Stunning Thessalonica Solidus with Exceptional Pedigree
565-578. AV Solidus (22mm, 4.48 g, 6h). Thessalonica mint. Struck circa 570. DN IVSTI NVS PP AVI, helmeted and cuirassed facing bust, holding globus surmounted by crowning Victory and shield decorated with soldier on horseback motif / VICTORI A AVCCC, Constantinopolis seated facing on throne, head right, holding staff and globus cruciger; CONOB. DOC -; MIBE 16² (this coin cited and illustrated); Fairhead & Hahn 82 = Metalf, Thess.
375; Berk 67 (this coin illustrated); SB 364D (this coin illustrated). FDC, fully lustrous. Exceptionally centered and struck.
Ex Sotheby’s New York 7214 (2 November 1998), lot 105; Münzen und Medaillen List 434 (June 1981), no. 21; Monte Judica Hoard, found circa 1978.