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Solidus with bust of Christ, struck under Justinian II, 2nd reign

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Obverse: draped bust of young Christ facing, with hair in tight curls and close beard, raising right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in left, cross behind head D N IhS ChS REX REGNANTIUM Reverse: Half figure of Justinian wearing crown with cross on circlet next to half figure of...

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Provenance

By date unknown: Edward Jackson Holmes (1873-1950) Collection; 1932-1941 (loaned to MFA as 525.32) and 1949-1965 (loaned to MFA as 257.49): 1965: bequest of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes to MFA, March 10, 1965 Dec. 1, 1932: loaned to MFA by Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes (as 525.32); returned Dec. 18, 1941; June 13, 1949: loaned to MFA by Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes (as 257.49); March 10, 1965: bequest of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes to MFA

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes

Byzantine, Early Byzantine Period, A.D. 705–711

Mint

Constantinople

Dimensions

Diameter: 19 mm. Weight: 4.37 gm. Die Axis: 5

Accession Number

65.307

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins