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Byzantine Empire. Justinian II, first reign, 685-695. AV Solidus, Constantinople, AD 692-695.
Obverse: IҺS CRISƮOS RЄX RЄϚNANƮIЧM, facing bust of Christ Pantokrator // Reverse: D IЧSƮINIANЧS SЄRЧ CҺRISƮI (officina off flan), Justinian standing facing, wearing crown and loros, holding cross potent on two steps in right hand, akakia in left; CONOP in exergue.
MIB 8a-b; DOC 7; Sear 1248.
A spectacular coin. Perfectly struck and centred obverse with a fine style portrait of Christ. Pristine lustrous fields.
A touch of the reverse legend is off the flan, but the images are perfectly centred, amongst the finest extant.
NGC CH MS Strike: 4/5 Surface: 5/5
The First Image of Christ on Coinage. And the prototype for how Christ has been and is still portrayed in Western Art up to the present day - one of the most influential images ever created.