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    Maurice Tiberius (AD 582-602). AV lightweight solidus of 23 siliquae (22mm, 4.30 gm, 6h). Constantinople, 1st officina, AD 584-602. ?M MAVRIC TIb P P AVI, pearl-diademed, helmeted, draped, and cuirassed bust of Maurice facing, holding globus cruciger in right hand, shield with horseman motif on left arm, star in right field / VICTORI-A AVCCC, Angel standing facing, holding long staff terminating in staurogram and globus cruciger, star in right field; A//CONOB. Sear 481. DOC 7a. MIB 11. Scarce variety. NGC (photo-certificate) MS 5/5 - 5/5.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection. Ex Stack's (New York, 8 April 1989), lot 129. 

    This very odd lightweight solidus is apparently intended to be tariffed at 23 siliquae as opposed to a normal solidus of 24 siliquae. The different in weight is only about .15 of a gram and it is likely the coins would easily pass as the heavier denomination. The only indication of a different denomination is the presence of a star in the obverse field to the right of the imperial bust.  

    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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