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    Amazing Young Justinian II Portrait

    Justinian II, first reign (AD 685-695). AV solidus (20mm, 4.46 gm, 6h).  Constantinople, AD 685-687. IЧSTINIA-NЧS PЄ AV, crowned bust facing, wearing chlamys and holding globus cruciger in right hand, in fine style / VICTORIA AVΖЧ, cross potent on three steps, S//CONOB. Sear 1243. DO 2c. MIB 2. Rare! Struck in unusually high relief from dies of fine style. NGC (photo-certificate) MS 5/5 - 4/5.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection.

    This extraordinary early portrait solidus of Justinian II shows the talented die engravers responsible for the "fine style" issues late in Constantine IV's reign remained active under his successor. The son of Constantine IV, Justinian II ascended the throne at the age of 16 in September AD 685. His father's victories over the Arabs gave him a breathing spell and enabled him to focus on the Empire's other enemies. He managed to relieve Thessalonica from a Slavic siege and resettled thousands of prisoners to Macedonia and Asia Minor, providing recruiting stock for the Thematic armies there. He undertook other administrative reforms and devoted much energy to theological matters. Priding himself on his piety, he was the first emperor to put the image of Christ on his coins, launching a tradition that would extend to the Empire's end. But his pride and authoritarian manners slowly turned the aristocracy against him, and, after a 10-year reign, he was deposed in a palace coup. Leontius, his replacement, had his nose cut off and exiled him to the Crimea. His enemies would soon regret not having executed him when they had the chance.

    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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