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Sale: CNG 70, Lot: 1083. Estimate $1500. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 21 September 2005. 
Sold For $1210. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

JUSTINIAN I. 527-565 AD. AV Solidus (4.45 g, 6h). Carthage mint. Dated IY 11 (547/8 AD). Helmeted facing bust, holding globus cruciger and shield / Angel standing facing, holding long cross and globus cruciger; star in right field, date at end of legend; CONOB. DOC I 277a; MIB I 25; SB 250. Superb EF. ($1500)

The striking of gold at the newly recovered Carthage mint begins with the extremely rare AQR solidus of 537/8 AD. Like the equally rare ROMOB solidus from Rome, this solidus marks the return of another lost part of the Roman Empire to the central authority in Constantinople. The later gold issues of Carthage are remarkable in being dated, using either the cyclical indictional year or the regnal year, the letters after the reverse legend being dates. Justinian's infrequent gold issues can be seen as garrison coinage, coinciding with known military activity in Africa, including unrest fomented by unpaid troops, such as was the case in 538 AD, when the prefect Solomon arrived from Constantinople to calm the situation. In later reigns, from Justin II onward, the production of gold became standardized, reflecting the increasing wealth of the African province. Carthaginian solidi continued their distinctive development, the typically smaller flans eventually becoming almost globular, while keeping the dating system used only at Carthage.