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    Pleasing 'Young Christ' Head

    Justinian II Rhinotmetus, second reign (AD 705-711). AV solidus (20mm, 4.48 gm, 6h).  Constantinople, AD 709-711. ? N IhS ChS RЄX RЄGNANTIЧM, facing bust of youthful Christ Pantocrator, with slight beard and tight, curly hair, holding up right hand in gesture of benediction and holding book of gospels cradled in left arm; cross behind / ? N IЧSTINIAN-ЧS ЄT TIbЄRIЧS PP A, crowned facing half-length figures of Justinian II (on left) and Tiberius, wearing divitision and chlamys, jointly holding cross potent on two steps. Sear 1415. DOC 2b. MIB 2b. NGC MS 4/5 - 3/5.

    Upon his return to power from exile, Justinian II immediately resumed his innovative coinage featuring an obverse portrait of Christ. The new sacred image, however, was distinctly different from the "classic" Christ of Justinian's first reign. Jesus is shown in a seemingly more youthful guise, with a head of tight, curly hair and a close-cropped beard, in place of the long tresses and medium-length beard on coins of the first reign. Various theories have been put forth to explain this abrupt change in iconography, but it remains mysterious. 


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