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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 2264. Estimate $750. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $1700. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

JUSTIN II. 565-578 AD. AV Semissis (2.23 gm). Sicilian mint. D N IVSTI-NVS P P AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right / VICTORIA AVGGG, Victory seated right, inscribing shield set upon her knees; star to left; Christogram to right; CONOB. DOC I 211 (Ravenna); MIB 24 (Ravenna); BN pg. 153; 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), 94 = Berk 73 (this coin); SB 416C. EF. Extremely rare - the second known specimen! ($750)

From the Jürgen K. Schmidt Collection. Ex "An Important Private Collection of Byzantine Coins" (Sotheby's, 2 November 1998), lot 119.