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Triton XXIV

Lot nuber 1177

Artavasdus, with Nicephorus. 741/2-743. AV Solidus (21mm, 4.43 g, 6h). Constantinople mint. Struck 741.

Triton XXIV
Lot: 1177.
 Estimated: $ 35 000

Byzantine, Coin-in-Hand Video, Gold

Sold For $ 46 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Artavasdus, with Nicephorus. 741/2-743. AV Solidus (21mm, 4.43 g, 6h). Constantinople mint. Struck 741. b ARτAЧA SDOS MЧLτ, crowned bearded bust of Artavasdus facing, wearing chlamys, holding cross potent / C NICh(inverted F)ORЧS MЧLτЧ , crowned beardless bust of Nicephorus facing, wearing chlamys, holding cross potent; A at end of legend. DOC 2; Füeg 2.A; SB 1541. Struck with worn dies, a few light marks, traces of underlying luster. EF. Extremely rare. One of the classic Byzantine rarities.

Artavasdus was the son-in-law of Leo III. After Leo's death in 741, Artavasdus seized the throne in opposition to Leo's young son, Constantine V. He managed to capture Constantinople, where he restored the worship of icons. But Constantine rallied the army to his cause and defeated Artavasdus in a number of battles. After a few months, Artavasdus and his son Nicephorus were cornered, imprisoned and blinded. His coinage was recalled and melted down, accounting for the great rarity of his solidi today.

The final winners of all Triton XXIV lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 19-20 January 2021. This lot is in Session Four, which begins 20 January 2021 at 2 PM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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