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Byzantine Empire. Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus, 913-959 AD. Constantinople, ca. 945 AD. AU Solidus, 4.24 gr., 19 mm.
Obv: +IhS XPS RЄX RЄϚNANTIЧm; nimbate bust of Christ facing, wearing pallium and columbium, raising right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in left; three dots in each arm of cross.
Rev: + COҺSƮAҺƮ’AVƮ’CRAƮ'N’ҺO•; crowned bust of Constantine VII facing, with long beard and wearing a loros, in his right hand holding a patriarchal cross on a globus.
Ref: DOC 13a.1 (these dies); Sear 1747.
Extremely rare. Well-centered. Some minor marks, nevertheless nearly extremely fine
Ex Numismatica Ars Classica 92 (2016), lot 988.