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    Justinian II Rhinotmetus, second reign (AD 705-711). AV solidus (18mm, 4.40 gm, 5h). NGC MS 4/5 - 4/5. Constantinople, AD 709-711. d N IhS ChS RЄX-RЄGNANTIЧM, facing bust of youthful Christ Pantocrator, with slight beard and tight, curly hair, right hand raised in benediction, book of gospels cradled in left arm; cross behind / d N IЧSTINIAN-ЧS ЄT TIbЄRIЧS PP A, crowned facing half-length figures of Justinian II (on left) and Tiberius (on right), wearing divitision and chlamys, jointly holding cross potent on two steps. Sear 1415. DOC 2b. MIB 2b. Bold strike centered on a splendid mirror-like obverse field.

    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. 


    查士丁尼二世第二次統治(公元705-711年)。索利多金幣(18mm, 4.40 gm, 5h)。NGC MS 4/5 - 4/5。 君士坦丁堡造幣廠,公元709-711年。正面幣文"我主耶穌基督萬王之王",年輕的基督正面胸像,蓄鬚、短捲髮,右手舉起祝福,左臂攬福音書;十字架位於身後。背面幣文"我主查士丁尼及提比略,永遠的皇帝。"查士丁尼二世(左)及提比略(右)半身正面像,戴皇冠著克拉密斯袍,共同持骷髏地十字架。參Sear 1415. DOC 2b. MIB 2b。鏡面般底板上打製鮮明、置中。

    在查士丁尼二世流亡復權後,立即重新鑄造表現正面基督肖像的創新性錢幣。不過,新的神聖形象與查士丁尼第一次統治時的古典基督明顯不同。耶穌面容看起來更加年輕,一頭緊密的捲發和短鬚取代了第一個統治時期硬幣上長髮辮和中長的鬍鬚。很多理論嘗試解釋這種圖像學上的突變,但仍未有確切答案。


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