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88001589

Thessalonica or Salona?

CNG 88, Lot: 1589. Estimate $1500.
Sold for $13000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Phocas. 602-610. AV Solidus (21mm, 4.43 g, 6h). Uncertain mint in the Balkans, possibly Salona, 5th officina. Struck circa 603-607. Crowned, draped, and cuirassed facing bust, holding globus cruciger / Angel standing facing, holding globus cruciger and long staff terminating in staurogram; Є//CONOB. DOC -; MIBE -; SB -; Berk, Roman, 109 (Thessalonica) = Sotheby’s (2 November 1998), lot 182 (Thessalonica); Gorny & Mosch 159, lot 502. Choice EF, lustrous. Well centered and struck. Extremely rare.