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    Rare Lightweight Solidus

    Constans II Pogonatus (AD 641-668). AV lightweight solidus of 23 siliquae (20mm, 4.43 gm, 6h). Constantinople, 2nd officina, dated IY 7 (AD 648/9). ?N CONSTAN-TINЧS P P AVI, mature bust of Constans II facing, lightly bearded, wearing crown topped by cross on circlet, chlamys pinned at right shoulder, and holding globus cruciger in right hand / VICTORIA AVΣЧ, cross potent on three steps, Z (Indictional year) in right field, B//BOΓK in exergue. Sear 976. DOC 24 variant (portrait type and officina). MIB 43. Apparently struck in error on a regular solidus planchet. NGC (photo-certificate) MS? 5/5 - 4/5.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection. Ex Spink & Sons (London, October 1995), lot 124. 

    Although classified by type and symbols as a lightweight solidus of 23 siliquae (@ 4.3 grams), this example weighs in at 4.43 grams, about the same as most regular solidi struck in this era, making it in effect a "heavy lightweight issue."

    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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