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

Byzantine
Early Byzantine Period
A.D. 705


Mint: Constantinople

Dimensions

Diameter: 20 mm. Weight: 4.46 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number

65.304

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

Europe, The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: bust of Christ facing with cross behind head; He has curly hair and a close beard, wears pallium and colobium, and raises right hand in benediction. He holds book of Gospels in left hand.
DNIHSCHSREX REGNANTIUM
Reverse: bust of Justinian facing with short beard, wearing crown and loros, and holding cross potent on three steps in right hand, and patriarchal cross on glove inscribed PAX in left.
DNIVS TINIA NUSMULTUSAN

Provenance

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

Credit Line

Bequest of Mrs. Edward Jackson Holmes