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Justinian II 1st reign Solidus


AU Justinian II Solidus 1st Reign 685-695 A.D.(4.49g) minted 692-694 A.D. Constantinople O: IHS CRISTOS REX REGNANTIUM, bust of Christ facing, with long hair and full beard, wearing pallium and colobium, raising right hand in benediction and carrying gospels in left; Cross behind head; DOC 7c; MIB 8a var; S 1248 R: D IUSTINI AN US SERV ChRISTI gamma; standing figure of Justinian, facing, crowned, wearing loros and holding cross potent on two steps in right hand, akakia in left, in ex., CONO gamma G: ex William Herbert Hunt Collection, Sotheby New York, December 5-6, 1990 (lot 453); Cover coin Baldwin Auctions, No.2, 5 October 1994 (The William J. Conte Collection) lot 72. Rare. An outstanding portrait of Christ. EF+ S: Edward J. Waddell, Ltd. 9/19/95

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My first remark when I saw this was "Jesus!! What a coin"


Then I looked closer and read the description.


That is a wonderful portrait for this style coin.

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Alex, it is not in my nature.


My eyes are glazing over from the rapid and continuous flow of absolutely perfect coins.


btw, I really did say that when I saw the coin. It is tamer than what I said when I saw the signed SYr Tet.

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Good hippy look to JC here. Wonder if we can measure his features from the coin and work out his height +/- 10%? Then we could see if he fits the ossuary found recently :)
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