. DOC 7c. SB 1248. Minor striking weakness, otherwise, extremely fine.


This coin bears the first numismatic portrait of Christ, and it remains one of the finest ever made. It shows Christ Pantocrator and was copied from a representation found in the Imperial Palace that was itself based on the head of the Zeus of Phidias from Olympia. The decision to place Christ on the coinage was a momentous one: until this point the Moslem Arab conquerors of the Byzantine East and Africa had been content to use Byzantine solidi as their sole gold coinage. The appearance of a bust of Christ, however, was unacceptable to them and led to the introduction of a new, national coinage, first with a ‘standing Caliph’, based on the figure of Justinian II, in 693/4 and then the non-figural epigraphic dinars that began in 696/7 (A.H. 77).
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Online bidding closes:
15 Nov 2015 21:51:00 CET
Current Date & Time:
22 May 2022 21:39:31 CEST
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Hammer Price:
3800 CHF by ovidwolf (Bids: 5)

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Lot 462
Starting Price: 2500 CHF
Justinian II, first reign, 685-695. Solidus (Gold, 20mm, 4.49 g 6), Constantinople, 692-695. IhS CRISTDS REX [REGNANT]IuM Draped bust of Christ facing, with long hair and full beard, raising right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in his left; behind head, cross. Rev. D IuSTINIANuS SERu [ChRISTI Γ / CONOP] Justinian II, crowned, bearded and wearing loros, standing fac­ing, holding cross potent on base and two steps in his right hand and akakia in his left. DOC 7c. SB 1248. Minor striking weakness, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3800 CHF
Lot 463
Starting Price: 750 CHF
Tiberius III (Apsimar), 698-705. Solidus (Gold, 19mm, 4.45 g 6), Constantinople. d TIbERIY S PE AV Crowned and cuirassed bust of Tiberius III facing, holding spear in his right hand and with shield over his left shoulder. Rev. VICTORIA AVGY A / CONOB Cross potent on base and three steps. DOC 1b. SB 1360. Well struck. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Lot 464
Starting Price: 300 CHF
Tiberius III (Apsimar), 698-705. Tremissis (Gold, 16 mm, 1.40 g, 6 h), Constantinople. [D TIbERI]VS PE AV Crowned and cuirassed bust of Tiberius facing, holding spear and shield with horseman motif. Rev. [VICT]ORIA AVGVS / CONOB Cross potent. DOC 4. SB 1363. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
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