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    Rare Rome Mint Bronze "Solidus"

    Constantine V Copronymus (AD 741-775). Base AV / Æ solidus (20mm, 3.27 gm, 5h).  Rome, AD 751-775. DNO CONS-TANTI, crowned facing bust of Constantine V, holding globus gruciger and akakia / DNO LЄ [O PPA MUL], crowned facing bust of Leo III, holding globus cruciger and akakia; in field, I and d. Sear 1570. DOC III 33. Very rare. Dark brown patina. NGC (photo-certificate) XF 4/5 - 4/5.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection.

    It is difficult to see how these official but totally debased solidi passed as currency in the steadily shrinking Byzantine possessions in Italy. Constantine V was a talented soldier and won critical victories against the Arabs and Bulgarians, but his virulent iconoclastic policies  made him deeply unpopular in the West. Ravenna slipped from Byzantine control in AD 751, causing Rome to look increasingly to the Frankish kingdom for protection against the Lombards.  Except for a tiny issue under Leo IV, these badly debased solidi were the last Byzantine coins struck in Rome. 

    This coin from the Dimitriadis Collection has been issued a photo-certificate by NGC. It may be sent in for encapsulation after the auction at the request of the buyer, free of charge. E-mail SamS@HA.com if you would like to utilize this option.


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