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Rare Bearded Variety

CNG 103, Lot: 909. Estimate $500.
Sold for $1200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Justin II. 565-578. AV Light Weight Solidus (19mm, 4.13 g, 6h). Constantinople mint. Struck 567-578. Helmeted and cuirassed facing bust, bearded, holding Victory on globe and shield / Constantinopolis enthroned facing, head right, holding spear and globe; ӨS//OB*+*. DOC 138 (Theoupolis) var. (clean-shaven bust); MIBE 8 var. (same); SB 376 (Theoupolis) var. (same); CNG E-263, lot 384 = Heritage 3020, lot 25313 = Heritage 3022, lot 26225. EF, lustrous, some peripheral weakness. Extremely rare with beard, unlisted in the standard references.