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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 2263. Estimate $1500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $2000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

JUSTIN II. 565-578 AD. AV Solidus (4.50 gm). Struck indictional year 4 (=570/571 AD). Sicilian mint. D N I-VSTI-NVS P P AVG, helmeted and cuirassed facing bust, holding globus cruciger and shield decorated with horseman spearing a fallen enemy / VICTORI-A AVGGG, Constantinopolis, helmeted, seated facing, head right, holding sceptre in left hand and globe in right; Ð/CONOB. DOC I -; MIB 21 (Ravenna); BN -; N. Fairhead and W. Hahn, "The Monte Judica Hoard and the Sicilian Moneta Auri under Justinian I and Justin II" in Studies in Early Byzantine Gold Coinage, ANSNS 17 (1988), 88 = Berk 72D (this coin); SB 416A. EF. Extremely rare - only 9 recorded specimens! [See color plate 15] ($1500)

From the Jürgen K. Schmidt Collection. Ex "An Important Private Collection of Byzantine Coins" (Sotheby's, 2 November 1998), lot 117.