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Sale: Triton VII, Lot: 1064. Estimate $3000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 12 January 2004. 
Sold For $3200. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

LEO I, with LEO II. 457-474 AD. AV Solidus (4.39 gm). Constantinople mint. Struck 473-474 AD. D N LEO PE-RPET AVG, helmeted and cuirassed bust facing slightly right, holding spear over shoulder and shield decorated with horseman motif / SALVS REI-PVBLICAE C, Leo I and Leo II nimbate, enthroned facing, each holding mappa; star and cross above; CONOB. RIC X 638; DOCLR 533; Depeyrot 92/1; MIRB 12c. Superb EF. Very rare. ($3000)

From the Glenn Woods Collection.

The redundant C at the end of the reverse legend is described in RIC as an engraver's blunder; a fossilized reproduction of the ending on the standard VICTORIA AVGGG solidi. Its consistent appearance, though, suggests that it is some form of imperial acclamation associated with the elevation of Leo II.