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Sale: CNG 61, Lot: 2164. Estimate $500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 25 September 2002. 
Sold For $700. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

FRANKS. Merovingians. In the name of Anastasius I or Justin I. Circa 500-580 AD. AV Solidus (4.37 gm). dVIIVI[ ]-VCC AV, helmeted and cuirassed facing bust, holding spear and shield / AIVdIOV-T AVCCC, Victory standing left, holding long cross with [Chi]-rho at top; star to left. Belfort 5037 var. (legends, less crude); cf. MEC I 177 (Visigoths) and 347-348 (Burgundians). Good VF, holed twice, probably for use in India. Extremely rare. ($500) The reverse is in the style of a solidus of Zeno.