Solidus with bust of Christ, struck under Justinian II, 2nd reign

Byzantine
Early Byzantine Period
A.D. 705–711


Mint: Constantinople

Dimensions

Diameter: 19 mm. Weight: 4.37 gm. Die Axis: 5

Accession Number

65.307

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: draped bust of young Christ facing, with hair in tight curls and close beard, raising right hand in benediction and holding book of Gospels in left, cross behind head
D N IhS ChS REX REGNANTIUM
Reverse: Half figure of Justinian wearing crown with cross on circlet next to half figure of Tiberius with similar crown. In their right hands they hold cross potent on base and two steps.
[DNIUSTINIANUS ET] TIbERIUSPPDelta

Provenance

By date unknown: Edward Jackson Holmes (1873-1950) Collection; 1932-1941 (loaned to MFA as 525.32) and 1949-1965 (loaned to MFA as 257.49): 1965: bequest of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes to MFA, March 10, 1965

Dec. 1, 1932: loaned to MFA by Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes (as 525.32); returned Dec. 18, 1941; June 13, 1949: loaned to MFA by Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes (as 257.49); March 10, 1965: bequest of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes to MFA

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes