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Justinian II, 10 July 685 - Late 695 and Summer 705 - 4 November 711 A.D.
Joint rule with Tiberius (his son), 705 - 4 Nov 711 A.D. Justinian II took the throne at the young age of sixteen. He achieved a peace treaty with the Arabs early in his reign and was able to make progress on the Balkan troubles. He was the first of the Byzantine emperors to put the likeness of Christ on his coinage. After ten years of rule, he was overthrown by the general Leontius; his tongue and nose were slit and he was exiled. In 705, Justinian II returned to Constantinople with an army of Bulgars and Slavs. He gained entrance to the city by climbing through an aqueduct pipe and with the advantage of surprise regained his throne. Both Leontius and Tiberius (who succeeded Leontius) were dragged through the streets in chains and beheaded. His revenge soon developed into a reign of terror. A rebellion started in the army and the general Bardanes was named Emperor. Justinian II and his son, Tiberius, age 6, were put to death.
SH28910. Gold solidus, DOC II-2 7, Wroth BMC 11, Tolstoi 27, Ratto 1682; Morrisson BnF 15/Cp/AV/4, Hahn MIB 8, SBCV 1248, near Mint State, fully lustrous, broad and well centeredflan for the type, very rarely this nice!, weight 4.423 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 1st reign, 685 - 695 A.D.; obverse IhS CRISTOS REX RETNANTIVM, bust of Christ facing with long hair and full beard, cross behind, right raised, Gospels in left; reverse IVSTINIANVS SERV CHRISTI, Justinian standing facing, wearing crown and loros, cross potent on three steps in right, akakia in left, CONO in exergue; SOLD
Byzantine Empire, Justinian II, 10 July 685 - Late 695 and Summer 705 - 4 November 711 A.D., Portrait of Christ
The portrait on this coin was based on an icon believed by the people of the time to bear a miraculous resemblance to Christ's actual appearance.SH73339. Gold solidus, DOC II-2, 2nd reign, 2b; Wroth BMC 1; Morrisson BnF 15/Cp/AV/12; Tolstoi 2; Ratto 1705; Hahn MIB 2b; Sommer 17.3; SBCV 1415, EF, lustrous, nearly as struck, weight 4.365 g, maximum diameter 20.418 mm, die axis 0o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, 2nd reign, 705 - 711 A.D.; obverse O N IhS ChS REX - REGNANTIYM, bust of Christ facing, curly hair, short beard, wearing pallium and colobium, Gospels in left, cross behind head; reverse IYSTINIANYS ET TIbERIYS PP A, Justinian (on left) and Tiberius, half-length facing, each wears crown, divitision and chlamys, holding cross potent on three steps in center; for this extraordinary type, since 2000 only 16 auction sales are recorded on Coin Archives Pro; rare; SOLD
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear. Superb and one of the finest style and grade specimens offered in the past few years.
The portrait on this coin was based on an icon believed by the people of the time to bear a miraculous resemblance to Christ's actual appearance.SH21932. Gold solidus, DOC II-2 2a, Morrisson BnF 15/Cp/AV/8, Tolstoi 1, Ratto 1706, Hahn MIB 2a, Sommer 17.2, SBCV 1414, EF, edges clipped, weight 4.203 g, maximum diameter 19.2 mm, die axis 180o, Constantinople (Istanbul, Turkey) mint, second reign, with Tiberius, 705 - 711 A.D.; obverse O N IhS ChS REX REGNANTIYM, bust of Christ facing, curly hair, short beard, wearing pallium and colobium, Gospels in left, cross behind head; reverse IYSTINIANYS ET TIbERIYS PP A, Justinian on left and Tiberius on right, half-length facing, each wearing crown, divitision and chlamys, holding cross potent on three steps in center; ex Glenn Woods; rare; SOLD
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