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Research Coins: Feature Auction

 
11100830
CNG 111, Lot: 830. Estimate $750.
Sold for $900. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Theodosius II. AD 402-450. AV Solidus (23mm, 4.47 g, 6h). Thessalonica mint. Struck AD 430. Pearl-diademed, helmeted, and cuirassed bust facing slightly right, holding spear and shield / Constantinopolis seated left, holding globus cruciger and scepter, foot on prow; star to right, shield at side of throne; TЄSOB. RIC X 366; Depeyrot 52/1 corr. (star to right, not left). EF, lustrous. Struck on a broad flan.


From the Brexit Collection.

Thessalonican mint solidi of Theodosius II are often referred to as rare. In general they are not, in fact, particularly rare; Dr. Metcalf records 130 specimens. However, there are four substantive types, and this particular type is indeed rare with Metcalf (1988) recording just six specimens and Depeyrot (1996) recording nine.