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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 2265. Estimate $1200. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $4250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

JUSTIN II. 565-578. Æ Half Follis (6.68 gm). Cherson mint. XEP-CWNOC, Justin, on left, standing facing, holding globus cruciger, and Sophia, on right, standing facing, holding long cruciger sceptre / Large K; to left, nimbate and togate figure holding long Chi-Rho. Cf. DOC I 298 (Maurice); MIB 162; BN pg. 215; SB 608 (Maurice Tiberius). VF. Extremely rare. ($1200)

There appear to be four recorded specimens of this type: 1) an example published in RBN (1857); 2) Imhoof-Blumer Collection (Jacob Hirsch Auktion XVIII, 27 May 1907), lot 1969 = MIB II 162; 3) a very worn example in the Viennese coin cabinet published by Longuet in NZ (1957), pl. 3, 262; and 4) an example in the collection of D.P. Vashkov published in Anokhin, Coinage of Cherson, pl. 22, 316. The type is absent from all of the major museum collections such as Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, DC, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the British Museum in London, and the Hermitage State Museum in St. Petersburg.